Building A Fintech Startup




Building a Fintech Startup

4 April 2019

New York

Added 01-Jan-1970

Fintech innovation is bursting in the NYC startup community and around the country. In 2018, fintech companies raised more than $39 billion in venture capital (deals in 2018 were up 15% compared to 2017, while funding levels surged 120%).

New York has become a hub of fintech startups changing how we handle insurance, loans, payments, investments, and more.

This breed of startups faces a unique set of challenges like strict regulatory oversight and rigorous security requirements. Often, technology and risk management make development and launch costs untenable for many. They also face the challenges of an increasingly crowded landscape, including differentiation and the cost of acquiring customers

Join us as we find out how to build and launch a Fintech startup with some of the most experienced entrepreneurs in NYC in the Fintech space! We'll discuss

  • Identifying your target market

  • Understanding & adhering to rules and regulations

  • Building momentum for your product

  • Partnering and integrating with legacy financial institutions

  • Launching an MVP

  • Fundraising

About the panelists

  • Jennifer Fitzgerald is the CEO and Co-founder of Policygenius, the nation’s leading online insurance marketplace. She is one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business for 2018 and is one of only four women founders in Fintech to raise over $50 million in funding. Before starting Policygenius in 2014, she and her co-founder, Francois de Lame, were management consultants at McKinsey & Company. Jennifer has shared insights in major publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg and more. Early in her career, she was a Peace Corps volunteer and did standup comedy. Jennifer is a graduate of Columbia Law School and Florida State University.
  • Matt Harris is the founder of Bloom Credit, an organization that provides companies with credit expertise through revolutionary technology. Bloom was inspired by Matt’s time working at a student lending startup. He saw hundreds of applicants denied loans without any viable path to becoming future customers and resolved to disrupt the industry. Backed by investors like Resolute Ventures, 500 Fintech, and Slow Ventures, Bloom believes that everyone is creditworthy, and takes a data-driven approach to enable experiences where clients and end consumers can both benefit. Bloom’s clients include banks, lending partners, credit unions, fintechs, and other financial institutions. Prior to Bloom, Matt built growth strategies at several startups like LendKey, Emissary, and Boom Fantasy. Matt is also an advisor at CreditIQ, and a mentor at Startupbootcamp Fintech and the NYU Social Innovation Competition.
  • Katherine Salisbury is Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Qapital, a new banking experience that empowers people to maximize their happiness by saving, spending, and investing with their goals in mind. Awarded Google's “Most Innovative App of the Year, 2017,” Qapital blends behavioral psychology with technology, providing over a million members with the tools they need to make managing money easy and fun. Katherine brings years of finance, legal, and business experience to Qapital -- she was a bank finance attorney at the top-tier international law firms White & Case and Simpson Thacher and served as VP and Counsel at Jefferies Finance. She also founded a full-service sports management agency, where she specialized in brokering international transfers. Katherine holds a JD from Cornell Law School and an undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago.
  • Cliff Hazelton, CTO at Stash - Cliff Hazelton serves as Chief Technology Office at STASH, one of the fastest growing investing apps in the U.S., and a financial services platform revolutionizing how millions of Americans save. Cliff’s engineering expertise spans 15+ years across fields, including Boeing Intelligence & Analytics, Capture Media and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory.



6:30 - 6:50: Drinks & Networking
6:50 - 7:50: Panel
7:50 - 8:15: Audience Q&A
8:15 - 9:00: More Drinks & Networking