I’ve recently agreed to serve as a judge for the 2012 Innotribe Startup Challenge. The event provides an opportunity for FinTech and Financial Service startups and innovators to meet potential investors, customers and partners from financial institutions and FinTech investors. See the bottom of this post for info on how to receive an invite to the event.Sponsored by SWIFT (www.swift.com), the Innotribe Startup Challenge (http://www.innotribestartup.com) fosters collaboration between emerging FinTech and Financial Service innovators and SWIFT’s member community.
- Applicants to the Challenge enjoy online exposure and introductions to hundreds of potential partners and customers from SWIFT’s member community, as well as investors and other members of the startup ecosystem.
- Semi-finalists, selected by a panel of expert judges, are invited to one of three regional Challenge Showcases (New York – Feb 8, Bangkok – Apr 25/6, and Belfast – late June), to pitch and network with a hand-picked group of 40-50 investors and financial industry decision makers.
- The 15 most promising companies from across all three Challenge Showcases, as selected by qualified decision makers and investors from across the SWIFT community, will be invited to present at Sibos, SWIFT’s annual financial industry trade show. Sibos (www.sibos.com) will take place this year in Osaka, Japan in October 2012.
- One or more early-stage winners selected by the Sibos audience will share in a $50K in cash prize.