Over the last 13 weeks, Barclays FinTech Accelerator with Techstars has been grooming 10 companies night and day for demo day under the leadership of Techstars Managing Director Jenny Fielding. These companies received up to $120K in investment, mentorship from over 100 industry professionals, and now are ready to be released to the public. This class includes startups focused on a number of different capabilities including cyber security, data analytics, and commercial real estate.
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Morty, founded in 2016 by Nora Apsel, Adam Rothblatt, Sara Thomas, and Brian Faux, is an online mortgage platform. Would be mortgage seekers input key details of their personal circumstances and funding request and are then presented with a number of options in a Kayak-esque type response. In the back end, the platform is integrated with a number of lenders to originate the loan and automate underwriting.
acuteIQ, founded in San Francisco in 2014, is an online customer acquisition platform that incorporates artificial intelligence, machine learning, and predictive analytics to guarantee customer conversion. The company is initially focusing on the enterprise lending market by providing curated leads of merchants that may need business loans to commercial brokers. The company currently has 24+ clients including Melrose Credit Union and Transamerica.
Create, founded in Washington DC in 2011 by Edward Switzer and Laure Ferguson, is a real estate database that creates 3D maps layered with data to provide comprehensive property information including zoning, land use, ownership, transactions, permits, and much more. It’s been labeled “Bloomberg meets Google Earth”. The company has already raised $2.5M in funding.
Painless1099, founded in Virginia by Matthew Russo, Ace Callwood, and Justin Kauszler in 2015, is a bank account and withholding platform for independent contractors that are paid via 1099. Right now the platform is free.
Alpha Exchange, founded in London by Alex Santos, Scott Winship, and Emma Margetts in 2015, is an open network and knowledge exchange for those in the capital markets. The platform connects buy side investors, sell side brokers, independent research, providers, industry specialists, and investor relation teams ands cut through the noise through their centralized platform.
PierceMatrix, founded in Virginia in 2013 by Roy Stephan, is as security monitoring platform for identifying and removing hackers from your network. The company track global threats against locally interactions usingan artificial intelligence engine that was first used in military applications The company has received $1M in funding.
Windrush, founded in upstate New York by 2014 by Max Walker, Mark Morrison, and Riley Alsman is a data visualization tool that integrates with excel for finance professionals. The company previously went through the Flashstarts accelerator in Cleveland in 2015..
ERNIT, founded in New York in 2015, bills itself as the world’s first smart piggy bank that uses an app and a connected physical piggy bank. The app is designed for children to learn about financial goal setting and money management through the interactive device. The company has raised a total of $290K in funding including an $82K Kickstarter campaign back in the fall of last year.
StackSource, founded in New York, is an online platform for commercial mortgage origination. Similar to residential mortgages, the process for commercial is highly inefficient at present and also involve multiple parties like sponsors.
Chroma, founded in Portland and previous graduate of Techstars, is marketplace lending platform for impact investing.