The competition was held live at #FinCon15 on September 18, 2015 in Charlotte, NC. It was the first ever early-stage business competition dedicated to technology products and solutions in the consumer-facing personal finance and investing verticals.
The competition was presented in partnership with Chase, who generously contributed $7,500 in prize winnings.
Ten startups were accepted into the competition:
- Simply Wall St
- Hip Money
Each competitor had three minutes in front of a live audience to present their business. A panel of judges (James Ray, Chase Merchant Services; Rachel Schneider, CFSI; Dan Roselli, QC FinTech; and J. Money, Budgets Are $exy) awarded the top two competitors, and the audience voted on a “people’s choice”. See evaluation criteria.
The winners were presented from the FinCon Innovation Center stage, which was sponsored by PolicyGenius.
In a bit of unexpected drama, the judges’ totals produced a tie for first place: FamZoo & TickerTags.
After some discussion, we decided to award both competitors first place prizes! Each received $6,000 cash, a 10’x10′ exhibit space at #FinCon16 (San Diego, Sept 21-24, 2016), and a review on PTMoney.com.
Our runner-up winner was Hip Money, who receives $1,500 in cash.
The “People’s Choice” vote (made from the conference app) went to FamZoo!
Thanks to Chase for partnering with us on the event. Thanks to our judges. Thanks to all of our competitors. And a special thanks to Bobby Lee for coordinating the competition and bringing it all together!