This past weekend I put together the first ever FinTech Startup Weekend which was a huge success! We had an amazing group of sponsors, API partners, mentors, judges and most of all, attendees. When we kicked off on Friday night we had 120 attendees that pitched over 50 different FinTech related ideas, and by the end of the evening we had narrowed them down to 13 amazing teams that spent the rest of the weekend building their MVPs.
I organized this event to bring together the FinTech community, and I am grateful for the great response we received with over 200 people attending our demo day yesterday. The talent at this event was incredible and the teams built real FinTech products that were beautifully designed and executed. I want to quickly recognize our winners and some other teams that really stood out:
1st place: John Dough - A new crowdfunding platform that makes private fundraising easier.
2nd place: Link Stream – Knowledge management and collaboration tool for the investment community.
3rd place: PriceLance – Payments focused startup where people can buy and sell services for a fixed-price.
OANDA API Winner: TraderEDU - A web community that provides educational resources for a wide range of traders.
Other impressive teams and products: CharTwits, Second Guess, VentureStat.
I also want to thank everyone who helped make the event possible:
Our Sponsors: E*TRADE, Andera, Box and the FinTech Innovation Lab.
API Partners: OANDA, Bloomberg, Estimize, OpenFin, StockTwits, Dwolla, Microsoft, Caplin, Tradable, and Benzinga.
Mentors: Mark Chou, Rajesh Jayaraman, James Weiss, Eugene Hawkin, Todd Zino, Jarrod Rumley, Nick Ditmore, Brian Shields, Matthew Gillen, Veeral Shah and Todd Kulkin.
Judges: Maria Gotsch, Mazy Dar, Matt Turck, Omar Qari and Phil Pearlman.
Co-Organizers: Conrad Wadowski, Michael Giles and Jon Zanoff.
Volunteers: Frank Denbow, Eric Ho, Suraj Jain, Brad Hoover, James Lopez and Jeremy Lermitte.
Space: Alley NYC and Nsi Obotetukudo.
We are really looking forward to the next FinTech hackathon which is already in the planning stages!