Attendees at next March’s LendIt USA in New York City may get to see the next big thing.
The popular industry event has partnered with Silicon Valley-based global venture capital seed fund and startup accelerator 500 Startups to host PitchIt 2017, a competition where fintech startups can earn mentorship, endorsement and exposure. Interested startups can apply here: Online applications
Finalists will receive coaching before presenting to an expert panel and conference attendees on March 6, 2017.
In order to qualify, they must be a fin-tech company, have at least two full-time cofounders and between two and 10 full-time employees, have been in business for less than three years, have raised less than $4 million since launch, have a professional business website and have company domain email addresses for every registered employee.
Qualified companies receive a special $295 admission fee while eight selected finalists get a free, all-access conference pass, a maximum of $1,000 in travel to New York, and 50 percent off a Startup Zone booth.
The PitchIt winner earns future LendIt bronze level sponsorships, promotion and media support.
“Innovation has never been more important for the financial services industry,” LendIt cofounder Jason Jones said.
“PitchIt gives startups with fresh, important new ideas a valuable chance to build and grow their firms. Even as the fintech industry matures, we are seeing exciting areas of breakout opportunities which we look forward to discussing and experiencing at LendIt USA 2017.”