SXSW Accelerator Fintech Finalists for 2017 Announced

  • Philip Ryan
  • January 25, 2017
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© Can Stock Photo / ShakzuMore fintech is coming to Austin.

The massive South by Southwest conference and festival features startups in a number of categories — transportation, augmented/virtual reality, and of course fintech — plus several others. The event is the 9th annual pitch session for SXSW’s accelerator. Austin is known for having a thriving fintech scene, featuring such standouts as Q2, Kasasa, and Malauzai. Five more companies are joining the fray, at least temporarily. They are:

AssetVault, which allows customers to secure digital and physical assets together (an idea Chris Skinner advanced in Digital Bank).

CNote offers a savings product with a 2.5% yield, utilizing community development financial institutions (CDFIs).

Envudu is a budgeting app that employs digital envelopes — a mix of old-school and newfangled saving tech.

Hip Pocket offers Hip Money, a tool that allows savers to put money aside with a single click. Hip Pocket was DEMOvation company at Bank Innovation 2015, and CEO/founder Mark Zmarzly is an INV Fintech mentor.

Kickfurther is a crowdfunding play that allows users to invest in new businesses and help get their products to market.

To learn more about fintech startups, join us in San Jose on March 6-7 for Bank Innovation 2017, where the best conversations in fintech take place. Request your invitation here.

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Philip Ryan is Associate Editor of Bank Innovation. He worked as a web developer for the Fund for the City of New York for six years, and was an HTML developer at Ocean-7 Development back in the go-go ’90s. He has more than 15 years' experience in online journalism. He can be reached at

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