SXSW Accelerator Fintech Finalists for 2017 Announced

© 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 Senior Editor of Bank Innovation and Senior Director of INV Fintech. He began covering financial services in 2012 and has more than 15 years' experience in online journalism, which makes him quite old. He can be reached at

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