DETROIT and SAN FRANCISCO - Benzinga, a leading financial media and events company, announced that it will team up with the nation’s leading online loan marketplace LendingTree Inc TREE 2.28% to award $10,000 to the winner of an on-site fintech demo competition at the Benzinga Fintech Summit in San Francisco November 14, a leading capital markets and payments deal-making conference.
The Fintech Innovation Challenge presented by LendingTree will award $10,000 to the company whose product best demonstrates scalable, material innovation to the BZ Summit audience.
“LendingTree is a passionate supporter of a thriving and innovative fintech community,” said LendingTree CEO Doug Lebda. “We want to use our position in this sector to move the industry forward, and using capital to reward innovation is a concrete way to contribute.”
Startups will offer live pitches to a panel of judges, including Sheel Mohnot, a partner at 500Startups, Murray Indick, partner at Morrison Foerster and a veteran VC attorney and Michelle Arbov, vice president of M&A at IAC.
The Benzinga Fintech Summit is the premiere deal-making conference in the capital markets and payments spaces. Startups that need to strike deals with financial institutions have the rare opportunity to connect with dealmakers for a full day at this exclusive event.
Heads of trading and partnerships from every major brokerage, including TD Ameritrade, Fidelity and Charles Schwab will attend and offer remarks on the startups they’re looking to partner with at the event. Heads of fintech partnerships at JPMorgan Chase, BNY Mellon and other banks will also attend.
The Benzinga Fintech Summit is headlined by speakers like Andrew Kortina, the founder of Venmo and AI assistant startup Fin.