Applications are now open for the 2019 FinTech South Innovation Challenge. Now in its fifth year, this four-week event offers the largest prize among US FinTech startup competitions – $50,000 in cash – and at least as importantly, a pathway to massive exposure across Georgia’s leading FinTech ecosystem and beyond.

The program consists of three weekly sessions providing expert instruction from nationally recognized industry experts on critical startup skill sets such as fundraising, public relations and regulatory compliance. For example, Sean Banks – partner at TTV Capital, a leading Atlanta venture capital firm – will lead the session on fundraising. Each participating company is also matched with 1-2 mentors from Georgia’s FinTech community for guidance and coaching. These individuals are successful executives, entrepreneurs, accountants, lawyers, and consultants.

The program builds to a “pitch night,” from which three finalists are selected. These finalists will present their products from the main stage at FinTech South in April at Mercedes Benz Stadium to an audience of over 1,400, including FinTech industry representatives from Europe and Asia. The audience vote counts toward awarding of the grand prize – the energy is amazing.

Applicants must be headquartered in Georgia (or committed to relocating to Georgia), and present an innovation targeted at the financial services industry. Participating companies may not have raised more than $1 million in funding at the time of application. Applicants must also be available to attend evening sessions in Midtown/Downtown Atlanta on March 28, April 4, 11 and 18. More details can be found here: We hope you will apply. The deadline is February 14.

Winning this competition can change an innovator’s life – just ask our past winners – DoubleNetPay, Split, TrustStamp and Qoins.