Companies Selected for Education and Mentoring Program, Concluding with Fintech South Pitch Off for $25,000 Prize


ATLANTA (Sept. 1, 2020) – Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)  announces 10 startups selected for the Fintech South Innovation Challenge 2020 class. Beginning Sept. 3, the companies will participate in a four-week virtual Education and Mentoring program, which aims to accelerate early stage fintech companies in the region through instruction and mentoring. At the conclusion of the program, the startups will present to a panel of investors during Fintech South’s Investor Preview event on Monday, Oct. 5. The top three companies will hit the virtual conference’s main stage for a chance to win $25,000.  Past winners of this challenge include Stackfolio (2019) and Qoins (2018).

Sponsored by Accenture, the TAG Fintech South Innovation Challenge’s Education and Mentoring program brings startups and industry veterans together to bolster Georgia’s fintech ecosystem and showcase them at Fintech South. Conference participants will vote for the most impressive startup through Fintech South’s virtual platform.

Applications were submitted by companies across the region. The 10 finalists include:

  • Artis Technologies, LLC – modern financing made simple through an embedded financial services platform for digital lending and real-time payments
  • EnrichHER – offers funders the best selection of vetted investment opportunities in companies that have women in leadership roles, while cultivating a thriving ecosystem of New Majority businesses
  • Ethiopay – safe and convenient way to pay loved ones’ bills from anywhere in the world
  • Finosec – IT and cybersecurity management platform for the banking industry
  • Griffin Technologies – customer intelligence platform that provides banks modern day context on new and existing customers
  • Immediate – helps businesses recruit, engage, and retain employees by providing a financial wellness solution that delivers on-demand access to earned pay
  • InvestGuard – technology-enabled exchange for independent PE sponsors
  • Lendsmart AI – AI-enabled technology platform transforming the homebuying process
  • Ryze – Bitcoin-first financial institution, starting with the most powerful way to save and accumulate Bitcoin
  • VIVA Finance – improving employees’ financial well-being through an affordable lending program and financial education

“Now in it’s sixth year, FinTech South’s Innovation Challenge never fails to bring an exceptional group of companies together and this year is no different,” says Lucas Timberlake, co-chair of the FinTech South Innovation Challenge.

“The virtual format gives these entrepreneurs an opportunity to present in front of a global audience, offering greater exposure than years past,” adds Chris Stanley, co-chair of the FinTech South Innovation Challenge.

In its new virtual format, Fintech South is taking place October 5 – 9, 2020. The event will join the industry in an exchange of insights, innovations and trends fueling tomorrow’s financial tech industry. The Innovation Award Challenge is held annually in part of the conference, and is open to early stage companies based in Georgia. The finalists will participate in educational sessions including, Pitch Deck Do’s and Don’ts, Raising Capital and Legal and Compliance. For more information on Fintech South, visit

About The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)

TAG’s mission is to Connect, Promote, Influence and Educate Georgia’s technology ecosystem to advance the innovation economy.  Through those four foundational strategies TAG serves the technology community, helping to support, grow and ignite tech leaders, companies and the overall Georgia economy.

TAG serves more than 30,000 members statewide through regional chapters in Metro Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Macon/Middle Georgia, and Savannah. TAG hosts more than 150 events each year and serves as an umbrella organization for 26 professional societies.

TAG provides networking and educational programs; celebrates Georgia’s technology leaders and companies, and advocates for legislative action that enhances the state’s economic climate for technology.   Additionally, the TAG Education Collaborative (TAG-Ed) focuses on helping science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education initiatives thrive.

For more information visit the TAG website at To learn about the TAG-Ed Collaborative visit

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