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Holt Highlight: LoanConnect

Who They Are LoanConnect is Canada’s leading platform for unsecured loans, and a member of the Holt Fintech Accelerator’s 2018 cohort of teams. LoanConnect connects consumers of all credit scores with the best possible loan for them. Potential...

Holt Highlight: Curu

Who They Are Holt Fintech Accelerator 2018 cohort member Curu is a mobile app that automates credit building for its users, primarily aimed at millennial students and young professionals. Curu grew out of the real-life experiences of Co-Founder and CEO,...

Holt Highlight: CreditSCRIPT

Who They Are CreditSCRIPT, a Holt Fintech Accelerator 2018 cohort team, is an investment platform that is focused on being a one-stop-shop for professional investors to access investment opportunities in alternative lending. Alternative lending...

Holt Highlight: FundSeeder Technologies

Who They Are FundSeeder Technologies, a Holt Fintech Accelerator 2018 cohort team, is developing a marketplace for discovering new trading and money manager talent. Their goal is to solve a major problem for investors who are currently limited...

Holt Highlight: Consilium Crypto

Who They Are Holt Fintech Accelerator 2018 team Consilium Crypto is a big data company that provides quantitative and qualitative research on cryptocurrency assets. After collecting data from a variety of different silos and sources, Consilium...

Holt Highlight: Ivy Lender

Who They Are Holt Fintech Accelerator 2018 chosen team Ivy Lender is an SME lending platform that connects small and mid-sized businesses with institutional and alternative lenders. Unique to the Ivy Lender platform is their ability to process...

Holt Highlight: Commercial Passport

Who They Are Commercial Passport, a digital KYC platform for financial services in capital markets including offshore banking, trusts services  and fund administration, is a chosen finalist member of the 2018 cohort of the Holt Fintech Accelerator. Using...

The Holt Fintech Accelerator: Week One in Pictures

The Holt Fintech Accelerator officially kicked off last week on Monday, September 17th! We’ve been hard at work with our first cohort of teams -- why not check out what it is we were up to? Monday On Monday, we started the day with Managing Partner Brendan Holt Dunn...

Mentor Highlight: Damien Lefebvre

The Holt team is pleased to introduce Damien Lefebvre, President of Valtech Montreal, as the latest Holt Fintech Accelerator program mentor! After a year as Senior Director at Bell in Montreal, he launched himself into new entrepreneurial pursuits, first...

Partner Highlight: Valtech

Our team is delighted to introduce another Holt Fintech Accelerator partner, a global digital agency making its mark on Montreal and the fintech startup community! Valtech -- where experiences are engineered -- boasts 36 offices helping clients to...

Holt Selection Day: All You Need To Know!

Last week was a key milestone for the entire Holt team. After several months searching far and wide for the most innovative fintech startups across the globe to join our accelerator program, we finally had our highly-anticipated ‘Selection Day!’ The 2 day event, held...

What’s Next for the Holt Fintech Accelerator

The application period for the Holt Fintech Accelerator’s 2018 cohort is officially closed. Our hard work and your enthusiasm has paid off — we’ve received applications from all over the world, with some teams close to home here in Montreal and others...

A Holt Accelerator Thank You

The application period for the Holt Fintech Accelerator has officially ended! What an exciting period it’s been for the whole Holt team. Our Managing Partners Jan Arp and Brendan Holt Dunn attended numerous events all over the world, from Tel Aviv to...

Mentor Highlight: Maor Amar

The Holt team is excited to introduce Maor Amar, Managing Partner at Impression Ventures and Holt Fintech Accelerator mentor! Maor started with a bachelor’s degree in Mining Engineering from McGill University and a Masters in Management degree from Ecole...

Mentor Highlight: Leonard Brody

Holt is delighted to have Leonard Brody bring his invaluable expertise to the Holt Fintech Accelerator as a program mentor. Leonard is the Chairman of Creative Labs, a joint-venture with Creative Artists Agency, the largest sport and entertainment agency...

Mentor Highlight: David Nault

The Holt team is happy to announce David Nault, co-founder and General Partner at Luge Capital, is a Holt Fintech Accelerator mentor. David has been building early stage technology companies as an investor, founder, or senior member of the executive team...

Partner Highlight: Finance Montreal

The Holt team is excited to announce that Finance Montreal has partnered with the Fintech Accelerator program. Brought together in 2010, Finance Montreal serves as Quebec’s financial cluster. As an organization, Finance Montreal seeks to develop and...

Mentor Highlight: Richard Lavina

Richard Lavina has joined the Holt Fintech Accelerator as a mentor ready to provide real-world guidance to our chosen Fintech teams. As CEO and Co-Founder of Fintech company Tickmark, Inc., the App Store’s #1 ranked Tax Time app three years in a row,...

Partner Highlight: Undiscovered Ventures

Holt is proud to announce that VC firm Undiscovered Ventures is joining the Holt Fintech Accelerator program. Undiscovered Ventures is a firm that believes in opening up new markets, processes, and products with the companies they work with. One of their main goals is...

Partner Highlight: Montreal International

The Holt team is happy to announce that Montreal International is a partner in our Fintech Accelerator program. Montreal International is an economic development agency that focuses on the Greater Montreal Area in its efforts. Montreal International unites...

Partner Highlight: Good News Ventures

The team at the Holt is pleased to announce that Good News Ventures is partnering with the Holt Fintech Accelerator. Good News Ventures is a Canada-based VC firm that seeks to invest in early-stage technology companies. As believers in the power of...

Mentor Highlight: Lauren Epstein

The Holt team is pleased to announce that Lauren Epstein is joining the Holt Fintech Accelerator as a mentor. Investor, lawyer, and tech enthusiast, Lauren is invested in the innovations our chosen teams will bring to the fintech sector....

Mentor Highlight: Damien Steel

The Holt team is pleased to introduce Damien Steel, managing partner at OMERS Ventures and Holt Fintech Accelerator mentor. As a VC, Damien has gained operations and financial expertise through his work with numerous companies within his portfolio. With a...