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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...

Mentor Highlight: Carolina Bessega

The Holt team is excited to welcome Carolina Bessega Chief Scientific Officer and Co-Founder of Stradigi AI, as well as an award-winning researcher, on board as a mentor of the Holt Accelerator program. With a career spanning over 20 years, Carolina brings...

Partner Highlight: Sway Ventures

Holt would like to introduce Sway Ventures, a partner to the Holt Accelerator program. As a VC firm, Sway Ventures has the network, know-how, and investment options to give fintech startups a boost. Based in the United States, Sway Ventures was founded in...

Mentor Highlight: Shahir Guindi

Holt presents Fintech AI Accelerator program mentor, Shahir Guindi. As an accomplished lawyer, Shahir was the recipient of Quebec’s Lawyer Emeritus Distinction in 2017. As a benefit from a career with expertise in areas such as private equity, corporate,...

Partner Highlight: FormFintech

The Holt team is delighted to introduce one of our trusted partners to the Holt Accelerator, FormFintech. As a nonprofit dedicated to guiding fintech talent and startups to success, FormFintech is here to help connect the ideas and the real world. Founded...

Mentor Highlight: Sandi Gilbert

Introducing Sandi Gilbert — founder and CEO of SeedUps Canada and an invaluable program mentor to the Holt Fintech AI Accelerator. Sandi is a strategic, visionary entrepreneur focused on developing and deploying technology solutions for the private capital...

Partner Highlight: Stradigi AI

The Holt team is delighted to partner with Stradigi AI as part of the Holt Fintech AI Accelerator.  With mentor Carolina Bessega as Chief Scientific Officer, Stradigi AI brings cutting edge machine learning and AI capabilities to the program. As one of the...

Mentor Highlight: Mike Cegelski

The Holt team is thrilled to have Panache Ventures Managing Partner Mike Cegelski on board as a mentor with the Holt Fintech AI Accelerator.  Bringing decades of experience to the table, Mike’s expertise as an entrepreneur turned investor is invaluable to...