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The Top 6 Roles to Describe a Product Manager

The role of a product manager could never fit into a box. It’s difficult to define. There’s no set or standard job description. So what exactly does a product manager do? And why should companies care about investing in them? The best product managers think...

Women are the Real Unicorns When it Comes to Fintech

Here at Holt Fintech Accelerator, we’ve spent the past 3 months recruiting early-stage fintechs to apply to our program. With the application period officially closing tomorrow, we’ve been able to get an overview of the challenges in recruiting female-led fintechs...

Holt Fintech Accelerator Launches Program 2.0

MONTREAL, QC (June, 2019) – Holt’s fintech program 2.0 is going to be bigger and better with more advisors, potential for more investment, and more services to help fintech startups grow. Chosen early-stage pre-series A fintech startups (i.e. bootstrapped, pre-seed,...

Our Team is Growing

We are thrilled to announce that the Holt Accelerator Family is growing! We recently added two new people to our team who will work to connect with startups and promote our program to the world. Our new Head of Programs is Timur Shomansurov and our new Head of...

Open Banking in Canada

The Department of Finance Canada recently sent out a call for papers on the merits, risks and recommendations of Open Banking (see here).   We are proud to have collaborated on this endeavour to build a 35-page in-depth review, based on 45 interviews from interested...

Holt Accelerator Mentor Highlight

The Holt team is thrilled to announce Amar Ahluwalia, VP of Partnerships and Capital Markets at OnDeck Capital (NYSE: ONDK), as the newest addition to the Holt FinTech Accelerator mentor program bringing nearly 10 years of experience in financial services and capital...

Should We Be Scared of AI?

We are proud to have contributed to the CSF (Chambre de la Sécurité Financière) December 2018 issue Le Magazine Des Professionnels en Finances Personnelles and work written by Nicolas Ritoux. Nicolas is helping shed some light on one of the more polarizing...

Holt Highlight: The Liquidity Marketplace

Who They Are When The Liquidity Marketplace (LMX) was founded, it was done so with the mission to transform liquidity markets for institutional clients, such as Fortune 1000 companies and big banks. The LMX team has created a marketplace where...

Holt Highlight: KapitalWise

KapitalWise powers deeper relationships between financial institutions and their customers, offering personalized recommendations and helping people set and achieve financial goals.  Using the power of machine learning and…

Holt Highlight: SmartPay.me

Who They Are SmartPay.me is a mobile solution for banks and retailers that addresses the EU’s new Second Payment Services Directive (PSD2) regulation. PSD2 is an initiative that encourages open banking by making room for new direct-to-account...

Holt Highlight: Owl

Who They Are From Vancouver, Canada, Owl is a salesbot platform used to complete sales and improve customer rates for various products of banks and insurers. Owl provides a zero-knowledge platform with unique customer profiling capabilities allowing...

Holt Highlight: QuantumSense

Who They Are QuantumSense is an artificial intelligence company founded in Canada and a successful graduate of the machine learning track of the CDL program in Toronto. It provides a top semantic search that works on the sentence level to give...

Holt Highlight: PrestaGente

Who They Are PrestaGente, a company from Bogota, Colombia, solves the issue of safeguarding debt contracts and commercial notes against fraud, through blockchain technology. When a debt transaction takes place, the unity of digital data and physical presence is lost,...

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 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...

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: 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...

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...