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How Fidectus is Transforming Post-Trade Processing

Dr. Jens Bartenschlager, CEO of Fidectus, began his career in the energy industry and stayed in the space for more than 15 years. He started off as a consultant in a small management boutique and got into energy trading very early on in his career before he took over...

Ownest is Changing the Way Financing is Done

Kendall Raessler, CEO of Ownest, was always fifty steps ahead when it came to understanding the mortgage industry. He was a mortgage broker himself for about 25 years and came to realize first-hand that the model was broken. “A bank lends you money in order to make...

Agryo Creates an Opportunity to Improve Legacy Systems

In the early 2000s, Isaque  Eberhardt and Leisy Teixeira began their career in the fields working on financial contracts with farmers to get them approved. They came to realize how inefficient this process was, which normally took them one to three weeks and in some...

Talem Health Analytics is Revolutionizing Claims Management

Paul Travis and Matt Kay, co-founders of Talem Health Analytics, met back in University, both studying to be Physiotherapists. Looking back at their days in the clinic, they often observed patient dissatisfaction which came hand in hand with longer recovery times and...

How Sentro is Simplifying Group Insurance Administration

Group insurance is the type of insurance companies typically buy for their employees. The real challenge lies in the insurance companies’ capacity to administer tailored propositions for each customer. Often, these companies try to accomplish such a feat through...

How SolidBlock makes Investing Accessible & Transparent to All

It’s mind boggling that in the US alone, the top wealthiest 1% possess 40% of the nation's wealth, while the bottom 80% own 7% - exhibiting wider disparities of wealth between rich and poor than any other major developed nation. According to National Bureau of...

Holt Accelerator Announces 2020 Portfolio Companies

Today, the Holt Fintech Accelerator announces the launch of its 2020 cohort, the third in its history. This year, Canada’s only business accelerator devoted exclusively to all Fintech verticals has pivoted due to the ongoing pandemic. To accelerate competition in this...

Trading with Unknown Market Wizards: A Q&A with Jack Schwager

Jack Schwager, co-founder of FundSeeder, a platform designed to find undiscovered trading talent worldwide and connect unknown successful traders with sources of investment capital, is coming out with a new book called Unknown Market Wizards: The best traders you've...

Curu secures $3M in funding.

Curu secures $3M in funding as the demand for credit skyrockets during the global pandemic. Denver, C.O., [May 27, 2020] -- Curu, an automated lead recovery solution enabling lenders to fund more loans, announced the close of its $3M seed round led by Vestigo...

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...

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