Talk about going the distance. First, Vancouver-based Finn.ai was the only North American company to reach the top 10 in IT consulting giant Capgemini’s global InnovatorsRace. Then at a recent ceremony during the VivaTech conference in Paris, the financial technology outfit was one of five winners in the competition for early-stage startups, taking the fintech and mobility category. Not too shabby, especially given that almost 1,000 companies from 37 countries entered the race.
Finn.ai, founded by CEO Jake Tyler, COO Nat Cartwright and CTO Guru Atlu, has developed a virtual financial management assistant for the banking industry. Its prize for winning the InnovatorsRace: US$50,000 in equity-free funding and a partnership with France’s Capgemini. “They’re helping us bring deals in,” Cartwright says. “They are a trusted adviser to banks, and they’ve vetted us for banks, and so they’re helping us find appropriate partners and helping bridge that relationship for us, which is much more valuable than the overall win.”
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