MassChallenge’s 2020 Fintech Accelerator Class Features Finovate Alums

Six Finovate alums innovating in fields ranging from life event planning to small business lending are among the 34 startups that will participate in the upcoming 2020 MassChallenge FinTech program. In addition to mentorship from and collaboration with leading enterprise partners, startups will get access to free office space and the opportunity to compete for equity-free cash prizes as part of their six-month engagement.

Calling this year’s cohort part of the “exciting future of fintech,” MassChallenge Fintech Managing Director Devon Sherman said the incoming class “represents a revolutionary approach to financial services” and added that his team was “blown away by the vision of these entrepreneurs.”

Making the cut among Finovate alums are:

See the full roster of incoming startups to the 2020 cohort.

“Thanks for including Hydrogen in MassChallenge 2020,” the company wrote on Twitter. “It is a great honor. We look forward to working with all of the enterprise partners and startups in the program.”

“LendingFront is proud to be participating in the 2020 MassChallenge Fintech program,” the company tweeted. “We will be working with the City of Boston and several New England financial institutions to use our technology to improve how small businesses get access to capital.”

And from InterGen Data, one of our newest alums, company CEO Robert Kirk expressed his enthusiasm for the opportunity as well. “I believe that by working with our enterprise partner, we will be able to redefine the client experience, improve the lives of their clients, and deliver on the promise of how artificial intelligence and machine learning can vastly improve their financial journey,” Kirk said.

The MassChallenge accelerator program is supported by a public-private partnership including founding partners Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual), Putnam Investments, Fidelity Investments, Citizens Bank, John Hancock, and the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership (MACP), as well as numerous challenge partners.

The program runs from January to June, and focuses on one-on-one “outcome-driven” partnerships between program participants and program partners. Together, the startup and the partnering company work to develop solutions for specific challenges while helping the startup coming scale its business.

Now in its second year, MassChallenge’s fintech program produced a 2019 cohort in which 70% of participants launched a pilot or proof of concept within a year. “Our inaugural year achieved promising results in driving international partnerships between fintech startups and our enterprise partners,” Sherman said. He added that he was excited “to build on that success in 2020.”

Founded in 2010, and offering an accelerator in healthtech as well, MassChallenge has worked with more than 2,000 startups, who have raised collectively more than $5 billion in funding and generated more than $2.7 billion in revenue. MassChallenge is U.S.-based, with offices in Boston, Rhode Island, and Texas, as well as Israel and Mexico.

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Overbond Launches COBI Matching in Pivot to Analytics

When the going gets good, the good go analytic.

That’s one takeaway from the pivot – more than a year in the making – bond market analytics platform Overbond announced today. With the launch of its COBI-Matching solution, the company is reintroducing itself not just as a specialist in new bond issuance, but as a source for real world trading opportunity and liquidity in both traditional and non-traditional fixed income markets.

“We are excited to offer enhanced liquidity sourcing to our buy-side clients as well as global issuers and dealer underwriters,” Overbond CEO Vuk Magdelinic said. “Issuers (and) dealer underwriters now can systematically identify non-traditional liquidity pools and investors can benchmark their portfolio rebalancing decisions.”

COBI-Matching (COBI stands for Corporate and Government Bond Intelligence) is an advanced AI algorithm family which monitors investor behavior, buying patterns, and rebalancing events; identifies traditional and non-traditional bond buyers; and generates best-fit bond buyer recommendations.

The algorithms focus on factors like sector concentration, cross-currency classifications, and credit rating profile. They analyze 2,900+ investor portfolios, and rank investor interest based on both existing holdings and quarterly rebalancing. Trade ideas, pricing tension, and buyer preferences are among the new recommendations available via the new algorithm-based solution.

Solutions like COBI-Matching will enable fixed market income participants to take advantage of growing markets including the Chinese renminbi (RMB) fixed income market (also known as Panda bonds), the market for Asian infrastructure bonds, and the Green Bond market. Issuers can use COBI-Matching for the technology’s pre-issuance analytics, which offer insights into international pricing demand.

Overbond demonstrated its platform at FinovateFall 2017. Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the company won Most Innovative Third Party Technology Vendor (Front Office) at the American Financial Technology awards at the beginning of the year. Overbond’s customers include buy-side institutions with more than $2 trillion in assets under management, as well as global corporate and government bond issuers with $20+ billion in bonds outstanding.

Founded in 2015, Overbond has raised $3.3 million in funding (CAD $4.5 million), and includes Gaingels and Morrison Financial Services Limited among its investors.

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