Join us in reimagining financial technology in Season 2 of ScratchWorks!

ScratchWorks is a FinTech accelerator that connects innovative tech companies with wealth management luminaries to advance the digital transformation of the financial services industry.

Three emerging FinTech companies dazzled the crowds at the Barron’s Top Independent Advisor Summit in Season 1 of ScratchWorks pitching their chance to receive investment from wealth management luminaries to fuel their growth. Meet the 2018 finalists. 

Don’t miss your opportunity to garner broad industry exposure, pitch your firm for potential investment and tell your FinTech story to over 600 top independent advisors at Barron’s in ScratchWorks – Season 2.

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Meet our 2018 finalists

Barron’s Top Independent
Advisors Summit

March 21, 2019
Salt Lake City
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Pitch top investors, live!

ScratchWorks Season 2 program will culminate at the invite-only Barron’s Top Independent Advisors Summit in Salt Lake City. Three finalists will be selected to pitch their product or service to our five investors in a live event. Participants have the potential to receive funding offers on the spot, and a guarantee of getting exposure to the top people and organizations in the financial services industry.

Calling all FinTech startups

ScratchWorks is open to FinTech companies seeking seed funding or early stage investment. We welcome companies and leaders from every niche within the financial services and wealth management space—from trading, to customer service, to cryptocurrency. This is about accelerating technologies that will move our industry forward.

How it works

APPLY

Submit your application here. Entries will be screened, and the top three finalists will be invited to pitch their company during the Barron’s Summit in March.

PITCH

Selected candidates will make their pitch to our investors during a live event attended by hundreds of leaders from across the wealth management industry.

ACCELERATE

Successful pitches may receive investment offers on the spot, as well as additional support and networking opportunities.

FAQ

Why should I apply? What are the benefits?
  • Opportunity to present and pitch your company live on stage in front of over 600 of the largest and most successful independent advisors at Barron’s
  • Unparalleled marketing and public relations exposure. The three finalists received extensive media and press coverage, added credibility in the market, and exposure to new and large prospects. The 10 semi-finalists received: exposure on the website, press coverage and the ability to promote themselves as a semi-finalist.
  • Networking. $60B + of managed wealth is a part of this event – you’ll want to network with this group of folks!
  • Codification of your value proposition. All applicants appreciated the opportunity to solidify their value proposition and really hone-in on in their core message.
  • Company culture boost. It’s fun to be awarded recognition for a job well done! Semi-finalists and finalists are recognized so there’s a solid chance to be featured.
I’m a student, why should I apply?
  • High impact learning experience to craft your story, share it via an application and video and have an opportunity to practice your pitch to very successful professionals in the FinTech industry.
  • A fantastic networking opportunity. $60B + of managed wealth is a part of this event – you’ll want to network with this group of folks!
  • Fun! The finalist will be sponsored to attend the event that includes airfare, conference registration and lodging.
Where are the finalists from last year and how are they doing?

Applying to the ScratchWorks fintech accelerator was one of the smartest things we have done to give our emerging fintech platform a powerful boost. Not only did we gather tremendous market visibility, PR and exposure to top prospects, we also received game-changing investments from the ScratchWorks famous investors that will take our business to the next level. Anyone looking to break through into the fintech and wealthtech space has to consider ScratchWorks.”

Jacqueline Ko Matthews, Founder & CEO, InvestmentPOD

InvestmentPOD received an investment from the investors and was featured in the following publications:

InvestmentNews: RIA ‘Shark Tank’ Backs a Digital Adviser Out of The Gate

RIA Biz: Marty Bicknell-Led Shark Tank-Style Contest Chooses to Back Super-Ambitions RIA- Automation Startup

Business Wire: ScratchWorks Puts Focus on FinTech at Barron’s Top Independent Advisors Summit

ThinkAdvisor: ScratchWorks Unites Fintech and RIA Funding

 

“The ScratchWorks investors are the real deal! In addition to the investment we raised, their strategic guidance has been invaluable. How could you not benefit from having five of the nation’s most respected and successful RIAs in your corner? If you’re on the fence about whether or not to apply for this, stop hesitating! Opportunities this good are hard to find.”

Robert Sofia, Founder & CEO, Snappy Kraken

 

Circle Black reports a big increase in lead flow from all of the exposure.

 

What quality is expected for the video submission?

This ranges from a simple video shot on your mobile phone to doing a level of editing. The key is to tell your story in a compelling manner and have fun with it!

How much of my time is needed to apply and participate?

This will vary, but past applicants have shared it’s an investment of a few hours to a day to apply. Given the benefits, a great investment!

ScratchWorks in the media

Meet our investors

The ScratchWorks investors are a group of five leaders from top wealth management and investment firms around the country that collectively manage over $60B in assets. Together, they form a think-tank that meets regularly to discuss industry trends and foster innovation. They are personally committed—and financially invested—in discovering and growing ideas and technologies that can elevate their industry.

Marty Bicknell
Chief Executive Officer & President
Mariner Wealth Advisors
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Richard M. Burridge Jr.
Founding Partner, Chief Executive Officer & Chief Investment Officer
RMB Capital
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John D. Eadie
Founder and Managing Director
Covenant
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Shannon Eusey
Chief Executive Officer
Beacon Pointe Advisors
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Jon Jones
Chief Executive Officer
Brighton Jones
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Michael J. Nathanson
Chairman, Chief Executive Officer & President
The Colony Group
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2018 ScratchWorks semi-finalists

Sponsors

Fidelity Clearing & Custody Solutions® (FCCS), A Division of Fidelity Investments

FCCS provides a comprehensive clearing and custody platform, brokerage services, trading capabilities, and practice management and consulting to registered investment advisors (RIAs), broker-dealer firms, banks, and insurance companies. As the lead sponsor of ScratchWorks, Fidelity has made a deep commitment to new technology and furthering innovation in the wealth management profession.

Leeds School of Business,
University of Colorado Boulder

Boulder, CO is the fastest growing startup market in the country, with the highest concentration of brainpower in the US. The University of Colorado Boulder and the Leeds School of Business are positioned—geographically and culturally—at the heart of this hotbed of technology and innovation. CU Boulder provides opportunities for students, faculty, staff, industry partners and the community to engage in and be exposed to innovative and entrepreneurial experiences and mindsets. Leeds is home to the Burridge Center for Finance and the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship, which are committed to providing unique opportunities that positively impact humanity, foster innovation, and shape tomorrow’s leaders.

See what’s next in FinTech

Technology is transforming every industry, and wealth management is no exception. Innovative new products and services are changing the face of financial services, impacting the way we do business and the way we serve our clients. ScratchWorks is about coming together to embrace the disruptive power of technology by fostering collaboration between FinTech innovators and industry leaders.

Attendees of the Barron’s Top Independent Advisors Summit will get a unique—and entertaining—opportunity to watch FinTech innovators compete for funding by giving their final pitch to a panel of industry leaders.

Questions?

Email us directly, and we’ll be happy to address any questions you have about ScratchWorks.

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