2023 Fintech Draft Pitching Competition

 

Get drafted at #FFCON23: Apply for the 3rd Fintech Draft Pitching Competition

Inspired by sports league drafts, the 3rd annual 2023 Fintech Draft is designed to identify and feature emerging and high growth fintech startups and scaleups. Qualifying Fintech Draft participants will be profiled online and reviewed by expert fintech scouts, and will compete in a Pitching competition.  Draft finalists compete at FFCON23: REGEN to be held Mar 2 and Mar 7, 2023 for exposure and prizes including promotion to investors, media, prospective buyers and partners.  In addition to complimentary registration for all Draft finalists, top discounts for additional tickets and partner incentives, pitching and demo winners will win a 1 year industry partnership with NCFA and partner perks.

How does the Fintech Draft work?

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Application

Companies have an opportunity to participate in the 2023 Fintech Draft pitching competition.

Apply to compete and feature your company in the draft, which is filled on a first come first serve basis (limited spots).

Online Profiles

Shortlisted applicants will be featured on the Shortlisted Draft Companies page and event promotions prior to the conference. 

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Online Voting and Evaluations

Scouts and the crowd will vote online for their favourite fintech companies to participate in the pitch competition, or demo competition. 

Drafted Finalists

The top online draft profiles will be selected as Draft Finalists and invited to compete live at FFCON23. Drafted companies must be available to participate on Mar 2 or Mar 7, 2023 as part of the FFCON23: REGEN program.

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Application

Companies have an opportunity to participate in the 2023 Fintech Draft pitching competition.

Apply to compete and feature your company in the draft, which is filled on a first come first serve basis (limited spots).

Online Profiles

Shortlisted applicants will be featured on the Shortlisted Draft Companies page and event promotions prior to the conference. 

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Online Voting and Evaluations

Scouts and the crowd will vote online for their favourite fintech companies to participate in the pitch or demo competition.

 

Drafted Finalists

The top online draft profiles will be selected as Draft Finalists and invited to compete at FFCON23. Drafted companies must be available in person to participate at the conference on March 2 or March 7, 2023 as part of the FFCON23: REGEN program.

Timeline

Applications now OPEN

Applications for the Fintech Draft are filled on a first-come first-serve basis, so apply early!

Ongoing

Shortlisted companies are featured and online voting begins

Nov 20

Total of 6 companies will be selected as ‘Drafted Finalists’ to either Pitch LIVE at FFCON22. Announcement will be made by November 20 – good luck!

FFCON22: Dec 1+ Dec 6

Pitching Presentations (crowd and judge voting) will take place on December 1 and December 6, 2022. Winners announced on the day!

Are you ready to rumble?

Applications are accepted on a rolling-basis

Apply NOW to improve your chance of being showcased online

Are you ready to rumble?

Applications are accepted on a rolling-basis

Apply early to improve your chance of being showcased online

Why you should participate

Exposure

All Shortlisted companies will receive a dedicated profile page on the Fintech Draft section of the website

Even more exposure

Draft Finalists will be profiled in the post-conference digital magazine, podcast, and media interviews

Curated introductions

All Shortlisted companies will be reviewed by Scouts and receive introductions

 

Experience

Gain invaluable pitching / demo experience while receiving feedback from investors & industry experts

Connections

Personal networking opportunities with a wide range of investors, partners and customer prospects

Prizes!

Exclusive NCFA & FFCON23 partner prizes and discounts

Bragging rights

That’s right, you don’t just get an award for winning, you get to tell everyone about it!

Exposure

All Shortlisted companies will receive a dedicated profile page on the Fintech Draft section of the website

Even more exposure

Draft Finalists will be profiled in the post-conference digital magazine, podcast, and media interviews

Curated introductions

All Shortlisted companies will be reviewed by Scouts and receive introductions

Experience

Gain invaluable pitching / showcase experience while receiving feedback from industry experts

Connections

Personal networking opportunities with a wide range of investors, partners and customer prospects

Prizes!

Exclusive NCFA & FFCON23 partner prizes

Bragging rights

That’s right, you don’t just get an award for winning, you get to tell everyone about it!

Eligibility and Criteria

  • Open to Canadian AND international companies in the fintech sector, either B2B or B2C (examples include BNPL, global payment, ReFi, DeFi, lending, blockchain, banking services, insurtech, etc)
  • High growth companies actively seeking funding are encouraged to apply
  • Evidence of innovative business model, leadership team with strong backgrounds in their respective fields, clear product-market fit and evidence of traction through demonstrated milestones
  • Only one application per company (or Group)

Interested in joining a judging panel or becoming a Scout?

We are always looking for qualified investors, serial entrepreneurs and professional mentors to join our judging panel at FFCON22! Sample past judges have included organizations such as Information Venture Partners, OMERS Ventures, iNovia Capital, MaRS IAF, BDC, Thinking Capital, Extreme Venture Partners, Brightspark Ventures, Whitecap Venture Partners, YEDInstitute, IncMind, York Angels and more. Please email us at info@ncfacanada.org to express your interest.

 

FAQ
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Eligibility and Requirements

Is the Fintech Draft only open to fintech companies?

Companies qualifying for the Fintech Draft should provide some sort of financial service, serve the industry, and/or help manage consumers’ or businesses money. Examples include payment companies, enterprise or B2B solutions, web3, decentralized finance, NFT, digital asset, cryptocurrency, blockchain, lending, wealth management, trading, budgeting, digital banking, beyond banking, super apps and others.

 

Apply today to increase your chances of becoming a Shortlisted company

A limited number of Canadian and international companies will be shortlisted and featured, with the top companies selected as Draft Finalists. 

Companies are selected on a rolling basis, so get your application in early!

 

Competition Details

Who is the Pitching Competition for?

The Pitching Competition is for high growth early stage fintech startups who are actively seeking funding, customers or partners to grow their business.

 

When do I find out if I am selected as a Draft Finalist?

All shortlisted companies will be contacted on a rolling basis, however, the Drafted Finalists will be announced in November 20, 2022. After you apply, there is a review period during which our Scouts (investors, industry professionals and startup advisors) may reach out to you for more information and clarifying questions.

 

How many presenters can there be from each company?

Up to 2 team members can pitch or demo.

Each pitch comes with 2 complimentary tickets to FFCON23. Tickets for additional team members are available at special 50% discount.

 

What is the format of the pitch?

Brief pitch (strictly enforced) followed by Q&A and evaluations. 

Other

If my company is selected, are travel and/or accommodation costs included?

FFCON23 is hybrid conference so digital draft finalists can participate on March 2 as part of the events digital program.

 

What is online voting and evaluations? 

Shortlisted Top Picks receive a featured profile page on the FFCON23 website, which includes a voting feature for the Scouts and the crowd to select which companies they want to see pitch or demo. Crowd votes account for a small part of the Draft Finalist selection. 

Evaluations and company analyses are conducted by NCFA and Scouts (fintech professionals and investor experts), which will contribute to selecting the Draft Finalists.

 

For any other questions, please contact info@ncfacanada.org 

Last Year's Shortlisted Draft Companies

Congratulations to the 2021 Fintech Draft Winners!

Example Past Participating Companies