BMO Harris Bank Accelerator Chooses Pocketnest for 2020 Cohort

This was originally featured in Chicago Inno.


Pocketnest was one of five fintech startups chosen to be featured in 1871’s first women-focused BMO Harris Bank accelerator. This is the first time the accelerator is completely dedicated to women-founded fintech startups.

The companies, selected June 15, are all creating products for the financial industry that aim to simplify money management, investing and banking.

The five participating startups were chosen from a group of 10 by a panel of judges, which included Vlatka Puljic, the director of strategic initiatives and the women in business initiative at BMO Harris Bank, and Stephanie Miller, the vice president of corporate innovation at 1871.

All of the participants have access to 1871’s “PYROS” initiative, a 13-week series of workshops, seminars and one-to-one mentoring built to help founders gain and grow customers and investor traction, 1871 said.

Last year, startups Holberg Financial, XSELL and Manifest won first, second and third place, respectively, at the accelerator’s pitch day.

“We were very excited to have the opportunity to meet so many female founders solving FinTech problems”, said 1871 CEO Betsy Ziegler in a statement. “This program brings cutting-edge technology and products forward with undeniable energy and access, and we believe through this program all five participants will exceed their own expectations on growth and impact.”

Pocketnest is alongside the following startups in this year’s cohort: DelShan, Inc. by Atkco, NJ-based Hope Trust, Plinqit by HTMA, and The Wealth Factory, based in Washington, D.C.


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