The Technology Association of Georgia hosted more than 1,400 fintech leaders at the landmark FinTech South conference on April 22-23 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in downtown Atlanta.
FinTech South 2019 brought together global leaders, key companies and the hottest trends in the industry for an exchange of insights and innovations to fuel the financial technology industry of tomorrow
This year’s conference was another sold-out event, featuring 90+ key thought leaders in the industry, along with current and emerging FinTech leaders from across the globe, panel discussions, interactive demos, a $50K startup pitch contest, and 24 provocative break-out sessions exploring the fast-paced shifts and global implications of FinTech in a world of constant change.
“TAG is excited to host the 2019 FinTech South event – the largest FinTech conference in the Southeast – bringing back what has become a significant international FinTech event,” said Larry K. Williams, President and CEO of TAG. “This event has become the connecting point for companies that are leading the most important, global innovations in the FinTech industry.”
One of the most exciting elements of the annual FinTech South event is the Innovation Challenge, a four-week program that culminates in a live audience, on-stage vote for the winner of a $50K cash prize. Hosted by the TAG, the Innovation Challenge features an Education and Mentoring program that aims to accelerate early stage fintech companies in the region through instruction, mentoring and an introduction to the Georgia fintech ecosystem.
This year’s winner is Stackfolio (Atlanta, GA) an online marketplace for loan trading, offering a completely digital transaction process that does not require human brokers.
Georgia Gov. Brian P. Kemp gave remarks during the event, praising the fintech industry for boosting the state’s economy and helping to build a vibrant workforce pipeline.
Georgia has deep roots in fintech. Some 57.7 billion U.S. purchase transactions are processed by Georgia-based acquirers and 70% of all credit, debit and prepaid card sales in the nation are handled by Atlanta-based firms earning the city the nickname “Transaction Alley.” The top 20 Georgia-based FinTech’s alone generate an estimated $72 billion in annual revenue.