One of Kansas Metropolis’s outstanding fintech and nonprofit leaders has secured partnerships with three of the areas main banks.
Donald Hawkins, founder and CEO of Griffin Applied sciences and a co-leader in KC Collective, was awarded pilot tasks with Emprise Bank, Constancy Bank, and Intrust Bank, Thursday — a part of the Wichita-based NXSTAGE Pilot Competitors, hosted by ecosystem-building engine NXTUS.
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Hawkins’ clean pitch efficiently secured partnerships with the entire program’s companions, making him the occasion’s present stopper, NXSTAGE famous.
“My folks grew up at a time where they knew what it was like to have a relationship with a banker. It felt like somebody local having your back,” Hawkins informed judges and viewers members, detailing the value Griffin goals to carry to the banking world and to its new companions. “My daughter and niece likely won’t grow up in a time where they have that face-to-face interaction. That’s exactly what we’re aiming to fix.”
Hawkins, a Pipeline Entrepreneur, and Griffin beforehand have been cohort members of nbkc bank’s former Fountain Metropolis Fintech accelerator.
Eleven fintech finalists pitched their corporations as a part of this system’s innovation showcase — together with Kansas Metropolis and Wamego, Kansas-based Bellwethr, which additionally secured a partnership with Emprise Bank.
Click on right here to seek out out why Bellwethr was named one among Startland Information’ Kansas Metropolis Startups to Watch in 2019.
The occasion was headlined by audio system Chase Koch, president of Koch Disruptive Applied sciences, and Steve Case, co-founder of AOL and CEO of Revolution LLC.
The partnerships are anticipated to assist every bank scale their digital attain and enhance total buyer expertise, whereas accelerating development for profitable startups, a NXTSTAGE launch mentioned.
“It’s critical that we stimulate and facilitate innovation,” echoed Charlie Chandler, INTRUST Bank Chairman and CEO. “Banking is constantly changing, and we have more competition than we’ve ever had.”
The inaugural contest is predicted to proceed accelerating early-stage startups by further verticals business 4.zero and group well being and vibrancy over the approaching months, NXSTAGE mentioned.
“The time is now, for both startups and corporations fighting to meet today’s challenges,” mentioned Josh Oeding, President and CEO of NXTUS.
“Collaboration between early-stage and well-established companies has never been more vital,” he mentioned. “The leadership shown by our corporate and community partners shows they see innovation and entrepreneurship as core to leading us all to a bright future.”
Kansas Metropolis-based Future — a Startland Information’ Kansas Metropolis Startup to Watch in 2020 — additionally pitched throughout the showcase, however didn’t place.
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