MaRS, home to Canada’s first dedicated FinTech cluster, hosts Europe’s leading accelerator to showcase Canada’s entrepreneurial talent in the global market

 FastTrack is open to innovative early-stage startups specializing in FinTech

TORONTOMarch 20, 2015 – Startupbootcamp FinTech, an accelerator based in London, UK and Singapore, today announced that their FastTrack tour will be coming to MaRS in Toronto on May 28, 2015. The one-day event is open to innovative, early-stage, Toronto-based FinTech startups looking for expert advice and exposure. Part of the global, award-winning Startupbootcamp (SBC), SBC FinTech is a leading financial innovation accelerator dedicated to helping startups scale globally through direct access to an international network of mentors, partners and investors.

Startupbootcamp selected Toronto, Canada as one of 18 global destinations for its FinTech FastTrack tour after witnessing the recent growth in financial innovation in the region. MaRS, one of the world’s largest urban innovation hubs and a key contributor to Canada’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, will host the event.

Why should startups apply?
FastTrack events offer a bite-sized glimpse into the value of the Startupbootcamp program. Ten startups will have the opportunity to connect with top mentors, get feedback from other startups and meet the Startupbootcamp FinTech team. One-on-one sessions with local industry experts in the finance, investment and entrepreneurial space will provide advice on how to improve their product, business model and pitching skills. By participating, startups will also gain access to the Startupbootcamp FinTech global community. After the FastTrack tour, Startupbootcamp FinTech will select 10 startups to take part in their three-month intensive 2015 FinTech accelerator in London.

“Being a part of our FastTrack Tour means that startups are on the Startupbootcamp FinTech watch list for life, giving them a greater chance of being selected for one of our global programs,” said Nektarios Liolios, MD, Startupbootcamp FinTech. “We encourage startups at any stage in their early development to apply for this unprecedented opportunity to connect with Startupbootcamp FinTech’s global community and access worldwide opportunities. It is an exciting time for FinTech, not only in London and Singapore, but also in Canada, and we’re delighted to be bringing FastTrack to Toronto with MaRS.”

“We’re thrilled to help bring Startupbootcamp FinTech to Toronto to build on the successes seen in London and throughout Europe,” said Adam Nanjee, Head of FinTech at MaRS. “Our FinTech companies have global potential and this program offers important international connections.”

Successful FastTrack startups have the potential to be selected for the Startupbootcamp FinTech accelerator program, which includes:

  • Extensive mentorship from 400+ entrepreneurs, investors and partners
  • Access to top markets in London, throughout Europe and the Asia-Pacific region
  • 3+ months free office space
  • €15K in cash per team
  • €450K+ in partner services
  • Exposure to 200+ Angels & VCs
  • Invitation to SBC global alumni network

The event is open to all early-stage FinTech startups. For more information and to apply, visit:

About Startupbootcamp FinTech
Launched in 2014, Startupbootcamp FinTech is the leading FinTech accelerator, and the only program of its kind to attract such wide industry support. Based in London and Singapore, its partners include DBS Bank, Lloyds Banking Group, MasterCard, Rabobank, SBT Venture Capital, arvato Financial Services, Route 66 Ventures, Infocomm Investments and Intesa Sanpaolo, as well as an extensive mentor and alumni network from more than 30 countries across the globe. The award-winning accelerator offers FinTech startups access to world class industry expertise during an intensive three month program. At the end of the programme, startups pitch at Demo Day to more than 250 investors.

Other Startupbootcamp programs are currently active in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Copenhagen, Eindhoven, Istanbul and London with other cities and vertical programs to be announced soon.

For more information:

MaRS’ Financial Technology (FinTech) Cluster connects the financial services sector with startups developing next generation technology in emerging payments, financial services, peer-to-peer transactions, alternative lending and crypto-currencies. Through a strategic network of partners, the FinTech Cluster supports entrepreneurs with rapid validation, access to investment, product feedback, sales opportunities and business advisory services. Interested in working with us? Apply here.