SXSW FinTech Roundup

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With so many places to go and people to see, SXSW is often one of the most exciting technology events of the year. This year it has become even more exciting– and not just because the President and First Lady will be headlining the event!

SXSW has added a whole new category of events geared toward the FinTech audience. From increased programing, to FinTech’s own track within the exclusive SXSW Accelerator Competition, and more cool fintech parties. For all you last minute planners, Fintech-focused Leverage PR has put together a 2016 FinTech Round-up:


SXSW Accelerator: Payment and FinTech Technologies

Saturday, March 12 from 3:30 – 4:30 pm & 5:00 – 6:00 pm

Sunday, March 13 from 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Eight companies within the Payment and FinTech Technologies category will dazzle a live audience, panel of three judges and co-emcees with their ideas, innovations, product and/or service on Saturday, March 12. Three of those eight companies will be asked to return on day two, Sunday, March 13, to present to a new group of co-emcees and judges. A grand prize winner for each category will be selected at the end of day two as part of the evening SXSW Accelerator Awards Ceremony.

Location: Hilton Austin Downtown, Salon B – 500 East 4th Street, Austin TX 78701

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SoFin @ SXSW 2016

Friday, March 11 from 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Explore the value of the unbanked and underserved financial consumer as well as dive into new technologies that are democratizing products and services that were previously only accessible by high net worth clients or institutional players.

Location: Doc’s Motorworks – 1123 S Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78704

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Financial Hardware in an App-Centric World

Friday, March 11 from 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

This panel will include representatives from companies that are working to develop and bring new hardware technologies to the financial services industry. We will talk about the opportunities and challenges to deliver a truly innovative product in this space.

Location: JW Marriott, Salon D – 110 E 2nd Street, Austin, TX 78701

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Schwab Reboot Breakfast Lounge @SXSW

Saturday, March 12 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

What better way to start out your SXSW adventure than stopping by our breakfast lounge to get your fill of breakfast tacos, mimosas and coffee as you plan out your SXSW travels. Please note that RSVP does not guarantee admission.  There is limited capacity and entry will be on a first come, first served basis.

Location: Charles Schwab – 501 Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas 78701

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Village Capital 2016 FinTech Showcase

Saturday, March 12 from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This pitch event highlights diverse and innovative financial technology entrepreneurs from across the US that are disrupting existing industries and increasing financial health for underserved communities and small businesses.

Location: Maggie Mae’s – 323 E 6th Street, Austin, TX 78701

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The Apocalyptic Future…of Finance

Sunday, March 13 from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

This discussion will encapsulate how disruptive new technology is creating a dangerous situation in which consumers’ most sensitive information is dangerously susceptible to compromise. Josh Klein, a Hacker for H4X Industries will discuss ways in which this new technology is putting banking and finance at risk.

Location: Hilton Austin Downtown, Room 400-402 – 500 E 4th Street, Austin, TX 78701

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Beyond Banks: The Future of a Fully Banked World

Monday, March 14 from 9:30 am – 10:30 am

This fireside chat with Anthony Watson, CEO of Uphold – a cloud based financial service enabling instant, safe and free transfer and exchange of currencies and commodities – and Jonathan Shieber, a senior editor at TechCrunch – will address the benefits of unlocking finance for all and why it’s taken until now to enact change.

Location: JW Marriott, Rooms 303-304 – 110 E 2nd Street, Austin, TX 78701

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NextGen House – Crowdfunding Launchfest

Monday, March 14 from 2:00 pm – 12:00 am

Ready to discover a new era of crowdfunding? Meet the innovators who are sparking this new economy. Learn from them how to raise money to fund your company.

Location: Maggie Mae’s – 323 E 6th Street, Austin, TX 78701

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Startup Grind Hosts Tony Aguilar (Student Loan Genius)

Tuesday, March 15 at 1:00 pm

Tony is a former professional poker player turned socialpreneur. His passion is creating businesses and organizations that tackle social and economic problems like that of his most recent venture, Student Loan Benefits, which is a modern benefit that allows employees to manage, optimize, and reduce their student debt. Tony also founded Campus Slice, a crowd-funding platform for college tuition, and Amiti Advising, the first financial planning firm for young professionals and students. His goal is to put a massive dent in the $1.2 trillion student loan epidemic.

Location: Capitol Factory –  701 Brazos Street, 16th floor, Austin, 78701

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Other Non-Fintech Related Events

2016 Pre-SXSW Startup Crawl

Thursday, March 10 from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Put on by Capital Factory, the Startup Crawl is an opportunity to see and meet the faces behind the newest startups. The event is held before SXSW officially starts and last year saw more than 24,000 attendees.

Location: Capital Factory – 701 Brazos Street, Austin, TX 78701

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SXSW Accelerator Awards Ceremony

Sunday, March 13 from 7:00 pm –  9:00 pm  

Location: Hilton Austin Downtown, Salon AB – 500 East 4th Street, Austin TX 78701

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Tech Cocktail’s Startup Celebration at SXSWi 2016

Sunday, March 13 from 7:00 pm – 12:00 am

Tech Cocktail, a celebration of startups, technology and the community, will be throwing a party at SXSW this year. Twenty of the most powerful startups will be presented for enthusiasts and investors. The party is known for having powerful networking opportunities for those within the industry.

Location: Maggie Mae’s – 323 E 6th Street, Austin, TX 78701

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How to Disrupt a Regulated Industry

Sunday, March 13 from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Learn the steps you need to take as you evaluate the political and regulatory landscape impacting your start up. Engage with experts to establish contacts and obtain strategic advice from those who have navigated large government systems, political relationships, and government contracting. Learn how to effectively engage policy makers, anticipate regulatory impact on new technologies, and clearly communicate your product/offering to the influencers needed to open doors and markets.

Location: Omni Downtown, Capital Ballroom, 700 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701

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