Accenture names 10 fintech startups for mentorship program

Accenture announced the selection of 10 fintech companies for the seventh annual FinTech Innovation Lab Asia-Pacific, a mentorship program.
Accenture Sonali Kulkarni
The program helps startups fine-tune their business plans and solutions by pairing them with mentors from leading financial institutions.

Singapore- and India-based fintech Knight FinTech provides Artificial Intelligence-powered, software-as-a-service (SaaS)-based treasury management and credit assessment platform to help financial firms increase returns and decrease risk.

Its interest rate and credit risk models analyse millions of data points to provide actionable insights to treasury managers or dealers taking a position on yield curve or taking a corporate credit risk exposure.

Bengaluru-based Fedo’s algorithm quantifies an individual’s risk for various diseases and his/her propensity to file a claim over the next few years, based on a photograph, enabling insurers to onboard and underwrite customers digitally with little to no manual intervention.

“We are seeing some fantastic innovation coming out of India’s fintech ecosystem, be it for digital payments, credit and risk management, underwriting or security,” Sonali Kulkarni, lead – Financial Services, Accenture India, said.

As per an Accenture analysis of data from CB Insights — a venture-finance data and analytics firm, released in February 2020, fintech investments in India nearly doubled, to $3.7 billion in 2019, making the country the world’s third largest fintech market.

The other selected startups include Fano Labs (Hong Kong), KADA (Australia), Flybits (Canada), SPIN Analytics (United Kingdom), (Israel) and three other Singapore-based startups — UVAS, Symbo and Staple.

The financial technology entrepreneurs in the seventh annual program will receive mentoring from Accenture and 19 leading financial services firms.

This year’s program received applications from 162 companies in more than 30 countries, with solutions related to the five themes for the 2020 program: data and analytics; digital bank solutions; emerging technologies; health insurance ecosystem; and intelligent automation.

Accenture said the 10 selected startups have developed innovations designed to help financial institutions address a variety of challenges, including keeping up with compliance requirements, analyzing large volumes of structured and unstructured data, and building more-personalized customer products and services.

The 2020 Lab formally kicks off in October and ends in December, when the participants will present their solutions at a virtual Demo Day to an audience of venture capitalists and financial industry executives.