SBC Colab FinTech New York

Solving real business problems

Growth stage companies remain relevant for Financial Services innovation, and growing numbers of established industry players engage with FinTech startups via hackathons, accelerators, and competitions. However, mature markets like London are starting to experience ‘FinTech accelerator fatigue’.

Colab is an innovation program for mature markets, created by the founders of Startupbootcamp FinTech, to help industry incumbents in Financial Services solve real business problems.

The model is theme-based for targeted enterprise-ready businesses tackling industry problems, to create real projects and meaningful engagement. Through careful due diligence and the selection process, Colab connects growth stage companies with proven technology and business models, to the right people within established industry organizations, going beyond matching two like-minded companies.


Current Theme

Colab’s current theme is Alternative Finance. Alt-Fi spans a wide range of asset classes in both B2B and B2C finance. From process automation in a traditional lending environment, to innovative approaches in non-core ares like reward programmes, solutions that challenge historical credit risk assessment and change the game for small business financing are ready to be explored.

Colab’s reach is global. We are looking for companies who have raised between Seed and Series A, and/or companies who have a solution ready to go to Proof of Concept (POC) with financial institutions.

If you fit these criteria, and sit anywhere in the value chain of Alt-Fi, get in touch with us to learn more about how you can participate in the Colab programme.









July 31, 2018 August 17, 2018 September 4-7, 2018
September 18-21, 2018



Our analyst and scouting team researches over 1,000 startups based on real business challenges set by our industry partners. Once we have conducted in-depth research, the top 50 startups will be shortlisted – predominantly revenue making post-seed companies – and taken through to the interview stage, before our industry partners choose the startups to join the program.


One month later, the chosen startups will be back in London or New York for the commencement of the two-week program.

This program is designed for startups to connect with the right stakeholders within each of the industry partners to explore where there are opportunities for commercial relationships. We’ll also be providing startups with access to top industry mentors, VCs and growth stage startup coaches.


Once the program is complete, our team uses the unique startup landscape data, gathered from each program and hands-on experience within the industry theme, to produce comprehensive analysis on the sector. Keep an eye on our blog for regular insights.

Key Focus Areas

Capital Markets



Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning


Data & Analytics

Client Onboarding

Financial Wellness

Why join the program?

Theme Based

To tackle industry problems, allowing for deeper insights into specific sectors

For Mature Markets

To create real commercial engagements between established players and growth stage companies with proven technology and business models

Working Together

In a trusted peer group to observe how others engage with startups, learn approaches to external innovation and evolve digital transformation strategies

Detailed Landscape Analysis

For each theme looping into an innovation learning process

Free for Growth Companies

To explore commercial opportunities, expedite growth and receive focused attention from industry players

Global Network

Unmatched access to a global network of mentors, corporate partners, industry experts, and alumni across 40+ countries

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Recommended FinTech Events

29-30 October FinovateAsia 2018 (Discount code FKV2338SBT) Hong Kong
26-27 November MoneyLIVE Summit 2018 (Discount code: BOOTCAMP10) London
27-28 November FinovateAfrica 2018 (Discount code: FKV2358SBT) Cape Town
12-13 December AI & Big Data for Banking Summit  New York


The SBC Colab FinTech space is located in Grind West Street, New York City, a 10,000ft2 coworking hub in Verizon's landmark building - in Lower Manhattan, New York. The new space will harbour our FinTech program with an "environment that inspires knowledge sharing and collaboration among members of the coworking community and to enable them to problem solve and co-create with some of the best and brightest in their industries". Grind - 140 West Street, 2nd floor, New York, NY 10007, USA Map

SBC Colab FinTech New York Team

Nektarios Liolios

Nektarios Liolios

Helene Panzarino

Helene Panzarino

Managing Director
Ghela Boskovich

Ghela Boskovich

Head of Partnerships
Megan Hayes

Megan Hayes

Program Director
Christine Jaram

Christine Jaram

Chief Operating Officer
Triin Linamagi

Triin Linamagi

Head of Ecosystem
Katherine Dvorkin

Katherine Dvorkin

Communications Director

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