Utah’s Fintech Launch Pad

Incubating and accelerating financial technology and the companies creating it

What is fintechXstudio?

We are a startup incubator and accelerator for students and recent alumni from all universities within the state of Utah.

Stena fintechXstudio was created to fuel fintech innovation from students and recent alumni from universities across the state of Utah. Founded by successful fintech entrepreneurs, the studio is helping the next generation of fintech founders scale faster and sharpen their product vision.

fintechXstudio is launching an annual cohort of 5-6 startups, and will give participants access to advisors, office collaboration space, startup funding and other business services to grow their companies.

Cohort participants will work through the Stena Center for Financial Technology at the University of Utah. The program lasts a year, providing cohort members an ideal environment to build, test and launch their fintech solution.

Who Can Participate?

If you are an undergraduate, graduate student or faculty member from any university in Utah, this program is for you. Alumni that have graduated within the last three years are also welcome to apply.

Companies and business ideas should be focused on financial technology and are not required to be at a certain stage – anything from idea to seed stage will be considered.

How it Works

Our first application cycle opens October 2023 for participation in the 2024 cohort.

Got a fire to create the next great fintech?

What We Do For You

With any meaningful endeavor, launch trajectory determines success.

To help you get launched right we provide several key benefits. These offerings are provided by outside entities that have donated a set amount of time, services, or products for your benefit.

Venture Funding

Let’s face it, once you have a good idea you need funding to fuel it. Through our partnership with a venture capital fund, you will receive an initial investment to get you rolling.

IT Services

Tech requires tech. Our partners will provide feedback on best practices and technical insights for systems integration, data management, IT infrastructure, and software development to help you build a world-class technology platform.

Legal Services

You’ll also likely need legal insight to set up an entity or for key questions. Our legal partners will provide services, along with educational sessions, and office hours.

Cloud Services

Great ideas are formed in the clouds. So, our partners also provide credits and consultative services to help set up or optimize cloud-based systems to help you innovate.

Branding & Marketing

First impressions go a long way. Our marketing partners will help you get out of the gate with initial branding: namely a logo and website, marketing and branding consultations, and mentoring.

Important Upcoming Dates

October 15th
Application opens
November 15th
Application closes
November 30th
Finalists notified if they are chosen to participate in Pitch Day
December 11th
Pitch Day – finalists will be invited to present business ideas to a panel
December 20th
Companies selected for the cohort will be notified
January 16th
Cohort stars
February 5-6
Fintech Xchange Event - cohort companies will be announced and introduced

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Contact Us

Email us at stena@utah.edu for specific questions or to request more information.

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