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FIA announces 2021 Innovators Pavilion

29 June 2021

Washington, DC -- FIA today launched the seventh annual Innovators Pavilion competition for fintech startups that are offering forward-thinking solutions for the global derivatives markets.

Those selected for the Innovators Pavilion will receive free exhibition space at FIA's in-person Futures and Options Expo in Chicago on Nov 2-4, 2021, giving them an opportunity to demonstrate their products and services to representatives from the derivatives industry. Participants also will have a chance to compete for FIA's Innovator of the Year award, which includes marketing and other resources.

"FIA is committed to promoting innovation in the global derivatives markets," said Walt Lukken, President and CEO of FIA. "By providing this space for fintech startups to interact with the leading firms in this industry, we aim to accelerate the adoption of new technologies by banks, brokers, exchanges and trading firms."

FIA is accepting applications now through July 30, 2021. Each application will be reviewed by an independent selection committee comprised of industry experts. There is no cost to participate but space is limited. All fintech firms selected for the Innovators Pavilion will be given free space on the Expo show floor and a free pass to the Expo conference. Now in its 37th year, Expo is the derivatives industry's largest annual trade show featuring global exchanges, technology vendors and service providers.

All startups will participate in a "Meet the Innovators" pitch contest at Expo, competing for the title of "FIA Innovator of the Year" and a prize package that includes advertising opportunities and booth space at future FIA shows. FIA will also recognize the second runner-up and the “People’s Choice Award” voted on by the attendance at Expo. Previous winners include Money.net, TellusLabs. FreightWaves, Hivemind and RiskFuel.

Application Process:

Who should apply: Companies that have been in business for five years or less that offer innovative products and services relevant to the futures, options, and cleared swaps industry.

How to apply: Fill out the application form onlineand submit to FIA. In some cases, a demo may be requested. All information provided to FIA will remain confidential. 

What is included:

  • Access to Expo delegates from exchanges, trading firms, brokerage firms, and service providers from around the world.
  • A "TechPod" on the show floor that includes demonstration space, a flat screen monitor and internet access.
  • Media exposure through press releases, social media, the Expo app, website features, and access to media partners.
  • FIA Innovator Award

More than 100 startups have participated in the FIA Innovators Pavilion since it was launched in 2015. For a complete list of the companies, click here.

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