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Live Pitching Finalists Announced for FFCON19: FEARLESS

NCFA | Team FFCON19 | March 31, 2019

FFCON19 pitching finalists - Live Pitching Finalists Announced for FFCON19: FEARLESS

Nine high-growth companies have been selected from inbound applications to pitch live at the 5th annual Fintech and Financing Conference: FEARLESS (#FFCON19).

These companies will be pitching in three sessions on April 4, to be led by pitch session partner hosts McCarthy Tétrault,  Toronto Starts.and the PCMA.

Congratulations to the 9 finalists!

  1. Balance
  2. BooknBrunch
  3. Consilium Crypto
  4. Feedback
  5. Fintros
  6. Hedgie
  7. Owl Labs
  8. needls
  9. Vacation Fund

One winning company will be selected for the inaugural People's Choice Award, which celebrates an up and coming startup that is the most innovative and most impactful, as determined by the pitch session judges and the crowd.

The Conference, to be held from April 3-4, 2019, attracts fintech, blockchain and AI innovators, investors, companies actively raising capital and key decision makers/stakeholders in technology and capital markets from all over Canada and around the world. Click here to view the full program.



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