‘Finovate’ Brings Financial Innovations to West Coast; NWCUA Offers 25% Registration Discount

Industry leaders and hot young startups get seven minutes each to pitch their ideas at the FinovateSpring convention.

More than 70 companies will get seven minutes each to pitch the latest innovations in financial and banking technology at the FinovateSpring 2014 conference in April, and the Northwest Credit Union Association is offering special registration discounts now for member credit unions that would like to hear those ideas.

The conference, scheduled for April 29-30, will take place just five minutes from the San Jose, Calif., airport at the San Jose Civic. More than 1,300 financial executives, venture capitalists, reporters, industry analysts, bloggers and fintech entrepreneurs are expected to attend.

Over the course of two days, attendees will hear from a hand-picked group of industry leaders and hot young startups, each of whom will get seven minutes on stage to introduce their latest and greatest innovation. Ideas generally run the gamut of financial technology, from debit rewards, alternative payments and security solutions to new marketing tools, youth banking and next-generation online platforms. No slides or pre-recorded videos are allowed.

Following afternoon demonstrations on both days, informal networking sessions will provide an opportunity to meet face-to-face with senior executives from the participating companies. Last year, presenters ranged from Amazon, Google and Microsoft to FamZoo, Escardgot and Virtual Piggy.

Kim Vu, the NWCUA’s vice president for community investment and social impact, will be leading a delegation of Northwest credit union executives to FinovateSpring 2014. It’s a unique opportunity, she says, to spend a few days in the company of some of the most innovative minds in financial technology.

“The Association is delighted to offer this unique invitation to our Northwest credit unions to experience first-hand what is coming around the corner in emerging financial technologies,” Vu says. “FinovateSpring is a great place to connect with the startups and major companies that are changing the way consumers engage with their finances, potentially impacting how we serve our members in the future.”

Using a special discount code, NWCUA members can receive 25 percent off the price of registration for the conference. Early registration, which ends Jan. 17, is normally $1,195; it’s $896.25 with the NWCUA’s code. After Jan. 17, the regular registration rate is $1,495; NWCUA members can sign up for $1,121.25. To get the code, contact Vu at 206.340.4818 or kvu@nwcua.org.


Questions? Contact Gary Stein: 503.350.2216, gstein@nwcua.org.

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