LAS VEGAS–More than 200 people packed a room here for VentureTech 21, a showcase for fintechs seeking funding from and/or partnerships with credit unions and CUSOs.
VentureTech 21 was created Nick Evens while he was with Veridian Credit Union in Iowa, along with CUNA Strategic Services and Open Technology Solutions. Evens, who emceed the Las Vegas event, now leads Curql Collective, the CUSO/venture capital initiative that recently announced it had closed its first fund with more than $250 million.
The event attracted 48 credit unions, three corporates, 21 CUSOs, 17 leagues and league service corporations, and five venture capital firms.
Fourteen fintechs made their pitches over two days, in addition to nine companies that are part of the Curql Fund portfolio, including Payrailz, Zest AI, Clutch, Eltropy, Illuma Labs, MotoRefi, Nymbus, Posh and Defense Storm.
Below is a brief overview of the eight companies that made presentations on day one. Companies that made pitches during day two, for which CUToday.info was not present, included Akuvo, V-Talk, Renofi, Long Game, Tax Status, and Silvur.