Project FinTech

What is Project FinTech?

A 12 week accelerator for pre-seed and seed stage fintech startups offering founders the benefit of community, curriculum, and connection.


Innovating new ways to bank, buy and borrow.


Recieve dedicated support from exited FinTech EiRs, champion mentors, and subject-matter experts who want to help you achieve commercialization. Project FinTech operates with support from LaunchTN.


Hear From Our Founders

Barrington Allen

Co-Founder of Lendovative Technologies

Diego Equiarte

Co-Founder of Nuestro Financial

Why Project FinTech?


The global FinTech market is growing rapidly, and is expected to reach $699.50 billion by 2030.

 – Adroit Market Research

Tennessee is well positioned to capture and contribute to this growth, given the robust tech innovation ecosystem and the organic growth and momentum fintech has already seen across the state. Project FinTech aims to organize and accelerate this growth, and generate broad community impact. If you’re a FinTech subject-matter expert, we invite you to join the Project FinTech mentor network and support early-stage FinTech companies in Tennessee. 

Upcoming Cohort Details


Pre-Seed + Seed, Fintech-focus agnostic (welcome to builders in banktech, payments, wealthtech, etc)

Key Curriculum Sessions
  • Legal + Regulatory
  • Customer Discovery + Product Market Fit
  • B2B Sales
  • Technical Product Development
  • Building + Optimizing your Financial Infrastructure
  • Fundraising in FinTech
  • Pitching / Presenting

$500 for three months ($1,500 total)

Additional Value

Exposure via final “Demo Day” and industry-specific events and conferences.



Hear from our Community

“Before Nuestro Financial became part of the EC, we faced significant challenges accessing the right service providers, mentors, and partners to propel our growth and advance our mission. However, with the invaluable assistance of the EC / Project Fintech staff, doors have opened for us one after the next. It has been an incredible experience to be supported by a group as passionate about our goals as we are.  ¡Muchas gracias, EC!”
– Diego Equiarte (Project FinTech 2023)

Meet The Team

Maryn Papazian

Program Manager

Maryn brings six years of experience in strategy and business operations across eCommerce, tech, B2B retail and entrepreneurship. She believes good things happen when you commit to what you love, and she is an advocate of the power of community (plus a little hard work and a lot of celebration.) Maryn is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Business, and brings experience from, Walmart eCommerce, Klarna Bank AB, and her startup – Sunroot Gifting Co.

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2023 Program Partners

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