The Next Five Years of the Financial Solutions Lab

By Garry Reeder

Today, Financial Solutions Lab founding partner JPMorgan Chase & Co. announced a renewed commitment to the Financial Solutions Lab and our shared mission to broaden access to innovative tools and services that improve financial health for consumers everywhere – especially those in underserved communities.

Over the last five years, the Financial Solutions Lab has grown to become recognized as one of the top fintech accelerators – and the only one focused on financial health in the country – with cohort alumni hailing from nine cities across seven states. This group of nearly 40 companies have served more than 4.5 million consumers, helping them avoid more than $1 billion in fees and interest expenses.

Read our recent report: Insights from the Financial Solutions Lab

Additionally, we’ve done some pioneering work in aligning nonprofits and fintechs – a cross-sector collaboration that allows both groups to further their reach and impact.

Read our recent report: Cross-Sector Solutions: A Guide to Nonprofit-Fintech Partnerships

The Financial Solutions Lab has established a proven platform from which we can continue our mission and improve the financial health of consumers. Beyond that, the Lab will be expanding its assistance to companies and nonprofits in support of this mission, and revealing important details for future participants. Here’s a snapshot of what’s to come:

  • Ongoing cohort support: We’ll continue to work with and mentor past cohort companies. In fact, several workplace companies (including Brightside, Even, HoneyBee, Manifest, MedPut, and Onward) are currently engaged in a research project with the Financial Health Network and Washington University in St. Louis to analyze the impact of their fintech solutions on employee financial health.
  • Building on success: In 2020 and beyond, we’ll continue our fintech accelerator programs but will also expand our nonprofit-fintech exchange efforts and explore unmet consumer needs, specifically for low-to-moderate-income individuals.
  • 2020 accelerator theme announcement and application: The 2020 fintech accelerator challenge topic and participation details will be announced late October. We’ll be seeking applications from financial services companies, technology startups and innovative nonprofits. To receive updates on the 2020 challenge, application details and more, subscribe here.

Several exciting developments are in store for the Financial Solutions Lab and the organizations it engages with – check back soon for new announcements. In the meantime, read up on JPMorgan Chase’s news release noting the latest Financial Solutions Lab investment, our past challenges and prior accelerator companies.

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