FinTech Futures Jobs: five awesome fintech companies founded by women
Despite having a reputation for being a male-dominated industry, the world of fintech is full of brilliant female leaders who are taking charge, innovating and making a difference. And we want to hear all about them!
In fact, according to Crunchbase, 1,180+ fintech companies globally have at least one female founder, a figure that is growing rapidly. So, let’s shine a light on some of these companies founded by women, and learn more about the fantastic females powering the industry:
Alinea Invest’s mission is to empower the next generation of investors. Investing can be intimidating because there’s too much information out there. Alinea means a new way of doing something, and marks a new chapter in investing to make it simple, personal and transparent. This start-up was founded by two Columbia University graduates, Eve Halimi and Anam Lakhani.
While still in university, Eve co-founded an event-planning start-up that brought together young creators and ambitious individuals in New York City through upscale events that promoted brands/products by young entrepreneurs. Alinea started her career working as an analyst for Citi, being promoted from an internship to a full-time position.
Aya Payments is a healthcare start-up that builds payment tools and programmes for employee benefits packages. Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, it says it is bringing health and wellness benefits to everyone. And there’s no paperwork or out-of-pocket medical expenses for clients to worry about.
Joanna Armatys is the VP and co-founder at Aya Payments. She is an experienced, bilingual physiotherapist with a background working professionally in complex long-term care and rehabilitation, as well as private and hospital out-patient orthopaedic rehabilitation.
First Boulevard describes itself as “unapologetic banking for black America”. It is a provider of digital banking services for Black Americans through legitimate financial education, where customers can easily keep track of current and projected expenses to ensure that they stay on top of their finances.
Asya Bradley is the founder and COO of First Boulevard. She’s also the Founder of #HowSheWorks, an inclusive grassroots community of underrepresented founders and allies that highlights the diverse paths to professional and personal success.
Prior to this, Bradley served as SVP of revenue at SilaMoney, a Banking-as-a-Service (BaaS). She was also VP of partnerships at Socure, which uses artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to provide a frictionless solution to ID verification in financial services. Previous to Socure she was on the founding team at Synapse as the chief revenue officer, which develops banking APIs to help bank the unbanked of America by connecting innovative fintech platforms to banking institutions.
goHenry was grown by a small group of friends who wanted a simple, meaningful and common-sense solution for kids’ money management.
Born from a collective grumble on the sidelines of a school football game, the founders joked about creating something that would put an end to card-nag: a product that would stop parents from having to make all children’s iTunes, app store or Amazon purchases. They also wanted to ward off any pocket money payments that involved fumbling for change in coat pockets, IOUs, or making special trips to the ATM.
Louise Henry co-founded GoHenry in 2012 with two other parents as there was nothing that was helping teach children about how to be good with money in an increasingly digital world. Her aim at GoHenry is to show that financial education can be fun, practical and help with the transition into adulthood.
Modularbank is a cloud-native banking platform that allows users to establish a new banking business or digitally transform an existing one. The core of this banking platform is designed to offer next-generation banking experiences for both retail and business banking.
Vilve Vene is the co-founder and CEO at Modularbank. She has been working in the fintech industry for 25 years. In 2002, she left her role in Hansabank with a wealth of experience that enabled her to set up Icefire, which has successfully built more than 15 banks and financial institutions and is responsible for the infrastructure of the Estonian tax system.
In 2019, she co-founded Modularbank with the aim of taking fintech further: to provide a flexible banking platform, which allows any business to rapidly offer seamless, tailored financial services to their customers.
So as you can see, it’s an industry packed with incredible women doing incredible things!
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