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May 23-25, 2023
Marriott Marquis San FranciscoSan Francisco, CA

Startup Booster Program

All-access event pass, unlimited meetings + networking connections to give your startup a boost

What's Startup Booster?

Offering insights and connections to give your startup a boost. A program designed for new startups seeking exposure at Finovate events, but who are not ready to demo, yet. 

Qualifying startups are eligible for discounted Startup Booster tickets with access to all event content, attendees, and networking opportunities. Startups raising funding should take advantage of the Advanced Booster for increased exposure to event attendees and intimate networking with investors.

Opportunities & Eligibility

There are two Startup Booster opportunities depending on your company's goals for FinovateSpring 2023. 

To determine eligibility for participation, please review the below information and submit the following form. We will follow up shortly.

Please note: meeting this criteria does not guarantee your acceptance. Limited availability.

Startup Booster: $499

Startup Booster participation is for fintech and tech startups who are less than 5 years old and have raised less than $5M USD. Any team member from qualifying startups may attend the event on a Startup Booster ticket.

Startup Booster includes the following:

  • Event access at special discounted rate ($499 per ticket)
  • Event content + networking* 
  • Event attendees with unlimited meetings and chat
  • Breakfast, lunch and networking refreshments 
  • Startup profile on the event website

*Please note, the Startup Booster does not include access to the Investor Networking Reception that is part of the Advanced Booster package. 

Advanced Booster: $1,000

The Advanced Booster is for Founders or CEOs of fintech and tech startups who are currently raising pre-seed or seed funding.  

Advanced Booster includes the following:

  • Event access for Founder or CEO via Start Booster ticket
  • Event content + networking
  • Event attendees with unlimited meetings and chat
  • Breakfast, lunch and networking refreshments 
  • Startup profile on the event website
  • 3-minute pitch video and pitch deck (both provided by startup) on event platform and shared with investor attendees
  • Virtual booth on the event platform/networking app for attendees to contact founders via live video, 1-to-1 meetings, or chat
  • Digital leads from the event platform (pitch video views, virtual booth visitors)
  • At last 3 one-to-one meetings (all 10 minutes) during the Investor Networking Reception

Advanced Booster

As part of the Advanced Booster, Founders or CEOs of qualifying startups have two unique opportunities: Record a 3-minute pitch to be featured on the event platform and made available to all attendees (including investors), plus access to an intimate investor networking session at the event.

3-Minute Pitch

You know your startup inside and out, but how can you get the word out to others? Companies who participate in the Advanced Booster will be able to share their stories through a 3-minute pitch available to all event attendees (and promoted by Finovate). This is a great way for young companies to share what they’re working on with investors, financial institutions, and other innovators, without having to have a live demo of the product ready to show.

Not only is a solid 3-minute pitch crucial to selling your startup, distilling your knowledge into a clear, concise, and compelling message is also a valuable exercise in its own right. We provide guidance and best-practices to help make these videos impactful and engaging. Companies who join the Advanced Booster will be able to use these new skills to more effectively promote themselves going forward!

Investor Networking Reception

A chance for Advanced Booster founders to make an impression on investors. 

You're raising funding, so let's connect you with investors active in fintech. A handful of early-stage venture capitalists from the UK and Europe will join us for this networking session. Each startup will have at least three 10-minute meetings to make their pitch and answer questions. While investors will have seen your pitch video and deck before the event, it's important to be prepared for these one-to-one meetings.

Open bar and appetizers included. 


2022 investors included the following: 

Garnet Heraman, Managing Partner at Aperture Venture Capital

Amir Kabir, Partner at AV8 Ventures

Jocelyn Doe, General Partner at Builders VC

Thompson Barro, VP at Citi Ventures

Dan Rosen, Founder & General Partner at Commerce Ventures

Neelesh Satpute, Investor at Commerce Ventures

Vivek Krishnamurthy, Principal at Commerce Ventures

Simon Yoo, Founder & Managing Partner at Green Visor Capital Management


2022 investors included the following:

Tatsuro Yanai, Manager, Global Investment & Business Development at Payment Gateway USA

Taka Kamahara, Lending Relationship Manager at Payment Gateway USA

Mike Walsh, Managing Partner, Green Visor Capital Management

Jan Christopher Arp, Founding Managing Partner at Holt Accelerator

Andrew Marquardt, Managing Partner & Co-Founder at Mendon Venture Partners

Martin Walker, VP at Next Level Ventures

Aury Cifuentes, Investor at Plug and Play Tech Center

Brandon Harris, Venture Partner at Ridgeline Partners

Tatiana Mulry, General Partner at Steamwork Ventures