Founders to Watch in Finance Tech (FinTech)

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In light of our upcoming event with MasterCard we're highlighting the women in finance tech. 

As the intersection of technology and customer behavior develops and stretches the boundary for further change, the banking industry fills up with uncertainty. Today, fintech is a hotbed of new star creation more than ever before. With Finovate right around the corner and Women 2.0's recent partnership with Mastercard to co-host a networking event on Tuesday, April 29th, we decided to seek out female founders in finance tech for this week's post. *Note: Lisa Falzone, featured below, will be speaking!

highres_31507252Meytal Benichou (Co-founder & CTO, Peerform)

Peerform is a peer-to-peer lending platform that connects people who want to borrow money directly with the appropriate investors while eliminating intermediation between parties. Founder Meytal Benichou oversees all IT functions at Peerform including application development, infrastructure, security and design. She has previously worked at Societe Generale in New York. Meytal holds a Masters in Computer Science & Information Technology from Ecole Nationale Supérieur des Télécommunications in Paris.

30f6a8aJess Gartner (Founder & CEO, Allovue)

Allovue is an education resource planning platform for K-12 schools and districts with user-friendly software applications that allow district officials, principals, and other school administrators to visualize, analyze, and optimize the impact of spending on outcomes in education. Founder Jess Gartner, featured in the Baltimore Sun's Women to Watch list in 2013, is a visionary thinker and leader in education and has taught in schools around the world including Thailand, South Africa, Philadelphia, and Baltimore. Gartner studied Political Science, Education and Theatre Arts at the University of Pennsylvania and received her M.A in teaching from John Hopkins University.

1ae5c2dGabriella Krista Morgan (Co-founder & CMO, P2Binvestor)

P2Binvestory is a solution for small to medium-sized businesses to thrive in an increasingly complex business funding environment. It is essentially a crowd-funding platform for receivables-backed lines of credit making it easier and more efficient for small businesses to get the working capital they need to grow. Having previously worked at SapientNitro, Sapient and Story Worldwide, founder Gabriella Krista Morgan is a digital marketing and entrepreneurship enthusiast. She is an alumni of McGuill University.

2286c98Kasey Joyce (C0-founder, SixThirty - Fintech Accelerator)

SixThirty - Fintech Accelerator SixThirty provides fintech startups with $100K in funding, mentors, and connections to the top financial services companies in the country. It selects eight financial-based technology startup companies in any given year to take part in the accelerator program and receive hands-on training, mentoring, and networking opportunities with the top financial services companies in the region. Founder Kasey Joyce, is the principal at SixThirty and a team member at Cultivation Capital. Joyce is currently pursuing an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

06fa199Lesley Marincola (Co-founder & CEO, Angaza Design)

Angaza Design is a Pay-As-You-Go platform that enables distributors and manufacturers of energy products to offer pricing that reaches 1.2 billion consumers in the off-grid world. Featured in the Forbes 30 under 30 list in 2012, founder Lesley Marincola has previously worked at Amazon on Kindle and at D2M, a design consultancy firm. She holds a B.S and M.S in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.

 

Screen Shot 2014-04-25 at 4.39.29 PMLisa Falzone (Co-founder, Revel Systems)

Revel Systems is the award-winning leader in iPad point-of-sale systems for restaurant, retail and grocery. Falzone leads the day-to-day operations and spearheads new business growth at Revel Systems. Lisa has been recognized in Forbes "30 under 30" and San Francisco Business Times "40 under 40". She has a BA from Stanford University and also studied at Oxford University.