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The Inaugural MCFT Cohort Orientation 2019 in Review

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Elsen was invited as a member of the MassChallenge FinTech Cohort to participate in the inaugural MCFT Cohort Orientation 2019, which took place in Boston on January 18th. The event was a great success, and brought together a dynamic group of industry experts, entrepreneurs, finance professionals and of course, other members of the FinTech Cohort.

The day started out with a warm welcome to MassChallenge from MCFT Program Director, Devon Sherman, and MassChallenge CEO and Co-Founder, John Harthorne, that left everyone excited for the presentations and conversations to follow. The rest of the day was spent learning about FinTech Sandbox, the inaugural FinTech program, as well as listening to leaders from Goodwin Proctor LLP, Sandbox Banking, Kensho, and FinTech Sandbox discuss “Partnership Contract Considerations: Best Practice.”

Elsen was announced at the end of last year as one of 21 startups selected to the first-ever 2019 MassChallenge FinTech program. And as a member of this year’s Cohort, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to work closely with MassChallenge FinTech’s diverse group of partners from now through June to solve some of the industry’s biggest challenges in areas like artificial intelligence and big data for the enterprise.

“Our inaugural cohort represents trailblazing technologies that advance financial services, from AI-powered onboarding platforms to modern giving solutions,” said Devon Sherman, Program Director of MassChallenge FinTech.

Most of all, we are heartened by the high-level of energy focused on the program’s vision to drive the future of financial services that we felt from everyone throughout the day. A big thank you to MassChallenge for hosting what was an inspiring, inaugural MCFT Cohort Orientation — and we look forward to what’s to come!

The MassChallenge FinTech is supported by a public-private partnership. At the end of the program, MassChallenge FinTech will award a total of $250,000 in cash prizes, all at zero cost and for zero equity. You can visit to learn more about MassChallenge.