FIA announces 18 companies selected for Innovators Pavilion

Today FIA announced that 18 companies have been chosen to exhibit in the Innovators Pavilion at the Futures and Options Expo in Chicago on Oct. 18-20. Innovators Pavilion showcases startup companies providing forward-thinking solutions for the futures, options and cleared swaps industry.

The 18 companies selected to participate in the Innovators Pavilion will receive a Tech Pod on the Expo show floor to display their services, as well as a listing in the official conference guide, the FIA’s service provider directory, and the event app. In addition, five FIA Innovators will be chosen to take part in a Meet the Innovators competition in which each company will have five minutes to pitch its services to Expo attendees. Following the competition, a panel of judges will select one company as the FIA Innovator of the Year and award that firm a prize of cash and other resources valued at more than $20,000.

“We had a strong pool of applicants for FIA’s Innovators Pavilion this year,” said Rob Creamer, who chairs the Innovators Pavilion selection committee. “I’m excited to introduce Expo attendees to a very diverse and interesting group of companies that represent fresh thinking in how fintech can be applied in our markets. Innovators Pavilion provides an ideal meeting ground for startups to showcase their services to our members as well as venture capitalists focused on fintech.” Creamer, an FIA board member and chairman of FIA Principal Traders Group, worked with a panel of industry leaders assembled by FIA to review the applications submitted by the candidates.

The 18 companies announced today are:

With more than 5,000 people attending each year, FIA Expo is the largest gathering of derivatives industry professionals in the world. Attendees include senior executives from brokerage firms, exchanges, trading firms and service providers, and the exhibit hall typically attracts more than a hundred firms as exhibitors.

This year’s Innovators Pavilion is sponsored by Nasdaq, with additional support from FinTEx Chicago, FinTech Sandbox and Hyde Park Angels.