Who should apply?
The FinRise program is intended for BIPOC-founded technology startups. Applicants must be 18+, applying on behalf of a U.S.-based, BIPOC majority-owned business incorporated in the United States.
Best suited for our first program, running February - June 2022:
Startups with sufficient capital to operate their startups full-time, potentially preparing for a Seed or Series A funding round
Have a full-time founder team
Have product(s) with meaningful customer validation but not yet in GA
Applying for our second program, running July - December 2022:
Startups with Seed funding or sufficient capital to operate their startups full-time, potentially preparing for a Series A or Series B funding round
Have a founder team and at least 1 full-time employee
Product(s) released to general availability (GA) or advanced Beta with meaningful customer traction
Regardless of which cohort you are applying to, all applicants must be technology startups headquartered in the US. Selected. At least one founder must be available to join all program elements, additional teammates will have the opportunity to participate. In order to ensure that Plaid can provide meaningful advice and mentorship, companies should leverage financial data in their products, service or operations.
Key Program dates:
You can apply for Plaid’s FinRise program at Plaid.com/FinRise. Cohort-specific timing can be found below:
Application opens December 1st - December 31st
Cohort announced end of January
Program kicks with virtual bootcamp February 1st - 4th
Program concludes on June 30th
Application opens May 4th - May 31st
Cohort announced mid-July
Program kicks with virtual bootcamp July 19th - 22nd
Program concludes on December 16th
How will Plaid select participants?
Applicants that meet the criteria outlined above will be considered by a panel of Plaid leaders across the company. In order to ensure that Plaid can provide meaningful advice and mentorship, companies that leverage financial data in their product, service or operations, or show an interest in leveraging this technology in the future will be given preference.
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