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Canada’s biggest Fintech Competition

Coming back in 2021 – stay tuned for details

The Formathon has 2 tracks

3 week open-innovation competition where you build a fintech startup or work on a research project

Startup Track

In the startup track, you build a startup to solve a pressing challenge provided by our industry partners

Want to build a fintech startup? Form a team (2 to 5 people) and choose a challenge provided by our partners. You will have 3 weeks to build a startup to solve it all while receiving coaching and mentorship from experts. The Formathon also has workshops to help you properly understand the Challenge, design a solution, build your prototype and learn to deliver a pitch.

Research Track

In the research track, you research a fintech challenge and present your findings

Are you passionate about fintech but are not looking launch your own start-up? Are you excited by research and diving deeper into fintech challenges? Form a team (2 to 5 people) and research a fintech challenge provided by our partners. You will get to present your findings at Demo Day. All participants will receive a “proof of completion” upon satisfying the requirements of the program.

2021 Challenges coming soon! Stay tuned.

Over $5,000 in prizes

Competition Dates 2020

The Formathon is a 3 week competition, starting on May 28th and then continues every Wednesday evening (5:30pm-7pm) and Saturday (9am-3pm), until the Demo Day on June 17th.

Day 1
Thursday May 28th | 5:30pm-7pm (Orientation & Team Formation)

Day 2
Saturday May 30th | 9am-3pm (Workshop / Team work)

Day 3
Wednesday June 3rd | 5:30pm-7pm (Industry Expert Night / Speed Dating)

Day 4
Saturday June 6th | 9am-3pm (Workshop / Team work)

Day 5
Wednesday June 10th | 5:30pm-7pm (Industry Expert Night / Speed Dating)

Day 6
Saturday June 13th | 9am-3pm (Workshop / Team work)

Day 7
Wednesday June 17th | 5:30pm-7pm (Demo Day + Drinks)

Registration is closed for 2020

Have Questions? Here Are Some Resources.

It was amazing how we were supported throughout the process. When you are doing a startup everyone thinks that you are alone, but with Fintech Cadence, there was someone helping you every step of the way.

Tolotra Randriamialison

A program with 5 key ingredients that make it unique


An Existing Challenge

A validated problem that top institutions are eager to solve. In other words, demand exists, you don’t lose valuable time trying to figure that out.


Team and Talent

Finding good talent and founders made simple. We will help you build a multi-disciplinary and balanced team.


The Pre-Fuel Funding

Teams with the best solutions can win prizes to take your solution into a startup. Prizes vary from $1K to $5K.


Guidance and Resources

Receive continuous guidance, coaching, and resources from Fintech Cadence and experts in the field.



Many say networking is everything. Meet other fellow great participants as well as experts and corporate institutions.

Previous Industry Partners

Participation Cost


Registration is closed for 2020

Past Formathon Finals



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