Building a financially healthier future for all Canadians
Powered by Fintech Cadence, IFH Lab is a six-month program for six startups designing real solutions to the most pressing financial health challenges Canadians face today, particularly those most financially vulnerable.

IFH LAB

May - October 2021

New cohort to be announced in May 2021

We are looking for...

Startups that can help better the financial lives of Canadians.

Millions of Canadians are struggling to pay for today, save for tomorrow, and plan for the unexpected. Over 50% of Canadians spend more than or equal to their income every month. 1/3rd aren’t able to pay all their bills on time and in full. Fintech can fill the gap.

Whether offering creative new financial products for consumers, or solving persistent barriers to inclusion and accessibility in our existing financial services sector, we are looking for ideas that help Canadians build financial health and resilience.

Here are some examples of opportunity areas that we focus on:

Vulnerable

Solutions for the financially vulnerable that are struggling with debt or living paycheque-to-paycheque.

Gig workers

Tools that make it easier for gig workers and the self-employed to better manage the impacts of income volatility.

Seniors

Products and services helping seniors protect and manage their assets to increase financial independence.

Small businesses

Solutions that provide small business entrepreneurs the tools and resources they need to sustain and grow.

Indigenous Peoples​

Innovations that address the lack of culturally appropriate financial products and services for Indigenous Peoples.

Survivors

Platforms that help survivors of intimate partner violence by providing a financial safety net .

Why IFH Lab?

We started IFH Lab because we saw a gap in what was out there for entrepreneurs addressing financial health challenges – industry-specific support delivered by mentors and industry experts who were mission-aligned, experienced, and in a position to really make things happen. 

IFH Lab is designed specifically to address this gap. We work with our founders to adjust and adapt the program as we go, to make sure we are addressing your real pain points, learning goals and challenges. This isn’t about teaching you entrepreneurship 101. 

As part of the program, selected startups will receive access to:

  • Mentorship: Personalized guidance from over 80+ Industry Experts. Our mentors are VPs at 8+ financial institutions, fintech founders that have scaled companies, directors at fintech and impact venture capital firms, global experts in financial health, and more.
  • Community: A cohort of like-minded entrepreneurs to exchange best practices, and access to a broader network of investors and partners.
  • Programming: Bi-weekly, 2-3 hour sessions on topics most relevant to financial health entrepreneurs from value proposition to regulation to impact measurement. 
  • Software Credits: Credits to our software partner providers including Plaid, IBM, Zendesk, and more.

     

Most importantly, we care about your mission and your goals. We equally support entrepreneurs looking to build venture-backed businesses and those looking to build non-profits.

Our First Year in Numbers

4

Startups

20+

Jobs Created

 $6.5M+

Raised

10,000+

Canadians Helped

You are...

an early-stage fintech company with a demonstrated commitment to improving the financial lives of Canadians with…

  • At least one full-time employee
  • A product in market with some users (test users/pilots included)
  • Incorporated in Canada, or with plans to incorporate in Canada by the end of the cohort

Fintech Cadence is committed to fostering a community that includes diverse perspectives in the development of new fintech innovations. We actively seek applicants who are from, or who have worked closely at the community level with historically marginalized groups. This includes but is not limited to First Nations, Inuit or Metis people, people of colour, people with disabilities, LGBTQIA+ people, recent immigrants and people from low-income families.

Want to learn more?

Watch the recording of our last info session

Key Dates

1. Application Deadline

March 26, 2021 @ 2pm EST

2. Interviews

April, 2021

3. Program

May 6 - October 8, 2021