Fountain City
Fintech

The First Fintech Partnership Accelerator Run by a Community Bank in the U.S.

What is Fountain City Fintech?

A vertically integrated partnership accelerator, providing fintech startups with  a forward thinking bank partner, compliance expertise, and a solid infrastructure for scale.

Definition:  
Partnership Accelerator
/ˈpärt-nər-ˌship  əkˈseləˌrādər/

noun [C]
1. Accelerator program constructed to execute mutually beneficial partnerships between fintech startups and a financial institution.

Types of Partnerships

Bank of
Record

Custom Proof of Concept

Custom
Pilot

Build Your Ideal Partnership

Wireframe Your Partnership

Develop the details of the bank partnership youʼre seeking. Every company is different and every partnership should be unique. We strive to be creative and nimble in every conversation with founders.

Execute in 75 Days

After you've gone through the partnership wireframing process and have been accepted into the program, it's time to execute. We have 75 days to work together to accomplish our goal. Yes, we know that's a bit quick. That's the point.

Join the Network

Our relationship doesn't end at demo day. Fountain City Fintech, nbkc bank, and the entire support system are in it for the long haul. Intros, biz dev ideas, advice, whatever you need, if we can provide it, it's yours.

Why Should You Apply?

Creative Compliance &
Regulation Expertise

Banking is confusing and the regulations are even more opaque. Fountain City Fintech's founder, nbkc bank, brings compliance and banking expertise from industry veterans inside and outside the bank.

One Check Size
Does Not Fit All

Your business is unique. Your
investment terms should be too. We work with founders to negotiate fair terms that align incentives for both parties. We don’t force you into a cookie cutter model.

Laying the
Groundwork

Culture. Mentorship. Venture experts.
Our job is to help you lay a strong foundation for growth through our culture focused programming.

Applications are Open to
Anyone.
Anywhere.

Meet Our Network

The Problems We Want to Help You Solve

The Savings
Crisis
Banking the Underbanked
Inefficient Mortgage
Processes
Limited Access to Capital for Small Businesses
The Status Quo:
Educate Us About The Problem You're Solving
Limited Access to Capital for Small Businesses
The Status Quo:
Educate Us About The Problem You're Solving
KANSAS CITY

An Underground Fintech Hub

Kansas City’s been a fintech hub for longer than most people realize. The likes of H&R Block, BATS, and Zoloz have paved the way for an upcoming wave of financial technology innovation. With community Partners like LaunchKC, VC Partners like Plug and Play Ventures, and a host of top flight mentors from around the world, Fountain City Fintech is excited to play a pivotal role in that wave. We’re perfectly positioned to accelerate entrepreneurs’ efforts to solve real-world financial problems through technology.

Meet the Team

Advisory Board

Community Members

nbkc has been in the financial technology space for 20 years. Beginning as an online mortgage company in 1997, nbkc has been in fintech as long as Amazon has been selling books. Rooted in innovation and entrepreneurship, nbkc is not a company that is stuck in the past. Focused on providing their customers the simplest solutions, nbkc's business is ever changing. Their corporate culture has made them one of the best places to work and has drawn passionate and creative people from all over the world to inhabit their office spaces, which continues to add to the growth of the KC fintech space.
nbkc has been in the financial technology space for 20 years. Beginning as an online mortgage company in 1997, nbkc has been in fintech as long as Amazon has been selling books. Rooted in innovation and entrepreneurship, nbkc is not a company that is stuck in the past. Focused on providing their customers the simplest solutions, nbkc business is ever changing. Their corporate culture has made them one of the best places to work and has drawn passionate and creative people from all over the world to inhabit their office spaces, which continues to add to the growth of the KC fintech space.

FAQ

Kansas City is a fintech hub!

Kansas City is already known for being the hometown of fintech stars like BATS and H&R Block. Recently, there has been signs of a fintech wave coming to KC and we are ready to play a pivotal role in the rising KC fintech scene.

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Personalized, Useful and Relevant

We are not your generic accelerator pushing generic content. During the 75-day accelerator, you will be focused on personalized curriculum centered on your individual company goals. Areas of focus will be taught by experts in the field who have an understanding of your specific pain points.

In tandem, you will be executing on the partnership created between your company and nbkc bank and have real, tangible results to present upon during Demo Day.

Areas of Focus:

Growth & Culture

Human Resources

Legal

Compliance

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Partnerships will be...

Fountain City Fintech will work with the selected startups to build the wireframe of a partnership before the program starts, then execute on that relationship over the 75-day program. Partnerships may include, but are not limited to, Bank of Record relationships, proof of concepts with one of our business channels, or co-branded educational content around the mortgage vertical to help folks save for homes inside of PFM apps.
Why Kansas City?

Kansas City is a fintech hub!

Kansas City is already known for being the hometown of fintech stars like BATS and H&R Block. Recently, there has been signs of a fintech wave coming to KC and we are ready to play a pivotal role in the rising KC fintech scene.
What kind of programming can I expect?

Personalized, Useful and Relevant

We are not your generic accelerator pushing generic content. During the 75-day accelerator, you will be focused on personalized curriculum centered on your individual company goals. Areas of focus will be taught by experts in the field who have an understanding of your specific pain points. These include: compliance, human resources, legal, growth and culture, among many others. In tandem, you will be executing on the partnership created between your company and nbkc bank and have real, tangible results to present upon during Demo Day.
What will partnerships look like?

Partnerships will be...

Fountain City Fintech will work with the selected startups to build the wireframe of a partnership before the program starts, then execute on that relationship over the 75-day program. Partnerships may include, but are not limited to, Bank of Record relationships, proof of concepts with one of our business channels, or co-branded educational content around the mortgage vertical to help folks save for homes inside of PFM apps.

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Our success is rooted in our dedicated support system.
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Become a Mentor

Our mentors are focused on empowering, educating, and advising our entrepreneurs to achieve maximum growth.
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“Kansas City’s been a fintech hub for longer than most people realize ... Fountain City Fintech is excited to play a pivotal role in that wave.”
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“Kansas City’s been a fintech hub for longer than most people realize ... Fountain City Fintech is excited to play a pivotal role in that wave.”
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"Looking to speed up development of a nationwide banking business and find creative new ways to enhance the customer experience, Kansas City-based NBKC Bank founded the Fountain City Fintech accelerator."
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“Kansas City’s been a fintech hub for longer than most people realize ... Fountain City Fintech is excited to play a pivotal role in that wave.”
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“We didn’t see any other community bank in the United States even doing this."
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“Kansas City’s been a fintech hub for longer than most people realize ... Fountain City Fintech is excited to play a pivotal role in that wave.”
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