LendingTree & LeadsCon Unveil First-Ever $25,000 Startup Innovation Spotlight

By LeadsConAdminJune 29, 2017

Lead industry’s first-of-its-kind initiative to shine a “startup spotlight” on emerging talent in financial technology at LeadsCon’s Connect to Convert conference and expo

Norwalk, CT, June 29, 2017 –  LendingTree®, the nation's leading online loan marketplace, and Access Intelligence, a leading business information and marketing company, today announced a new initiative to showcase the top startup companies in financial technology (fintech) lead generation at LeadsCon’s Connect to Convert this summer.

The “LendingTree Startup Innovation Spotlight” at LeadsCon’s Connect to Convert will recognize the most innovative fintech startups across the consumer lead generation, call center and customer experience sectors. Startups around the world can apply today for a chance to receive exposure, bragging rights and $25,000 in cash. Finalists will be announced in August and selected live on stage amid nearly 2,000 industry executives at LeadsCon’s Connect to Convert industry conference and expo, August 21-23 at the New York Hilton Midtown. 

“Nothing like this has ever been done in the lead industry,” says LendingTree Founder and CEO Doug Lebda. “Showcasing startups and bringing innovations to our customers first is what we’re all about. Together with LeadsCon, we’re going to help the industry’s pioneering startups and our clients—at the same time.”

Submissions are due by July 23, 2017. A panel of judges led by Doug Lebda, Founder and CEO of LendingTree, will score all entries and announce five finalists to be invited to present their business plan on stage at LeadsCon’s Connect to Convert. Each finalist will have five minutes to present in the form of live demo, video and visuals, followed by questions from the panel in “Shark Tank”-style. The all-star panel of industry experts will then select and announce the winner of the $25,000 top prize.

“LeadsCon has always been committed to showcasing the latest technologies driving consumer lead generation and enhancing customer experiences,” says Cory Smith, group business director of the LeadsCon portfolio at Access Intelligence. “We’re excited to partner with LendingTree to continue to shine the spotlight on emerging technologies in a fun and innovative way.”

STARTUP QUALIFICATIONS. The LendingTree Startup Innovation Spotlight at LeadsCon’s Connect to Convert is open to any startup that:

o   Focuses on innovation within the B2C customer acquisition/lead generation Industry

o   Has at least one full-time founder

o   Has a working prototype

o   Was founded after June 1, 2014

o   Applies by the July 23, 2017 deadline

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