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The 2016 Fintech Finance 35: Maria Gotsch

< Fintech's Most Powerful Dealmakers of 201612. Maria GotschPresident and Chief Executive OfficerPartnership Fund for New York CityLast year: 11

The Partnership Fund for New York City teamed up with consulting firm Accenture in 2010 to create the FinTech Innovation Lab. That early catalyst for the financial technology start-up boom — an ecosystem bringing entrepreneurs together with major financial institutions and venture capital investors — is today a microcosm of the growing wave of fintech investment, which last year amounted to $22.3 billion globally, according to Accenture data. Thirty-one graduates of what Partnership Fund president and CEO Maria Gotsch calls “the premier program enabling the next generation of successful financial technology entrepreneurs in New York City” have gone on to raise more than $300 million in financing. A member of the Class of 2015, distributed ledger company Digital Asset Holdings, raised $60 million this year. That may bode well for two blockchain companies in the 2016 lab: AlphaPoint, a provider of technology to digital asset exchanges, and Cambridge Blockchain, a developer of identity and know-your-customer applications. Four of the eight companies in this year’s class are in artificial intelligence and machine learning, including Quarule (risk controls and compliance certification) and untapt (talent recruiting). “What rose to the top were companies getting to the core functions and activities within financial institutions,” says Gotsch, 50, a Harvard Business School MBA who worked at investment bank BT Wolfensohn before joining the Partnership Fund in 1999. She notes that untapt changed course as a result of FinTech Innovation Lab mentoring to focus on recruiting technologists from within, rather than just outside, large financial institutions. “The problem was different from what the start-up thought they had — now there is an entirely new use case and potential market,” Gotsch says. She shares credit for founding the lab with Robert Gach, global capital markets lead at Accenture, which has replicated the model in Dublin, Hong Kong, and London. The last is home to numerous other incubators and accelerators, as well as the Innovate Finance hub (see Lawrence Wintermeyer, No. 28). “I see it as a very helpful contribution,” Gotsch says. “Our markets are different enough and far enough apart that, just as there are two financial capitals, there is certainly room for each of us to be fintech capitals, too.”


 The 2016 Fintech Finance 35 Click below to view profiles
1. Jonathan KorngoldGeneral Atlantic2. Matthew HarrisBain Capital Ventures3. Jane GladstoneEvercore Partners4. James Robinson III & James
Robinson IV
RRE Ventures5. Steven McLaughlinFinancial Technology Partners6. Amy Nauiokas & Sean ParkAnthemis Group
7. Richard Garman &
Brad Bernstein
FTV Capital8. Gerard
von Dohlen
Broadhaven Capital Partners9. Darren CohenGoldman Sachs Group10. Hans MorrisNyca Partners11. Meyer (Micky) MalkaRibbit Capital12. Maria GotschPartnership Fund for New York City
13. Barry SilbertDigital Currency Group14. Jay ReinemannPropel Venture Partners15. Mariano BelinkySantander InnoVentures16. Justin Brownhill & Neil DeSenaSenaHill Partners17. François RobinetAXA Strategic Ventures18. Vanessa ColellaCiti Ventures
19. Michael SchleinAccion International20. Kenneth MarlinMarlin & Associates21. Rumi MoralesCME Ventures22. Alastair (Alex) RampellAndreessen Horowitz23. Steve GibsonEuclid Opportunities24. Fabian VandenreydtSWIFT
25. Vladislav SolodkiyLife.SREDA26. Gardiner Garrard IIITTV Capital27. Nektarios LioliosStartupbootcamp Fintech28. Lawrence WintermeyerInnovate Finance29. Bina KalolaBank of America Merrill Lynch30. Hyder JaffreyFintech Innovation
31. Calvin ChoiAMTD Group32. Janos BarberisFinTech
Hong Kong33. Jalak JobanputraFuture Perfect Ventures34. Sopnendu MohantyMonetary Authority of Singapore35. Oskar Mielczarek
de la Miel
Rakuten
FinTech Fund