The FINANCIAL — Silicon Valley Bank and MasterCard have selected four startups to participate in the fourth class of Commerce.Innovated., a virtual accelerator designed to help commerce startups grow their businesses.
From mobile lending to instant authentication and identity checks, the new class is developing innovative solutions for businesses in the digital age. As part of Commerce.Innovated., the four startups will go through the four-month virtual program that provides resources to help refine and enhance their business ideas through access to operational expertise from Silicon Valley Bank, MasterCard and their respective networks, according to MasterCard.
The four companies that were selected to participate in the current class come from various parts of the U.S. and are in various stages of funding including one startup that is in stealth mode and not included in the list below:
Alloy, API to collect and manage customer data, New York
Float, mobile credit provider, California
LaunchKey, next generation mobile authentication platform, Nevada
“We’re excited to work with the next class of Commerce.Innovated.,” said Reetika Grewal, head of Silicon Valley Bank’s payments strategy. “The commerce and fintech sectors continue to gain momentum as startups work to balance innovation and their regulatory requirements. We love working side by side with these incredible entrepreneurs and lending our knowledge and networks to help them develop the infrastructure and operations that they need to accelerate their growth.”
“This program is an important element of our engagement with local startups developing breakthrough commerce solutions,” said Stephane Wyper, vice president of startup engagement and acceleration for MasterCard. “It is important that we support startups that are bringing fresh, creative ideas and experimenting with next generation of solutions, as they will create better experiences for our customers, partners, and the entire commerce ecosystem.”
Commerce.Innovated. launched in 2014 and has worked with 15 commerce-focused startups to date, including Apruve, AppZen, CardFlight, Dash, Footmarks, Gone, Local Maven, Nowsta, PayByGroup, Penny Owl, Slide, Spendlabs, Splitwise and Standard Treasury.
“Commerce Innovated has been a key contributor to the strategic decisions that shaped our product as well as the growth of the company,” said Anant Kale, CEO of AppZen. “The connections, resources and expertise we gained through the program were very helpful in making the right decisions and we look forward to a lasting relationship with our partners at Commerce Innovated.”