Finastra and Microsoft
Invitation LetterInvitation Letter


Are you a fintech with a great app or idea?

North American Community Financial Institutions are calling you!

Finastra works with over 4,200 community banks and credit unions in North America. We have recently launched our open development platform and open APIs and we want to bring your innovations to this captive audience of financial institutions.

We are running an ‘appathon’ over the next four months, to bring new solutions to these banks’ key pain points and challenges.  At the end of the challenge, a selection committee will shortlist the best apps, who will then have the opportunity to present at the Finastra Universe banking conference in Chicago, September 30 – October 2, 2019.

Registration is now closed.




Who should enter?



Credit Unions

Independent developers

Tech firms

Systems integrators


Anyone with a great idea –
we are all innovators!


Appathon Timelines





Webinar: Appathon process, APIs, timelines

Listen to the on-demand webinar which goes into detail on the Appathon, with Q&A from fintech participants.

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Appathon Webinar




Appathon App-spiration


Selection committee

A prestigious selection committee is being formed, with participation from our North American Community Banks; Microsoft; and others.


Judging process

The appathon entry will close on September 1, 2019.

10 apps will be shortlisted and the top 3 will be invited to pitch their app to a live audience (in-person preferred) at Finastra Universe, Chicago, September 30-October 2, 2019. At the event, the live audience will choose their favorite app and there will be one winner.

Finastra Universe Community Markets - ChicagoFinastra Universe Community Markets - Chicago
Finastra Universe - Community Markets

September 30 – October 2, 2019 – Chicago
Finastra Universe is a conference that brings together senior executives from banks and credit unions to discuss Fintech and the future of financial services.

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The 10 apps shortlisted in first round of judging

  • Promotion of your app to North American retail banks
  • The 10 apps that are shortlisted in the first round of judging will have their first year initial validation fees waived

The 3 apps shortlisted in final round of judging (prizes in addition to those above)

  • Opportunity to present app to captive audience of hundreds of banks
  • Enhanced promotional activities

Scoring criteria

Apps will be judged on a range of criteria, including:

  • Relevance to North American Community Markets banks
  • Innovative use of new technology
  • Business case – does your solution already have clients?
  • Scalability
  • Capacity to disrupt
  • Production ready

Rules of the game

  1. The appathon entry will close on September 1, 2019
  2. The only APIs that can be used to build your App are the US Consumer Banking APIs
  3. There is no limitation to the number of apps each Fintech can enter into the appathon
  4. The app must be live on the FusionStore, or the app validation process must be underway by the cut off date