The OCE Discovery conference is taking place today in downtown Toronto at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. New to the conference this year is the Discovery FinTech Investor Pitch Competition. Five FinTech startups pitched for a chance at $25,000, and in the end it was Payso that came out on top, beating out fellow HIGHLINE portfolio startup Koho and the rest of the field.
Big congrats to @paywithpayso on the OCE win. Love seeing @HIGHLINEvc co's take home wins.
— Daniel Eberhard (@DanEbs) April 28, 2015
Representing the newly Toronto-based startup was Natalie Cartwright, Payso’s COO. “I am very grateful to the OCE – both for giving early stage FinTech companies a forum at the Discovery Conference and for this incredible prize,” Cartwright told BetaKit. “Our entire team has been working flat out to bring innovative payments options to Canadians – it’s an amazing feeling to have that work recognized.”
The five finalists were required to make a 10-minute presentation followed by a 10-minute question and answer session, and were evaluated on overall pitch quality and content.
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