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The Innovators Pavilion is an integral part of FIA’s annual Futures and Options Expo, the cleared derivatives industry’s most widely-attended event. Now in its 34th year, Expo draws approximately 4,500 participants to Chicago and provides an exhibition space for more than 130 vendors.  

From 2015 to 2017, FIA featured 57 fintech startups in the Innovators Pavilion that harness innovation and entrepreneurship in financial markets technology. A panel of industry experts from venture capital companies and FIA member firms selected these companies through a competitive application process. In 2016, FIA added an additional level to the competition, organizing a ‘Meet the Innovators’ pitch contest where five startups vied for the title ‘FIA Expo Innovator of the Year.’ won the FIA Expo Innovator of the Year in 2016 and TellusLabs won in 2017.

Freightwaves Named FIA Innovator of the Year 

Freightwaves has been named the FIA Innovator of the Year for 2018, receiving more than $20,000 in marketing support, cash and other resources. Freightwaves is one of 5 companies chosen to participate in the Meet the Innovators pitch competition during Expo 2018. A panel of six independent judges with expertise in financial markets technology and venture capital investing chose Freightwaves as the winner based on its potential to create a new class of futures products and market data based on the rates charged by trucking companies to move goods across the U.S. Read the full release.

15 Fintech Startups Chosen for the Innovators Pavilion 

The fourth annual Innovators Pavilion at FIA's Futures and Options Expo represent developments in a range of areas from machine learning and natural language processing to cryptocurrency trading and distributed ledger technology. These firms were selected through a competitive application process and chosen by a panel of industry experts from venture capital companies and FIA member firms. Read the full release. 


Innovators Pavilion Selection Committee

Matt Haraburda, president of XR Trading, is the chairman of the 2018 selection committee. The committee includes representatives of the following organizations:

ABN Amro Clearing Bank
FIA and FIA Tech
Hyde Park Angels
Illuminate Financial
Illinois Institute of Technology
Intercontinental Exchange
Jump Capital
SenaHill Partners

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