39 fintech companies and startups to keep in your back pocket

These innovative companies are revolutionizing the fintech space.
April 3, 2019
Updated: October 23, 2019
Written by Alyssa Schroer

Thanks to advances in mobile technology, the fintech industry has exploded in the last couple of decades. As the tech savvy millennial generation aged, banking and financial options evolved, too, and once rare perks like mobile banking became standard.

But banks aren't the only financial institutions that have made tech-driven changes. Entire markets — from digital loans and mobile stock services to e-commerce payment platforms and digital currency exchanges — are rooted in digital financial access.

To learn more about what the current space looks like, check out these 38 fintech companies and startups that are revolutionizing the industry.

 

tala fintech companies
Tala

Tala

Industry: Credit, Data, Software

Location: Santa Monica, California

What it does: Tala provides credit access to people in underserved parts of the world like Kenya, the Philippines, Tanzania and Mexico. Through its app, the company employs alternative data to underwrite potential users that have no traditional credit history. 

 

pitchbook fintech companies
Pitchbook

PitchBook

Industry: Venture Capitalism, Investments, Software

Location: Seattle, Washington

What it does: PitchBook is a financial software and data company that provides information about public and private equity markets. The platform enables companies, investors, advisors and professionals to capitalize on new business opportunities via due diligence research on private market intel, fundraising information and source investments.

 

avant fintech companies
Avant

Avant

Industry: Lending

Location: Chicago, Illinois

What it does: Avant is a loan service for middle-income consumers that offers loans ranging from $2,000-$35,000. The service operates largely as a resource for customers to access funds for things like consolidating debt or paying unexpected bills. Avant requires only a simple application and approves loans in as little as one day.

 

braintree fintech companies
Braintree

Braintree

Industry: Payments

Location: Chicago, Illinois

What it does: Braintree, a division of PayPal, provides payment services to businesses of all sizes. Accepting payment types ranging from credit cards to Venmo, its products help companies that operate online and as marketplaces to bolster security, prevent fraud and safeguard user information.

 

ondeck fintech companies
Ondeck

OnDeck

Industry: Lending

Location: New York, New York

What it does: OnDeck provides loan services exclusively to small businesses. Clients can apply for term loans and credit lines online to receive funding fast, often within a day.

 

Foreward Finacing fintech companies
Foreward Financing

Forward Financing

Industry: Fintech

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

What it does: Forward Financing provides working capital to small businesses in the US, using its own proprietary technology to allow businesses access to financing as soon as the very same day. The company has provided over $500 million to over 10,000 growing businesses.

 

enfusion fintech companies
Enfusion

Enfusion

Industry: Software

Location: Chicago, Illinois

What it does: Enfusion's completely integrated investment management platform assists hedge funds, institutional asset managers and family offices with compliance, trading, risk management, operations and even accounting. Its goal in giving clients a complete view of their businesses is to enhance operational efficiency.

 

morningstar fintech companies
Morningstar

Morningstar

Industry: Investment, Research

Location: Chicago, Illinois

What it does: Morningstar provides an array of products and services that connect everyday investors to professional-grade financial research and information so they can make better investment decisions.

 

verifi fintech companies
Verifi

Verifi

Industry: Software, Payments

Location: Los Angeles, California

What it does: Verifi offers payment protection solutions and risk management services for companies of all sizes across multiple industries. The company's platform lets cardholders, issuers and merchants access real-time data that provides quicker resolutions. Verifi also helps companies fight and stop chargebacks, securely process payments, battle fraud and increase billings.

 

circle fintech companies
Circle

Circle

Industry: Cryptocurrency

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

What it does: Circle is a crypto financial company guided by the principal that money should be open and free, but secure. Its products — including a wide selection of coins that allow users to easily transfer money across countries and currencies — help customers invest in new currencies. 

 

optiver fintech companies
Optiver

Optiver

Industry: Investment

Location: Chicago

What it does: Headquartered in Amsterdam, but with a large presence in Chicago, Optiver, is a trading firm focused on “market making”. Not only does the company facilitate the buying and selling of stocks, bonds, futures, options, etc., but it also builds markets and provides extra liquidity to exchanges all over the world.

 

transferwise fintech companies
Transferwise

TransferWise

Industry: Currency Exchange, Software

Locations: New York and London

What it does: TransferWise moves money through its platform to other users all over the world at mid-market rates and with no unnecessary fees. In addition to individual users, TransferWise can be used by companies to invoice vendors regardless of currency.

 

suplari fintech companies
Suplari

Suplari

Industry: Financial Management, Software, Machine Learning

Location: Seattle

What it does: Suplari uses machine learning to help users better manage their costs. Finance, procurement and operations departments can all use the company’s platform to analyze spending trends, hit savings goals and even find areas where money is being inefficiently spent. Wayfair, Nordstrom and Spending Tree are just a few of the companies that use Suplari’s platform to analyze, predict and cut down on costs.

 

opploans fintech companies
Opploans

Opploans

Industry: Mortgage, Lending

Location: Chicago

What it does: Opploans makes it easy to apply for personal loans. The application process takes minutes and the lower interest rate loans are issued in a matter of days. Applicants can apply for loans to cover everything from home and car repairs to family bills, medical emergencies and major purchases.

 

billtrust fintech companies
Billtrust

Billtrust

Industry: Payments

Location: Lawrenceville, New Jersey

What it does: Billtrust provides payment cycle management solutions to business services, manufacturing, transportation, distribution and equipment companies. Billtrust aims to accelerate the invoice-to-cash process, automate cash flow, give a company’s customers more flexibility and enhance organizational and operational efficiency.

 

gravity payments fintech companies
Gravity Payments

Gravity Payments

Industry: Payments

Location: Seattle

What it does: Gravity Payments is a payment processing platform for small businesses that features lower rates and flexible processing solutions. The company’s platform streamlines financial transaction processing for everything from credit cards to POS systems and even gift cards.

 

venmo fintech companies
Venmo

Venmo

Industry: Payments

Location: New York, Chicago

What it does: Venmo makes it simple to exchange money between friends or even accept payments as a business. Going out to dinner with a friend and don’t want to split the bill with credit cards or cash? Maybe you want to pay your dog walker with something other than a check? Venmo’s app makes it easy to transfer money from your bank account into another users, so you can keep track of payments in real-time.

 

coinbase fintech companies
Coinbase

Coinbase

Industry: Blockchain, Bitcoin

Location: San Francisco, California

What it does: Coinbase is an online platform for buying, selling and managing digital currency that provides users with secure mobile access to their digital assets. Coinbase supports 32 countries and has exchanged more than $150 billion in various forms of digital currency, including Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum and Litecoin.

 

acorns fintech companies
Acorns

Acorns

Industry: Savings, Investment, Mobile

Location: Irvine, California

What it does: Acorns is a savings and investment mobile application. Linked to a user’s financial accounts, it invests change from purchases in a diversified portfolio. Other products and services include IRAs, debit accounts and informational content that enables users to invest automatically and learn as they go.

 

chime fintech companies
Chime

Chime

Industry: Banking

Location: San Francisco, California

What it does: Chime is a pioneering mobile bank that offers no-fee and automatic savings accounts as well as early payday via direct deposit. With over one million opened accounts, Chime is reportedly one of the fastest growing banks in the United States.

 

robinhood fintech companies
Robinhood

Robinhood

Industry: Stocks

Location: Menlo Park, California

What it does: Robinhood is an investment application that allows users to invest for free from a desktop or mobile device. Because there are no physical locations or individual account management services, Robinhood aims to make investing accessible to would-be traders who can’t quite swing the fees of a traditional brokerage house. 

 

addepar fintech companies
Addepar

Addepar

Industry: Investments

Location: Mountain View, California

What it does: Addepar is a performance reporting platform used by individuals, private banks and wealth advisors. The platform consolidates and manages all information across the investment world, providing a broader view and allowing investors to make more informed decisions.

 

affirm fintech companies
Affirm

Affirm

Industry: Lending

Location: San Francisco, California

What it does: Affirm is a lending platform that allows users to pay for online purchases in small installments. The company offers interest rates as low as zero percent and allows users to choose plans ranging from three to 36 months so they can pay over time for trips, electronics, furniture and more.

 

carta fintech companies
Carta

Carta

Industry: Investments, Software

Location: Palo Alto, California

What it does: Carta is a management platform for private and public companies as well as investment firms. Its products help businesses manage and track company and employee equity, manage portfolios and back office processes and keep current with SEC and IRS regulations.

 

guaranteed rate fintech companies
Guaranteed Rate

Guaranteed Rate

Industry: Mortgages, Lending

Location: Chicago, Illinois

What it does: Guaranteed Rate is a mortgage provider and lending service that offers digital solutions to home buyers and those looking to refinance existing mortgages. The company's digital home mortgage enables customers to receive loan approval as well as upload and sign required documents — all online.

 

transunion fintech companies
Transunion

TransUnion

Industry: Credit

Location: Chicago, Illinois

What it does: TransUnion began as a credit reporting agency and now offers multiple financial services and solutions for businesses, governments and individuals. Using data collected from millions of consumers around the world, the company provides deep information that helps consumers, companies and organizations make better financial decisions.

 

commonbond fintech companies
CommonBond

CommonBond

Industry: Lending

Location: New York, New York

What it does: CommonBond works with students throughout their loan journey, from the beginning of their college career to post-graduation refinancing. The company offers a variety of loans for undergraduate and graduate students as well as medical and dental students. CommonBond also partners with Pencils of Promise to cover educational costs for children in the developing world.  

 

credit karma fintech companies
Creditkarma

Credit Karma

Industry: Credit Reporting

Location: San Francisco, California

What it does: Credit Karma offers users open access to credit scores, monitoring and reports, all for free and as often as a user needs it. Using this data, the site recommends new credit opportunities, loans, auto insurance and can even help dispute credit report errors. 

 

fundrise fintech companies
Fundrise

Fundrise

Industry: Real Estate

Location: Washington, D.C.

What it does: Fundrise is a platform helps expand stocks-and-bonds-based portfolios to include real estate investments. Although it features dozens of multi-million dollar real estate projects, a starter portfolios require only a $500 initial investment.

 

kabbage fintech companies
Kabbage

Kabbage

Industry: Lending

Location: Atlanta, Georgia

What it does: Kabbage provides financing options for small businesses online. Because access to capital is a major pain point to small businesses, Kabbage allows companies to grow by hiring more employees, increasing marketing or buying more inventory. The company offers lines of credit up to $250,000 and lets users apply anywhere through its mobile app.  

 

greensky fintech companies
Greensky

GreenSky

Industry: Loans

Location: Atlanta, Georgia

What it does: GreenSky is a consumer- and business-facing loan service. Besides providing home improvement loans to individuals, the company helps businesses in the healthcare, retail and home improvement markets offer financing options to customers.

 

lending club fintech companies
Lending Club

Lending Club

Industry: Lending

Location: San Francisco, California

What it does: Lending Club is a peer-to-peer and alternative investing service providing new options for those seeking capital and those looking to invest. Through an online marketplace, investors purchase notes or fractions of loans and borrowers receive funds for such things as debt consolidation and home renovations.

 

nerdwallet fintech companies
Nerdwallet

Nerdwallet

Industry: Credit Cards, Mortgages, Insurance, Loans

Location: San Francisco, California

What it does: Nerdwallet provides a host of financial tools and services, including credit card and bank comparison, investing how-tos, loan information and mortgage advice. The company's services help consumers navigate the congested and often confusing worlds of finance, investment, insurance and banking. 

 

netspend fintech companies
Netspend

Netspend

Industry: Prepaid Cards

Location: Austin, Texas

What it does: Netspend's products allow individuals and businesses to manage money through reloadable prepaid cards. The company's services are especially useful for those who lack traditional bank accounts or rely on alternative banking methods. 

 

personal capital fintech companies
Personal Capital

Personal Capital

Industry: Software

Location: San Carlos, California

What it does: Personal Capital provides free personal financial tools to help users manage all of their accounts in one place. The platform’s dashboards display insights like net worth, portfolio balances, account transactions, investment returns and spending by account. The company also facilitates access to financial advisors.

 

sofi fintech companies
SoFi

SoFi

Industry: Loans, Wealth Management

Location: San Francisco, California

What it does: SoFi provides refinancing, loan and wealth management services. In assessing a user's rates and determining the likelihood of loan repayment, the digital company's algorithm takes into account factors beyond income and credit history. Things like education, career and estimated cash flow are also part of the mix. In addition, SoFi offers benefits for which most institutions charge extra or require large balances, including career services, unemployment protection and financial advising.

 

stripe fintech companies
Stripe

Stripe

Industry: Payments, Software

Location: San Francisco, California

What it does: Stripe's internet commerce platform provides tools for marketplaces, subscription services, e-commerce businesses and crowdfunding platforms. Millions of online businesses — including Pinterest, Warby Parker, Kickstarter, Instacart and Squarespace — use the platform to manage payments and structure online billing processes.

 

wealthfront fintech companies
Wealthfront

Wealthfront

Industry: Investments

Location: Palo Alto, California

What they do: Wealthfront is an automated investment solution designed for millennials. Whether users want to buy a home, take a year off to travel or plan for retirement, Wealthfront helps them plan for the future. The automated investment tool uses passive investing strategies to build a diversified portfolio and maximize returns.

 

yapstones fintech companies
Yapstone

Yapstone

Industry: Payments

Location: Walnut Creek, California

What it does: Yapstone's comprehensive payments platform aims to simplify global transactions and payment integration for industry-specific businesses. It powers leading marketplaces and companies like HomeAway, Evolve Vacation Rental Network and RentPath.

 

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