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Innovators Pavilion

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 33rd year, Expo draws approximately 5,000 participants to Chicago and provides an exhibition space for more than 130 vendors.  

Since 2015, FIA has featured 38 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.’ was selected as the FIA Expo Innovator of the Year and received a prize of cash and other resources valued at more than $20,000.

2017 Innovators announced! 

This year's Innovators Pavilion will feature 20 fintech startups. The selected companies will be given a TechPod on the Expo show floor to display their products and services. FIA also will host a “Meet the Innovators” competition to spotlight the five most exciting companies within the Pavilion. The winner of this competition will receive more than $20,000 in cash and other resources. This year's winners provide services from artificial intelligence and augmented reality to political risk indices and cropland values. Read the press release. 


TellusLabs wins FIA Innovator of the Year pitch competition!

TellusLabs has been named the FIA Innovator of the Year for 2017, receiving more than $20,000 in cash and other resources.TellusLabs was among the five firms in the Innovators Pavilion at Expo 2017 selected to present their products and services to a panel of independent judges with expertise in financial markets technology and venture capital investing.  The judges unanimously chose TellusLabs for their innovative approach to predicting crop yields through a combination of earth imaging data and machine learning. Read the press release. 










Matt Haraburda, XR Trading (chair)
Will Acworth, FIA
Etienne Brunet, Illuminate Financial
Mark Goodman, UBS
Michael Gorham, Illinois Institute of Technology
Peter Johnson, Jump Capital
Ray Kahn, Intercontinental Exchange
Andrew Keane, Citi
Joanna Mallers, FIA PTG
Doug Monieson, Hyde Park Angels
Niek van Rens, ABN AMRO Clearing Bank NV
Nick Solinger, FIA Tech
Kimberly Trautmann, DRW Venture Capital
Kyle Zasky, SenaHill

About FIA

FIA is the leading global trade organization for the futures, options and centrally cleared derivatives markets, with offices in London, Singapore and Washington. FIA's membership includes clearing firms, exchanges, clearinghouses, trading firms and commodities specialists from more than 48 countries as well as technology vendors, lawyers and other professionals serving the industry.

About Expo 2017

Expo 2017, the 33rd Annual FIA Futures and Options Expo, will attract more than 5,000 professionals from exchanges, trading firms, brokerage firms and service providers, making it the largest industry event of the year in the derivatives markets. The Expo show floor features more than 140 technology vendors, derivatives exchanges and other service providers. This year's event will be held Oct. 17-19 at the Hilton Chicago.





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