Startup Exchange Competition

16 Startups // 3 Cash Prizes

Attract investors, partners, and clients

Congratulations to our 2018 winners:

1st Place - PanXchange
2nd Place - Coinifide
3rd Place - FreightWaves

Thank you to all participants

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For 2018, we are expanding FinTech Exchange even further with the addition of Startup Exchange Competition — a half-day event dedicated exclusively to first-stage fintech startups offering innovative technology relevant to financial markets and trading.

Qualifying startups will have five minutes on stage to explain what their company does, demo their technology/product, and explain their growth strategy to potential investors, partners and clients. A panel of judges will then vote on the top 3 startups.

Presentations will take place in the Feinberg Theatre at Venue SIX10, 610 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605.

*STX18 is FREE to attend but requires a separate ticket from FinTech Exchange and is limited to 500 people. Register Now.

Participate in STX18

To participate in Startup Exchange Competition 2018 please contact Samantha Hermansen at 312-939-3022 or

Present at STX18

16 available | Free to Present

Each startup will have five minutes on stage to explain what their company does, demo their technology/product, and explain their growth strategy

FinTech Exchange (FTX) is Chicago's leading fintech event for financial markets and trading technology and has been a sellout since its inception in 2015, with close to 500 attendees each year. STX will be great exposure to any up-and-coming firm.


  • Focused on fintech with specific application for financial markets and/or trading
  • $1 million or less in revenue for 2016
  • Limited to the first 16 startups that register and qualify

Prizes Includes:

  • 1st Place: $10,000
  • 2nd Place: $5,000
  • 3rd Place: $2,500

Sponsor STX18

3 available | $10,000

Be a part of the inaugural 2018 Startup Exchange Competition - a half day event dedicated to startups within financial markets and trading. This sponsorship provides you with key exposure to up and coming first-stage startups offering innovative technology within our industry.

Sponsorship Includes:

  • Two-minute speaking slot at the event
  • One position on the judges panel
  • Branding on all digital marketing (press releases, prints, web and email)
  • Bannerstands on stage & throughout event
  • Acknowledgement at FTX18
  • 5 tickets to FTX18
  • Attendee mailing list

STX18 Host

Anthony Crudele


Rumi Morales

Former Head of CME Ventures

Chamber of Digital Commerce

Jean Donnelly

Executive Director

FinTech Sandbox

Catherine Clay

VP, Integration Strategy and Operations

Cboe Global Markets

Julie Armstrong

Global Head of Market Technology Services

CME Group

Kim Wolfson

Women in FinTech Initiative Chairman