Pilotbird

Origin: NY | Grant Awarded: 2021 | Status: Active

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What is Pilotbird?

Pilotbird leverages lifestyle analytics to empower life and health carriers to deliver better insurance outcomes for millions of Americans via group ancillary products. Pilotbird offers out-of-box predictive analytics solutions on social data points for risk scoring and fraud detection in group and worksite products. In group underwriting, it enriches traditional actuarial risk factors with social data points (e.g., smoking habits, lifestyle choices, high risk hobbies) to segment cases while staying compliant with regulatory expectations. To reduce claims fraud, Pilotbird surfaces inconsistencies in claimant’s behavior (e.g., claimant of disability policy enjoying an afternoon game of golf).

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Evgeny aleksandrov

ceo

Evgeny Aleksandrov founded Pilotbird with his team in late 2020 to improve insurance experience through power of lifestyle analytics. Prior to Pilotbird, he held multiple roles within financial services industry including at Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase and management consulting firm McKinsey. Evgeny has been fortunate to pursue his passions from birthplace in Russia to metropolitan New York City with pit stops in Vancouver and London. He holds degrees from Cornell University, Columbia Universities and London School of Economics.

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SpenDebt

SpenDebt

Origin: TX | Grant Awarded: 2018 | Status: Active

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What is SpenDebt?

SpenDebt is a financial technology company using small, micropayments with every banking transaction to improve consumer’s financial health. SpenDebt is on a mission to save one million Americans from financial fatalities every time they swipe their debit card or have a banking transaction. The company offers a simple way for consumers to pay down account balances and provides businesses an alternative payment solution to empower consumers to break down larger payments into smaller payments; allowing them to pay throughout the payment period.

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Company Leadership

Kiley Summers

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer

SpenDebt’s Founder/CEO, Kiley Summers is a man of faith, husband, and father. Also, he is an Electrical Engineer from the Missouri University of Science and Technology. He has 8 years of experience working with a fortune 100 company as a Manufacturing Engineer and Business Unit Leader. His experience covers leading people, processes, and technology to produce premium products. He has led a successful $62 million automated warehouse startup, 4th in company’s history at that time. Mr. Summers founded SpenDebt after his family and he paid off $100,000 plus of debt.

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Ty’Lisha Summers

Co-Founder

As Co-Founder of SpenDebt, TyLisha brings more than 10 years experience working for a Fortune 500 company. Using her analytical skills, she created the first simulation to prove out SpenDebt’s micropayment concept. Along side her husband Kiley, they became debt free and developed a platform to help others achieve the same!

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Swipesum

Origin: MO | Grant Awarded: 2018 | Status: Active

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What is Swipesum?

In 2016, a group of payment technology experts saw a broken system and an opportunity. The payments space, with its legacy merchant acquisition strategies, convoluted contracts, and complex patchwork of providers, left merchants frustrated. This $900B industry was ripe for innovation. So they set out to build a technology solution capable of meeting the rapidly evolving needs of today’s businesses, the Swipesum payments marketplace. To mark the new beginning of merchants taking control, our founding team called the business Swipesum – shining a light on the total cost of merchant services. They focused on building a frictionless, state-of-the-art platform that connects businesses with a network of providers and payment methods around the world, enabling businesses to have the upper hand in negotiations. Swipesum provides the best holistic solution at the best rate to grow revenue online and in-store with ease. After building the core technology, the advantages of working with a single partner to navigate the complexities of contracts and integrations began to be recognized. We currently save businesses millions in payment processing costs and show no signs of slowing down.

Company Leadership

Michael Seaman

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer

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Stephen Seaman

Co-Founder & COO

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Prattle

Origin: MA | Grant Awarded: 2014 | Status: Acquired

What is Prattle?

Prattle provided data solutions to the financial services industry. The Fed Playbook was the core financial data arm of Prattle Analytics. Fed Playbook was the first commercially available quantitative data based on CENTRAL BANK policy and market outcomes.

Acquired by Liquidnet in 2019

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