Mentor MeetingSixThirty is different from most accelerators in that we maintain a healthy balance of helpful programming and networking opportunities. SixThirty invests in FinTech companies with working products, so the type of value-added discussions we seek to have are based around the typical issues for companies at this stage, which involve sales, marketing, hiring and fundraising.

Our intention isn’t to have you “in class” 9am to 5pm, seven days a week; we want you to be out talking with customers and partners, and generating business. We aim to be flexible with our program and respond to the individual needs of each of our portfolio companies.

What is the key to successful acceleration?

SixThirty’s four-part model increases the probability of success through funding, mentoring, networking and workshops.

Funding

SixThirty invests up to $100,000 per team in a handful of early-stage FinTech startups per year. Investing in companies with working products helps us drive tangible value creation for the startup.

Mentoring

Our general partners and mentors are successful entrepreneurs and practitioners who are committed to working ‘in the trenches’ with founders on their business model and business development.

Connecting

SixThirty builds and leverages a network of banks, wealth managers, information services, payment processors, and other financial institutions in St. Louis and beyond.

Workshop

SixThirty provides a 14-week intensive business development program in which companies receive hands-on training to refine their product, business model and investor pitch.

Specifically in financial services, access matters. Through SixThirty, we can shrink the time it takes for startups to build relationships and their products to get commercial attention.
Atul KamraSixThirty's Managing Partner

What does a typical week look like during the program?

We only have formal programming two days per week (usually on Tuesdays and Wednesdays). This allows the companies in our cohort to focus on the things they need to focus on.

During our regular weekly meetings, companies report out their accomplishments from the previous week and their action plans for the following one. The companies also identify areas in which they need help, or people or organizations they need introductions to.

Afterwards, the companies meet individually with their lead mentors for a deeper dive into their activities and issues that week. This provides additional visibility into each startup and allows our mentor and operational team to better connect the companies to resources.

On occasion, we will schedule happy hours, breakfasts, and other networking opportunities with the greater St. Louis financial services industry, our network of mentors, or a casual get-together with the other members of the cohort.

What else do you get through the program?

Like most accelerators, joining our portfolio comes with a plethora of perks including, but not limited to, pro-bono and discounted legal and accounting services, Amazon Web Services credits, and co-working office space in the T-REX tech startup incubator.

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