Powering Solutions for a Financially Healthy America

The Lab

Improving financial lives

The Financial Solutions Lab is a community of startups, financial services companies, and nonprofit organizations building solutions to improve the financial lives of Americans.

Our aim is ambitious: Over five years we will identify, test, and bring to scale financial innovations that substantially improve the lives of hard-working Americans. We are armed with deep knowledge of customer behavior, marketplace trends, and financial services expertise. We have passion for change.

Note: We'll post our 2016 challenge on February 11. In the meantime, sign up for our newsletter.

Learn more about the lab


Investing in innovative companies

The community will be exposed to best practices, insight, and opportunities to engage with the nation's leading voice and authority for improving Americans' financial health. Challenge winners will be eligible for additional benefits.

  • Capital


    Lab participants will receive up to $250,000 in capital, structured to advance the goals of your organization

  • National Partnership Opportunities

    National Partnership Opportunities

    Connections to grow and scale your product and get in front of millions of consumers

  • Industry Expertise

    Industry Expertise

    A customized program designed to give you the necessary tools to be a leader in financial services

  • Mentorship


    Receive personalized guidance from members of the CFSI network of financial services experts

  • Peer Learning

    Peer Learning

    Opportunities to connect at in-person and virtual events to exchange best practices

  • Networking


    Access to an unparalleled network of financial services industry leaders

The challenge

Bridging the financial gap

Each year we will identify a new challenge topic, raising awareness and generating insights around the most salient financial challenges facing Americans. 

The first challenge seeks to develop solutions that help consumers track and understand their cash flow, predictively plan for unexpected expenses, and better evaluate trade-off costs.

Learn more about the first challenge and the 9 winners

The Community

Building solutions together

We welcome companies or organizations—new or established—with a passion for financial inclusion and a commitment to innovation to join us in this exciting endeavor.


Who Should Apply:

  • Financial Services Companies
  • Technology Startups
  • Innovative