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 are identifying, testing and bringing to scale financial innovations that substantially improve the lives of hard-working Americans. We are armed with deep knowledge of consumer behavior and marketplace trends – as well as a hefty dose of financial services expertise. We share a passion for change.

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Investing in innovative companies

The FinLab community is exposed to best practices, insights, and opportunities to engage with the nation's leading authority for improving Americans' financial health. Challenge winners are also eligible for additional benefits.

  • Capital


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

  • National Partnership Opportunities

    Partnership Opportunities

    FinLab companies make connections that can get them in front of millions of consumers, helping them grow and scale.

  • Industry Expertise

    Industry Expertise

    FinLab’s highly customized program is designed to provide the tools necessary for participants to become leaders in financial services.

  • Mentorship


    FinLab companies receive invaluable personalized guidance from members of CFSI’s network of financial services experts.

  • Peer Learning

    Peer Learning

    FinLab participants connect at in-person and virtual events to exchange best practices.

  • Networking


    FinLab companies gain access to an unparalleled network of financial services industry leaders.

The challenge

Weathering financial shocks

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

Our Challenge for 2016 is Helping Americans Weather Financial Shocks. Why? Let’s face it: we are all one shock away from financial ruin…it just depends on the size of the shock. But for many Americans, financial shocks are small, simple things that can have devastating implications, like missing work due to illness, an unanticipated car repair, a sudden rent increase – things that could be averted or mitigated by innovative financial products.

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The Community

Building solutions together

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


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