Holt Accelerator Welcomes Scottish Fintechs to apply for their World-Class Fintech Accelerator Program

Written by Sarah Spagnuolo, Marketing Director at Holt Fintech Accelerator

Holt Fintech Accelerator in Montreal, Canada is a world-class fintech program that is currently accepting international applications until June 14th.

This is a fantastic opportunity for fintechs from Scotland to conquer Canada before scaling up to the US, because you get the opportunity to:

  1. Do product testing with access to senior Canadian potential partners
  2. Get assistance in fast-tracking your time to business (ie. From Visa to incorporation)

What we’re looking for

We’re looking for international, pre-Series A (i.e. bootstrapped, pre-seed, seed, bridge), FinTech startups who (or that)  are ready to take advantage of this high-impact program.

The program is being backed by the Holt family– one of Canada’s wealthiest families. The program is also supported by one of Canada’s largest AI firms and a long list of influencers within the FinTech community, offering invaluable insights into the North American market. Our website has all the info: https://www.holtaccelerator.ai/.

Here’s what we offer

The Capital (up to $125K cash + $50K value)

  • $25K CAD + $200K CAD in-kind on flexible terms,
  • Up to $100K CAD available if milestones are met,
  • Potential investments from Holt angels & institutions,
  • Potential for capital calls from Holt or Holdun.

The Ecosystem (Priceless)

  • Plug into Holt Financial’s digital bank and exchange for new revenue sources,
  • Raise financing more easily and strategically through the STO platform,
  • Potential to partner with our alumni and future cohort.

Potential Clients (+$100K CAD value)

  • Access to key people in financial institutions,
  • Obtain real feedback on product(s),
  • Potentially close deals with paying customers.

The Support ($100K CAD value)

  • Super Advisors provide one day a week over 12-weeks (See our growing list of Advisors here),
  • Access to world class PhDs to guide the teams weekly,
  • Coaching & workshops (pitching, lunch & learns, etc.),
  • Guidance from industry & tech experts,
  • Bonus: visibility, free office, service provider discounts.



Application deadline:June 14

Invitation for selection date: June 15

Selection dates:July 8-9 (MTL startup festival + meet and obtain feedback from over 100 Advisors)

Program starts:August 19

Program ends: November 8


Here’s what the Holt 2018 cohort had to say about the Program

“Once I read about the Holt Fintech Accelerator’s mission and understood the background of the family, as well as the array of businesses and the structure of the program, I knew it’d be a great fit. Holt can connect us to client and investor opportunities, and accelerate the growth of our clients.”

Thomas Schickler, CEO The Liquidity Marketplace

“It’s an exciting time to be in Fintech.  We’ve seen waves of disruption in the space, and then banks absorb some of that change.  We’re helping banks compete with stand-alone fintech apps by bringing personalized financial wellness tools into their offering and winning the customer back. We’re excited to be part of the Holt Accelerator and appreciate the support they’re giving us to let more people know about our product. The rest of the cohort is also highly talented, and we may have an opportunity to partner with other startups that complement our offering.”

Sajil Koroth, CEO, KapitalWise


“We had several discussions with Brendan and Jan before applying and realized that they are great people, with great connections into financial institutions in Canada — our current customer base.  We’ve also learned since starting the program how hands on these guys are. The program is extremely well organized and the Holt management team has been very helpful. This journey is incredibly exciting!”

Sean Merat, CEO, Owl