Each month, we put together a rundown of the news related to Fintech71 and highlights from the fintech world at-large.

Fintech71 News:

Top Tips for Startups To Stand Out Within Incubators – Our executive director, Matt Armstead, presents his top tips for how startups can stand out, at Finovate in NYC. Watch Here

Ohio’s Fintech71 Picks Ten Startups for Inaugural Programme – Fintech71 has officially chosen its inaugural cohort of financial technology startups, three European companies, from the U.K., Ireland and Portugal, are among the ten winners. Read More

Fintech71 Is Columbus’ First Real Chance at an Accelerator Excelling – Chief storyteller of Columbus 1812, Brian Zuercher, reports why he thinks Fintech71 has the “magic sauce” and is an accelerator to be excited about! Read More

Ohio’s Fintech71 Welcomes Inaugural Global Cohort – JobsOhio Managing Director, Valentina Isakina, welcomes the Fintech 71 cohort of entrepreneurs as they embark on a ten-week journey to change the world of finance. Read More

Fintech makes first investments in companies, including 5 from outside U.S. – Fintech71 announced Tuesday that it was awarding $100,000 apiece to 10 companies, five of them from outside the U.S. In return, the companies will set up shop in Columbus and give Fintech 71 a small ownership stake. Read More

This Month’s Top Fintech News:

The First ICO Unicorns are Here – Both OmiseGO (OMG) and Qtum passed a $1 billion market cap. In doing so, they became the first ERC20 tokens to pass the unicorn mark based on the total value of coins that have been distributed, surpassing the landmark in mere months. Dreams do come true! Read More

Russian-Chinese Cryptocurrency Alliance Launch Delayed Over China’s ICO Hitch – The Alliance between Russian-Chinese cryptocurrency proceedings have been delayed after the hand of the Chinese regulators may have put the kibosh on ICO’s and branded them as legally questionable. Read More

Africa Leads World in Mobile Money and Improves Financial Inclusion – Mobile money account adoption in Sub-Saharan Africa has outpaced growth in the rest of the world. With more mobile money accounts than traditional bank accounts, financial inclusion has significantly improved in Sub-Saharan Africa. Read More

Travel Loyalty Programs Are Prime Targets For Blockchain, And That May Be Good News For Travelers – Blockchain may be coming for your travel loyalty programs, ideally to reduce complexity and provide customers a way to easily determine points so that you can actually use them. Read More

Britain’s Leading Fintechs are Banding Together to Work Out a Brexit Strategy – Fintech Delivery Panel (FDP), a new industry group that aims to “produce an ambitious post-Brexit vision for the UK’s fintech sector” was formed this month and is determined to achieve big things with the cards they have been dealt. Read More