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The Innovators Pavilion is FIA’s annual showcase for fintech startups that are offering forward-thinking solutions for the global derivatives markets. The showcase provides free exhibition space at FIA’s annual Futures and Options Expo, the cleared derivatives industry’s most widely attended event. Now in its 35th year, Expo draws more than 4,000 industry professionals to Chicago and provides these startups with an unparalleled opportunity to connect with banks, brokers, trading firms, exchanges and other participants in the global derivatives markets.

Each year an independent committee of industry experts chosen from venture capital companies and FIA member firms review applications from eligible startups and select the companies that offer the most innovative and relevant products and solutions. After the first round is completed, the committee then selects the five most promising startups to participate in the FIA’s ‘Meet the Innovators’ pitch contest and compete for the FIA Innovator of the Year award. won the FIA Innovator of the Year in 2016, TellusLabs won in 2017 and Freightwaves won in 2018.

The Innovators Pavilion is a core element of FIA’s commitment to promoting innovation in the global derivatives markets. Since 2015, more than 70 startups have participated in the Pavilion. By providing this platform for fintech startups to interact with the leading firms in the industry, FIA aims to accelerate the adoption of new technologies, the drive for greater operational efficiency, and the development of new products and services.


Wednesday, October 30 

10:00 a.m.  Exhibit Halls and Innovators Pavilion open (Green & Blue Halls, Lower Level)

11:00 a.m.  Meet the Innovators Pitch Competition (Continental B, Lobby Level) 

4:00 p.m.    Taste of Expo (Green & Blue Halls, Lower Level)

6:00 p.m.   Exhibit Halls close

Thursday, October 31

8:30 a.m.   FIA Innovator of the Year Award Ceremony (International Ballroom, 1st Floor)

10:00 a.m. Exhibit Halls and Innovators Pavilion open (Green & Blue Halls, Lower Level)

12:45 p.m. Networking Lunch (Green & Blue Halls, Lower Level)

3:00 p.m.   Exhibit Halls close & Conference concludes




Applications will be reviewed by an independent committee of industry experts from the firms listed below.


Chicago Trading Company

Citadel Securities

Credit Suisse NEXT Investors

Goldman Sachs

Illuminate Financial

Jump Capital

SenaHill Partners


XR Trading

Chairman:  Kyle Zasky, Partner, SenaHill Partners














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