Western & Southern, Fifth Third Bank and Cintrifuse Partner to Launch FinTech Frontier

Western & Southern Financial Group •
Fintech Frontier
 Western & Southern Financial Group has joined Fifth Third Bank and Cintrifuse to launch FinTech Frontier, a future-focused partnership in Cincinnati designed to accelerate innovation that transforms every aspect of financial services, from consumer-facing experiences to back-office operations.

“Tech-based startups are reshaping every part of the financial services industry,” said John F. Barrett, Western & Southern chairman, president and CEO. “While most of the attention and investment have focused on the nation’s coasts, Greater Cincinnati has a unique opportunity to drive innovation from the heart of America. FinTech Frontier is well-positioned to rapidly accelerate that growth.”

FinTech Frontier was launched in September 2020 with a series of virtual events featuring diverse teams of venture capitalists, founders and corporate champions. One of the events, “Main Street Imagination: How is FinTech finding exciting new ways to enable financial health, wellness and access for every American household?” was moderated by Matthew Green, Western & Southern AVP of M&A/strategic venture capital.

To accelerate the best and boldest ideas, FinTech Frontier is holding a Pitch Competition on October 29. A prize pool of $60,000 will be awarded to winning pitches that address the challenges posed by FinTech Frontier founding partners. Applications are being accepted through October 15.