Global Startup Accelerator Program for Accounting Profession Seeks New Round of Applicants

Benefits for Early-Stage Fintech and EdTech Firms Include Strategic Insight, Market Access and Funding

NEW YORK – The Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (Association) and CPA.com are seeking candidates for their joint startup accelerator program, designed to foster innovation in accounting and finance.

The accelerator, launched last year, focuses on early-stage companies in two categories: technology and financial information, and professional competency innovation. Successful applicants can tap the expertise and insight of senior leadership and advisors of the Association and CPA.com, gain access to CPA firm leaders and other influencers within the profession, and qualify for up to $25,000 in funding.

Applications are due Nov. 30, 2018. Selections will be made by early 2019, and the program will last approximately six months. Companies who are chosen will be featured in June at AICPA ENGAGE, one of the leading public accounting conferences in North America.

“The Association and CPA.com can offer startups a huge boost to their strategic engagement with the accounting profession,” said Erik Asgeirsson, president and CEO of CPA.com. “And for us, this is a great opportunity to see what disruptive technologies are emerging in accounting and finance.”

The startup accelerator program is open to entrepreneurial companies worldwide. To be eligible, firms should be:

  • At seed or pre-Series A stage (with some exceptions)
  • Have a working product or service
  • Focusing on Fintech or EdTech solutions

“Our first round of four companies made great progress this past year, sparked innovation in the profession and we’re excited to see what the new applicants will bring,” said Lawson Carmichael, chief operating officer of the Association.

For questions about the program, please contact Mark Brooks, the Association’s associate director of innovation and strategic partnerships, mark.brooks@aicpa-cima.com, or Kacee Johnson, strategic advisor for CPA.com, kacee.johnson@hq.cpa.com.

To apply, please visit the startup accelerator program page at aicpa-cima.com/accelerator.html.