On Deck Fintech Fellowship (ODFintech)

Come together to build
the new frontier of fintech

On Deck Fintech is an 8-week remote program for founders, investors and operators working on frontier themes in fintech. We combine highly curated programming with a diverse community of practitioners to help you share knowledge, find opportunities, make connections and build the next wave of innovation in financial services — together.

Everything you need to build the next wave of financial services

Navigate the complex fintech ecosystem with deep-dive sessions, tactical frameworks, a diverse community of leading thinkers and much more.

Immerse yourself in frontier areas within fintech

It’s no secret that innovation in financial services is complex. Learn how leading fintech innovators navigate the evolving landscape, changing regulations and emerging technologies. Get insights on the latest trends and opportunities in fintech from top founders, investors and operators.

Grow your network

There’s never been a space that brought the entire fintech ecosystem together — until now. Join a diverse network of practitioners and thinkers dedicated to building impactful solutions to the biggest challenges in financial services. Find key partners, investors, advisors, and life-long friends in the fintech space.

Find opportunities and reach your goals

Get the support you need to achieve your goals from a close-knit community of fintech operators, investors and entrepreneurs. Get clarity on your next move and accelerate your path to getting there whether it’s validating an idea, finding a job, establishing partnerships or raising a seed round.

Join a community of builders and fintech leaders

Community is the core of the Fintech Fellowship. Here are just a few of the phenomenal founders, experts and industry leaders participating in our first cohort.
Matt Harris
Partner, Bain Capital Ventures
Ema Rouf
Co-founder, Pave.dev
Christian Vizcaino Jordan
VP & Global Head of Trade & Financial Services, Flexport
Laura Spiekerman
Co-founder & Chief Revenue Officer, Alloy
Frank Rotman
Founding Partner, QED
Kirti Shenoy
Co-founder & CEO, Puzzl
Michael Sindicich
GM of Liquid, TripActions
Jake Gibson
Partner, Better Tomorrow Ventures & Co-founder, NerdWallet
Jess Houlgrave
Chief of Staff, Checkout
Trisha Kothari
Co-founder & CEO, Unit21
Eli Polanco
Founder & CEO, Nivelo
Monica Desai
Principal, Kleiner Perkins
David Axler
General Manager of Financial Services, Wave
Steph Choo
Partner, P3VC
Matt Janiga
General Counsel, Privacy
Ahmed Siddiqui
VP Product, Branch
Vineet Goel
Co-founder, Parafin
Kathleen Utecht
Managing Partner, Core Innovation Capital
Angela Angelovska-Wilson
Co-Founder & Chief Legal Officer, Sila
Raphael Shorser
VP, Fraud Engineering & Founding Team of Marcus & Apple Card, Goldman Sachs
Rohit Sabnis
Strategic Partnerships at Ramp.
Rohini Pandhi
Product lead of Payments, Square
Jayni Shah
Early Stage Investor
Alex Hartz
Partner, SciFi
Harsha Dante
Head of Strategy & Operations for Capital and Card, Stripe
Vaibhav Puranik
Chief of Staff, Aven
Jillian Williams
Principal, Anthemis
Danielle Pensack
Co-founder & CEO, Rightfoot
Dan Rosen
Partner, Commerce Ventures


Our Fellows are the heartbeat of our community. Here's what they have to say.

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Dipti Desai

@beondeck has created an unparalleled product, community & a loyal, authentic member base like I’ve never seen before. In my time in SV I’ve seen many attempts at creating communities large & small. On Deck is magical because the team behind it is just relentless & good people.💕

Kai Faust

My experience with On Deck in 2020:

- Several deep friendships and that I expect to last a lifetime.

- Warm intros to customers, talent and advisors.

- Access to capital (Raised $100K+ during ODF6)

- $20K+ in perks (AWS, DocSend, and more)

I kinda feel like crying. So grateful.

Matt Harris

At @BainCapVC we are huge fans of @beondeck, and thrilled to be involved in this Fintech Fellowship. We need more builders in fintech, and this program will be part of building, and diversifying, the pipeline.

Nick Singh

On Deck helped me realize that writing was a viable career. As a Software Engineer in SV, thought founding a tech startup was the only path. Then ODF1 happened.

12 months later, and I got a book on the way & a newsletter with 44k subscribers. Big fans of @david__booth & team!

Madison Campbell

So far I’ve been in @beondeck slack for two days and raised $20,000. The program doesn’t even kick-off until tomorrow. If this doesn’t convince you to join, idk what will. #beondeck #odf6

Matt Alston

The two best decisions I made in 2020 were leaving my job to start a company with @MelissaZhang13, and joining @beondeck.

Pretty wild how much On Deck has grown and evolved in just the last 6 months. Can’t event imagine what it’ll look like a year from now 🚀

Hugo Amsellem

I wanted to write again and @BeOnDeck launched the Writer Fellowship.

Then I wanted to start a podcast and they announced the Podcast Fellowship.

Now I'm thinking about becoming a YouTuber...


Girish Gupta

What a wonderful line from a CEO/hiring manager: "The faster you can run up a curve, the harder we'll work to make sure there's another one waiting for you."

I'm astounded by the quality of leadership and community.

Quintin Woods

Founders 🤝 Angels

Instead of sticking all your money in a 1% yield savings account, invest in the future. @beondeck is the best place to do that!

Aditi Parekh

Searching the directory for any startup-related questions before searching on Google or Twitter 🤟

Griff Foxley

Will @beondeck please just right now setup an annual pass type thing so I can just be apart of every damn thing they offer?

Sam Wong

Imagine having a 4-hour Zoom call... and being engaged, inspired, and ACTIVATED every single second 🤯

Only @beondeck things

Mike MacCombie

The quality of ODF companies that pitched today were fantastic - congrats to the whole @beondeck team for putting together that demo day.

Alexander Hugh Sam

Just finished the @beondeck kick-off session for ODW1 and 🤯.

It's the most fun I've ever had for any onboarding whatsoever. The team and fellows are amazing and can't wait to get started.

Even did some (very bad) freestyle rapping and met cool people like @AnthonyMcG2!

Jason Jacobs

I saw two ways to describe @beondeck yesterday, both of which struck a chord.

1) SV in the cloud

2) this generation’s “just do it”

I’m long @beondeck!

Curriculum & Speakers

Some of the speakers joining us for our first cohort:
Ariana Poursartip
Tobenna Arodiogbu
Nick Shalek
Stephany Kirkpatrick
Adam Nash
Jareau Wadé
Tara Seshan
Itai Damti
Jon Fry
Lindsay Davis
Charley Ma
Amanda Peyton
Alex Danco
Charles Deutsch
Seth Rosenberg
Saira Rahman
Josh Schwarzapel
David Haber
Ronak Daya
Mengxi Lu
Aditi Shekar
Daniel Kimerling
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Navigating the Fintech Ecosystem

Evolution of Fintech

Explore the past, present and future of fintech with top practitioners and investors.

Embedded Fintech

Explore how fintech intersects with traditional software categories.

Emerging Infrastructure

Understand the building blocks enabling new companies to launch financial services.
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Perspectives from Practitioners

Founder Stories

Hear raw experiences from founders building next gen financial products.

Thematic Sessions

Learn frameworks behind and evolution of payments, lending, regulations, banking, payroll and more.

Tactical Sessions

Get best practices on tech stacks, product development, go-to market and fundraising from top builders.
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Outcome Oriented Programming

Choose a Track to Achieve Specific Goals

Get support on finding a job, business development opportunities, and more based on your unique goals.
Fireside Chats
Learn from industry leading thinkers and innovators who share stories from the trenches.
Office Hours
Get help with your specific challenges with ideating recruiting, fundraising and more through one on ones with industry experts.
Mastermind Groups
Meet with an intimate group of fellows throughout the program to share knowledge, support and connections in the ecosystem.

The On Deck Method

We're building a modern educational institution that redefines how community and learning come together. Being part of any On Deck program means you’ll have access to a community of world-class professionals. With every new program we launch and cohort we start, your network gets stronger.

Here are the cornerstones of the On Deck experience:

Deep Friendships

Our virtual fellowship programs provide members with community, education, and support. This is a place for cohort-style learning, but also deep personal connections.

Unparalleled Knowledge

There are limitless opportunities for learning and sharing here. You’ll get access to expert speakers, office hours, build weekends, and our session library full of curated content. Dig in!

Community Diversity

We’re proud to have a community diverse in culture, thought, and life experiences. This enables revolutionary ideas, inclusive solutions, and boundless growth opportunities.

Scaled With Software

We’re building in-house tools to improve how we share community knowledge, aligned opportunities, and helpful connections.

Engineered Serendipity

When everyone is going through a shared experience and seeking similar goals, incredible things happen.

Spirit of Service

One of the things we love most about our community is how willing and excited members are to support one another. This spirit is the strong heartbeat of the On Deck community.


What will On Deck Fintech be focused on?

Non fintech companies are now able to launch financial services leveraging existing infrastructure. New startups can now build innovative products that  address underserved behaviors, needs and audiences without having to build the plumbing themselves. All of this enabled by emerging infrastructure for financial services.

Those interconnected themes are the focus of On Deck Fintech.

Who should apply?

To be a good fit for ODFintech, you are probably:

  • A founder, operator, investor or someone seeking a new role in fintech
  • You are committed to building the future of financial services and have a deep interest in one of the focus areas (embedded fintech, emerging infrastructure or new products enabled by the infrastructure)
  • For founders, stage can range from exploring fintech startup ideas to  ideating or scaling fintech ideas at traditional software platforms or marketplaces 
  • For operators, we’re looking for mid to senior career fellows with deep functional expertise looking to launch or scale financial products
  • For job seekers, we are looking for fellows committed to finding a role in fintech in the immediate future
  • You should be excited about being both a mentor and a mentee to other fellows with different levels of experience and backgrounds. The goal is that you'll be leaving the fellowship with meaningful, deep relationships in the fintech ecosystem that you can carry throughout your career
  • You should be eager to be an active participant in a growing community, as much of the value of On Deck comes from the network and peer to peer learning

What will I get from joining On Deck Fintech?

On Deck Fintech is a community to learn from the best people, share knowledge, grow your network and find new opportunities.

As a participant, you get access to:

- An 8 week program & curriculum, including live and recorded programming, breakout sessions and mastermind groups.

- On Deck’s online community and On Deck Directory. You’ll be able to search and filter the Directory and Slack community to learn more about your peers and have discussions 

- Fintech-specific and cross-program build weekends with special guests and partners.

- An opportunity to build relationships with high potential founders, operators, job seekers and other enthusiasts. This community will likely follow you deep into your ever-evolving fintech journey.

What does it cost?

Access to our first cohort cost $2990 but the pricing for our second cohort is TBD. We have limited scholarships available for each cohort thanks to our Access Fund. Information about scholarship applications will be provided to accepted Fellows closer to the kickoff date.

Is this only for founders?

While we expect a large portion of the cohort to be founders, it takes a village to move the fintech ecosystem forward.

With that in mind, ODFintech will bring together all members of the fintech community. 

Incoming ODFintech Fellows will have a diverse set of goals including:

  • Seeking jobs, mentorship or partnership opportunities
  • Ideating on fintech offerings at your current company. 
  • Working on building and selling infrastructure offerings to other fintech and software companies
  • Getting help navigating the ecosystem as a domain expert in capital markets or compliance 
  • Gaining exposure to a growing ecosystem as someone currently working at a financial institution

As long as you are passionate about innovation in financial services and are excited about spending time with fellow enthusiasts, you are welcome to apply!

Are there scholarships or financing options available?

Our goal is to make the Fellowship accessible to the absolute best talent, no matter their financial situation.

All Fellows have the option to pay in four monthly installments rather than pay the full cost upfront. We also have a limited number of scholarships available thanks to our Access Fund. Information about scholarship applications will be provided to accepted Fellows closer to the kickoff date.

What would programming look like?

Here’s some of what we have in store for you : 

Curriculum : There will be talks, discussions and panels on  : 

  • Deep dives exploring the past, present and future of fintech ecosystem 
  • Fireside chats with the best thinkers 
  • Founder perspectives on new kinds of fintech products 
  • Thematic and tactical dives into various flavors of embedded fintech and infrastructure with the top builders

Peer-to-peer knowledge sharing:

  • Fellows can host intra-cohort events and office hours to have discussions and learn from each other. 
  • Small, opt-in subgroups meant to serve as peer groups. We will actively curate groups based on roles, career stage, goals, and more. 

Cohort socials :

  • Get to know others casually and seed friendships through a variety of events
How long will I have access to the community?

After the fellowship, you’ll retain access to your cohort and be able to subscribe to Membership for continued access to the On Deck ecosystem.

What is the time commitment?

The participation is buffet-style. You are in charge of your experience. We recommend spending 2-3 hours a week attending programming and/or engaging with other fellows.

Ultimately, you get out what you put in. Often, the biggest contributors are also the biggest beneficiaries.

Depending on your schedule and interests, you could choose to:

  • Attend all sessions and immerse yourself in fintech all week
  • Tune in at your leisure to attend sessions that interest you
  • Search the directory and connect with interesting people one-on-one
  • Attend pre-scheduled or fellow-driven intimate groups

Most fellows have full-time jobs, so our programming is designed with that in mind.

Is this a fully remote program?

Yes: OD Fintech will be run entirely remotely. 

Post-COVID, we’ll return to organizing offline programming like dinners, small gatherings, and retreats, but the core Fellowship will remain a remote-first experience.

Can I participate from anywhere in the world?

We will have a focus on North American and European candidates but are working on expanding to other regions!

Financial services are tied to regional jurisdictions. Having the vast majority of the fellows from a handful of regions helps design relevant programming.

Did we miss your question? Drop us a line and we will get back to you asap.
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