LendingTree, LeadsCon Announce Innovation Challenge Finalists And Judges

Lead industry's first-of-its-kind initiative to shine a "spotlight" on emerging talent in financial technology at the LeadsCon Las Vegas conference and expo

NORWALK, Conn., Feb. 27, 2018 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- LendingTree®, the nation's leading online loan marketplace, and Access Intelligence, a leading business information and marketing company, today announced the finalists and judges related to the previously announced "LendingTree Innovation Challenge at LeadsCon Las Vegas," which recognizes the most innovative fintech solutions across the consumer lead generation, call center and customer experience sectors.

Startups and established businesses from around the world applied last month for a chance to receive exposure, bragging rights and $25,000 in cash. Following an initial review of all entrants, the five finalists selected to present live on March 6 at LeadsCon Las Vegas are:

  • Influence Technologies' disruptive interactive video experience platform
  • Birch Finance's personalized credit card reward experience
  • Salesrep.AI's Artificial Intelligence lead nurturing personal assistant
  • Comped Marketing's rideshare interactive advertising display
  • Streamloan's cloud-based mobile mortgage environment

Bruce Cook, Senior VP Corporate Development at LendingTree, will emcee the event. Each finalist will have 6 minutes to present in the form of live demo, video and visuals, followed by questions from the panel of judges in a "Shark Tank"-style format. The all-star panel of industry experts will then select and announce the winner of the $25,000 grand prize. The judges are:

  • Matt Coffin, Founder, Coffin Capital and Ventures
  • Peter Garran, Partner, Great Hill Partners
  • Chris Gough, Managing Director, CGA Advisors
  • Doug Lebda, Founder, Chairman and CEO, LendingTree

"This competition is unique for the industry," says LendingTree Founder and CEO Doug Lebda. "The innovators behind today's customer acquisition technology deserve the opportunity to be recognized on a larger stage. Together with LeadsCon, LendingTree wants to empower entrepreneurs who are building disruptive solutions and businesses that meet the challenges of consumers, partners and clients in the fintech space."

LendingTree is the nation's leading online loan marketplace, empowering consumers as they comparison-shop across a full suite of loan and credit-based offerings. LendingTree provides an online marketplace which connects consumers with multiple lenders that compete for their business, as well as an array of online tools and information to help consumers find the best loan. Since inception, LendingTree has facilitated more than 65 million loan requests. LendingTree provides free monthly credit scores through My LendingTree and access to its network of over 500 lenders offering home loans, personal loans, credit cards, student loans, business loans, home equity loans/lines of credit, auto loans and more. LendingTree, LLC is a subsidiary of LendingTree, Inc. For more information go to www.lendingtree.com, dial 800-555-TREE, like our Facebook page and/or follow us on Twitter @LendingTree.

Nearly 3,000 people rely each year on LeadsCon Las Vegas for unparalleled insights and access to marketing leaders and to learn how to find, nurture and convert quality leads to grow their business. The event takes place March 5-7 in Las Vegas. Learn more at leadscon.com/leadsconlv. LeadsCon is owned by Access Intelligence, a b-to-b media, event and information company serving the media, PR, marketing, healthcare management, defense, chemical engineering, satellite and aviation markets.

Media Contact: Megan Greuling, LendingTree, 704-943-8208, Megan.Greuling@LendingTree.com

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