The numo Fintech Challenge is a university

innovation competition to generate new ideas in

the field of financial technology. In this competition Carnegie Mellon students will create and pitch ideas for the chance to win cash prizes.



Monday, September 11 // 6:00 - 7:00 PM // Tepper Room 146

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Ideas will be judged over two rounds based on their creativity and novelty, technical sophistication, and business merit


people MAX PER team

Teams of 1-5 CMU students can

submit their fintech focused ideas for

a chance to win cash

About us

numo turns emerging technologies and great ideas into software products and companies in the financial services technology space otherwise known as "fintech". We work with a variety of universities, companies, and individuals to source ideas and we have several models for partnering on the build out and commercialization of products.


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About the Fintech Challenge

The competition is intentionally very open ended - we are interested to hear any great ideas related to fintech. Guidance on particular topics of interest at numo right now can be found below.


We are looking for ideas that are innovative, solve for an impactful problem in the financial services industry, and have the potential to be built into products that have the ability transform the fintech space.


Initial submissions can be presented in the format that you think best represents your idea... whether that be a video, PowerPoint or Keynote slides, Prezi, web site, or a business plan document. Your submission just has to be uploaded and submitted via our online form.


Top ideas will be awarded prizes out of a $15k pool. You retain the IP rights to ideas submitted in the competition. Winners may have the opportunity to join numo as an intern or full time employee to help build out the idea, or work on an existing idea in our portfolio.


grand prize


runner up

Ideas will be judged based upon their...





Only a select number of teams will be invited to attend Pitch Day on Saturday October 7th


Teams selected to participate in Pitch Day will be notified on September 29th. Those invited to Pitch Day will be provided with feedback to incorporate into their final presentations. The pitch will be your team's final chance to explain your idea and defend your decision making to a panel of judges before winners are selected.


Winners of the numo Fintech Challenge will be

notified by the end of the day on October 7th


Additionally, winning teams will be recognized

at LaunchCMU, presented by the Swartz Center

for Entrepreneurship, the evening of October 10th.

numo may engage in discussions with any team around

options for partnering together to bring ideas to life.

Fintech Topics

of Interest

Challenge Timeline


Registration opens up on September 11th and must be completed before 11:59 PM on September 20th


Teams must complete all steps of registration to be eligible to compete. Teams can be between 1-5 people.  Students are required to verify eligibility as a current CMU student via AndrewID.



We are hosting a launch event on campus

September 11th at 6 PM in Tepper room 146


Additionally, we will be holding informational

"Office Hours" in Tepper room 324 from 11 AM -2 PM

on Tuesday 9/12, Wednesday 9/13, and Thursday 9/14.


Round One submissions are due by 6 AM EST

on Monday September 25th


Submissions can be in a variety of forms, but must include at minimum, a concise overview of your idea & why it is unique, a description of the technologies involved, and a description of the potential business impact.


Late submissions will not be accepted

Fintech refers to the evolving intersection of financial services, technology, and innovation. Any organization that is trying to enable, enhance, or replace the services currently offered

by incumbent financial institutions can be considered a part of the fintech space.


This includes big technology companies, startups, legacy providers of technology or infrastructure to the financial services industry, and even the well-established financial institutions themselves.



How can financial institutions utilize machine learning technology to improve efficiencies and bridge challenges in the financial services industry?


How can financial institutions use technology to help underbanked

individuals get better access to financial institutions and products that fit their needs?



How can financial institutions utilize the

data they already have

to better understand

their customers’ needs

and offer products and solutions that fit their customers’ goals?


How can financial institutions leverage blockchain technology

and be at the forefront of its usage in the banking industry?



How can financial institutions leverage alternative data that is

not currently utilized in

the US financial system in order to help them assess their customers' risk?


We would like to hear

your best ideas. This is

your chance to develop

a solution to a problem

in the fintech space that inspires you.

Frequently Asked Questions

  •      What are the key dates of the fintech challenge?

    Please see the key dates section available in our Fintech Challenge rules.

  •      How do I register?

    Registration is completed via a form that can be found here. Registration opens on September 11th at 8:00 AM EST and closes on September 20th at 11:59:59 PM EST.

  •      How will the ideas be judged?

    Submissions will be judged for creativity and novelty, technical sophistication,

    and business merit. All registered teams will have the opportunity to submit one idea in the

    format of their choosing.

  •      Why is numo holding this event?

    We want to hear what you, as students, believe may be impactful ideas on the financial services industry. We are a team of problem solvers who take on tough challenges and believe that the students at Carnegie Mellon are of a similar mindset.

  •      Is numo hiring?

    Yes. We are looking to bring on interns and full time hires, both undergraduate and graduate, in areas such as computer engineering, product management, and business development. All entrants are eligible for consideration for internships or full time positions at numo.

  •      What are we expected to submit?

    For Round One judging, registered teams are able to submit one idea in any manner that they deem best suited to presenting their message. Potential submission forms include business plans, presentations, videos, etc.

  •      Are all CMU Students eligible?

    Any current CMU student over the age of 18 is eligible. That includes undergraduate

    and graduate (Masters & PhD candidates) enrolled on a full-time or part-time basis.

    All colleges are eligible and we actively encourage teams to include a variety of

    majors and skillsets.

  •      Must I be a CMU student?

    Yes, an AndrewID will be required as part of the submission process.

  •      Will numo be hosting similar challenges at other universities?

    Yes. Similar challenges will be held at other universities in upcoming semesters.

    Check back soon for updates.

  •      Will I be eligible to compete if I am an International student?

    Yes. All students are eligible to participate, regardless of their citizenship status. All members of the winning teams must submit to a Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) screening in order to receive their share of the cash prize. If a student does not pass the OFAC screening, the prize money will be shared equally among the members of the team who do pass the screening.

  •      How many people can be on a team?

    Teams can consist of 1-5 CMU students. Once a team is registered any team changes must be handled through the contact us form.

  •      Who can I contact for help with additional questions?

    You can reach us with any additional questions by using our "contact us" form.