Sezzle to Participate in the TRANSACT Payments Pitch-Off

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Nine startups to compete; FinTech VCs judges and live audience will pick winners

We’re honored to have been selected to participate in the TRANSACT Payments Pitch-Off, and we’re excited to share our story and progress with the judges and attendees

The Electronic Transactions Association (ETA) announced that Sezzle will compete in the Payments Pitch-Off, sponsored by Vantiv, now Worldpay, at TRANSACT on April 18 in Las Vegas. Sezzle was chosen from a highly-competitive group of payments technology startups by a committee of payments and fintech industry leaders. They will pitch their solution before a panel of venture capitalists and payments executives. The judges will award one overall winner with a $30,000 cash prize, sponsored by Vantiv, now Worldpay, and the audience favorite will receive a $5,000 cash prize, sponsored by Loeb & Loeb, LLP.

“Fintech startups know that TRANSACT is the place to make industry connections and secure funding since VCs and established payments companies are all at TRANSACT to find the next big thing,” said ETA CEO Jason Oxman. “The Payments Pitch-Off at TRANSACT gives innovative startups the keynote stage to show off their products and services to the industry’s preeminent leaders at the world’s largest payments industry event.”

Matt Ozvat, Head of Developer Integrations at Vantiv now Worldpay, will moderate the Payments Pitch-off and Stephen A. Aschettino of Loeb & Loeb will participate as a judge. Other judges include Venture Capitalists from some of the most recognizable companies in fintech and payments: Alex Acree of Fenway Summer; Sean Banks of TTV; Tom Brown of Camp One Ventures; Ryan Gilbert of Propel Ventures; Ben Malka of F-Prime Capital; Matt Risley of QED Investors; Dan Rosen of Commerce Ventures; David Sica of Nyca Partners.

Since launching its cutting-edge payment platform in August 2017, Sezzle has grown rapidly, having processed over $2 million in eCommerce payments at its more than 500 merchant partners. “We’re honored to have been selected to participate in the TRANSACT Payments Pitch-Off, and we’re excited to share our story and progress with the judges and attendees,” said Charlie Youakim, CEO of Sezzle.

TRANSACT, April 17-19, 2018, will bring together all parts of the payments ecosystem – from ISOs/VARs to ISVs and large financial institutions to technology companies, to meet, see what’s new, and learn what it takes to grow. Through extensive networking events, education and a robust exhibit hall filled with more than 200 companies, attendees will learn about groundbreaking technology, security trends and policies affecting the industry.
To view the full list of startups competing the Payments Pitch-Off, click here.

About ETA
The Electronic Transactions Association (ETA) is the global trade association representing more than 500 payments and technology companies. ETA members make commerce possible by processing more than $6 trillion in purchases in the U.S. and deploying payments innovation to merchants and consumers.

About Sezzle
Sezzle is a company focused on financially empowering young consumers. Sezzle’s exciting new payment platform helps consumers gain access to additional purchasing power via interest-free installment plans. This increase in purchasing power increases sales and lifts order values for Sezzle merchants. Sezzle uses a proprietary algorithm rather than traditional credit checks when making credit decisions, enabling them to approve approximately 100% more applicants than other consumer financing solutions. You can learn more about Sezzle at

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