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Falls Fintech Spring 2020 Cohort Announced

Updated: Jun 21, 2021

Top FinTech Companies Set to Join Spring 2020 Accelerator Program

March 5, 2020 (Sioux Falls, SD) – Central Payments today announced the first group of companies that will join

the Spring 2020 cohort for Falls Fintech, its business accelerator program geared towards early-stage financial

technology (fintech) companies.

“This inaugural group of companies are developing exciting financial products that leverage new technologies to solve financial challenges, particularly those experienced by underserved consumers and small businesses,” said Nikkee Rhody, Managing Director of Falls Fintech.

Falls Fintech Spring 2020 Cohort:

Build Financial (New York): Empowering middle-class users by providing them with emergency savings, spending, and financial health tools, Build Financial’s core financial products (high-yield savings, mobile banking, debt consolidation, long-term investing) utilize automation and learning tools to help customers take control of their money, and make saving it automatic, accelerated, affordable, and accessible. Learn more at

Invest Sou Sou (Washington D.C.): Inspired by African and Caribbean cultures of building wealth together, Sou Sou is a smart social banking app designed for customers to save, build credit and invest with people they trust. Create a stronger financial lifestyle, track saving progress, unlock rewards and build credit. Together. Learn more at

Permiso (California): Revolutionizing banking for youth, Permiso’s created an app, card, and life literacy curriculum that keeps its user actively engaged on a daily basis. Permiso combines socio-emotional life principles with practiced executive functioning and financial literacy skills, making it not only an app to check your bank balance, but to learn about how to succeed in life and school.

Soon (Utah): Simplifying finances by consolidating checking, saving, investing and goals into a person’s existing cash flow. Soon’s Smart Debit Card automatically invests when a customer makes a deposit, and divests the best performing asset when money is spent to increase purchasing power, deliver investment-level returns and help users accomplish important life goals. Learn more at

XpenseOne (Washington): A digital expense management solution developed for small and mediumsized businesses to streamline processes related to expense reports, approval workflows and back office reconciliation. The XpenseOne solution is white labeled and offered by banks to their businesses, driving higher retention, revenue and customer acquisition. Businesses can manage expenses made with any payment method such as personal cards, bank issued cards or cash. Learn more at

Trent Sorbe, President of Central Payments and Co-founder of Falls Fintech, adds: “We are thrilled to expose these entrepreneurs to Sioux Falls and experience why we are the hub for banking and payments. Central Payments and our Falls Fintech accelerator were created to enable the next generation of financial service companies and continue the banking evolution that started in South Dakota in the mid-1980’s.”

Falls Fintech is a 10-week program designed to accelerate market readiness for early-stage fintech companies and promote breakthrough of the last-mile problems facing fintech companies today. The Spring 2020 cohort is set to run March 9 through May 15. During the 10 weeks, participating companies will receive high-intensity curriculum with an elite network of financial, payment and technology professionals across the globe.

About Central Payments and Central Bank of Kansas City

Central Payments operates as the payments division of Central Bank of Kansas City (CBKC) and is headquartered in Dell Rapids, South Dakota. The fastest growing prepaid card issuer since 2015*, Central Payments administers payment card and funds disbursement programs via retail, employer/payroll, and online outlets nationwide. CBKC is a 68-year-old family-owned bank located in the heart of Kansas City, Missouri and one of 135 financial institutions in the country certified by the U.S. Treasury as a Community Development Financial Institution. CBKC and Central Payments share the mission to provide high-quality financial products to consumers of modest means who historically have not enjoyed the benefits of affordable and accessible financial services. “Treat Each Customer’s Balance as Though It’s All They Have” guides our approach to product design, customer service, and affordability. Visit,, or for more information. Member FDIC.

* Source: The Nilson Report, 2015 to 2018.


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