Innovation in Payments: A View From Incubators and Accelerators

Wednesday, April 18
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: Exhibit Hall, Trustwave Keynote Stage

The future of the payments industry is driven by innovation, out-of-the box thinking, and creativity. Incubators and Accelerators provide a home and an environment conducive to driving the next generation of payments innovation.

This panel will provide an opportunity to hear from the leaders of four prominent fintech accelerators, incubators and programs that are bringing unique perspectives and focus for the start-up constituencies in which they serve and the FinTech ecosystem at large.

Tony Cooper

Innovation Evangelist

Known as “Tony” to his colleagues, Anthony Cooper's career spans over 30 years of media, marketing and technology experience. He got his start in media as a high school sophomore at a local CBS TV affiliate in his native South Carolina. Quickly rising up through the ranks he became assistant promotions manager at the station by his senior year.

As a Mass Communications student at Clark Atlanta University (CAU), Tony led several broadcast productions including live broadcasts of the 1988 Democratic Convention, the Nelson Mandela Convocation, and Atlanta At Night--Georgia’s first late-night celebrity talk show.

Since then, Tony has served in the trenches of print, radio and television; run his own Public Relations Firm, and provided expertise to numerous technology-focused companies including Convergent Media Systems, MVA Scientific Consultants, Micromeritics Inc. and during the 1996 Summer Olympics, Scientific Atlanta and their Olympic Partners: BellSouth and Panasonic.

Tony later served as Vice President, Marketing, Communications and Product Development at compliance tech provider, EVERIFILE Inc. In addition to his strategic marketing duties, he oversaw the overall Internet strategy for the company’s multiple services and led the development of the company’s CAMRAS Digital compliance screening system. The system now serves the railroad, pharmaceutical, utility and gaming industries.

Following his work in the private sector, Tony became Vice President of Strategic Communications at the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), one of the nation's largest state trade associations dedicated to technology and innovation. As a member of the organization’s executive team, he served as a chief advocate for Georgia’s technology industry and served on industry committees and boards including The Atlanta Regional Commission Strategic Committee, the Georgia Awareness Task Force, FinTech Atlanta and others,

After completing a successful 5-yr run at TAG, Tony is now embarking on a new endeavor: helping to build better, more inclusive engines of ingenuity in industries and communities across the nation. Embracing this new role, he now works to leverage his extensive network, media expertise and experience as an Innovation Evangelist.


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Bruce Berger

Clark Atlanta University


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Jeff Gapusan

FinTech Catalyst

Jeff Gapusan is a FinTech entrepreneur that currently leads FinTech acceleration efforts at the Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC), the State of Georgia's technology incubator. He manages a portfolio of early-stage FinTech startups and actively coaches them in business and corporate development, fundraising and execution.

Before joining ATDC, Jeff managed relationships with investors, financial sponsors and strategic partners for TradeRocket, an Atlanta-based startup that enables working capital finance solutions.

Prior to TradeRocket, Jeff founded Makai Advisory Services, a full-service business development consultancy for the alternative investment sector. Makai Advisory Services enabled Investors and Asset Managers to make accurate and confident decisions in determining market opportunities, developing their investment theses, and implementing successful strategies.

Jeff began his career in Finance as part of Salomon Smith Barney's Sales & Trading Associate Training Program. Jeff served domestic and international banks on the Financial Institutions desk prior to joining the Mortgage-Backed Securities sales team. As a specialist in Structured Credit, he later focused on driving mandates for asset managers in the space enabling over $5BB in deal-flow in commercial real estate, leveraged loan, and asset-backed structures. He later joined Cantor Fitzgerald as a Managing Director focused on Alternative Investments and Structured Products . He was a leader in several first-time Cantor initiatives including Alternative Investments, where he drove critical engagement efforts some of the world's largest alternative investment players. In 2009, Jeff spearheaded the establishment of Cantor's London-based European Structured Products sales & trading desk.

A Veteran Naval Officer, Jeff flew and managed electronic reconnaissance missions in the mighty EP-3E Aries II over combat zones in the Middle East, the Pacific Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea.

When Jeff is not planning the next new thing in FinTech, you can find rooting for the New York Rangers, the New York Giants and his North Carolina Tar Heels. Jeff earned his MBA from McGill University and his Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.


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Pasha Maher

Associate Director
Carolina FinTech Hub


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Burunda Prince-Jones

Managing Director
The FarmATL


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