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Wells Fargo Startup Accelerator Adds Ascent RegTech and Motiv to Portfolio


Startups to promote further exploration of regulatory technology, artificial intelligence and Internet of Things solutions

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC) announced that Ascent RegTech and Motiv have joined the Wells Fargo Startup Accelerator, which is designed to help advance emerging technologies that could transform the financial services industry.

Lisa Frazier, head of the Innovation Group at Wells Fargo, made the announcement onstage at the Quesnay Female Founders in Fintech competition in New York. The competition focused on supporting women-led startups with market-ready solutions that address key opportunities in financial services.

“We’re continuously seeking ways to improve customer and team member experiences, and working with promising startups is a key part of our efforts,” said Frazier. “The financial landscape is constantly evolving, and it’s critical that banks find innovative ways to serve their customers and provide them with seamless, convenient and relevant experiences and find new ways to manage risk.”

Latest Wells Fargo Startup Accelerator companies:

  • Ascent RegTech (Chicago) provides an end-to-end compliance platform powered by artificial intelligence that distills complex regulatory text into daily tasks that are connected to internal controls, policies and procedures with full traceability. This makes it easy for compliance teams to know exactly what they need to do in order to be compliant.

    “We are honored to be a part of the Wells Fargo Startup Accelerator and are excited to leverage the expertise of this global institution that is a market leader in innovative technology,” said Brian Clark, CEO of Ascent RegTech. “As an industry, we can accomplish so much more when large firms and startups work together, and we look forward to exploring ways we can bring innovative regtech solutions to market on a larger scale.”
  • Motiv (San Francisco) is a breakthrough wearable technology company focused on designing products that fit seamlessly into people's lives and enable trust in a connected world. Motiv’s first product is a ring that provides users a 360-degree view of their health while keeping online identities secure.

    “Motiv is excited about working with Wells Fargo leaders to advance wearable biometric authentication technologies,” said Tejash Unadkat, CEO of Motiv. “We want to help empower customers to engage with the IoT connected world in seamless, secure ways.”

The Wells Fargo Startup Accelerator program began in 2014 and currently has 23 companies in its portfolio. Startups are eligible to receive up to $1 million in funding, along with guidance from Wells Fargo business and technology leaders to help refine the launch of their ideas. The virtual, six-month, non-exclusive program has received nearly 2,500 applications from innovative companies in 91 countries since the program’s inception. Applications can be submitted throughout the year at

About Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, investment and mortgage products and services, as well as consumer and commercial finance, through 7,800 locations, more than 13,000 ATMs, the internet ( and mobile banking, and has offices in 37 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 259,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 26 on Fortune’s 2018 rankings of America’s largest corporations. News, insights and perspectives from Wells Fargo are also available at Wells Fargo Stories.

Allison Vennerberg, 415-222-4722

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