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FinCEN to Hold Special Monthly Innovation Hours Sessions for Underserved Groups Developing Technology to Fight Illicit Financial Activity

April 12, 2021 / Source: FinCEN

Immediate Release

April 12, 2021

WASHINGTON–The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) will host a special monthly virtual FinCEN Innovation Hours Program on June 10, 2021, focusing on the important role of underserved groups in developing technology to fight illicit financial activity and protect the nation’s security.  We encourage participation by financial technology (FinTech) and regulatory technology (RegTech) companies, venture capital and investment firms, and financial institutions majority founded, owned, or managed by underserved groups.
FinCEN requests that demonstrations highlight how these innovations work and how financial institutions or business and retail consumers might use them, or how they may support private- and public-sector efforts to enhance our national security.  Each meeting will last no longer than an hour.
FinCEN announced the Innovation Hours Program on May 24, 2019.  The Innovation Hours Program is part of a broader FinCEN Innovation Initiative, which seeks to promote innovation by supporting, where appropriate and feasible, innovation pilot programs, and enhanced feedback and information sharing programs.

Interested companies should submit a request online no later than May 10, 2021, and provide applicable background information about their firm’s business and innovative products.  Only firms certified under the Small Business Administration Section 8a Business Development Program will be considered for participation in the demonstration sessions.  The number of individual demonstration sessions will be limited.


FinCEN’s mission is to safeguard the financial system from illicit use, combat money laundering and its related crimes including terrorist financing, and promote national security through the collection, analysis, and dissemination of financial intelligence and strategic use of financial authorities.

Financial Institution


Depository Institutions

Insurance Industry

Money Services Businesses

Mortgage Co/Broker

Precious Metals/Jewelry Industry

Securities and Futures