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

Office of Strategic Communications, 703-905-3770
Immediate Release

[Updated May 10, 2021 to extend application deadline and eligibility criteria]

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.


Financial Institution
Depository Institutions
Insurance Industry
Money Services Businesses
Mortgage Co/Broker
Precious Metals/Jewelry Industry
Securities and Futures