Northwestern Mutual Launchs New Fintech VC

Note from the Publisher:  When a major player puts out a news release, it shows up all over the web.  Rewrite the copy just a teensy bit and you have an “original” story.  So, lots of pieces have shown up on Friday regurgitating a press release that Northwestern Mutual put out on Thursday, 1/12 about launching a new $50M VC.  All good, but turns out these guys have invested in some decent fintechs in the past – Betterment and Learnvest – and they’ve also provided funding to New York based NYCA – a VC which also invests in fintech, so with this move, it would appear they’ve made the decision to dig in deeper into funding fintech innovation, and to do so on their own.  As we’ve said THOUSANDS of times now, fintech is HOT, baby!

“Northwestern Mutual announced today it has designated $50 million to form Northwestern Mutual Future Ventures which will engage startups whose technologies have the potential to transform how consumers experience and achieve financial security. This multiyear commitment will focus on innovation to build greater digital relevance for clients, increase data-driven decision making and create back-end efficiencies with the goal of creating greater value for its more than 4 million clients.

“We want to make it easier for Americans to know what financial security is and how to achieve it,” said Rebecca Porter, vice president of corporate strategy and chairperson of the investment committee for Northwestern Mutual Future Ventures. “We’re bringing together the strength and scale of a 160-year-old Fortune 100 company with leading-edge innovations of startups to transform financial planning through our trusted advisors and relevant digital tools.”

Each investment–ranging between $500,000 and $3 million–will fund digital solutions to help accelerate innovation and create value for the company’s clients. Northwestern Mutual Future Ventures will focus on four priority investment areas: consumers’ changing preferences, reimagining the client experience, the digital health revolution and transformational analytics and technologies.

Northwestern Mutual has been ramping up investments in and relationships with early stage companies, following its 2015 acquisition of LearnVest. “We have already seen substantial benefits through LearnVest and other investments, and our goal is to continue tapping into innovators that share our passion for helping people through innovation,” said Porter.

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