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Innovative Charitable-giving Platform Now Part of Select Portfolio

Driving Breakthroughs in Financial Services

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — May 8, 2018 —, a fintech startup reinventing charitable giving, today announced it is joining the selective Wells Fargo Startup Accelerator portfolio. ELEVATE is the first digital philanthropic platform designed to integrate charitable giving with online banking. The Wells Fargo Startup Accelerator advances exploration in emerging technologies in pursuit of breakthroughs for financial services. technology solutions enable banks to support their clients’ giving through product offerings for everyone from the retail consumer to the private bank client. The result is a modern, digital giving experience — enhancing the brand of the bank and improving the giving experience for the customer.

​ “Americans today are giving to charity in record numbers, and we see a clear opportunity to create an experience for people to easily align their financial and philanthropic goals with their values,” said Cornelis Hoekstra, CEO of “Joining the Wells Fargo Startup Accelerator gives us a big opportunity to examine new ways to weave generosity into the fabric of customers’ financial lives.”

​The Wells Fargo Startup Accelerator is a virtual, non-exclusive six-month program started in 2014. Companies are eligible to receive funding along with guidance from Wells Fargo business and technology leaders. While nearly 1,800 innovative companies from more than 50 countries have applied, only 19 startups to-date have been chosen for the accelerator portfolio. joins this select group.

“Working with technology startups like through our accelerator program plays an important role in how we will serve our customers in the future,” said Bipin Sahni, head of innovation R&D in the Innovation Group at Wells Fargo. “We’ll continue to explore opportunities for collaboration as we work to reinvent the customer experience.”

​Click here for the Wells Fargo Startup Accelerator press release

About Technology

Amicus ELEVATE has been designed from the ground up to integrate easily with financial institutions’ systems and business processes, bringing charitable giving to products banks offer already, like online banking, roundups, peer-to-peer payment systems and donor advised funds. The platform provides access to over 1.8 million giving opportunities, as well as tools for managing donations, crowd funding, tax receipting, and more.


Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, is an early-stage fintech startup creating a giving platform that powers a premium, immersive giving experience for the bank customer, community foundation donors, and employees and customers of corporations. The ELEVATE platform fosters strong connections between clients and their financial institutions, as well as between donors and charities — making giving easy, enjoyable and rewarding. The leadership team brings more than 70 years combined experience in financing and launching technology companies.

Media Contact

Cor Hoekstra, 877-479-4010

For Wells Fargo
Allison Vennerberg, 415-222-4722

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