Shaping the Future of Credit Unions

How investment collaboration can transform the industry

Transformative ideas are sparks that move any industry forward. The credit union industry itself was the realization of a transformative idea. And it was achieved by no single person. Instead, it was realized by the coming together of many people who knew that the brilliant idea was worth pursuing and the dream worth living. In other words, collaboration was the path forward.

 Traditionally, big banks have largely had the upper hand in collaboration – in attracting the financial technology firms developing cutting-edge solutions that promise to transform the way banks do business. Every day as consumers turn more and more to digital solutions in the midst of the pandemic, fintech startups are emerging on the scene with new technologies designed for online banking, lending, payments, savings, financial education, member enablement, cybersecurity, and more. The visibility of big banks – and the big dollar signs attached to them – has given them an advantage, leaving credit unions working harder than ever to keep pace.

 And that’s a problem because as credit unions work diligently to better the lives of their members, putting their profits back into the well-being of those they serve, it only fits that credit unions find an advantage of their own.

One solution to this problem was in and of itself a brilliant idea: take charge of creating a collaborative environment for credit unions and fintech startups. By partnering to create a new venture capital cooperative focused solely on credit unions, fintechs and credit unions could work together to offer the potential for members to engage more easily with their credit unions and simplify the process for using new services.

With a ready source of capital to attract fintech companies to credit unions, the industry is more likely to attract state-of-the-art banking technology that will appeal to an increasingly online membership base. With a more satisfied membership base, credit unions can expect more growth. In this way, the investment cycles back not only to the credit union but also to the membership … and back again

For more information about the Curql Fund, please reach out to Craig Ibsen at craig@nextlevelvc.com or Jeff Kline at MDC at jeff.kline@membersdevelopment.com.

 

 

Curql Fund I Raises Over $250 Million to Progress Fintech for Credit Unions

Curql Collective, the Credit Union Service Organization (CUSO) spurring innovation in fintech for the credit union industry, has announced its Curql Fund I officially closed to investors at just over $250 million on October 31. The fund is designed to invest in technologies that enhance how credit unions engage with their members and how members engage with their money.

Curql Makes Significant Investment in Retirement Planning Fintech Silvur

As the Credit Union Service Organization driving financial technology innovation for credit unions, Curql Collective has just announced it has made a sizeable investment in the retirement planning startup Silvur. The Curql Fund played a major role in Silvur’s fundraising, contributing an investment of $3 million of the total $5 million in funds raised along with Idaho Central Credit Union and Michigan State University Federal Credit Union’s wholly owned CUSO, Reseda Group.