Ownest Joins the Prestigious Holt Accelerator 2020 Program

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Ownest Joins the Prestigious Holt Accelerator 2020 Program

Selected as Top 1% of All International Fintech Applications

 

Calgary, Alberta – August 6, 2019 – Ownest Financial (Ownest), an innovative provider of autonomous financing software, is pleased to announce that the Company has been selected to join the Holt Accelerator 2020 program. Ownest is one of only two Canadian companies to join this year’s program.

Ownest’s autonomous financing solution was created by the Company’s Founder and CEO, Kendall Raessler, who has more than 25 years of industry experience as a top mortgage expert in Canada. In 2019, the company launched a comprehensive mortgage point-of-sale portal for borrowers to easily self-manage a simple online application to pre-qualify for a loan – aggregated from over 22,000 mortgage products.

Since then, the software was enhanced to benefit borrowers, lenders and businesses that offer financing for their products by merging the innovative features of the mortgage portal with the functionality of a CRM and Loan Originating System. The cutting-edge, AI-driven platform automates most time-consuming, manual tasks performed by sales teams in the lending space. Ownest’s fully customizable widget-based interface drives qualified leads directly from the point-of-sale and their Pront-O app significantly reduces credit risk by quickly qualifying and intelligently screening the applicant’s borrowing capabilities. Ownest’s comprehensive platform also provides in-depth business intelligence data and is the only financing software solution of its kind that rewards partners with referral and annuity bonuses.

Kendall Raessler, Founder and CEO, stated, “We are thrilled and grateful to have been selected to join the Holt Accelerator 2020 program. Their expertise will help us achieve our aggressive growth targets.” He added, “The pandemic created an economic climate that requires leaner teams and a remote workforce. Our secure, cloud-based platform is a perfect solution to address those challenges – while creating operational efficiencies of up to 70%. Our current focus is on mortgages, but our end-to-end software solution will truly revolutionize the way people borrow and lend money. We’re very excited about the future of financing.”

“We are excited to have selected Ownest, following an extensive vetting process”, stated Jan Arp, Founding Partner, Holt Accelerator. “With over 720 international applications received this year for a coveted spot in the Holt accelerator, Ownest’s financing software capabilities stood out as a necessary innovative solution in a market overdue for disruption. I am proud to welcome Ownest as part of our 2020 family.”

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About Ownest
Ownest started in 2012 with the goal to innovate how financing is done around the world. In 2019, the Company launched its B2C software to empower homebuyers to obtain financing online by aggregating best lenders and best rates from over 22,000 mortgage products. Since then, Ownest has shifted their core focus to a cloud-based B2B SaaS model, providing their partners an AI-driven platform that quickly qualifies and intelligently screens potential borrowers. Their cutting-edge platform is designed to drive qualified leads, increase revenue and significantly streamline operations through autonomous financing while providing in-depth data-driven business intelligence. www.OwnestFinancial.com.

About Holt Accelerator
Backed by Holdun, a 5th Generation Family Office, Holt Accelerator is Canada’s most active seed fintech investor. Holt Accelerator is the only business accelerator in Canada that’s focused exclusively on fintech, including insurtech and cybersecurity. Holt tracks over 10,000 early stage fintechs globally and solicits the ones that present a best match with our Partner & Advisory network (over 300+ and growing). They have received over 1,800 applications from over 75 countries, in which they invest in the top 1% of applications globally.


Contact Information:

Kendall Raessler, CEO
Phone: 1.855.699.2400 Ext. 101
Email: Kendall@ownest.ca

 

Meet the Team – Ray Yip, CTO

Meet the Team

 

We’d like to introduce you to some of the great people who work behind the scenes at Ownest.
We recently spoke to Ray Yip, Chief Technology Officer.

 

Ray Yip, Chief Technology Officer at Ownest
Ray Yip, CTO ziplining at Whitefish Resort

Tell us about your role at Ownest.

I joined Ownest in May 2019. I call myself a technologist. My job is to understand the vision of the company and figure out the technology strategy to turn the vision into reality.

What did you do before you joined Ownest? What interested you in Ownest?

I had created many software, web and mobile applications across multiple domains and industries, in past 20+ years. Ownest gives me yet another opportunity to create a disruptive technology. How can I resist that?

What do you like most about working here?

The people, the fun, the trust, and the respect among the team.

What excites you most about the future of Ownest?

We are disrupting the financial industry through technological advancement and artificial intelligence. We are changing the way how people borrow and lend money.

Tell us about your life outside of Ownest.

I’ve been married for 21 years and I have a 20 year-old son and 17 year-old daughter with my beautiful wife. I still have to explain to people that I wasn’t 10 years old when my son was born but I’m glad that I’m not getting ID’ed at a bar anymore ?

As for hobbies, I like playing badminton and enjoy spending time gardening with my wife.

Any hidden talents?

I often do things in random order and still manage to get a few things done. If you are going through a list with me, you will find me start at the second or third item and then go up from the bottom of list. I hope that you know which item I’m talking about at the moment.

Who inspires you or which company do you admire (and why)?

The person inspired me the most is Zig Ziglar. I listened to his audio series every day when I went through tough times in my life. His life story, his value and every lesson in his speeches have motivated me and affects how I do things every day.

What piece of technology can you NOT live without?

It would have to be the high-speed Internet. Must be high-speed, not dial-up.

If you had a superpower, what would it be?

I want to have power to travel back in time. I don’t want to travel to the future because it would ruin my excitement about the future, but I want to travel back in time to correct my mistake and change the choices I made.

Anything else you’d like to share?

I’m still waiting for new technologies to upgrade my body after I torn all my knee ligaments and went through four eye surgeries just because I played too much badminton.