About CAFE

CAFE drives positive change in the financial industry to be more inclusive for all, through financial technology (fintech) innovation and partnerships.

We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that supports and scales “real-world” innovation and fintech solutions. We help grow revolutionary businesses that not only create disruptive technologies but also have a strong focus on leveling the financial playing field.

Through our flagship CAFE Fintech Accelerator Program, we support fintech companies in their journey to grow innovative solutions to advance financial wellness for low- to moderate- income (LMI) and other underserved communities. We work with financial institutions to connect and partner with cutting-edge fintech solutions to reach new customers and existing communities in new ways.

CAFE Fintech Accelerator Program is hybrid-virtual, based out of the beautiful, new, and well-equipped physical location in the Fintech Innovation Hub, operated by the renowned Delaware Technology Park, located on the easily accessible and prestigious STAR Campus of the University of Delaware. The Fintech Innovation Hub is a “center of excellence” created by a public-private partnership—a convergence of academic rigor, business savvy and technical expertise with the intention of pooling resources to make financial systems work better for all.

Why CAFE:

✨Inclusive Innovations

We support cutting-edge fintechs with technologies ready to grow to reshape the world toward an inclusive financial future.

✨Community Connections

We connect founders with bankers, investors, and other orgs for customers, talent, partnerships, and funding.

✨Non-Profit Ethos

CAFE is about people first, then profits. We offer an equity-free accelerator program at no-cost to fintech founders.

Meet the Team

Kristen Castell


Managing Director,
CAFE

Fintech entrepreneur, and former financial product executive at BlackRock and JPMorgan, who passionately builds and advises companies, programs, and communities focused on advancing financial inclusion.

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Charlie Horn


Chairman & Board President,
CAFE

Entrepreneurial visionary, innovator, and founder of private companies, as well as University of Delaware’s Horn Entrepreneurship. Chairman of 5Lights, LLC, and multiple successes growing niche businesses and teams.

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Sherry Hoskinson


Head of Partnership Strategy,
CAFE

Built and grew entrepreneurial and business development programs for universities, with specialization in innovation impact. Optimization, innovation, and messaging consultant.

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Advisors


Mike Bowman


Senior Advisor, CAFE
CEO of Delaware Tech Park (DTP)

As CEO Delaware Technology Park, over 25 years of scaling businesses and centers of excellence, including building the renowned Fintech Innovation Hub where CAFE is located. This is the latest of seven technology based buildings. Community, public and private partnerships connector as State Director of Delaware Small Business Development Center (SBDC) located at University of Delaware.

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Wayne Miller


Advisor, CAFE
SVP, Innovation Programs, ICBA

Entrepreneur, Investor and Mentor. Built and led world renowned fintech accelerators and corporate innovation programs, including Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) ThinkTECH and FIS fintech accelerators. Community bank connector. Passionate about financial wellness.

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Pedro Moore


Advisor, CAFE
Manager, DTP Incubator

Serial Entrepreneur, Former VC, and Venture Capital Advisor to investors such as Daymond John of Shark Tank. Focused on developing and managing the GrowthStage Incubator in the Fintech Innovation Hub, in partnership with CAFE.

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Matt Parks


Advisor, CAFE
VP, Investments, CRA and Banking, Discover Financial

Experienced financial investor, specializing in community development lending, CRA tax credits, and other programs for financial health and wellness of LMI populations.

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Tracy Schickel


Advisor, CAFE
AVP, Corporate Engagement, University of Delaware

Creating partnerships between the university and business community for mutually beneficial engagement. Liaison to the University of Delaware talent, resources, and research.

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Our Growing List of Partners