May 2, 2018 - Bremer Bank announces an anchor partnership with Plug and Play, a global innovation platform that connects leading technology startups with investors and corporate partners who can help them bring their innovative solutions to market. This partnership allows Bremer to collaborate with visionary entrepreneurs from around the world who are at the leading edge of digital transformation.
The company’s participation in Plug and Play’s FinTech and FoodTech accelerator programs supports its commitment to provide innovative digital enhancements to meet the changing needs of its business and agricultural customers.
“Finding unique approaches to add value to our current customer relationships is at the heart of our culture,” said Bremer Bank Strategy Director Dan Flaningan. “This strategic partnership puts us at the center of a dynamic startup ecosystem where we can support and influence companies that are pioneering technology that can help us further empower our customers’ success.”
As a key partner in two of Plug and Play’s verticals, Bremer Bank will provide ongoing feedback and mentorship support to assist the startups in refining their product offerings and developing their go-to- market strategies. As the nation’s 12th largest agricultural lender, and the largest privately-held commercial bank in its market area, Bremer has deep industry expertise and customer insights to share with the innovators.
“As a forward-thinking regional bank and one of the nation's top Ag lenders, Bremer Bank is well-positioned to engage with Plug and Play’s startup ecosystem," says Nadine Schubert, Head of Operations at Plug and Play Fintech. "This partnership has the power to catalyze innovation in both the agriculture and financial spaces. We are excited to foster collaborations that will drive progression for their business and customers."
“Bremer Bank is committed to supporting visionary entrepreneurs who are developing digital solutions that can drive efficiency and enhance business growth for our clients,” said Flaningan. “Partnering with Plug and Play puts us at the forefront of emerging technologies so we can accelerate the delivery of innovative new solutions.”
Bremer Financial Corporation
Bremer Financial Corporation is a privately held, $12 billion regional financial services company jointly owned by the Otto Bremer Trust and Bremer employees. Founded in 1943 by Otto Bremer, the company is headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota and provides a comprehensive range of banking, mortgage, investment, wealth management, trust and insurance products and services throughout Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin. Clients include small businesses, mid-sized corporations, agribusinesses, nonprofits, public and government entities, and individuals and families.