Valley Sponsors 2019 Propelify Innovation Festival

News | 10/24/2019

PropelifyOn October 3rd, techies, creators and trailblazers of all kinds came together for the opportunity to network and engage with one another at the 2019 Propelify Innovation Festival.

Over 8,000 people gathered for the day-long event along the Hudson River at Pier A Park in Hoboken, NJ. The masses ascended the park to hear more than 80 speakers talk about their experience and industry trends, empowering the innovators, entrepreneurs and technologists with the resources and knowledge to turn their ideas into action.

Not only was Valley Bank a proud sponsor of the festival, but our very own Stuart Cook, Chief Digital Product Officer, was one of the 80+ speakers to participate at Propelify.

Valley on the Future of Fintech

On the Stage of Inspiration, Cook spoke on the panel “Customer Experience FTW: How Fintech is Fueling the Evolution of Banking”. The panel discussed how Fintech has revolutionized banking thus far, and the progression it is expected to take. Cook specifically touched on his vision for an API (application progamming interface) enabled future.  APIs are customer facing, customizable software interfaces. Cook suspects that the next generation of business will look to interact with financial services through APIs, and in that the way APIs can positively affect a bank’s profitability.

Cook said, “Propelify was a tremendous pool of ideas, experience and activities attracting the pioneers of today’s marketplace. Being able to share my ideas on stage regarding the Fintech industry and its involvement in banking was a great experience. The event was very well done.”

The South by Southwest of the East

Bringing together some of the top entrepreneurs and innovators in the country, Propelify Innovation Festival provided people the opportunity to network with investors, business partners and new talent. It brings what South by Southwest (SXSW) offers, a conglomerate of interactive media and conferences, to innovators on the East Coast on a more intimate level.

Although the weather was not all sunshine and butterflies, the inspiration and wisdom provided on that day were nothing short of luminous. The event also featured food, drinks, live music, drone racing, podcasting opportunities and many other interactive events.

About Propelify

Aaron Price, CEO and founder of Propelify, launched the tech startup in 2016 with the purpose of celebrating the existing and creating the future.

Propelify has recently teamed up with the NJ Tech Council (NJTC), one of the largest tech organizations in the country. Price is now the CEO of the NJTIC. The marriage of the two technology forces is expected to propel the future of tech, involving more companies and entrepreneurs into the mass.

About Valley Bank

As the principal subsidiary of Valley National Bancorp, Valley National Bank is a regional bank with approximately $32 billion in assets. Valley is committed to giving people and businesses the power to succeed. Valley operates more than 200 branches across New Jersey, New York, Florida and Alabama, and is committed to providing the most convenient service, the latest innovations and an experienced and knowledgeable team dedicated to meeting customer needs. Helping communities grow and prosper is the heart of Valley’s corporate citizenship philosophy. To learn more about Valley, go to or call our Customer Service Center at 800-522-4100.