LendingTree Names Starbutter AI Winner of $25,000 Startup Innovation Spotlight

Online loan marketplace LendingTree announced on Thursday it has named Starbutter AI the winner of its Startup Innovation Spotlight, which showcased the top startup companies in fintech. LendingTree teamed up with LeadsCon for the event. 

According to the company, the finalists presented their business plans on stage at the “LendingTree Startup Innovation Spotlight” at LeadsCon’s Connect to Convert industry conference and expo. The finalists represented five innovative fintech startups breaking new ground across the consumer lead generation, call center and customer experience sectors.

Starbutter AI is described as a voice and chat app development company that creates chatbots and AI agents to give consumers high-quality information to pick the best financial products and help financial companies match the right products to their customers. Starbutter CEO Arun Rao stated:

“We are thrilled to win the Startup Innovation Spotlight competition. It shows that the judges understand that search is moving into voice search and interactivity, as Google has reported more than 20% of all mobile searches are already via voice, and that interactive AI-based chatbots are the best way to serve people. SEO and SEM will be completely different and lead-gen winners in today’s ever-changing environment recognize the importance of going to market early, adding true value to users and providing high-quality leads to companies. As the first financial chatbot company to launch with an overwhelming response on Google voice search (Actions/Assistant), Amazon Alexa, and Facebook Messenger, we are really excited to innovate alongside these trends.”

LendingTree Founder and CEO Doug Lebda added:

“We are excited to congratulate Starbutter AI as the winner of our first Startup Innovation Spotlight competition. Innovation in lead generation and customer experience is vital for businesses today, and LendingTree is proud to showcase and empower businesses that are bringing new innovations to consumers.”


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