matt helmers

Matt Helmers

Director of Strategy and Innovation, Fintech & Cybersecurity

Matt is the Director of Strategy and Innovation for our Fintech and Cybersecurity programs in Silicon Valley, responsible for executing the Toyota Financial Services Open Innovation partnership and leading the regional and community banking practice within FinTech. Matt maintains the Japanese relationships, and has been instrumental in the launch of our new Singapore and Atlanta FinTech hubs. 

His role at Plug and Play includes helping new corporate partners define their workflow processes for working with startups, engaging with business units to structure pilot procedures, managing startup and corporate relationships, and signing on new corporate partners.  

Prior to Plug and Play, Matt co-founded WineDefined, a smartphone application for wineries, restaurants and wine professionals to record wine tasting notes in under a minute. Matt holds a BA in Finance from Loyola Marymount University and is a yearly speaker for their entrepreneurship program.