The FastForward program provides support to innovators seeking to deliver novel digital solutions that advance New York’s recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. DFS FastForward is open to DFS-regulated, and non-regulated, entities, as well as innovators, start-ups, and disruptors, looking to enter and operate novel financial services and products in New York.
The goal of the FastForward program is to reduce barriers and speed up the regulatory process for innovators - from startups to well-established firms - to help New York build back better and stronger through economic development/job creation and improved products and services for consumers and small businesses.
It can be challenging to navigate regulation, so DFS wants to make it easier for innovators to get the information and direction they need.
If you have a COVID-19 recovery-related idea that poses regulatory questions in an area of DFS responsibility, please complete and submit the inquiry form below. Meetings, either in person or virtual, are intended to be informational in nature and allow innovators to engage informally with expert DFS staff.
We are particularly interested in hearing from innovators who have already researched the regulatory requirements that may apply, have specific questions for DFS and who offer a digital innovation aimed at facilitating recovery from COVID-19, particularly in one of these areas:
- Small Business: Enabling small businesses to survive, adapt, and grow
- Health: Delivering and improving access to healthcare through HealthTech tools such as telehealth
- Household Resilience: Helping New York households, particularly those hardest hit by COVID-19, build greater financial resilience
NOTE: The information you submit to DFS may be subject to public disclosure, such as through the Freedom of Information Law. Please do not submit any sensitive or confidential information. While submission of a form does not guarantee that a meeting with DFS will be scheduled, the information submitted will help us make this program as useful as possible.