On May 31, San Francisco-based Agent IQ, a provider of digital customer engagement solutions specializing in making financial services more personal again, announced a strategic investment from the Bankers Helping Bankers Fund (BHB Fund), a community bank-focused fintech venture capital fund managed by Latitude38 Venture Partners in partnership with IBAT Services Inc., a subsidiary of the Independent Bankers Association of Texas (IBAT) and FedFis, a leading banking market intelligence and advisory firm.
Established in late 2022 “for community banks, by community banks,” the BHB Fund was created to provide community banks with exposure to a diversified portfolio of fintech investments that drive growth, improve operational efficiencies and enhance the bank’s competitiveness, while also sharing potential to earn outsized venture capital returns that are uncorrelated to traditional bank operations. Investing in early-stage companies that solve “here and now” challenges facing community banks, the BHB Fund selected Agent IQ as one of its early investments. The BHB Fund will continue fundraising closes throughout the first half of 2023.
“The BHB Fund is very excited to fund Agent IQ as one of its early investments as the company fits squarely into our investment thesis,” says Richard Leggett, managing partner of Latitude38 Venture Partners. “The need among community banks for digital engagement in an era of online technological growth is more important than ever.”
“We are excited to be a part of the BHB Fund as the organization is helping more community banks overcome their shared challenges, operate more efficiently and discover new sources of income,” says Slaven Bilac, CEO and co-founder of Agent IQ. “This investment is representative of Agent IQ’s commitment to helping financial institutions foster deep and meaningful customer relationships while also meeting the digital demands of today’s customers.”