Walmart, Green Dot Form Fintech Accelerator

Walmart and Green Dot Corp. have entered into two new agreements to extend their MoneyCard program partnership and to develop a new fintech accelerator venture.

First, Walmart and Green Dot have entered into an agreement whereby Green Dot will continue to serve as the issuing bank and program manager for the Walmart MoneyCard program for an additional period of seven years. The new agreement will take effect on January 1, 2020 and will replace the current agreement, which would have otherwise expired in May 2020. Since launching in 2006, the Walmart MoneyCard has grown into the largest retailer exclusive prepaid account program in the U.S., the company said.

Additionally, Walmart and Green Dot have agreed to jointly establish a new fintech accelerator under the name “TailFin Labs, LLC,” with its mission to develop innovative products, services and technologies that sit at the intersection of retail shopping and consumer financial services.

The newly created, Walmart majority-owned fintech accelerator intends to focus its efforts on developing tech-enabled solutions that seamlessly integrate omnichannel retail shopping and financial services, for both consumers and businesses. The accelerator aims to continue to expand upon Walmart’s current suite of omnichannel retail shopping tools by uniquely leveraging industry-leading, fintech solutions wrapped around and built atop of Green Dot’s “Banking-as-a-Service” platform.

“Over the years, Walmart has brought to market many innovative industry-defining financial services offerings to serve our customers, including several introduced through the Walmart MoneyCard program managed by Green Dot,” said Daniel Eckert, svp/Walmart services and digital acceleration. “With this expanded relationship, and by leveraging Walmart’s footprint and existing offerings with Green Dot’s cutting-edge capabilities, we’ll be uniquely positioned to offer an unmatched set of customer experiences that sit at the nexus of omnichannel retail and tech-enabled financial services.”