Our History

September 2014
The story begins in a 2014 class discussion at Kent State University. At the time, it was just that. An idea inspired by two professors: Dr. Via and Dr. Thornton. Ideas often come and go, but Scott knew this one was different. He knew it could be something more. Something bigger.
January 2016
Scott Glasgow launches an energy bar company with a foundation arm. The name was inspired by his Financial Management class and mangoes for brightness. FinMan + Mango! The business fails, but the foundation lives on. Check out the awful first logo:
November 2016
We launch our first education program at the JRC Center in Canton, Ohio with Jon Li and Scott Glasgow. Soon after, our first international program launched when a Togolese NGO searched for financial management on Google. Instead of finding financial management in Mango, Togo (a city), they found FinMango in Ohio. The program later expands to 13 different countries.
2017 - 2018
In 2017, Scott speaks to 500 students at the University of Akron Finance Day and meets Bob Gillingham. The passion was mutually infectious and Bob (aka Mango Bob now) joins FinMango to launch an investing program. The program later expands to schools across the United States and reaches 50,000+ students. In 2018, FinMango was invited to a networking event by the JP Morgan Chase Foundation in San Francisco.  Later that year, FinMango India was formed by Harish Sharma and Gautham Kannan.
January 2019
FinMango launches the Fincubator, a youth accelerator program focused on financial literacy and entrepreneurship, with Stephen Nzishura and Fern Morrison in Uganda. The program creates 12 businesses and 211 bank accounts through 2020.
In May, EXTRAVAGANZA launches as the world’s most unique financial inclusion conference in history. It consisted of 24 hours (a WORLD RECORD on ZOOM) of LIVE keynotes, workshops, and panels from speakers across the world. Over 1600 people attended and over 300,000 people were reached on social media live streams thanks to Anthony Schilt, Pedro Cleto, and Enrico Buoro.
In July, the FinMango Advocacy Alliance launches as a passionate community of financial literacy & inclusion advocates. 300+ people were accepted from 70+ countries!
In July, FinMango launches a collaboration with Google on the COVID Open Data Project. The Project was the world's most comprehensive COVID-19 dataset that tracked sub-national cases and vaccine deployment data for 20,000+ distinct locations in over 190 countries. We provided insights about the pandemic’s effects on local economies, and worked directly with their teams to research and curate data sources. The work was used by the WHO, World Bank, IMF, Harvard Research, USAID, and Verily to name a few. The work was used in vaccine research, helped governments decide public policy, and guide travel safety measures amongst many other things.
In September, FinMango & Florida's COVID Action collaborated on the nation’s most comprehensive COVID-19 dataset--documenting coronavirus cases in every K-12 school district in the U.S.A. Check out the joint landing page and the data page to learn more about this past project. Scott and Oscar Wahltinez co-authored a top trending Op-Ed for U.S. News and World Report and the project got featured on CNN, The New York Times, The Daily Beast, Fortune, and NBC just to name a few.
August 2021
In March, Mango X is born! The semi-secret moonshot factory of FinMango was set on creating radical new technologies to address some of the biggest obstacles to financial inclusion. The team built a series of powerful tools and calculators that are currently used by thousands of teachers nationwide.
learn more about Mango X →
Check out the Products they created →
In August, FinMango was awarded a $50,000 grant from Google Health for our collaboration on the COVID-19 Open Data Project since July 2020.
July 2022
🚀 The New FinMango launches
FinMango launches with a new mission to solve complex problems that endanger the financial health of young adults in transition. We believe in a world with economic equality. Katherine Lordi, Bruna Chixaro, Soham Patel, and Scott Glasgow meet up in NYC for the relaunch! Special thanks to Chris Shannon for facilitating the process.
2023 👀
Stay tuned.
Today, FinMango is a team run by a collective of passionate professionals all with the same mission in life: to create a future where all people have financial health.
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