Lucy Gorham–PI. The Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI) and JPMorgan Chase have partnered to create the Financial Solutions Lab (FSL) – a community of startups, financial services companies, and nonprofit organizations building solutions to improve the financial lives of Americans. The goal of the lab is to identify, test, and bring to scale financial innovations that substantially improve the lives of working Americans. The UNC Center for Community Capital (CCC) will provide CFSI with research design, management, and data analysis services to evaluate the Financial Solutions Lab’s first Innovation Challenge which has brought together a group of nine organizations currently building or expanding products and/or services to meet consumers’ financial needs. CCC’s role in the project includes providing research and evaluation services directly to CFSI as follows: 1) providing light advisory services on individual evaluation plans for nine cohort companies, 2) evaluating the FSL project launch and innovator selection process for the first Innovation Challenge, and 3) evaluating the delivery of support to participating innovators.