03/07/2014 - BancVue


Based in Austin, Texas, BancVue provides innovative products and marketing services to community banks and credit unions in the US. BancVue’s mission is to help community financial institutions fight and win the war against the megabanks, and they do this by providing industry-leading products to financial institutions that normally have trouble competing against megabanks. www.bancvue.com

BancVue is currently growing its stable of financial literacy products with the belief that financial education resources can help community financial institutions strengthen relationships within their communities and provide a much-needed service in their markets. The flagship product in BancVue’s financial literacy offerings is MoneyIsland, an epic online adventure game for tweens that aligns both with standards set by the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy, as well as the Common Core in math.

Created by a former Washington, D.C., Teacher of the Year, MoneyIsland is an online money management game that teaches kids how to make the most of their financial future. Once described as "Super Mario Brothers meets Monopoly," this one-of-a-kind financial literacy tool makes it fun to learn and fun to earn.

The MoneyIsland game tells the story of a little boy who was bullied and never learned how spend, save, invest, and share. So he ran away to a far off island, where his heart (and the rest of him) turned to stone, and he became Stone Broke. It is the mission of each kid on MoneyIsland to find Stone Broke and bring him back home to the mainland, learning financial lessons along the way.

In addition to the epic adventure game, MoneyIsland offers teaching resources that make MoneyIsland a perfect, turn-key fit for the classroom, while still delivering a complete experience for kids playing MoneyIsland at home. The learning continues on MoneyIsland through mini-games, Guru blogs designed to reinforce the financial lessons of the game through blog posts written for kids, and articles written for parents and teachers to help them talk to kids about personal finance.

Since its launch in 2011, MoneyIsland has garnered accolades such as Best In Show at Finovate (2011), the Excellence in Financial Literacy Education (EIFLE) Award (2013), and the CUNA Diamond Award (2014) in conjunction with a credit union in Alabama.  To date, over 70,000 kids have visited MoneyIsland to start down the path of becoming financial gurus. From Florida to Alaska (and even in Guam!), kids are using MoneyIsland to gain financial knowledge and a working vocabulary for personal finance. www.MoneyIsland.com

BancVue is committed to helping community financial institutions build strong relationships in their communities, and MoneyIsland is part of that commitment by building relationships through financial literacy. BancVue seeks to create a generation of financial gurus who understand the value of local banks and credit unions, and to impact their futures by teaching important lessons through a format with which kids are familiar: online games.

MoneyIsland will soon be available on mobile devices in addition to desktop and laptop computers, thus increasing the efficacy of the MoneyIsland program in the classroom. In addition, new content for students, parents, and teachers is released each month, giving real-world advice to kids and adults who face financial challenges every day.

Seth Forsyth
General Manager of MoneyIsland
Turn on JavaScript!