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Thumbnail image for HandpointLogo.jpgMerchant payment company Handpoint announced today that the Headstart Mobile Chip & PIN solution won the 2012 Channel Awards at the Merchant Payment Ecosystem conference in Berlin.

The jury viewed Handpoint's technology as the European response to Square and selected it for the innovative use of mobile technology with bluetooth communication. 

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To learn more about Handpoint, watch its FinovateEurope 2011 demo, coming soon to the Finovate website.
weembaLogo2.jpgWeemba, an online platform that matches borrowers to lenders, reached its first six month mark yesterday. The startup has seen continuous growth, and provides some stats:

Lending platform:

    • 2,000 borrowers
    • 45 lenders
    • 500 loan projects
    • Average loan amount of $75,000
    • Over 3x increase in number of loan projects since October 2011
Loan types:

    • Personal loans: just under 50%
    • Home & mortgage: 21%
    • Small business: 11%
    • Car/motorcycle/RV/ATV: 9%
    • Student loans: 5%
    • Healthcare: 4%
To learn more about Weemba, watch its FinovateFall 2011 demo.
Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for ThreatMetrix.jpgCybercrime solutions company ThreatMetrix announced yesterday it launched ThreatMetrix Labs, a program that informs financial institutions, government agencies, and retailers about that latest capabilities of malware:

"To generate each report, a team of independent researchers analyze, examine and reverse-engineer the most sophisticated malicious software running on computer systems worldwide."

The public reports are available for free download. The first report was released this month and covers man-in-the-browser threats.

To learn more about ThreatMetrix, watch its FinovateStartup09 demo.
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  • Des Moines Register interviews Jordan Lampe, Dwolla's director of communications.
  • BancVue completes sale of $120 million credit card portfolio to First Arkansas Bank & Trust.
  • ThreatMetrix launches program to report malware capabilities.
  • Accounting Today selects Receivables for its Top New Products of 2012.
  • Diversinet names Dr. Hon Pak as CEO.
  • Sallie Mae & peerTransfer partner to facilitate international tuition payments.
  • Reuters looks at FINRA and Brightscope to give more information on financial advisors.
  • looks at how Dwolla survived the downturn.
  • Weemba celebrates 6 months of operation, unveils operating stats.
  • Handpoint Headstart wins 2012 Channel Awards.
This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You
can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

I love this time of year. The days are getting longer. Spring is just around the corner. And, at FinovateHQ, we've begun the fascinating process of choosing the new fintech innovations that we will showcase at FinovateSpring (May 8th and 9th in San Francisco). This year's selection process is particularly challenging however as the volume and quality of new ideas is unprecedentedly high.

While the high-quality pool of applicants makes our job harder, it is great news for the 2012 FinovateSpring audience who will get to witness the best new fintech innovations debut via our signature format that blends fast-paced demos with high-quality networking.

If you're interested in where trends like mobile, NFC, biometrics, offers, big data, social, tablets, p2p, apps, the cloud and more will take the financial world in 2012 then I hope you'll consider joining us in San Francisco in early May.

Tickets for the event are selling quickly and we're on pace to beat last year's record attendance of 850. The already long list of registered attendees includes executives from leading organizations like: American Express, Sallie Mae, Wells Fargo, MasterCard,, Charles Schwab, Citi, CNNMoney, Aite Group, H&R Block, BBVA, Capital One, Battery Ventures, Celent Research, SunTrust, PayPal, Wired Magazine, Visa, FIS, E*Trade, BNY Mellon and USAA (to name just a few).

Please get your ticket before this Wednesday to lock in your spot at the very early-bird discount of $200 off. If you have any questions about the event, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at We hope to see you in May!

FinovateSpring 2012 is sponsored by: The Bancorp Inc., the law firm of Chambliss Bahner & Stophel, Intuit, & TxVia

FinovateSpring 2012 is partners with: BankInnovation, BankerStuff, Celent, Filene, Finance on Windows &

Thumbnail image for BokuLogo8.25.jpgLast week, online mobile payments company BOKU announced that it is working with MasterCard to launch BOKU Accounts, a mobile payments platform:

"The BOKU Accounts platform allows MNOs to issue their subscribers an MNO-branded mobile payment account accessible via both mobile device and the Web. The account allows subscribers to make payments online, in-app, and in-store. In-store purchases via BOKU accounts will be enabled anywhere MasterCard is accepted."

Through BOKU Accounts, users will be able to access deals and rewards (pictured right), and will be provided an enhanced view of their spending.

To learn more about BOKU, watch its FinovateEurope 2011 demo.

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  • TechCrunch reports TradeShift launches instant payment solution.
  • Boston Business Journal covers Cartera Commerce card-linked offers.
  • Cartera Commerce Card-Linked advertising network generates over $1 bil in merchant sales in 2011, more than previous 4 years combined.
  • looks at how Expensify takes control of expense reports with less "suck."
  • InvestorBee launches Compare Investments tool.
  • BOKU works with MasterCard to launch mobile payment platform.
This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You
can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Earlier this week, On Deck Capital launched a new way for small businesses to quickly access loans up to $25,000.

Here's how it works:

"Business owners set up their online profile at and immediately get free insights into their credit profile and cash position. The On Deck Express application and approval process is completely automated, and once approved the business owner is empowered to select from available term and loan options that best meet their business needs. From there, On Deck's funding process enables a business owner who is approved Monday morning to have their funds deposited in their account by Tuesday."

For small businesses that need more funding, On Deck provides loans up to  $150,000 in up to seven days.

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  • Independent research firm names ThreatMetrix a strong performer in risk-based authentication.
  • Tagit announces the latest release of its proprietary Mobility Platform for mobile commerce & payment services in Asia, Middle East & Africa.
  • Zecco releases its mobile app for iPhone & Android.
  • FX Empire awards eToro as best social trading platform.
  • Visa & Monitise sign deal with India's second largest private bank, HDFC, to introduce mobile money services nationwide.
  • On Deck launches On Deck Express, loans up to $25,000 in as fast as 24 hours.
This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You
can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.
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Yesterday, California-based Credit Sesame launched a mortgage comparison tool to help consumers identify their best loan options.

How it works:

  1. The user provides information about their current mortgage, property, and income.

  2. The tool shows the user options for different loan types at various interest rates.

  3. The user is provided the option to contact lenders for different refinancing options.


The tool takes into account:

    • Mortgage type
    • Rate
    • APR
    • Closing costs
    • Points
    • Fees
    • Amortization schedules 

To learn more about Credit Sesame, watch its FinovateFall 2011 demo.

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgLodo chosen by 120 banks and CUs.
  • Betterment lowers fees, introduces new features.
  • WorldPay offers BOKU as mobile payment method to its merchant network.
  • Insurance Journal features Mitek's Mobile Photo Quoting app for insurance.
  • Credit Sesame launches mortgage comparison tool.
This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You
can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.
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At FinovateEurope earlier this month, identity verification service miiCard polled 14 audience members to discover their take on what the top trends in financial services will be in 2012.

Some of the major themes included:

    • Harnessing big data
    • Mobile
    • Social
    • PFM
    • Security & authentication

To learn more about miiCard, check out its FinovateFall 2010 demo and watch for its FinovateEurope 2012 demo coming soon to the Finovate website.

Information services company Lead411 published its list of 80 Hottest San Francisco companies yesterday. The companies were selected from a list of 2600 fast growing, privately held companies in the San Francisco area. 

Three out of 80 companies listed are Finovate alumni:

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To be selected, companies needed a 100% increase in revenues over the past two years or $5 million+ in funding in the past two years.

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  • Expensify now enables centrally managed company mileage rates.
  • ProfitStars refreshes brand image to make info more accessible for financial institutions.
  • AlphaClone to offer Alternative Alpha ETF from U.S. Bancorp.
  • Entrepreneur points to ModoPayments as a tech innovation shaping user experience.
  • AirStrip Technologies selects Diversinet's MobiSecure SDKs for Government healthcare applications.
  • Finextra reports Geezeo signs Alabama Telco CU.
  • FINalternatives interviews Currensee CEO Dave Lemont.
  • Three Finovate alumni named Lead411's Hottest San Francisco Companies.
  • miiCard asks FinovateEurope 2012 attendees about this year's fintech trends.
This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.
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  • DoughMain looks at how kids interact with their money.
  • Credit Union Times shares how Dwolla and PayPal are contributing to the P2P payments.
  • SteelSeries now allows shoppers to use PayNearMe for purchases, offers free shipping for trying it out.
  • Goldman Sachs Investment Arm & Buyout Group to acquire TransUnion.
  • CNBC features SecondMarket CEO Barry Silbert, who describes the up and coming community bank market.
  • CNNMoney describes how Kasasa helps credit unions.
This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Doxo Launches Updates, Adds Billers

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In the past week, doxo, an online file organization and bill pay platform, launched new features and added billers to its system.


1) Added a digital drawer feature to help users organize files. The simple drag and drop functionality allows users to easily categorize companies into the file cabinet drawers.

Screenshot from doxo's blog on Feb. 17, 2012

2) Updated its desktop application to enhance session handling, intelligently name backup files, and allow for the creation of duplicate folders.

Billers Added

1) Benton and Franklin Counties in Washington state accept property tax payments

2) Eight healthcare systems across 40 hospitals including:

  • Saint Luke's Health System
  • Advocate Health Care and Advocate Medical Group
  • Novant Health
  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital
  • University of Illinois Medical Center
  • Rockford Health System
  • Rush-Copley Medical Center

To learn more about doxo, watch its FinovateSpring 2011 demo.


Yesterday, online financial communication platform StockTwits launched a new capability called Conversations:

"StockTwits Conversations group new contributions made in response to any piece of content together, creating another way to share and consume messages beyond real-time StockTwits streams."

The new feature should bring the communication from Twitter to the StockTwits platform and help users find and contribute to conversations.

To learn more about StockTwits, watch its FinovateEurope 2011 demo.

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  • Prosper celebrates its 6th birthday by offering to pay your second loan payment today (Friday, Feb. 17) only.
  • HelloWallet appoints Aaron Benway as new CFO.
  • American Banker reports PayPal is partnering with banks to attract new customers.
  • American Banker reports Intuit adds iPad banking app.
  • CNN Money looks at how SecondMarket will survive now that Facebook has gone public.
  • StockTwits launches feature to help users discuss stocks.
This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.
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The New York Times Bucks blog recently featured BillFloat, a startup that provides short-term loans to help consumers pay bills. 

The metrics cited in the article: 

    • Registered190,000 users in the past year
    • Provided 80,000 loans in past year
    • Total originations were nearly $13 million in past year
    • Average loan amount was $160
    • Works with over 2,500 companies across the U.S.
    • Loan default rate around 10%

Consumer costs: 

    • Maximum interest rate is 36% APR (not including service fee)
    • Service fee ranges from $9 to $18 per loan

To learn more about BillFloat, watch its FinovateSpring 2011 demo.

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Kabbage, a startup that provides financing to online merchants, announced yesterday that it has partnered with UPS to use customer shipping data to make better underwriting decisions.

"Effective today, small businesses will be able to direct UPS to share their shipping history with Kabbage via the website, making it possible for them to potentially obtain more capital at lower rates."


A video on Kabbage's blog states that UPS is also providing Kabbage an undisclosed amount of capital to grow its customer base and fund more small businesses.

To learn more about Kabbage, watch its FinovateFall 2011 demo.


In the week after FinovateEurope, I've been keeping track of press coverage from the conference. The media has generated a lot of buzz* about ETRONIKA's use of Microsoft Kinect for online banking.

ETRONIKA, a Lithuanian startup, uses Kinect technology to provide users access to their online bank account via face and voice recognition, followed by a PIN number. After logging in, clients can navigate the system using voice commands and sweeping hand gestures.

Because this was the first time the Finovate team had ever seen this type of unique financial technology, we eagerly awaited seeing the demo. On the rehearsal day before the show, the microphones interfered with the voice recognition feature**. We sweated it out as the audio/visual team adjusted their equipment to minimize the echo caused by the large auditorium.

When ETRONIKA stepped up to the stage on the day of the conference, all fingers were crossed. Fortunately, the technology worked (almost) flawlessly, and the startup was able to share its unique technology with the audience.

ETRONIKA's demo video will be posted on the Finovate website in a few weeks.


*Press coverage includes:

Bank Innovation
7 New Services Launched at FinovateEurope 2012
by Mary Wisniewski

Commercial Integrator
Etronika Unveils Improved Microsoft Kinect-Based Online Banking
by Rachel Cericola

I Programmer
Kinect The Ultimate Security Device
by Harry Fairhead

Inside Brunei fm
ETRONIKA Brings online banking to Gesture Control, But Why?
by Roshan Jerad Perera

My Bank Tracker
Wave Your Arms in the Air: Etronika's Gesture-Based Banking
by Willy Staley

Slash Gear
ETRONIKA produce Kinect-based online banking
by Chris Burns

TechCrunch Europe
Lithuanian company develops Kinect-powered online banking system
by Mike Butcher

Kinect based online banking from Etronika a reality now
by Edwin Kee

Visible Banking
Etronika: Kinect Banking at the Branch, Minority Report Style [INTERVIEW]
by Christophe Langlois

**The voice-recognition feature works fine in a normal setting, this issue was solely caused by audio/visual technicalities. 

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgInspirePay embeds Dwolla's payment network.
  • Fast Co Design applauds ReadyForZero's product and UI.
  • Phil D'Angio appointed as Senior VP of Global Sales for ValidSoft.
  • MAPFRE Puerto Rico selects Identity Theft 911 to provide ID theft protection & resolution services to policyholders.
  • Vision Research Lab highlights Holvi's demo from FinovateEurope.
  • looks at reward checking accounts from Kasasa.
  • Kabbage's partnership with UPS provides more funding by using shipping data in underwriting.
  • BillFloat is loaning more than $1 million per month.
This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.
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Earlier this month, online accounting software Xero announced a $16.6 million round of financing, funded partially by Peter Thiel's Valar Ventures. This is not this first time the famed investor has funded Xero.

TechCrunch reports:

"Thiel first invested $3 million in New Zealand-founded Xero back in 2010, with the aim of fueling expansion in the United States. The company says that's also the reason for the latest round."

MYOB co-founder Craig Winkler and Sam Morgan also participated in the round.

To learn more about Xero, watch its FinovateSpring 2011 demo.

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Last week, MasterCard announced the formation of a relationship with Silver Tail Systems, an online security and intelligence startup.

"By combining Silver Tail Systems' technology with MasterCard's extensive payments experience and insights, merchants will be better equipped to spot malware or robotic ("bots") activity originating from personal computers or smart phones attacking their online payments systems."

The two will help U.S.-based online merchants by providing fraud solutions.

To learn more about Silver Tail Solutions, watch its FinovateSpring 2011 demo.

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  • American Banker reports PayPal digs even further into the prepaid card market.
  • TechCrunch Europe covers ETRONIKA's FinovateEurope presentation.
  • VentureBeat lists Danny Shader, CEO of PayNearMe, as an entrepreneur using startups to change the world.
  • Since Aptys Solutions 2010 launch, over 1,000 commercial banks now use PayLOGICS platform to process payments.
  •  Diversinet Corp. appoints Dr. Hon Pak as the company's CEO.
  • Cartera Commerce named to OnMedia 100 Top Private Companies List.
  • AccMan looks at how CurrencyFair solves multi-currency cost issues.
  • INDYCAR partners with Segmint to reward race fans.
  • MasterCard forms alliance with Silver Tail Systems.
  • Peter Thiel's Valar Ventures contributes to Xero's recent $16.6 million in funding.
This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.
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Earlier this month, payment network Dwolla announced that it raised $5 million in Series B funding from Union Square Ventures. In addition, Village Ventures, Thrive Capital, Artists & Instigators  and angel investor Paige Craig also participated in the round.

Silicon Prairie News reports:

"With the new funds, which bring Dwolla's total amount raised to date to around $6.3 million, the company plans to bolster its product development and support and aggressively expand its API offerings..."

While not divulging any concrete numbers, Dwolla has shared a few stats over the past year on its blog

  • Users grew 25x
  • Merchants grew 37x
  • Millions have been saved in fees
  • 16 jobs were added to the Des Moines economy

To learn more about Dwolla, watch its FinovateSpring 2011 demo.

Fast Company recently published a list of most innovative companies that contained multiple Finovate alumni. Here's the breakdown:

Overall top 50 most innovative companies:

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Rank: 3
FinovateFall 2011 demo

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Rank: 43
FinovateSpring 2011 demo

Top 10* in finance category:

Rank: 4
FinovateSpring 2011 demo

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Rank: 6
FinovateStarup09 demo

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Rank: 8
FinovateSpring 2011 demo


Simple (formerly BankSimple)
Rank: 9
FinovateFall 2011 demo

Rank: 10StockTwitsLogo4.jpg
FinovateEurope 2011 demo

*Also included in the finance category are:
2. Starbucks
3. Kickstarter
5. Y Combinator
7. American Express


Late last month, IBM announced plans to purchase mobile app management company, Worklight:

"With this acquisition, IBM's mobile offerings will span mobile application development, integration, security and management. Worklight will become an important piece of IBM's mobility strategy, offering clients an open platform that helps speed the delivery of existing and new mobile applications to multiple devices. It also helps enable secure connections between smartphone and tablet applications with enterprise IT systems"

The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of this year. The financial terms were not disclosed.

To learn more, watch Worklight's FinovateFall 2010 demo.

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  • Balance Financial looks at lessons Facebook can teach about personal finance.
  • Pandodaily takes an in-depth look at BillGuard.
  • ThreatMetrix & TransUnion launch fraud prevention platforms.
  • Expensify claims to lead the ScanAnywhere alliance against toxic receipt menace.
  • Kony introduces version 2.0 of mobile banking application.
  • Ubergizmo reports: Kinect based online banking from Etronika a reality now.
  • IBM to purchase Worklight for undisclosed amount.
  • Dwolla raises $5 million in Series B from Union Square Ventures.
This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Rebirth Financial Featured in Forbes


Last week, New Orleans-based Rebirth Financial was featured in Forbes. The article highlights multiple case studies in which small businesses were unable to secure financing for future projects and turned to Rebirth Financial for help. 

Founded in 2008, the startup assists these borrowers by providing community-funded, peer-to-peer small business loans that average $80,000. CEO Chonchul Gupta describes it as a local stock exchange.

The contributor illustrates the service by describing a brewery owner's situation:

"In the case of one New Orleans Brewery trying to raise the money to build a canning operation, local lenders could see something national banks couldn't: people loved their beer, and were going to buy it in droves once it got into cans (they did)."

To learn more about Rebirth Financial, watch its FinovateFall 2011 demo.
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Capital Access Network, the startup that aims to provide working capital to small businesses, announced last Tuesday that it raised $30 million from Accel Partners. 

CAN seeks to use the investment to further company growth and create a new category of small business finance.

Capital Access Network CEO, Glenn Goldman states:

"While we had no need for capital, the Accel relationship came along in the midst of our total reengineering of our online merchant experience which by April 2012 will feature new user interfaces, merchant portals and online approvals. Working with Accel will turbocharge those efforts,"

In addition to this announcement, it also disclosed that Kevin Efrusy, an Accel partner, will join Capital Access Network's board of directors.

To learn more about Capital Access Network, watch its FinovateEurope 2011 and FinovateFall 2010 demos.

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  • Personal Capital launches "Savings Concierge" service for high rates & strong safety.
  • ProfitStars introduces eCommercial Security Awareness Training.
  • Nutmeg shares its Finovate experience.
  • Xero wins 2012 Top New Accounting Product from Accounting Today.
  • Fox Business News highlights Capital Access Network, Kabbage, and On Deck Capital as non-bank loan resources.
  • Kapitall Generation enables next-day funds transfer.
  • Wall Street Journal blog reports TrustedID buys reputation manager, Reppler.
  • Capital Access Network brings in $30 million from Accel Partners.
This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

FinovateEurope 2012 in the Press

Here's a look at press coverage from FinovateEurope on Tuesday:

ABA Banking Journal
Innovative payment startups, 2012 Edition

ETRONIKA Creates Kinect-Based Security For Online Banking
by Greg Anderson

Backbase Blog
FinovateEurope 2012: a brief review 
by Jelmer de Jong

Bank Innovation
7 New Services Launched at FinovateEurope 2012
by Mary Wisniewski

Banking Technology 
Finovate Europe packs in the punters

Blick Log 
Finanzinnovationen von der Finovate

Finovate Europe points way to the future
by Neil Ainger

Another take on Finovate
by Gareth Lodge

FinovateEurope 2012: More Payments and Mobile, Less PFM
by Zilvinas Bareisis

Innovative Payments Startups, 2012 Edition
by Zilvinas Bareisis

Commercial Integrator
Etronika Unveils Improved Microsoft Kinect-Based Online Banking
by Rachel Cericola

Finance 2.0
Finovate 2012: Der erste Eindruck
by Boris Janek

Financial Services Club Blog
The best of innovation in finance: #Finovate Europe 2012
by Chris Skinner

Live at Finovate
by Pat Carroll

AcceptEmail's Service Creates an Electronic Bill that Can Be Paid by Mobile

Actiance's Socialite Engage Helps Advisors Manage Social Media

Aimia and Cardlytics Help Merchants Track Offers and Revenue

Backbase Improves Bank 2.0 Portal Manager

Business Centric Services Group Launches CreditHQ

Brokertainment's StockBattle Lets Users Engage in Social Betting on Stocks

CurrencyFair Launches QuickTrade Feature

Dynamics Shows Off Smart Credit Card

eToro Introduces Guru Finder, Launches iPad App

ETRONIKA Revolutionizes How Users Interact with their Online Bank

Fenergo's Deal Manager Helps with Client On-Boarding and Account Opening

Figlo Makes Financial Planning Accessible on Any Device

FinovateEurope 2012 Live Twitter Transcript

Finsphere's Solutions Keep Online Banking Secure

Fiserv Introduces Mobiliti M-Cash

Handpoint Launches Secure Payment Solution for Tablets and Smartphones

Holvi Unveils Group Account Technology

IND Group's Banking-Front Office Gamifies Personal Finance

InvestorBee From DCisions Helps Users Make Sound Investment Decisions

Ixaris Demonstrates Customizable Card Program in a Box

Kabbage's ScoreKard Gives Online Merchants a Dashboard of Health

Liqpay's Allows for Easy Online Payments

Luup's Wallet System Facilitates the Internal Authorization Process

Meniga Upgrades PFM to Align with How People Think About their Money

miiCard Launches Open Beta of a Digital Passport for Online Identification

Mootwin Enables Users to Better Manage Mobile Apps

Nutmeg Offers a Tailored Investing and Saving Experience

PayPal Demonstrates Instant Account Creation

Ping Identity Shows How Financial Institutions Can Use Social Networking Logins

Sandstone Launches Mobile Banking App

Serverside's Technology Creates Viral Marketing Through Facebook

Service2Media Enables Secure Mobile Payments

Striata Launches Paperless Adoption Technology

Tradeshift's Instant Payments Gives Businesses a Faster Way to Receive Cash from Invoices

VALid from ValidSoft Uses Voice Authentication

Wipro Brings Customer Acquisition to the Tablet

ForresterLogo.jpgForrester Blogs
Finovate Europe 2012: Innovation In Digital Financial Services
by Benjamin Ensor

Finovate Europe: best of show winners
by Scott Thompson

Hotwire PR blog
Finovate Europe 2012 - the aftermath
by Ben L

I Programmer
Kinect The Ultimate Security Device
by Harry Fairhead

Inside Brunei fm
ETRONIKA Brings online banking to Gesture Control, But Why?
by Roshan Jerad Perera

miiCard Blog
Impact of Financial Services in 2012, from FinovateEurope
by Cassie Anderson

A Cookie for Your Thoughts
by Cassie Anderson

Mircea Mihaescu Blog
Finovate London-- More Old News?
by Mircea Mihaescu

Money Marketing 
Ian McKenna: Technology the key to building scale
by Ian McKenna

Ian McKenna: The new wave of FS tech
by Ian McKenna

My Bank Tracker
Wave Your Arms in the Air: Etronika's Gesture-Based Banking
by Willy Staley

Nutmeg Blog
Nutmeg wins 'Best of Show' at Finovate Europe
by Aisha, Jono and Nick

OCTO Talks!
Innovation dans les services financiers: Retour sur Finovate 2012
by Joseph Glorieux 

Partners in Prepaid
Finovate 2012: New Kids on the Block
by Duygu Tavan

Payment Observer 
Trends and Innovation in Finance: FinovateEurope 2012
by Martin Schuppelius

Kinect-Powered Online Banking Logs You In With Your Face And Voice
by Emma Hutchings

Slash Gear
ETRONIKA produce Kinect-based online banking
by Chris Burns

TechCrunch Europe
Lithuanian company develops Kinect-powered online banking system
by Mike Butcher

Financial Services and Data exhausts
by Yann

Kinect based online banking from Etronika a reality now
by Edwin Kee

Visible Banking
Cardlytics: Merchant Coupons within Online Banking [INTERVIEW]
by Christophe Langlois

Currency Fair: the P2P Marketplace to Exchange Currency on your Terms [INTERVIEW]
by Christophe Langlois

Etronika: Kinect Banking at the Branch, Minority Report Style [INTERVIEW]
by Christophe Langlois

etoro: Copy Trading, Gamification and Personal Branding [INTERVIEW]
by Christophe Langlois

Finovate Europe 2012 (Photos, Videos, Crowdsourced Blog Coverage)
by Christophe Langlois 

Holvi: One Stop Shop for Groups - Crowdfunding, Budgeting, Expensing
by Christophe Langlois

iBrokr's StockBattle: the World's First P2P Option Game [INTERVIEW]
by Christophe Langlois 

IND Group: Bringing Gamification into the Online Bank [INTERVIEW]
by Christophe Langlois

Kabbage: for SMEs, More Social Media Engagement = More Cash [INTERVIEW]
by Christophe Langlois

LiqPay's Zip: a Payment Details Shortener ' Style' [INTERVIEW]
by Christophe Langlois

Meniga's CEO: PFM Fully Integrated to Online Banking [INTERVIEW]
by Christophe Langlois

Nutmeg: Providing Private Banking Services to the Masses [INTERVIEW]
by Christophe Langlois

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  • Kashoo partners with PaymentEvolution to solve accounting and payroll issues.
  • Identity Theft 911 selected by Heartland Bank to Provide ID theft protection to customers.
  • cbanc Network opens online repository of financial content to vendors.
  • Mortgage Finance Gazette reports Zopa members lend £8.2 million in January, its biggest month ever.
  • TechCrunch reports DailyWorth partners with to help women with financial advice.
  • Braintree names David Corken COO.
  • CoVantage CU selects Tyfone for mobile wallet.
  • ReadyForZero chosen "Best in Category" in the inaugural Interaction Awards.
  • Actiance partners with security integrator AltaTek.
  • Figlo shows its platform on Samsung SUR40 at ISE 2012.
This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Ixaria CIO Tim Murfet & Marketing Dir Barbara Durand present at FinovateEurope 2012 

imageAt Tuesday's second annual FinovateEurope, 35 companies laid it on the line within the grueling 7-minute demo format plus a day of networking in the old London fish market on the Thames.

For the first time ever, and much to our astonishment, every demo finished at or under the time limit. Thankfully, we never had to hear the bell signifying that time is up.

At the end of the last demo, eligible audience members (note 1) voted for their three favorite demos (note 2). All 35 companies received votes (employees of presenting companies cannot vote), but four stood out in the vote tally (alphabetic order):   

  • imageCardlytics (with Aimia) showed its in-statement ad platform and management tools (demo recap)

  • imageDynamics which launched its "chip and choice" card for
    the chip & pin world (demo recap)

  • imageeToro which launched its crowd-sourced "guru finder"
    to help locate traders to follow/copy (demo recap)

  • imageNutmeg launched an investment service focused around the needs
    of the everyday investor (demo recap)

FinovateEurope networking hall was wall-to-wall bankers at mid-dayDynamics and eToro are previous Best of Show winners. You can read our live blog posts on each demo now. And in two or three weeks we'll have the full demos available at

Thanks to everyone who attended and presented. We are truly humbled by the support from the European financial community, and we are already making plans for the 2013.


Notes on methodology:
1. Only audience members NOT associated with demoing companies were eligible to vote. Finovate employees did not vote.   
2. Attendees were encouraged to note their favorites as the day went on and choose three favorites only from the demos of that day. Ballots were turned in at the end of the last demo session each day. 
3. The exact written instructions given to attendees: "Please rate (the companies) on the basis of demo quality and potential impact of the innovation demoed. Note: Ballots with more than three companies circled will not be counted." 
4. The four companies appearing on the highest percentage of submitted ballots were named Best of Show.

FEUBadge.jpgHere's @Finovate's live Twitter stream from FinovateEurope on Tuesday, February 7.

Entries appear in chronological order:

Session 1

  • Here's the first Finovate demo. Nutmeg launch: "Investing the way it should be." LinkThumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for TwitterBird.jpg
  • Nutmeg walking through investment goal setup; red popup tells you if you are drifting away from your goals and what to do about it.
  • Ping Identity launching methods for banks to integrate with social networks.>> huge priority for future. Link
  • Ping Identity demoing Facebook integration in account-opening process; has a number of integration ideas in the works with clients.
  • At Finovate, PayPal and la Caixa are launching PayPal account opening in 30 seconds by choosing email address and password. Link
  • Have found that PayPal account opening within la Caixa Bank environment increases account setup success by 2x to 3x. 
  • iBrokr AG, unit of Fidor Bank, is launching Stockbattle: Social betting on stock market. Link
  • iBroker demoing 1-euro bet on the stock value of a German company; has Facebook integration to share the bet to find a counter bet.
  • iBroker is easy, transparent, fun and accessible. A wildly innovative service to offer within an online banking or investment account.
  • BCSG is launching CreditHQ represents, a better way for small businesses to handle credit management. Link
  • BCSG's CreditHQ demoing credit management dashboard; has integration with collection agency to help followup with late payments.
  • Backbase launching major new features in Bank 2.0 portal including targeting to customer segments. Link
  • Backbase has cool widgets targeted to segments, showing student page mockup. Working with ABN AMRO, ING, DB, Barclays, and Visa.
  • Fenergo demoing "deal manager," client on-boarding and KYC compliance solution for corp banking/investments. Link
  • Fenergo showing dashboard to build the "credit pack" to pass to underwriting and back office departments; shows work-flow backlogs.
  • Service2Media and Rabobank introduce mobile payments via an existing banking application. Link
  • Service2Media showing cool mobile features: OCR recognition, "drag and drop" coins across page; "shake to clear."
  • CurrencyFair launching peer-to-peer foreign exchange transfers with its QuickTrade. Link 
  • CurrencyFair demoing a foreign exchange transaction, in this example a 68 GBP savings on 2000 GBP exchange; great user interface.
  • CurrencyFair has processed 90 million Euros, currently doing 0.5 million per day and growing quickly.
  • Holvi demoing "group account" replaces bank account with smart payment account designed for any group. Link
  • Holvi account assists groups with raising money, distributing cash, processing expense reports and tracking/ categorizing/ sharing it.
  • Holvi can also be used for group to setup online store for donations, t-shirt sales and so on; 58% of consumers involved in groups.

Session 2

  • We are back from break with Etronika showing voice, face and gesture recognition technology. Link
  • Etroinka demoing logging in via voice intro then authenticated with facial recognition; also showing gesture/voice navigation.
  • miiCard demoing new online Identity verification system to ease account opening and ID authentication. Link
  • miiCard demoing how it takes existing banking relationship to validate your identity; done in 5 to 10 minutes; then can share.
  • Mootwin launching one-stop-shop for mobile financial needs; demoing iPad app. Link
  • Mootwin showing streaming video on tablet; can communicate directly with financial adviser within UI; working with Cortal Consors.
  • Actiance showing dashboard for publishing to social media networks. Link
  • Actiance demoing dashboard in Socialite Engage that shows engagement with users; has tools to track overall program across company.
  • Fiserv is showing Mobiliti M-Cash service in use by ANZ; demoing mobile payment to non-ANZ customer. Link
  • Fiserv demoing M-Cash white label mobile payment service; entire process takes about 30 seconds; now showing online m-payment.
  • Aimia & Cardlytics launching transaction-based marketing platform; Aimia is investor in Cardlytics. Link
  • Cardlytics demoing their in-statement-offer UI within a live PNC Bank account; highlighting Burger King 20% cash-back offer.
  • Cardlytics demoing merchant dashboard; real-time results of spend of customers in entire category with offers vs those without.
  • Liqpay, with 1.5 mil customers, launching, payment detail shortener for SMS and email Link
  • Liqpay "payment detail shortner" is similar to for URLs; showing how it works at Privatbank; increases accuracy and safety.
  • DCisions launching InvestorBee to take guesswork out of investing with understandable risk vs. return info. Link
  • InvestorBee will make investing benchmarks available free to consumers; believe simple facts will disrupt investing.
  • ValidSoft demoing secure m-banking with out-of-band four-factor authentication and transaction. Link 
  • ValidSoft demoing voice-based authentication to confirm trans; system calls mobile number and customer answers to confirm... nice!
  • Dynamics showing battery-powered card that is "first mobile wallet that works everywhere plastic accepted." Link
  • Dynamics showing how to press a button on card to get a disposable number to use online; or request rewards points be used at POS.
  • Dynamics launching today Chip & Choice for Europe, allows multi-app card to be used with single-app software infrastructure.

Session 3

  • eToro, with 2 million users; launching Guru Finder crowdsourcing to find traders to follow and copy. Link
  • eToro demoing trader profiles and community communications; also launching iPad app.
  • Serverside Group launching a Facebook app for banks to provide tangible value. Link
  • Serverside Group app allows customers to upload images from FB to create their own customized credit/debt card; can increase usage.
  • When finished using Serverside app, users can post their cards in FB update; bank could run design competition to "like" cards.
  • Tradeshift demoing how businesses can manage cash flow; launching "instant payments" options. Link
  • Tradeshift showing dashboard controls; onboard process for suppliers and instant payment process; available to entire supply chain.
  • Finsphere, which recently partnered with Vodafone, uses mobile phone location to assist with authentication. Link
  • Finsphere demoing its "risk score" for each transaction; online banking login process; and consumer Pinpoint service.
  • Launching Handpoint Headstart, mobile Chip & PIN payment solution. Link
  • Handpoint demoing payments on mobile phone, table and mobile POS device; also showing Square-like mobile reader option.
  • Wipro Technologies launching tablet-based customer acquisition system. Link
  • Wipro showing interface that sales adviser would use with prospects to explain products and compare options.
  • Wipro app allows adviser to take a screen cap and email the page to the customer >Very cool way to follow-up on initial discussion.
  • Luup launching travel management system for businesses and governments. Link
  • Luup demoing employee registration; using mobile to create trip itinerary and request approval from manager.
  • Meniga, PFM provider, is launching "Peace of mind banking." Link
  • Meniga UI has forward looking cash position, like Simple's "safe to spend" balance; showing "emergency fund" balance tracking.
  • Meniga working to move PFM from a "tab" to the most used part of online banking.

Session 4

  • Striata is launching eConsent "PUSH email billing" with NO registration process. Link
  • Striata demoing process: 1st email is Yes/NO overlay on shaded-out bill. No username or password; use a secret, for example: mobile number and birthday.
  • Striata showing interactive bill, "mini-website" right in the inbox.
  • Sandstone Technology showing modern-looking user interface on iPhone built on HTML5. Link
  • Sandstone Technology showing on multiple phones; demoing how user can personalize app with own picture; change display views.
  • Kabbage launching ScoreKard today, a quantitative view of health of client's online store. Link
  • Kabbage has now loaned $10 million to small online sellers on eBay and elsewhere; showing integration with Etsy.
  • Kabbage showing "social climbing" system where Kabbage analyzes client's social media activity to help in underwriting.
  • AcceptEmail showing MOBILE electronic bill presentment & payment, its "Short Invoice Service." Link 
  • AcceptEmail allows content of sent email to be changed while in client's inbox, eg. after bill paid, status can be changed.
  • Figlo's widget-based platform helps advisers communicate to clients via Facebook. Link
  • Figlo showing integration of online banking with long-range planning; showing table version.
  • Ixaris launching Opn Cardworks, "card system in a box", allows issuer to fully customize. Link
  • Ixaris can get Visa approval for new card within 6 weeks; demoing Ixaris "app store" for building programs.
  • IND Group launching new gamified banking interface " online banking goes from boring to fun" Link.
  • IND iGroup demoing UI which includes points area, achievements, badges (which unlock more rewards); shows totals over time.
  • That's a wrap folks. 35 Finovate demos and no one went over time limit! What a day, see you in the networking hall.
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Concluding FinovateEurope 2012, IND Group's Banking-Front Office took the stage: 

"IND gamified its white-label Internet Banking and Personal Finance Manager. Gamification is the concept that you can apply the basic elements of fun, reward, and social connections to almost all industries. 

IND Group added these methods to its new Banking-Front Office. Our solution is based on the fact that customers love to do almost anything if they are rewarded for it. With the two-level point system, banks can give points for various things, like function use, transactions (depending on amount, currency, frequency, etc.), product, or service purchases. Customers can collect points and badges for dedicated actions. 

The system is closely connected with Facebook, where users can post their results and badges. Banks can even create campaigns in the system where customers - in order to accomplish the challenges - have to bring non-banking friends into the game to get rewards. Customers can track their progress in time charts, where both their net worth and point progress are displayed. 

With its strong visualization features (point systems, badges, leaderboards, etc.) and real rewards, the gamified IND Internet Banking and Personal Finance Manager creates a compelling, engaging user experience and prompts users to live a financially healthy life."

Product Launched: New version of products are launching in February 2012

HQ Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Company Founded: 1997
Metrics: 200 employees, €12 million in revenue

Presenting József Nyíri (CTO) & Tamas Braun (General Manager, IND UK)


Ixaris unveiled Opn Cardworks, a solution that allows businesses to set up their own prepaid card:

"Opn Cardworks is the latest and most powerful solution available through Ixaris Opn. Cardworks provides everything a business needs to set up and run its own prepaid card programme: virtual and/or plastic cards, technology, banking relationships, and risk and compliance oversight. We like to think of it as a customizable card programme in a box. 

With Opn Cardworks, companies can bring a card programme to market in just weeks instead of several months. Without Opn Cardworks, businesses would need to identify, develop, and execute each facet of the programme on their own, which can be daunting, time consuming, and expensive."

Product Launched: February 2012

HQ Location: London, United Kingdom
Company Founded: September 2003
: Over 1 million registered users, over 2.2 million transactions totaling $200 million in volume and generating $13.6 million in revenue, 85 employees, headquartered in London

Presenting Tim Murfet (CIO) & Barbara Durand (Marketing Director)

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Later today, Figlo demonstrated how its widget-based platform helps financial institutions engage customers:

"A complete solution to gain insight in financial matters on a consumer level. The Figlo consumer portal makes financial planning accessible for everyone on any device. The portal increases customer engagement and can be used as an onboarding tool. It is based on widgets and exposes the Figlo functionalities using a system in which content is displayed onscreen during editing (WYSIWYG editor). The drag and drop system enables a quick time to market. By integrating these widgets into social media, the fun factor of financial planning is guaranteed. Get engaged with your customer using this portal."

Product Launched: Beginning Q2 2012

HQ Location: Capelle aan den IJssel, Netherlands
Company Founded: October 1996
Metrics: 82 employees in the Netherlands, variable off‐shore development team in Manila, Philippines, more than 15,000 financial advisors, about 2 million consumers

Presenting Dorien van der Linden (Sr. Account Manager) 

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Today, AcceptEmail demonstrated a feature that enables mobile bill pay:

"Recently we have added a Short Invoice Service, which creates an electronic bill, including payment capability for mobile phones using SMS, WhatsApp or Twitter. This new feature of AcceptEmail adds the mobile space to the service and enables fully automated credit management. AcceptEmail has also expanded their set of payments methods that can be used via PSP's with the availability of many new international online payment methods, debit, and credit cards."

Product Launched: July 2007

HQ Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Company Founded: December 2006
Metrics: Triple digit growth last 2 years, 120 customers (billers), 4 million+ registered users, 10 employees

Presenting Peter Kwakernaak (CEO) & Geerten Oelering (COO)

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Afterwards, Kabbage showed how its ScoreKard can inform online merchants about their store's health:

"Kabbage is introducing the Kabbage ScoreKard, which enables online merchants to:

a) view a comprehensive dashboard of their online store health
b) generate a score corresponding to both the breadth and depth of their merchant health
c) obtain this information in a portable format to share with a third party with whom they may conduct business."

Product Launched: February 2012

HQ Location: Atlanta, GA
Company Founded: February 2009
Metrics: Raised $26 million in equity, 35 employees, more than 10,000 accounts, millions of dollars advanced each month

Presenting Robert Frohwein (CEO) & Kathryn Petralia (COO)

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Next, Sandstone showed how even small financial institutions can have a presence in the app store:

"Sandstone will be showcasing its next generation mobile banking app that contains sophisticated money management/ OFM tools, the latest anti-fraud and security measures, and advanced user experience capabilities. 

Using the latest html5 technology, the app can be developed once and then delivered seamlessly across many of the popular smart phone app stores to run on nearly all smart phone devices. The registration process for the app locks the user to the device while page-fingerprinting technology ensures that fraudulent users will not be able to connect to the secure server."

Product Launched: February 2012

HQ Location: Sydney, Australia
Company Founded: June 1996
Metrics: Privately owned, offices in Australia, Asia and Europe The company grew from 40 employees in 2007 to over 200 employees in 2011. 

Presenting Dom Monty (General Manager, Direct Banking Solutions) & Timmy Alassad (Product Manager, Direct Banking Solutions)

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Starting off the final session, Striata launched eConsent:

"Striata will demonstrate its paperless adoption technology, which moves the control of paperless conversion into the hands of the biller - no longer relying on the customer to proactively enroll and switch off paper. This results in optimal adoption and faster ROI.

Banks and financial institutions invest heavily in online initiatives aimed at reducing paper, but struggle to get customers to adopt their technology. To achieve ROI on paperless solutions, innovation at the adoption point is crucial. Our innovative adoption techniques not only completely eliminate the registration barrier but also enable customers to switch off paper in just one click."

Product Launched: February 2012

HQ Location: New York, NY
Company Founded: February 1999
Metrics: Privately owned/investment trust, 13 years of revenue growth and profitable for the past 11 years, 100+ employees

Presenting Michael Wright (CEO) & Tamara Hanley (Global Marketing Manager) 

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Wrapping up the third session, Meniga demonstrated its enhanced PFM:

"Meniga is expanding its PFM Solution so that it completely merges with the traditional online/mobile bank, adding highly user-centric interfaces for several key online banking functions, such as bill-pay, alerts, and account presentation.

The interface de-emphasizes real accounts and actual balances and instead shows 'uncommitted balance' and virtual accounts that are better aligned with how people think about their money. It allows users to automate routine tasks and includes an alert framework designed to bring peace of mind by alerting users before bills go unpaid or before any account's balance becomes too low to meet commitments and forecasted expenses."

Product Launched: December 2009

HQ Location: Reykjavik, IcelandCompany
Founded: March 2009
Metrics: $1.3 million raised, 18 employees, 5 implementations with retail banks in Sweden, Norway, and Iceland

Presenting Georg Ludviksson (CEO & Co-Founder) & Einar Gustafsson (VP of Product Management)

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Then, Luup demonstrated how it can ease the pains of internal travel authorization and budget management:

"Luup is redefining payments with its universal mobile payment platform and solutions. At FinovateEurope, Luup is launching a service that revolutionises corporate & government travel authorisation and budget management.

Enabled by Luup's successful Remote Authorisation & Mobile Wallet products, the new service optimises processes, creating huge efficiency and productivity gains. Gone are the days when employees have to chase managers for budget and trip approvals while costs rise exponentially by the hour. With Luup's latest service, travel budgets are managed in Luup's wallet system that enables travel requests, authorisations and payments within minutes from anywhere, on any mobile device."

Product Launched: March 2012

HQ Location: London, UK
Company Founded: 2002
Metrics: 50+ employees, 3 core locations, 3 award recognitions in 2011

Presenting Martin Wilson (CEO) & Georg Fasching (VP of Products) 

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Today, Wipro showed off its banking sales and service app for tablets:

"One of the primary tools the Direct Sales Agents need is a tablet variant of unified desktop. The banking sales and service tablet application which Wipro is developing is essentially a step in this direction. As a first step, Wipro has developed a customer acquisition framework on a tablet-based device. This solution leverages mobile, analytics, and intelligent processes for on-the-go personalized offers and application capture. The solution is also relevant in next generation bank branches wherein a differentiated environment is created for HNI customers. In fact, boutique bank branches have been received well with the digital generations."

Product Launched: February 2012

HQ Location: Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Company Founded: 1945

Presenting Shankar Sundarrajan (Head, Enterprise Banking)

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Afterwards, Handpoint launched its Headstart Technology:

"Handpoint Headstart is the first totally secure mobile Chip & PIN payment solution for tablets and smartphones. With our Platform-as-a-Service solution, acquiring banks and MNOs can offer small/micro merchants card payments on smartphones and tablets under their own brand name. The Handpoint Headstart solution supports magstripe (MSR), Chip & PIN, Chip & signature, and contactless NFC payments (2012).

Handpoint Headstart payment solution is not only a mobile solution, it is also a Full-Commerce solution meaning that it works on many different devices, for example smartphones, tablets, mobile terminals, and PCs (tills) in an online and an offline world."

Product Launched: February 2012

HQ Location: Cambourne, Cambridge, UK
Company Founded: 1999
Metrics: $2 million raised, 35 employees

Presenting David Gudjonsson (CEO) & Thordur Thorarinsson (CFO)

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Then, Finsphere demonstrated its security services:

"A suite of solutions that includes fraud management services for financial institutions and online merchants, access management services for enterprise and cloud computing environments, and PinPoint, a consumer-focused fraud protection service for financial services providers. Finsphere's Identity Security Services platform provides the basis for expanding the solution sets to monetize wireless data across industry segments worldwide."

Product Launched: Commercially available

HQ Location: Bellevue, WA
Company Founded: 2007

Presenting Robert Boxberger (President) & Jeff Brennan (Chief Privacy Officer)

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Next, Tradeshift showed off its Instant Payments technology that will be released in April of this year:

"Instant Payments will allow businesses - and particularly SMEs - to receive instant payment for invoices approved through the platform. Companies will benefit from interest rates significantly lower than alternative funding options and will no longer see cash flow impacted by long payment terms or late payers. This new service integrates seamlessly with Tradeshift's existing e-invoicing solution which is free to suppliers, providing the financial flexibility small businesses need to succeed."

Product Launched: April 2012

HQ Location: San Francisco, CA
Company Founded: May 2010
Metrics: 60 employees, 60,000 signups across 190 countries, $30 million USD (YTD) in funding

Presenting Christian Lanng (CEO) & Jeppe Rindom (CFO)


Second up this afternoon, Serverside showed how its technology leverages Facebook to engage customers of financial institutions:

"A Card Customization Facebook app. The app uses card customization as a new and unique way to leverage Facebook in an exciting and engaging way that can drive real brand value, loyalty, and engagement from a bank's customers. Customers can design a card using an image from one of their Facebook photo galleries. Once the design is approved, it is posted to the user's wall where all their friends can view it and click on the link to design their own card and thus creating a viral marketing effect!"

Product Launched: January 2012

HQ Location: London, UK
Company Founded: February 2003

  • Partly owned and controlled by Gemalto NV
  • Approximately 50 employees
  • 2010 Revenue: £4.61 million
  • 2009 Revenue: £4.35 million
  • Has worked with 200 financial issuers in 27 countries, issued over 2,000 customized card programs.
  • Over 45 million cards have been designed using Serverside software

Presenting Connor Kinnear (Global Head of Marketing) 

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To start the afternoon session, eToro showed us Guru Finder that allows investors to quickly create and implement trading strategies:

"eToro's newest innovation on its social trading platform OpenBook is the Guru Finder, which allows users to create personalized and detailed trading strategies that they can easily implement in minutes. It supports copy trading with a very detailed analysis/filter tool to enable users to create their own customized, people-based portfolio. Investors can filter and dissect the largest trading community by different dimensions such as Activity, Risk, Performance and Instruments traded and pick a personalized trader line-up for their people-based portfolio. The visual implementation resembles e-commerce filtering mechanisms, ensuring seamless and intuitive dissection of large data sets to achieve fast and meaningful results."

Product Launched: February 7, 2012

HQ Location: Limassol, Cyprus
Company Founded: January 2007
Metrics: 190 employees, offices in the U.S., Europe, and Australia, $16.6 million raised, over 1.75 million registered users

Presenting Yoni Assia (CEO) & Alon Levitan (Head of Strategic Marketing)

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In the last presentation before lunch, Dynamics demonstrated its secure, battery powered credit card:

"Chip & Choice is intended for the EU and other markets that utilize EMV (~85% penetration in EU). The battery-powered card has multiple "chips" including a central processing chip and a secondary "EMV" chip. The applications are loaded in a central "chip." Based on what button a user pressed on the card, the appropriate application is provided to the secondary "chip." Thus, the POS reader believes the card is a single-application card when, in fact, the card is a multiple application card."

Product Launched: Currently in trials

HQ Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Company Founded: 2007
Metrics: Over $40 million in funding raised, approximately 35 employees 

Presenting Jeff Mullen (CEO)
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ValidSoft took the stage next to demonstrate its voice-based authentication technology:

"Our product can protect M-banking transactions from all of the attacks that affect Internet banking today, while using out-of-band, real-time voice based authentication, and transaction verification. A smart phone contains multiple channels, both voice and data. Therefore the concept of channel separation, critical for the detection of manipulated transactions caused by Man-in-the-Mobile-Browser or phone resident Trojans, is fully supported.

Our product as used for Online Banking, with all the same visible and invisible protection, including Pseudo Device Theft, is configured specifically for mobile banking usage. This means no keying of OTPs into the phone, and even a completely hands-free model using speech recognition if required. Biometric voice verification can also be layered for even greater security. Our product combines usability, portability, and security that will drive the adoption of M-banking."

Product Launched: September 2011

HQ Location: London, UK
Company Founded: 2003
Metrics: ValidSoft was acquired by Elephant Talk in March 2010 for a combination of Elephant Talk stock plus warrants. For details, see the Elephant Talk Annual Report.

Presenting Patrick Carroll (CEO) & Emmanuelle Filsjean (Global Head of Marketing) 

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Then, DCisions showed how InvestorBee helps users make better investment decisions:

"For the first time, InvestorBee puts data at consumers' fingertips so they can make smart, confident investments.

  • It's fact, not opinion. Users can tap into the database to learn from the experiences of over a million UK investors.
  • It's an investment health check. Users can compare themselves to their peers to set realistic saving targets and investment goals.
  • It's simple investing without guesswork. Users can choose an objective risk-based strategy that's right for them in a few easy steps.
Our users extract wisdom from the crowd to make better, simpler investment decisions - all for free at InvestorBee."

Product Launched: November 2011

HQ Location: London, UK
Company Founded: 2005
Metrics: 12 employees

Presenting Graham Mannion (Managing Director & Founder) & Maya Kuzalti (Information Director)

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Afterwards, Liqpay debuted its new website:

" allows recipients of a payment (companies and/or individuals) to shorten payment details transforming them into a short code. As a result, the short digital code is easy to dictate or pass to a payer over SMS or e-mail. has an API, which can be integrated to billing systems of other companies. For example, mobile operators, utility companies, banks, etc.

Privatbank (the largest bank in Ukraine) has already integrated the API into its online banking. Privatbank customers are able both to shorten payment details and use a short code to make a payment via online banking."

Product Launched: February 2012

HQ Location: Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine
Company Founded: 2007
Metrics:  There are three employees working on the project - CEO & Founder, one developer, and a designer. 

Presenting Maria Gurina (Business Development Manager) & Kristina Chaykovska (Head of Electronic Business Center) 

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Then, Aimia and Cardlytics demonstrated a solution that will help merchants keep track of offers and revenue:

"Aimia will be demonstrating the merchant-facing portal, powered by Cardlytics, that is used by merchants to track offers served, activated, and revenue earned. All bank-facing channels and capability are pointless elements if the merchants aren't engaged. The Aimia solution enables that merchant engagement."

Product Launched: October 2011

HQ Location: Atlanta, GA, U.S.A. and London, U.K.
Company Founded: February 2008
Metrics: Raised $60 million, 100 employees, 70 million U.S. households (Q1-12)

Presenting Lynne Laube (President & COO at Cardlytics), Jonathan Harman (Chief Development Officer, EMEA at Aimia), & Rod Witmond (SVP Product & Marketing at Cardlytics)

Fiserv Introduces Mobiliti M-Cash

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Next, Fiserv unveiled Mobiliti M-Cash:

"Mobiliti M-Cash is a complete bank-driven personal payments platform. It allows leading financial institutions to set up their own mobile-centric P2P brand and enable:

a) Consumer to consumer payments
b) Consumer to business payments
c) Consumer payments to online retailers"

Product Launched: February 2012 (original product in 2006)

HQ Location
: Brookfield, WI
Company Founded: 1984
Metrics: $4.1 billion in revenue, 19,000 employees, 16,000 financial institutions as customers

Presenting Serge van Dam (VP, Mobile Solutions) & Jonathan Atkinson (Pre-Sales Consultant)


Actiance, a company that gives advisors better control of social media, is up next:

"Socialite Engage empowers distributed teams to share pre-approved content, engage with clients and prospects, and analyze the impact of the content on social media sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Socialite Engage has been designed specifically to enable investment and insurance professionals to manage social media securely and comply with FINRA and FSA regulations."

Product launched: January 2012

HQ location: Belmont, CA 
Company founded: 1997
Metrics: 250 employees; offices in the U.S.A., U.K., and India

Presenting David Oates (VP, EMEA)

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Later this morning, Mootwin demonstrated how its technology helps clients create and manage mobile apps:

"Mootwin's patented technology offers a "one stop shop" value-added solution for all customer-centric mobile needs. It consists of one tier of native application on a mobile device and two tiers of transactional data access on the middleware platform (the Mootwin Foundation). No sensitive data is stored in the device.

The value proposition is based on the ability to: 

• Easily connect devices to enterprise information system 
• Manage and guarantee secured, resilient and reliable links 
• Complete any transaction 
• Manage scalability
• Push real-time content."

Product Launched: February 2011

HQ Location: Palo Alto, CA USA and Paris, France
Company Founded: February 2008
Metrics: $7.5 million raised

Presenting Claude Lemardeley (CEO) & Nicolas Gruet (VP of Channels)

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Next, miiCard launched an online identity verification service to help consumers prove that they are who they say they are:

"miiCard uses information only a user would know, accesses details to their online bank account, and creates a secure, encrypted link to this account which has already approved a primary identity check to meet AML/KYC regulations. 

miiCard utilizes Yodlee's global account aggregation to provide validation weightings and traceability of source required by finance industry guidelines. Each point of validation is rechecked daily for accuracy and suitability. Vendors establish appropriate level of assurance requirements for their product/service. miiCard then allows those vendors to identify an individual with enough assurance to support the transaction, like the sale of a regulated financial product."

Product Launched: February 2012

HQ Location
: Edinburgh, Scotland
Company Founded: September 2011
Metrics: £550K seed funding, 5 employees

Presenting James Varga (CEO)

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Beginning the second session this morning, ETRONIKA showed how users can interact with their online bank in a new way:

"We often hear that we live in a world full of impossible. Trapped inside little boxes, filled with needless habits that aren't necessary anymore. It doesn't have to be that way. Technology has advanced so much, so when we can speak with our PCs, why do we bother to type? Yes, financial institutions and online banking solutions refer to a serious, unshakable, respectable realm, but we want to challenge this point of view by introducing a new UX approach to financial online services. ETRONIKA introduces a financial application that recognizes your face, congratulates you, analyzes your voice to identify you, and navigates you into online banking. You choose what is most convenient for you at that time: using your voice, motion-activated user interface, or keyboard - if you feel old-fashioned."

Product Launched: 2Q, 2012

HQ Location: Vilnius, Lithuania
Company Founded: 2000
Metrics: 50 employees, self funded

Presenting Kestutis Gardziulis (CEO) & Jelena Kravcenko (Analyst)

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To finish up the first session this morning, Holvi launched an account built for group activities:

"The group account is a merchant account, accounting software and a group current account, all rolled into one. With the Holvi account, our customers have an online banking service specifically targeted for their needs. The core technology innovation is automated bookkeeping and meaningful, social connectivity through rich metadata associated with payment transactions. Using Holvi, our customers have radically better tools for managing their money and raising funds online."

Product Launched: February 2011

HQ Location
: Helsinki, Finland
Company Founded: 2011
Metrics: €300k seed funding, five employees

Presenting Kristoffer Lawson (Co-Founder)


This morning, CurrencyFair showed off its upgraded interface:

"CurrencyFair has completely upgraded its interface, further streamlining the process of peer-to-peer foreign exchange transfers. This includes a new QuickTrade feature, which quotes an 'instant exchange rate' for any given amount, calculated based on the weighted average of the best rates of all opposing customer orders combined with CurrencyFair's own liquidity. This allows any amount, large or small, to be exchanged immediately at exchange rates close to, and in some cases even better than, the interbank rate."

Product Launched: January 2012

HQ Location: Dublin, Ireland
Company Founded: April 2009
Metrics: €1.65 million raised, 6 employees, over €80 million exchanged to date

 Presenting Brett Meyers (Managing Director) & Jonathan Potter (Sales & Marketing Director)

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Today, Service2Media showed how the payment method iDEAL supports mobile payments:

"Service2Media and Rabobank introduce mobile payments via banking app for all webshops, starting with Customers of Rabobank that installed the Rabobank Mobile Banking app can now pay their mobile purchases as easily as their online purchases, using a mobile version of internet payment method iDEAL. The new mobile payment is facilitated by starting the Rabobank Banking app on an iPhone once a payment request is issued on the merchant mobile site. The transaction is then authorized by the user in the app with his account number and access code before being redirected to the merchant's mobile site. Mobile banking is now possible without an e-reader (up to €1000)."

Product Launched: 2010

HQ Location: Enschede, Netherlands
Company Founded: 2005
Metrics: 140 employees, offices in Netherlands, UK, Spain, UAE and USA, $10 million (US) investment from Prime Ventures

Presenting Peter Broekroelofs (CTO)

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Then, Fenergo shared how its Deal Manager can assist with the client on-boarding process:

"Deal Manager (DM) offers financial institutions a unique and full-featured application for client on-boarding and account opening. By systemizing highly complex KYC, Client Due Diligence and credit processes, Deal Manager delivers efficiency, transparency and control across new business processing, and ensures ongoing requirements are managed. 

It ticks the box for compliance with flexible on-boarding and account opening models that integrate policy, document and regulatory requirements for all major markets. With Deal Manager, institutions can manage all KYC and on-boarding requirements for individual and institutional clients, as well as credit, legal documentation processes for new products and services."

Product Launched: April 2010

HQ Location
: Dublin, Ireland
Company Founded: 2009
: 50 employees, 4.1 million in 2011 revenues

Presenting Marc Murphy (CEO) & Niall Twomey (Head of Engineering)

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Next, Backbase showed off its newly improved Bank 2.0 Portal Manager:

"Backbase is presenting major new features in its Bank 2.0 Portal Manager at FinovateEurope 2012, focusing on the following key points:

  • Improved editor for page composition on regular browsers and mobile devices
  • Advanced segmentation and targeting for different customer groups
  • Fully integrated forms editor for enrollment and BPM
  • Advanced analytical and performance tools
Backbase's Portal Manager is an easy to use, graphical interface for the e-business and marketing teams at banks to manage online and mobile customer interactions and to bring power to the business by giving them complete control of the online customer journey."

Product Launched: February 2010

HQ Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands & New York, NY
Company Founded: April 2003
Metrics: 150 employees

Presenting Jouk Pleiter (CEO & Co-Founder) & Jelmer de Jong (Head of Marketing)


Afterward, Business Centric Services Group launched a one-stop shop for small businesses to access customer risk data:

"CreditHQ provides small businesses with unlimited access to a database of customers, outlining their risk profile and payment performance in a simple and easy-to-use format. The platform allows small businesses to develop monitoring plans for each customer/supplier, which sends e-mail alerts directly to the business owner when there is a material change in the credit/risk profile. The platform also allows businesses to create best practice credit terms letters to issue to customers to ensure all parties understand their relationship at the outset of any relationship. 

Should there be any delays in payments from customers, the platform allows the user to create a 10-day final demand letter free of charge, which will be issued directly to the customer. Should this not deliver payment, then the user can issue debt instructions directly through the platform to be collected for a market leading 20% no win, no fee payment by one of the leading business to business debt collectors in the market."

Product Launched: February 2012

HQ Location: London, UK
Company Founded: April 2008
Metrics: 63 employees,135,000 small business customers

Presenting John Davis (Managing Director) & Alan Marsh (Product & Marketing Director)

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Then, iBrokr AG shared Brokertainment, its fast-paced version of betting on stock market indices:

"StockBattle allows social betting on stocks or capital markets indices. StockBattle could be also described as "user created risk". Example: Person A thinks oil will decrease in its value today between 12:00 and 12:30 and bets €2 on that. Person B thinks the opposite and counters that battle also with €2. At 12:30, we know who gets €4 (minus the transaction fee)."

Product Launched: Beta: October 2011

HQ Location: Munich, Germany
Company Founded: January 2010
Metrics: 100% subsidiary of Fidor Bank AG, 4 employees (including IT), roughly 30,000 registered members generated revenues in 2011 (the first full year of testing the trading applications) above €100k less than €10k in Marketing/Sales.

Presenting Christian Hampp (Director) & Michael Rolph (Director) 


Third, PayPal came on stage with la Caixa to show off instant account creation technology:

"You can open a PayPal account in 30 seconds from the secure environment of la Caixa's home banking. We use our combined APIs to leverage the verified customer information that la Caixa has from its clients to speed customers through the PayPal account creation flow. All you need to do is choose your email address and decide on a password and with a couple of clicks, you can have your PayPal account up and running with a verified card linked to it."

Product Launched: November 2011

HQ Location: San Jose, CA
Company Founded: 1998

    • 2010 annual revenue was $3.4 billion, up 23 percent year over year
    • International business accounted for 47% of revenue in 2010
    • Net Total Payment Volume for 2010 was nearly $92 billion, up 28% year-over-year
    • Total Payment Volume in 2010 represented nearly 18% of global e-commerce 
    • Cross-border trade now accounts for approximately 25 percent of PayPal's Total Payment Volume
    • Merchant Services processed $56 billion in Total Payment Volume in 2010, up 42% year-over-year.

Presenting Estanis Martin De Nicolas (PayPal Spain Country Mngr) & Sergi Bisquert (Dir. of Innovation, Payment Methods, La Caixa)

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Second up, Ping Identity demonstrated how PingFederate and Cloud Identity Connectors integrate with third party products:

"Ping Identity will show how it is possible to use social networking logins to increase customer conversion rates, reduce and simplify risk management, reuse existing infrastructures and technology investments, and increase business agility."

Product Launched: July 2011

HQ Location: Denver, Colorado
Company Founded: 2003
Metrics: $21 million in recent funding; 200 employees; over 700 worldwide customers

Presenting Travis Spencer (Senior Technical Architect)

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To start off FinovateEurope 2012, Nutmeg shared its platform that allows the average user to invest wisely:

"Nutmeg makes saving and investing simple. Simply choose your investing goals, when you will need your money and how much you can invest. Nutmeg then assesses your personal circumstances, checking affordability and suitability, before implementing and actively managing a personalised investment portfolio that is diversified across geographies and asset classes. Crucially, the user has control over the target level of volatility by considering probable outcomes on illustrations that demonstrate expected returns. Nutmeg offers a high class saving and investing experience and comprehensive user support, even for users with limited wealth. 

Regular portfolio rebalancing, a rewards scheme that improves returns by lowering fees, and intuitive data providing a clear portfolio breakdown allows anyone from the most experienced to the novice investor to take control. No longer will personal investing solely be the domain of the rich. Nutmeg offers a true alternative to expensive trading or being forced into a low-interest bearing bank account."

Product Launched: December 2011

HQ Location: London, UK
Company Founded: January 2011

Presenting Nick Hungerford (CEO & Co-Founder) & Jono Hey (Head of User Experience)

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Today, Mitek Systems announced a partnership with Progressive Insurance, who will use Mitek's Mobile Photo Quoting technology to automate insurance purchases:

"Using the Progressive mobile application... the consumer simply enters their zip code and takes a picture of their driver's license, Vehicle Identification Number or existing insurance ID card. Mitek's patented mobile imaging technology automatically extracts relevant information from the documents and auto-populates the fields in Progressive's mobile quoting app... Moments later, they receive an auto insurance quote with the option to buy."

Mitek also has Photo Payment, Photo Claims, and Document Capture and Send technology included in its insurance solutions suite.

To learn more about Mitek, watch its FinovateFall 2011 demo.

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgSilicon Prairie News reports Dwolla rolls out Instant feature.
  • After raising $15 million, Xero acquires Max Solutions for almost $5 million.
  • releases app for Android tablets.
  • Personal Capital named to Online Banking Report Hall of Fame, for personalized asset management service.
  • Credit Sesame launches credit card marketplace.
This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Jemstep, an online investment guidance startup that tracks over $170 million in investments, announced today it received $6 million in funding. 

This installment from private investors completes Jemstep's Series A funding, bringing the total up to $10.5 million.

The California-based startup plans to use the funding for product development, growth, and corporate recruitment.

To learn more about Jemstep, watch its FinovateSpring 2010 demo.


Iowa-based SmartyPig, a social savings innovator, made two announcements today:

    • Changed its corporate name to Social Money Systems
    • Launched GoalSaver, a bank-branded social savings and transaction platform

GoalSaver features include:

    • Customizable user interface
    • Financial education 
    • A Dashboard to view goal details (see screenshot 1)
    • Shared goal page (see screenshot 2)

In addition to benefitting banks, GoalSaver is also available to industries such as insurance, prepaid cards, and merchants who need layaway solutions.

To learn more about SmartyPig, watch its FinovateFall 2010 demo.

(Screenshot 1: goal dashboard)
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(Screenshot 2: shared goal page)
  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgPlastyc's UPside Visa named winner in sixth annual Paybefore Awards.
  • TechCrunch reports IBM buys WorkLight for $70 million.
  • StockTwits partners with Q4 Web Systems.
  • Actiance announces Socialite Engage to help advisors strengthen client relationships and drive new business. See its live demo at FinovateEurope next week.
  • Luup wins the Financial-i Leaders in Innovation Award for Most Innovative New Mobile Corporate Banking. See its live demo at FinovateEurope next week.
  • eToro releases Chinese version of OpenBook.
This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

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