The Way to San Jose: FinovateSpring 2017 Begins This Week!


Pictured: SaleMove CEO and Founder Daniel Michaela during his Best of Show winning demonstration at FinovateSpring 2016.

Fintech’s favorite rite of spring is back! FinovateSpring returns to San Jose Wednesday and Thursday for two days of live demos of the latest innovations in financial technology. This year, we’ll be taking the stage in the newly renovated ballroom of the San Jose Convention Center, 10 minutes drive from San Jose Airport, less than 45 minutes from San Francisco, and a nice spring stroll away from some of downtown San Jose’s most interesting shops and restaurants.

The companies that will be demonstrating their newest solutions and services live on stage this week reflect many of the biggest trends in technology today. From machine learning and artificial intelligence to the API revolution and the way analytics tools to help us draw actionable, meaningful insights from data, the variety and sophistication of the technologies being deployed in the fintech space continues to grow.


If these are the themes and trends that drive your daily work, then come join us this week at FinovateSpring for a peek into tomorrow’s fintech today. Tickets are still available, so visit our registration page and save your spot.

Here’s what you need to know to be ready for FinovateSpring this year:

Registration starts at 8am, with the first demo beginning at 8:45am. Be sure to arrive early enough to enjoy complimentary coffee and a continental breakfast.

There will be four demo sessions on Wednesday the 26th and another three demo sessions on Thursday the 27th. This year, in a first for Finovate, we will feature a discussion panel following the final demo on Thursday afternoon. The hour-long panel conversation will take a deep dive into the technologies presented over two days of live demonstrations, putting the innovations in the broader context of current trends in fintech.

And, as always, we’ll wrap up the conference with our Best of Show awards presentation during the end of day networking session on Thursday. Check out our FinovateSpring agenda for more detail.

We’re looking forward to our return to sunny San Jose and hope you’ll be there to join us. Learn more about our presenting companies by checking out our FinovateSpring Sneak Peek series. And if you’ve got questions about the conference, check out our FinovateSpring 2017 FAQ page or send us an email at See you at the show!

FinovateSpring Sneak Peek: Tyro


FS2017-Logo(rev)V1A look at the companies demoing live at FinovateSpring on April 26 & 27 in San Jose. Pick up your tickets today and save your spot.

Tyro integrates payments, banking, and lending into one simple and transparent product as the only fintech in Australia with an unrestricted banking license.


  • Ultra convenience through seamless integration of accounting, banking, and payments
  • Accelerate business growth with Smart Growth Funding
  • Only Australian fintech with an unrestricted banking license

Why it’s great
Fully-integrated and seamless solution that brings together payments, deposits, and lending into one mobile solution.


Christopher Logan, Head of Software Engineering – Lending, Mobile, Web, and Data



Tyro_CaitrionaKelly_2Caitriona Kelly, Delivery Lead

FinovateSpring Sneak Peek: Eltropy


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Eltropy’s client engagement platform increases share of wallet, new client acquisition, and productivity of client-facing teams at banks, wealth, insurance, and financial services firms.


  • Easily curate, share, track, and analyze content
  • Use “text messaging” to communicate with clients the way they want to
  • Meet compliance with automated Salesforce updates and archival of text messages

Why it’s great
Embrace the “text messaging” revolution to build deeper, trusted relationships with prospects and clients.


Ashish Garg, CEO
Garg founded Eltropy with the vision of simplifying the buying experience. A great buyer experience translates into rapid revenue growth by reducing sales cycle times and increasing lead conversion.


Eltropy_TroyPittock_2Troy Pittock, VP Sales
Pittock leverages his background in financial services, solar, and sales leadership to help customers increase sales and reduce costs by creating a phenomenal customer buying experience.

FinovateSpring Sneak Peek: cyberProductivity


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FinAutomate, the automated accounting platform from cyberProductivity, helps SMBs manage cash in real-time, and boosts sales of factoring, loans and payments. The bank branded solution is delivered within the banking internet platform.


  • Features real-time booking, automated alerting, and task planning
  • Creates new sales scenario for banks thanks to real-time accounting data
  • Attracts new clients to boost sales of factoring and loans

Why it’s great
Make your SMB clients happy and loyal by extending the banking experience with a bank branded automated accounting platform. Help SMBs to manage cash and be the first to offer factoring and loans when needed.


Rafal Strzelecki, President of the Board, CEO
Strzelecki is a serial entrepreneur with a recent exit from BPO company. He has ten years experience in AI, accounting, robots, and is a bank branded cloud accounting expert, a CEMBA, and an automation engineer. He was a MIT FinTech Future Commerce Finalist.


cyberProductivity_TomGorski_2Tom Gorski, Head of SME Business at mBank
Gorski heads 500k+ SMB division at mBank. He was BCG Manager for nine years, based in Chicago, Warsaw, and Kuala-Lumpur, and has an EMBA from Columbia Business School. mBank won the Best Bank for SMEs (Forbes) and EFMA-Accenture Silver Medal in 2016.


cyberProductivity_RobertKaliszuk_2Robert Kaliszuk, CIO
Kaliszuk is an experienced IT manager with a track record in complex project management and innovative technology implementation.

FinovateSpring Sneak Peek: AFS


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AFS is the only provider that has an agile, out-of-the-box, commercial lending solution geared for growth – AFSVision – that is mobile and digital, operating in real-time.


  • Mobile enabled for the on-the-go
  • Real-time to speed up customer interaction
  • Cloud-based to be agile, compete, and grow

Why it’s great
AFSVision, an agile, commercial lending solution that operates in real-time. It shrinks turn times to strengthen existing relationships, providing more time to win new deals.


Chris Maciel, Director
Maciel has a 25-year proven track record of matching clients to the innovative financial and technology solutions needed to help grow business and drive revenue.


AFS_MarkDeese_2Mark Deese, Global Product Manager
Deese collaborates with technology innovators to provide strategic product initiatives that help a wide array of clients benefit from AFSVision’s robust capabilities.



John Dubil, Managing Director Application Development
AFS_JohnDubil_2Dubil leverages 25+ years of developing and successfully delivering innovative, complex lending solutions for the financial industry to help clients achieve their growth and business goals.

FinovateSpring Sneak Peek: FUCO & Solution


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FUCO & SOLUTION specializes in assisting financial institutions in customer communication and account management with innovative, interactive robo-statements.


  • Advisory: Suggest right-for-you financial products interactively
  • Transactional: Complete online application and transaction in one place
  • Social empowered: Circle-economy engagement

Why it’s great
Statements are the best, most direct ,and most trustworthy channel for banks to communicate with clients.


Alex Lin, Chairman and CEO
With 15+ years professional services/solutions experience in information and financial fields, Lin successfully helps major banks to move into fintech era to elevate user services for the next generation.

FinovateSpring Sneak Peek: Tavant Technologies


FS2017-Logo(rev)V1Tavant VELOX is a digital product suite offering a fluid omni-channel experience and high velocity execution: from home delivery to loan funding.


  • Reduces loan origination costs by 40%
  • Routes loan efficiently through path of least resistance
  • Eliminates paper with digital loan file

Why it’s great
Tavant VELOX enables hyperconnected lending, turning every element digital.


Abhinav Asthana, Director of Products
Asthana heads product innovation and strategy for Tavant’s consumer lending product suite, VELOX. Previously, he ran product strategy and headed the innovation roadmap for a leading LOS (NetOxygen).


Tavant_MohammadRashid_2Mohammad Rashid, Vice President, Consumer Lending
Rashid heads consumer lending and capital markets at Tavant Technologies. He provides strategy and thought leadership to enable growth and comes with more than 25 years of expertise in the lending space.

Finovate Alumni News


  • Check out our latest FinovateSpring Sneak Peeks featuring Tyro, FUCO & SOLUTION, Eltropy, AFS, cyberProductivity, and Tavant Technologies.
  • Mastercard’s Biometric Payment Card: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

Around the web

  • Business Today India features algorithm-based, stock market research platform, MarketsMojo.
  • Tennessee-based SouthEast Bank to deploy DNA core account processing platform from Fiserv.
  • Yorkshire Building Society to leverage technology from Capriza to support transition to mobile.
  • CoverHound to offer insurance quotes for rideshare drivers.

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.

FinovateSpring Sneak Peek: HEDG


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HEDG is changing the investment industry by creating an ultra-personalized investment experience, eliminating generic ETF offerings and enabling human advisors and investors to engage.


  • Builds unique “funds” for each user rather than a generic ETF
  • Offers personalized investment advice due to the unique portfolio of each investor via AI engine
  • Connects users with an advisor

Why it’s great
HEDG has changed the dynamic in digital investing. Rather than treating people as a generic risk score, HEDG builds personalized investment funds and connects users with human investment advisors.


Robert Rutherford, Founder, CEO
Rutherford is the founder and CEO of HEDG. He has extensive experience across fintech and financial services from the Fortune 500 – JP Morgan and VISA – to venture-backed startups such as Dwolla.


HEDG_DanHoffmanDan Hoffmann, Co-founder, Product and Engineering
Hoffmann has been in product and engineering for over a decade, building technical solutions for a variety of industries including sports, music, and advertising.

FinovateSpring Sneak Peek: SynapsePay


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SynapsePay provides instant identity authentication via a 5 second, user-uploaded video. No need for live agent nor associated costs. All technology powered by AI using vision, speech, and lip reading algorithms.


Video Auth: Vision, Speed, and Lip Reading. All  three work together to eliminate the chance of fraudulent transactions and account openings. Also eliminates staffing and customer acquisition costs.

Why it’s great
Identity authentication using just a five-second video. No human intervention. Eliminates fraud. Instant, accurate, reliable, and easy to integrate into your platform and processes.


Sankaet Pathak, CEO and Founder
Pathak lay the foundations of Synapse while completing a Master’s in computer engineering at the University of Memphis. He is driven by a need to make quality banking products accessible to all.