BizFi Lands $20 Million from Metropolitan Equity

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Who said alt-lenders are going out of style? Small business financing provider BizFi garnered some funding of its own today. Metropolitan Equity Partners, which has been a backer of the New York-based company since 2013, funded BizFi with $20 million this week.

Combined with the company’s December 2015 round of $65 million, this brings its total capital to $85 million. BizFi will use the round to bolster its small business financing products, offer funding faster, and boost marketing to small-to-medium sized businesses.

Launched in 2005, BizFi offers a host of funding options, including equipment financing, invoice financing, SBA loans, and more. At FinovateFall 2015, BizFi showed its aggregation engine that supplies 35 online and offline partners including OnDeck, Kabbage, and Bluevine with a white-labeled, co-branded funding solution.

In April, Stephen Sheinbaum, the company’s founder, was featured on CNBC’s Squwak Box. During the segment Sheinbaum said, “I think you’re going to see the major banks and the community banks leverage our technology and our ability to make decisions in fractions of seconds, as opposed to the weeks and months it takes now.” BizFi’s marketplace and funding technologies have furnished $1.7 billion in financing to more than 30,000 small businesses.

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  • BizFi Lands $20 Million from Metropolitan Equity.

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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.

From CEO to Deputy Mayor, Xendpay’s Rajesh Agrawal Heads to City Hall

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The new mayor of London isn’t just pro-business. He’s pro-fintech, as well.

To help his city manage the financial ramifications of the vote this week in the UK to leave the European Union, London’s new major Sadiq Khan has appointed Xendpay founder and CEO Rajesh Agrawal as deputy mayor.

“I know that Rajesh is the best person for the job of protecting jobs and growth in London as we deal with the fallout of the referendum,” Khan said. The major credited Agrawal’s experience creating “multi-million pound businesses from scratch” as giving the fintech entrepreneur insight into the challenges businesses face in the UK.

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Pictured: Xendpay founder and CEO Rajesh Agrawal demonstrating his online money transfer technology at FinovateEurope 2013 in London.

Agrawal, who founded international money transfer specialist Xendpay in 2012 and served as Khan’s business advisor during the mayoral campaign, added that the sense of welcome he experienced as an immigrant to the UK must be maintained even as the country’s relationship with Europe changes. “(I) found a city that welcomed me with open arms and didn’t make me feel like a stranger,” Agrawal said. “This openness to talent and enterprise must not change as a result of the referendum.”

Agrawal founded Xendpay in 2012. The online money transfer service allows people to send money to bank accounts or the company’s partner network of cash collection points. Geared toward international travelers of all kinds – from tourists to students to migrant workers, and available in English, Spanish, German, French, and Polish, Xendpay offers both cash-to-cash as well as more traditional card-to-bank transfers. All payments are covered by the FSA authorization of RationalFX, the foreign exchange services firm Agrawal founded in 2005.

Agrawal demonstrated the Xendpay platform at FinovateEurope 2013. Earlier this year, the company announced that its money transfer service was available in Tanzania and Burkina Faso.

 

 

 

Fenergo Adds Enhanced Rules, Remediation to its CRS Compliance Solution

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Client Lifecycle Management solution provider Fenergo is boosting the capabilities of its Tax Compliance suite. The enhanced version of the company’s CRS Compliance Solution is geared toward improving tax regulation compliance through improvements to the Three Rs: Rules, Remediation, and Reporting.

“Where FATCA was the game changer in tax compliance, the Common Reporting Standard promises to go way beyond FATCA’s remit to ensure global-wide tax compliance,” Fenergo Global Manager for Regulatory Affairs Laura Glynn said. This challenge has guided the improvements made to Fenergo’s technology, providing a rules-based process to identify and conduct due diligence on reportable clients and accounts. This process also includes the data capture and classification requirements for both CRS and FATCA.

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Pictured: Fenergo CEO Marc Murphy demonstrating Deal Manager at FinovateEurope 2012 in London.

Glynn highlighted the complexity of the issue for financial institutions in areas like Asia in particular, which often have to meet the compliance standards of more than 40 different regional regulators. It is also especially relevant for Fenergo, which announced an expansion to Singapore in February. “This is a huge operational undertaking forcing financial institutions to be able to manage each of the rules from every jurisdiction,” she said. Not only has Fenergo upgraded its Regulatory Rules Engine, but also the company has enhanced its Remediation Master Case Management and Workflow functionality.  Here, simplification and improved visibility will make it easier for financial professionals to track remediation cases and subcases. The company says that the platform is already being implemented with clients.

Read more about Fenergo’s work on remediation and reporting in the company’s white paper.

Recent headlines for Fenergo include the company’s move into the Middle East market in May, opening an office in Abu Dhabi. ICBC Standard Bank choose Fenergo’s client lifecycle management platform in April. And Kikko Securities America announced in March that it would deploy the company’s AML, KYC, FATCA technology, as well.

Founded in 2009 and headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, Fenergo demonstrated its Deal Manager solution at FinovateSpring 2012. Fenergo has raised more than $80 million in funding, with its most recent investment a $75 million private equity infusion in July 2015 from Insight Venture Partners. The company was recognized in the European Fintech 100 in April, the same month that FinTechCity featured Fenergo in its FinTech50 2016 list of the hottest fintechs in Europe.

 

Kreditech Launches Online POS Financing Solution

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Consumer financing company Kreditech announced a new business line today. In an effort to empower underbanked individuals, the company launched a new POS financing solution called Monedo Now. It gives online shoppers more payment flexibility with instant financing of up to $5,550 (€5,000) for up to 36 months at rates comparable to local banks.

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The first partner to go live with the solution is PayU Global, a payment services provider who recently launched a beta test with one of its merchant clients. Kreditech plans to expand the service. Alexander Graubner-Müller, CEO and Co-Founder said, “We are already in talks with further clients in the e-commerce, travel and other online sectors and look forward to providing our innovative technology as an online payment method in the checkout process.”

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Monedo Now uses Kreditech’s credit scoring technology which underwrites risk on thin-file credit clients. At FinovateSpring 2014, the company showed off its algorithm that provides a risk score of the customer by studying their financial situation at the time of their application without pulling in historical data. Kreditech uses 20,000 data points, updated every minute, to offer 24/7 access to credit decisioning for anyone in 35 seconds.

Kreditech plans further integrations with companies using its Credit-as-a-Service API which offers support for financing more than just physical goods at the POS. The company will support financing for online services and travel purchases as well as direct integrations with online wallets, prepaid cards and bank offerings.

In March, Kreditech closed a $103 million Series C funding round from contributors such as World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation, Blumberg Capital, and Peter Thiel. That round boosted the company’s total funding to $151 million.

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On FinDEVr.com

  • Avalara Adds New Stripe Integration, Earns Dual Honors at American Business Awards.
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The latest from FinDEVr New York 2016 presenters

  • Canadian Government Selects OutsideIQ to Bring DDIQ to Brazil and London.
  • Wired UK profiles Fidor, “the fintech bank run by its customers.”
  • OnDeck launches Accountant Advisor Program to help accountants arrange financing for their small business clients.

Alumni updates

  • Major update to Xero’s online invoicing technology to help businesses avoid phishing scams.
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GBG Group Agrees to Acquire IDScan Biometrics

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It was a fast turnaround for FinovateEurope 2016 Best of Show winner IDScan Biometrics, a document authentication and facial recognition company. The London-based company today announced it is being acquired by identity intelligence company GB Group.

The companies anticipate the deal will close for $50 million (£37 million), with another $10.7 million (£8 million) contingent on reaching revenue and EBITDA targets 18 months after close. The deal is expected to add to GBG Group’s earnings per share in the first 12 months after the acquisition.

24570175424_b52dadc87a_kTamlyn Thompson (CEO), Dr. Zaher Zaidan (CFO) from IDScan Biometrics  debuting the company’s facial recognition algorithm.

IDScan offers a digital onboarding suite that reduces manual data entry and offers KYC and facial recognition tools for automation, speed, and efficiency. The company’s document scan offering uses artificial intelligence and a digital library containing thousands of documents. At FinovateEurope 2016, the company demonstrated how its facial recognition algorithm tests a user’s face against the image on their ID.

IDScan brings more than 1,000 global clients to the table, including American Express, Barclays, and Gatwick Airport. GBG CEO Richard Law said, “GBG has followed IDscan Biometrics over the years and we have seen this business grow strongly, winning significant enterprise customers.”

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • GBG Group Agrees to Acquire IDScan Biometrics.
  • Check out this week’s FinDEVr APIntelligence.
  • Kreditech Launches Online POS Financing Solution.
  • Fenergo Adds Enhanced Rules, Remediation to its CRS Compliance Solution.
  • From CEO to Deputy Mayor, Xendpay’s Rajesh Agrawal Heads to City Hall.

Around the web

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  • Blooom president Greg Smith, Envestnet Executive MD Aaron David Bauer, and LikeFolio founder Andy Swan earn spots on Investment News’ 40 Under 40 list.
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  • ID Analytics secures patent for systematic detection of fraud rings.
  • Fenergo enhances CRS compliance solution with enhanced rules & remediation.

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.

IBM Opens Bluemix Garage in New York City

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In opening its latest Bluemix Garage in New York City, IBM continues to put its money where the developers, software designers and others are. The New York City location will be IBM’s sixth, with garages currently in operation in San Francisco, Toronto, London, Nice, and Tokyo. IBM is partnering with Galvanize, who will host the New York garage on its new New York campus. Other locations are said to be in the works for the second half of 2016.

Galvanize co-founder and CEO Jim Deters said “Having IBM’s Garage in New York City, within the Galvanize community, allows our strong network of developers and startups to leverage the power of the cloud and the expertise of IBM to competitively innovate products and apps in the growing fintech and blockchain spaces.” Galvanize runs a network for developers, coders, and technology entrepreneurs, and has more than 1,800 members across seven campuses.

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Pictured (left to right): IBM’s Alex Baghdjian (Sr. Offering Associate, Financial Markets & Wealth Management) and Rob Stanich (Global Wealth Management Offering Mgr.) demonstrating Client Insight for Wealth Management.

IBM’s cloud development platform, Bluemix has more than 140 tools and technologies for developing solutions leveraging big data, mobile, analytics, Watson, IoT, and more. With more than 120,000 applications launched from the platform every month, the open standards based platform  is one of largest public cloud deployments in the world. Within its Bluemix Garages, IBM is especially interested in blockchain related projects such as those pursued by the Mizuho Financial Group, which is working with the IBM Bluemix Garage in Tokyo to develop settlement technology using the blockchain. Prashant Bhuyan, CEO of investment technology firm, Alpha Modus, credited Bluemix for helping his company launch “transformational apps that leverage cognitive analytics with unbelievable time and efficiency.”

Founded in 1911, IBM made its Finovate debut at FinovateSpring 2016, demonstrating its Client Insight for Wealth Management technology. IBM’s cloud technologies have had a presence in New York since 2014, when IBM Cloud was deployed to power Digital.NYC. Digital.NYC is the online hub for New York City’s startup and technology community connecting more than 8,000 startups.


If you’re into fintech development, then be sure to put our upcoming developer’s conference, FinDEVr 2016 Silicon Valley, on your calendar. Join us October 18 and 19 for two days of the latest in fintech APIs, case studies, integrations, and more.

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Canadian Government Selects OutsideIQ to Bring DDIQ to Brazil and London

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Toronto-based OutsideIQ has been selected by the Canadian government to showcase their products on two Canadian fintech trade missions, one to Brazil and the other to London.

The company will meet with local financial institutions and others in the fintech industry. Dan Adamson, CEO of OutsideIQ said that the missions will enable the company “to collaborate with other fintech leaders and find partners that will adopt and implement [its] solutions.”

OutsideIQ will showcase its DDIQ platform which it debuted at FinovateSpring 2016. The product is already being used at “top, global financial institutions” to mitigate risk by generating profiles of individuals and companies. The technology uses artificial intelligence to imitate human judgement and offer auditable reports for regulators.

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Earlier this month OutsideIQ formed a distribution partnership with Alacra, a KYC and reference data management platform. At FinDEVr New York 2016 the company’s CEO and founder Dan Adamson showed off how developers can use OutsideIQ’s API.