Ready, Steady, Go! Welcome to FinovateFall 2017

FinovateFall 2017 drops on Monday – which means it’s rehearsal day here at the New York Hilton Midtown. And while the rest of the town is gearing up for the opening day of the NFL season, we’ve busy with tech checks, run-throughs, and all the preparations needed to ensure that our biggest FinovateFall to date will be our best FinovateFall yet.

And to help you make the most of your time here at our newly-expanded FOUR DAY conference, here are a few last-minute notes to keep in mind before you make your way to Manhattan.


This year, FinovateFall is a four-day affair, with two days of live demonstrations and two days of keynotes, panel discussions, and roundtables on many of the most critical issues and innovations in financial technology today. Check out the agenda and see what we’ve got planned for you.


FinovateFall returns to the New York Hilton Midtown, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019. The hotel is located in the heart of Manhattan and is readily accessible by public transportation.


FinovateFall begins Monday, September 11 and concludes Thursday, September 14. Live demonstrations will take place Monday and Tuesday. Keynotes and panel discussions will take place Wednesday and Thursday. Registration begins at 8am, with the first demonstrations beginning on Monday and Tuesday at 8:45am. On our Discussion Days, we will begin at 9am.


FinovateFall features more than 70+ fintech companies – both innovative startups and industry veterans – who will demonstrate their latest technologies live on stage during our Demo Days on Monday and Tuesday. During our Discussion Days on Wednesday and Thursday, you’ll hear from some of the leading thought leaders in the financial technology industry today. And with our newly-expanded format, look forward to joining upwards of 1,600+ of your fellow (and soror) fintech fans over the course of our four-day event.


FinovateFall provides fintech professionals with an opportunity to see the future of fintech today. The companies that demo their technologies live at Finovate conferences are the same innovators that financial institutions all over the world seek out for partnerships, collaborations, and insights into how to use technology to better serve, engage, and understand their customers and clients.


FinovateFall tickets are still available! Whether you’re focused on the live demonstrations during our Demo Days, looking forward to hearing from fintech visionaries during our Discussion Days, or planning to stay the whole week, visit our registration page today and save your spot.

This year we are offering a new way to help you and your colleagues make the most of our new, four-day Finovate experience. With our Split Your Ticket program, you can split the four-day conference with a colleague and pay just $700 more instead of paying the regular ticket price for each attendee. And, as always, group discounts are available, as well. Check out our FinovateFall registration page for more information.

Another way to maximize your participation at FinovateFall is to join the FinovateFall community on our event app. Keep up with the event agenda, network with fellow attendees, and learn more about our demoing companies, our Discussion Days speakers, as well as our sponsors and partners. The app is available at both Google Play and the Apple Store. Download. Log-in with your registration e-mail. And get social! If you have any difficulties with the app, please send us an e-mail at

We’re looking forward to seeing you in New York!

What Does it Take to Be in the Audience of FinovateFall?

With four days of fintech demos, discussions, and networking, FinovateFall is our largest show yet (there’s still time to reserve your spot). Starting September 11 we’ll host two days of demos showcasing the newest in fintech, then launch into thought-provoking keynote and panel discussions from September 13 through 14. It’s all taking place at the Hilton Midtown Manhattan in New York.

The show is only two days away, and we’ve gathered a massive audience of fintech and banking players, media, and VCs from across the globe:

So what does it take to be a part of the audience at FinovateFall? Getting your ticket is the easy part. Now here is your attendee checklist for the week:

  1. Find the right outfit– should you dress up in a full suit or dress down with Chuck Taylors, jeans and a blazer?
  2. Remember your business cards
  3. Clap at least 36 times per day– once for each demo
  4. Hold off on the second round of dessert. The lemon cheesecakes are tasty, but if you eat the second one you may not be able to fit into tomorrow’s pants.
  5. Try not to be obvious when looking at someone’s badge because you didn’t remember their name the first time
  6. Keep up with all of the incoming LinkedIn requests (congratulations: you’re so popular!).
  7. Select your favorite demo for Best of Show. With so many good companies, it’s difficult to choose.
  8. Decide between wine or beer at happy hour. Wine can potentially stain your shirt but beer might fill you up too much (see point number 4). Teetotalers, don’t get off easy, either. Water, soda, coffee, tea … we’ve got plenty of choices to keep you hydrated during happy hour, as well.
  9. Try not to get so distracted by the free coat check that you lose your claim tag.
  10. Remember your hotel room number (it’s a prime number… is it 317 or 357?).

Think you have what it takes? Then join us!

Cloud Lending Solutions Picks Up Investment from ABN Amro’s Digital Impact Fund

ABN AMRO’s venture capital fund, the Digital Impact Fund (DIF) has made an investment in Cloud Lending Solutions this week. The amount of the funding was not disclosed. “We are excited for the long-term support of ABN AMRO’s Digital Impact Fund with this investment,” Cloud Lending Solutions CEO Snehal Fulzele said in a statement. “We look forward to working with DIF to deepen out global footprint and broaden our lending impact.”

This week’s funding adds to the more than $8 million in capital already raised by Cloud Lending Solutions, which also completed a Series B round in February (amount undisclosed). ABN AMRO joins SF Capital Group and Cota Capital as investors in the company.

Pictured: Cloud Lending Solutions co-founder and CEO Snehal Fulzele demonstrating CL Exchange at FinovateSpring 2015.

Director of DIF, Hugo Bongers, praised the company’s management team, its “broad and innovative product portfolio,” and its track record. “With Cloud Lending Solutions’ robust worldwide growth, they will be able to utilize our investment to further their global expansion,” Bongers said. Headquartered in San Mateo, California, Cloud Lending Solutions also currently has offices in London, Sydney, and Bangalore.

Cloud Lending Solutions provides end-to-end loan and leasing technology that digitizes every aspect of the lending process including origination, underwriting, servicing, and collections. Built natively on, the company’s solutions enable FIs to leverage the cloud to provide alternative financing to unbanked and underbanked communities worldwide. Founded in 2012, Cloud Lending Solutions demonstrated its CL Exchange platform at FinovateSpring 2015. CL Exchange gives participating online marketplaces and lenders the ability to exchange both consumer and business loan applications to source the most appropriate loans for each company’s lending portfolio. Last month, the company introduced new enhancements to its CL Lease solution in an upgrade that included more than 45 specific product changes and “hundreds of smaller updates.”

Finovate Alumni News


  • Cloud Lending Solutions Picks Up Investment from ABN AMRO’s Digital Impact Fund.

Around the web

  • Digital Onboarding and Geezeo forge new partnership. See Digital Onboarding at FinovateFall next week.
  • Icon Solutions initiates functional testing between Instant Payments Framework and RT1.
  • Veridium CTO John Callahan discusses the potential of iris recognition as a biometric security solution for the enterprise.
  • Harborx Wins two Innovation Awards from the World Finance Markets.

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.

Realty Mogul Launches Second REIT, MogulREIT II

Just one year after celebrating the first anniversary of its first real estate investment trust (REIT), Realty Mogul has unveiled its second REIT offering: MogulREIT II. The trust will invest in multi-family apartment communities that have shown “consistently high occupancy and income levels across market cycles,” according to the company’s press release.

Calling multifamily housing “a great sector for investment,” Realty Mogul CEO and co-founder Jilliene Helman pointed to how consumers – especially millennials –  are shifting from buying a home to renting. She highlighted this generation’s preference for lifestyle flexibility, but added “we’re even seeing an emerging demand among baby boomers, who are moving back into city centers from their home in the suburbs.”

“The response to MogulREIT I overwhelmingly reinforced our view that retail investors are looking for a better way to invest in real estate,” Hrach Simonian, General Partner at Realty Mogul investor, Canaan Partners, said. “Multifamily is one of the most requested products by our customers and we have tailored this fund to that category.”

Founded in 2012 and headquartered in Los Angeles, California, Realty Mogul demonstrated its technology at FinovateSpring 2013. The company enables accredited, non-accredited, and institutional investors to invest in a variety of real estate properties through its secure, private, online platform. Investors can search and review investment opportunities on the platform, as well as examine due diligence information, and sign legal documents in a secure environment.

Finovate research analyst Julie Muhn profiled Realty Mogul in her look at Real Estate Investing Tech earlier this year, and interviewed CEO Helman in her feature “Why PropTech and MortgageTech Are the Future of Fintech.” Realty Mogul has raised more than $46 million in funding, and includes Sorenson Capital and Canaan Partners among its investors.

German Challenger Bank N26 Deploys Banking Technology from Mambu

Mambu has gone on the record about its core banking software project at N26, a German-based challenger bank, reports Tanya Andreasyan of Banking Technology (Finovate’s sister publication).

N26 is using Mambu’s flagship core system, provided on a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) basis. The vendor said it enables the mobile-only bank “to integrate systems and quickly bring services to market in support of its growth strategy”.

N26 migrated to Mambu’s platform once it obtained its own banking licence late last year. Prior to that, it had been relying on a partner bank.

The bank’s customer base has recently reached 500,000 across Europe.

According to Gino Cordt, CTO of N26, the new platform resulted in a “drastic” decrease of the bank’s operating costs and minimising the IT resource requirements.

Cordt also complimented Mambu’s “ease of integration, flexibility and time to market”.

Mambu’s core banking system supports current accounts, overdraft and loan products at N26.

Eugene Danilkis, co-founder and CEO of Mambu, praised N26, saying “By putting customer experience at the centre of their strategy, they have created an app which gives their customers a truly simple banking experience.

“This is a great example of how retail banking can be redesigned in the 21st century.”

Mambu demonstrated its technology at FinovateAsia 2013 in Singapore. Headquartered in Berlin, the company has raised more than $13 million in funding, and includes Action Capital Partners and CommerzVentures GmbH among its investors.

FinovateFall Sneak Peek: RateSeer Technologies

A look at the companies demoing live at FinovateFall on September 11 through 14 in New York. Pick up your tickets today and save your spot.

RateSeer’s Denoti provides clients with customized up-to-the-minute detection and notification of changes to any number of thousands of market indicators on any device.


  • Instant detection and notification for 1,000’s of market indicators
  • Mobile access to user-defined, real-time actionable data
  • Sleek custom dashboards with simple market visualizations

Why it’s great
Denoti also offers custom data and visualization solutions with its technology, data, and infrastructure along with client data, optional smart news feeds, and predictive market analysis.


Donna Tilden, CEO and Founder
More than the stereotypical accountant, Tilden combined decades of financial services experience with her passion for innovative, accessible technologies, and wealth management excellence.


Brian Smith, Head of Business Development
Smith is a wildly successful West Coast entrepreneur with decades of sales and wealth management experience.

FinovateFall Sneak Peek: ITSector

A look at the companies demoing live at FinovateFall on September 11 through 14 in New York. Pick up your tickets today and save your spot.

ITSector is an IT company specializing in credit solutions and digital transformation.


  • Credit origination solution contemplating all stages of credit lifecycle and all types of credit
  • UI with bots and augmented reality
  • Proactive banking with instant messaging

Why it’s great
Flowcredit is a management platform to all credit contracting stages. It is the perfect banking solution for the entire credit lifecycle.


Sara Martins, Business Developer
With a background in management, Martins is responsible for exploring market opportunities and for building key customer relationships.


Ana Silva, Marketing Manager
Silva implements and executes ITSector’s strategic marketing plan, helping build brand value and increase sales.

FinovateFall Sneak Peek: Promontech

A look at the companies demoing live at FinovateFall on September 11 through 14 in New York. Pick up your tickets today and save your spot.

Are you ready for the next generation mortgage journey? PromonTech creates technology that lenders and consumers can use collaboratively, transforming the digital mortgage experience.


  • Allows lenders and their customers to move seamlessly between self-serve and loan officer-assisted processes
  • Offers an easy, visually-appealing drag-and-drop interface
  • Seamlessly feeds the downstream loan origination process

Why it’s great
Promontech promotes data quality and regulatory compliance through visual design, automation, and analytics. The result? A flexible delivery culture that champions velocity and quality.


Michael Kolbrener, Chief Technology Officer
Kolbrener has a diverse history creating technology solutions. He builds high-performance teams recognized for their leadership, technical expertise, and delivery.


Tony Pietrocola, Head of Sales
Pietrocola got his start as an Apple Computer Systems Engineer and has founded and grown two successful technology companies in fintech and SaaS software, including and Bridgeline Digital.

FinovateFall Sneak Peek: BLUERUSH

A look at the companies demoing live at FinovateFall on September 11 through 14 in New York. Pick up your tickets today and save your spot.

BLUERUSH specializes in reimagining financial tools and experiences to drive more active financial decision-making and smarter conversations.


  • Creates a humanized experience that mimics an advisor conversation
  • Transforms financial tools from simple advertisements to lead generation opportunities.
  • Simplifies complex financial concepts

Why it’s great
Personalization is key to competing in the digital space. INDIVIDEO creates a more compelling story that makes more active financial decision-making and more impactful marketing outreach.


Larry Lubin, CEO and President
Lubin is the founder of BLUERUSH and has been a leading individual in the financial services space. Being a key strategist on several major initiatives, he has driven the evolution of fintech.


Matt Wrobel, Marketing Strategist
Bringing a unique background in science, business, and technology, Wrobel has played a major role in leading BLUERUSH’s product and business development.