Finovate Global: Fintech News from Around the World

As Finovate goes increasingly global, so does our coverage of financial technology. Finovate Global: Fintech News from Around the World is our weekly look at fintech innovation in developing economies in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and Central and Eastern Europe.

Africa

  • Block Commodities, Walla, Dala, and FinComEco partner in new initiative to leverage cryptocurrencies to fund loans to African farmers.
  • Standard Chartered opens fully licensed bank in Côte d’Ivoire.
  • Nigerian fintech startups to compete for annual mCash Prize for Innovation in Fintech, sponsored by the Nigeria Interbank Settlement System (NBSS).

LATAM

  • Santander unveils new blockchain-based international wire transfer service for Brazilian consumers.
  • Digital bank Wanap goes live in Argentina (in Spanish).
  • El Financiero looks at the potential impact of a Mexico-like fintech law on fintech innovation in Costa Rica (in Spanish).

CEE

  • OTP Bank in Hungary partners with ACI Worldwide to power its digital transformation.
  • Sberbank and SAP team up to complete cloud-based digital transformation project.
  • Efigence powers concept, UX, and design for BGŻOptima Bank’s new portal.

Asia

  • Fintech Malaysia lists its 14 Names You Should Know to “highlight some of the movers and shakers within the fintech space in Malaysia.”
  • Ernest & Young executive predicts sharp rise in number of Vietnamese fintechs and “heightened investor interest.”
  • Research agency BMI says infrastructure, growing affluence, and high mobile and broadband use suggest Malaysia could be world leader in Islamic financial technology.

MENA

  • MENA Research Partners estimates the value of the MENA Fintech market at $2 billion, with an annual growth of $125 million over the next four years.
  • Daily News Egypt discussed Egypt’s commitment to digitize its economy with Visa CEO Alfred Kelly.
  • Emirates NBD integrates blockchain technology into cheques to fight fraud and forgery.

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  • LendingTree Launches Free Credit Monitoring.
  • eToro Raises $100 Million in Series E.
  • NICE Actimize Launches AI-Powered Financial Crime Investigation System.

Around the web

  • Hyperwallet tackles payments for staffing and recruiting platform tilr.
  • Compass Plus offers active-active database clustering on TranzAxis.
  • Steward Bank selects NetGuardians to help fight against fraud.
  • Kasasa named one of “2018 Best Places to Work in Financial Technology” by American Banker
  • CardFlight announces that over 80% of SwipeSimple merchants have been upgraded to EMV quick chip payment acceptance.
  • Revolut launches disposable virtual cards for online payments.
  • ACI Worldwide teams up with Shanghai-based UnionPay International.
  • IdentityMind Global announces GDPR-readiness ahead of the EU’s May 25th deadline.
  • MaxMyInterest adds former TD Ameritrade executive Tom Bradley to Advisory Board.
  • NICE Actimize unveils new AI-powered financial crime management solution, Actimize ACTone.

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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  • Nordic Capital Fund Acquires Majority Share of Trustly.

Around the web

  • Coinbase granted e-money license by U.K’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA); joins Faster Payments Scheme courtesy of partnership with Barclays Bank.
  • ACI Worldwide announces contract extension with DBS.
  • Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Foreign Trade for Vietnam (Vietcombank) picks trade finance platform from Finastra.
  • nCino and Enforce partner to accelerate cloud adoption for financial institutions.
  • Tradeshift partners with Canon Business Process Services.
  • Pindrop partners with Aeriandi to detect fraudulent calls through cloud platforms.
  • GMO’s Z.com Trade adds Trustly as payment option.
  • Kabbage teams with New Media to advertise to more than five million small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) that do business in New Media’s markets.
  • OnDeck appoints Kenneth Brause as CFO.
  • Sandia Area Credit Union hires Insuritas to launch member-owned, digitally-powered insurance agency.
  • Oregon Community CU selects Alkami Technology’s digital banking platform to provide its more than 150,000 members with a modern digital banking offering.
  • Bankjoy selected to compete in Google Demo Day in March.
  • TSYS implements new payment solution, Advanced AuthControl, with Walmart and Sam’s Club locations around the U.S.

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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  • Backbase Partners with SGBL to Support Digital Transformation.
  • Munnypot to Power Jyske Bank’s Robo Advisor Tools. Come see Munnypot’s demo of its newest technology at FinovateMiddleEast next week.
  • Temenos Agrees to $1.96 Billion Takeover of Fidessa Group.

Around the web

  • Entrust Datacard receives the Blue Shield Technology Innovation Award for Security and Anti-Counterfeiting Technology.
  • ACI Worldwide recognized as fraud innovation firm of the year by Finance Monthly.
  • Ping Identity wins gold in the Identity Management category by the Cybersecurity Excellence Awards.
  • NICE Actimize introduces its next generation Suspicious Activity Monitoring solution.

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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  • Trunomi Closes $3.5 Million Round from CloudScale Capital.
  • Veridium to Power Biometrics for Nordea.
  • Personal Capital Launches Socially Responsible Investing.
  • Coupa Software Teams Up with Tuition.io.
  • Banco Santander to Leverage Ripple Tech to Offer Same Day Mobile International Payments.

Around the web

  • Lend Academy: StreetShares’ Unique Focus Gives Them an Edge in the Small Business Lending Market.
  • Jumio’s Q4 Revenues Up 96% Year-Over-Year.
  • Capital One UK’s use of TSYS Foresight Score with Featurespace wins TCP Award.
  • Xero announces ACH integration with Stripe.
  • Finance Monthly names ACI Worldwide Fraud Innovation Firm of the Year for its UP Payments Risk Management solution.

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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  • AutoGravity Tops $2 Billion in Financing Requested Milestone.
  • Geezeo Powers PFM Platform for F&M Bank of Virginia.
  • Signicat Raises $2 Million to Build Out its Identity Assurance as a Service Technology.

Around the web

  • Forbes: Atlanta Startup Pindrop Makes Its Push To Power Security For The Voice Economy.
  • Chevy Chase Trust selects FIS for Unified Wealth Management Technology Platform and Services.
  • eMoney Advisor and Capital One announce new API data sharing agreement.
  • Check Point Technologies announces Infinity Total Protection, a new security model to prevent ‘Gen V’ threats and attacks
  • Investment News: Betterment beefs up 401(k) advisory board with ex-Vanguard expert.
  • BMO Financial Group chooses Up Real -Time Payments solution from ACI Worldwide.
  • Global payment providers IDT and Mercury FX to use Ripple’s XRP.
  • The Paypers interviews Roberto Valerio, CEO of Risk Ident, on getting the best from fraud prevention solutions.
  • First Data expands agreement with SBI Card.

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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On the web

  • Scalable Capital Launches in Switzerland.
  • Gusto Partners with Accounting Platform Aplos.
  • Alfa-Bank Collaborates with HashCash to Bring Domestic Payments to the Blockchain.
  • ID.me Powering Single-Sign On for VFW’s Digital Platforms

Around the web

  • ACI Worldwide announces its UP Merchant Payments solution now available as a cloud-based service.
  • Truphone, Featurespace and PayStand win spots on The Silicon Review’s 50 Smartest Companies list for 2017.
  • Bank Info Security features Nick Armstrong, CEO and founder of identitii.
  • Walmart Labs veteran Adnan Habib joins Roostify as VP of Engineering.
  • Realty Mogul appoints interim Chief Investment Officer Chris Fraley as its official CIO.
  • Klarna extends its partnership with ACI Worldwide.

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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  • Dynamics Leverages Sprint’s Wireless Network for New IoT Connected Card.
  • Kyckr Lands Global Payment Provider Client.

Around the web

  • Taulia announces milestone, accelerating $1 billion in invoices in a single day.
  • Klarna extends partnership with ACI Worldwide, now reaching 10 major markets including the U.S. and U.K.
  • Marquette Bank ($1.6 billion in assets) builds on existing relationship with Baker Hill by adding risk management, loan origination and other solutions.
  • Datanami highlights Narrative Science’s natural language processing tech.
  • Disruptor Daily names eToro, Motif, Kapitall among 9 companies to watch in 2018.

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.

ACI Worldwide Partners with HyperPay to Help Fight Fraud in the MENA

Cyberfraud fighters in the MENA regions gained new allies this week. ACI Worldwide has announced that it will collaborate with HyperPay to offer integrated, real-time fraud prevention solutions for e-commerce payments for merchants in the Middle East and North Africa.

The need for ever-more capable fraud fighting technology is a key factor in ensuring the growth of  – and trust in – e-commerce. And the MENA region is no exception. “While the growth opportunity is considerable, we also know that merchants need to protect their revenues and secure their transactions, as well as be responsive to the evolving threat of fraud,” HyperPay CEO Muhannad Ebwini said. He added that ACI’s Universal Payments solutions – including UP Payments Risk Management – “perfectly complement our local knowledge and experience” and that he “fully trust(s) ACI to deliver a sophisticated, real-time fraud detection and prevention solution that protects our customers.”

Left to right: Wolfgang Berner (Director, Product Global eCommerce), Christian Schonhuth (Solution Consultant), and Grit Ruehling (Sr. Product Manager) during their presentation Simple, Global, and Secure eCommerce Payments with ACI Worldwide’s Next Generation API.

Echoing Ebwini’s sentiments, Manish Patel, ACI Worldwide GM for the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia, also underscored the importance of trust. “eCommerce in the MENA region is growing rapidly, as consumers move from cash-based transactions to using cards and other online payment methods,” Patel explained. “As this shift – with mobile acting as an additional catalyst – gathers pace, retailers need to gain the trust of consumers and protect themselves against the risk of fraud across multiple channels.”

A major MENA area payments service provider HyperPay uses ACI’s UP eCommerce Payments solutions to provide cross-border payments services. This week’s news means HyperPay will open access to ACI’s UP Payments Risk Management solution, as well. The Risk Management technology leverages adaptive machine learning and a “shared intelligence approach” that also takes advantage of the insights gained from global risk analysts to refine fraud-fighting strategies for e-commerce merchants and PSPs.

Founded in 1975 and headquartered in Elkhorn, Nebraska, ACI Worldwide demonstrated its technology at FinovateFall 2011 in partnership with MShift. More recently, the company participated in our developers conference, FinDEVR Silicon Valley 2016, showcasing its COPYandPay, SAQ-A compliant JavaScript payment form solution. The presentation, led by ACI Worldwide’s Wolfgang Berner (Director, Product Global eCommerce), Grit Ruehling (Sr. Product Manager), and Christian Schonhuth (Solution Consultant), was titled Simple, Global, and Secure eCommerce Payments with ACI Worldwide’s Next Generation API. The presentation also included a live demonstration of the omni-channel capabilities of the company’s UP eCommerce Payments solution, as well as how to configure and integrate ACI’s ReD Shield real-time fraud prevention.

Finovate Alumni News

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  • ACI Worldwide Partners with HyperPay to Help Fight Fraud in the MENA.

Around the web

  • FST Media talks with Avoka Chief Experience Officer Derek Corcoran.
  • Ripple reports that XRP is now available on 50 exchanges around the world.
  • Indiana-based Owen County State Bank ($201 million in assets) partners with Insuritas.
  • PYMNTS.com interviews Currencycloud head of U.S. product, Arshi Singh.

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.