The Faves of FinovateAsia: A Brief History of Best of Show Winners

With FinovateAsia less than one week away, it’s worth noting that the history of our Asian conference is a short, but illustrative one. Consider this: of the twelve companies awarded Best of Show from our three FinovateAsia conferences in 2012, 2013, and 2016, more than half are multiple-time Best of Show winners, having impressed audiences in London, Silicon Valley, and New York City, as well as Singapore and Hong Kong. And three of the companies have also been the targets of major acquisitions: IND Group by MisysEyeVerify by Ant Financial, and Yodlee by Envestnet.

So, other than winning multiple Best of Show awards and being acquired by major players in finance and technology, what have the Best of Show winners of FinovateAsia from last year been up to in the time since? See for yourself below.

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Alpha Payments Cloud (demo)

The biggest news for Alpha Payments Cloud since winning Best of Show at FinovateAsia 2016 is likely the company’s comprehensive rebranding as Alpha Fintech in September. The move was designed to affirm the company’s status as “fintech’s first end-to-end middleware,” using a single API and UI to connect merchants and vendor suppliers across “the entire payments, risk, and commerce spectrum.”

Oliver Rajic, Alpha Fintech CEO added “Now with Alpha, (acquirers and gateways) can evolve to enable the right vendor combination for each unique requirement … thereby extending and enhancing their core solution subset.” Alpha Fintech has already made its first agreement under the new rebrand, teaming up with Payture, a major payment gateway in the CIS region. “Among the early adopters of the Alpha Fintech /Payture integration are businesses in Russia’s e-travel consumer market, which the company says is one of the largest segments of Russia’s e-commerce market.

Dynamics (demo)

Multiple-time Best of Show winner Dynamics announced a partnership with LG Electronics earlier this year. The agreement would put Dynamic’s Wireless Magnetic Communication (WMC) technology in LG Pay. The integration will enable LG mobile phones to transmit traditional magnetic stripe information wirelessly to traditional magnetic stripe readers.

“Dynamics has been building wireless magnetic communication solutions for nearly a decade and is widely considered the founder of the programmable magnetic stripe industry,” Dynamics CEO Jeff Mullen said. “Dynamics’ best-in-breed technology will help LG Pay reach hundreds of millions of new payment environments.”

EyeVerify (demo)

Acquired by Ant Financial Services Group just months before making its Best of Show-winning demonstration at FinovateAsia 2016, EyeVerify has hardly rested on its laurels. This summer, for example, the company partnered with fellow Finovate alum Daon, adding Eyeprint ID to Daon’s IdentityX platform. But the biggest headlines from this multiple Best of Show winning company have to do with their rebrand as ZOLOZ back in August.

“When I announced almost a year ago that Ant Financial acquired EyeVerify, I said we want to do more,” company founder and CEO Toby Rush wrote at the company blog. “Today we publicly commit to providing a hosted identity platform that helps people manage their digital lives.” Rush described an initiative to bring identity services to the underserved and underbanked consumers of Asia, with plans to ultimately bring hosted identity solutions to markets in North America and Europe.

Finn.ai (demo)

With two Best of Show awards in two Finovate appearances, intelligent banking assistant developer Finn.ai must be doing something right. Finn.ai earned a spot in Payment Canada’s pitch competition, Dragon’s Den, and was recognized over the summer by Capegemini’s global InnovatorsRace and at the VivaTech conference in Paris, France. Finn. ai also announced a few days ago that ATB Financial would use Finn.ai’s technology to offer its 700,000 customers the first, fully-featured, AI-powered virtual banking assistant on Facebook Messenger.

But in addition to making friends and influencing people, Finn.ai is raising capital, as well. The company raked in $3 million in new funding in October, and plans to use the financing to help add technical talent to its team, as well as support the company’s expansion in the U.S. and around the world. Banking industry veteran, Carrie Russell, who will join Finn.ai as Strategic Executive Adviser, noted the importance in helping banks “move beyond transactional banking to build deeper, more personal relationships with customers.” Russell added “I believe Finn.ai is the right partner to do this, acting as a proactive virtual assistant to help customers understand, plan and take action to improve their financial lives.”

The rest of our FinovateAsia Best of Show winners are listed below:

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FinovateAsia 2012Best of Show

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Fenergo Helps Santander Enhance Customer Onboarding Experience.

Around the web

  • Juvo partners with Malaysian mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), Tune Talk. Join Finovate as we return to the Far East for FinovateAsia in November.
  • Alpha Payments Cloud accentuates its end-to-end middleware technology in rebrand to Alpha Fintech.
  • Klarna completes acquisition of German online payment specialist, BillPay.
  • ID.me adds support for FIDO U2F (Universal Second Factor) Security Keys.
  • DefenseStorm wins 2017 IDC FinTech Rankings Real Results Award for Digital Trust and Stewardship.
  • Alpha FinTech (formerly Alpha Payments Cloud) and Market IQ shortlisted for inaugural FinTech Abu Dhabi Innovation Challenge in October. Join our first foray to the Middle East as Finovate comes to Dubai in December.
  • Hip Pocket founder Mark Zmarzly to help promote innovation and provide mentorship to fintech startups in Australia as part of new Queensland-sponsored initiative.

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.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • 12 Alums Earn Their Place on Inc. 5000 List
  • LendingRobot and NSR Invest to Form Biggest Robo Advisor in Marketplace Lending

Around the web

  • Arxan Technologies takes home the bronze in 9th Annual 2017 Golden Bridge Awards for Innovation in Technology.
  • The American Genius profiles Checkbook.io.
  • TSYS enters agreement to become official payment processor of the National Golf Course Owners Association.
  • Tyfone joins JLR incubator to boost its involvement in the auto industry
  • Actiance announces general availability of Vantage 2017.

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.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Urban FT Bids to Acquire Digiliti Money.

Around the web

  • First Tennessee Bank goes live with mobile banking app from D3 Banking.
  • Alpha Payments Cloud partners with Australia Post to launch Alpha Commerce Hub.
  • IBM Singapore inks memorandum of understanding with Pacific International Lines to trial blockchain-based, supply chain solutions for businesses.
  • Trulioo’s Global Gateway earns first place in the Verification/Identity Checks category of Market Fintech Limited’s 2017 RegTech Performance Report.
  • FICO Customer Communications Services helps China Guangfa Bank Credit Card Center lower collection costs.
  • Liferay launches initiative to provide new resources for its open source developer community.
  • Featurespace selected by IATA to provide leading fraud protection solution.
  • Bluefin Payment Systems and ACEware Systems Partner for PCI-Validated P2PE.

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.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • You Know It’s Gonna Be Alright: Revolut Raises $66 Million Series B.
  • Finicity Inks Data Sharing Deal with JPMorgan Chase.
  • Fintech 71 Accelerator Application Deadline Less Than One Week Away.

Around the web

  • Forrester names Backbase a leader in digital banking solutions.
  • Alpha Payments Cloud earns Fin5ive Payments Award at BankTech Asia.
  • Let’s Talk Payments interviews SecureKey CIO Andre Boysen.
  • Finland-based Aktia goes live with T24 core banking system from Temenos.
  • FICO enables identification of fourth party risks with new Security Score upgrade.
  • iSignthis subsidiary iSignthis eMoney teams up with Worldline to provide Paydentity services in EU.
  • CashStar adds real-time card activation, improved security, and streamlined ordering in new platform upgrade.
  • Dream Payments opens Centre of Excellence in Moncton, New Brunswick.

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.

 

FinovateAsia 2016 “Best of Show” Winners Announced

 

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The votes are in and the Best of Show winners of FinovateAsia 2016 have been announced. Thanks to all 36 companies that demoed in Hong Kong this week and a hearty congratulations to the four audience favorites.

The winners are as diverse as the financial technologies they represent. Whether providing merchants with a broader range of payment options via the cloud, or extending the boundaries of what a piece of plastic can do to make commerce better for consumers and card issuers alike, the Best of Show winners reflect an industry that is as interested in making positive incremental change as it is in dazzling us with the latest innovations in biometric authentication and chatbot technology.

Here are the Best of Show winners of FinovateAsia 2016 (in alphabetical order):

AlphaPaymentsCloudLogoAlpha Payments Cloud for its new joint venture with Australia Post that will bring a variety of innovative payment options to online merchants in Australia.

 

DynamicsLogoDynamics for its continued re-invention of the payment card to make multicurrency transactions easier and more efficient for cardholders and merchants, while at the same time delivering significant savings to issuing banks.

 

eyeverify-hi-res-copyEyeVerify whose innovations in biometric authentication technology are a part of the company’s larger initiative to develop a global identity management platform that provides better security for businesses and consumers.

FinnLogoFinn.ai for its white-label, virtual banking assistant that uses natural conversational language to help consumers manage their finances wherever they are.

 

We want to thank everyone who helped make Finovate’s debut in Hong Kong such a big success. From our presenters, sponsors, and partners to our attendees and the hundreds of fintech fans following the conference via our Live Twitter feed @finovate, it is your dedication to and appreciate of financial technology that makes all the hard work possible and so worthwhile. We’ll see you next year!


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 during each day. At the end of the last demo, each chose their three favorites.
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.”
4. The four companies appearing on the highest percentage of submitted ballots were named “Best of Show.”
5. Go here for a list of previous Best of Show winners through 2014. Best of Show winners from our 2015 and 2016 conferences are below:
FinovateEurope 2015
FinovateSpring 2015
FinovateFall 2015
FinovateEurope 2016
FinovateSpring 2016
FinovateFall 2016

New Investment Boosts Alpha Payments Cloud Valuation to $250 Million

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While terms of this week’s investment were not disclosed, the new funding for Alpha Payments Cloud from Australia-based First Quay Capital is believed to have taken the company’s valuation to $250 million.

In a statement issued from First Quay Capital, Talal Yassine, chairman, is quoted as saying: “We are very excited to be investing in, and partnering exclusively with, Alpha in the Gulf region and selected countries in the Middle East.” He called Alpha Payments Cloud “the next generation of unique, innovative, cost-effective institutional middleware on a revolutionary global platform.” First Quay specializes in investments in high-growth industries such as finance, healthcare, and education. The firm also provides support to companies looking to grow their presence in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region.

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Alpha Payments Cloud CEO Oliver Rajic demonstrated AlphaHub at FinovateEurope 2017.

For the financial sleuths out there, recall that Alpha Payments Cloud picked up an investment from Wells Fargo this summer courtesy of its participation in the bank’s Startup Accelerator program. And while the amount from Wells Fargo was also not disclosed, the company reported the investment took its valuation to $100 million. The fact that First Quay Capital’s investment more than doubles Alpha Payments Cloud’s valuation suggests a significant capital infusion.

Founded in June 2012 and headquartered in Singapore, Alpha Payments Cloud demonstrated its AlphaHub technology at FinovateEurope 2016. The company’s Payments-as-a-Service technology provides a middleware layer that both “amplifies third-party access” while making new vendor selection as easy as “the click of a button.” Via the AlphaHub API, users can access more than 250 third-party solutions, as well as Alpha Payments Cloud’s proprietary technologies to ensure access to “any payment type, any solution provider, anywhere in the world.”

Alpha Payments Cloud also this month teamed up with Australian online security innovator, Haventec, and will serve as the startup’s preferred integration provider for its identify authentication and secure payment services, Haventec Authenticate and Secure Wallet, respectively. And earlier this month, the company announced a partnership with RS2 Software that would help support banks in Thailand.

Recipient of a Best of Show award for its demo at FinovateSpring 2015, Alpha Payments Cloud will demonstrate its latest technology at FinovateAsia 2016 in Hong Kong, 8 November. Visit our FinovateAsia 2016 page for more details and information on how to buy tickets and save your spot at this year’s event.

Alpha Payments Cloud Teams Up with RS2 Software to Support FIs in Thailand

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Just a month ahead of our return to the Far East for FinovateAsia we learned today that Singapore-based Alpha Payments Cloud is partnering with RS2 Software to bring key financial and non-financial services to banks in Thailand via a single integration. Oliver Rajic, Alpha Payments CEO, said that his company’s AlphaHub technology was especially suited for FIs in Asia because of the region’s great variation when it comes to everything from government regulations to local customs and business preferences. “The combination of our agile and functionally rich propositions enables banks to offer highly bespoke solutions relevant to their domestic markets,” Rajic said.

The combination of AlphaHub from Alpha Payments Cloud and RS2’s BankWORKS processing software will give Thai FIs a “one-stop shop” for services ranging from AML/KYC and fraud prevention to global acquiring and transaction routing. Merchants will be able to use the technology to accept a wide range of payment types, including alternative payment types, in more than 100 currencies.
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Alpha Payments Cloud CEO Oliver Rajic demonstrated AlphaHub at FinovateEurope 2016.

Founded in 2012 and headquartered in Singapore, Alpha Payments Cloud demonstrated its AlphaHub technology at FinovateEurope 2016, following up on its Best of Show winning demo at FinovateSpring 2015. The company’s AlphaHub technology is a payment-as-a-service platform that gives banks and merchants the ability to accept any payment, any solution provider, anywhere in the world. The platform has more than 250 third-party solutions—more than 60 in the area of fraud, risk, and commerce alone—and is readily integrated via the AlphaHub API. Rajic underscored that point in this week’s announcement, saying the company believes in “eliminating integration friction and standardizing data to simplify access via our enterprise app platform.”

This summer Alpha Payments Cloud reported that it will be one of two early-stage payments companies to participate in Wells Fargo’s accelerator program this year. And in the spring, the company partnered with Chinese payment-services provider, WeCollect, to launch the China Payments Cloud. Alpha Payments Cloud began the year winning the Next Generation Payments category at the KPMG Fintech Innovation Challenge, and partnering with Sentenial to power SEPA Direct Debit acceptance for European businesses. It has raised $12 million in total funding and is one of the presenters at our upcoming FinovateAsia 2016 event in Hong Kong, 8 Nov 2016. Visit our registration page for more information.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Alpha Payments Cloud Teams Up with RS2 Software to Support FIs in Thailand. See Alpha Payments Cloud at FinovateAsia in Hong Kong on November 8.
  • Backbase and Mitek Partner to Remove Onboarding Friction

Around the web

  • Suez Canal Bank in Egypt upgrades its core banking technology from Temenos.
  • Intuit QuickBooks buys Bankstream.
  • Thomson Reuters partners with AIM Software to provide buy-side firms with better access to pricing and reference data.

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.

Alpha Payments Cloud Selected for Wells Fargo Spring Startup Accelerator

FinovateSpring 2015 Best of Show winner Alpha Payments Cloud is one of two early-stage payments companies that Wells Fargo chose to participate in the spring 2016 class of its semi-annual startup accelerator.

During the six-month program, the Singapore-based startup receives an investment ranging from $50,000 to $500,000 and mentorship to help refine its AlphaHub solution that lets banks, merchants, and payment service providers access any payment type or solution provider via a set of APIs. Additionally, the accelerator will help test AlphaHub and guide them through the process of bringing it to market. While the amount of the investment Alpha Payments Cloud received is undisclosed, the company’s valuation stands at $100 million.

About Alpha Payments Cloud’s participation, CEO Oliver Rajic says, “Working with Wells Fargo allows us to learn from one of the world’s most significant and experienced banks and managed service providers (MSPs) and draw upon its deep knowledge pool to continue to evolve our solution and stay ahead of the game.”

EyeVerify, a FinovateEurope 2016 Best of Show winner, is a Wells Fargo Accelerator success story. The Kansas City-based company is a graduate of Wells Fargo Accelerator’s inaugural class of 2014. Earlier this year, the banking giant announced it will deploy EyeVerify’s biometric authentication technology to corporate clients with commercial bank accounts.

Alpha Payments Cloud most recently took the stage at FinovateEurope 2016 in London where it demonstrated how banks, merchants and payment service providers can access more than 250 third-party solutions with the AlphaHub API. In February, the company partnered with Sentenial’s Nuapay to add SEPA Direct Debit functionality to the AlphaHub solutions library.