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.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Finovate Debuts: Payment Ninja Provides Free Payment Processing, Programmatic Remarketing for SMEs.
  • Alpha Payments Cloud Selected for Wells Fargo Spring Startup Accelerator.
  • Check out this week’s FinDEVr APIntelligence.
  • DriveWealth Brings Robo-Advisory to China in New Partnership with CreditEase.
  • Buzz Points Lands $1.8 Million in Funding.

Around the Web

  • Cater Allen Private Bank to implement new core banking system from Temenos.
  • Top five Israeli banks to build mobile check-deposit solution based on mobiFLOW SDK from Top Image Systems.
  • Zopa named Moneyfacts Personal Loan Provider of the Year 2016.
  • Trulioo enhances address validation in Global Gateway.
  • MX to power Homeownership Preservation Foundation’s digital money management app.
  • Tradestreaming profiles Payoneer and its role in online payments.
  • Banking technology from Infosys Finacle to help support payments and deposit products for Paytm.

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.

Where Are They Now? A Look at FinovateSpring 2015 Best of Show Winners

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FinovateSpring is quickly approaching. This year’s show, May 10 & 11 in San Jose, California, will be our biggest show yet with 72 winning ideas pitched to more than 1,500 fintech execs. Pick up your ticket to save your seat. While we’re eager to see this year’s demos, we wanted to reflect on the successes of last year’s Best of Show winners (in alphabetic order):


Alpha Payments Cloud

HQ: Singapore
Founded: 2012
Total funding: $12 million

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May 2015 demo: Alpha Payments Cloud showed AlphaHub, its omnichannel solution-access platform that helps banks, merchants, MSPs, and ISOs gain access to any solution provider in the world. (Demo video)

Partnerships, presentations, and product offerings since August 2015:


Avoka

HQ: Broomfield, Colorado
Founded: 2002

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May 2015 demo: Avoka showed Transact for Financial Services, which combines social, cloud services, and crowdsourcing into the world’s fastest credit card application. (Demo video)

Partnerships, presentations, and product offerings since September 2015:


MoneyAmigo

HQ: Las Vegas, Nevada
Founded: 2015
Funding: $300,000

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May 2015 demo: MoneyAmigo debuted its new platform that brings financial services to the underbanked and underserved, delivering traditional banking products in an innovative way. (Demo video)

Activities and media coverage since May 2015:


Moven

HQ: New York, New York
Founded: 2011
Funding: $24.4 million

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May 2015 demo: Moven introduced its Financial Health Platform that provides real-time, contextualized notifications and interactions that create “gamified money moments.” (Demo video)

Media coverage and new product features since October 2015:


NAMU Systems

HQ: Mahwah, New Jersey
Founded: 2014
Funding: $200,000

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May 2015 demo: Namu debuted its Joyful Banking which uses new and intelligent behavior modeling to focus on customer behavior and digital experiences to create a new standard in mobile banking. (Demo video)

Namu’s awards and press coverage in 2015:


Shoeboxed

HQ: Durham, North Carolina
Founded: 2007
Funding: $2 million

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May 2015 demo: Shoeboxed launched Receipt Capture for Banks solution which boosts the functionality of online and mobile banking apps while providing fraud protection. (Demo video)

Shoeboxed recently received media buzz for its product update and corporate move last year:


Stratos

HQ: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Founded: 2012
Funding: $6.63 million

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May 2015 demo: Stratos debuted its dynamic Stratos Bluetooth Connected Card and Digital Card Issuance Platform that analyzes card usage trends and interactively engages card members. (Demo video)

Awards and activities:

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • “Persado Pulls in $30 Million in Funding Led by Goldman Sachs”
  • “Ally Financial Acquires TradeKing for $275 Million”

Around the web

  • Mistral Mobile unveils its new, two-factor authentication solution, m-Aegis Secure OTP.
  • Azimo announces expansion within Denmark and Sweden.
  • TransferTo adds GGV Capital venture partner, Lee Kheng Nam, to its board of directors.
  • Alpha Payments Cloud teams up with WeCollect to launch China Payments Cloud.
  • Broadway Bank selects Micronotes’s cloud-based marketing automation platform to boost digital customer engagement.
  • RBC partners with BlackRock’s FutureAdvisor for robo-adviser pilot program.
  • “OutsideIQ Chosen To Participate In Brazilian Innovation Summit”

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 Wins Next Gen Payments Category of KPMG Fintech Innovation Challenge

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Alpha Payments Cloud, which won Best of Show at FinovateSpring 2015 with its AlphaHub technology, took home top honors in the “Next Generation Payments” category at the KPMG Fintech Innovation Challenge.

“We are delighted to have the AlphaHub platform recognized for its groundbreaking fintech innovation in the KPMG Challenge,” said Ronan Gallagher, chief product officer for Alpha Payments Cloud. “Going up against some of the most innovative startups from all over the world and being chosen for Next Gen Payments innovation is a great honor.”

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Alpha Payments Cloud CEO Oliver Rajic demonstrated AlphaHub at FinovateSpring 2015 in San Jose.

As one of six category winners, Alpha Payments Cloud will participate in the KPMG Fintech Innovation Summit in London following FinovateEurope on 11 February. Designed to encourage collaboration between fintech innovators and financial institutions, this year’s summit is the organization’s second event and was organized by Matchi, a fellow Finovate alum.

AlphaHub is a Payments-as-a-Service platform that enables banks, merchants, managed service providers (MSPs), and internet service providers (ISPs) to access any payment type and any solution provider in the world. The technology helps business strategists and decision-makers deploy the technical innovations that will help drive their businesses, without having to wait at the end of a one or two years’ long integration queue in IT. Instead, as Alpha Payments Cloud CEO Oliver Rajic explained during his FinovateSpring 2015 demonstration, the company pledges to “connect institutions to any vendor, any solution provider, in 15 days or less.”

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“As the innovative manager of an organization, you’re going to IT and saying: ‘Listen, don’t bother with integrations any more,'” Rajic said. “‘There’s this middleware layer that provides me with access to everything.'” Calling AlphaHub a “product access platform,” Rajic added that vendors on the platform benefit by being “part of a consortium of solutions,” rather than merely one of 20 different integrations.

Alpha Payments Cloud partnered with fellow Finovate alum Fiserv earlier this month in a deal that will bring AlphaHub’s platform to Australian banks. The company also became a global acquiring partner of Alipay, a subsidiary of Alibaba. This will make Alipay payment processing an option on the AlphaHub platform. And last fall, Alpha Payments Cloud announced that banks and merchants will get access to digital KYC services from Finovate alum iSignthis when those services go live this year.

Alpha Payments Cloud, along with fellow KPMG Fintech Innovation Challenge winner SuiteBox, will demonstrate its latest technology at FinovateEurope 2016 in London in less than two weeks. Find out more about our February fintech conference.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Betterment: Building a Better 401(k) with Betterment for Business
  • Check out today’s “FinDEVr APIntelligence”
  • TSYS to Acquire TransFirst for $2.35 Billion”
  • Alpha Payments Cloud Wins ‘Next Generation Payments’ Category at KPMG FinTech Innovation Challenge”

Around the web

  • Bluefin Payment Systems teams up with CDE, an audited encryption service organization.
  • Equity Bank to deploy multi-factor, mobile authentication technology from Entersekt.
  • Let’s Talk Payments interviews Sam Rehman, Arxan Technologies’ CTO.
  • Nasdaq.com features interview with B.J. Lackland, CEO of Lighter Capital.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.