Finovate Alumni News

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  • Inspire FCU to Deploy Core Banking Solutions from NYMBUS.
  • Veridium’s $16.5 Million Series B Led by Michael Spencer.

Around the web

  • NCR and Advanced Fraud Solutions team up to fight check fraud at interactive teller machines (ITMs).
  • ThreatMetrix partners with Lumin Digital to improve security for online and mobile banking.
  • Bluefin to collaborate with NCR to provide merchants with fraud fighting solutions.
  • The dream of Coinbase is alive in Portland.
  • HiddenLevers moves HQ location from NYC to Atlanta suburb.

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

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  • Envestnet | Yodlee’s AI FinCheck Takes Financial Wellness to a New Level.
  • Blockbid Partners with LexisNexis Risk Solutions and ThreatMetrix.
  • Ignite Sales and FIS Team Up on Digital Engagement.

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  • Revolut goes live in Russia courtesy of partnership with QIWI.
  • Clinc brings its conversational AI technology to Turkey’s Isbank.
  • BBVA teams up with IPsoft to enhance service at its call centers in Mexico.
  • PYMNTS.com interviews BlueVine CEO Eyal Lifshitz on the “real value of invoice factoring.”
  • CFO Tech Outlook names Urban FT a top ten fintech solution provider.
  • NF Innova powering omnichannel banking for Halkbank ad Skopje.
  • Geezeo issues fully-fledged launch of Responsive Tiles PFM feature.

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.

BlueVine Brings in $60 Million

Alternative lending company BlueVine just landed $60 million in equity funding. The Series E round brings its total financing to $578 million, comprising of $173 million in equity and $405 in debt.

Participating in today’s round are Menlo Ventures, which led the round, new investor SVB Capital, and all major existing investors. BlueVine will use the funds to support and expand its products and to boost its R&D team. “This new investment gives us a stronger market position, as we pursue bigger plans for reaching even more small business owners and expanding our offering,” said BlueVine CEO and founder Eyal Lifshitz.

BlueVine was founded in 2013 and has made its name as a player in invoice factoring. The company issues cash to small businesses in exchange for the sale of their unpaid invoices at a discount. Businesses can receive up to $5 million in working capital in a matter of days to help manage operations.

Tyler Sosin, partner at Menlo Ventures said, “The company has demonstrated dramatic, sustainable growth and has proven that there is enduring value in developing a comprehensive offering of credit products that small and medium sized businesses can use throughout their lifetimes.” He also commented on BlueVine’s potential growth, adding, “we believe there is a real opportunity for BlueVine to emerge as the dominant, multi-billion dollar fintech company.”

Today’s funding comes just one month after BlueVine received a $200 million credit facility from Credit Suisse. At the start of 2018, the company doubled its invoice factoring credit line to $5 million, just after increasing its business line of credit limit from $150,000 to $250,000 in 2017.

BlueVine demoed its small business working capital solution at FinovateFall 2014. Since inception, the company has funded more than $900 million in loans for more than 10,000 customers, 80% of which are return customers.

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  • Signicat and Mitek Team Up to Improve Digital Onboarding.
  • Meniga Scoops Up $3.6 Million in New Funding Courtesy of UniCredit Investment.
  • OutSystems’ $360 Million Funding Round Boosts Valuation Above $1 Billion.
  • Credit Karma Hires Colleen McCreary as First Chief People Officer.

Around the web

  • Oman’s Bank Sohar to deploy core banking platform from Infosys Finacle.
  • IdentityMind Global announces update of its trusted digital identities platform.
  • Revolut CEO Nikolay Storonsky tells Reuters his company will seek a banking license in the U.S.
  • i-Sight to deploy ACI Worldwide’s Case Management solution to fight bank fraud.
  • D3 Banking Technology unveils new account opening service.
  • collectAI improves Hanseatic Bank’s receivables management with a 24 percent higher collection rate.
  • SMArtX adds 18 new strategies.
  • Kony unveils new digital banking solution – Kony DBX
  • Edwards Federal Credit Union signs with Bankjoy to enhance home and mobile banking functionality.
  • Two of the top 5 US banks (and three of the Top 10) are now using Socure’s ID+ platform.

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.

BlueVine Receives $200 Million Line of Credit from Credit Suisse

Alternative lending platform BlueVine fortified its backing today with a $200 million line of credit from Credit Suisse. This boosts the company’s total combined debt and equity funding to $518 million.

Today’s round is an asset-backed revolving credit facility that will allow BlueVine to offer higher lines of credit to more small businesses at a larger scale. In fact, the California-based company has increased its business line of credit from $200,000 to $250,000. This comes after BlueVine doubled its invoice factoring credit limit to $5 million earlier this year.

BlueVine CFO Ana Sirbu said that this type of debt funding is critical for the company to increase its scale. “This financing will support our next phase of growth,” she said. “We continue to build a business for the long-term by offering the best working capital financing solutions to business owners.

Founded in 2013, BlueVine is best known for Invoice Factoring, in which it issues cash to small businesses who sell their unpaid invoices at a discount, then receive up to $5 million in working capital in a matter of days to help manage operations. The company expects its total funded volume to exceed $1 billion this year.

BlueVine demoed its small business working capital solution at FinovateFall 2014. Earlier this spring, the company partnered with cross-border payments company Veem to save businesses on international payments. BlueVine’s other investors include Lightspeed Venture Partners, 83NORTH, Correlation Ventures, Citi Ventures, Menlo Ventures, and Rakuten Fintech Fund. Eyal Lifshitz is CEO.

SME Financing Meets Cross-Border Payments as BlueVine Partners with Veem

SME financing innovator BlueVine has partnered with cross border payments specialist Veem to make it easier for small business owners to save more on cross border payments.

“If you rely on your bank for sending cross border payments, you’re not alone,” BlueVine VP of Business Development and Partnerships Charles Amadon wrote in a blog post announcing the agreement. “Most smaller businesses do. But ask a small business owner about their experience making cross border payments through their bank and you’re likely to get an earful.”

Adding statistics to the pitch, Amadon pointed to an American Bankers Association payments survey that indicated that payments in general were a major pain point for SMEs. The survey showed that 87% of respondents said their bank did not have “a formal payment strategy,” and that 54% considered their bank’s attitude toward innovation in payments as a “wait and see approach.”

BlueVine offers small businesses financing options including an invoice factoring line of credit and a traditional business line of credit. The company’s invoice financing product provides a credit line from $20,000 to $5 million with flat advance rates of 85% to 90%, free ACH, and $15 per wire. The business line of credit provides a revolving financing option up to $200,000 with interest rates as low as 4.8%. SMEs can get approved as quickly as 24 hours.

For its part, Veem is announcing the partnership as an opportunity for its SME customers to get the kind of preferential financing options typically enjoyed by larger companies. “We’re partnering with BlueVine to provide fast and flexible working capital financing for Veem’s customers,” the company announced in a blog post. “Funding doesn’t have to be what sinks small businesses.”

Founded in 2013, BlueVine demonstrated its SME financing platform at FinovateFall 2014. The company began the year with a decision to increase the limit on its invoice factoring line of credit to $5 million. Also this year, BlueVine appointed Ana Sirbu, the company’s VP of Finance and Capital Markets, to the post of Chief Financial Officer.

Named one of the top 360 entrepreneurial companies in America by Entrepreneur magazine, BlueVine won Best Business Finance Provider, North America at the trade finance global awards last fall. Also in the fall, BlueVine picked up $130 million in debt financing courtesy of Silicon Valley Bank, SunTrust Bank, Bank Leumi, and TriplePoint Venture Growth BDC Corporation. The company has raised $318 million in total funding, and includes Fortress Investment Group, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Menlo Ventures, and 83 North among its investors. Eyal Lifshitz is CEO.

Finovate Alumni News

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  • SME Financing Meets Cross-Border Payments as BlueVine Partners with Veem.
  • Experian Acquires ClearScore for $385 Million.
  • Pindrop Partners with Voice Solutions Provider Aeriandi.

Around the web

  • Ethoca launches Integrated Solution suite to eradicate chargebacks.
  • Revolut launches direct debits in Europe.
  • PayU, Kreditech to offer cardless EMI option of Rs 1 lakh for online purchases.
  • Lendio franchise announced in South Charlotte region.

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.

BlueVine Boosts Invoice Factoring Credit Line to $5 Million

Small business lender BlueVine announced today that it would double the size of its invoice factoring solution and increase the limit for its business line of credit, Flex Credit, by more than 30%.

“In just four years, we’ve dramatically increased our invoice factoring credit line to $5 million, and our business line of credit to $200,000,” Eyal Lifshitz, BlueVine CEO and founder, said. “We continue to be fully committed to providing business owners with robust financing options to help them thrive.”

BlueVine provides two avenues for small businesses looking for funding. With Flex Credit, SMEs can get approved for a line of credit product in 24 hours. With the click of a button, borrowers are able to withdraw funds whenever they need them, with available credit replenished as the funds are repaid. No maintenance fees or prepayment penalties are charged, and interest rates as low as 4.8% are available.

Designed to help free up cash flow, BlueVine’s invoice factoring product differs from traditional factoring solutions by giving businesses flexibility in choosing which invoices they want to fund rather than having to fund all of them. Bluevine also distributes rebates on the same day instead of once a month, and syncs with accounting platforms instead of requiring mailed or faxed original invoices. Businesses can also use BlueVine’s invoice factoring without fear of being locked in to a long-term contract or having to pay sizable termination fees. BlueVine offers flat 85% to 90% advance rates, free ACH transfer, and $15 per wire.

BlueVine’s news comes just a few days after announcing its new Chief Financial Officer. After joining BlueVine as Vice President of Finance and Capital Markets in 2016 – and being named to the Women in Fintech Powerlist last November – Ana Sirbu (pictured) has been appointed CFO. Sirbu has a degree from Harvard University, a background in investment banking, and was a technology investor at both Silver Lake Partners and Google Capital before her tenure at BlueVine.

“Ana has played a critical role in BlueVine’s growth and success,” Lifshitz said. “She has done an incredible job spearheading our capital markets strategy, building out our finance and analytics functions, and strengthening our position in the online business lending market.”

BlueVine demonstrated its small business lending platform at FinovateFall 2014. The company was featured by Entrepreneur magazine earlier this month, in a look at the top 360 best entrepreneurial companies in the U.S. Last fall, BlueVine was awarded Best Business Finance Provider, North America, at the Trade Finance Global awards. BlueVine reeled in $130 million in debt financing back in October – its second in 2017. This gave the firm overall financing of $273 million, of which $68 million is equity funding.

In addition to its Redwood City, California headquarters, BlueVine has offices in New Orleans and Tel Aviv, Israel. The company also today announced a new office in Jersey City, New Jersey, which it believes will help grow its customer base on the east coast of the U.S.

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  • Wealthfront Launches Homeownership Planning Tool.
  • Kabbage to Serve Larger Businesses by Expanding Line of Credit to $250k.
  • BlueVine Boosts Invoice Factoring Credit Line to $5 Million.
  • TESOBE’s Open Bank Project Powering Santander’s First Hackathon. Come see TESOBE’s Open Bank Project at FinovateEurope in March.

Around the web

  • Playtech integrates Featurespace’s real-time gameplay fraud detection into IMS.
  • ATB Financial joins SecureKey Concierge Authentication Service.
  • Blackhawk Network partners with Casey’s General Stores to enable ‘cash customers’ with Amazon Cash.
  • TIBCO and Singapore Polytechnic collaborate to address skills shortage for SMEs.
  • Finabank selects Temenos for end-to-end technology.
  • Finastra acquires FX e-trading platform, Olfa Soft SA.
  • 4finance Group to deploy AML and KYC compliance solutions from FICO.
  • Best of Show winner Finn.ai hires former Twitter executive Stephen Morse as new head of global strategic accounts.
  • Nissan Motor Acceptance Corporation (NMAC) joins AutoGravity platform.

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

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  • Credit Karma Teams with American Express to Offer Advance Tax Refund.
  • Insuritas Launches i-Insure Platform with 42 P&C Carriers.
  • Finova Financial’s New Fundraising Process Leverages Cryptocurrency to Serve Non-Accredited Investors.

Around the web

  • Superbcrew.com interviews BRIDGEi2i Analytics Co-founder and CTO Pritam Kanti Paul.
  • Entrepreneur names Kabbage, Cardlytics, BlueVine among top 360 best entrepreneurial companies in America.
  • Bill.com launches Accountant Partner Program.
  • Global Debt Registry earns spot in IBM mentoring program for blockchain app developers.
  • Moven founder and CEO Brett King discusses the AI race between China and the U.S. on CNBC’s Closing Bell.
  • Wall Street Journal leverages Quid to spot fraudulent entries on FCC website during net neutrality debate.

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.