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

44 Alums Populate CB Insights’ Fintech 250 List

This week, CB Insights unveiled its Fintech 250 list. The research outfit selected 250 emerging, private companies in 17 sub-sectors of fintech that are changing the face of financial services. The roster includes 44 Finovate and FinDEVr alums that were selected using CB Insights’ data-driven process that analyzes company momentum, market participation, funds raised, and investor quality.

The list is in alphabetical order.

Algomi

AutoGravity

Avalara

Behalf

Betterment

Blend

Chain

Coinbase

Credit Karma

Currencycloud

CurrencyFair

Fenergo

Financeit

Gusto (formerly ZenPayroll)

Juvo

Kabbage

Kensho

Kreditech

Klarna

LendUp

Moneytree

PayNearMe

Payoneer

Personal Capital

Plaid

Quantopian

Quovo

Revolut

Ripple Labs

Roostify

Signifyd

SocietyOne

Socure

Tink

Token

Tradeshift

Transferwise

TrueAccord

Trulioo

VATBox

Wealthfront

Xignite

Zooz

Zopa

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

Around the Web

  • Technology from Modo Payments supports new loyalty point POS payment partnership between FIS and Verifone.
  • CurrencyFair unveils new SMS/push notifications feature for deposits and auto transactions.
  • RightCapital enhances platform to make compliance with DOL fiduciary rule easier.
  • FIS earns top honors in Bank Director’s Core Provider and Asia Risk Technology rankings.
  • Marc Thompson joins PaySimple as Chief Financial Officer.
  • Token partners with VirtusaPolaris, information technology consulting and outsourcing company.
  • M1 Finance rolls out retirement account functionality.
  • CUNA Strategic Services partners with Kasasa to provide credit unions with products and services to stay competitive.

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

  • “TIO Networks Rebrands Consumer-Facing Billpay Site Chargesmart.com to TIO.com”
  • Check out today’s FinDEVr APIntelligence.
  • “Hip Money Launches Kickstarter Campaign”
  • “Finovate Debuts: Scalable Capital Brings Advanced Risk Management to Robo-Advisory.

Around the web

  • PYMNTS breaks down its discussion with PayPal CEO Dan Schulman.
  • Dallas Area Rapid Transit partners with PayNearMe to reduce cash handling by transit operators.
  • CSI globalVCard partners with MacNair Travel Management to bring virtual card payment solution to travel managers and procurement professionals.
  • Bangkok Bank’s mobile P2P service is powered by Mobiliti Edge from Fiserv.
  • FIS earns top honors at 2016 PYMNTS Innovator Awards and 2016 Pay Awards.
  • Credit Karma to deploy Anodot’s automated analytics and anomaly-detection technology.
  • Capriza names Lance Walter as its new chief marketing officer.
  • Payments Journal features Jorgen Nordin, CIO of Fastacash.
  • The Maven’s SME column interviews Ben Geoghegan, Currency Fair co-founder.

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.

CurrencyFair Raises €8 Million; Names New CMO

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P2P currency exchange CurrencyFair raised €8 million ($8.9 million USD) in a funding round led by Octopus Ventures. That brings the company’s total financing to more than €20 million ($22.3 million USD).

Also participating in the round were Proxy Ventures and Frontline Ventures.  CurrencyFair CEO Brett Meyers said, “Working with them will help us further develop our brand and the industry as something people and businesses can trust to save them money.” Meyers added that P2P currency exchange needed a “more mature voice” and that the new round of funding represented a “validation of the brilliant product and marketplace we have built.”

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Pictured: CurrencyFair co-founder and CEO Brett Meyers demonstrating his company’s iPhone app at FinovateEurope 2013.

In addition to the funding, CurrencyFair announced the hiring of former Unibet Chief Marketing Officer, Nils Andén, as its new CMO. As CMO of one of the largest online gambling businesses in Europe, Andén is credited for the commercial strategy that helped Unibet’s market cap grow from £300 million to £2 billion from 2010 to 2015.

Speaking about the similarities he sees between the P2P currency exchange market today and the online gambling industry when it was in its infancy a decade ago, Andén credited “the extortionate rates of the banks” as helping some of CurrencyFair’s rivals “make a lot of noise at the moment.” However, like Meyers, he said the industry is ready for a “more mature approach” as customers become more comfortable with P2P currency exchanges as an alternative to the banks.

“Style gets you noticed, but substance gets you remembered,” Andén said.

Founded in 2009 and headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, CurrencyFair demonstrated its iPhone app at FinovateEurope 2013 in London. CurrencyFair won Best of Show for its presentation at FinovateAsia 2012.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Check out this week’s FinDEVr APIntelligence.
  • “Emailage Receives Strategic Investment from Wipro”
  • “CurrencyFair Raises €8 Million; Names New CMO”

Around the web

  • Xignite to provide free market data for FinTech Sandbox demo participants. Join Xignite in New York for FinDEVr next week.
  • 3dcart merchants gain access to end-to-end payment processing courtesy of Braintree. See Braintree’s presentation at FinDEVr New York.
  • PayPal to enable money transfers to Cuba via its Xoom acquisition.
  • Markit to supply FinTech Sandbox with fixed-income 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.

 

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com:

  • Former HP Exec Rob Binns Appointed New CFO at Misys.
  • Ripple Partners with SBI Holdings to Meet Demand in ASEAN Countries.
  • Sparkroom Acquired by Digital Media Solutions.
  • Finovate Alums Raise More Than $3 Billion in 2015.

Around the web:

  • United Nations Federal Credit Union ($4.3 billion in assets) to deploy DNA core processing platform from Fiserv.
  • Which.co.uk compares money transfer innovators like CurrencyFair to banks to find the best way to send money overseas.
  • eToro launches its first, major UK advertising campaign: “Take the Bull by the Horns.”
  • Taulia Wins GABA’s 2016 Startup and Innovation Award.

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’s European Alums Raised More Than $350 Million in 2015

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Nineteen Finovate alums headquartered in Europe raised $350 million in 2015.

From the $16,000 in seed money raised by U.K. startup, StockViews, to the €82 million investment received by Germany’s Kreditech, we’ve counted every euro, pound, and dollar that investors poured into our European alums. And whether the funding represented an initial infusion of capital or was part of a multi-stage Series E round, it is clear that investors are very interested in the fintech innovations of Europe.

Take a look for yourself at the “European Portfolio” from 2015 below, featuring Finovate alums from the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands.

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Switzerland

 

 

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Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • FinovateEurope 2016: Meet the Faces of Fintech.

Around the web

  • Ixaris CEO Alex Mifsud shares his payment predictions for 2016.
  • i-vest.de reviews social trading platform, ayondo.
  • PYMNTS.com takes a look at App Annie’s recent $63 million funding.
  • Currency Fair considers plan to offer Irish businesses free money transfers abroad.
  • EyeVerify earns FIDO Alliance certification for its Eyeprint ID authentication technology.
  • Investment News features several Finovate alums in a look at roboadvisors attracting investment dollars as 2016 begins.
  • Zopa gives account views a makeover for the new year.

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

  • “Digital Asset Holdings Acquires Blockchain-as-a-Service Innovator, Blockstack.io

Around the web

  • Let’s Talk Payments interviews John Dancu, IDology CEO.
  • AlphaPoint unveils StreamCore to help banks take advantage of blockchain data.
  • Fastacash partners with Xpress Money to launch XOPO, enabling cross-border money-transfers via social networks and messaging channels.
  • Security solutions from Arxan Technologies now running on more than 500 million devices.
  • RIA Biz highlights MaxMyInterest in feature on the NAPFA Fall Conference.
  • ETFdb interviews CEO Maz Jadallah of AlphaClone.
  • Martin Beaulieu, former BlackRock managing director, joins BrightScope as adviser.
  • CurrencyFair expansion to bring 50 new jobs to Dublin, Ireland, over the next year.
  • Porch.com acquires Fountain, a startup launched by Mint founder, Aaron Patzer.
  • Chinese smartphone maker Nubia unveils phone with EyeVerify authentication technology.

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.