Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Algomi Picks Up Investment from Euroclear.

Around the web

  • YUKKA Lab selected to participate in the Swiss Kickstart Accelerator.
  • Finicity announces integration with SimpleNexus’ enterprise digital mortgage platform and mobile app.
  • Diebold Nixdorf teams up with Progress Systems to bring self-service cash withdraw and deposit services to credit unions in Ireland.
  • Lending Club appoints Ronnie Momen as Chief Lending Officer.
  • Kabbage appoints Scott Rosenberg as CFO.
  • BeSmartee integrates with Equifax to automate service options.
  • Crowdfund Insider: OurCrowd celebrates 5 years with $750 million raised, 160 companies & 21 exits.

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.

Equifax Acquires DataX to Promote Financial Inclusion

Consumer insights and credit scoring company Equifax made its 18th acquisition this week. The Georgia-based firm purchased credit reporting agency and alternative data provider DataX.

The move is expected to promote financial inclusion for underbanked consumers by helping lenders expand access to credit. DataX’s alternative data stores complement Equifax’s core credit database, as well as specific services such as The Work Number, Equifax’s centralized repository of payroll data. Equifax will also benefit from DataX’s analytics and identity solutions, as well as credit reporting, ID verification, bank account verification, and custom risk services.

“Giving consumers fair access to credit has always been a key economic driver for upward mobility, and this acquisition will help more consumers gain access to credit and capital,” said Trey Loughran, president of United States Information Solutions at Equifax. “The combination of DataX’s data with Equifax’s unique and robust data assets will add more depth to consumer’s profiles and will help lenders expand borrowing options.”

As a part of the transition, the DataX brand and its 18 employees have been integrated into Equifax’s Banking and Lending Division. Other recent acquisitions in Equifax’s portfolio include ID Watchdog and Veda Advantage.

At FinovateFall 2011, Equifax showcased the benefits of the Equifax Complete features of its mobile app. Last week, the company teamed up with Thinking Capital to launch BillMarket, a solution that helps small businesses in Canada extend payment terms and increase their purchasing power. Earlier this year, Equifax appointed a new CTO, launched NeuroDecision technology for neural network modeling, and unveiled Lock & Alert, a service that helps consumers quickly lock and unlock their Equifax credit report.

Founded in 1899, Equifax is publicly traded on the NYSE under the ticker EFX. The company’s market cap sits at $15.2 billion.

Finovate Alumni News

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  • Sberbank in Slovenia Partners with Open Banking Platform Provider Token.
  • Equifax Acquires DataX to Promote Financial Inclusion.

Around the web

  • Wirecard and Mastercard collaborate to make contactless payments using wearable technology more accessible.
  • Roostify expands leadership ranks with new Chief Customer Officer, new VP of Sales, and new General Counsel.
  • VyStar Credit Union ($7.6 billion in assets) to upgrade core banking solution with technology from FIS.
  • Hyperwallet to provide mass payment distribution for content processing platform, Wordapp.com.
  • Premier America Credit Union ($2.5 billion in assets) to deploy core processing technology from Jack Henry & Associates.
  • Santander integrates nCino’s Bank Operating System.
  • Carte Wealth Management to launch advisor engagement platform powered by DigitalReach from BlueRush.
  • TechCrunch reports: Coinbase Reportedly Gets Approval from US regulators to Start Listing Tokenized Securities.
  • Ephesoft releases new Swagger/OpenAPI-web services for Ephesoft Transact.

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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  • ACH Alert Reports Record Growth, Stops More than $388 Million in Fraudulent Transactions.
  • Mastercard Teams Up with Worldpay to Launch Pay by Bank in the U.K.

Around the web

  • NetGuardians becomes a certified Avaloq software partner for real-time fraud prevention.
  • Temenos inks multi-year investor servicing contract with Northern Trust.
  • Worldline picks up PISP and AISP licenses from National Bank of Belgium.
  • Enveil earns Standard Technology Partner status in Amazon Web Services partner network.
  • Lleida.net credits new GDPR legislation in the EU for surge in sales for first half of 2018.
  • Equifax acquires specialty credit reporting agency DataX.
  • CFE Federal Credit Union implements Larky’s Engagement Platform.
  • Ledger launches Ledger Live, the all-in-one companion app to your Ledger device.
  • Xero integrates with BBVA’s API Market for small businesses.
  • Lendio expands the Lendio franchise in Rochester, New York.

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.

Thinking Capital and Equifax Launch ‘Cash Flow Revolution’ for Canadian SMEs

Now we know what happens when a global information solutions company with a talent for credit scoring and a small business financing specialist get together to help SMEs in Canada to better understand their credit profile and obtain the financing they need.

Equifax Canada and Thinking Capital have launched a new solution, BillMarket, designed specifically to enable Canadian small businesses to leverage their credit profile to extend payment terms in their supply chain.

“BillMarket creates a new language of credit for small business in Canada,” Thinking Capital CEO and co-founder Jeff Mitelman said. “For the first time, there is a practical way to talk about and put a dollar value on small business credit in Canada.”

The new solution works by using Equifax’s Small Business Grade to establish a credit limit businesses can use to extend payments. Businesses can learn how much credit they are eligible to access by registering with BillMarket and reviewing their certification report. Financing via BillMarket gives small businesses more time to pay suppliers, increased purchasing power, and the ability to deepen relationships with business partners thanks to greater potential spending and consistently prompt payment.

Suppliers benefit from on-time payment, as well, and have the ability to pick up new business from companies unable to pay cash upfront for purchases. Small Business Grade also helps suppliers determine a company’s credit and purchasing power, helping them spot and manage potential late payment risks in advance.

“BillMarket expands the purchasing power for Canadian SMBs and eliminates friction in the supply chain,” Mitelman said. “Through BillMarket, small businesses can translate their credit grade to real-time available credit that they can use to extend payments with suppliers by up to 120 days.” The service, he added, represented a “cash flow revolution for the Canadian small business market.”

Thinking Capital participated in our developers conference, FinDEVr New York 2016. The company’s Chief Strategy Officer, Anthony Lipschitz, and Chief Technology Officer, Pat Forgione, presented Lending as a Service, a look at how the company leveraged big data to streamline the complex lending process for small businesses in Canada.

Headquartered in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Thinking Capital was founded in 2006. Since inception, the company has facilitated business financing for more than 14,000 Canadian SMEs. Financing from $5,000 to $300,000 is available to small businesses through Thinking Capital’s fixed and flexible payment solutions. SMEs must be based in Canada, in operation for at least six months, and have average monthly sales of at least $7,000. Thinking Capital was acquired by Purpose Investments in May in a deal reportedly valued at more than $200 million.

Atlanta, Georgia-based Equifax demonstrated its mobile app at FinovateFall 2011. Earlier this month, the company – with operations in 24 countries in North America, Central and South America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific – announced a partnership with account information service provider Consents.online. In June, Equifax hired former IBM Watson and Cloud Platform CTO Bryson Koehler as its new Chief Technology Officer.

Equifax is publicly owned and trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “EFX.” The company has a market capitalization of $15 billion.

Finovate Alumni News

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  • NF Innova | NFG and Mambu Team Up to Deliver New Digital Banking Solution.
  • Thinking Capital and Equifax Launch ‘Cash Flow Revolution’ for Canadian SMEs.
  • PayPal’s Pledge: CEO Commits to $3 Billion a Year in M&A Spending.

Around the web

  • AI Foundry forges integration partnership with MTS Software Solutions.
  • PaySend joins Astana International Finance Centre (AIFC), a central Asian fintech hub based in Kazakhstan.
  • Thomson Reuters expands strategic partnership with SAP to simplify costs of cross-border transactions.
  • GreatHorn welcomes Vijay Malik as its new Vice President of Engineering.
  • Nanopay plans for B2B cross border and domestic transfer service.
  • Multiple Best of Show winner Trusona launches partner program.
  • Kinetica taps Gary West as Vice President of Sales, EMEA.

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

  • Aixigo Relaunches Digital Portfolio Management System.
  • BeSmartee and LoanFuel Help Make Mortgage Lending Mobile.

Around the web

  • Albania’s Raiffeisen Bank Shqipëri partners with NF Innova to deploy digital self-service kiosks.
  • TransferWise opens office in Hong Kong as part of expansion into Asia.
  • Equifax teams up with digital consent management platform Consents Online to support open banking.
  • Nomis Solutions picks Melbourne as site of new regional headquarters.
  • Efigence provides UI/UX design, development and implementation for new investment platform from Polish home equities broker, CDM Pekao.
  • Braintri discusses the commercialization of its contactless payment technology, Jiffee, at SelectUSA Investment Summit 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.

Finovate Alumni News

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  • AlphaPoint Raises $15 Million in a Series A Led by Galaxy Digital Ventures.
  • Nextmarkets Picks Up $6.9 Million in New Funding.

Around the web

  • NetSuite names Expensify Innovation Partner of the Year.
  • Passport hires its first Chief Corporate Development Officer.
  • Signicat to offer Freja eID for customer onboarding thanks to partnership with IT security firm, Verisec
  • Equifax appoints former IBM Watson and Cloud Platform CTO Bryson Koehler as its new Chief Technology Officer.

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 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.

Central and Eastern Europe

  • Revolut announces recruitment initiative in Kraków, Poland to hire 100 new workers in a single day employment in its offices in Eastern Europe.
  • Forbes features Tinkoff Bank in look at Russia’s efforts to develop its digital economy.
  • Polish financial group Aforti Holdings to launch non-bank lender for SMEs and startups in Romania.

Asia

  • Banks in South Korea to introduce blockchain based identity verification for mobile and online logins. The technology is reportedly built on a private blockchain system developed by Samsung SDS.
  • Daon Partners with Tradelink to Bring Biometrics to Dah Sing Bank.
  • Bank of Thailand is developing and testing blockchain apps in its regulatory sandbox.

Middle East and Northern Africa

  • Financial technology services firm, One Global, discusses plans for expansion into Egyptian market.
  • ADGM Reglab reports record number of fintech applications for its third cohort.
  • Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange turns to Equifax for advice on development of new technologies to improve operational efficiency.

Africa

  • TransferTo, Orange Money Botswana, and EcoCash partner to support digital money transfers between Zimbabwe and Botswana.
  • IMF review of South Africa suggests “increased focus on the role fintech …” could access to credit for SMEs and promotion broader financial inclusion.
  • Nigerian startup, Piggybank.ng, raises $1.1 million to further develop its online savings platform.

Latin America

  • Diario Financiero interviews Ángel Sierra, executive director of La Asociación Fintech Chile, on digital innovation (video in Spanish).
  • TransferWise initiates service in Argentina.
  • PayU goes live in Colombia with its PayU te fía (PayU You Trust) solution that enables borrowers to extend repayment terms (in Spanish).

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Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate

  • Pindrop Security Partners with Bank of the West.
  • InComm Acquires Gift Card Impressions.
  • Trustly Brings New Payment Options to Alpha Fintech’s AlphaHub Platform.

Around the world

  • Algomi hires Scott Eaton, former EMEA COO at MarketAxess, as its new CEO.
  • Envestnet | Yodlee launches AI FinCheck. an AI-powered financial wellness assistant for financial service professionals.
  • FICO and Equifax partner to launch FICO Risk and Affordability Decision Suite powered by Equifax to help banks measure repayment risk.
  • Dashlane integrates with new Apple Security API rolling out in iOS 12.
  • WSJ features Coinbase’s move into Japan.
  • LendKey names Lewis Goldman Chief Marketing Officer.
  • VyStar CU leverages technology from Fiserv to power its mobile banking app.

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.