Women on the Finovate Stage

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There are plenty of things about fintech worth celebrating, but today, in honor of International Women’s Day, we’re giving three cheers to the women in fintech!

We’re taking a special look at our most recent show, FinovateEurope, where 23% of the presenting companies were represented by a woman on stage. That’s a 50% increase from 2015, where 15% of the companies had female speakers, and a huge leap from our first event in 2007 with zero (see note 1).

So here’s to progress. And here’s to the women of FinovateEurope:

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Hali Khan, Director, Business Development

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Paulina Powązka, Sr. Business Solutions Consultant

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Eszter Vass, Sr. Product Strategy & Presales Consultant

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Reanta Stein, Business Development Director

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Diana Winstanley, Business Developer

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Tinna Hung, Director, Marketing

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Angelique Mohring, CEO & Founder

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Janice Diner, CEO, Founding Partner

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Mariona Campmany, CMO

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Patricia Soares, Business Developer

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Sarah Clark, General Manager, Identity

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Trisha Price, EVP, Product Development & Engineering

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Iveta Brūvele, CEO, and Elīna Rasmane, COO

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Märta Viberg, Head of Product & Consumer Risk

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Michelle Pearce, Co-Founder and Chief Investment Officer

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Vanessa Gatihi, Global Head, Customer Success

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Editor’s Note: While sadly it’s true that no women were on stage during the 20 demos of the first Finovate. One company, iPay Technologies, was founded by Dana Bowers, but she chose not to speak that day. And Finovate might not even exist if it wasn’t for Melanie Flanagan, then Marketing Manager at Yodlee (also co-founded by a woman), who was the first person to agree to demo. Finally, Susan Hawkins, then SVP at Metavante, was instrumental in getting both her company and Monitise on stage. So there you have it, woman called the shots for at least 20% of Finovate v1.0’s content, even if they ended up delegating the on-stage pitching to men. Thanks Melanie, Dana and Susan! — Jim Bruene, Founder

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Practicing Perfection Before FinovateEurope 2017.

Around the web

  • BAI’s Banking Strategies takes a look at Wells Fargo’s deployment of eyeprintID from EyeVerify. Catch EyeVerify at FinovateEurope this week.
  • Entersekt CIO Gerhard Oosthuizen shares advice on passwords and protecting personal data in Moneyweb.
  • HotDocs teams up with Irish enterprise scale applications and infrastructure provider, Codec-dss. See HotDocs at FinovateEurope in London this week.
  • Klarna acquires German online payment provider BillPay from Wonga.
  • Icon Solutions joins forces with Featurespace to bring anti-fraud protection to instant payments. Meet Icon Solutions at FinovateEurope this week in London.

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

On FinDEVr.com

  • Braintree Hires John MacIlwaine as New CTO.

Around the web

  • First national private bank of Turkey, Yapi Kredi to deploy Eyeprint ID from EyeVerify for mobile logins. Join EyeVerify in London for FinovateEurope.
  • Envestnet | Yodlee partners with mobile-only banking startup, Varo Money.
  • Bloomberg Technology talks with Misys CEO Nadeem Syed on IPO plans, AI, and P2P lending. See Misys at FinovateEurope in London next week.
  • OutsideIQ’s Founder and CEO featured in InfoWorld.
  • Xero partners with Sasfin Bank to offer next generation financial management to small businesses.
  • Prosper Appoints Usama Ashraf Chief Financial 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.

All News is Good News from 2016 FinovateEurope Best of Show Winners

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At FinovateEurope 2016, six companies took home Best of Show trophies after an audience vote favored their seven minute demos on the Finovate stage in London. FinovateEurope returns to London in less than two weeks, on February 7 and 8, where we’ll see 55 companies debut their newest technology and vie for a chance to win the audience’s vote for Best of Show. Tickets are still available. Register to save your spot today.

Today, we’re taking a look at the successes from the six Best of Show-winning companies from last year.


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Offers natural language trade automation for automatically managed investment portfolios
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What’s new:

  • Recognized by PYMNTS.com as representing fintech innovation in Israel
  • Cited as a top B2B wealth tech player
  • Listed by The Next Web as 1 of 6 fintech startups to help you make the most of your money

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Enables real-time fractional share investing and trading in U.S. equities for mass retail investors
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What’s new:

  • Brought Roboadvisory to Latin America in new partnership with Alkanza
  • Added a new real-time margin feature
  • Expanded APIs for wealth managers
  • Brought robo advisory to China in new partnership with CreditEase
  • Inked new partnership with Stoxs

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Offers a scalable biometric authentication solution
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What’s new:

  • Acquired by Ant Financial
  • Partnered with Bioconnect to boost payment security
  • Selected by Wells Fargo for its biometric authentication technology

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Offers a digital onboarding suite with facial recognition technology
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What’s new:

  • Acquired by GBG Group
  • Included in Mercator Advisory Group’s biometric authentication report

 


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What’s new:

  • Won Digital Top 50 Award
  • Won Wolves Summit 2016
  • Launched WebTrader to expand beyond mobile
  • Launched Live Trading on its app

The sixth Best of Show winner, Valuto, shut down in August of 2016. Its parent company Currency One cited “an unsatisfactory pace of development” as the reason for the closure.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

Around the web

  • First Oklahoma FCU to deploy core account processing technology from Fiserv.
  • Yoyo unveils marketing automation platform, Yoyo Engage, at Davos.
  • Misys adds crowdlending module to FusionBanking platform.
  • United Nations FCU chooses digital banking platform from Jwaala.
  • OnDeck and payment solutions provider WEX team up to provide small business financing.
  • ABA Banking Journal column on biometric authentication features Daon and EyeVerify.

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

  • “Finovate, FinDEVr Alums Earn AWS Financial Services Competency Status”

Around the web

  • FIS and Trunomi team up to build a data protection solution to help FIs comply with new EU regulations.
  • PYMNTS.com looks at Concur and its partnership with China DataCom Corporation.
  • Comarch to integrate EyeVerify into its Smart Finance and Corporate Banking solutions.
  • FinDEVr alum Symbiont hires Dr. Lisa Yin as new chief security officer and chief cryptographer.
  • D3 Banking adds more than a million users to its digital banking platform.
  • Hypepotamus interviews CTO Amala Duggirala, Kabbage’s new chief technology officer.
  • Cachet Financial Solutions develops new prepaid banking platform for CereTel.
  • Tuition.io wins 2016 Best In Biz Awards.
  • Financial Brand: Moven promotes financial health with ‘Smart Savings Account’
  • RealtyMogul.com unveils new lower minimum of $1,000 for investment in its online REIT, MogulREIT I.
  • Business Standard profiles MarketsMojo and its algorithm-based approach to stock market analysis.

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.

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.

 

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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

Fintech Favorites

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  • On Deck Capital (F12), Kabbage (F15), and CAN Capital (F13) agree to disclose SMB loan pricing.
  • Lending Club (F09) partners with MileagePlus to offer borrowers and investors a way to earn award miles when they borrow or invest.
  • American Banker: Bizfi (F15) Hires Former Lending Club Exec as New CEO.

Fintech in Asia

  • Let’s Talk Payments projects AsiaPac as a clear winner in revenue growth in its fintech outlook for 2017.
  • Invest HK launches Hong Kong Fintech Week 7-11 Nov 2016 and features FinovateAsia 2016 on Tuesday, 8 Nov.
  • HSBC collaborates with Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute Company to launch fintech R&D lab.
  • Ant Financial, which acquired Finovate Best of Show winner EyeVerify (F16) this year, invests in Thai mobile money innovator, Ascend. See EyeVerify at FinovateAsia this week in Hong Kong.
  • Shanghai-based China Foreign Exchange Trade System (CFETS) joins R3 consortium.
  • SBI Ripple Asia and Japan-based SBI Holdings introduce blockchain-oriented consortium of 42 Japanese banks and financial services institutions.
  • Fintech investment firm Senjo Group opens new global headquarters in Singapore.
  • Malaysia to expand funding options for SMEs with registration of xis’s new P2P platform operators scheduled to go live in 2017.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • IBM Goes Behaviorally Biometric with New Additions to Trusteer Pinpoint Detect
  • DemystData lands $7 million round.

Around the web

  • New office in Sydney marks TradeShift’s expansion to Australia and New Zealand markets.
  • Bill.com partners with Quicken Loans, driving speculation the two will work on digital billpay.
  • Marqeta to deploy its network tokenization technology to make it easier to use payment cards with Apple Pay.
  • Signifyd teams up with Accertify to improve anti-fraud protections and reduce chargeback costs.
  • Free Enterprise highlights the biometric technology of Best of Show winner EyeVerify.
  • Personal Capital Appoints Eric Weiss as Chief Marketing Officer
  • NuData to power behavioral biometric security for Early Warning’s Zelle.

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

  • DemystData Lands New $7 Million Round
  • FinovateEurope 2017 Application Deadline Has Arrived

Around the web

  • EyeVerify Update Improves Liveness Detection
  • TSYS renews card payment deal with Rabobank.
  • Student Loan Hero reviews FutureAdvisor.
  • InComm partners with Geoswift to facilitate cross-border payments for international students.
  • Misys to forsake initial public offering in 2016.
  • FICO introduces FICO Enterprise Security Score to indicate an organization’s vulnerability to cyberattack.
  • NuData Security announces partnership with Early Warning.
  • Zopa presents its 24-hour “Zopathon 16” for developers, designers, and “product people.”

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.