First Wave of Demo Companies Driving Fintech Innovation in the Middle East

By the end of 2017, fintech investments in the Middle East are expected to have grown by 2.7x. As governments and financial leaders diversify away from a petroleum-based economy, the focus is on fintech.

But who will capitalize on this ecosystem of fintech innovation? Foreign brands like Amazon (who acquired Middle Eastern e-commerce firm, Souq.com, earlier this year), local powerhouses like Kingdom Holding Company (who recently led Uber-esque Careem’s Series E funding) or both?

Either way, the message is clear: Look to the Middle East for fintech investment opportunities, acquisitions, partnerships, inspiration and competition. And there’s no better place to start than Finovate this December.

Finovate’s signature 7-minute demos will remain at the core of FinovateMiddleEast with dozens of companies showcasing their latest fintech innovations live on stage. Here’s the first wave of demoing companies to check out on December 4 and 5:

CASHOFF — A service for collecting and analyzing consumers’ financial data that gives banks complete knowledge about consumers (online banking, PFM, scoring, sales, loyalty).

Dorsum — A chatbot platform that improves the difficulties of customer acquisition for financial institutions.

ebankIT — An omnichannel banking platform that enhances digital transformation for banks and financial institutions.

Everus Technologies — Offers Everus World, a product that fosters fintech challenges, convenience, and public education and awareness for millennials, traders, and gamers.

Innofis — Provides Bank Virtual Assistant, a platform that uses natural language, artificial intelligence, and analytics to create frictionless interaction and sales efficiency.

Moven — A financial wellness platform targeting declining branch revenue for banks around the world.

Munnypot — An automated online solution providing accessible and affordable investment advice for millions of people in the U.K. and overseas.

NymCard — Offers smart mobile technology providing an alternative to the limited capabilities of digital payment products for the banked and underbanked population in MENA.

Ondot Systems — Provides mobile card services supplying financial institutions, card processors and cardholders with mobile applications for credit and debit card control.

Quisk — A payment network breaking up the exclusivity of current mobile payment technologies for anyone with a mobile phone (not just a smartphone).

RISQ — A financial software platform improving the effectiveness of corporate loan acquisition and customer management for commercial banks.

SwipeStox — A social network for stock trading that cuts through the complexity around financial investing for newbie and professional investors.

Wealth Migrate — A global, direct investment platform remedying the lack of direct investment products for middle class, overseas investors.

W.UP — Offers Sales.UP, a digital banking sales and engagement tool that meets financial institutions’ need of customer insights and personalised automated marketing campaigns.

Additional companies will be announced over the next couple months.

Through the expanded Finovate model, the Dubai debut will also feature fast-paced, short-form discussions from industry leaders. Content-driven panels, regulatory perspectives, and world-class keynotes will address themes and topics relevant to the MENA market and broader economy as well.

See the agenda, and stay tuned — new speakers are added weekly.

Save $200 when you register for FinovateMiddleEast by October 26.


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Check Out FinovateAsia Presenter Intros + Save Big This Week on Tickets

Autumn has made its appearance here in the U.S. which is a welcome reminder that our annual Hong Kong conference is just around the corner. FinovateAsia tickets are on sale now, so pick yours up while you still can and join the 450+ gathering in Hong Kong on November 7 & 8 (plus, save $300 off the list price when you book by this Friday, September 29!).

Presenter Introductions

To whet your appetite for two days of fintech innovation, we’re releasing a few brief introductions on some of the presenting companies for FinovateAsia 2017. Be sure to stay tuned for our Sneak Peek series to learn more about the innovators and entrepreneurs who will take the stage at the JW Marriott this November.

  • AApay – an app/web platform for customers and merchants to pay a bill together with different mobile payments
  • additiv – a SaaS-based robo advisor for wealth managers to quickly launch digital wealth offerings with a wizard-like configurator, avoiding the difficultly, cost, and risk of doing so internally
  • AK BARS DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIESAimee – a cloud platform based on deep learning algorithms for automating routine operations in contact centers
  • Bambu – a recommendation engine to address the lack of guidance in financial planning for users not familiar with financing
  • Bank4You – an innovative mobile bank app solving issues around international payment and money transfers
  • Call Levels – The CLAIRE customizable chatbot framework uses AI to help customer service officers avoid inefficient communication and transaction structures
  • CASHOFF – offering complete collection/analysis of consumer data for banks through the aggregation of balances, receipts, and machine learning
  • CreditMantri – using the power of data and technology to offer credit to those seeking it in India, regardless of good, damaged or no credit history
  • Ephesoft Transact Cloud Services – supervised machine learning to aid small businesses to large enterprises classify documents and extract data in a web-based format to move their core business applications to the cloud
  • Five Degrees Matrix – a digital core banking platform allowing banks to give clients a 100% digital experience
  • FUCO&SOLUTION – an interactive robo-statement to enhance customer communication and acquisition
  • Gradatim – transforming banks and insurance companies to become analytics-driven through a real-time consumer analytics system
  • Harborx – a gamified trading app with crowdsourced trades and FX competitions among one’s social network
  • Heckyl – solving the information arbitrage with a news and sentiment analytics product featuring a proprietary hand-crafted algorithm
  • i-exceedAppzillon Micro Digital Apps – complete with functionality, UI, and integration that can be deployed independently across multiple digital applications
  • Kript – blockchain mobile app to invest in crypto-assets featuring an AI guidance system
  • Moven – revolutionary financial wellness platform solving declining branch revenue for banks around the world
  • Neener Analytics – a regulatory compliant social media analytics technology for the risk assessment of thin-file, no-file, and credit challenged consumers
  • Solus Connect – aggregation biometric authentication combined with adaptive scoring methodology to increase application security whilst providing ease of use to the customer
  • Strands – a white label business financial management platform integrated with API Hub addressing the lack of a single entry point for managing business finances and day-to-day operations
  • ThreatMetrix – a real-time risk system to solve challenges in differentiating good customers from fraudulent users for eCommerce players and financial institutions using an anonymized, global Digital Identity Graph
  • Velotrade – an online lending marketplace serving those with limited access to working capital
  • WeInvest – a digital assistant for relationship managers to ease client management needs
  • Xignite – Excel add-in for easily inputting market data

Time is running out and space is limited, so we’ll let you take it from here. Savings of $300 off the list price to our Hong Kong conference end this Friday. Stop by our FinovateAsia 2017 page and register today.


FinovateAsia 2017 is sponsored by: Invest Hong KongCeleritiFintechLleida.net, and more to be announced.

FinovateAsia 2017 is partners with: 500 StartupsAite GroupAsia Cloud Computing AssociationBankersHubBanking TechnologyBeFast.TVBigData-MadeSimple.com, BlockExplorerBreaking BanksByte AcademyCelentConventus Law, EbankingNewsFemTechFinancial ITFINOLABFintech Association of Hong KongFintech FinanceFintech News Hong KongHolland Fintech, The Hong Kong Foreign Financial Institutions AssociationIBS IntelligenceInnovate FinanceInsight AlphaLexisNexis Risk SolutionsMercator Advisory GroupNexChange, The Nilson ReportOvumThe PaypersPlug and PlayPR Newswire, Regulation Asia, RFi GroupSME Finance Forum, Swiss Finance + Technology Association, and World Fintech Association.

First Wave of FinovateAsia 2017 Presenters Revealed!

Early this summer, we started reviewing applications from companies eager to demo their latest fintech innovations at FinovateAsia 2017. Today, we’re excited to announce the first wave of presenters that will take the stage at the JW Marriott Hong Kong on November 7 & 8.

To watch all 36+ companies present live, visit our FinovateAsia page and buy your ticket. Early-registration pricing expires on Friday, September 29, so there are only a few weeks left to save $300 off the ticket price.

We’ll announce the remaining companies over the next two months. In the meantime, below is a list of some of the companies that will be showcasing their latest and greatest this year at FinovateAsia in Hong Kong. To see more information and background on each presenting company, stay tuned for our Sneak Peek series.

With innovative companies like these hitting the stage, along with seven hours of high-quality networking over two days, this is an event you surely won’t want to miss. And a first for FinovateAsia, we’ve expanded the conference to include deeper dives into the latest regional trends and macro issues affecting financial technology. Content is currently being curated so stayed tuned to our online agenda which will be continually updated over the next few weeks.

And, remember, register before Friday, September 29, and take advantage of the early-registration savings!


FinovateAsia 2017 is sponsored by: Invest Hong KongCeleritiFintechLleida.net, and more to be announced.

FinovateAsia 2017 is partners with: 500 StartupsAite GroupAsia Cloud Computing AssociationBankersHubBanking Technology, BeFast.TVBigData-MadeSimple.comBreaking BanksByte AcademyCelentConventus LawFemTechFinancial IT, FINOLAB, Fintech Association of Hong KongFintech FinanceFintech News Hong KongHolland FintechIBS IntelligenceInnovate Finance, Insight AlphaLexisNexis Risk SolutionsMercator Advisory GroupNexChangeOvumThe PaypersPlug and PlayPR NewswireSME Finance Forum, and World Fintech Association.

Save $400 When You Register for FinovateAsia By This Friday!

This Friday is the final day to save big on your ticket to FinovateAsia 2017. To take advantage of these early discounts and save $400 off the regular price, be sure to register before the end of the week.

FinovateAsia returns to Hong Kong on November 7 & 8 for an expanded two days of live fintech demonstrations and high-caliber networking along with deeper dives into the hottest trends in fintech. The show will take place at the JW Marriott. Find out more about the venue and securing your hotel room on the event’s website.

With the impressive applications we’ve received from companies eager to present and the additional content currently being curated, this show promises to be one you won’t want to miss (stay tuned in the coming weeks for the presenter announcement and speaker agenda updates!). If you’d like a refresher of what you can expect to see on stage, check out last year’s demo videos in our video archives.

Secure these savings and your spot today before it’s too late. We hope to see you in Hong Kong this November!


FinovateAsia 2017 is sponsored by: Invest Hong KongCeleritiFintechLleida.net, and more to be announced.

FinovateAsia 2017 is partners with: 500 StartupsAite Group, Asia Cloud Computing AssociationBankersHubBanking TechnologyBigData-MadeSimple.comBreaking BanksByte AcademyCelentConventus LawFemTechFinancial ITFintech FinanceFintech News Hong KongHolland FintechIBS Intelligence, Innovate Finance, LexisNexis Risk SolutionsMercator Advisory GroupNexChangeOvumThe PaypersPlug and PlayPR NewswireSME Finance Forum, and World Fintech Association.

Fan the Fintech Flames in Dubai this December

While many have been around for the fintech explosion over the past several years, few have been there for the sparks. For over 10 years, Finovate has fanned the fintech flames: New York in 2007. Bay Area in 2008. London in 2010. Singapore in 2012. Hong Kong in 2016. With the support of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and its Fintech Hive at DIFC, Finovate expands to Dubai in 2017.

A region widely known for its abundant supply of black gold and tall buildings, Middle East fintech investments are set to grow by 270% in 2017. As these governments and financial powerhouses look to diversify away from a petroleum-based economy and rebalance their agendas, focus on innovation, startups, SMEs and financial technology is heating up.

Our signature 7-minute demos will remain at the core of FinovateMiddleEast with 28 companies showcasing their latest fintech innovations live on stage. With applications from the Middle East, United States, Europe, South America, and Southeast Asia, we’ll reflect regional and international trends.

Through the expanded Finovate model, the Dubai debut will also feature fast-paced, short-form discussions from industry leaders. Content-driven panels, regulatory perspectives, and world-class keynotes will address themes and topics relevant to the MENA market and broader economy as well. So far, 2017 speakers include:

See the agenda here, and stay tuned — additional speakers will be added on a rolling basis and demoing companies will be announced in early October.

Fan the fintech flames with us this December. Save $400 when you register by this Thursday, August 17.

Last Call for FinovateAsia 2017 Demo Applications!

The summer is flying by and excitement for FinovateAsia 2017 is building. Now is the time to apply: the final deadline for presenter applications to demo is this Friday, August 18.

The event will take place at the JW Marriott in Hong Kong on November 7 & 8, and it will feature our signature, seven-minute demo format. Plus, for the first time ever, we’ll be expanding the event to two days to include deeper dives into the latest regional trends and macro issues affecting financial technology. This means presenters who are selected to demo won’t just receive time up on stage — they’ll also have the opportunity to connect directly with senior-level financial executives, venture capitalists, and other entrepreneurs, as well as influential press, analysts, and bloggers.

If you’re looking to take your company to the next level, now is the time to submit your application. In order to do so, follow these steps:

  • Review the informational PDF for prospective presenters at finovate.com/FinovateAsia2017DemoInfo.pdf. It contains details on the event, application process and criteria, presenter package, and pricing.
  • Once you’ve reviewed the PDF and are ready to move forward, submit your application by this Friday, August 18, at the following link: asia2017.finovate.com/application/.
  • We’ll review your application and will be in touch toward the end of August.

If this reminder is taking you by surprise and you need more time, let us know at asia@finovate.com, and we will happily extend the deadline into next week.

Hope to see you in Hong Kong for FinovateAsia!


FinovateAsia 2017 is sponsored by: Invest Hong KongCeleritiFintechLleida.net, and more to be announced.

FinovateAsia 2017 is partners with: Aite GroupBankersHubBanking Technology, BigData-MadeSimple.comBreaking Banks, Byte AcademyCelent, Conventus LawFemTechFinancial ITFintech Finance, Fintech News Hong KongHolland FintechIBS IntelligenceMercator Advisory Group, NexChangeOvumThe PaypersPlug and Play, PR NewswireSME Finance Forum, and World Fintech Association.

FinovateAsia 2017 – Save Big with a Super Early-Bird Ticket!

Though we’re in the heat of summer, FinovateAsia 2017 is just around the corner. Tickets for the event are limited, and we’re on pace for a record setting attendance in Hong Kong.

We’ve already received a number of impressive applications from companies looking to present, so this year’s event is shaping up to be one you won’t want to miss. On November 7 & 8, we will showcase 36+ of the newest fintech innovations via our signature format that blends fast-paced demos with high-quality networking. Plus, for the first time ever, we’ll be expanding the event to two days to include deeper dives into the latest regional trends and macro issues affecting financial technology via keynotes, panels, and fireside chats interspersed throughout each day.

To give you an idea of the influential companies that attend Finovate, see below for just a few of those who joined us in 2016:

  • Accenture Japan
  • Alibaba
  • American Express
  • Ant Financial
  • ANZ
  • Apple
  • Arbor Ventures
  • Asia Times
  • Asian Private Banker
  • Barclays Bank
  • Blackrock
  • Celent
  • Citibank
  • Commonwealth Bank of Australia
  • Cyberport
  • Dah Sing Banking Group
  • DBS Bank
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Envestnet
  • EY
  • Fidelity
  • Finstar Labs
  • Fintechnews Singapore
  • Forrester
  • FUJITSU
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Google
  • Hang Seng Bank
  • Hitachi Systems
  • Hong Kong Monetary Authority
  • HSBC
  • Invest Hong Kong
  • J.P. Morgan
  • KPMG
  • MasterCard
  • Maybank
  • Nasdaq
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Rakuten Fintech Fund
  • Standard Chartered Bank
  • The Asian Banker
  • The Stock Exchange of Thailand
  • Thomson Reuters
  • TMB Bank
  • Wells Fargo
  • Wall Street Journal

If you’re interested in joining them to watch the future of financial and banking technology unfold live on stage, then get your ticket by this Friday to lock in your spot at the low, super early-bird rate of $400 off. That said, if you can’t wait until November for your next fix of fintech innovation, we do have tickets left for FinovateFall 2017 (September 11 through 14 in New York).

Hope to see you at a future event soon!


FinovateAsia 2017 is sponsored by: Invest Hong KongCeleritiFintechLleida.net, and more to be announced.

FinovateAsia 2017 is partners with: Aite GroupBankersHubBanking TechnologyBreaking BanksCelentFemTechFinancial ITFintech FinanceHolland FintechIBS IntelligenceMercator Advisory GroupOvumThe PaypersPlug and Play, and SME Finance Forum.

Demo to 450+ Fintech Luminaries this November — Apply for FinovateAsia

The second deadline to apply to demo at FinovateAsia is this Friday, July 21. If you’re interested and haven’t yet applied, you’re likely thinking: Is Finovate the right fit for my company? Is the timing right? What would we show on stage?

Finovate events focus on the best and most innovative financial and banking technologies showcased via seven-minute live product demonstrations. Our conferences consistently attract high-impact audiences of senior-level financial and banking executives, press and industry analysts, venture capitalists, regulators, and technology entrepreneurs.

So if you are looking to:

  • Drive product adoption of the latest and most innovative solutions in fintech
  • Showcase new, high-impact technology in front of an influential audience
  • Generate press recognition, find customers, network with peers, raise capital, and discover partners

in the Asia-Pacific market, then there’s a good chance that FinovateAsia 2017 – with our more than 450 fintech professionals scheduled to attend – is the place for you.

If you’re new to FinovateAsia, take a look at videos from our inaugural Hong Kong event last year. Be sure to check out our post on the companies voted Best of Show, as well, and see what kind of financial technologies are turning heads in Asia these days.

And then apply ASAP. Remember, the second deadline to apply to speak is this Friday, July 21. Even though the final application deadline is not until August, applying early is advantageous – especially with early-bird discounts on the presenter fee.

For more information on applying to demo, please review the brochure for prospective presenting companies, then fill out the online application, and that’s it. We will be back in touch toward the end of August about possible placement in the roster for FinovateAsia 2017.

If you have any questions, please email asia@finovate.com.


FinovateAsia 2017 is sponsored by: Invest Hong KongCeleritiFintechLleida.net, and more to be announced.

FinovateAsia 2017 is partners with: Aite GroupBankersHubBanking TechnologyBreaking BanksCelentFemTechFinancial ITFintech FinanceHolland FintechIBS IntelligenceMercator Advisory GroupOvumThe PaypersPlug and Play, and SME Finance Forum.

Demo Deadline for FinovateAsia — Apply Now!

The first FinovateAsia demo deadline is this Friday, June 23. And with the surge of fintech innovation in Asia, we’re receiving applications from dozens of awesome organizations. Interested in joining us in Hong Kong this year? Read on.

Finovate is the only conference focused exclusively on showcasing the best and most innovative financial and banking technologies via seven-minute live demos. Finovate conferences consistently attract high-impact audiences of senior-level financial and banking executives, press and industry analysts, venture capitalists, regulators, and entrepreneurs.

If you have a cutting-edge product for the fintech, finance and banking industries, the upcoming FinovateAsia is for you. Finovate is a powerful platform to reach 450+ peers in order to:

  • Drive product adoption of the latest and most innovative solutions in fintech
  • Showcase new, high-impact technology in front of an influential audience
  • Generate press recognition, find customers, network with peers, raise capital, and discover partners

And with a limited number of companies selected to participate, the presenter-to-attendee ratio is hard to beat.

For more information on demoing, please review the brochure: finovate.com/FinovateAsia2017DemoInfo.pdf. And then fill out the online application: asia2017.finovate.com/application.

If you have any questions, please email asia@finovate.com. And remember the first application deadline is this Friday, June 23.


FinovateAsia 2017 is sponsored by: Invest Hong KongCeleritiFintechLleida.net, and more to be announced.

FinovateAsia 2017 is partners with: Aite Group, BankersHub, Banking Technology, Breaking Banks, Celent, FemTech, Financial IT, Fintech FinanceHolland FintechIBS IntelligenceMercator Advisory Group, Ovum, The Paypers, Plug and Play, and SME Finance Forum.

Fintech Luminaries, Lock in Presale Savings for FinovateAsia

This is the perfect time to lock in your spot for our second annual Hong Kong event before prices go up on Saturday. Not only do you save $600, there’s little risk since tickets are fully refundable through mid-September.

On November 7 & 8, FinovateAsia 2017 will showcase the latest products spanning the spectrum of fintech. The event features our signature demo-only format, followed by fast-paced discussions and deeper dives in the afternoon covering the most important topics of 2017 and beyond (a new piece this year!). If you’re looking to stay on top of the cutting edge in fintech, Finovate is the place to be.

But we know that’s not the only reason to attend an event—you also want to meet and learn from other interesting attendees. We’re expecting 500+ attendees in Hong Kong this year. The audience will consist of senior-level financial executives, venture capitalists, other entrepreneurs, and influential press, analysts, and bloggers. This mix ensures you’ll have good conversations with the right people about the latest in fintech and the trends that lie ahead.

Attendee Titles from FinovateAsia 2016

Get your ticket now before seats run out (space is limited). Presale tickets expire this Friday, June 16, so save $600 by registering soon.

And if you’d like to apply to demo your latest fintech product at the event, please email us at asia@finovate.com for more information.


FinovateAsia 2017 is sponsored by: CeleritiFintechInvest Hong Kong, Lleida.net, and more to be announced.

FinovateAsia 2017 is partners with: Aite Group, BankersHub, Banking Technology, Breaking Banks, Celent, FemTech, Financial IT, Fintech FinanceHolland FintechIBS IntelligenceMercator Advisory Group, Ovum, The Paypers, Plug and Play, and SME Finance Forum.