Finovate Alumni News


  • Coinbase Names Asiff Hirji as President and Chief Operating Officer.
  • Teams Up with General Motors to Support Military Discount Program.

Around the web

  • Forrester Research names TIBCO a leader in Enterprise Data Virtualization.
  • Entrust Datacard acquires cloud cryptographic service provider, Trustis Limited.
  • Finastra finishes testing to provide connectivity to the European instant payments infrastructure.
  • The Silicon Review features IDology in its list of the 50 fastest growing tech companies in 2017.
  • Credit Strategy reviews how Intelligent Environments won the Best Collections Technology Award.
  • savedroid initiates the first German ICO to drive broader blockchain inclusion.
  • Voleo enables cryptocurrency trading on its SimuTrader 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.

Finovate Alumni News


  • “Big Blue Backs Mobile Banking in Rural China”
  • “BRIDGEi2i Closes Series A Funding Round”
  • “NICE Funding! CallVU Raises $3 Million”
  • “Ping Identity Acquired by Vista Equity Partners”

Around the web

  • “Check Point Named Leader for Vision and Execution in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Firewalls”
  • Boku brings mobile carrier billing to U.K. sports and entertainment venues.
  • Thomson Reuters launches FX benchmark service.
  • Monitise no longer plans to sell its marketing content business Markco Media.
  • “Jack Henry & Associates and Inlet Partner to Bring Enhanced eBill Functionality to 4,000 Financial Institutions”
  • Wealthfront introduces its 529 College Savings Plan.
  • Intelligent Environments teams up with Queen’s University Belfast’s Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT).
  • Wall Street Journal features in a look at how employers are providing low-cost loans to employees.
  • Ally Financial announces completion of TradeKing acquisition.

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


  • CUneXus Raises $1 Million, Signs Partnership with”

Around the web

  • Tradeshift brings its procure-to-pay solution to Zurich Insurance Group.
  • Suffolk Country National Bank to deploy Fiserv technology to improve customer experience.
  • FIS joins the CardLinx Alliance.
  • Signifyd adds Bill McKiernan, founder of CyberSource, to its board.
  • Shoeboxed earns a spot on NerdWallet’s list of must-have apps for entrepreneurs.
  • Trade IT named runner-up in Wealth Management category of the Fin Track Awards for its Trading Ticket solution.
  • Nostrum Group CEO Richard Carter featured on the cover of the Yorkshire Business Insider.
  • Topicus Finance mentioned in column on the rise of crowdfunding in the Netherlands.
  • Simon Cadbury of Intelligent Environments writes about digital-only banks for TechWeek Europe.
  • “European Breakout List for 2016” features several Finovate alums.

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.


Finovate Alumni News


  • “The Next FinTech Unicorn? Rumored $150 Million Heading to Kabbage
  • “Reparo Loves Mambu: Partnership Brings New Loan Options to UK SMEs”

Around the web

  • Datamonitor looks at how “wealth giants” are responding to the challenge of robo-advisors like Betterment.
  • Atom Bank chooses front-office technology from Intelligent Enviornments and back-office technology from FIS.
  • Fujitsu’s PalmSecure biometric technology comes to Fiserv’s DNA account-processing platform.
  • e27 reviews technologies like LoopPay and the prospects for digital wallet use in Asia.
  • Brian Armstrong, Coinbase CEO, says bitcoin will be the world’s reserve currency within 15 years.
  • The Telegraph highlights Zopa in its look at the safety of peer-to-peer lending.
  • Kony launches the latest version of its mobile backend-as-a-service (MBaaS) solution, Kony MobileFabric 6.5.
  • Fox Business News interviews Realty Mogul founder and CEO Jilliene Helman.
  • itBit hosts Bankchain Discover Summit for financial industry professionals.

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.

Intelligent Environments to Enable Online Banking with Emojis Instead of Passwords


Do we dare call it “emoji-metric authentication”?

Courtesy of Intelligent Environments, online banking customers in the U.K. will soon be able to access their online banking accounts using emojis instead of passwords. The emoji-password technology is now a part of the Intelligent Environments online banking app, currently available on Android. Intelligent Environments says that it is in conversations with banks looking at making the technology and the app available to customers “within the next 12 months.”

Online banking customers will use a combination of four emoji characters (chosen from 44 different options) instead of PINs or alphanumerical passwords. Intelligent Environments says that its emoji-based passcode technology is more secure than traditional passwords, having “480 times more permutations … over traditional four-digit passcode.” The emoji passcode also has the benefit of being relatively easier to remember for many people compared to recalling traditional passwords.


“Our research shows 64% of millennials regularly communicate using only emojis,” said Intelligent Environments Chairman David Webber. “So we decided to reinvent the passcode for a new generation by developing the world’s first emoji security technology.”

See a video of the technology at work here.

Intelligent Environments demonstrated its AppSensorFS technology at FinovateEurope 2015. AppSensorFS helps FIs using Intelligent Environments’ multichannel banking platform, Interact, to identify and neutralize security threats in real-time.

Finovate Alumni News


  • Intelligent Environments to Enable Online Banking with Emojis Instead of Passwords

Around the web

  • KeyPoint Credit Union ($1 billion in assets) to deploy Architect Banking Solution from ACI Worldwide.
  • Misys welcomes Simon Paris, president and chief sales officer.
  • Wipro introduces its e-KYC solution based on its AI platform, Wipro HOLMES.
  • The 42 looks at Lending Club and Zopa in its feature on why people “should embrace P2P lending.”
  • EverSafe celebrates “World Elder Abuse Awareness Day” with its top tips to prevent elder financial exploitation.
  • Business Insider previews the looming competition between Stripe and Klarna as the former enters the Nordic market.
  • Pacific Life chooses GMC Inspire from GMC Software Technology to improve customer communication workflow.
  • IR Magazine highlights StockViews in a column on how innovations in fintech impact investor relations.
  • NerdWallet turns to Trulioo CEO Stepehn Afford on the topic of protecting small businesses from cyberthreats.
  • Renaud Laplanche of Lending Club wins spot among Glassdoor’s Highest Rated Small Business CEOs for 2015.
  • The Seattle Times profiles LendingRobot.

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.

AppSensorFS from Intelligent Environments Neutralizes Security Threats in Real-time

IntelligentEnvironments-logo_high-res.jpgThis post is part of our live coverage of FinovateEurope 2015.

Next to the stage is mobile and online security solution provider, Intelligent Environmentsdemonstrating AppSensorFS.

AppSensorFS is a software capability built into Interact, our multichannel banking platform, which enables the business application to detect and neutralize a security threat in real-time. It makes the application attack-aware. AppSensorFS deploys sensors within the application to detect potential threats. At its core is an expert system that makes real-time decisions to direct appropriate defense responses. AppSensorFS is a next-generation security solution with features specifically designed for Financial Services end-user applications. The framework extends to both web browser and mobile app-based solutions.

Presenters: CTO Clayton Locke; Product Development Lead Alan Brown; and Senior Software Architect Paul Spiller
Product launch: February 2015
Product distribution strategy: Direct to Business (B2B), through other fintech companies and platforms, licensed
HQ: Kingston-upon-Thames, London, United Kingdom
Metrics: 130 employees
Twitter: @IntelEnviro

FinovateEurope 2015 Sneak Peek: Part 5


The 70+ presenters that will showcase their new tech on stage at FinovateEurope in two weeks are now unveiled. To take a closer look at the presenting companies, we’re continuing our Sneak Peek series. Today, we’re featuring Financial Media Solutions, Fiserv, Intelligent Environments, mBank & i3D, Pirean, and Telenor banka & Asseco SEE.

FEUAuditorumCropped.jpgDon’t miss our other Sneak Peeks, available here:


Financial Media Solutions’ MAPPS simplifies Videographics, making it possible to create financial content in digestible bite size video formats for broadcast to any device, including smartphones.


    • Makes Videographics easy
    • Empowers institutional users to convey financial concepts in concise video formats
    • Rapidly broadcasts dynamic content to any client device, including smartphones

Why it’s great
Communicating client content by video is the future. MAPPS resolves the challenge of how institutions better engage clients in financial concepts, even via their smartphone.


Ian Park, Owner Director & CEO

Christopher Thomas, Marketing Director


Fiserv is one of FORTUNE magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies and will demonstrate next generation digital banking interactions.


    • Focuses on a truly integrated payments user experience
    • Allows customers to manage their spending habits and banking products
    • Visually stimulates consumers using augmented reality technology

Why it’s great
This innovation is geared towards the consumer and will allow greater control and transparency over their spending and banking habits.


Jonathan Atkinson, Market Development, Digital Channels and Payments
Atkinson is a Sales Executive in Digital Channels and Payments team at Fiserv, Inc., focused on new clients across EMEA, with previous experience in core banking and CRM.

David Abbott, Payments Lead, EMEA
Abbot has 25 years’ sales, business development experience in payments & eCommerce joined Fiserv’s payments business to support development activities in the EMEA region.


Intelligent Environments is an innovative provider of mobile and online solutions for financial service organisations.

Hopes to fight against cybercrime

Why it’s great
IntellEnvironmentPresenter.jpgNo firm is an island – we all have a shared interest in responding to the growing threat against cybercrime.


Clayton Locke, CTO
Clayton Locke is a keen sailor. He is hoping for calm waters come Finovate!


mBank, financial sector innovator & i3D, world-class provider of high-tech virtual reality solutions, developed an ultra-modern interactive digital bank branch.


    • Digital wall with unlimited touch points and innovative UI/UX
    • Proximity-motion-sensing and face recognition technologies for dynamic content adjustment
    • Integration with sales support systems

Why it’s great
mBankpresenter1.jpgmBank & i3D dare to challenge the traditional notion of physical bank branches with ultra-modern multi-touch screens, motion-sensing and face recognition technologies.


Jacek Iljin, Managing Director Sales & Processes, mBank 


Marcin Wiśniewski, Sales & Marketing Director, i3D


Pirean enables organisations to provide secure, people-focused access for employees, customers, and partners across on-premise and cloud-based applications.


    • Reduces lead-time to value for application access
    • Provides secure self-service capabilities for users
    • Introduces a single point of control and audit for all access management

Why it’s great
Pirean’s Access: One is an Identity and Access Management solution designed to provide a first class user experience anytime, anywhere.


Rob Macgregor, Pirean’s Principal Consultant and Access: One’s Product Manager

Rob Blowers, Pirean’s Development Team Lead


With Telenor banka & Asseco South Eastern Europe, banking goes mobile – changing customer experience and reshaping banking products & services to fit mobile, brought by Telenor banka in synergy with Telco, powered by Asseco SEE multichannel solutions.


    • Big data processing enabling relevant offer at relevant moment and place
    • Superb customer journey supported by straight-through processing and full automation
    • Utilization of synergy

Why it’s great
IT is a fully automated and personalized online handset loan enabled by Telenor banka and Telenor, powered by Asseco SEE.



Martin Navratil, Chairman of the Executive Committee at Telenor banka
Managing Director of Telenor banka responsible for the design and implementation of the bank’s strategy, having great experience in Telco and Finance sector.


Piotr Jeleński, Group President of the Management Board of Asseco SEE
Executive manager with experience in running and establishing new business in Poland, SEE region and Turkey. Managing international structure with over 1,400 people in 12 countries.


Marko Carevic, Marketing Director at Telenor Banka
Started his career in Telenor, initiated Telenor M&A initiative in financial services, currently responsible for entire customer value chain and go-to-market process.

We’ll feature six more companies later this week. To see them all demo live, get your ticket to FinovateEurope 2015.

Alumni News– December 4, 2014

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  • Xsolla partners with BitPay to bring bitcoin payments to gaming. See Xsolla at FinovateEurope in London.
  • MasterCard partners with Gates Foundation to launch innovation lab in Nairobi, Kenya.
  • App Annie unveils Audience Intelligence, a solution mobile app publishers can use to learn demographic data from users.
  • Access Development partners with Oklahoma Education Association.
  • Yueyu Fu, co-founder and CPO at Rippleshot interviewed at Benzinga Fintech Awards.
  • Intuit’s Quickbook Online Accountant is now available in the U.S.
  • Ripple to plug its real-time settlement protocol into Earthport’s payments hub.
  • Braintree is now rolling out its One Touch payment service outside the U.S.
  • eGift Card feature added to Wipit-powered Boost Mobile.
  • SocietyOne Closes Undisclosed Series B Funding Round.
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.