FinovateFall Sneak Peek: ITSector

A look at the companies demoing live at FinovateFall on September 11 through 14 in New York. Pick up your tickets today and save your spot.

ITSector is an IT company specializing in credit solutions and digital transformation.

Features

  • Credit origination solution contemplating all stages of credit lifecycle and all types of credit
  • UI with bots and augmented reality
  • Proactive banking with instant messaging

Why it’s great
Flowcredit is a management platform to all credit contracting stages. It is the perfect banking solution for the entire credit lifecycle.

Presenters

Sara Martins, Business Developer
With a background in management, Martins is responsible for exploring market opportunities and for building key customer relationships.
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Ana Silva, Marketing Manager
Silva implements and executes ITSector’s strategic marketing plan, helping build brand value and increase sales.
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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

FinovateEurope Sneak Peek: ITSector

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Screen Shot 2017-01-23 at 4.27.53 PMA look at the companies demoing live at FinovateEurope on the 7 and 8 of February 2017 in London. Pick up your tickets today and save your spot.

ITSector, a software development company specialized in the digital transformation in financial sector, presents a new IM customer service with autonomous “bots” for its credit solutions.

Features

  • Mobile app that allows clients to get to know in-store purchase loan conditions (using AR)
  • A text contact center solution (using IM platforms)
  • An automatic answering system (using “bots”)

Why it’s great
ITSector will demonstrate a real-time and non-traditional way of accessing banking solutions and customer services through every day instant messaging bots.

Presenters

ITSector_JoaoPinto2João Pinto, CEO
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Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • WorkFusion Closes $35 Million in Funding

Around the web

  • Klarna teams up with ASOS Partners to bring “pay after delivery” to Nordics.
  • Luxembourg’s Rakuten Europe Bank goes live with core and digital banking technology from Temenos.
  • Wipro to acquire Brazilian IT banking services provider, InfoSERVER.
  • Let’s Talk Payments interviews Kontomatik CEO Marcin Truszel.
  • Financial transactions optimized using Nomis Solutions technology exceeds $1.5 trillion in 2016.
  • Finextra: Worldpay partners UnionPay for bumper Chinese New Year.
  • Truphone launches Global SMS recording solving the Blackberry migration challenge.
  • Sberbank launches a new corporate online banking platform designed together with IBM iX.
  • WISeKey partners with Stratumn to use Blockchain for real-time accountability and traceability.

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.

International Women’s Day: Celebrating Females in Fintech

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One question I’m always asked during a Finovate networking session is, “Why don’t you put more women on stage?” My answer: we don’t dictate the gender of the company’s presenter. We leave that decision up to the company.

This post is to celebrate the fintech industry’s growth of female inclusion. At the first Finovate conference in 2007, there were zero women on stage. Last month, at FinovateEurope 2016, 20% of the companies featured a woman on stage (party on!). Here’s a look at the ladies of FinovateEurope 2016:

AdviceRobo’s CCO Rosali Steenkamer

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BankersLab’s Co-founder and CEO Michelle Katics

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CREALOGIX’s Geraldine Critchley, head of digital marketing

ebankIT’s Diana Winstanley, business development

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Envestnet’s SVP Molly Pandya, product management

Ethoca’s Helene Ladjadj, senior manager, issuer relations, EMEA

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EyeVerify’s Director of Marketing Tinna Hung

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IT Sector’s Inês Domingues, market manager

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Livian Technologies’s Raquel Oliveira, head of product

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myInvenio’s Modesta Jonauskyte, sales and marketing assistant

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Outshared’s Director Irene van den Brink

SBDA Group’s Anna Laskovaya, project manager

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Spiff’s CMO Kristin Moller

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While not all of these women are CEOs of their company, each plays a role in removing women from the “endangered species list” of fintech.

While we still have a long way to go, we can all be encouraged by the movement that has already taken place and the global initiatives that have sparked growth. The FemTech Leaders MeetUp, organized by Ghela Boskovich and Michelle Moffatt, has held three successful events this year (I attended the London meetup last month, and the attendance was impressive).

If you’re interested in attending a FemTech leaders event (men are also invited to attend), check out the upcoming meetup in Sydney or RSVP for the meetup in New York after the first day of FinDEVr New York on March 29. It’s less than a 10-minute walk from the venue.

This post wouldn’t be complete without a shoutout to the ladies of Finovate and FinDEVr; the women who help make our events happen (editor’s note: And of course, Julie Schicktanz, the author of this post):

  • Leah Baldwin
  • Dom Marczak
  • Emily Olyarchuk
  • Erika Sanchez
  • Kate Schultz
  • Kate Stolte
  • Heather Stowell
  • Paula Wrzecionowska

Be sure to check out our celebration of International Women’s Day on the FinDEVr blog.

FinovateEurope Sneak Peek: ITSector

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FEULogowithDateA look at the companies demoing live to 1,500 fintech professionals. Register today.

ITSector SA, a company with long experience in the financial area, presents omnichannel credit products to minimize the credit process and improve user experience.

Features include:

  • Mobile app for consumer credit
  • Beacons and push-up notifications
  • Credit simulation using augmented reality
  • Workflow for real-time credit approval
  • Channel to the store to manage the credit sales

Why it’s great

Our solution is dedicated to consumer credit, 100% integrated between the client, the bank, and the stores with different channels, using beacons and augmented reality.

Presenter

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Almeida has experience in project management, business and technical requirements analysis, and application technical architecture definition. He specializes in banking and telcos IT services.
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ITsector_MariaDominguesMaria Domingues, Market Manager
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Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Mitek Partners with Harland Clarke to Improve RDC Security”
  • Pindrop Raises $75 Million for Phone-printing Authentication”

Around the web

  • Gate City Bank ($1.9 billion in assets) chooses DNA core account processing platform from Fiserv.
  • Powered by FIS, the Venture Center is now accepting applications for its VC Fintech accelerator.
  • Venmo adds in-app merchant payments.
  • Algomi wins Risk Magazine’s “Trading Technology Product of the Year for the Buy-Side” for a second year in a row.
  • Experian enhances Small Business Credit Share program.
  • Credit Karma surpasses milestone: serves 50 million users who use Credit Karma to manage $3 trillion in debt.
  • Check Point releases new hardware to address cyber security and protection.

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.

ebankIT to Help Banks Embrace Massively MultiChannel Banking

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You met them as IT Sector Group. Now say hello to the company’s very own multichannel banking solution provider, ebankIT.

ebankIT was created in January 2014 by IT Sector Group, just weeks before its FinovateEurope debut. The mission? Building truly multichannel banking solutions that embrace trends both social (a Facebook banking app) and technological (Internet banking for Google Glass). And it will be interesting to see just how far they’ve come when they return to the Finovate stage in February.
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“Our presentation at FinovateEurope 2015 aims to maximize the interaction of financial institutions and clients by extending the concept of omnichannel and social banking,” said ebankIT Marketing and Communications Director, Lis Ferreira. In a conversation a few days ago, Ferreira highlighted the company’s initiatives over the past several months. Specifically, she pointed to the launch of the first Portuguese banking app for Google Glass, released last month by Banco Big. And in October, the release of PIM – Personal Investment Manager, a mobile trading app for stocks and other financial instruments.
At the same time, the company has picked up a number of clients, including financial institutions in Poland, Mozambique, and Angola.
    • Activo Bank
    • Atlantico (Lisboa)
    • Caixa Geral de Depositos (Portugal)
    • Millennium Bank (Poland)
    • Millennium BIM (Mozambique)
    • Standard Bank (Mozambique)
Specific deployments have varied. But each represents a step forward in engaging banking customers on their preferred channels. ebankIT’s solutions include not just novel solutions for wearables and social banking, but self-service banking kiosks, contact centers, account management, branch front desk services, as well. The company also provides tools for financial professionals such as Commercial GPS (demoed at FinvoateEurope 2014), which makes it easier for sales executive to manage deals at the desk or on the go.
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(Above: IT Sector’s Joao Pinto, Director, and Vitor Barros, IT Architect, demonstrating Commercial GPS)
Ferreira admits that many of the bigger banks can be “afraid to open up to new companies.” But eBankIT has been fortunate in that clients have been proactive in contacting them. Additionally, there are some areas, such as the Iberian Peninsula and Eastern Europe, where interest is very high. Ferreira singled out Poland, where its solution for Millennium Bank was ranked as an “Internet banking leader” by Newsweek magazine, for especially high praise: “Polish bankers are some of the most eager of those looking for innovation. They are constantly changing. Whatever is new they want to have it.” 
Fortunately, we won’t have to wait long to find out what’s new from ebankIT. The company will be demoing its latest technology at FinovateEurope 2015 February 10 & 11.

ITSector’s Commercial Sales GPS Helps Out Financial Institutions’ Sales People

This post is part of our live coverage of FinovateEurope 2014.

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Starting off the final session today, ITSector debuted its Commercial Sales GPS to help out financial institutions’ sales teams:
“Commercial Sales GPS offers financial institutions’ sales teams a solution to guide all commercial effort, including mobile access from everywhere. The main aim of the solution is to provide global information for commercial activity, including:
    1. Windows 8 Mobile Tablet – front end for accessing maps and detailed management information and Proactivity map
    2. Action Tool for Commercial Managers – guidance for commercial effort
    3. Tool for achieving Cycle Proactivity – planning, scheduling, preparation, and report overview
The software, based on Microsoft Dynamics CRM, will cover the main activities of the sales process, from account planning, all the way through visit scheduling, preparation, and execution up to monitoring.”
Presenting João Pinto (Director) and Vitor Barros (IT Architect)

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Product Launch: February 2014
Metrics: €9M in 2013 revenues, 200 employees in 2013
Product distribution strategy: Direct to Business (B2B)
HQ: Porto, Portugal
Founded: April 2005
Website: itsector.pt

FinovateEurope 2014 Sneak Peek: Part 4

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FinovateEurope 2014 is officially less than one month away. We will be returning to Old Billingsgate Market Hall in London for our fourth event in Europe and are excited to see and share the variety of fintech innovation our presenters will have on display. Get your ticket here today and see all 66 demos live.

Our Sneak Peek series is designed to help you get to know a little bit about each of our presenters ahead of time. If you’ve missed any of our earlier installments, take a look at FinovateEurope 2014 Sneak Peeks 1-3 below.

And now, meet another six companies who will be demoing next month at FinovateEurope 2014.


IT_Sector_lo_res_logo.jpgIT Sector presents a new approach to sales. Enable your commercial team to plan and close deals while on the road, with less effort, more results, and satisfaction from customers.

Features:

  • Commercial lead generator
  • Portable Sales Office
  • Real-time access to commercial management
Why it’s great:
Close more deals with less effort with our innovative commercial GPS solution that covers the main activities of the sales process. Our software shines with strong usability and compelling value.

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Joao Lima Pinto, IT Sector Board of Directors
Background in financial institutions and multichannel solutions. Masters and PhD from UMIST (UK).


nous_lo_res_logo.jpgNous operates a free, day-trading simulator app which collects real-time predictions blended to generate a financial sentiment feed to help you predict the markets.

Features:

  • A mobile app gathering predictions from thousands of traders worldwide competing for prizes
  • Real-time feeds help you predict markets
  • Feeds use the intuitive and analytical abilities of real people
Why it’s great:
Our Spark Feed crowdsources alpha to help you understand and predict the markets.

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Justin Short, CEO and Founder
Justin has worked in finance for 16 years, building quantitative algorithmic trading systems, strategies and teams.

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Mick Horgan, Co-Founder
Mick has ten years experience building real time decision applications with Pega Systems. Prior to moving into software development. Mick worked as a turbine field engineer mostly in Africa and Taiwan.


Pixeliris_lo_res_logo.jpgPixeliris’ CopSonic enables contactless sonic and ultrasonic communication between smart devices and mobile payment and passwordless authentication available on phones and smartphones.

Features:
  • It turns any phone into a mobile payment device
  • It is truly contactless and entirely secure thanks to One Time Password and strong authentication
  • It replaces standard online passwords
Why it’s great:
With CopSonic, pay anywhere with any phone.

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Brian Roeten, Director of Projects
Brian joined the team in 1999. Today, his experience and skills enable him to manage the company’s innovating international high-tech projects.

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Emmanuel Ruiz, Founder
Since he has founded the company in 1995, Emmanuel Ruiz has initiated all innovations, from our first audio broadcasting systems to the recent sonic and ultrasonic contactless communication technology.



Temenos_lo_res_logo.jpgTemenos Treasury Management Dashboard App enables the transformation of treasury operations with a dynamic dashboard user interface accessible on a tablet device.
Features: 
  • Multiple source of real-time data accessible from single point
  • Rich, intuitive user experience reducing the complexity of multifaceted data
  • Holistic view of banks entire position
Why it’s great:
Visually excited dashboard enabling treasury managers to better understand the data and be far more responsive and effective in making critical business decisions anytime, anywhere.

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Dharmesh Mistry, UXP and Mobile Product Director
Adam Gable, Product Manager, Treasury
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Topicus_Finan_lo_res_logo.jpgTopicus Financial focuses on business lending value chain integration with innovative web-based technology.
Features:
  • The entrepreneur gets the lead of business lending
  • What-If scenarios to asses the financial impact of future plans in real-time
  • Freeing the entrepreneur from all banking complexities
Why it’s great:
Topicus Finan believes that self-service is an important factor in keeping operational and risk costs at an affordable level, while increasing transparency and fit with credit demand.

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Michiel Schipper, CEO

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Jamie Burink, Senior Consultant Innovative Banking


Yseop_lo_res_logo.jpgYseop is natural language generation software based on artificial intelligence that boosts sales productivity and turns each financial advisor into an expert without additional training.
Features:
Yseop automates the sales process from lead generation to the writing of prep-to-meeting reports, customer follow up and personalized marketing communications – automatically.
Why it’s great:
Yseop turns data into text, leads into clients, and salespeople into experts. Double your sales force productivity overnight with the power of artificial intelligence.

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Elizabeth Farabee, VP of Marketing
Has a background in inbound and direct marketing. She is passionate about Yseop’s personalized marketing potential in both the B2C and B2B markets.

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Arden Manning, Director of Communications and UK Business Development
Brings nearly 10 years of experience in public relations, strategy, and product management.