Kantox Pulls in $6 Million from Existing Investors

Currency and risk management solutions company Kantox recently reeled in $6 million in funding. Business Insider reported on Friday that the U.K.-based company’s CEO and founder Philippe Gelis confirmed the round, which closed at the end of July. This brings Kantox’s total funding to just over $27 million since it was founded in 2011.

Contributing to the round are existing investors Partech Ventures, IDinvest Partners, and Mundi Ventures. In a statement, Gelis told Business Insider, “We have great traction so we did not want to look for new investors (something which is always very time consuming) but wanted to stay focused on the business and product development. We are getting close to becoming profitable.” He added, “We are progressing well and focusing on building sophisticated software solutions for our clients.”

“We built Kantox because we consider that foreign exchange is one of the few financial services for which you do not know how much you pay,” Gelis began the company’s FinovateEurope 2013 demo. The company serves as a marketplace where businesses can buy and sell foreign currencies; offering a low-cost foreign exchange solution that aims to undercut the interbank exchange rate. Since launching in 2011, Kantox has exchanged $4.5 billion for 2,000+ clients in 124 countries working in 35 currencies.. The company, which has offices in London and Barcelona, was recently highlighted in FinTechCity’s FinTech50 list of top European fintechs. Last year, Kantox launched Dynamic Hedging to help companies monitor currency risk in real time and expanded its API out of beta.

Finovate Alumni News

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  • Kantox Pulls in $6 Million from Existing Investors.

Around the web

  • Kasasa named a Best Place to Work in Austin for a third consecutive year.
  • PCF Bank partners with Sandstone to launch a digital origination and servicing platform.
  • Cloud Lending Solutions announces CL Portal, a new expansion of the CL Solution Suite.
  • PwC UK and Featurespace partner to provide clients with technology to combat financial crime attacks.

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.

European Alums Shine in FinTechCity’s FinTech50 2017

Less than a week before FinDEVr London 2017, we’ve learned that fifteen of the companies selected by FinTechCity for this year’s FinTech50, a list of top European fintechs, are alums of Finovate and FinDEVr conferences. This is up from last year, when 13 alums who made the list. last year’s list. Six of the companies on the 2017 roster are making repeat appearances: BehavioSec, Fenergo, Kantox, Mambu, Meniga, and Revolut.

Eight of the alums in the FinTech50 are headquartered in the U.K., three hail from Germany, two from Switzerland and one each from Ireland and Sweden. The judges for the FinTech50 are a panel consisting of 60 financial services professionals from banking, payments, venture capital, and public policy-making, among other relevant fields.

2017 marks the fifth year that FinTechCity has produced its roster of the most innovative fintech companies headquartered in the U.K. and Europe. The list is designed to focus on the technology innovations each company has developed rather than the amount of money the companies have made from their technologies.  In a statement at the FinTechCity website, the organization explains the sole criteria for inclusion in the FinTech50 as “the potential to become a game-changer or the competitive staying power to continue being one.”

Here are our winning alums for 2017.

Check out the full 2017 roster. FinTechCity also honored ten fintech startups in an honorable mention category, Hot Ten 2017. Ten companies have also been recognized as the founding members of the FinTech50 Hall of Fame, including Finovate/FinDEVr alums Currencycloud, eToro, Klarna, Nutmeg, TransferWise, and Zopa. Founded by Julie Lake (CEO) and Nicky Cotter, FinTechCity will also unveil the inaugural FinTech50 Asia later this year.

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Around the web

  • FlashFX to leverage Ripple for its new foreign-exchange payments-solution in Australia, using XRP for liquidity.
  • Blackhawk Network launches HawkCommerce.com B2B and B2C solution for expanding, distributing and managing gift cards and egifts.
  • Philippe Gélis, Kantox CEO and cofounder, and Alexandre Gaillard, InvestGlass CEO and founder, are listed among 10 French Influencers who “rock the global fintech scene.”
  • Luxoft named a Top 15 Outsourcing Service Provider by ISG.
  • Compass Plus updates TranzWare remote banking products.
  • Prosper to launch seventh generation of credit model, switches from Experian to TransUnion.
  • InComm partners with Wakefern Food Corp. to expand gift card programs.

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

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  • AnchorID Brings Custom Authentication to Credit Unions
  • FinovateFall 2016 Best of Show Winners Announced
  • Trustly Taps Oscar Berglund as New CEO
  • FinovateFall 2016: Live from the Twitterverse

Around the web

  • Kantox launches dynamic hedging to help monitor currency risk in real-time.
  • FIS brings its Cardless Cash solution to CO-Op Financial Services.

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.


Kantox Marks $100 Million Processed Since Launching API in Beta

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Currency exchange announcing that it has processed $100 million.

According to the company’s press release, thousands of transactions have been processed through the API in the 6 months since its beta launch. Philippe Gelis, CEO and co-founder of Kantox, told Finextra, “The huge uptake in our API during the beta launch indicates that Kantox is delivering genuine added value by offering finance departments headache-free automation of currency management and execution of customized FX rate-hedging strategies.”

This week the company released the API to 2,000 enterprise customers. It can be integrated with their in-house systems in just a few days. After the integration, clients can access Kantox’s services including:

  • Spot trades
  • Forwards
  • Market orders
  • International payments
  • Dynamic Hedging  
  • Payments Hub

The company’s API helps businesses manage frequent FX exposure by connecting directly to their ERP or treasury management system to control all of their FX transactions.


Since it was founded in 2011, Kantox’s 2,000 clients have traded $3+ billion in 103 countries and 34 currencies. At FinovateEurope 2013, Kantox CEO Philippe Gelis debuted Peer FX, a platform that enables companies to directly exchange currencies with one another. The London-based company has raised just over $21 million from 9 investors.

For more developer content, check out FinDEVr Silicon Valley this 18/19 October 2016 in Santa Clara.

Finovate Alumni News

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  • Kantox Marks $100 Million Processed Since Launching API in Beta
  • Savedroid Launches Intelligent Savings App
  • France’s Groupe BPCE Acquires Munich-based Fidor Bank

On FinDEVr.com

Around the web

  • Check Point Launches Australia and New Zealand Technical Assistance Centre and Incident Response Services.
  • Kyte Consultants partners with Featurespace.
  • USE Federal Credit Union selects Kasasa.
  • Blackhawk Network Launches eCommerce Website for Gift Cards in Canada.
  • Venmo named a Breakthrough Brand on Interbrand’s 2016 report.
  • Betterment for Business Surpasses 200 Plan Sponsors.
  • Payment Data Systems launches iOS payment processing SDK.

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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  • Quantopian Receives Undisclosed Amount from Steve Cohen’s Point72

On FinDEVr.com

  • Venmo Enables Payments in Merchant Apps

Around the web

  • Kontomatik introduces Financial Health Indicator for small- and medium-sized lenders.
  • Venmo’s in-app payments technology emerges from beta.
  • Kantox processed $100 million in transactions in the six months since the debut of its API.
  • Kony launches MobileFabric, which features a model-driven approach to mobile app development using microservices.
  • American Banker’s Association features results from banks using Fiserv, Buzz Points and Larky for customer loyalty and rewards.

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.


Check Out Who Took Home Top Honors at Last Night’s European Fintech Awards

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Last night in Amsterdam the 2016 European Fintech Awards celebrated innovators shaping the future of finance. A total of nine awards were presented to companies selected by a panel of judges for the quality of their pitch.

Four of the winners are Finovate and FinDEVr alums, including BehavioSec, who won the overall award of Best European Fintech Company of 2016:

Category: Risk, Intelligence, and Security
HQ: Stockholm, Sweden
Founded: 2009
FinovateFall 2015 demo
FinDEVr San Francisco 2015 presentation

Category: Innovative Banking Software
HQ: The Netherlands
Founded: 2003
FinovateEurope 2016 demo

Category: Financial Inclusion
HQ: Hamburg, Germany
Founded: 2012
FinovateSpring 2014 demo

Category: Best of Show, selected for the best pitch
HQ: Mechelen, Belgium
Founded: 2011
FinovateEurope 2016 demo

A total of 29 Finovate and FinDEVr alums were recognized in the European Fintech Top 100 list. Companies awarded on this list were selected by a combination of online public votes (weighted 25%) and a panel of judges (weighted 75%).

  • AdviceGames
  • Kantox
  • Aire.io
  • Klarna
  • AMP Credit Technologies
  • Kontomatik
  • Azimo
  • Kreditech
  • Backbase
  • Mambu
  • BehavioSec
  • mBank
  • Cloud Lending Solutions
  • Meniga
  • ebankIT
  • Nutmeg
  • eToro
  • Qumram
  • Scalable Capital
  • eWise
  • SmartEngine
  • Fenergo
  • TransferWise
  • Holvi
  • Trustly
  • IdeaBank
  • Zopa
  • InvoiceSharing

The European Fintech Awards are organized by Amsterdam-based publishing company Alex van Groningen BV. The company offers a great explanation of the awards: “The purpose of the FinTech awards is not to scientifically prove who are the best FinTech companies. The judging is primarily based on the judges’ individual ideas and views on the nominating companies using their expertise, knowledge and ideas.”

Finovate Alums Dominate The FinTech50’s Inaugural Hall of Fame


FinTechCity unveiled its new FinTech50 Hall of Fame this week at the Money 20/20 event in Copenhagen, Denmark. Finovate alums took six out of the ten spots.

The “founding ten members” of TheFinTech50 Hall of Fame are companies that “have featured on our radar since the days when they could reasonably be called startups,” say FinTech50 founders Julie Lake and Nicky Cotter, writing in The FinTech50 2016 Yearbook. “In recognition of their pioneering spirit and competitive staying power, we felt they deserved their own special place within a list of remarkable game-changers,” the founders wrote.

FinTechCity also presented The FinTech50 2016, its roster of the fifty hottest FinTech businesses in Europe. Of the 50 companies selected by the panel of more than 30 industry experts who poured over more than 1,200 candidates, a full baker’s dozen were Finovate—or FinDEVr—alums.

Read the full list.

Lake and Cotter called this year’s competition “the most hotly contested FinTech50 in its four-year history.” The founders also highlighted differences from the 2015 list, with this year’s roster featuring more companies innovating in “security, compliance, and risk.”

Also noteworthy was the number of European fintech companies from the United Kingdom (more than 30 out of the 50). The founders credited this to the U.K.’s broader access to funding, as well as the region’s local talent, and “favorable regulatory environment.” Lake and Cotter also praised other emerging European fintech communities in Amsterdam, Berlin, and Stockholm.

In addition to The FinTech50 2016 and its new Hall of Fame, FinTechCity also announced its FinTech20 India and FinTech20 Hong Kong. Finovate alums were represented here with Demystdata (FinovateAsia 2012) earning a spot in the Hong Kong 20, and Bank Bazaar (FinovateAsia 2012) getting recognition in the India 20. Lastly, The FinTech50 shared “The Hot Ten,” a roster of companies on their watch list for 2016. Here, Finovate alum, Ormsby Street (FinovateFall 2015), was recognized on that list.