KPMG, H2 Ventures Unveil Fintech 100 for 2017

It’s that time of the year once again: KPMG and H2 Ventures have teamed up to introduce their Leading Global Fintech Innovators roster, the Fintech 100 for 2017. The judges for this year’s Fintech 100 included more than 20 professionals from KPMG and other organizations with expertise in IT, data analytics, capital markets, financial services, and more.

This year 11 Finovate/FinDEVr alums made the Leading 50, with another 12 alums making the Emerging 50. New entrants to the KPMG/H2 Ventures roster include SoFi and Revolut among the Leading 50. All 12 the alums on the Emerging 50 are making their first appearance. See the full list.

Some of the highlights from the 2017 Fintech 100 include the observation that five of the roster’s top 10 companies are from China, as are the top three companies on the list: Ant Financial, ZhongAn, and Qudian (Qufenqi). The U.S. has a pair of companies in the top five: Oscar and Avant, and Europe and the U.K. each have one company in the top ten: Kreditech and Atom Bank, respectively.

Speaking of Asia, the Asia-Pacific region has 30 fintech companies in the top 100. The United States has 19 companies – the most from any single country – and the U.K. and EMEA areas have 41 companies in the list. The U.K. and EMEA region are also responsible for the highest number of companies on KPMG/H2 Ventures’ Emerging 50 list with 26.

With regard to sectors within fintech, the Fintech 100 breaks down as follows:

  • 32 lending companies
  • 21 payments companies
  • 14 transaction and capital markets companies
  • 12 insurance/insurtech companies
  • 7 wealth management/wealthtech companies
  • 6 cybersecurity/regtech companies
  • 4 blockchain/digital currency companies
  • 3 data and analytics companies

Alums from the Leading 50

Alums from the Emerging Stars

44 Alums Populate CB Insights’ Fintech 250 List

This week, CB Insights unveiled its Fintech 250 list. The research outfit selected 250 emerging, private companies in 17 sub-sectors of fintech that are changing the face of financial services. The roster includes 44 Finovate and FinDEVr alums that were selected using CB Insights’ data-driven process that analyzes company momentum, market participation, funds raised, and investor quality.

The list is in alphabetical order.









Credit Karma





Gusto (formerly ZenPayroll)










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PayU Investment in Kreditech Marks Largest Funding for a German Fintech

In a funding round led by online payment service provider, PayU, Germany’s Kreditech has raised $120 million (€110 million). The investment is the largest equity investment in a German fintech company to date. Kreditech CEO Alexander Graubner-Müller said his company was looking forward to bringing “point-of-sale finance” to markets where “reliable credit risk assessment” is lacking. Graubner-Müller added “Teaming up with PayU provides underbanked customers new possibilities and supports our mission of providing financial freedom through technology.”

In addition the record-setting nature of the funding, the partnership between Kreditech and PayU also represents what the company called in a press release: “the first such strategic cooperation pact between a payment service provider and a technology driven consumer finance company.” Pointing to its commitment to bring credit and financial services to the underbanked, PayU CEO Laurent le Moal said his company’s “substantial investment” in Kreditech will “help to bring pioneering machine learning and AI technology to the many high growth markets around the world that need better access to financial services.”

Pictured (left to right): Co-founders Sebastian Diemer and Alexander Graubner-Müller demonstrating Kreditech’s platform at FinovateSpring 2014.

This week’s funding adds to the $10.4 million Kreditech raised in a round led by Japan-based Rakuten last December. With total capital of more than $280 million, the Hamburg-based online lender has earned a valuation of between $325 million and $540 million, according to an estimate in TechCrunch.

Kreditech has processed more than four million loan applications via its subsidiaries, leveraging its API-driven, lending-as-a-service approach to make it easy for partners to integrate and custom-fit a variety of consumer finance solutions. These include loan application and credit risk management products, e-signature and customer service, loan refinancing, processing, and collections. The company is active in more than five markets around the world – including Russia, Mexico, Spain, and Poland, where Kreditech and PayU recently completed an $11 million (€10 million), 12-month pilot program.

Founded in 2012 and headquartered in Hamburg, Germany, Kreditech demonstrated its technology at FinovateSpring 2014. Named to H2 Ventures and KPMG’s Fintech 100 in 2016, the company added a pair of new board members last month: former Vanquis Bank CEO Michael Lenora and OneSavings Bank CEO Andy Golding.

Finovate Alumni News


  • Bitbond Gains $5.4 Million Debt Commitment and Undisclosed Equity Investment.
  • PayU Investment in Kreditech Marks Largest Funding for a German Fintech.


  • FinDEVr Alum Symbiont Scores Funding from China’s Hundsun Technologies.
  • Check out our latest FinDEVr APIntelligence.

Around the web

  • CSI globalVCard to integrate Visa Payables Automation into its paysystem Payables platform.
  • Kontomatik earns top 50 spot in the 2017 Dutch FinTech Awards. Join Kontomatik for FinDEVr London in June.
  • Australia-based forex broker Pepperstone to deploy Paydentity verification services from iSignthis.
  • Daon to integrate IdentityX platform with Experian’s fraud and identity platform, CrossCore.
  • ACI Worldwide’s point-to-point encryption solution earns PCI P2PE compliance validation.
  • Delaware’s Dover FCU to deploy core in-house processing technology from Jack Henry’s Symitar division.

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


  • Meniga Scores $8 Million to Help Banks Leverage their Data.

Around the web

  • Visa Checkout achieves 20 million enrolled accounts milestone.
  • Kreditech adds two new independent board members.
  • Tradeshift unveils major platform update, Magellan 1.
  • Kofax launches cloud-based document capture and invoicing solution, ReadSoft Online R9.
  • Mitek announces reaching $1 trillion deposit milestone for its Mobile Deposit solution.
  • OutSystems picks up SOC 2 Type 1 attestation report affirming quality of company’s internal controls and processes. Check out the company’s presentation from FinDEVr  2017 New York.
  • NIBC Direct partners with AdviceRobo to help it pro-actively flag mortgage clients that could fall into default.
  • Blackhawk Network Launches Website for Reward Prepaid Cards in Canada

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.

Investment from Rakuten Boosts Kreditech’s Total Capital By More than $10 Million


Germany consumer finance innovator Kreditech has just picked up a $10.4 million (€10 million) investment from Japan’s Rakuten. The new funds, which will be used to develop Kreditech’s partnership business, take the company’s total capital to more than $160 million. According to TechCrunch, the investment gives Kreditech a valuation of $313 million (€300 million).

In a statement accompanying the announcement, Kreditech founder and CEO Alexander Grabner-Müller emphasized how the capital will help drive the company’s partnership business. He also praised Rakuten’s investment in his company’s “mission to improve financial freedom for the underbanked through technology.” Kreditech CFO Rene Griemens added that Rakuten’s “strong market position in Asia” could be a “door opener” for the company which already has a presence in Russia, Poland, Romania, Spain, and Mexico, as well as its home country of Germany.

Kreditech is not the only fintech, nor the only Finovate alum, that Rakuten has invested in. The firm invested $15 million in Azimo this spring, and contributed to Currency Cloud’s $18 million Series C round last summer. Speaking of Kreditech, Rakuten Fintech Fund managing partner Oskar Mielczarek de la Miel highlighted the company’s “distinctive big-data-driven credit model and tech expertise” and complimented Kreditech’s “unique model of individual empowerment through access to credit.”

Founded in 2012, Kreditech demonstrated its technology at FinovateSpring 2014. The company’s solutions leverage non-traditional data and machine learning to provide financing options such as loans, PFM, and digital wallets to underbanked communities. In October, Kreditech was named to the 2016 Fintech 100 sponsored by H2 Ventures and KPMG—the same month the company announced that former mBank veteran Michal Panowicz was joining it as chief product and information officer. Kreditech launched its online POS financing solution, Monedo Now, in June, providing online consumers with instant financing of as much as $5,500.

Finovate Alumni News


  • “Socure Raises $13 Million in New Capital”
  • “Investment from Rakuten Boosts Kreditech’s Total Capital More Than $10 Million”
  • “Personal Capital’s Growth Leads to Additional $25 Million in Funding”

Around the web

  • eToro forges strategic partnership with Lufax Holding, China’s largest internet financing company.
  • PayPal teams up with Citibank, FIS to expand cross-channel presence.
  • NICE Systems celebrates record year in customer acquisitions.
  • SocietyOne appoints Maria Loyez as chief marketing officer.
  • NuData Security partners with Arvato Financial Solutions to combat fraud and enable a smoother customer experience.
  • Quantopian hires Marc Volpe as chief financial officer.

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.

H2 Ventures and KPMG Unveil 2016 Fintech 100


H2 Ventures and KPMG have released their Fintech 100 roster for 2016. Divided equally between 50 “industry leaders” and 50 “emerging stars,” the roster features 17 Finovate/FinDEVr alums in the first category, and 10 in the second. Calling its roster a “celebration” of the most compelling innovators in this “bold new space,” the H2 Ventures/KPMG 2016 Fintech 100 covers a variety of different shades of fintech:

  • Lending (32 companies)
  • Payments (18 companies)
  • Insurance (12 companies)
  • RegTech (9 companies)
  • Data & analytics (7 companies)
  • Wealth management (6 companies)
  • Blockchain (5 companies)
  • Digital currency (5 companies)
  • Capital markets (3 companies)
  • Crowdfunding (2 companies)
  • Accounting (1 company)

And here is a look at how Finovate/FinDEVr alums fared. Earning recognition among the companies in the Leading 50 group are:

Also noteworthy in the Leading 50 are Ant Financial, which acquired Best of Show-winning EyeVerify in September 2016, and Avant, which acquired Finovate alum ReadyForZero in the spring of 2015.

Additionally, Finovate/FinDEVr alums earning spots in the Fintech 100’s 50 Emerging Stars roster were:

The H2 Ventures/KPMG report includes a geographic breakdown of the 2016 Fintech 100, as well as a set of key takeaways such as increased geographic diversification, the return of lending, the continued ascent of Insurtech, and the appearance of RegTech. The report also notes that China now has four out of the top five companies in the report’s top 10, and eight companies in the top 50. The report says funding for fintech “continues to rise,” and its authors cite more than $14 billion in capital was raised by the Fintech 100 in the past year.

Kreditech Taps mBank Veteran Michal Panowicz To Lead on Products, Technology


Kreditech announced a major new hire this week. Former mBank executive Michal Panowicz will join the Munich-based company as its new CPIO (chief product and information officer). Panowicz will be responsible for Kreditech’s product and technology departments; he formerly worked for fellow Finovate alum mBank as senior director and managing director from the fall of 2011 to the spring of 2015.

Kreditech CEO and founder Alexander Graubner-Muller says he is “personally proud” to add Panowicz to the team. “Product and technology are the key value-drivers of our company and with Michal, we bring on board the experience and leadership required to realize our ambitious product vision.”

Panowicz has pledged to help Kreditech build “world-class engineering and cutting-edge digital finance products” especially for the underbanked. “In this untapped market, Kreditech has already built an impressive trajectory, with yet a huge potential to tap into,” he said.

mbank_stage_michalpanowiczPanowicz (pictured) is credited for helping lead the digital transformation of the third largest bank in Poland, mBank. A multiple Best of Show winner at Finovate conferences, partnering with companies like Accenture (FF13), Efigence (FE13), and i3D (FE15), mBank had earned wide acclaim for its financial innovation. Most recently, mBank earned three nominations to the EFMA Accenture Innovation Awards for its One-Click Payment Proposals, mAccountant (an automated accounting solution), and Click to Call solutions.

After leaving mBank, Panowicz joined Nordea, where he served as SVP and deputy head of digital banking. His long tenure in finance and technology includes stints at Alior Bank, Microsoft, eBay, and The Boston Consulting Group. Panowicz was educated at SGH Warsaw School of Economics where he earned an MA in Finance and Banking, and at Harvard Business School, where he received an MBA in 2006.

Founded in 2012 and headquartered in Hamburg, Germany, Kreditech demonstrated its technology at FinovateSpring 2014. The company this summer launched Monedo Now, an online POS financing solution designed to help empower the underbanked. This spring, Kreditech was recognized by the European Fintech Awards, taking top honors in the Financial Inclusion category. Also earning a spot in the 2016 Tech Tour Growth 50, Kreditech in March closed a $103 million Series C round, taking its total funding to $151 million.

Finovate Alumni News


  • Kreditech Taps mBank Veteran Michal Panowicz to Lead on Products, Technology

Around the web

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  • Sberbank and MasterCard launch Apple Pay in Russia.
  • AcceptEmail announces integration with Salesforce.
  • TransUnion unveils its Fraud Prevention Exchange.
  • PaySimple launches the first e-commerce platform for service providers.
  • Ethoca teams up with Lean Industries to improve dispute processing for card-issuing banks.
  • announces 8% dividend payout for new REIT, MogulREIT I. Read more in our coverage about MogulREIT I.
  • Overbond wins spot in Canadian Innovation Exchange (CIX) 2016 Top 20.

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.