Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Yoyo Wallet Raises $15 Million in Series B.
  • Flywire Teams with PayPal for Cross-Border Payments Method.
  • Fintonic to Use $28 Million Round to Move Beyond Loans and Insurance.

Around the web

  • IdentityMind Global to offer Confirm.io’s document authentication technology to its financial services customers.
  • transcosmos to integrate with Tradeshift Japan to help businesses digitalize their indirect operations and accelerate transactional speed
  • Coinbase is reimbursing losses caused by the Ethereum flash crash.
  • Backbase scores fintech deal in Norway with SSF Bank.
  • Fiserv partners with GoldBean to provide a digital adviser offering extra assistance.
  • Meniga & Islandsbanki partner to deploy new card-linked offer platform reaching more than 30% of households in Iceland.
  • Jumio partners with Monzo for strong identity verification.
  • mBank moves into fintech vendor space with new digital banking system.
  • JCB International partners with iSignthis to enable SEPA transactions.

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.

Meniga Scores $8 Million to Help Banks Leverage their Data

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Digital banking solutions company Meniga has brought in $8 million (€7.5 million) today in a round led by by new investor Industrifonden with participation from previous investors Frumtak Investment Fund, Velocity Capital Private Equity, and Kjolfesta. This boosts the London-based company’s capital to almost $23 million. Meniga plans to use the funds to strengthen its R&D efforts and bolster its sales team to meet current demand.

Founded in Iceland in 2009, Meniga helps banks in 18 markets leverage their customer data to market and up-sell products and services to the banks’ 40 million end customers. The company’s clients include Santander, Intesa, ING Direct, Commerzbank and mBank. In addition to its focus on harnessing banking data, Meniga’s latest challenge is helping banks comply with PSD2 regulations.

Meniga CEO Georg Lúðvíksson and Chief Product Owner Finnur Magnusson debuted Meniga Challenges at FinovateEurope 2016 earlier this year. The API offers a variety of ways to help users with different savings personalities save for goals or simply compete with their friends to spend less. We featured Meniga’s Challenges in our recent overview of the savings technology horizon last month.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • 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.

A Look at the Savings Tech Horizon: Goals-Based PFM

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It’s no secret that saving money is more difficult than spending it. That’s why, since the dawn of fintech, startups and FIs alike have been working on solutions to get users to keep money in the bank. Changes in these solutions have been subtle but persistent over the decade-plus time that companies have had to refine them.

Missed the other five savings categories? Check them out:

For the next week, we’re going to take a look at six different categorizations of savings technology. We’re kicking the series off by focusing on PFM platforms that use a goals-based approach. Don’t cringe! While PFM and basic budgeting technologies may seem like dinosaurs, they have outlasted many other fintech innovations because they have a stickiness that keeps customers coming back.

Goals-based PFM

This category contains companies that have expanded beyond simple discretionary income budgeting to offer some type of goal-saving feature. Two good examples are Meniga, which launched Personal Finance Challenges at FinovateEurope 2017, and Qapital, which employs an If This, Then That (IFTTT) approach to saving. Qapital debuted at FinovateSpring 2014.

  • Meniga
    When U.K.-based Meniga launched Meniga Challenges at FinovateEurope 2017, the company’s CEO Georg Lúðvíksson referred to the new technology as “a new concept that is designed to motivate people with vastly different personality traits to become more financially fit.” The app-based challenges use behavioral psychology to motivate users to spend less and save more. In one instance, the app may appeal to the user’s competitive side by using social pressure to get them to spend less than their friends on groceries (pictured below on left). In another scenario, a cute Money Monster may appear at random intervals to get users to feed the monster by setting aside a bit of their cash (pictured below on right).
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Meniga offers multiple approaches to appeal to diverse users
  • Qapital
    Qapital appeals to Millennials by using an IFTTT approach to saving, which allows users to set up IFTTT rules that set aside money when specified triggers occur. The company has more than 200 prompts, or channels, that pull information from third party apps. These prompts range from user-controlled ones, such as “set aside $5 every time I publish a post on Instagram with the hashtag #blessed”; to more unpredictable events, such as, “save $10 every time the weather calls for snow”; and even, “save $3 every time an astronaut enters orbit.”
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Qapital’s IFTTT savings feature

Additionally, Qapital offers a savings feature that rounds up users’ daily purchases to the nearest dollar and deposits the change into their savings account. The Sweden-based company also supplies more traditional savings tools such as savings automation and goal-oriented transfers.


That’s a look at savings technology within PFM and how it applies to advice and goals. Stay tuned over the course of the week– we’ll examine the next five categories and investigate the companies that are pushing forward to encourage users to save.

Finovate Alumni News

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Around the web

  • PaySimple unveils new Service Point of Sale (sPOS) platform.
  • NY State Department of Financial Services to allow Coinbase to offer Ethereum and Litecoin to customers in New York.
  • Backbase to locate new R&D center in Cardiff, Wales.
  • Revolut announces £4 million crowdfunding investment round and launch of subscription service.
  • Scalable Capital founder and CEO Adam French earns spot on 2017 PAM Top 40 Under 40 roster.
  • Innovate Finance names Nous Global Markets, Moxtra, and Qumram as finalists in its Pitch360 fintech startup competition.
  • WePay customers can now use Apple Pay on the Web and Google’s Android Pay on the Web for increased revenue generation.

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

On Finovate.com

  • Trunomi Closes $3 Million Seed Round
  • Symbiont Completes Proof of Concept with R3, Credit Suisse, Ipreo
  • Qumram Unveils Compliant WhatsApp Social Media Recording Solution
  • Mastercard Now Allows Developers to Access Suite of APIs through Single Gateway
  • Check out today’s FinDEVr APIntelligence.

Around the web

  • D+H Expands Mortgagebot Platform with MortgagebotMobile.
  • Gusto (fomerly ZenPayroll) now serves 40,000 small businesses.
  • Entersekt and Meniga listed among 100 most promising African fintech companies of 2016.
  • Motif Investing transitions to subscription service; hints at plans to launch roboadviser.

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

On Finovate.com

  • Behalf Raises $27 Million in New Funding
  • Backbase Partners with Entersekt to Deliver Authentication Technology
  • EyeVerify Teams Up with BioConnect to Boost Payment Security.

Around the web

  • PittsburghPost-Gazette feature on local fintech incubator SteelBridge Laboratories quotes Om Kundu, CEO of InSpirAVE. See InSpirAVE at FinovateFall in New York next week.
  • Massachusetts-based Randolph Savings Bank re-ups with Fiserv for front- and back-office technology.
  • Wipro announces partnership with Stibo Systems to offer Master Data Management (MDM) solutions.
  • PYMNTS.com looks at TransferWise and its growing independence from bank partners.
  • Jack Henry & Associates Awarded by Aite Group for Core Processing.

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.

Meniga’s $8.2 Million to Boost Personalized Digital Banking

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This week digital banking solutions provider Meniga announced an $8.2 million (€7.3 million) round of funding it had secured earlier this year. The round was led by existing investors Velocity Capital and Frumtak Ventures, based in the Netherlands and Iceland, respectively.

The U.K.-based company has assigned the funds to bolster its personalized digital banking platform, an offering already in use by Santander, Intesa Sanpaolo, mBank, and ING Direct. Meniga’s platform, which reaches 35 million end users in 20 countries, does double-duty. It not only offers PFM capabilities, but also helps banks with PSD2 compliance by aggregating consumers’ spending data. As the company’s CEO and cofounder Georg Ludviksson said, “Now, in addition to supporting banks in helping their customers better understand and manage their finances, we can further help banks engage with merchants and be compliant with upcoming regulations, such as PSD2.”

Willem Willemstein, Velocity Capital chairman and CEO, has joined Meniga’s board of directors.

Founded in 2009 and originally based in Reykjavík, Iceland, Meniga debuted its Personalization Platform at FinovateEurope 2016. The new platform leverages PFM data to facilitate timely, targeted, and relevant communication between a bank and their client. The tool helps banks segment customers based on spending and behavioral factors to more efficiently and effectively deliver campaigns.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Finovate Debuts: How the Kore Bots Deliver More than Your Average Chatbot
  • DriveWealth Expands APIs for Wealth Managers
  • Braintree, Finicity, and Twilio Take Top Honors at API World Awards

Around the web

  • BankBazaar wins “Emerging Brand of the Year” and “CEO of the Year” at seventh CMO Asia Awards.
  • Fintech News Switzerland highlights Currency Cloud and Zopa in a look at London’s top rising fintech stars.
  • Boku brings direct carrier billing to Windows 10 phones in the United Kingdom and Italy.
  • Markit enhances WSO software suite to offer new levels of automation for syndicated loan market.

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.