Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • AutoGravity Introduces Sheng Wang as New Chief Technology Officer.
  • nanopay Launches B2B Platform for International Commerce.

Around the web

  • Fiserv announces agreements with five credit unions to deploy its core account processing platform, DNA.
  • PNC goes live on real-time payments network via Finastra’s payment services hub.
  • Fifth Third Bank picks FIS to provide real-time payments for customers.
  • The San Diego Union-Tribune recognizes Jack Henry & Associates as a Top Workplace
  • RightCapital ends its second year reporting $20billion total assets linked to platform.
  • Wired names Meniga one of five Reykjavik startups to watch.
  • NYMBUS completes SOC 2 Type 1 Certification.
  • Avoka named in Deloitte Technology Fast 50 and joins CRN Fast50.

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

  • Digital Experience Specialist Configo Launches Cloud Environment.

Around the web

  • Spanish bank IberCaja deploys digital banking technology from Meniga.
  • Fiserv to help prepare European banks for transition to real-time payments.
  • BBVA and Samsung partner to bring iris scanning technology to smartphones.
  • VISA announces bank partnerships in preparation for Visa B2B Connect commercial launch in 2018.
  • Everest Group names billpay service specialist doxo to list of Top 40 FinTech Trailblazers.
  • FST Media interviews Avoka Chief Experience Officer Derek Corcoran.
  • RealtyMogul wins Gold Stevie Award for Company of the Year in the Consumer Services category.

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

  • Token Forges Strategic Partnership with Envestnet | Yodlee.

Around the web

  • ACI Worldwide to provide “technology backbone” for real-time payments platform designed by Payments Network Malaysia.
  • NCR partners with Samsung to launch new all-in-one POS commerce station, NCR Silver Quantum.
  • Grab chooses TransferTo to deliver real-time digital payments to its drivers in Southeast Asia.
  • Meniga wins London Design Awards for brand design experience.
  • PayPal’s TIO Networks suspends operations to protect TIO’s customers.
  • Kinecta FCU to Offer Mortgage Harmony’s CU RateReset products.
  • App Informers lists Credit Karma and Credit Sesame in list of top 5 Identity Monitoring Apps for 2017.

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

  • Stockpile Raises $30 Million to Boost Millennial Stock Ownership.
  • Vera to Provide Data Security Services for GE

Around the web

  • Meniga expands global footprint with new office opening in Poland
  • Mediterranean Bank Goes Live With Infosys Finacle Lending Solution
  • Revolut expands services with cell phone insurance in the U.K.
  • Entrust Datacard joins the Industrial Internet Consortium
  • NYMBUS Introduces Next-Generation Digital Platform For Internet And Mobile Banking
  • CardFlight partners with Dynamics Payments to help businesses affected by Hurricane Maria by waiving monthly and setup fees for SwipeSimple.

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 Alums Earn Spots in European Fintech 100

Powered by collaborative Belgian innovation platform, B-Hive, and Dutch financial consulting firm, Alex van Groningen BV, the European Fintech Awards & Conference recognize fintech innovators working in a variety of areas ranging from the Blockchain/Bitcoin and Financial Inclusion to InsurTech and Payments.

The awards consist of a European Fintech 100 and a Top Three which will be selected from among the top three startups in each of the conference’s nine categories during a pitch contest at the end of September. Here are the Finovate alum finalists who will compete for top honors in their respective categories this fall.

Dorsum (FinovateEurope 2017)

  • Category: Innovative Banking Software
  • Founded in 1996
  • Headquartered in Budapest, Hungary
  • Róbert Kő is CEO and Founder

Meniga (FinovateEurope 2017)

  • Category: PFM / Robo Advisory
  • Founded in 2009
  • Headquartered in London, U.K.
  • Won Finovate Best of Show three times
  • Georg Ludviksson is CEO

Revolut (FinovateEurope 2015)

  • Category: Challenger Banks
  • Founded in 2013
  • Headquartered in London, U.K.
  • Nikolay Storonsky is CEO and founder

TWINO (FinovateEurope 2016)

  • Category: Alternative Finance
  • Founded in 2015
  • Headquartered in Riga, Latvia
  • Jevgenijs Kazanins is CEO

Below are the Finovate alums that have been named to the European Fintech 100.

 

 

 

 

See the full European Fintech 100 list.

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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.