Tink Launches Developer Platform

Swedish fintech Tink introduced its API developer platform today. With Tink’s API, developers will be able to take advantage of the company’s Account Aggregation and Categorization solutions to design and launch products for end users. The offering from the two-time Best of Show winner provides unanimous access to financial data from 300 FIs – all from a single API. By managing authentication and the customer-bank interaction, Tink’s platform frees developers to focus on the creative work of building and deploying new solutions for customers.

“Businesses can now come to us and implement something new in just a day, instead of having to wait for banks to open their APIs in two years time,” Tink CTO Fredrik Hedberg said. “By democratizing access to financial data, Tink is tearing down the barriers to innovation, and becoming the missing link that has stopped these ideas from becoming reality.”

The developer platform initially will support Nordic banks, with a broader European roll-out anticipated “soon.” The technology is already being used by firms like SBAB, which is leveraging the API to launch a “mortgage challenger” solution to help would-be homebuyers get the best deal on financing a new home.

Tink CTO Fredrik Hedberg and CEO Daniel Kjellen.

Tink’s API will also help developers maximize the opportunity of PSD2, new Europe-wide regulations that will enable third-parties to access consumer financial data upon consent in order to deliver innovative, new products to consumers. And while PSD2 regulations will not be in full effect for another year and a half, companies like Tink have been preparing themselves for this kind of relationship between FIs and third party developers since inception.

“At Tink we have been trailblazing PSD2 since 2012,” Hedberg said. “The ability to aggregate data is what has enabled Tink to grow into the business it is today. We know from experience that there are countless developers out there with brilliant ideas – but innovation has been held back by the lack of access to financial data.”

The company noted in its announcement that because it aggregates more than PSD2 payments data, its platform can be effective for developers in a variety of sectors who want to leverage financial data to better enhance their customer-facing products.

Founded in 2012, and based in Stockholm, Tink demonstrated its account aggregation technology at FinovateEurope 2017, winning Best of Show for a second time. Last month, Tink announced a partnership with BNP Paribas Fortis that will integrate its account aggregation, PFM, and payment initiation technology into the Belgian bank’s mobile app. The company was named to CB Insights’ Fintech 250 list last June. In October, Tink picked up $16.5 million in funding which took the company’s total capital raised to more than $30 million, and set the stage for further expansion into the European market. Tink also announced a trio of new bank customers: Nordea, Nordnet, and fellow Finovate alum, Klarna.

Daniel Kjellén, Tink co-founder and CEO, participated in our FinovateEurope 2018 debate: Who Will Seize the Day & Really Profit from the Open Banking Revolution? at FinovateEurope 2018.

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Tink Teams Up with BNP Paribas Fortis, Brings PFM and More to Mobile App

Best of Show winner Tink has forged a partnership with BNP Paribas Fortis that will integrate its aggregation, PFM, and payment initiation technology into the Belgian bank’s mobile banking applications. The integration will enable the aggregation of all financial data typically available on mobile banking apps and pave the way for new offerings for customers pursuant to the EU’s new, payment services directive (PSD2).

“We are beyond excited to partner with such a forward leaning bank as BNP Paribas Fortis,” Tink CEO Daniel Kjellén said. “Our product is in great hands since we share the view on how the future of open banking will be.”

In a statement, Tink said the first stage of the partnership will include the release of a new, multi-banking app for Hello Bank! in the summer of 2018. Tink and BNP Paribas Fortis will collaborate on updating the bank’s Easy Banking mobile app by the fall.

“The partnership is proof of a retail banking market that is becoming fully transparent and customer centric, where the innovators who choose to invest early in technology will gain insights that can attract new customers and expand existing ones,” Kjellén said.

BNP Paribas Fortis CEO Max Jadot said that collaboration with “successful FinTechs” and integrating those technologies into their ecosystem was “part of the DNA” of the bank. “We strongly believe that technology and changing legislation, such as PSD2, offer exciting opportunities for banks and their clients,” Jadot said. “Clients of banks can expect increased convenience and remain at all times in control of their data.”

A subsidiary of BNP Paribas founded in 1990, BNP Paribas Fortis is the largest bank in Belgium, and is the latest bank to partner with Tink. The Swedish fintech made agreements with Nordea, Nordnet, and fellow Finovate alum Klarna in 2017, and added SEB and ABN AMRO as partners in 2016.

Tink demonstrated its technology at FinovateEurope 2017, winning Best of Show for its independent PFM app that combines aggregation and account information with payment initiation services. Last fall, the company picked up an investment of $16.5 million in a round that brought its total capital to $30.5 million. Founded in 2012 and headquartered in Stockholm, Tink earned a spot on CB Insights’ Fintech 250 list last summer. The company has 50 employees and more than 400,000 Swedish users of its app.

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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.

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Tink Receives $16.5 Million in Funding, Announces Expansion, New Clients

Swedish-born PFM app Tink has landed $16.5 million today for its personal financial management app and packaged APIs. The funds come from SEB, Nordea, Nordnet, ABN Amro, Creades and Sunstone and brings the company’s total funding to $30.5 million.

“This latest funding will allow us to put great focus on the European market, scale our offer, and help banks to keep pace with the expectations of their customers,” said Daniel Kjellén, co-founder and CEO of Tink. “We see this need continuing to grow as customers exert their rights to access their financial information and take control of their money.”

In addition to expanding its pocketbook, the company has also broadened its horizons. Not only has Tink signed licensing agreements with Nordea, Nordnet, and Klarna, it also announced plans to further its European expansion. Today’s partnerships add to the company’s existing agreements with Sweden-based SEB and Dutch-based ABN Amro who teamed up with Tink last year. Through the partnerships, Nordea, Nordnet, and Klarna can integrate Tink’s aggregation, payment initiation technology, and PFM platform into their existing customer channels. Klarna, a bank focused on the online payment experience, demoed its flagship payment technology at FinovateSpring 2012.

Kjellén announced that the company will be live in 10 European countries at the beginning of 2018. He said that Tink’s technology “transforms the industry” by assisting banks to build a customer experience that helps clients understand their finances, make smarter choices, and “ultimately brings them financial happiness.” Kjellén continued, “We see today’s announcement as evidence of a new generation of bank and fintech partnerships. By working together, we are paving the way for a new era of banking in Europe – unlocking the market to create greater choice and a better deal for consumers.”

Tink is an active supporter of the European Union’s proposed PSD2 legislation and has campaigned for greater consumer access to their financial data. The company’s APIs enable banks to plug-and-play account aggregation, payment initiation, PFM, and product recommendation technology in a single platform.

Tink has 50 employees and was founded in 2012. The Tink app has more than 400,000 users in Sweden. This summer the company earned a place on CB Insights’ Fintech 250 list., Kjellén, along with the company’s Commercial Director Tashi Sylten, took home a Best of Show win for their demo of Tink at FinovateEurope 2017 in London. Three years earlier, at FinovateEurope 2014, the company won Best of Show for its debut of the Tink platform.

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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.

Algomi

AutoGravity

Avalara

Behalf

Betterment

Blend

Chain

Coinbase

Credit Karma

Currencycloud

CurrencyFair

Fenergo

Financeit

Gusto (formerly ZenPayroll)

Juvo

Kabbage

Kensho

Kreditech

Klarna

LendUp

Moneytree

PayNearMe

Payoneer

Personal Capital

Plaid

Quantopian

Quovo

Revolut

Ripple Labs

Roostify

Signifyd

SocietyOne

Socure

Tink

Token

Tradeshift

Transferwise

TrueAccord

Trulioo

VATBox

Wealthfront

Xignite

Zooz

Zopa

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FinovateEurope 2017 Best of Show Winners Announced

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After two days of live demonstrations of some of the most novel innovations in fintech, our FinovateEurope audience has made its voice heard as to which technologies represent the Best of Show.

This year’s award winners are a fascinating mix of Finovate veterans like Backbase, eToro, SaleMove, and Tink, all of whom have been honored with Best of Show trophies in the past, as well as newcomers like Dorsum and Memento, which accompanied their Finovate debuts with Best of Show awards of their own. And how fun is it to celebrate a company like CREALOGIX, a Finovate alum since 2011, that picked up its very first Best of Show honors this week?

A hearty congratulations to all seven of FinovateEurope 2017’s Best of Show winners – and to all of the companies that demonstrated their technologies at our London conference this year. From artificial intelligence and chatbots to technologies that make it easier for us to earn, save, and invest, yours are the innovations that remind us how valuable the relationship between finance and technology can be.

Backbase---Hi-ResBackbase for showing how artificial intelligence and PSD2 can turn a mobile app into a smart virtual assistant.

CREALOGIXCREALOGIX for its predictive banking in virtual reality technology that transcends complex interfaces to provide a user experience that accommodates emotion, creativity, and logic when it comes to making financial decisions.

Dorsum_logo_2016_cmykDorsum for its chatbot factory and botboarding platform that creates chatbots that combine human-like, natural language communication with traditional customer data collection and profiling.

eToro_Logo_VectoreToro for its worldwide social trading network of more than five million members that makes the trading and investing environment more social, more enjoyable, and more transparent.

 

Memento-LogoMemento for its Bank-to-Social Relationship platform and next generation mobile money app that helps banks deepen engagement with current customers and better attract and acquire new customers, as well.

SaleMoveSaleMove for its Engagement Platform that enables FIs and other companies to communicate with online visitors via chat and dual-cursor guided cobrowsing, as well as video and voice.

Tink_LogoTink for its independent, consumer PFM app that brings together aggregation, account information, and payment initiation services to provide a truly PSD2-compliant, virtual bank experience.

We had a great time this year at FinovateEurope and hope you enjoyed getting to know our presenting companies and the unique ways they leverage technology to solve problems. Thanks and gratitude to all of our sponsors, partners, presenters, and – of course – our attendees, for making this celebration of financial technology possible. We’ll see you next year!


Notes on methodology:
1. Only audience members NOT associated with demoing companies were eligible to vote. Finovate employees did not vote.
2. Attendees were encouraged to note their favorites during each day. At the end of the last demo, they chose their three favorites.
3. The exact written instructions given to attendees: “Please rate (the companies) on the basis of demo quality and potential impact of the innovation demoed.”
4. The six companies appearing on the highest percentage of submitted ballots were named “Best of Show.”
5. Go here for a list of previous Best of Show winners through 2014. Best of Show winners from our 2015 and 2016 conferences are below:
FinovateEurope 2015
FinovateSpring 2015
FinovateFall 2015
FinovateEurope 2016
FinovateSpring 2016
FinovateFall 2016
FinovateAsia 2016