Fintech Trending: Australia and the Road to Fintech in Asia

australia_newzealand_flagsFinovateAsia 2016 is right around the corner. Be sure to visit our registration page and pick up your tickets today. We look forward to seeing you next week, 8 November, as Finovate returns to Asia.

When we talk about financial technology in Asia, we typically turn to places like Singapore, widely regarded to be the fintech “hub” of the region, or to Japan, with its advanced consumer economy (and increased participation in fintech events in the West, like Finovate and FinDEVr, or to China which was recognized by H2 Ventures and KPMG in their 2016 Fintech 100 report as follows:

China now tops the global ranks—swithin three years, China’s fintech ventures have gone from only one company included in the top Established 50 rankings in 2014, to this year China featuring four of the top five companies and eight of the top 50.

This includes Ant Financial, formerly known as Alipay, which as the world’s largest third-party payment platform, is the #1 company in the report, as well as Qudian, a Beijing-based student micro lender, ranked #2.

But there’s a reason why analysts refer to the area as the Asia-Pacific region, and part of that reason is the presence of countries like Australia and New Zealand which, while very much a part of the Asian financial ecosystem, are often overlooked in discussions about the growth of fintech in the area.

Turning back to the H2 Ventures/KPMG report, we see that of the top 100 companies highlighted, while 14 are from Asia, 1o are from Australia and New Zealand. This compares well with the U.K., a long-standing global fintech center, that landed 12 companies in the top 100. These companies include:

  • #14 Xero (F11; FD14) – New Zealand
  • #31 Prospa – Australia
  • #43 Tyro – Australia
  • #50 SocietyOne (F12) – Australia

As well as emerging stars:

  • AfterPay – Australia
  • Bright – Australia
  • Data Republic – Australia
  • HashChing – Australia
  • Identitii (F16) – Australia
  • springy – Australia

Australian and New Zealand fintech companies are clearly punching above their weight. As one illustration noted by Let’s Talk Payments, in December 2015, 5% of Australian fintech startups raised capital. Yet that 5% represented 14% of all capital raised by fintechs in December. Compare this to the United Kingdom where 15% of fintechs received investment dollars in December 2015, yet the amount raised was 11% of the total for that month. It is no surprise that China stands out as the true overachiever, with only 2% of Chinese companies raising capital in last December, but those companies represented 17% of all financing raised.

The takeaway here is more than a call for FinovateDownUnder—although that’s an intriguing idea. It suggests that more attention paid to Australia—as both a developing fintech nation in its own right, as well as a way for Western companies, technical talent, and capital to begin making its way eastward—could be well-rewarded.

See also:

  • 9 Australian companies have made it to the latest global Fintech 100 – Business Insider Australia
  • Australian FinTech Firms Recognized as World Leaders in FinTech – Cryptocoins News
  • Australian fintech founders recognized as world leaders next to tech giants Stripe, Xero and Square – Startup Smart
  • CBA takes pop-up innovation lab on a tour of Australia – Finextra

Our friends from Down Under

This discussion of Australia and New Zealand merits a reminder of how many innovators from Down Under are alums of our Finovate and FinDEVr conferences. In addition to those mentioned above, here’s a quick look at some of our more recent Australian and New Zealander alums:

FinovateAsia Sneak Peek: VIX Verify

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FA2016-V1A look at the companies demoing live At FinovateAsia on 8 November 2016 in Hong Kong. Register today.

Businesses trust VIX Verify’s greenID platform to provide seamless customer onboarding and develop integrated identity-verification services in response to increasing regulatory requirements.

Features:

  • Quick and accurate real-time verification using mobile or web-based process
  • AML/CTF and KYC compliance with global regulations
  • Multiple options to simplify the integration process

Why it’s great
Give your customers a smarter experience. With mobile onboarding tools and greenID’s latest technology, your customers can verify themselves anywhere, anytime and on the go.screen-shot-2016-10-04-at-10-42-24-am

Presenters

Ken Burrows, Founding Member & Global Head of Sales
With two decades of experience providing enterprise solutions to organizations, Burrows’ extensive background in the field of electronic verification drives the expansion of VIX Verify to the world.
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Gerald Soo, Regional Sales and Client Services Manager
Specializing in South East Asia, Soo has more than a decade of strong technical experience spanning the globe. He knows the ins-and-outs of SMEs and Fortune 500 companies.
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Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Darwinex Unveils Mobile App for Android
  • Two P2P Sharing Economy Players Team Up–Airbnb and Zopa

Around the web

  • Fidor Bank teams up with Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank to launch first community-based digital bank in the region.
  • Bank of Ireland to deploy UniversalSuite core banking solution from Temenos.
  • Jack Henry & Associates collaborates with Visa to accelerate P2P payments to debit cards.
  • Sberbank and MasterCard launch Apple Pay on Russian market.
  • Bluefin Announces Issuance of Patent on Decryption as a Service.
  • Eurogiro and TransferTo join forces to link mobile money with 500,000 bank and postal branches.
  • PayPal promotes Braintree’s William Ready to chief operating officer.
  • Commercial Bank of Texas hires Insuritas to launch insurance agency.
  • Cachet Partners with Viamericas to Provide Mobile International Money Transfers

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.

FinDEVr APIntelligence

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Our FinDEVr New York developer showcase was a success! FinDEVr Silicon Valley will be held October 18 & 19 in Santa Clara. Register today and save.

On FinDEVr.com

  • “OakNorth, “The First Cloud-Based Bank in the U.K.” is Powered by Mambu”
  • “Mobeam Barcode Beaming Technology Gains Broader Integration with Samsung Pay”
  • “Up from Down Under: VIX Verify Chooses Atlanta’s Transaction Alley for Americas Headquarters”
  • “Speed of Lightning, Roar of Thunder: Blockchain Unveils Off-Chain Bitcoin Payments Network”

The latest from FinDEVr New York 2016 presenters

  • Version 6.0 of PayPal app discontinues support for Amazon Fire, Windows, and Blackberry phones.

Alumni updates

  • “Twilio Readies for $100 Million IPO”
  • Let’s Talk Payments takes a look at the post-acquisition relationship between Envestnet and Yodlee.
  • Neyber selects Cloud Lending Solutions for loan automation.

Stay current on daily news from the fintech developer community! Follow FinDEVr on Twitter.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • “Finovate Alums Help Represent Fintech Innovation in Israel”

On FinDEVr.com

  • “Mobeam Barcode Beaming Technology Gains Broader Integration with Samsung Pay”
  • “Up from Down Under: VIX Verify Chooses Atlanta’s Transaction Alley for Americas Headquarters”

Around the web

  • The American Genius interviews Gene Austin, Bazaarvoice CEO.
  • Ripple and Temenos partner to power direct, real-time, bank-to-bank settlements for Deloitte.
  • Ignite Sales wins Gold Stevie award for sales and marketing intelligence excellence for a second year in a row.
  • Vantiv and Payment Logistics team up to provide EMV payment solutions for Action Systems.
  • Strongsuit interviews Stuart Frankel, Narrative Science CEO and co-founder.

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.

FinovateSpring Sneak Peek: VIX Verify

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FS2016-wdateA look at the companies demoing live to 1,500+ fintech professionals on May 10 & 11. Register today.

VIX Verify is a global leader in consumer on-boarding and identity-verification solutions. We will be demonstrating our award-winning, SaaS-based platform for delivering these services: greenID.

Features:

    • Global data and document coverage for over 3 billion consumers
    • Compliance with local AML/KYC/CTF, information security and consumer privacy regulations
    • Flexible integration options

Why it’s great
greenID is the only global, integrated, on-boarding platform that combines data verification, document verification, and facial recognition technologies to authenticate consumer identities in real-time.

Presenters:

VIXVerify_JenniferHughesJennifer Hughes, Business Development
Hughes is a financial services industry specialist with more than twenty years of product management, consulting and information technology experience at leading global institutions.
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VIXVerify_MarcoPiovesanMarco Piovesan, General Manager
Piovesan is a globally seasoned and dynamic senior executive with extensive experience successfully building and leading numerous multimillion dollar data, analytics, and financial software businesses.
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Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • “Cachet Financial Solutions to Power Mobile Account Opening for PAYTOO”
  • “First Data’s Clover Launches Ecommerce Solution”

On FinDEVr.com

  • Beyond the Bitcoin BlockChain: Coinalytics is Now Skry”

Around the web

  • Interactions partners with Arise Virtual Solutions to bring virtual assistant technology to customer care.
  • Aerospike releases version 3.8 of its database server.
  • TransferWise opens its remittance service to the U.S./Mexico regions.
  • Wealth Professional features Betterment and Wealthfront in a column on roboadvisers.
  • ThreatMetrix Updates Smart Analytics Platform.
  • “SITO Mobile Partners with Cardlytics to Power Mobile Ad Campaigns with Purchase Intelligence”
  • Bitbond joins SME Finance Forum.
  • Insuritas to power insurance agency solution for Inspire Federal Credit Union.

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.

FinDEVr APIntelligence

FinDEVrSV16-LogoV2(wdate)Our FinDEVr New York developer showcase last week was a success! FinDEVr Silicon Valley will be held October 18 & 19 in Santa Clara. Register today and save.

On FinDEVr.com

  • “Envestnet | Yodlee Unveils its Risk Insight API”
  • “Google’s Guide: New Book Explains How Google Manages its Cloud Infrastructure”

The latest from FinDEVr New York 2015 presenters

  • OutsideIQ joins fintech accelerator, Bank Innovation INV, as an API partner. See OutsideIQ at FinovateSpring in San Jose next month.
  • Vix Verify opens new offices in Atlanta, Georgia’s Transaction Alley as part of American expansion.
  • Chase launches OnDeck-powered SMB loan platform.
  • Praesidio ranks top 10 most-promising cloud-banking-solution providers of 2015.
  • API report covers Streamdata.io.
  • CryptoCoinNews takes a look at the recent funding for blockchain-development platform, Stratumn.

Alumni updates

  • “CardFlight and Miura Systems Partner to Offer EMV and NFC Mobile POS Solution to the U.S Market”
  • PayNearMe facilitates users to pay for their taxes in cash.
  • “BehavioSec, Nationwide, Unisys Team Up on Biometrics”
  • Crowdfund Insider interviews Snehal Fulzele, Cloud Lending CEO.

Stay current on daily news from the fintech developer community! Follow FinDEVr on Twitter.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Check out this week’s FinDEVr APIntelligence.
  • “Avalara, Signifyd Bring Sales Tax, Fraud Solutions to Magento E-Commerce Marketplace”
  • “Ixaris Receives $6 Million in Funding After Spinning Off from Parent Company”

Around the web

  • BankNxt’s BIGcast interviews CEO Steve Hoffman of SayPay Technologies.
  • OutsideIQ joins fintech accelerator, Bank Innovation INV, as an API partner. See OutsideIQ at FinovateSpring in San Jose next month.
  • Vix Verify opens new offices in Atlanta, Georgia’s Transaction Alley as part of American expansion.
  • Algomi partners with IPC Systems to support buy-side users of its Honeycomb network.
  • Bank Innovation takes a look at CBANC and its effort to make social media work for banks.
  • “AuthenticID Wins All Payments Expo Shark Tank with CatfishAIR Identity Verification Solution”
  • Chase launches OnDeck-powered SMB Loan platform.
  • “CardFlight and Miura Systems Partner to Offer EMV and NFC Mobile POS Solution to the U.S Market”
  • MIT adopts Ripple validator to advance consensus and blockchain research.
  • “LPL Selects BlackRock’s FutureAdvisor as Robo Platform”
  • CIOReview names Praesidio in list of top 20 Most Promising Banking Technology Solution Providers for 2016.

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.

FinDEVr APIntelligence

FinDEVrNY16-V2(wdate)Our FinDEVr New York developer showcase is next week on March 29 & 30. Register today and we’ll see you in New York!

Developer news

  • TechCrunch reports: Almost everyone is doing the API economy wrong.

On FinDEVr.com

  • “Financial Information Services Provider Markit Merges with IHS”
  • “Symbiont and Ipreo Team Up to Accelerate the Loan Settlement Process”

The latest from upcoming FinDEVr New York 2015 presenters:

  • Xignite to provide free market data for FinTech Sandbox demo participants. Join Xignite in New York for FinDEVr next week.
  • Markit to supply FinTech Sandbox with fixed income pricing and reference data.
  • PayPal to enable money transfers to Cuba via its Xoom acquisition.
  • 3dcart merchants gain access to end-to-end payment processing courtesy of Braintree.
  • OnDeck partners with Innovate Finance to debut Transatlantic Policy Working Group.
  • Markit unveils new tax utility service.
  • Intuit Developer Group Drops Financial Data APIs; Partners with Finicity to Ease Transition.

Alumni updates:

  • Let’s Talk Payments lists SnoopWall and Entrust in its roundup of the hottest mobile security companies.
  • Avalara teams up with WooCommerce to help online merchants manage sales taxes.

Stay current on daily news from the fintech developer community! Follow FinDEVr on Twitter.