FinovateFall 2017 Best of Show Winners Announced

Join us in a hearty congratulations for the seven companies that earned not just the admiration of our FinovateFall 2017 attendees, but their votes for Best of Show, as well.

With more than 70 companies demonstrating their technologies live on stage over the course of two days, some diversity in theme and topic is to be expected. What is especially interesting about our Best of Show winners this time around is that, while numbering only seven, these innovators still reflect a wide variety of approaches toward solving some of the most vexing challenges in our financial lives. These are the technologies that we increasingly turn to for help when it comes to saving and investing for the future, working better and more efficiently with our banks and credit unions, and safeguarding our property, our financial transactions, and even our identities against fraudsters, hackers, and other malevolent actors.

So hats off to the Best of Show winners of FinovateFall 2017. From Finovate veterans that have been honored by our attendees with Best of Show trophies in the past to newcomers who made huge, positive impressions in their Finovate debuts this week, these are the companies that help define our industry and show us the direction of fintech innovation to come.

Envestnet | Yodlee for its Financial Health Check that leverages account and transaction-level data to measure and score overall financial health across multiple dimensions including spending, savings, borrowing, and planning.

 

Finn.ai for its Virtual Banking Assistant, powered by artificial intelligence and available via channels ranging from Facebook Messenger to Amazon Alexa, which makes everyday banking simple and easy for customers.

 

Jiffee for its tap & pay mobile technology that turns any device into a payment terminal, enabling consumers to pay anywhere and everywhere without relying on plastic credit and debit cards.

 

Sensibill for its +Pulse solution that helps spot revenue opportunities from on- and off-card purchase data, providing a targeted prospect list for personalized, in-app campaigns.

 

SpyCloud for its monitoring and alert service that helps organizations better understand their employee and customer digital footprints by giving them visibility into their exposed credentials actively being traded in the underground.

 

Sustainably for its social good platform for consumers and businesses that turns the spare change from shopping into micro-donations to philanthropic causes.

 

Voleo for its social trading app that makes it easy for people to invest together, saving time and money, while simultaneously leveraging the collective wisdom of networked investors to pursue market-beating returns.

We want to thank all of the companies that demonstrated their technologies live on stage this year for FinovateFall 2017. From AI, the blockchain, and chatbot technology to mortgagetech, payments, and voice-enabled banking, the breadth of solutions and services shown over the past two days of our conference bodes well for the future of fintech. And be sure to join us Wednesday morning at 9:15 a.m. as we host our first-ever roundtable discussion featuring representatives from each of our Best of Show winning companies.


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 seven 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
FinovateEurope 2017
FinovateSpring 2017

Finovate Alumni News

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Around the web

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  • Banking Exchange profiles alternative lender, PayActiv.
  • The Silicon Review features Vantiv Head of Product for Integrated Payments, Moin Moinuddin.
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  • Total and Worldline Partner with Africa-based InTouch to help deploy Guichet Unique, a digital solution for retail networks.

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.

Envestnet | Yodlee Unveils New Financial Wellness Solution

 

After developing a two-time, Best of Show-winning PFM technology, Envestnet | Yodlee has introduced the next evolution in its emphasis on financial wellness. Launched last week at the Digital Banking Summit, the Personal Financial Wellness Solution is a new suite of apps and APIs that apply machine learning and AI to Envestnet | Yodlee’s vast trove of transaction data and analytics. The initial solutions from the suite, OK to Spend and Save for a Goal, give consumers actionable insights into their spending and saving behaviors, and provide a straightforward way to see, understand, and improve financial well-being.

In an interview previewing the announcement, Envestnet | Yodlee VP of Product Applications Katy Gibson pointed out how the new solution was an important development away from the conventional approaches to savings solutions. She credited a deeper understanding of how the average person relates to their individual financial status as key to this pivot. “The previous PFM model was well-suited for a certain type of consumer who was financially-engaged and financially-literate,” Gibson explained. “We needed to figure out how to better serve the 70-80% who care (about their finances), but feel anxiety, and are not very financially literate.”

Pictured: Envestnet | Yodlee VP of Product Applications Katy Gibson demonstrating the company’s financial guidance solution at FinovateFall 2016.

OK to Spend leverages data analytics to review and examine spending habits. The solution runs machine learning algorithms to create a holistic financial forecast that helps the user become and remain financially organized. Available as both an app as well as via RESTful API, OK to Spend anticipates future and recurring income and expenses and provides regular notifications and updates. Gibson praised the “single number simplicity” of the solution. “People are drowning in data,” she said. “The last thing I want to do is scroll through my transaction data to see what’s coming.” Instead, OK to Spend provides weekly and monthly communications, along with a calendar of upcoming income and spending. With Save for a Goal, consumers can manage and track savings goals across a variety of accounts and timeframes.  The interface relies on visual aids like progress bars and graphs, as well as alerts, to keep consumers engaged with their savings success.

Gibson emphasized the importance of customer engagement in a statement accompanying the product announcement. She sees the kind of “personalized user experiences” provided by solutions from Envestnet | Yodlee as an extension of the “relationship-based banking (that) has been the key to success and customer loyalty for financial institutions for years.” She added “helping consumers meet their financial goals is the best way to build lasting customer relationships.”

Founded in 1999 and headquartered in Redwood City, California, Yodlee’s comprehensive transactional data network helps financial services providers deliver a wide range of financial planning and wealth management solutions via mobile and API. A multiple-time Best of Show winner, Yodlee was acquired by Envestnet for $660 million in August 2015, and made its most recent Finovate appearance as Envestnet | Yodlee this February at FinovateEurope 2017.

A month later, Envestnet | Yodlee unveiled its Risk Insight Suite, a set of risk reporting tools to help lenders improve upon the data gathered from traditional credit sources by factoring in consumer financial information. The company partnered with mobile banking startup, Varo Money earlier this year, and last December announced integration with Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Financials. Envestnet | Yodlee is also a veteran of our developers conferences, most recently presenting at FinDEVr Silicon Valley last fall. At the event, Director of Platform, Product Management Deviprasad Kocherry and Sr. Product Manager, Mobile Platform, Deven Maru, discussed “Fast Track API Integration with Envestnet | Yodlee.” In May, Jeff Cain Director of the Envestnet | Yodlee Incubator, participated in our webinar “How to Make It in the Fintech Industry: 3 Startup Success Stories.”

Envestnet is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, and was founded in 1999. The company serves more than 55,000 advisors and 2,500 companies including 16 of the biggest banks in the U.S. and 38 of the biggest wealth management firms and brokerages. Publicly traded on the NYSE under the ticker symbol, ENV, the company announced first quarter 2017 results last month.  Jud Bergman is chairman and CEO.

 

Finovate Alumni News

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Around the web

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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.

 

Webinar On-Demand: How Start-Ups Can Make it in the Fintech Industry

On May 17th, Finovate hosted its first-ever webinar: “How to Make it in the Fintech Industry: 3 Startup Success Stories.” On the panel was Moven CTO Kumar Ampani, Clinc founder and CEO Jason Mars, and Jeff Cain, Director of the Envestnet | Yodlee Incubator as they share insights on what fintech entrepreneurs what they need to know in order to turn their innovations into the solutions, apps, and services of tomorrow.

What does it take turn your fintech startup into one of the industry’s great success stories?

The growth of fintech worldwide is creating more opportunities than ever for entrepreneurs and startups. The same industry that is making it easier for the underbanked to build a financial future is also making cross-border payments cheaper, safer, and more transparent for the world’s largest financial institutions.

And from crowdfunding platforms to chatbots, fintech is the place where the social and the “artificially-intelligent” are partners in helping us save, spend, and invest.

How can startups harness this global opportunity in fintech and turn it into demand for their own innovations and solutions? What does it take to separate your fintech startup from the rest of the pack?

Watch on-demand >>

How to Make it in the Fintech Industry: Startup Success Stories Speak Out

Join us on Wednesday at 11am Eastern as we sit down with representatives from three of fintech’s most innovative companies for our first webinar, How to Make It In the Fintech Industry: 3 Startup Success Stories. We’ll investigate what it takes for fintech startups to get their technologies seen, talked about, and ultimately bought and deployed by financial institutions, e-commerce merchants, and everyday consumers looking for technology-based solutions to their financial challenges.

Check out our How to Make It In the Fintech Industry panel:

Kumar Ampani, Chief Technology Officer, Moven

Before taking the CTO helm at Moven, Ampani was the company’s Chief Software Architect. Ampani is a technology leader with 25 years of experience in architecture, design, implementation, security, and successful delivery of high quality complex business and technology solutions. He is a graduate of Villanova University and Sri Venkateswara University.

 

Dr. Jason Mars, Founder and CEO, Clinc

A professor of computer science at the University of Michigan, Mars co-founded Clinc, the cutting-edge A.I. startup that created Finie, a financial personal assistant that emulates human intelligence and makes it possible to interact with your bank account in a natural, conversational way. His work building the world’s first open-source platform for constructing large-scale personal assistants has been recognized globally.

 

Jeff Cain, Director, Envestnet | Yodlee Incubator

Cain runs the Envestnet | Yodlee Incubator which helps developers, innovators, and entrepreneurs launch disruptive, data-driven companies and accelerate their growth. He is a corporate and business development professional, experienced in sourcing, structuring, negotiating, and closing a range of successful transactions. Cain was educated at Harvard University and Stanford Universities.

How to Make it In the Fintech Industry begins at 11am Eastern Time on Wednesday, May 17th. In addition to insights from our panelists, we’ll also have a brief Q&A session at the end of the webinar so you can ask the specific questions that matter most to you and your strategy for fintech success.

Remember spaces are limited. So visit our registration page today and save your spot.

Webinar: How to Make it in the Fintech Industry – 3 Start-Up Success Stories

What does it take to turn your fintech startup into one of the industry’s great success stories?

The growth of fintech worldwide is creating more opportunities than ever for entrepreneurs and startups. The same industry that is making it easier for the underbanked to build a financial future is also making cross-border payments cheaper, safer, and more transparent for the world’s largest financial institutions.

And from crowdfunding platforms to chatbots, fintech is the place where the social and the “artificially-intelligent” are partners in helping us save, spend, and invest.

How can startups harness this global opportunity in fintech and turn it into demand for their own innovations and solutions? What does it take to separate your fintech startup from the rest of the pack?

On May 17th at 11am Eastern, Finovate will host its first-ever webinar: How to Make it in the Fintech Industry: 3 Startup Success Stories.” Join Moven CTO Kumar Ampani, Clinc founder and CEO Jason Mars, and Jeff Cain, Director of the Envestnet | Yodlee Incubator as they share insights on what fintech entrepreneurs need to know in order to turn their innovations into the solutions, apps, and services of tomorrow.

Register now for your place on the webinar >>

Meet your speakers

Panelist: Kumar Ampani

Chief Technology Officer

Moven

 

 

Panelist: Jeff Cain

Senior Director

Envestnet | Yodlee Incubator

 

 

Panelist: Dr. Jason Mars

Co-founder and CEO

Clinc

 

 

 

Moderator: David Penn

Research Analyst

Finovate

 

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Envestnet | Yodlee Launches Suite of Risk Reporting Tools

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Data aggregation and analytics platform Envestnet | Yodlee launched a Risk Insight Suite today. The collection of reporting tools are aimed to help lenders bolster information gained from traditional credit reports by leveraging consumer financial data.

Using a co-brandable experience, the reports pull information directly from a prospective borrower’s banks to offer lenders an up-to-date picture of the borrower’s assets, income, and expenses. This detailed level of account information helps lenders with underwriting, origination, pre-qualification, and account review. The system leverages machine learning, along with a risk-based engine to simplify the review process and highlight any issues that may indicate a riskier borrower.

In the press release, Terry McKeown, Practice Manager, Credit Analytics at Envestnet | Yodlee said, “By using consumer permissioned financial data, lenders can obtain a complete financial picture of a borrower. This is especially true for credit invisible consumers who have no credit file or cannot be scored with traditional models, and for subprime consumers whose transactional data can help lenders make more accurate assessments of risk.”

Along with providing more valuable metrics for the lender, the Risk Insight Suite creates a smoother user experience for the end client. Because Envestnet | Yodlee pulls all necessary information directly from the user’s bank, there is no need for the client to supply paper bank statements and tax returns.

This is similar to the company’s Mortgage Asset Verification product launched in December of last year. In comparison, that offering is exclusive to mortgage borrowers, while the Risk Insight Suite of reporting tools caters to a larger audience. Envestnet | Yodlee most recently demoed at FinovateFall 2016 and at FinDEVr Silicon Valley 2016 where Deviprasad Kocherry, director of platform and product management, and Deven Maru, senior product manager of mobile platform, presented on fast integration using the company’s APIs. Since acquiring Yodlee in August 2015 for $660 million, Envestnet | Yodlee has built out its Advisor Now solution and landed a partnership with Morgan Stanley’s wealth management arm.

Finovate Alumni News

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On FinDEVr.com

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Around the web

  • UK food retailer, The Co-operative Group chooses ACI Worldwide to run wallet service.
  • Palestine’s The National Bank deploys core banking technology from Temenos.
  • Experian joins Marketplace Lending Association as an associate member.
  • Maine Startups Insider features David Joseph, co-founder of Davo Technologies.
  • Dallas News founder features Bruce Parker, founder and CEO of ModoPayments.

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.