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Alumni News-- January 23, 2015

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgInternet Retailer looks at the relationship between product reviews and revenue courtesy of a new report from Baazarvoice.
  • Xero highlighted as "our best purchase of 2014" by Business Betties.
  • MakeMoneyYourWay profiles EZBOB and its new business loan promotion, the New Year's Revolution.
  • Zee News' Money Guru interviews Abhishek Dwivedi, vice president operations at
  • Liverpool Echo features Toshl Finance in its list of must-have apps for busy moms.
  • Investopedia's guide to choosing roboadvisors spotlights nine Finovate alums: Betterment, FutureAdvisor, JemstepLearnVest, Motif Investing, Personal Capital, SigFig, TradeKing, and Wealthfront.
  • Benzinga Fintech Awards publishes its video interview with Gary Zimmerman, CEO of MaxMyInterest.
  • American Banker covers OnDeck's small business loan marketplace for institutional investors.
  • Pymnts interviews René Lacerte, CEO and Founder of about how to simplify B2B payments.
  • Mifos welcomes new partners: SkooliLabs and iSystems
  • Google Cloud Platform releases beta of Google Container Registry for secure hosting, sharing, and management of private container repositories.
  • BlueVine Grabs $18.5 Million to Increase Small-Business Lending.
  • Encap Security CEO Thomas Bostrom Jorgensen asks if biometrics provide a "false sense of security" in a column for Bob's Guide.
  • Akimbo Financial acquired by Payment Data Systems.
  • Kreditech Secures $200 Million Line of Credit.
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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Draw up a list of the top fintech innovators of 2014. Got it? Now tell me how many of your top 50 companies are not just impressive companies in their respective fields, but Finovate alums, as well.

If you are global accounting and consulting group, KPMG, then the answer is "more than half."

Of the 50 companies recognized by KPMG in its 2014 review of top fintech innovators, 27 have demoed their technologies at Finovate conferences. And of that 27, 13 have won Best of Show at least once.

The inaugural "50 Best Fintech Innovators" report is a joint venture between AWI Ventures KPMG Australia and the Financial Services Council (FSC). 

The companies chosen were selected based on four factors: total capital raised, rate of capital raising, degree of sub industry disruption, and "degree of product, service, customer experience and business model innovation." 

Writing in an introduction to the report, AWI Limited CEO Ben Heap explained why fundraising played such a prominent part of the selection process.

"These assessment criteria reflect the fact that venture capital invested is a relevant measure of innovation which in turn fuels enduring competitive advantage," he wrote. 

"Venture capitalists seek this enduring competitive advantage over and above everything else."

Here's a breakdown of Finovate alums in the list, in order of appearance, along with links to their most recent demo video. Boldface indicates Best of Show winner.

"Ones to Watch" 
See the full list of companies here.

Alumni News-- December 17, 2014

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgThe Jerusalem Post profiles Israeli startup, TipRanks.
  • CashStar Market Solution is now powering 150 promotions during this year's winter holiday season.
  • Enterprising Investor highlights Betterment, LearnVest, Motif Investing, Venmo, and Wealthfront in its column on Millennials and money.
  • TechZone 360 discusses CrowdFlower in a review of "What's Hot and What's Not on Data Science for 2015."
  • Yahoo! Finance features an interview with Rippleshot co-founder and CPO Yueyu Fu.
  • WingCash unveils Brand Cash, a digital currency that replaces merchant-specific gift and loyalty cards.
  • Financial Times profiles Betterment CEO and co-founder, Jon Stein.
  • After Manilla's demise, Mint launches bill pay and bill management platform.
  • Time, Inc partners with Coinbase to accept bitcoin for subscriptions to Fortune, Health, This Old House and Travel + Leisure.
  • Tradeshift to waive 30% revenue share from organizations that build apps to support the circular economy
  • Wealth Management looks at the human advisors behind Personal Capital and SigFig.
  • Money Talks News lists alternative lending sites to consider: Prosper, Lending Club, and Kabbage.
  • ID Analytics names Timothy Laughlin as new CFO.
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.

With FinovateFall 2014 starting a week from today, you'll have to forgive us if we've got a little New York on the brain.

But you'd have to admit that the latest roundup of the New York fintech scene's "Need to Know" from AlleyWatch couldn't be more timely.

Even better, not only does the lineup include five companies that have demoed at Finovate shows in the past, it also features a pair of alums that are presenting at the upcoming FinDEVr event in San Francisco, as well.

That would be CardFlight and Thinknum. Derek Webster, founder and CEO of CardFlight, and Thinknum Co-Founder Justin Zhen were two of the five alums featured in AlleyWatch's "21 People in the New York FinTech Scene You Need to Know About." CardFlight specializes in mobile POS technology that enables card-present transactions. Thinknum has designed a web-based platform that helps financial analysts leverage big data to better value companies.

Both companies will be presenting at FinDEVr at the end of the month. Bronze sponsor CardFlight will host a presentation at FinDEVr on Tuesday. Thinknum will be holding its FinDEVr workshop on Wednesday. And there's still time to get your tickets and join us for the first fintech event for developers.

Also noted in AlleyWatch's review of New York's Fintech Who's Who were Betterment Product Manager Nick Gavronsky, LearnVest founder and CEO Alexa von Tobel, and Market Prophit CEO Igor Gonta.

Betterment was a Best of Show winner at FinovateFall in 2010. LearnVest won Best of Show honors for its demo at FinovateFall 2013. And Market Prophit made its Finovate debut at FinovateSpring 2014 in San Jose.

Alumni News-- August 15, 2014

  • releases new version of its iPhone mobile app.
  • Pymnts: EBay in talks to accept Bitcoin through its Braintree unit.
  • Pymnts compares DoubleBeam to the Merchant Customer Exchange.
  • GoBank now holds mobile check deposits for less than 10 days.
  • Forbes features multiple Finovate financial management and wealth planning alums: LearnVest, Personal Capital, FutureAdvisor, SigFig, Wealthfront, Betterment, Motif, and Kapitall.
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.

Alumni News-- August 8, 2014

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgTransferWise earns a spot on Wired UK's list of the "100 hottest start-ups" in Europe for 2014.
  • TMC Net takes a look at CU of America's deployment of mobile banking solutions from Malauzai Software. See Malauzai at FinovateFall 2014 in New York.
  • First Access Funding Corporation to deploy loan origination system (LOS) from defi SOLUTIONS.
  • MasterCard Indonesia launches e-commerce initiative.
  • Intuit acquires PaySuite, bringing cloud-based payroll services to Quickbooks.
  • American Banker: Authentify introduces extension of xFA called Smart Choice to determine authentication mechanisms the user's device has access to.
  • Cachet Financial Solutions and Contact Solutions bring Mobile Customer Care to Prepaid Clients.
  • CNBC looks at how LearnVest,, and ReadyForZero are making student loan payback easier.
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.

Alumni News-- August 6, 2014

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgYahoo! Germany looks at financial innovation in Kreditech.
  • Prosper earns a spot on the 2014 AlwaysOn Global 250 Top Private Companies roster.
  • Feedzai launches anti-fraud, transaction scoring apps for Shopify and Big Commerce.
  • features Betterment, FutureAdvisor, Kapitall, LearnVest, Motif Investing, Personal Capital, SigFig, and Wealthfront in a discussion on Millennial generation investment habits.
  • Richard Hagen, CEO of TradeKing Advisors, named to's "Ten to Watch in 2015".
  • Insuritas announces partnership with Financial Partners CU to open and manage its turnkey insurance solution.
  • Bank Innovation highlights alums SigFig and Ripple in a discussion on "8 under the radar fintech startups you should know."
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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In the first quarter of 2014, 23 Finovate alums raised more than $592 million

And as the second quarter draws to a close, it's clear that a comparable cohort of alums have kept the pace.

Over the course April, May, and June, 28 alums raised significant amounts of capital ranging from Gremln's $100,000 to the $65 million raised by Lending Club. The quarterly total of $594 million is almost exactly the same as the previous quarter.

And given that some amounts are undisclosed (I'm talking about you, Holvi, RevolutionCredit, and, we're confident that Finovate alums have notched their second $600 million fund-raising quarter in a row.

How does this compare with the less recent past? Very well, indeed. 

In the second quarter of 2013, 15 alums raised more than $200 million. This was a major improvement on the second quarter from 2012, which featured 14 companies raising more than $120 million. 

Total raised for Q2 2014 = $594 million

April -- $217 million raised by 11 companies
May --  $226 million raised by 11 companies
June -- $151 million raised by six companies

Note: Funding prior to becoming a Finovate alum not included. Questions? Comments? Email us at or
  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgCheck out our Twitter highlights of FinovateSpring 2014 - from the opening demo to Best of Show.

  • LearnVest, Mint, and FutureAdvisor featured in Wall Street Journal column on managing your own money.
  • Forbes highlights Demyst.Data, showing how Big Data can be used to determine loan suitability for the underbanked.
  • Xconomy profiles authentication specialist, Jumio. Video of Jumio's FinovateSpring 2014 demo will be available soon at
  • Kashoo and Xero are among the cloud accounting apps reviewed in a new ebook by the Sleeter Group.
  • American Banker features Ondot Systems' use of debit on/off controls via mobile device.
  • Backbase launches Backbase Engage, an out-of-the-box digital banking solution for FIs.
  • CUneXus proceeds to Innotribe Startup Challenge 2014 Semifinals.
  • Tradeshift extends "App" ecosystem and offers co-investment to encourage development on its platform.
  • Wearable tech company GTX now using Stockr to communicate directly with the investors.
  • Motherboard looks at Zighra's next-gen kinetic ID that will recognize users by how they swipe on their phone.
  • MoneyDesktop named 1 of 8 of Utah's Most Innovative Products.
  • SafetyPay partners with UOL BoaCompra, a leader in monetizing online games for Latin America.
  • VentureBeat looks at a government program that awards grants to companies working on an "Identity Ecosystem," bringing to mind FinovateSpring 2014 alum,
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.

Most of us know April 15 as Tax Day, but for three Finovate alums, today is about a different flow of money than a tax return. Aside from Betterment's announcement of its $32 million round (see our post from this morning), LearnVest pulled in $28 million in Series D funding, while The Currency Cloud garnered $10 million in Series B.


LearnVest, a personal financial management and planning platform and service

    • New funding: $28 million Series D
    • Investors: Northwestern Mutual Capital, Accel Partners, and American Express Ventures
    • Total Funding: $69 million
    • Founded: 2007
    • Headquarters: New York, NY

LearnVest will use the funding to boost hiring efforts at its Arizona-based Expert Hub and to scale its LearnVest at Work channel, which won Best of Show at FinovateFall 2013.

Check out its Best of Show-winning FinovateFall 2013 demo video:

The Currency Cloud, a company that powers international payments with its API that enables secure, global payments

    • New funding: $10 million
    • Investors: Atlas Venture, Anthem Venture Partners, Notion Capital, XAnge Private Equity, Silicon Valley Bank
    • Total funding: $17 million
    • Founded: 2012
    • Headquarters: London

The Currency Cloud will use the funding to expand its focus on the UK and Europe to a more international realm, specifically into the the U.S.

Check out The Currency Cloud's demo from FinovateEurope 2014, where it debuted its new e-wallet functionality and user interface.

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgPYMNTS: Shopkeep POS undergoes latest revision and releases 2.0 version.
  • Jumio partners with Equifax to make mobile transactions more secure.
  • Leaf launches Payments Apps Marketplace.
  • Dallas Business Journal names defiSOLUTIONS CEO Stephanie Alsbrooks one of its 40 Under 40. See defiSOLUTIONS demo at FinovateSpring in San Jose.
  • Bloomberg column on apps for financial health features Level Money, Check, Mint, LearnVest, and Betterment.
  • Level Money earns spot on's "5 Must-Watch San Francisco Tech Startups in 2014".
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.

For a fintech company to succeed outside of the digital realm in the physical world of print is not an easy feat. It makes sense, however, that a company with as much spunk as LearnVest has been able to make a splash with a book.

Alexa Von Tobel, LearnVest Founder and CEO, has been a rising star in the personal finance realm lately. The New York-based CEO released her own book, Financially Fearless, at the end of last year, and it has recently been listed as the #5 New York Times Best Sellers list in the category of Advice, How-to, and Miscellaneous.

Additionally, it reached:

    • Wall Street Journal Best Seller #1 hardcover in Business and #5 Hardcover in Non-Fiction categories 
    • Chicago Tribune Best Seller #5 in Hardcover Non-Fiction category 
    • Apple iBooks Best of 2013
    • Amazon Best Seller (during the weeks of December 22 and 29, 2013)


Readers who forward their book receipt to can receive a little extra motivation:

    • Advanced access to a $50 credit to LearnVest Planning and one month of support for free ($19 value).
    • Two free tickets to attend LearnVest Live in either New York City, Boston or San Francisco.
    • Exclusive access to January's premium live, online event - featuring Alexa and covering what you need to know to set achievable goals in 2014.
    • A 10 minute 1:1 session with Alexa (availability is limited).
    • Alexa's money hacks "cheat sheet."

To learn more about LearnVest, check out its FinovateFall 2013 demo, where it debuted its Action Program.

Finovate Alumni News-- January 6, 2014

  • Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgChecking in with FlexScore is top of the list in this Forbes column on financial planning for those turning 50 this year.
  • Mint, Personal Capital, SavedPlus, and LearnVest earn spots on Fox Business' list of "5 apps to help keep your 2014 financial goals."
  • CodeSumBlog names BillGuard as its top financial management productivity app.
  • MasterCard completes acquisition of Provus, Turkey's leading independent payments processor.
  • Google announces that customers can now activate their Google Wallet card via the mobile app.
  • CurrencyFair highlighted in New York Times column on Ireland's tech start-up scene.
  • The Financial Post covers FinanceIt's POS financing solution.
  • Expensify revamps UI and adds executive assistant permissions with new "Wingman" feature.
  • Forbes lists LearnVest, Personal Capital and BillGuard as apps for saving money.
  • Xconomy lists Jemstep and Personal Capital as two new online services to put you back in command of your 401(k).
  • TIO Networks acquires Globex Financial Services to add well-known & respected billers to TIO's business.
  • Signifyd API adds fraud prevention to ecommerce platforms.
  • Saved Plus, Wallaby, FutureAdvisor, Wealthfront, and Level picked for CNN Money's list of the 15 best financial sites and apps.
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.
Cheers to a new year! After ringing in 2014, we wanted take a look back at the capital raised by Finovate alumni in 2013. It was quite a year, with alums pulling in $825 million, $365 million more than in 2012 for an increase of about 80%.

2013 funding summary:
    • 62 companies raised $825 million
    • Q4 had the most capital, with a total of $294 million raised by 17 companies (more than half by Xero, which landed $150 million). 
    • October was the busiest month, with $177 million raised (mostly Xero's $150 million)
    • May was second highest with $91 million raised by 7 companies
2012 comparison
Last year Finovate alums took in almost twice as much as 2012, when 44 Finovate alums collectively raised $460 million. The chart below shows the quarter-by-quarter comparison for both years.

Quarter 1 -- blog post
More than $155 million raised by 14 companies

January -- $57 million raised by 6 companies
February -- $56 million raised by 5 companies
March -- $42 million raised by 4 companies

Quarter 2 -- blog post
More than $205 million raised by 15 companies

June -- $81.7 million raised by 6 companies
May -- $91.5 million raised by 7 companies
April -- $32 million raised by 2 companies

Quarter 3 -- blog post
More than $171 million raised by 22 companies

July -- More than $63 million raised by 8 companies
August -- More than $26 million raised by 6 companies
September -- $82 million raised by 9 companies

Quarter 4
More than $294 million raised by 17 companies

October-- $177 raised by 6 companies
November -- More than $87 million raised by 7 companies
December -- More than $30 million raised by 6 companies

Note: Funding that companies received before they first appeared at Finovate was not counted. Questions? Comments? Email us at or

  • Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgMoney Under 30 reviews the Moven app.
  • Bloomberg BusinessWeek takes a look at Comarch's report on banking in London's "Tech City".
  • Taavet Hinrikus, co-founder of TransferWise, weighs in on the state of the UK's financial technology industry.
  • ThreatMetrix protected 1 in 4 U.S. e-commerce transactions on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
  • Cartera Commerce launches American Airlines' Mobile AAdvantage shopping site.
  • The Guardian profiles "robo-advisors" Betterment, LearnVest, FutureAdvisor, Wealthfront, and Jemstep.
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.

The third quarter of 2013 revealed that even during the sleepy days of summer, the business of putting capital into the coffers of fintech innovators remained as busy as ever.

Finovate alumni were the beneficiaries of more than $171 million during July, August, and September. This brings the total year-to-date funding for Finovate alumni to at least $526 million (some of the funding amounts were undisclosed).

Here is the Q3 summary for 2013:

July -- More than $63 million raised by eight companies
August -- More than $26 million raised by six companies
September -- $82 million raised by nine companies
Note: Fundings prior to a Finovate appearance not included. Questions? Comments? Email us at or

Finovate Alumni News-- September 13, 2013

  • FinovateLOGO.jpgTradeKing wins FINRA approval for acquisition of GAIN Securities.
  • Numbrs AG earns $3.8M in funding from parent Centralway.
  • Interactions, LearnVest, mBank & Accenture, Mitek, Money Desktop, Motif Investing, TipRanks, and Yodlee pick up Best of Show awards at FinovateFall 2013.
  • InComm, in partnership with CVS/pharmacy wins Best Third-Party Card Retailer Award.
  • Standard Distributing and Other Side Produce select eDeposit as their web and mobile payment solution.
  • Emida launches new smartphone POS app, available worldwide.
  • IDology launches ExpectID Global, an international expansion of its solution.
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.

FinovateFall 2013 Best of Show Winners


We just wrapped up FinovateFall 2013 in New York. After a successful two days filled to the brim with 69 live demos, the audience voted for their favorites. Ultimately, the top eight companies were named Best of Show, and took home a trophy.

The winners (in alphabetical order):

Interactions, for its voice-based virtual assistant technology


LearnVest, for its iPad app and Workplace Solutions Center


mBank & Accenture,  for their Bank 3.0 online platform


Mitek for its Mobile Photo Account Opening solution


MoneyDesktop, for its GuideMe solution


Motif for its platform that lets you invest in ideas in one click


TipRanks, cloud-based accountability engine for investors


Yodlee, for its debut of TANDEM that helps groups manage and discuss shared finances


All of the 69 demo videos will be posted on in a few weeks.

A huge thank you to everyone who joined the audience and participated in our largest New York show so far. And, of course, thanks to the 69 innovative companies who took on the FinovateFall stage in front of a crowd of 1,100+ audience members.


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 eight 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.

This post is part of our live coverage of FinovateFall 2013.

Up next, LearnVest demonstrated the functionalities of its new iPad App:

"LearnVest is debuting an iPad App, which will allow clients to access their custom Action Program on the go. This App brings an unprecedented level of mobility to the financial planning process. Not only will clients be able to see their plan and individual CFP-issued challenges, they will also be able to access LearnVest's Money Center tool for a snapshot of their entire financial life."

LearnVest will also debut a new distribution channel ("Workplace Solutions") to provide financial wellness solutions in the workplace, allowing employers nationwide to give their employees access to LearnVest's holistic financial planning services."

Product Launch: Fall 2013
Metrics: $41M raised & 100 employees
Product distribution strategy: Direct to Consumer (B2C) & Direct to Business (B2B)

HQ: New York, NY
Founded: Fall 2009
Twitter: @LearnVest

Presenting Alexa von Tobel (Founder & CEO) and Karim Naraghi (VP Business Development)

The full demo video will be available at in mid-September.

If an investment portfolio gets optimized through an online investment advisor, do brick and mortar brokers make a sound?

As noted in today's Wall Street Journal, many of the kinds of services that once were accessible only by high net worth investors patronizing financial advisors and planners in person are now available to the rest of us. This includes everything from using computer algorithms to make investment decisions to automatic portfolio rebalancing and asset allocation.

And of the seven companies highlighted in the column for helping make this possible, every single one is a Finovate alum.

In fact, two of the seven - FutureAdvisor and LearnVest - will be demoing their latest technology on the Finovate stage in New York next week for FinovateFall 2013.

The reasons for the growth in online investment advisory are as varied as the companies themselves. Some cite a new generation of investors far more comfortable with both handling their own finances and trusting the Internet to help. Others suggest that with Wall Street falling into disfavor in the wake of the financial crisis, more investors are willing to seek out non-traditional - and less expensive - sources of information and advice.

Bill Doyle, an analyst for Forrester Research who has studied the industry for more than a decade and is quoted in the column, puts it this way: "I'm paying a lot more attention this time around because the software required to transform this industry finally works."

Whatever the reason, there's no doubt that venture capitalists believe this time is different. Consider the funding success of the above seven companies in the past two years ago:

Note also that Wealthfront, which helps get investors into low-cost diversified portfolios, has assets under management (AUM) of $300 million. Betterment has a similar model and has AUM of $250 million.
  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgThe Austin business Journal ranks Q2ebanking #29 of Austin-based Largest Private Companies.
  • City National partners with cloud accounting platform Xero.
  • Forrester Research names Ping Identity a leader in Identity and Access Management Suites, Q3 2013 report.
  • Allre and miiCard partner for First Complete Platform to Sell a Home Purely Online.
  • Wipit-powered Boost Mobile Wallet to provide Quick Check Service.
  • WSJ column takes a look at online investment advisors like Wealthfront, Personal Capital, Jemstep, and FutureAdvisor that use algorithms. Meet FutureAdvisor at FinovateFall in New York.
  • Float Money partners with credit reporting agency eCredable to offer consumers interest-free loans. See Float Money at FinovateFall in New York next week.
  • Finovate alums Betterment and LearnVest highlighted in Wall Street Journal column on innovations in the online investment advisory business. Watch LearnVest demo their technology next week at FinovateFall.
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.

FinovateFall 2013 is right around the corner. That means it's time to start getting to know the entrepreneurs and innovators that will be presenting their technologies on stage in New York City in September.

Remember, the early bird deadline is this Friday, August 2nd. So to reserve your spot and register now.


Akimbo Financial offers a social bank account alternative that makes sharing money easier than ever.

authenticID's identity tools pictureID and catfishID, are the most accurate, time-saving solutions for the forms of ID we already carry.

Backbase's Launchpad, the Commercial Banking Edition, making CFO's work easier.

BehavioSec uses behavioral analytics to transparently tackle web and mobile security.

BillFloat revolutionizes credit delivery to consumers and businesses.

Biometric Signature ID has a patented software-only biometric for secure ID online verification.

BizEquity is the first and leading cloud-based business valuation engine, an innovative solution to small business lead generation.

Capital Access Network is the largest and most experienced small business finance specialist.

Cardlytics uses consumer purchase data to drive a patented advertising platform. Ads are so relevant--they're expected. 

CoverHound is a comparison insurance adviser, helping people discover, buy, and manage insurance online.

CR2 is the innovative provider of self-service banking solutions including ATM, Internet, and mobile banking.

DoubleBeam's SDK powers mPayments inside other mobile apps, helping signup customers quickly and save a ton on the cost of payments.

FinanceIt offers businesses the ability to provide consumer financing to their customers at the POS.

Financial Guard helps you protect your investments, providing online investment advice at the right price, finally.

Finect is the leading online network for the financial services industry.

Fiserv is a leading global technology provider serving the financial services industry, driving innovation in payments.

FlexScore "gamifies" financial planning, gives a "score" of your financial fitness, and provides education, advice, peer comparisons.

Float Money offers interest-free credit to members of its shopping club and financial health partners.

FutureAdvisor manages your investments for better returns, making quality financial advice available to everyone.

GMC Software Technology is a leading software developer of solutions that transform the customer experience.

Guide Financial is like a healthcheck for your finances - automatically scanning your accounts for ways you can earn or save more, and providing simple, easy fixes.

Ignite Sales is the leader in retail banking, customer acquisition, and retention technology.

Innovation Agency, where you can execute on your innovation mandate and unlock the wealth of ideas in your ecosystems.

Instabank - Beautiful money.

Interactions provides natural language Virtual Assistant application services for the automation customer care processes.

Jumio is a next generation credentials management company offering payments and ID scanning and validation products for mobile and web transactions.

Kofax is a leading provider of smart process applications that simplify the business critical First Mile of information-intensive customer interactions.

LearnVest empowers people everywhere to take control of their money and live their richest lives.

Level Money is a financial GPS, designed to replace budgeting.

Lighter Capital provides growth capital to technology companies in a highly-automated basis - Capital-as-a-Service.

Lumesis provides software for the fixed income municipal market. Compliance and credit-focused. 

Luminous is a boutique innovation company that has become synonymous with innovative banking around the world.

Manilla is the leading free and secure service to simplify and organize daily financial life.

MasterCard is a technology company in the global payments industry, operating the world's fastest payments processing network.

mBank is the biggest, pure-play online bank and the third largest retail bank in Poland.

miiCard is the first digital identity verification service to prove 'you are who you say you are' entirely online.

Mitek is positioned as the leading innovator in mobile imaging software. 

MoneyDesktop empowers financial institutions to provide online/mobile banking experiences to promote personal financial intelligence.

Motif Investing is a thematic, customizable, low-cost and crowdsourceable ETF-like product that is disrupting investing economics.

Narrative Science enables companies to uncover the insight hidden in their data and create new content at a scale and frequency never before possible.

Numbrs - One App - Every Bank.

P2P Cash is the mobile wallet with switch technology that allows us to aggregate all other mWallets and mobile financial services.

PayWith is powered by MasterCard. Funded by Merchants. Loved by Consumers.

PhonyInvoices provides invoice fraud detection and prevention. We check a company's vendor lists and transactions for suspicious activity.

Place2Give provides valuable and trustworthy information to make the most impactful social capital investment decisions.

QuarterSpot lending platform delivers the lowest cost and most favorable term small business loans.

RevolutionCredit is a revolutionary solution that transforms the credit decisioning process for both creditors and consumers.

SaaS Markets is the enterprise app store company for financial organizations looking to leverage cloud-based applications for their employees or customers.

SavedPlus is an automatic savings program that helps customers save money with every purchase.

Simple Verity provides business credit reports on any SMB in America.

Socure offers a social identity verification solution to combat the growing risk of online identity fraud for financial institutions.

SpearFysh leverages mobile, speech analytics, big data, and SaaS technology to improve sales processes and drive growth.

Spreedly provides vault cards in the cloud and work with more than 50 payment gateways.

StockSmart apps and platform offer insight and information on the world's best companies and people.

StrategyCorps delivers local/mobile/social consumer checking solutions so appealing and relevant, your customers will gladly pay for them.

Tinkoff Credit Systems is Russia's leading provider of online financial services.

TipRanks is a cloud-based service that measures the performance of anyone giving investment advice.

Toopher eliminates online fraud using your phone's location. Simple, secure, your phone stays in your pocket.

Unleash is the cloud CFO that helps small businesses make better decisions faster.

VerifyValid and Deluxe are giving checks their first major upgrade in more than 200 years.

Versafe protects all users from all malware, threat types. On all devices, all transparently. 

WordSentry software analyzes messages during composition, identifying non-compliant components, for correction before sending.

Yodlee is the platform for financial innovation, powering the world's largest collection of transactional data.

Yseop creates a new age where financial services delivered to customers are driven by AI and human collaboration.

Zenmonics is a global technology services and mobile product provider to the financial services market.

Zighra empowers banks and financial institutions to leverage implicit mobile user authentication and accelerate payments.

Zooz provides complete payment essentials at your fingertips: a robust set of tools that will improve the payment process.

Plus more stealth companies to be announced in the weeks to come.


To find out more about the upcoming FinovateFall 2013 event in New York, September 10 and 11, visit our FinovateFall information page here.
  • Netbanker: BBVA Compass bundles microbiz checking with PAYware mobile card processing.
  • FIS brings mobile, eBanking, remote capture and more to Sterling Bank.
  • GoBank announces plan to promote its mobile-first bank account in more than 500 Barnes & Noble bookstores on college campuses.
  • interviews Allen Friedman of TSYS Acquiring Solutions on the role of EMV in a cardless world.
  • NYT features how LearnVest is bringing financial planning to the masses.
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-- July 30, 2013

  • FinovateLOGO.jpgOpenCoin is among the virtual currency innovators looking to form a self-regulatory body for the industry.
  • MasterPass from MasterCard launches in the United Kingdom.
  • Bank Innovation takes a look at FIS Global's recent remarks on the company's technology deal with Sainsbury.
  • Yahoo Finance looks at rewards earned using Dynamics ePlate credit card.
  • StreetFight features reasons to opt in for card-linked loyalty programs from Cartera Commerce, Cardlytics, edo Interactive and Swipely.
  • Netbanker features BillGuard, Manilla, and Credit Karma as value-added apps driving mobile adoption.
  • eToro adds price alerts to eToro Trader app.
  • Bright Ideas features Noreen Hafez, senior product marketing manager at Akamai.
  • Kasasa holds sweepstakes, films big-bank breakup video, featuring CEO Gabe Krajicek.
  • Betterment joins fellow Finovate alumni FutureAdvisor and LearnVest in this NYT column on bringing "financial planning to the masses."
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.

Money management service LearnVest came forward with a slew of announcements today, the biggest news being its recent $16.5 million round.

The new installment brings the startup's total funding to $41 million. Contributors include:

    • Accel Partners
    • American Express Ventures
    • Claritas Capital
    • Ed Mathias
    • Todd Ruppert

CEO Alexa Von Tobel plans to use the new round to scale LearnVest Planning and provide more access to its team of certified financial planners.


Multiple sources, including Forbes, have rumored that American Express Ventures involvement may lead to a partnership between the startup and the payments giant. American Express Ventures managing partner, Harshul Sanghi, states that he strongly believes in LearnVest's mission and that the startup can help AmEx expand its goal to help customers better manage their money.

LearnVest also recently launched Workplace Solutions to widen the distribution of its seven-step Action Program, a tiered solution that provides affordable financial planning across wealth levels. The new Workplace offering makes it easy for employers to distribute the Action Program as an employee benefit.


To help the three-year-old company better execute its financial advisory services, it brought some notable talent to its planning advisory board:

    • Ed Mathias (Carlyle)
    • Todd Ruppert (T. Rowe Price)
    • Susan Lyne (AOL & Gilt Groupe)
    • Ann Sardini (Weight Watchers)

To learn more about LearnVest, watch its FinovateFall 2012 demo where it debuted its MoneyCenter. Or come see the demo of its newest tech live at FinovateFall in New York this September. Get your ticket here.


So what do fintech innovators, and Finovate alumni, like Mint, Manilla, and Dashlane have in common with the likes of the Chrome Web Lab, Tom Hanks' Electric City, and

How about earning honors from the esteemed judges of the 2013 Webby Awards?

Thumbnail image for ManillaLogo.jpgManilla made the most of its showing at the 17th Annual Webby Awards, picking up honors in three categories (Utilities & Services, Web Services & Applications, and Financial Services/Banking). But the biggest winner among the Finovate-affiliated nominees was Mint. Mint won the Webby People's Voice award in the Financial Services/Banking category, along with earning an honor in the Best User Experience category.


Also representing well at the Webby Awards was Dashlane, coming in for Web Services & Applications honors, and a trio of Finovate alumnus that impressed judges in the Financial Services/Banking category: LearnVest, UBank's PeopleLikeU, and Kapitall.

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The Webby Awards have been given out every year since 1996 by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS). The Academy includes among its members such luminaries as David Bowie, Vint Cerf, and Arianna Huffington. 

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The Webbys provide two major awards per category: the Webby Award and the Webby People's Voice Award. The latter award is determined by an online vote.

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Learn more about our Webby Award-winning alumni at our demo pages.

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With 300 fintech innovators already taking advantage of Yodlee's 10-month old accelerator program, the company's sights are set on still more companies coming on board. In fact, Yodlee anticipates growth of more than 50% by the end of the year.

One of the key features of the program is free access to Yodlee's API, which brings with it the ability to draw from a wealth of financial data, from bank accounts to rewards campaigns. Program companies have taken this data and run with it, building everything from eWallets to new lending services.

Aside from its role in "paying it forward" (fintech edition), Yodlee has been a very successful outfit in its own right. The company has more than 40 million users and $100 million in capital, with 20% of its customers coming from outside the United States.

It's worth pointing out that Yodlee's accelerated startups include a handful of Finovate alumni such as EZBOB and FreeAgent (both companies fresh from appearances at FinovateEurope). Other alumni taking advantage of Yodlee's platform include Credit Karma, Xero, and LearnVest.

Success with the accelerator program, which was launched in May 2012, may be what has encouraged the company to launch its API incubator program to cater to a different subset of startups. So far, Yodlee has been able to incubate 10 companies, including Finovate alumn, Planwise.

Yodless was last on the Finovate stage in September 2012 as part of FinovateFall in New York. Watch a demo of Yodlee in action here, as they present their small business platform.

Finovate Alumni News-- March 14, 2013

  • Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgTemenos to partner with Caisse Financial Group, providing T24, Insight, Temenos Connect.
  • ACI Worldwide completes Online Resources Corporation acquisition.
  • Standard Chartered Bank moves Africa headquarters from Dubai to Johannesburg.
  • TechCrunch reports: Intuit launching Intuit Pay mobile payments service in the UK.
  • LearnVest aims to hit 100 planners by year-end.
  • TechCrunch reports: PayPal Here takes on Square Register with new iPad payments app.
  • SafetyPay and giropay join forces to secure internet payments in Germany.
  • TIBCO enhances real time loyalty marketing platform.
  • PrintWeek interviews GMC Software Technology COO Michael Watts.
  • CSI Enterprises set to announce updates to its globalVCard pay systems solution at the Innovation Project 2013 in March.
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-- February 27, 2013

  • Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgappPicker reviews Pageonce - Money & Bills app.
  • BrightScope announces top finance, insurance companies with the best 401(k) plans.
  • Device Fidelity announces Incipio partnership, new line of NFC enabled cases for iPhone.
  • NerdWallet interviews Bolstr co-founders, Larry Baker and Charlie Tribbett.
  • The Monitise-powered mobile wallet from Blackberry, BBM Money, launches pilot in Indonesia.
  • Cortera Pulse wins Gold Stevie Award for new version of business intelligence solution.
  • Lighter Capital appoints Molly Greg as VP.
  • SaveUp's CEO & Co-founder Priya Haji awarded a Social Innovation Leadership Award by the World CSR Congress.
  • US News Money looks at LearnVest, FutureAdvisor, and Personal Capital.
  • Forbes speaks with Actiance CEO to learn how Socialite helps companies overcome challenges using social media.
  • Prepaid Resources adds FraudGuard security services to their BenefitsDirect Direct Deposit management solution.
  • MasterCard wins Mobile Money Innovation award at the GSMA World Congress in Barcelona, along with partners Etisalat and Oberthur Technologies.
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-- January 23, 2013

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgTemenos wins praise as "top advisor solution" from Aite Group.  Come see their demo at FinovateEurope in February!
  • Pageonce reaches $1 million mark in daily mobile bill payments processed.
  • A look at TradeKing after the merger.
  • ACI Worldwide's Money Transfer System helps FIs with Dodd-Frank compliance.
  • EZBOB forms partnership with ChannelGrabber.  Watch EZBOB in action at FinovateEurope!
  • Monitise and CGI Logica form mobile FS alliance to target European retail banks.
  • Tradeshift partners with Intuit to bring its social invoicing platform to more than 5m QuickBooks users.
  • American Banker reports: Fiserv extends relationship with BofA. Come to FinovateEurope in London to see its live demo.
  • CNBC talks with Alexa Von Tobel, LearnVest CEO.
  • and Expensify announce product integration.
  • GrowthBusiness profiles Holvi. Comes see Holvi's new tech at FinovateEurope next month.
  • Fast Company reports you can now pay taxes in Iowa using Dwolla.
  • SimpleTuition reports 2012 success metrics for SmarterBucks program.
  • DemystData a finalist in AWS Global Startup Challenge. 
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-- January 14, 2013

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgElmer's, Dr Pepper Snapple adopt Jingit engagement and offer platform and mobile app.
  • U.S. Bank to deploy mobile payments technology from DeviceFidelity.
  • Jingit announces partnership with Direct Source.
  • TIBCO Software partners with Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
  • lists Mint, LearnVest, and ReadyForZero as 3 of 5 must-have apps for 2013.
  • BehavioSec mentioned in Forrester's report: Building Next-Gen Mobile Banking.
  • The Washington Post mentions doxo and StockTwits as 2 tools for keeping track of your finances, stocks, and global markets.
  • Innovation Excellence features BillGuard.
  • Management Today names TransferWise "start-up of the month."
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.
  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgThe Financial Brand investigates how Mitek's bill payment service can aid customer account switching.
  • ShopKeep POS partners with Griffin Technology to launch iPad POS system with a built-in magnetic card reader.
  • Fiserv selects Aconite's Smart EMV Manager solution to enhance EMV card processing systems.
  • LearnVest app reaches 100,000 downloads.
  • SEO-Cart integrates PayLeap from Acculynk Direct, a division of Acculynk.
  • Profile of Banno CEO in American Banker highlights recent partnership with ProfitStars.
  • Phillip Capital signs Heckyl Technologies to integrate News and Sentiment analytic platform.
  • CreditKarma, PayPal, Experian, Pageonce, and Manilla earn spots on Netbanker's top 50 iPhone and iPad finance apps.
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-- December 17, 2012

  • FiservThumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpg launches mobile app for UChoose Rewards.
  • Affinity Solutions brings "Big Data" capability to card-linked offers.
  • StockTwits launches a new app for HootSuite.
  • Business Insider looks at Expensify's team building trip overseas.
  • HelloWallet launches financial wellness workforce assessment for employers.
  • Des Moines Register considers Giftly's remote gift card giving app.
  • American Banker reports Lawrence Summers, formerly one of President Obama's top economic advisors, joins Lending Club's board of directors.
  • Tyfone is expanding into Latin America through a deal with Protege Sistemas of Brazil.
  • Gesa Credit Union chooses Andera's oFlows platform.
  • Reuters recommends visiting Betterment, Personal Capital, and LearnVest for year-end money advice.
  • launches new application platform powered by open APIs for third-party developers to integrate native apps with's software.
  • New miiCard DirectID Check allows SMBs & professionals to perform bank-level ID proofing online.
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.
  • Backbase introduces My Backbase Academy, online training program.
  • Virtual Piggy signs agreement with Active Ride Shop to bring its youth payments technology to their online store.
  • Bank Innovation reports: MoneyDesktop Officially Releases Its MoneyMobile PFM App.
  • Billhighway honored with 2 workplace awards.
  • Compass Plus launches instant issuance solution on TranzAxis.  

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.
  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgShares Magazine recognizes eToro for Best Use of Social Media.
  • Business Insider tours LearnVest's New York office.
  • American Banker reports: Artisans' Bank Chooses Andera's Account Opening System.
  • American Banker looks at how Banno's (formerly T8 Webware) Help Me Decide feature gives consumers an advantage when selecting which card to use.
  • Bazaarvoice completes $6.7 million financing related to acquisition.
  • Zions Bank and Access Development introduce mobile payments app.
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.
  • Cortera to open new office in Boston.
  • American Banker reports Mitek Plans Driver's License Authentication, Mobile Pay Software.
  • The Next Web reports Braintree and LightSpeed team up to launch new payment plan for merchants.
  • Finovate takes an in-depth look at Manilla's account management platform.
  • Emida partners with Global Business Services and The Mint Corporation.
  • The Currency Cloud raises $1.9 Million.
  • The WSJ takes LearnVest for a test drive.
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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