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  • brings in funding, surpasses $1 billion in loans under management.
  • eWeek talks to Pindrop Security about scams during tax season.
  • chats with miiCard CEO James Varga about identity theft.
  • Financial Samurai interviews FutureAdvisor CEO, Bo Lu.
  • Lending Club raises $115 million in debt and equity; acquires Springstone Financial.
  • Kabbage blog features Expensify in its list of the 10 best mobile apps for small businesses.
  • MasterCard to acquire APAC-region loyalty and rewards provider, Pinpoint.
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-F-Logo.jpgMichigan Education Association selects Billhighway to improve membership experience.
  • ProfitStars' iPay Solutions Resource Center receives NACHA's 2014 PayItGreen Award.
  • miiCard launches IDaaS for Lenders, a solution that combines ID proofing, bureau data, bank data, & authentication.
  • CardFlight launches SwipeSimple to offer a co-branded mobile POS product to merchants.
  • LA Parent features Oink among its "Cool Tools."
  • OTP Banka Slovakia to deploy CRIF Credit Framework.
  • LendUp launches in Mississippi, the state with the highest percentage of unbanked and underbanked households in the U.S.
  • Rippleshot CEO Canh Tran to join Chicago-area startups at White House summit on entrepreneurialism. See Rippleshot demo at FinovateSpring in San Jose.
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 -- March 26, 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.jpgProfitStars' Gladiator ranks #36 in MSPmentor's top 501 managed service providers.
  • Kofax Mobile Capture platform wins "Elegant Implementation" category of Housing-Wire magazine's HW TECH 100.
  • Online TV host Doug Sleeter interviews Xero CEO, Rod Drury.
  • Jumio wins 2014 METAward in "established" category.
  • miiCard bringing its ID verification technology to eMerchantPay.
  • WTOP News asks: is the credit card with keypad from Dynamics is the "card of the future"?
  • MasterCard selects Anna Yip as head of Hong Kong and Macau.
  • Digital Insight to expand online banking portfolio to include shared access and small business payments. Come see Digital Insight demo at FinovateSpring next month.
  • Kraken, the digital currency exchange platform used by Fidor Bank, raises $5 million.
  • ZipZap pauses UK cash-to-bitcoin transfers through its platform.
  • Boku partners with sunhill technologies to enable direct global carrier billing for sunhill's services.
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-- March 21, 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.jpgTechCrunch features an interview with App Annie CEO, Bertrand Schmitt.
  • MasterCard announces MasterPass debut in China.
  • Q2 goes public, shares rally early in trading debut as company earns $533 million market cap.
  • miiCard working with eMerchantPay to offer merchants a more secure payment processing platform.
  • PayNearMe partners with self-storage management software E-SoftSys to enable users to accept cash payments online.
  • PayPal to let UK users order food ahead of visiting a restaurant, and use its app to pay for their food with a four-digit code when eating at a restaurant.
  • Venture Beat: Ping Identity acquires Accells Technologies.
  • Payoneer wins role as payments provider for Google Trusted Stores.
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-F-Logo.jpgArxan appoints Patrick Kehoe as Chief Marketing Officer.
  • GRANCO Federal Credit Union to offer Geezeo powered PFM.
  • Mitek's Mobile Photo Payments now offered by a large, unnamed cable, telecomm and media companies.
  • Lodo Software changes its name to D3 Technology.
  • miiCard adds former SWIFT CEO Lázaro Campos, previous VP of SecureWorks Richard Lewis, and prior Clydesdale executive Kenny White to its Board of Directors.
  • Zopa secures £15 million from London-based Arrowgrass Capital Partners.
  • Crowdfund Insider looks at SeedInvest and its comment letters to the SEC on crowdfunding and the JOBS Act.
  • LendUp launches educational video series to help combat identity theft.
  • Flint Mobile announces start of partner program for ISOs, MSPs, and ISVs.
  • Financial Times column on online banking and the cloud features Fidor Bank.
  • Your Story features TransferWise and its co-founder Taavet Hinrikus.
  • InComm and H&R Block enable consumers to reload their H&R Block Emerald Card at more than 60k Vanilla Reload locations in the U.S.
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 17, 2013

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgAcculynk announces patent for PIN based, online authentication.
  • St. Louis Business Journal takes a look at miiCard's chances at winning the FStech Award for "most disruptive financial services technology."
  • Kapitall launches bonus program; $200 and 2,000 koins for new accounts.
  • The Financial Brand features Strategy Corps' BaZing.
  • Management Today interviews with Christian Laang, Tradeshift CEO.
  • CNBC highlights FutureAdvisor and how it can help you save on fees.
  • Kofax today announces availability of the Kofax Mobile Capture Platform.
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.

If you're a fintech startup looking for a spot in SixThirty's first spring class, the clock is ticking.

The financial technology accelerator based in St. Louis has set February 7th as the deadline for applications to its upcoming program. Selections will be made in early March, and companies will need to be in St. Louis for the duration of the four-month program.

The SixThirty program is geared toward companies in their early stages of development and growth. Four months of mentoring, education, and networking end with a one month, demo/presentation program that gives startups the opportunity to present their technologies before industry professionals in both finance and technology. 

Portfolio companies also receive $100,000 in equity investment.
SixThirty is run by Managing Director Jim McKelvey, who co-founded Square in 2009. McKelvey is a General Partner at Cultivation Capital, and a spirited defender of the St. Louis area as a good one for financial innovation. 

"We saw a real opportunity to leverage our regional strengths as a financial hub," McKelvey said in a Techli St. Louis feature last November. " It's obvious that St. Louis has certain advantages compared to other cities, namely a concentration of financial services ... St. Louis is a customer and partner-rich environment for any financial tech startup."

We reported on SixThirty's inaugural graduating class back in October, a quartet that included Finovate alum, miiCard (FinovateFall 2013). For more information about SixThirty, including instructions on how to apply for the upcoming spring program, click here.

Finovate Alumni News -- January 13, 2014

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgeToro to allow its members to invest and trade in bitcoin.
  • CaixaBank enables cardholders to make transaction-based, charitable micro-donations.
  • PhotoPay wins spot in this year's FinTech Innovation Lab London. See them in action at FinovateEurope.
  • Flint Mobile, BillGuard both featured in Forbes column on companies "moving global commerce forward."
  • miiCard and Axiomatika partner to power identity verification solutions for the Russian financial industry.
  • CoverHound grows 533% Year over Year in 2013 and Promotes Keith Moore to CEO.
  • ShopKeep POS launches ShopKeep Mobile for iPod Touch.
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 12, 2013

  • Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgMasterCard collaborates with Samsung, Commonwealth Bank of Australia to enable contactless payments via NFC.
  • Heckyl Technologies announces more than $3.5 million raised in Series B funding.
  • NetBanker: Mobile payments specialist Loop raises $10 million in Series A round.
  • Striata announced as a finalist in the Best Use of Technology category at 2013 Debt Collection Awards.
  • miiCard to help power ID verification for myrentalcv's tenant screening platform.
  • Updated Advisor Pages platform from BrightScope drops charge for online profile maintenance.
  • Mitek and Kony collaborate to Deliver Mobile Photo Bill Pay With Mitek MiSnap Automatic Image Capture.
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 4, 2013

  • BBVA Compass announces launch of BBVA Research iPad app.
  • Bank Innovation column on fintech in Israel features TipRanks and Payoneer.
  • Emida launches Handset and SIM Programs.
  • BancVue and other Credit Unions Help U-Haul Refinance Corporate Debt.
  • Prosper's daily average loan originations grew almost 10% in November over October.
  • The Next Web reports: PayPal launches a digital gift store, featuring Apple as its sole launch partner.
  • City of Gig Harbor Launches on doxo; More than 5% of Residents Go Paperless in the First 90 Days.
  • Forbes: Kabbage Now Uses Square Data to Provide SMB Funding.
  • Mint is now available on Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.
  • btcQuick Bitcoin Exchange working with miiCard to mitigate fraud.
  • EyeVerify interviewed on The Kansas City Power Lunch radio program.
  • IntelliResponse wins bronze in Best in Biz Awards' Most Innovative Product of the Year category for 2013.
  • Intuit to purchase document startup company, Docstoc.
  • American Banker features Zaydoon Munir, founder of RevolutionCredit.
  • ACI Worldwide adds new executives, open new South American HQ in Sao Paolo, Brazil.
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-F-Logo.jpgPayments News reports: PayPal Launches Startup Blueprint Program.
  • miiCard's new directory API powers member lookup services to easily confirm ID and expand confidence online.
  • EyeVerify featured in local broadcast on Kansas City's tech community.
  • GoBank, Moven, and Simple highlighted in Bank Marketing Strategy column on simplicity and bank product proliferation.
  • TradeKing CEO Don Montanaro weighs in on the SEC's crowdfunding approval announcement.
  • Check releases version 6.26 of their money management app for Android.
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.

Earlier this week, a new fintech accelerator emerged out of the Silicon Prairie. St. Louis-based SixThirty announced its inaugural class of four fintech startups, selected from a pool of 100 applicants, that will take part in the 16-week incubator program that starts next Monday.


This fall, SixThirty will invest a total of $400k in four participating startups:

Hedgeable, Matthew Kane and Michael Kane
Hedgeable is a next generation Vanguard, providing low cost, risk managed investment products in response to the Financial Crisis.
MiiCard, James Varga
Through a patented process, miiCard leverages access to online financial accounts to verify an individual's identity beyond a photo ID through a simple process that occurs completely online in five to ten minutes.
See miiCard's FinovateFall 2013 demo.

Upside, Tom Kimberly and Juney Ham
Upside uses innovative financial science and beautiful UI to provide goal-based investment management to mass affluent young professionals.

XYverify, Elliot Klein

XYverify enables consumers, merchants and financial institutions to reduce costs and prevent fraud via a mobile authentication platform.

Along with each receiving $100k, the companies will have access to mentorship and connections to top financial services firms. Four more companies will be selected for the Spring program. The application window for that program will open in mid-December.

Finovate conferences are all about innovation and "what's next" in financial services. At the recent FinovateFall conference miiCard Founder and CEO, James Varga, compiled thoughts and ideas of people from all places in the industry

The following clip is the first installment of his two-part series, detailing current trends in the fintech industry. In it, participants are asked, "What's the next big thing in financial services?"


Here is just a taste of the responses:

  • "Large-value transactions online, such as real estate transactions"
  • "Personalized financial services including social payments and social authentication"
  • "Mobile as primary interface with the customer"
  • "Shifting of lending risk away from banks and to more flexible, non-bank lenders"
  • "Giving customers a fantastic experience and capitalizing on it by making revenues from those customers"
Watch the video for more from the presenters, sponsors, attendees of FinovateFall.

The second piece in the series, Predictions for 2020 and Beyond will come next week so stay tuned.

Finovate Alumni News-- September 26, 2013

  • Updated Google Wallet app lets users store loyalty cards.
  • MasterCard teams up with National Bank of Egypt, Egyptian Banks Company, and Fawry to launch m-wallet in Egypt.
  • EBay's PayPal acquires Braintree in $800M cash deal.
  • The Boston Business Journal features peerTransfer.
  • miiCard presents trends from the innovators at FinovateFall.
  • Lendio raises $4.5 million for small business loan-matching Service.
  • TechCrunch reports: SecondMarket launches a Bitcoin investment trust for accredited investors.
  • Billhighway adds Boys & Girls Club of Troy as client.
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.
  • Intuit integrates QuickBooks with Square's POS products via an API deal.
  • Xpenditure selects miiCard certified digital bank statements for expanded and automated expense report verification.
  • SafetyPay and Paymentez partner to offer Latin American gamers a secure and seamless payment option.
  • TechCrunch reports: SumUp cuts 2.75% per transaction fee across Europe.
  • talks small business lending with MasterCard and the Entrepreneurial Finance Lab (EFL).
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.
This post is part of our live coverage of FinovateFall 2013.

Next, miiCard showed its solution to help mitigate identity fraud in financial services:

"With identity fraud now accounting for over half of all fraud, it's time to get serious about trust online. The future of financial services depends on truly trusted and traceable customer identities in the digital economy. See how sites are using miiCard's Identity as a Service (IDaaS) to sell regulated and high value products in areas like banking, virtual currencies, payments, wealth management, and lending. At the same time learn how miiCard's consumer-driven Bring Your Own Identity proves and protects the individual, while enabling endless possibilities for trusted exchanges for everything from finance, government, healthcare, recruitment, gaming to dating, and social networking."

Product Launch: September 10, 2013
Product distribution strategy: Direct to Consumer (B2C), Direct to Business (B2B), through financial institutions, & through other fintech companies and platforms

HQ: Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Founded: September 1, 2011
Twitter: @miicard

Presenting James Varga (CEO) and Magnus Bray (Sales Manager)

The full demo video will be available at in mid-September.
  • 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.
  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgTechCrunch reports: Lendio using new funding to help SMBs secure loans & avoid bad credit.
  • Payments Source considers how SumUp is competing in a Square world.
  • Cards International reports: Dynamics unveils U.S.A credit card with stars and stripes magnetic strip. Come to FinovateFall in NYC to see Dynamics showcase its new innovation.
  • MasterCard, C-SAM, DNP team up to bring white-label NFC mobile wallet service to Japan. See MasterCard demo at Finovate Fall in September.
  • OxGadgets reviews miiCard as a solution for online identity authentication. Join miiCard in New York for FinovateFall.
  • Mashreq Bank launches EMV chip and PIN-compliant mobile POS service via partnership with Swiff and MasterCard.
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 Sneak Peek: Part 5


We hope you're enjoying our Sneak Peek at the presenters of FinovateFall 2013.

You can learn more about our upcoming event here. And if you've missed an installment of our series, here's a handy index to this year's innovators.

FinovateFall 2013 Sneak Peek #1

Today we'll introduce you to our fifth set of companies that will be demoing on the Finovate stage in September: Capital Access NetworkFutureAdvisor, Instabank, miiCard, Narrative ScienceP2P Cash, and StrategyCorps.

So why not join us in New York for the show? Get your tickets to FinovateFall 2013 in New York here.

Capital Access Network's Mobile Funder is a tablet-based tool enabling finance reps to seurely pre-qualify small businesses for capital and submit a full application in a single visit.

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  • Capital delivered in days, not weeks
  • Empowers reps with direct access to qualification tools
  • Pre-qualifies prospects for two products with one application
Why it's great: This all-in-one tool gives small business finance reps the power to expedite decisions, close more deals, and deliver capital faster.

Dan DeMeo, CEO, Capital Access Network

Mr. DeMeo joined in 2010 with an extensive financial services background (Citibank, GE Capital, JP Morgan) and a history of growing businesses profitably.

Meet the Capital Access Network team here.

FutureAdvisor's FutureAdvisor Premium automatically manages your current investments.

  • Manage investment holdings from multiple institutionsFeatures:
  • Rebalance your portfolio automatically
  • Recognize and invest new cash immediately
Why it's great: Guide your investment portfolio - automatically

Meet the FutureAdvisor team here.

Instabank set out to create the most beautiful, efficient, and social mobile bank.

  • Transfer/request money to/from Facebook friends
  • Add photos, comments, Foursquare venues to purchases
  • Rich activity stream and PFM
Why it's great: Instabank aims to unlock viral customer acquisition via Facebook and become the Dropbox of retail banking.

miiCard (my Internet Identity) is the first global Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS) platform providing trusted and traceable customer identities purely online in the digital economy.

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  • Eliminate up to 80% fraud
  • Reduce new customer dropout by 50%
  • Dramatically reduce operational costs
Why it's great: Enabling purely online sales of regulated and high value products in banking, virtual currencies, payments, wealth management, lending and more.

James Varga, Founder, CEO, miiCard
Mr. Varga has more than a 20-year career in technology and innovation.

Magnus Bray, Sales Manager, miiCard

Mr. Bray has experience in bringing new innovations to global financial institutions.

Meet Team miiCard here.

Narrative Science provides financial institutions with a fast, cost-effective way to analyze data and automatically generate natural language communications that answer important questions and provide timely insight.

  • Infinitely scalable content generation
  • On-demand communications tailored to any audience
  • Consistent narratives structured to meet guidelines
Why it's great: Quill Financial automatically transforms portfolio and market data into human-quality communications and reports for financial institutions.

Meet the Narrative Science leadership team here.

P2P Cash developed an industry-standard, scalable mobile financial services solution that provides secure, compliant and transparent mobile banking to the world's 3 billion unbanked mobile phone users.

  • Send cash home free
  • Mobile international remittance
  • Only SMS required for recipient
Why it's great: Send cash home free #InternationalRemittance

Thomas Meredith, Chairman and CEO, P2P Cash

Mr Meredith has Internet, financial services, and telecommunications experience. Stanford engineer. Harvard MBA.

Donald Chapman, VP, Business Development, P2P Cash

Mr. Chapman has Consulting, IT, Sales & Marketing experience. Providence College. Babson MBA.

Meet the P2P Cash team here.

StrategyCorps' BaZing solution makes mobile and online banking so appealing and relevant to customers' lifestyles they'll gladly pay a fee for them.

  • 300,000+ deals at your fingertips
  • Local merchant offers around every branch
  • Connect like no banking product can
Why it's great: Customers don't like fees for basic banking products. BaZing changes that by making banking products worth paying for.

Stay tuned for more from our FinovateFall 2013 presenters in edition #6 of our Sneak Peek series, coming Thursday.

FinovateFall 2013 is only a few weeks away. To learn more about FinovateFall - and to register and get your tickets today - visit our FinovateFall 2013 page here.
  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgFinanceIt's split-cost marketing programs now available. Check out FinanceIt's live demo at FinovateFall in a couple of weeks.
  • CertusBank launches new website based on Backbase Portal. Come see Backbase demo its new tech live at FinovateFall.
  • Cachet Financial Solutions partners with Nitro Mobile Solutions to integrate Cachet's RDC platform in its mobile banking application.
  • miiCard updates its Digital ID Card. Come see miiCard's demo at FinovateFall.
  • MasterCard appoints Raja Rajamannar Chief Marketing Officer. See MasterCard's demo at FinovateFall 2013 in New York in September.
  • GMC Software Technology taps Scott Draeger for customer communications strategist role. Meet the GMC team at FinovateFall 2013.
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.
  • Silicon Prairie lists Banno and Dwolla as 2 Iowa startups to follow on Twitter.
  • Wakefield reports: Bolstr is navigating the legal complexities of crowdfunding.
  • PlayMoolah working with OCBC Bank for the second year running to teach children about saving.
  • FIS announces new prepaid card technology agreement with KeyBank.
  • WebrazziTV interviews miiCard marketing manager Cassie Anderson at Bitcoin London.
  • Finovate alumni Zopa, TransferWise, miiCard, and LICUOS highlighted in Innotribe co-founder Matteo Rizzi column on banking.
  • Invitations for Google Wallet for Gmail start arriving for registered early adopters.
  • All Things D profiles Motif Investing. See them in action at FinovateFall in September.
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 1, 2013

  • FinovateLOGO.jpgCorduro teams up with LendUp to provide loans to help pay for medical expenses.
  • Entrepreneur Handbook reports on EZBOB's 12-month loan for online retailers.
  • CrowdFundBeat features SeedInvest and its new feature, SeedInvest Groups.
  • TSYS announces completion of NetSpend acquisition.
  • Banking Technology takes a look at LICUOS and the company's win of Innotribe Startup Disrupt at Next Bank Madrid.
  • SafetyPay and GlobalCollect partner to advance secure Int'l payment solutions to over 300 million consumers.
  • interviews BillGuard CEO Yaron Samid.
  • SecondMarket expands into Bitcoin.
  • Virtual Piggy teams up with Live Gamer.
  • AG Beat describes why Kabbage and other alternative lenders will remain prevalent.
  • miiCard wins award for Technology Innovation in Financial Services at the 2013 ScotlandIS Digital Technology Awards in Glasgow.
  • BlinkMobile Interactive announces partner agreement with Linktech Solutions.
  • interviews CSI Enterprises CEO, Keith Stone, on recent updates to the company's globalVcard platform.
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.
  • miiCard partners with authentication company, Toopher, to help users and businesses more effectively fight fraud and secure new services online.
  • BBVA Compass deploys Mitek's Mobile Photo Bill Pay.
  • TIBCO Software acquires StreamBase Systems.
  • Kofax issued patent that covers sending receipt confirmation for a fax.
  • AU Arts Hub profiles Narrative Science's approach to journalism.
  • Cashstar announces patent for virtual gift card technology.
  • Keynote brings MITE Enterprise, DeviceAnywhere Enterprise to UFT users.
  • Green Dot to acquire Walmart's reloadable prepaid card business, MoneyCard.
  • Affinity Solutions raises more than $21 million.
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-F-Logo.jpgIDology launches photo ID scan & validation solution.
  • Aseanstartup reports: Big data becomes agile and beautiful with BellaDati.
  • BBC News features Nick Hungerford, Nutmeg CEO.
  • adds miiCard ID proofing for members.
  • ShopKeep POS iPad point of sale wins Red Herring Top 100 North America Award.
  • The WSJ features Personal Capital features Personal Capital and Jemstep.
  • The Economist looks at P2P lending through the eyes of Lending Club and Prosper.
  • peerTransfer adds 22 new payment methods from China and India.
  • Consumer Reports' Money Minute takes a look at EyeVerify in a report on smart phone banking security.
  • ayondo offers spread betting for UK and Irish customers.
  • Four Finovate alumni featured in OBR crowdfunding report.
  • Founder and managing director of Mozo, Rohan Gamble interviewed by The CEO Magazine.
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.

We recently spoke with miiCard's Founder and CEO, James Varga, who gave us some insight into miiCard's usage, growth, and application to the financial services industry.

It's been a busy year for miiCard. The Edinburgh-based startup has already closed deals with Bitcoin exchange platform, TradeHillPA Consulting GroupYubico, and more. It most recently demoed at FinovateEurope 2012, and has also showcased at FinovateFall 2011 and FinovateEurope 2011.

Finovate: Where do you see miiCard's role in the evolving space of security?

Varga: The current market is extremely active and now more than ever trust online, across a number of sectors and countries, is at the top of agendas. This is reflected by government initiatives such as the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) / Identity Ecosystem Steering Group (IDESG) in the U.S., the ID Assurance project in the U.K. and Trust in Digital Life in Europe.

As yet, the full market potential for identity and trust online remains unquantified, but in any one aspect it represents a huge opportunity, in aggregate it is simply enormous. Given the unique and patented approach adopted by miiCard, our geographical and industry sector coverage and the uses it supports, miiCard can become the predominant provider in this market.

Finovate: Give some specific examples of how miiCard benefits the banking industry.

Varga: By establishing trust in online identity, that a customer really is who they say they are, miiCard is directly addressing the key pains associated with selling high value and regulated products and services entirely online. Through a patented process that leverages the trust between an individual and their financial institution, miiCard establishes identity to Level of Assurance 3+ (LOA3+) and meets Know Your Customer (KYC) and Anti-Money Laundering (AML) identity guidelines, enabling the sale of regulated products and services purely online. 

This translates to three key benefits for financial services, the first being fraud related to identity theft where we can realise reduction of up to 80% in the first 30 days; significant reduction, between 50% to 70%; in dropout rates in the customer onboarding process when offline ID proofing is introduced; and our customer-driven, pay-per verified identity transaction model means the business is only charged for customers who meet the identity proofing requirements, not those who fail to verify, and removes the need for back office or outsourced verification teams.

Finovate: What's the biggest hurdle miiCard has overcome?

Varga:As a provider of trust online our biggest hurdle has been to create trust within our own core member base. As a disruptive approach we have had to establish traction in a market where there are still a great number of assumptions towards online validation, trust and real identities. We now have a single, trusted digital ID founded on the principles of Bring Your Own Identity (BYOID), it is convenient and flexible providing members complete control over their online identity and personal information. With capabilities across five continents and over 350 million people, miiCard is creating trust online across a range of industries including finance, commerce, trading, gaming, healthcare, recruitment, dating, social and professional networking.

Finovate: How many people are currently using the miiCard platform and how do you plan to grow it?

Varga:miiCard has a core membership base that is quickly growing with each and every participating site that starts to accept miiCard as a trusted identity source. To support this growth we have established a channel distribution strategy to the market and gained a number of key partnerships. These include distributors; resellers; affiliates; technologies; consultancies and data providers. Key relationships include Yodlee; Call Credit Group; PA Consulting; Yubico; and Microsoft.

This market traction is driven by both marketing to our users (our C2C proposition) while selling to businesses (our B2B Identity as a Service platform). For businesses miiCard supports both full API access and a fully hosted offering for SME's called DirectID. Every participating site becomes a channel and creates context for our members in building trust online. These now include consumer finance, dating, social networking, pre-employment screening and a wide range of other use cases.

Finovate: What is something you tried that didn't work with the platform?

Varga: We are constantly iterating the product and actively engaged with our members and customers. This agile approach provides its own challenges but allows us to test, assess and deploy functionality at a rapid basis. There are always things that don't work, things that we could do better and things we shouldn't even have started - it's all part of the process.

What is most important is to build the service that our members and customers want while still changing the world.

Finovate: What is miiCard's latest news?  

Varga: We have recently announced our work with Tradehill and PA Consulting and have a number of exciting customers launching throughout the year.

To check out miiCard for yourself, go to or watch its FinovateEurope 2011 demo.

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgBraintree's Bryan Johnson provides columnist James Altucher with an example of "how to go from $0 to $1,000,000 in two years." See Braintree demo at FinovateSpring in San Francisco.
  • TransactionAge takes a look at Klarna as an alternative to Google Wallet.
  • Digital Mailer's My Virtual StrongBox deployed by Redstone Federal Credit Union.
  • Investment News features Finect, a social network for financial advisors. Join them in San Francisco for FinovateSpring.
  • miiCard partners with Bitcoin Exchange Platform, Tradehill.
  • Innovation Agency updates Innovation Café to support formal judging process and integrated rewards payment process.
  • TIO Networks announces partnership with mobile app developer iFactor Consulting.
  • Bloomberg Businessweek reports: On Deck Capital Targets Businesses Banks Won't Touch.
  • David Barrett, Expensify CEO, interviewed on SkyNews to talk about Bitcoin. Come check out what's new at Expensify at FinovateSpring next week.
  • Best Vendor profiles Gremln. See them in action at FinovateSpring in San Francisco.
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.


Yesterday, online identity verification service miiCard announced a partnership with Tradehill, the first U.S.-based Bitcoin exchange platform.

Through the partnership, Tradehill is using miiCard's identity-as-a-service platform to verify users' identities online, which helps it comply with AML and KYC compliance standards.

Tradehill has already integrated, tested and deployed miiCard for its first product Prime.The whole process took fewer than 3 days.

To learn more about miiCard, watch its FinovateEurope 2012 demo.

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgCortera now offering free Cortera Business Directory accounts.
  • Lendio announces record year-over-year revenue growth of 97% for the first quarter of 2013.
  • Zopa launches Safeguard offer that protects lenders from faulty borrowers through a fund held by a non-profit.
  • reviews ReadyForZero can help students save money in college.
  • PA Consulting Group will deliver identity verification solutions using miiCard.
  • MoneyDesktop launches new version of PFM & updates MoneyMobile app.
  • South Bangla Agriculture & Commerce Bank is the fifth Bangladeshi bank to deploy Temenos T24 banking software.
  • Leaf announces Leaf Membership Network. Join Leaf in San Francisco for FinovateSpring in May.
  • Financial Advisor introduces Finect. Come see Finect demo their technology at FinovateSpring.
  • appPicker reviews Kashoo Accounting for iPad.
  • Small Business Association of Michigan selects Billhighway Give as its mobile fundraising solution.
  • Intuit releases Android tablet banking app. Come to FinovateSpring to watch Intuit unveil its new technology.
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-- April 16, 2013

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  • Upstart Business Journal features SeedInvest. See them demo at FinovateSpring in San Francisco in May.
  • Experian announces acquisition of Decisioning Solutions.
  • Volunteer Federal Savings Bank and Peoples Bank of the South choose Jack Henry Banking for  enterprise-wide automation.
  • GFT Blog interviews Matthias Kroner, chairman of the Fidor management board for Fidor Bank.
  • Authentify placed in Visionaries quadrant of the Gartner's "Magic Quadrant for User Authentication." 
  • Boku partners with Bigpoint SARL and Co to allow users to make virtual payments.
  • Kony Solutions partners with Blue Shield of CA to develop and deploy apps on the KonyOne Platform.
  • miiCard adds YubiKey Authentication to online identity proofing solution.
  • SF Gate lists Mint and Expensify as 2 of 4 services to keep tax records organized.
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-F-Logo.jpgBella Dati opens office in Singapore.
  • Business solutions company Neopost USA to use Striata as its electronic document delivery partner.
  • Mitek facilitates more than $40 billion in check deposits.
  • GigaOM reports Braintree's recent move overseas helps double its payments volume to $8B.
  • Blackhawk Network files for IPO of up to $200 million.
  • miiCard 1 of 50 listed on the 2013 FinTech 50 Watchlist, a list companies in Europe that are redefining financial services.
  • Kashoo to partner with InfoStreet's SkyDesktop.
  • asks whether Klarna will become a "major player" in online payments.
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-F-Logo.jpgCapital Access Network has provided SMBs access to more than $3 billion in working capital and facilitated 100k transactions since its inception.
  • Online CV certification service Veritas Vitae enlists miiCard to help eliminate CV fraud.
  • Forbes highlights BillGuard as 1 of 7 Tel Aviv-based startups.
  • Finextra reports Yorkshire Building Society taps eWise for PFM service.
  • Affinity Solutions to discuss brand loyalty, transaction-enabled marketing at Loyalty Expo 2013.
  • ACI Worldwide assures that it will maintain roadmaps, commitments to ORCC customers in wake of acquisition.
  • Bazaarvoice chooses Cohn & Wolfe as agency of record for North America.
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 29, 2013

  • Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgAcculynk joins EMV Migration Forum.
  • TSYS announces extension agreement with Payment Alliance International.
  • True Office scores $3 million funding round. See them demo at FinovateEurope in London!
  • GetApp compares accounting options in FreeAgent and Kashoo.
  • Taulia doubles customer base in 2012.
  • miiCard granted U.S. patent for method of establishing true online identity based on ability to access online financial accounts.
  • TIO Networks appoints Bill Burnham, founder of Inductive Capital, to Board of Directors.
  • WorkSaveLive blog features ReadyForZero.
  • PaySimple launches 3 new integrated partners.
  • PlayMoolah launches Yusheng Rush, a Chinese New Year themed mobile game.
  • IP Commerce announces latest release of Commerce Boarding, a real-time qualification and decision engine.
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 11, 2013

  • Netbanker considers how Prosper, Zopa, and Lending Club have disrupted lending.
  • American Banker reports on NICE Systems' launch of voice authentication technology. Watch its live demo at FinovateEurope Feb. 12 and 13.
  • P2P Lending News: Zopa CEO talks to BBC Radio.
  • BostInno talks with ImpulseSave CEO on how it can help with all kinds of New Year's resolutions.
  • Equifax partners with DocuSign for easy e-sign and submission of Transcript of Tax Return form.
  • Fiserv enhances TradeFlow, its post-trade processing solution. Come to FinovateEurope in London to see the live demo of its new technology.
  • ZDNet looks at how miiCard is solving identity verification headaches.
  • Digital Journal reports on EZBOB's battle with Amazon in the small business financing space.  See them at FinovateEurope in February.
  • Leadfusion collaborates with McCulluy Design Lab to get a new look.
  • Happy birthday, TSYS!  Company celebrates 30th anniversary on Friday.
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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After an impressive 2011, where more than $423 million was raised, 2012 was even better, with more than $450 raised.

A few stand-out metrics for the year:

  • A total of 44 companies received funding, some more than once in 2012
  • Combined, more than $450 million was raised
  • The best quarter for raising capital was the first quarter when more than $150 was raised
  • The biggest funding month this year was March, with more than $68 million raised by three companies
Here is a month-by-month breakdown of funding received.

January -- $25 million raised by 3 companies
Currensee: $2 million -- blog post
Finsphere: $11.3 million -- blog post
HelloWallet: $12 million -- blog post

February -- $57 million raised by 5 companies
Capital Access Network: $30 million -- blog post
Dwolla: $5 million -- blog post
Jemstep: $6 million -- blog post
Kabbage: undisclosed -- blog post
Xero: $16.6 million -- blog post

March -- $68 million raised by 3 companies
Boku: $35 million -- blog post
eToro: $15 million -- blog post
ThreatMetrix: $18 million -- blog post

April -- $2.5 million raised by 1 company
miiCard: $2.5 million -- blog post

May -- $55.5 million raised by 5 companies
Kony: $15 million - blog post
Pindrop Security: $1 million -- blog post
SecureKey: $30 million -- blog post
SoMoLend: $1.17 million -- blog post
Yodlee: $8.3 million -- blog post

June -- More than $62 million raised by 8 companies
Affinity Solutions: $14.5 million -- blog post
Arroweye Solutions: $3 million -- blog post
Cartera Commerce: $12.2 million -- blog post
Credit Sesame: $12 million -- blog post
Doughmain: undisclosed -- blog post
Lending Club: $15 million -- blog post
Nutmeg: $5.3 million -- blog post
Planwise: $200,000 -- blog post

July -- $6 million raised by 2 companies
Continuity Control: $1 million -- press release
SaveUp: $5 million -- blog post

August -- More than $49 million raised by 6 companies*
DemystData: undisclosed -- blog post
FutureAdvisor: $5 million -- blog post
FreeMonee: $34 million -- blog post
The Currency Cloud: $3.1 million -- blog post
CashStar: $5 million -- blog post
Continuity Control: $2.25 million -- blog post

September -- More than $59 million raised by 5 companies
Banno: $2 million -- press release
Betterment: $10 million -- press release
Edo Interactive: $15 million -- press release
Fuze Network: $2.5 million -- press release
Kabbage: $30 million -- blog post

October -- $37 million raised by 2 companies
The Currency Cloud: $1.9 million -- blog post
Braintree: $35 million -- blog post

November -- More than $23 raised by 4 companies
ActivePath: $10 million -- blog post
Jingit: $7 million -- blog post
Bazaarvoice: $6.7 million -- blog post
Xero: $49 million -- blog post

December -- More than $16 million raised by 4 companies
Waspit: $3 million -- blog post
Controlabill: $570,000 (A$600,000) -- blog post
Zopa: undisclosed -- blog post
ShopKeep POS: $10 million - blog post
Clover Networks: $3.3 million - blog post

*In addition to the companies listed for August, On Deck Capital raised $100 million in credit facility commitments.

Note: Funding that companies received before they demonstrated at Finovate was not counted. Questions? Comments? E-mail us at or
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  • Bolstr featured on Fox Small Business News.
  • InComm and Dollar General launch Microsoft Xbox LIVE Prepaid PIN on receipt service.
  • BMO Bank of Montreal and Monitise partner on mobile money solutions for BMO Customers.
  • Cachet Financial Solutions and PSCU partner to provide remote deposit capture technologies to Nation's Credit Unions.
  • Dating service Soul2Match selects miiCard to combat fraud and help members prove they are real people.
  • MoneyDesktop develops partnership with CUBUS Solutions for online banking PFM integration.
  • Church Community Builder to integrate with ProfitStars Remote Deposit Capture.
  • talks TradeHero on the iPhone.
  • Fuze Network surpasses 3.5 million mark in processing cash-to-card transactions.
  • Motley Fool features BrightScope and the best 401(k) plans of 2012.
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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