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FinovateEurope 2013 Best of Show Winners

Our third FinovateEurope wrapped up a few hours ago. At the end of each of the two jam-packed days, the London audience voted for their favorite three demos. The top eight overall were named Best of Show (see notes).

The winners (in alphabetic order):

  • Credit-Agricole for its app store where it is wooing outside developers
  • ETRONIKA for its BANKTRON e-channel management platform
  • mBank with Efigence for their Facebook & social platform 
  • Meniga for its PFM platform, including "buy" vs "not buy" feature
  • Moven (Movenbank) for the worldwide launch of its mobile-optimized bank
  • Pockets United for its group purchasing mobile solution
  • SumUp for its mobile point-of-sale system
  • Virtual Piggy for its kids' payment system with parental controls

We'll have videos of all 64 demos posted at Finovate.com within a few weeks.

Congratulations to the presenters for our first Finovate with zero demo fails (sure their where a few glitches here and there). And thanks to everyone who attended, tweeted, networked, blogged, and set up an enormous number of post-show meetings. You are pushing fintech forward, and consumers everywhere will benefit.

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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 a part of our live coverage of FinovateEurope 2013.

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Next up is Moven (formerly Movenbank), who showed how its tools can help you better understand your finances:

"At FinovateEurope 2013 we will be demonstrating the Movenbank mobile banking experience along with how CredScore® and our Spend, Save, Live tools will help consumers manage and improve their financial health. 

The demo will include features of the day-to-day mobile banking experience and the online platform."

Product Launch: February 2013

HQ: New York, NY, USA
Founded: March 2011
Metrics: Thus far the company has raised more than $2.5M in seed funding, has around 20 employees and about 10,000 registered users.
Website: moven.com
Twitter: @getMoven

Presenting Brett King (CEO & Founder)
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  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgMarket Watch's Jennifer Openshaw reviews the ReadyForZero user experience.
  • Movenbank drops the "bank", changes name to Moven. Come see the launch of its new features at FinovateEurope February 12 and 13 in London.
  • Kabbage appoints Simon Yoo, former co-head and managing director of Citigroup's FI Group, as CFO. Come see Kabbage's live demo at FinovateEurope.
  • Lending Club opens low-interest, fixed-rate personal loan platform to Tennessee residents.
  • Fuze Network guarantees no late fees for credit card payments made before noon CST on due date.
  • True Office partners with Thomson Reuters to develop new, ramified compliance applications.
  • Affinity Solutions raises more than $6 million in equity and convertible securities.
  • InComm wins in 4 categories in seventh annual Paybefore Awards.

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 30, 2013

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  • Jemstep launches new Portfolio Manager service.
  • Aite Group names ACI Worldwide "Vendor to Watch" in 2013.
  • Acculynk's PayLeap now features API developer integration tools.
  • Figlo is 1 of 16 companies to join a global alliance with Microsoft.
  • American Banker reports Simple Enacts New Security Features.
  • All Things D lists Tuition.io as 1 of 2 companies to help college grads with empty pockets.
  • Netbanker reports: Movenbank Provides a Peek at its User Interface. Come check it out at FinovateEurope, less than 2 weeks away.
  • Experian extends Precise ID fraud prevention to online Social Security related 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-- January 21, 2013

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgAndroid Does takes a look at the latest update to Pageonce Money & Bills app.
  • ACI Wordwide announces winners of its Excellence Award for 2013.
  • Forbes considers Movenbank's view of online reputation. See Movenbank demo live at FinovateEurope February 12 and 13.
  • The Des Moines Register takes an inside look at Ben Milne's thoughts on the future of Dwolla.
  • SafetyPay announces record growth: Number of transactions in 2012 increased 149% over 2011, the dollar value of transactions increased by 88.5% in 2012 over 2011.
  • BBVA announces mobile RDC for iPhone. Come see BBVA demo its new tech at FinovateEurope in London.
  • Lending Club issues the 100,000th loan on its lending platform.
  • Credit.com's "Credit Cards" app now available on Google Play.
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.jpgAmerican Banker reports: ImpulseSave Launches Chrome Plugin to Encourage Savings.
  • SaveUp allows users to vote for potential prizes.
  • SmartyPig introduces the SmartyPig OneClick Chrome extension.
  • Get Rich Slowly blog features Tuition.io.
  • Forbes covers Virtual Piggy, calling it PayPal for Kids. Come see Virtual Piggy demo at FinovateEurope.
  • Springwise features Movenbank. Come to FinovateEurope and see Movenbank's live demo of its new platform.
  • American Banker reports: STAR Financial Bank Rolls Out PFM Software from MoneyDesktop.
  • Virgin Mobile, C Spire test BillFloat as financing option.
  • Mastercard moves to ease EMV migration within U.S.
  • Azimo announces £300,000 ($480,000 USD) angel investment round. Come see their demo at FinovateEurope in February!
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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For our first ever two day FinovateEurope conference, we've selected 64 of the most innovative companies in fintech to demo their newest technology to an audience packed full of banking executives, press, analysts, bloggers, and more.

Each company provided a sneak peek of what they'll demo next month. Below is the first installment of these teasers. We'll have more next week.

Don't miss your chance to see the live demo from each company and be a part of our FinovateEurope conference at Old Billingsgate Market Hall in London on February 12 and 13. Get your ticket here.
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Mobile devices are rapidly taking place of credit cards and visits to the bank. How can you have confidence that the user on the other end of that high value transaction is who they say they are? TraitWareID

So why not learn more about a comprehensive authentication solution specifically configured for applications with mobile users that offers a versatile, single, integrated approach that does not require additional hardware?

Innovation type: Identity, payments, security

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Everyone knows the importance of social networks in the financial world. Millions publicly discuss their experiences with the different brands they interact with throughout the day. It also applies to the financial markets. Investors, large or small, share their views on the main market securities and how emerging news influences their trading. 

And of all the social networks, Twitter is probably the most widely used for this type of analysis. But, is there any chance to analyse the conversations about stocks and to obtain a sentiment? We will show you that is possible.

Innovation type: Online

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Biletu is the new way to organise events and share expenses between friends, family and colleagues.

Innovation type: Mobile, PFM, Rewards

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Cardlytics is a real-time marketing and analytics platform that enables over 350 banks globally to bring profitable, targeted rewards to their consumers. Cardlytics' latest innovation is an integrated Facebook app, containing a rewards summary page showing a customer their available offers. Launching in 2013, this will allow banks to have a meaningful and valuable customer conversation in social. 

Watch as we demo creating the Facebook-to-Customer relationship, preserving customer privacy through our patent-pending OPS & OMS systems. Once the link is made we will demonstrate the targeted rewards and savings earned for a customer through the Facebook interface.

Innovation type: Mobile, online, rewards

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Comarch will showcase two solutions, which work together guiding customers from the interpretation of their transactions to suggestions of products and services that can really help them improve their financial standing. Comarch solutions use multiple motivation techniques to help customers achieve financial fitness through sound personal finance management.

Innovation type: Investing & asset management, mobile, PFM

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Dashlane, winner of Best of Show at FinovateFall in NYC 2012, will demo their core technology: a consumer app (desktop and mobile) that enables users to instantly checkout, login and fill forms in a flash universally on every website and every device, without the need for any site-side integration with merchants whatsoever. 

In addition to being a secure personal data management tool and the "point of payment choice" for users, Dashlane offers financial services and ecommerce partners a privileged seat next to the user during all their online transactions.

Innovation type: Payments, security

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Big Data. Pretty much the two words that are on everyone's lips, but much harder to actually put into action... until now, that is. 

ERN will show you how our unique, big data technology platform brings together card payment and merchant data in real time. Using that data and insight, we'll show you how (at last) you can intelligently target loyalty programs and marketing campaigns effectively. Better still, there's even a smartphone app to deliver your customers eReceipts and mCoupons.

We look forward to showing you how you can close the loop on payment Big Data and create value from every single transaction.

Innovation type: Mobile, payments, rewards

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eyeOpen is launching the world's first digital mortgage advisor. The digital mortgage advisor provides consumers with best-in-class mortgage advice. It provides banks and insurance companies with a leading user interface in conversions, advice algorithms and a management information dashboard on consumer behavior.

eyeOpen tested the digital mortgage advisor in The Netherlands with leading banks such as Rabobank, ING and ABN AMRO. The company sells the consumer advice software in Europe from its Amsterdam office and in the USA from its San Francisco office. 

Innovation type: Back office, banking, marketing

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EZBOB offers real-time financing for e-commerce businesses in the UK. The company has developed a web-based lending platform which gathers data, in real-time, allowing for instant lending decisions. 

An e-commerce business is analysed based on data pulled through API connections to data sources such as Amazon, eBay and PayPal, as well as strategic partners such as Channel Grabber, EKM and others. 

EZBOB's proprietary algorithm allows the company to look beyond a traditional credit score. 

Innovation type: Banking, identity, lending, PFM, small business

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Learn how Financial Simplicity's portfolio business management infrastructure enables wealth firms to operate thousands of individually tailored investment portfolios efficiently and compliantly. 

It will reveal how portfolio management can blend new world social relevance with operational excellence. Specifically, Financial Simplicity will demonstrate:

    1. Whole of firm portfolio mandate and compliance monitoring in a single screen
    2. On-demand portfolio analysis within a socially relevant context
    3. Investor-tailored portfolio modelling at the click of a button
    4. Implement pre-compliant portfolio decision-making across a Centralised Investment Proposition in a matter of seconds
Innovation type: Investing & asset management

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Story of My Finances is an entirely new approach in digital financial customer service. It takes online banking and PFM to the next level of mass retail financial planning and advice. 

Stories are customer-driven financial life processes, such as How to spend less, Prepare for a rainy day, Buy a home or Retirement planning. Stories help end-customers to get financially fit and to have a peace of mind. Stories are the missing link between everyday people and financial products. 

We believe that we can improve people's financial life by licensing our white-label technology to financial institutions.

Innovation type: Online, PFM, sales

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You're seated comfortably watching TV, and suddenly you're notified that a bank deposit was made into your account. Good news! Simply click, and you can see the details.

The Home Shopping Network presents the set of cooking pans that you have had your eye on for ages. With the press of a button, the pans are on their way to your house!

Innovation type: Marketing, online, sales

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Kalixa believes that today, payments simply don't meet the real needs of consumers and businesses. For businesses payments are expensive, fragmented and leave them exposed. 

Ed Chandler, CEO of Kalixa, will showcase how next-generation technology that underpins a total payment journey can transform payments from a source of cost, complexity and confusion into a sustainable competitive advantage that stimulates innovation and fuels business growth.

Innovation type: Cards, payments

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We truly believe that the financial industry needs a radical rethink and that innovative financial services offering fair prices, transparency and creating no systemic risk are more important than ever.

Based on these conclusions, we developed an alternative to traditional FX products and services offered by banks and brokers. Kantox is a marketplace where companies can look for and find others companies - their counterparties - to exchange foreign currencies spot and forward without the intermediation of banks.

Innovation type: Payments

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Luminous' BankFiling loan origination solution enables financial institutions to increase lending to banking customers, while reducing risk.

Innovation type: Banking, lending, small business

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mBank & Efigence present the first European comprehensive Bank 3.0 revolution in a large bank with a full financial product portfolio. 

mBank, an online bank, has successfully leveraged the internet to organically become the third largest in Poland. Now, it's re-inventing itself by bridging startup-grade innovation on a mass scale. It will implement a wave of next-gen services: transactional banking, transactional/real-time marketing, PFM, social, gamification, video banking, mobility and more. 

It will show its innovative transactional site and the first European implementation of transactional marketing, highlighting a creative take on Facebook, social platforms and real-time consumer gratification.

Innovation type: Banking, online, rewards

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Movenbank will be the first consumer banking experience centered around mobile and enabling a consumer's everyday financial wellness. We combine mobile banking, mobile payments, and real time financial health and spending insight to help customers spend, save and live smarter. 

Consumers pay with their mobile phones and receive insight on their spending behaviors at the point of sale when it matters most. When was the last time your checking account did that?

Innovation type: Banking, payments, PFM

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Your customers want a mobile service that is as smart as their device. Are you delivering? When customers use your mobile service, they often require assistance beyond self-service to resolve their needs. Having them realize they now need to call your contact center and start from scratch with the IVR causes disappointment and frustration. 

NICE Mobile Reach complements mobile self-service to bridge it with assisted-service channels. It lets companies intelligently engage their mobile customers, seamlessly connect them to the right representative with full context transfer, and then powerfully collaborate with them during the interaction. That's smart customer service that creates value!

Innovation type: Communications, mobile, sales

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The Open Bank Project (OBP) is an open source-powered API for banks that enables account holders to access their transaction data using a wider range of applications and services. 

The OBP API supports transparency options (enabling account holders to share configurable views of their transaction data with trusted individuals and even the public), data blurring (to preserve sensitive information) and data enrichment (enabling users to add tags, comments and images to transactions). The OBP App Store enables banks and developers to showcase supported apps.

Innovation type: Back office, communications

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The new, highly volatile market order that's been prevailing for the last few years is raising the pressure on you to come up with asset allocations that are precisely fitted to your clients' profile. Clients increasingly challenge the proposed investment strategies' ability generate performance while preserving wealth. 

The BlackSwan Financial Platform lets you engage your clients in an interactive analysis of their risk. Explore investment options together with your clients and guide them through an informed process in selecting the most optimal asset allocation for their profile using clever quantitative finance algorithms.

Innovation type: Investing & asset management

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EdgeConnect is the industry's most dynamic user experience platform (UXP). EdgeConnect provides a single, consistent platform that enables superior user experiences to be delivered across multiple distribution channels, for any product, any user, in any language and optimised for each device.

A major new editor within edgeConnect, LiveDesigner, is a game-changer in application design. It allows designers to change the look and feel, layout and behaviour while an application is executing, so that they can make changes and see the effects on dynamic application pages prior to live deployment.

Innovation type: Mobile, online, sales

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The Currency Cloud transforms the way businesses make international payments.
 
We inject cost savings, transparency and productivity enhancements into the payment process to deliver a service businesses deserve. Our platform connects to a host of exchange rate providers and payment networks to optimise the conversion, sending and receiving of international payments. 

Businesses access our service directly online, through our API, or via the multitude of firms such as banks, brokers, remittance agents, IFAs, and accounting solutions providers that extend our capabilities through their own services.

We will be showcasing the power of integrated international payments within treasury solutions.

Innovation type: Back office, payments

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Could the banks have avoided over $1 billion in fines for anti money laundering violations with this True Office game?

By playing the True Office | Thomson Reuters Anti Money Laundering desktop and mobile app, financial services employees are exposed to the regulatory risks they confront, and learn how to comply with anti money laundering laws and company policies. 

The data generated from this app provides financial services institutions with compliance analytics that help identify and reduce instances of anti money laundering risk.

Innovation type: Mobile, security

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TSYS Spend Controls puts control over card usage into the hands of the business owner or program administrator. It provides businesses a means to implement upfront transaction controls to ensure cardholder compliance with purchasing guidelines. 

Administrators manage parameters using a simple Web-based user interface, establishing guidelines according to business, department or individual needs. Each transaction is reviewed at the point of sale based on the pre-established parameters.

Innovation type: Banking, cards, marketing

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Virtual Piggy is the first e-commerce solution that enables kids to manage and spend money within a parent-controlled environment. 

We deliver online security platforms designed for the Under 18 age group in the global online market, and also enable online businesses the ability to function in a manner consistent with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act ("COPPA") and similar international children's privacy laws.

Innovation type: Payments, PFM

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VoiceTrust inTalk increases customer convenience, reduces call times, and provides enhanced security at financial institutions' call centers. It does this by verifying a customer's identity through passive listening to the conversation between the agent and the customer. 

Independent of the language spoken or the words uttered, inTalk is able to compare the speaker's voice against the account holder's voiceprint and indicate whether the speaker is the account holder or an imposter. The agent is alerted with a graphical indicator on their monitor.

Innovation type: Identity, sales, security

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Yseop will present several intelligent text-generating financial solutions. We will demo a prep-to-meeting report written in two seconds, an automatically generated two-page financial executive summary based on the latest market data and a personalized retirement planning application. 

Yseop is artificial intelligence that writes (and speaks) non-repetitive intelligent text, just like a human being, but at a speed of thousands of pages per second. Yseop analyzes a company's business data, dialogs intelligently with its customers to understand their goals and then generates written comments and recommendations following the best practices of the company's top experts.

Innovation type: Communications, sales, marketing

Finovate Alumni News-- January 9, 2013

  • Gartner highlights Comarch Commission & Incentive in recent report.
  • FIS announces expanded relationship with Modern Woodmen Bank.
  • TomTom uses Keynote DeviceAnywhere for real-time performance monitoring in Paris.
  • The New York Times features Simple's approach to customer service.
  • Check Point Software Technologies introduces new ZoneAlarm 2013 security product line, integrates Facebook Privacy Scan.
  • MyBankTracker looks at Movenbank's new site layout. Come see Movenbank's live demo at FinovateEurope Feb 12 and 13.
  • Daily Tekk interviews Brendon McQueen, CEO of Tuition.io.
  • eToro launches new version of its WebTrader platform.
  • Dwolla introduces new look, allows users to apply for higher transaction limits.
  • Cardlytics opens office in San Fran, appoints new SVP of Marketing. Come see Cardlytics demo at FinovateEurope next month.
  • CNBC interviews Barry Silbert, SecondMarket CEO, to understand why entreprenuers avoid IPOs.
  • Bank Systems & Technology considers how NICE's newest solution uses voice recognition to prevent fraud. Come see NICE demo its new tech live at FinovateEurope in London February 12 and 13.
  • Biometric Update highlights a year of new customers and pilot projects from VoiceTrust.
  • TechCrunch features a video interview with Betterment CEO and founder, Jon Stein.
  • Experian announces deal to provide address and mortality screening services to Guardian Financial 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.

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