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  • 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.
  • Wisconsin Business News site features Tascet's ID fraud solution.
  • Clover's POS powers Gyft's new cloud-based POS system that enables SMBs to sell their own gift cards.
  • Startup Smart features SocietyOne's recent funding from Westpac.
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.

Want some context on the torrid pace of fintech financing in the first three months of 2014?

Consider this: a year ago, fourteen Finovate alums raised a total of more than $150 million in the first quarter of 2013.

A year later, we have just nine alums raising more than twice as much in the month of March alone.

March Madness, indeed.

Q1 of 2014 saw 23 Finovate alums walk away with just under $600 million in capital. The biggest haul of the quarter came courtesy of Klarna, which raised more than $125 million. 

But there were plenty of similarly impressive fundraisings, including the $85 million raised by Credit Karma, and the $77 million and $75 million secured by OnDeck and Tradeshift, respectively.

Total raised = More than $592 million

January -- $91 million raised by seven companies
February -- $139 million raised by seven companies
March -- $362 million raised by nine companies

Note: Funding prior to becoming a Finovate alum not included. Questions? Comments? Email us at or

Australia-based P2P lending company SocietyOne announced earlier this week that it received its first round of funding, which totaled $8.5 million. 

This series A round comes from Reinventure, Global Founders Capital and private investor Justin Reizes.

The most notable of these investors is Reinventure, which is a new venture capital manager funded by Westpac Banking Corp. According to the Financial Review, Westpac is believed to be the first bank in the world to take an equity stake in a P2P lending organization. 

Managers of Reinventure, which contributed $5 million to SocietyOne's $8.5 million round, say they are keeping the new fund at arm's length from Westpac Bank. Despite the distance, Westpac hopes the investment will help it to gain insight into SocietyOne's proprietary algorithm that assess the creditworthiness of borrowers.

Founder and CEO Matt Symons says that the funding will allow the company to accelerate its growth rate because it will:

    1. Enable it to offer more borrowers a better deal
    2. Give more investors access to attractive fixed income asset classes


SocietyOne's platform, which won Best of Show at FinovateAsia 2012, connects creditworthy borrowers with investors looking for better rates of return.

To see SocietyOne's award-winning demo, check out the video here.

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgBanking Day reports: SocietyOne to take next step in development next month, when it announces the involvement of a strategic investor.
  • ThreatMetrix announces frictionless, context-based authentication to prevent unauthorized access to enterprise applications.
  • TSYS announces increased investment in Central Payment Joint Venture.
  • Fiserv Premier platform picked by New Jersey-based Sussex Bank.
  • CRIF acquires OFWI, aka, Teledata, from Axon Active Holding AG.
  • ZenPayroll brings in $20 million in Series A funding from General Catalyst and Kleiner Perkins.
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.jpgMoneyDesktop to power Kasasa 360 Financial Management Platform.
  • SF Gate reports: SecondMarket allows IRA investment in Bitcoin.
  • Crowdfund Investor features SocietyOne's P2P Lending platform.
  • Digital Journal promotes Personal Capital and FutureAdvisor.
  • Biometric Signature ID profiled in Huffington Post column on identity proofing.
  • San Francisco Business Times' Bay Area BizTalk features Bright Funds.
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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With a new round of fintech innovators less than a month away from taking the Finovate stage in Singapore, it's a great time to review last year's breakout performers.

Who were the winners (as determined by audience vote)? What did they present? And most importantly, what have they been up to in the weeks and months since?

To answer those questions and more, here's a look at what's new and notable from the Best of Show winners of FinovateAsia 2012.


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Who They Are: Specialists in peer-to-peer international money transfers, CurrencyFair presented an upgrade to the user interface for their MarketPlace screens.

Why They Won: Sending money abroad is fraught with cost and complication. CurrencyFair's MarketPlace solution creates an online, person-to-person environment in which individuals can negotiate their own exchange rates with each other.

What They've Been Up To: 

  • Won" "Most Insightful & Intriguing Internet Innovation" award 
  • Reached $500 million in transactions
  • Presented their iPhone app at FinovateEurope
  • Listed among top "Middleweight Startups" at The Europas 2013
  • Won Best Irish Startup Award from The Next Web
  • Named Startup of the Day by The Daily Business Post
  • Won "Best of Show" at FinovateAsia 2012

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Who They Are: Finantix provides solutions to help banks, wealth managers, and advisors provide more and better advice and insight for their retail and high net worth clients

Why They Won: In presenting their Sharp digital banking platform, Finantix introduced a tool to change the way banks interact with their customers by introducing gamification, social and multimedia content, and natural language communication.

What They've Been Up To:

  • Partnered with VoiceTrust to bring voice biometrics to Finantix Banking Assistant
  • Launched Banking Assistant mobile app at FinovateEurope 2013
  • Won "Best of Show" at FinovateAsia 2012

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Who They Are: SocietyOne is the first fully-compliant peer-to-peer online lending platform in Australia.

Why They Won: With ClearMatch, SocietyOne effectively leveraged proven banking technologies into new applications in the peer-to-peer consumer lending business.

What They've Been Up To:

  • Reached $1 million in personal loans originated mark
  • Earned spot on Mozo's VIP (Very Innovative Product) list for 2013
  • Won "Best of Show" at FinovateAsia 2012.

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Who They Are: Ubank is a division of NAB, the National Bank of Australia. Ubank operates as a branchless, Internet-only bank.

Why They Won: The introduction of Ubank's People Like U solution reflects a growing trend in banks adding PFM and financial management tools for their customers. The solution takes an econographic approach to helping consumers understand their own spending patterns  in the context of their peers.

What They've Been Up To:

  • Won 2013 Webby award in Financial Services/Banking category
  • Won six Best of the Best 2013 awards from Money Magazine Australia
  • Won "Best of Show" at FinovateAsia 2012

For more information about FinovateAsia 2013, returning to Singapore next month, visit our FinovateAsia 2013 page here.

Finovate Alumni News-- August 8, 2013

  • FinovateLOGO.jpgKofax announces completion of Kapow Technologies acquisition.
  • ACI Worldwide cites role of their Universal Payments Platform in net new bookings growth for 2013 in this week's Q2 report.
  • The New York Times looks at Lending Club, Prosper, Zopa, On Deck, SocietyOne, and Kabbage as significant lending platforms.
  • Finextra reports: PayPal trials new geolocation payment service in London.
  • Leadfusion launches new RESPONSE interface for Premium Financial Tools.
  • Finect Founder Jennifer Openshaw moderates Best Practices in Compliant Social Media webinar. See Finect demo at FinovateFall 2013 in New York.
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.jpgERN raises another $1 million, acquires two UK companies.
  • Expensify announces additional approval modes.
  • TMC selects Interactions' Virtual Assistant applications for a 2013 Speech Technology Excellence Award.
  • The Financial Brand looks at NeoBanks: Moven, Simple, GoBank.
  • Reuters article features Wealthfront as a platform of choice for how millenials manage money.
  • MasterCard partners with United Bank for Africa to provide Nigeria's first personalized debit card.
  • BrightFunds announces that it is now an official contributor to Triple Pundit.
  • The Economist talks with TransferWise co-founder Taavet Hinrikus about technological innovation in Estonia.
  • Kabbage and On Deck Capital both featured in Fit Small Business column on raising money for an existing business.
  • Allied Payment Network partners with Access Softek to provide Picture Pay mobile bill pay 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-- July 29, 2013

  • FinovateLOGO.jpgJilliene Helman, CEO and co-founder of Realty Mogultalks crowdfunding and real estate in NAWRB's N Magazine.
  • Bazaarvoice CEO Stephen Collins writes about why Big Data needs big problems.
  • Finect's Jennifer Openshaw talks about social media and the coming deluge of hedge fund advertising.
  • Total Payments features Moven founder, Brett King, as he discusses the future of banking and payments.
  • Bank Innovation looks at Moven, Simple, GoBank, and the decline of personal checks.
  • TechPost considers the success Lending Club, SocietyOne, and Zopa have had implementing P2P lending platforms.
  • American Banker reports ID Analytics announces updated ID fraud software, ID Score.
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.jpgPayPal reviews second quarter performance.
  • features SocietyOne as 1 of 5 industries where you should be using a 'share business'.
  • Network World reports: Authentify xFA provides simple, secure primary authentication using digital certificates and voice biometrics.
  • Compliance Week reports: Actiance Socialite helps simplify social media compliance.
  • MasterCard's Margaret Shine talks debit card adoption with
  • Lendio prevents five reasons why small businesses should rely on cloud accounting.
  • Project Runway season opener features contestants using GoBank accounts to make purchases and manage spending.
  • Netbanker looks at the benefits of Moven's contactless NFC sticker.
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 23, 2013

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  • Executive Magazine profiles TransferWise and talks Middle East expansion.
  • Reference Data Review takes a look at Fenergo's efforts to make compliance easier and more efficient.
  • ACI Worldwide announces Universal Payments Platform.
  • TransferWise wins Estonia's "Best E-Service" contest.
  • Joe Brancucci, CEO of GTE Financial joins Mortgage Harmony Advisory Board.
  • Keith Kelly, Mortgage Harmony CEO, awarded a Tech All-Star Award by Mortgage Banking Magazine. Check out Mortgage Harmony's live demo at FinovateSpring.
  • Ping Identity named 2013 Top Workplace by The Denver Post for second consecutive year.
  • SecureKey named Top Growth Company in 2013 Branham300 list of Top 10 Growth Companies.
  • Global Security Services Company selects Kofax to automate accounts payable operations in Latin America. Check out Kofax at FinovateSpring.
  • ProfitStars wins 2013 Payments System Awards from NACHA - the Electronic Payments Association.
  • ACI Worldwide's Architech Mobile Banking provides PFM, integrated bill payment and account-to-account transfers to iOS, Android smartphones.
  • Azimo wins SWIFT Innotribe challenge; advances to finals at Sibos 2013 in Dubai.
  • peerTransfer now serving more than 300 colleges and universities, has partnered with 48 new educational institutions during the first quarter of 2013.
  • Zooz closes $2 million Series A round led by XSeed Capital. See Zooz in action at FinovateSpring in May.
  • GeoComply and Locaid team up to bring geolocation services to mobile and Internet gaming industry. See Locaid demo at FinovateSpring in May.
  • Innov8social interviews Julia Streuli, head of communications for Bright Funds. Join Bright Funds in San Francisco for FinovateSpring.
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: PayPal separates developer platform from X.commerce, launches Simpler mobile APIs.
  • Springwise considers the open source nature of TESOBE's OpenBankProject.
  • Pindrop Security named the Best Rookie Security Company at the 2013 SC Awards.
  • Servant of Chaos reports: SocietyOne eyes off disruption in personal lending.
  • Intuit Small Business blog lists Mint and Expensify as 2 of 4 apps to help manage your small business.
  • UK Wired Magazine reports BehavioSec invents alternative to passwords using biometric fingerprints.
  • Edison Investment Research publishes report covering Virtual Piggy.
  • Founder and CEO of Fuze Network, Dave Wilkes, to speak at the 2013 BAI Payments Connect Conference & Expo.
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.jpgLend Acadamey reports: SocietyOne May Be the Most Innovative P2P Lender on the Planet.
  • American Banker reports: Experian providing prepaid card service provider Cardplatforms with its global authentication services.
  • ValidSoft's Secure Mobile Architecture for Real-time Transactions selected to be an integral element in Spindle's payment acceptance service.
  • Cortera's Pulse is winner of the 2013 SIIA CODiE Award for Best Business Information Solution.
  • SumUp partners with blue solution software to integrate API into Top Reparatur.  See them demo at FinovateEurope next week.
  • Acculynk's PayLeap reaches strategic agreement with Spindle to integrate platforms.
  • IgniteSales reports 100% revenue growth for 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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SocietyOne, a FinovateAsia Best of Show winner, announced last week that it has reached $1 million in loan originations on its P2P lending platform, ClearMatch.

The Australia-based startup launched the ClearMatch platform, which allows investors to bid together at different interest rates and amounts against a single loan, six months ago in August of 2012.

In the six months since its launch:

    • Has originated over $1.1 million in loans
    • Borrowers faced an average interest rate of 14.4%
    • Investors earned average interest rate of 11.3% per annum
    • Investors have received $15,600 in interest payments

The following graph charts the growth of the loan amount originated since its inception.


For comparison, SocietyOne charted the growth of LendingClub's originations over time.


Matt Symons, SocietyOne CEO, states that he plans to replicate the success of Lending Club in Australia.

To check out SocietyOne's award-winning platform, watch its FinovateAsia 2012 demo.

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  • TechCrunch reports BillGuard Teams Up With Lemon's Mobile Wallet, Will Alert Users To Fraudulent Charges.
  • MyBankTracker reviews Betterment's gift registry feature.
  • Tech in Asia describes why Striata caught its eye at FinovateAsia.
  • Personal Loan Finder looks at SocietyOne.
  • BetaKit reports ShopKeep adds employee time tracking feature to iPad POS system.
  • SecureKey launches Online Authentication Service for Government of Canada.
  • TechCrunch reports Lending Club Surpasses $1B In Personal Loans, Hits Profitability.
  • PaySimple Launches ReceivablesPro Turnkey Private-Label Solution.
  • Campaign Asia reports London-based Innovation Agency launches in Singapore.
  • At FinovateAsia, Barclays announces the launch of PFM powered by Strands.
  • SG Entrepreneurs covers Perfectsen's launch of The Hook at FinovateAsia.
  • Des Moines Register covers Dwolla's MassPay.
  • e27 lists 3 finance startups that caught their eye at FinovateAsia 2012.
  • Pando Daily reports Bazaarvoice replaces its CEO and acquires Longboard Media.
  • Finextra reports Authentify opens Japanese subsidiary.
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.
Then, SocietyOne debuted a solution that simplifies the loan application process:

"SocietyOne is launching a smartphone loan application channel solution that simplifies the process of applying for a loan and minimizes manual data entry requirements by leveraging the customer's third party data. ClearMatch's credit decision engine is being enhanced to cater for new metrics and behavioral attributes of consumers in the loan provisioning and pricing process."

Product Launch: August 2012

HQ: Sydney, Australia
Founded: May 2011
Metrics: SocietyOne has paid up capital of $6.3M and 15 employees. For its initial market deployment in Australia, over $100,000 in loans is being submitted to the platform on a daily basis and matching investor underwriting funds are being registered on it.
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