Finovate Global: Fintech News from Around the World

As Finovate goes increasingly global, so does our coverage of financial technology. Finovate Global: Fintech News from Around the World is our weekly look at fintech innovation in developing economies in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and Central and Eastern Europe.


  • MoneyTap, DLT-based payment app developed by SBI and Ripple goes live in Japan.
  • Indonesia’s biggest telecommunications company, Telkomsel, picks Kinetica to support its accelerated analytics, location-based visualization and AI.
  • Ayondo expands B2B offering in Asia with a new white label deal.
  • First Circle, a lending platform for SMEs based in the Philippines, has raised $26 million in new funding.

Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Daon Inks Deal with South Africa’s Capitec Bank.
  • Commercial Bank of Ethiopia deploys UP Retail Payments from ACI Worldwide.
  • Ivory Coast subsidiary of Togo-based Banque Atlantique goes live with Temenos’ T24 core banking system.

Central and Eastern Europe

  • Sberbank customers can now add “cash postcards” – automated images with sound – to their money transfers.
  • Payfone partners with Orange to fight identity fraud in four new global markets, including Poland and Romania.
  • Ukraine’s Akhmetov Bank leverages Corezoid’s cloud-based operating system.

Middle East and Northern Africa

  • Daon partners with Akbank, making the Turkish bank the first in the country to deploy facial recognition technology for mobile banking authentication.
  • Alcazar Capital Limited (ACL) to launch $100 million global fintech fund in collaboration with Fintech Consortium’s InQvest Partners.
  • Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange launches Sahmi, a new integrated digital platform for individual investors.

Central and South Asia

  • Bank of Punjab, based in Lahore, Pakistan, implements core banking technology from Oracle.
  • considers the effect Indian fintechs have made on financial inclusion in India.
  • VC Circle looks at the rise in investment in insurtech innovators like India’s PolicyBazaar.

Latin America and the Caribbean

  • Brazilian challenger bank Nubank raises $180 million in funding.
  • UniBank Panama to implement biometric authentication technology from Ipsidy.
  • COK Sodality Co-operative Credit Union (COKCU) of Jamaica to modernize its core processing technology courtesy of a new partnership with Smart Solution.

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Zenmonics Lands Funding from FIS

Core banking specialist Zenmonics landed funding from its long-time partner FIS this week. The amount of the minority investment, along with other terms of the agreement remain undisclosed. This marks Zenmonics’ first round of funding; prior to the closing of this week’s investment Zenmonics was 100% company-owned.

The North Carolina-based company will use the funds to further its growth and burgeon capabilities of its channelUNITED platform. Riaz Syed, founder and CEO of Zenmonics said that the investment enables the company “to grow innovation and delivery capacity for our current clients, while also extending our reach in the market.”

Aimed to offer a consistent user experience across multiple channels, Zenmonics’ channelUNITED is an omni-channel solution that adapts and expands to each individual banks’ pace. The system places clients and associates on a common system to unify digital, sales, service, origination, and teller platforms.

Founded in 2007, Zenmonics has more than 200 employees. At FinovateFall 2016, the company debuted channelUnited. Earlier this week, Zenmonics earned a spot on the 2018 IDC FinTech Rankings for the second year in a row.

FIS most recently demoed at FinovateFall 2016. The company debuted its Cardless Cash solution that provides a fast, secure option for sending and picking up cash at any ATM. Headquartered in Florida, FIS serves more than 20,000 clients in more than 130 countries.

Finovate Alumni News


  • Zenmonics Lands Funding from FIS
  • USAA Taps StreetShares for Small Business Lending

Around the web

  • Studio Bank Selects Baker Hill’s Statement Spreading Solution as Building Block for Future Growth.
  • TechCrunch: Coinbase adds ZRX to Coinbase Pro.
  • Payfone Partners with Orange to Fight Identity Fraud in Four New Global Markets.
  • Earnix and DataRobot Announce a Strategic Alliance.
  • Azimo launches new service to serve SMBs.
  • Jack Henry & Associates named a Top Workplace by The Charlotte Observer for fourth consecutive year.
  • WorkFusion launches RPA Express Pro to complement its AI automation platform and scale 40,000 users of its free RPA product.
  • Geezeo CTO featured on Amazon Web Services video series This is My Architecture.

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.

OnDeck Launches Subsidiary to Help Banks with Small Business Lending

Online small business lending platform OnDeck has always served as an alternative to traditional banks. This week, however, the company has made a new move to further its bank-fintech ties. The New York-based company announced the launch of a new subsidiary aimed to help banks serve small businesses.

Dubbed ODX, the new platform-as-a-service entity is an extension of OnDeck’s platform services and will focus entirely on helping banks digitize their small business lending efforts via a combination of software, analytic insights, and professional services.

ODX is as much about helping banks reach small business clients as it is about helping small businesses interact with their bank. The new subsidiary recognizes the hassle that comes with applying for a loan at a traditional bank, many of which still rely on labor-intensive, paper-based processes that take an average of 26 hours over the course of several weeks to complete. In comparison, banks leveraging ODX can offer a fully-digital application and underwriting process that provides the business with funding within 24 hours.

In a statement, OnDeck CEO Noah Breslow said, “ODX is the next generation service provider for the digital lending era, delivering a bank-ready origination platform, analytic support, and implementation services that speed product and process transformation to help banks better meet the evolving needs of their customers.”

Brian Geary, who formerly served as VP of OnDeck’s bank partnership unit, has been appointed to president of ODX. The company hired on Raj Kolluri, former VP of  Product & Engineering at SS&C Primatics, as head of product and technology for ODX.

Founded in 2007, OnDeck has loaned more than $10 billion to small businesses in 700 different industries across the United States, Canada, and Australia since launch. The company, which demoed at FinovateSpring 2012,  leverages its OnDeck Score that uses advanced analytics to make real-time lending decisions and deliver funds to small businesses in as little as 24 hours. Earlier this year, OnDeck closed a pair of revolving credit facilities totaling $93 million.

Temenos Partners with Australia’s Uniting Financial Services

Uniting Financial Services (UFS), a non-profit entity based in Australia, has signed for a range of Temenos’ solutions, to be delivered in the cloud, reports Tanya Andreasyan of FinTech Futures (Finovate’s sister publication).

The new multi-year deal builds on an existing relationship between UFS and Rubik Financial, a local distributor of Temenos’ tech (Rubik Financial was acquired by Temenos last year and merged into the company). UFS initially signed for T24, to be delivered on a hosted basis by Rubik, in 2013, FinTech Futures understands.

Under the new agreement, UFS will implement Temenos’ T24, analytics, channels, financial crime mitigation and risk and compliance software, all delivered on the Microsoft Azure cloud.

With over $1.2 billion (AU$1.7 billion) in funds under management, UFS provides treasury and ethical investment services to the Uniting Church in Australia’s Synod of NSW & the ACT including its Congregations, Presbyteries and various Church Agencies.

“At UFS we are committed to evolving our services and solutions to best support the needs of our investors and borrowers,” Uniting Financial Services CEO Warren Bird said. “Investing in innovative, flexible and modern technologies, and working with key partners such as Temenos is an important part of this approach.”

Temenos’ Managing Director for the Asia-Pacific, Martin Frick, pointed to the rise of open banking as another reason for partnerships with organizations like Uniting Financial Services. “With Open Banking poised to become a reality in Australia in 2019, we are seeing customers like UFS invest in digital transformation both to achieve operational excellence and improve customer service,” Frick said.

Temenos demonstrated its Temenos Connect Mobile Banking solution at FinovateEurope 2015. Earlier this month, the Geneva, Switzerland-based company announced the completion of a major technology upgrade for Baltic International Bank. Also in October, Temenos announced upcoming deployments of its T24 core banking system at Cameroon’s largest bank, Afriland First Bank and at Tunisia’s Banque de l’Habitat.

Founded in 1993, Temenos is listed on the Swiss Stock Exchange under the ticker “TEMN,” and has a market capitalization of more than $12 billion. More than 3,000 companies around the world, including 41 of the top 50 banks, use solutions from Temenos to process the daily transactions of 500+ million banking customers.

FinovateAsia Sneak Peek: Topicus

A look at the companies demoing live at FinovateAsia on October 29 and 30, 2018 in Hong Kong. Register today and save your spot.

Powered by Topicus, Fyndoo makes lending more accessible, efficient, and transparent. Lenders get optimal loan processing in shorter time with less staff and full compliance.


  • Provides an accessible, efficient, and transparent lending process
  • Connectes all parties throughout all possible loan product life cycles
  • Powered by a single product definition and process workbench

Why it’s great
Fyndoo Lending provides a complete loan management solution for all involved parties, delivering fast loan processing with less staff while being fully compliant.


Michiel Schipper, Managing Director
Schipper has been active in the SME lending domain since 2004 and is driven by his enthusiasm for entrepreneurialism.


Michel Brinkhuis, Solution Architect
Brinkhuis focuses on the Fyndoo product suite. He holds a Masters degree in Business Information Technology.

FinovateAsia Sneak Peek: PayReverse

A look at the companies demoing live at FinovateAsia on October 29 and 30, 2018 in Hong Kong. Register today and save your spot.

PayReverse is the world’s first white-label cashback service that is built into consumer brands’ apps and websites, allowing them to create additional monetization streams and increase customer loyalty.


  • Easy, fast, and zero CAPEX integration
  • Adaptive design to suit a brand’s requirements and consumer behavior
  • Innovative technology makes it much more convenient than any existing cashback service

Why it’s great
PayReverse is the simple and adaptive solution for any consumer brand to rapidly create additional monetization streams and increase customer loyalty.


Alexey Ermakov, CEO
Ermakov has 10+ years of experience as a strategist and blockchain expert. For a long time he managed a group of software developers specialized in high-loaded analytical solutions at a TOP-1 Russian telecom company.

Yury Panov, CMO
Panov leverages his long-term successful experience in strategic planning to develop PayReverse’s business and to help clients in launching loyalty programs based on the PayReverse solution.

FinovateAsia Sneak Peek: Jumio

A look at the companies demoing live at FinovateAsia on October 29 and 30, 2018 in Hong Kong. Register today and save your spot.

Jumio provides online identity verification/eKYC services. Jumio has been adopted by organizations looking to streamline identity verification processes for online customer onboarding.


  • Supports verification of over 3,000 ID document types, over 200 countries
  • Provides detailed authenticity checks on an ID document by detecting presence of security features
  • Offers the best eKYC user experience

Why it’s great
When identity matters, trust Jumio.


Frederic Ho, VP APAC 
Experienced in online identity theft/fraud and KYC user experience, Ho serves as the VP, APAC at Jumio Corporation.

FinovateAsia Sneak Peek: AlphaBot

A look at the companies demoing live at FinovateAsia on October 29 and 30, 2018 in Hong Kong. Register today and save your spot.

AlphaBot is a novel tool for investment research, portfolio construction and execution for alternative investments, utilizing professional networking, cloud computing, and integrated analytics.


  • Performance data easily accessible from multiple sources
  • Direct relationship between investors, managers, platforms, etc.
  • Integrated analytics from simple comparisons to portfolio optimization

Why it’s great
With AlphaBot it takes minutes instead of hours or days to find and analyze potential investments from cryptocurrencies to hedge funds and equities.


Dmitri Alexeev, CEO
Alexeev has 20 years of experience in finance and investment management, starting from research analyst all the way up to Chief Investment Officer of a $1 billion fund of funds. He has a Ph.D in Mathematics.

Finovate Alumni News


  • OnDeck Launches Subsidiary to Help Banks with Small Business Lending.

Around the web

  • Daon partners with Akbank, making the Turkish bank the first in the country to deploy facial recognition technology for mobile banking authentication.
  • YellowDog shortlisted for Tech Company of the Year honors at the 2018 U.K. Business Tech Awards.
  • Bluefin teams up with data security tokenization vendor, TokenEx, to boost payment security.
  • Finicity selected as third-party service provider for Freddie Mac’s automated income and asset assessment solution, Loan Product Advisor.
  • Zenmonics earns a spot in the 2018 IDC FinTech Rankings.
  • FinTech Global recognizes Insuritas as a 2018 InsurTech100 Company.
  • Lendio announces facilitating $1 billion in financing to more than 51,000 U.S. SMEs since inception in 2011.
  • Indonesia’s biggest telecommunications company, Telkomsel, picks Kinetica to support its accelerated analytics, location-based visualization and AI.
  • Blockchain innovator identitii to list on the Australian Securities Exchange this week with anticipated market capitalization of $41 million.
  • Atlanta Business Chronicle interviews Kabbage’s Kathryn Petralia, highlighting her as a 2018 Women Who Mean Business honoree.
  • Sara Berg appointed Chief Operating Officer of Trustly.
  • Expensify launches training and certification program for accountants.
  • Ping Identity launches new Quickstart Private Sandbox for Open Banking and PSD2
  • Openfinance signs data partnership with Refinitiv.
  • Trustly partners with Ingenico for online banking payments.
  • Moneynetint partners with Ripple to leverage instant payment rails.
  • Coinbase expands with new Dublin office.
  • Native American Bank selects Jack Henry’s SilverLake system.

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.