Finovate Alumni News


  • Kreditech Taps mBank Veteran Michal Panowicz to Lead on Products, Technology

Around the web

  • TransferTo partners with Eurogiro to enable mobile money transfers.
  • Sberbank and MasterCard launch Apple Pay in Russia.
  • AcceptEmail announces integration with Salesforce.
  • TransUnion unveils its Fraud Prevention Exchange.
  • PaySimple launches the first e-commerce platform for service providers.
  • Ethoca teams up with Lean Industries to improve dispute processing for card-issuing banks.
  • announces 8% dividend payout for new REIT, MogulREIT I. Read more in our coverage about MogulREIT I.
  • Overbond wins spot in Canadian Innovation Exchange (CIX) 2016 Top 20.

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


  • “Xignite Surpasses 50 Billion API Calls in a Single Month”
  • “Feedzai Unveils its New Antifraud Solution, Data Science Studio”

Around the web

  • Comarch supports insurance sales and after-sales service by automating sales force at UNIQA Poland.
  • Let’s Talk Payments talks about Photo Verify with Sarah Clark, Mitek VP of product.
  • AcceptEmail and Kansys team up to provide email billing and payment options to telecoms via OCPay.
  • Fiserv and Early Warning partner to enable real-time bill pay and deposit services for U.S. FIs (financial institutions).
  • Corporate One partners with Gro Solutions to expand credit unions’ digital platforms.
  • Mitek launches mobile multicheck-capture for Commercial Mobile Deposit.
  • USAA and Coinbase partner to bring bitcoin to USAA members.
  • The Daily Telegraph features SocietyOne.
  • Euronext launches sentiment analysis partnership with Heckyl Technologies.
  • GEICO employees get access to HelloWallet, helping them manage their 401(k).
  • Visa Inc. to Acquire Visa Europe.
  • DriveWealth teams up with CQG, Direct FX to launch new, multi-asset trading platform.
  • FX Street calls Ayasdi “the next evolution in science.”
  • Arxan Technologies extends its app-security protection to Apple TV.
  • Mobile World Magazine looks at Fastacash and its new partnership with Xpress Money Services.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.


American Banker’s “20 Fintech Companies to Watch” Features 11 Finovate Alums

FintechForward_AmericanBanker_BAIIn the same way that celebrities examine the memoirs of other celebrities to see if and how frequently their names are mentioned, I admit my first thought upon seeing American Banker’s roster of “20 Fintech Companies to Watch” was: “How many Finovate/FinDEVr alums?!”

American Banker’s “20 Fintech Companies to Watch” feature is a part of Fintech Forward, its collaboration with BAI. The goal of the partnership is to “identify the forces and trends that are motivating banks’ technology investment.”

Companies for the list were selected by a panel of judges from American Banker, BAI, Citi, Santander, and Rockland Trust, who focused on three criteria:

  • Does a company offer innovative technology?
  • Does it solve a real business problem?
  • Is it ready for prime time?

So with the bar set, here are the Finovate alums that made the cut.

Rounding out the top 20 were Untapt, Gigaspaces Technologies, IdentityMind Global, Addepar, Zenbanx, nCino, Moneythink, InAuth, and Iovation.

In addition to its “20 Fintech Companies to Watch,” Fintech Forward has produced its “Top 100 Companies in Fintech” and “Top 25 Enterprise Companies” rankings. Both rosters feature numerous Finovate and FinDEVr alums, as well.

AcceptEmail Removes the Hassle from Paying Bills

This post is part of our live coverage of FinovateFall 2015.

AcceptEmailLogoAcceptEmail demonstrated how it’s making it easier for customers to pay bills:

AcceptEmail delivers payment requests directly to the customer’s mobile device or desktop via various messaging solutions including email, IM, QR code, and social media. The customer may make a payment any time and from anywhere, directly from the inbox, with just a few clicks. There are no apps to download, no registering, no logging in.

Payment may come from the customer’s bank account via Verified ACH, by credit or debit card, or via a third-party method. Once the payment goes through, the status bar changes from blue (due) to green (paid) in real time. Customers love AcceptEmail’s simplicity and convenience.

AcceptEmail presenters: CTO Geerten Oelering and CEO Peter Kwakernaak



Product Launch: April 2014
Metrics: 20 employees; offices in Amsterdam, Brussels, London, and New York
Product distribution strategy: Direct to Business (B2B), through financial institutions, through other fintech companies and platforms

HQ: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Founded: September 2006
Twitter: @AcceptEmail

FinovateFall Sneak Peek: AcceptEmail


The Sneak Peek series looks at the innovators demoing live on stage at FinovateFall 2015. Be sure to pick up your tickets to our annual autumn conference, and we’ll see you in New York!

AcceptEmailLogoAcceptEmail lets you make a payment or settle an outstanding bill, anytime from anywhere. Pay on-the-go, right from your mobile phone’s inbox.


  • Everything’s filled in; just confirm payment and hit “send”
  • Real-time confirmations; subject line changes from blue (due) to green (received)
  • Simple and secure, no paperwork

Why it’s great
Pay bills in a few clicks. No manual data (re)entry. Consumers love the convenience. Companies get paid 50% faster and can reduce costs by 70%.


Peter Kwakernaak, CEO


AcceptEmailPresenter2Geerten Oelering, CTO




Finovate Alumni News


Around the web

  • Yodlee’s startup incubator contributes to “Startup Fever.”
  • Revolut, Sedicii, SizeUp, & Token named Innotribe Startup finalists.
  • TIS signs deal to process school exams in Chile.
  • Trustly appoints Jonas Palmquist as chief financial officer.
  • features PsychSignal and Market Prophit in a discussion on market signals and social media.
  • Dwolla launches its white-label service to make it easier for FIs to use its FiSync transfer platform.
  • Segmint launches new marketing solution, Segmint Reach.
  • RetailWeek features TradeShift as startup of the week.
  • Lending Club celebrates surpassing $11 billion in loans.

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


  • “Four Finovate Alums Land on Inc. Magazine Top 100″

Around the web

  • Check out Utah Business’s video interview of Ryan Caldwell, MX CEO, honored as one of Utah’s Fast 50. Come see what MX has for developers at FinDEVr this October.
  • Silicon Republic names WePay, Betterment, and OnDeck as companies to follow on Twitter.
  • Pymnts examines how Ripple Labs’ partnership with Earthport enables payments between global trading partners in real time.
  • TSYS hires Patricia Watson as Senior EVP and CIO.
  • Finovate, FinDEVr alums make Let’s Talk Payments’ list of payment companies raising money in 2015.
  • Waters Technology looks at the use of sentiment analysis by investment-oriented startups like Nous and Market Prophet.
  • BankNXT profiles the partnership between two disruptive businesses, Uber and Zopa.
  • Klarna valued at more than $2.25 billion after secondary offering.
  • Fidor Bank CEO Matthias Kroner calls bitcoin a “natural part of the digital lifestyle.”
  • TIO Networks initiates a non-brokered private placement of up to 2.1 million Common Shares priced at $1.08 CAD per share.
  • AcceptEmail names Ron Averett as president and CEO for U.S.A. and Canada.

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


  • “Expensify Tallies Up $17.5 Million in Funding to Support its New Fintech Investment Fund”

Around the web

  • AcceptEmail partners with PayWithMyBank to make bill pay convenient and less costly.
  • SocietyOne hires former Lending Club executive as its new chief marketing officer.
  • Spend Matters highlights Tradeshift as a company to watch in 2015.
  • Pindrop Security releases new version of fraud detection system to more effectively identify and predict fraudulent activity.
  • Yodlee hosts webinar on how to build financial apps to meet rapidly evolving customer expectations.
  • BehavioSec mentioned as one “wild invention of the future” that the Pentagon is behind.
  • Tradier announces 75+ investor platforms and advisors integrating with its API.
  • Algomi adds 100th buy-side firm to its Honeycomb Network.
  • American Banker: FIS in talks to acquire SunGard.
  • interviews Sarah Hartman, senior director of consumer payment solutions at TSYS.
  • India West profiles Ayasdi founder and CEO, Gurjeet Singh.
  • Benzinga’s list of 10 PFM apps for teens and young adults features Toshl Finance, Manilla, BillGuard, Mint, and Smarty Pig.
  • Acculynk teams up with TouchPay, combining online billpay with self-service payment kiosks.
  • OnDeck rolls out mobile app for account management on the go. Come see OnDeck at FinDEVr in San Francisco, 6/7 October 2015.
  • Let’s Talk Payments interviews PayStand CEO Jeremy Almond.

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


Around the web

  • Lendio launches new commercial real estate financing division.
  • AcceptEmail announces first major reseller agreement since opening U.S. headquarters.
  • Weinstein Company to use Cardlytics’ Box Office Purchase Data to engage with active moviegoers.
  • TransferTo enables Xoom customers to instantly send airtime credit online from the U.S. to international prepaid mobile phones.
  • Payment Alliance International to offer CardFlight’s EMV mPOS acceptance solutions to its market-partner distribution-network and merchant customers nationwide.
  • Yodlee’s write up of fintech innovation in Europe highlights TransferWise.
  • State Bank of India partners with BankBazaar to provide an online platform to home loan borrowers to apply for SBI Home Loans.
  • MetaBank partners with InComm to become an issuing bank for InComm’s prepaid card programs.

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


  • Britain’s Second Largest Mobile Wallet, Yoyo, Pulls $10 Million in Funding
  • Mint Bills Brings Mobile Billpay to One Million Customers of Quester Gas
  • Global Debt Registry Teams Up with TransUnion to Better Serve Debt Industry

Around the web

  • Bento for Business founder and CEO weighs in on the future of tech accelerators. See Bento for Business at FinovateSpring 2015 in San Jose next month.
  • Global Market Solutions joins the Misys InFusion Partner program.
  • TechCrunch column on fintech regulation features Lending Club, Motif Investing, Betterment, OnDeck, Wealthfront, Prosper, and WealthForge. Join WealthForge in San Jose for FinovateSpring 2015.
  • OnDeck partners with Angie’s List to offer financing to its service providers.
  • Paybefore selects InComm as a 2015 Paybefore Awards Europe winner in the Change Agent of the Year category.
  • Banking Exchange: Kabbage hopes to harvest more bank partnerships.
  • Check Point Software and FireEye partner to share threat intelligence to protect customers from modern advanced attacks.
  • Bank Innovation’s look at Voice Assisted Banking features Interactions.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Alumni News– September 10, 2014

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgAmerican Banker: TSYS and Visa have announced their tokenization technology will support Apple Pay
  • Credit Sesame and Prosper partner.
  • Cachet Financial receives order from top tier credit union in the U.S. for mobile money management platform, Select Mobile Money.
  • AcceptEmail selects Worldpay to power its international e-billing solutions.
  • Trustly releases open source alternative messaging technology for FIs, BankAPI.
  • Loop co-founder and CTO George Wallner weighs in on Apple Pay in Money column.
  • Visa teams up with the National Football League to promote Visa Checkout. See Visa at FinDEVr this fall.
  • Braintree to support Apple Pay. Come see Braintree at FinDEVr this September 30 through October 1 in San Francisco.
  • Business Insider profiles Christian Lanng, Co-Founder and CEO of TradeShift.
  • Dwolla CEO and Founder Ben Milne talks about the role of Apple as a new entrant in the mobile payments industry.
    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.

    19 Finovate Alums Selected for 2014 European FinTech 50 Awards

    The FinTech 50 awards highlight 50 European-based companies to watch over the coming year. The companies are selected by a panel of 15 fintech professionals. This year, 19 of the selected companies are Finovate alums.

    Here are the Finovate alums selected, listed in alphabetical order:


    AcceptEmail, for its electronic billing and payment system that allows customers to make payments straight from their email.


    BehavioSec, for its technology that uses behavioral biometrics to verify users, creating a secure environment without extra friction.


    Credit Agricole Apps, for its online app store where financial apps are co-created between clients and developers.


    eToro, for its social trading and investment network


    ETRONIKA, for its full suite of ebanking channels and BANKTRON management platform.


    Fidor Bank, for its innovative online banking community.


    Five Degrees, for its integrated banking platform that extends from back-end systems to client-facing technology.


    FreeAgent, for its SMB-focused online accounting system.


    Help my Cash, for its recommendation engine that informs consumers of their options when choosing and negotiating financial services.
    Holvi, for its smart checking account for group activities.
    Ixaris, for its innovative global applications based on open-loop prepaid card schemes.



    Klarna, for its e-commerce payment solutions.


    mBank, for its Bank 3.0 approach to online and mobile banking.


    Meniga, for its white-labeled PFM and next-generation online banking solutions.


    Nutmeg, for its online savings and investing service that helps users manage their money.


    The Currency Cloud, for its Cross Border Payments as a Service product that optimizes exchange rates and payment networks for both parties in a currency exchange.


    TransferWise, for its platform that allows expats, foreign exchange students and businesses to move money globally.


    Wonga, for its service that provides small, short term cash advances to UK consumers online.


    Zopa, for its P2P money lending service that allows borrowers and lenders to deal with each other directly.