Advanced Merchant Payments Joins FinTech Innovation Lab Asia-Pacific

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The 2014 FinTech Innovation Lab Asia Pacific has announced the latest set of fintech startups to participate in its accelerator program. And FinovateAsia 2013 alum Advanced Merchant Payments is among them.

Advanced Merchant Payments specializes in providing short-term, unsecured financing for small and medium-sized businesses. AMP also provides SMEs with accounts receivable financing and cash-flow management services. Loans can be approved as quickly as five days, and terms typically range from 90, 180, 270, or 360 days. The company lends to a variety of businesses in Singapore, Hong Kong, and the Philippines, from retailers and wholesalers to contractors and equipment providers.

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The Innovation Lab was developed by Accenture and launched in June of this year. The program is geared toward “early-state” companies with technologies designed for the Asia Pacific market. The program lasts for 12 weeks and includes mentoring, panel discussions, and workshops led by industry veterans and fintech professionals – as well as networking opportunities for incubator participants.
Sushil Saluja, senior managing director for Financial Services at Accenture suggested that the kind of technologies chosen by the lab selection committee are indicative of the kind of solutions FIs and customers alike are looking for. Saluja pointed specifically to “data security, analysis, and risk assessment” as areas where innovation could “make a real difference in the everyday lives of people” in the region.
Joining Advanced Merchant Payments will be:
    • AtCipher.com
    • Beijing Wecash Wonder Technology
    • FinSuite
    • I Think Security
    • iDGate
    • Jocata Financial Advisory & Technology Services
    • OxBranch.
Among the FIs supporting the FinTech Innovation Lab are Bank of America, Bank of China (Hong Kong), Barclays, China Construction Bank (Asia), Credit Suisse, DBS, HSBC, J.P. Morgan, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Ping An, and UBS.
Based in Hong Kong and founded in 2009, Advanced Merchant Payments has provided more than $25 million USD in loans to small businesses. The company demoed its technology at FinovateAsia 2013. See a demo of Advanced Merchant Payments at work here.

Alumni News– September 2, 2014

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  • P2P lender, SocietyOne, to offer free credit scores to customers.
  • MicronotesCross-Sell interview marketing platform now automatically reports Net Promoter Score.
  • Advanced Merchant Payments 1 of 8 fintech startups to enter the FinTech Innovation Lab in Asia-Pacific.
  • Jumio and IDology announce partnership to enable verification via government-issued ID in card-not-present situations.
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– July 18, 2014

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  • Pymnts talks with PaySimple CEO and founder Eric Remer to discuss how PaySimple looks at B2B payments.
  • Check announces major expansion of photo bill pay beta.
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.

Advanced Merchant Payments’ Small Business Lending Solution Bridges the Gap Between Retail Banking and Business Banking

This post is part of our live coverage of FinovateEurope 2014.

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Advanced Merchant Payments started off the final session of the day with its small business lending solution:
“AMP’s small business lending solution offers an efficient and scalable means by which banks can readily originate and manage a broad portfolio of small business loans. AMP solves the problem of “the missing middle”: small businesses with one or more bank accounts for which neither consumer nor traditional SME loan products are suitable.
AMP’s platform utilizes existing communication methods to bridge the divide between the Retail Banking and Business Banking activities of a bank – without the costs and difficulties inherent in formal bank system integration.
AMP can manage all or some stages of the loan process: from Qualification to Verification, Credit Scoring, Approval, Disbursement, Daily Repayment & Risk Monitoring, through to Completion.”
Presenting Thomas DeLuca (CEO) and James Lloyd (Director of Product Management)

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Product Launch: February 2014
Metrics: 40 months of successful loan history supporting micro-, small-, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in both developed and emerging markets; representing approximately 100,000 loan days and 65,000 repayment events.
Product distribution strategy: Through financial institutions.
HQ: Hong Kong, China
Founded: April 2009
Twitter: @AdvancedPay

FinovateEurope 2014 Sneak Peek: Part 2

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We are counting down the days and weeks to FinovateEurope 2014, our fourth Finovate event in London. On February 11 and 12, Old Billingsgate Market Hall will once again host two days of demo-only fintech presentations and high-quality networking with professionals from across the industry.

To help you get to know the companies presenting next month, here’s an introduction to another six innovators that are building tomorrow’s fintech today. See Part 1 for the first six. 


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Advanced Merchant Payments enables banks, merchant acquirers, and other institutional lenders to profitably offer short-term, unsecured loans to underserved small businesses in both developed and emerging markets.
Features:
  • Proven, profitable, and scalable managed solution
  • Requires minimal investment or technical development
  • Complementary, value-add, product set supports customer acquisition and retention
Why it’s great:
AMP enables banks to profitably lend to those small business customers who might otherwise be underserved for reasons of cost and efficiency.

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Thomas De Luca
Chief Executive and co-founder of AMP. Previously co-founded multi-currency payment processor Planet Payment, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLPM). Before that: Legal Affairs at American Express.

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James Phillip Lloyd
Director of Product Management at AMP. Previously Operations Delivery Manager for European payment service provider, Realex Payments. Before that: Strategy & Operations at Deloitte Consulting

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Fiserv, the world’s leading provider of digital banking and payment solutions will demonstrate the next generation version of Mobiliti.
Features:
Mobiliti, Fiserv’s mobile and tablet banking platform, focuses on completeness, intuitive design and disruptive functionality.
Why it’s great:
Fiserv’s Mobiliti is the broadest and most disruptive set of features on a mobile device, without compromising the user experience.

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Denis Zelensky
Is passionate about mobile and stays mobile himself: born in Russia, educated in the U.S., lives in London, and works with financial institutions across EMEA.

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Jonathan Atkinson
Pre Sales, Mobile Solutions

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GMC Software Technology is a leader in the field of Customer Communications Management. GMC develops innovative software applications that enable businesses to transform the customer experience.
Features:
GMC Inspire Mobile Onboarding is a game-changing innovation that allows banks to attract, retain, and grow customers through real-time, interactive communication.

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Antoine Hemon-Laurens
Is an expert in Customer Communications Management. He is Director of Mobile Product Marketing at GMC.

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Gary Jenkins
Product Manager for GMC Software Technology and has extensive experience in delivering Enterprise solutions into the financial sector.

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Luxoft‘s iStockTrack is an innovative mobile application for premium & private banking services that offers state of the art user experience.
Features:
  • Provides comprehensive customer experience for private & premium banking clients
  • Offers unlimited sales capabilities to banks
  • Reduces cost of service per client
Why it’s great:
iStockTrack is a toolkit that can be customized to fit business needs and corporate style in just four weeks.

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Przemek Berendt
Global Marketing Vice President at Luxoft (NYSE: LXFT). Previously Luxoft Poland, Managing Director. Prior to Luxoft, Przemek was Business Development Manager at Betware.

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Money On Toast is a revolutionary new service that allows clients to get fully-regulated, automated financial advice directly online.
Features:
  • Clients can access FCA-regulated advice online via an algorithm-powered virtual adviser
  • Automatically generates a suitability report
  • Provides a fully compliant audit trial
Why it’s great:
Money on Toast is the first UK-based company to drive the way financial advice is delivered into the modern digital age.

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Charlie Nicholls
Founder and managing partner of Money on Toast. Studied law at Cardiff University. Lives and works in London.

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Catharine Dodd
Manages the online advice service at Money on Toast. Based at the Chichester office on the south coast.

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Smart Engine is a pioneer in the field of customer loyalty. We are drivers of innovation and leaders in personalized target marketing.
Features:
  • Merging online and offline shopping world for retail customers
  • Closer to the customer with real-time in-store targeting
  • Increases customer lifetime value
Why it’s great:
Shopping Assistance adds an entirely new level of “big data” consumer profiling and multichannel targeting to our card-linked offer, bank loyalty platform.

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Christian Bacher
Spent more than 20 years working at different top management levels in IT solutions for the banking and payment industry in Europe and Russia.

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Anna Bacher
Has more than 15 years of international experience in designing and implementing complex IT solutions for the banking and payment industry in Europe and Russia.

Advanced Merchant Payments Debuts Its Small Business Lending Solution

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This post is part of our live coverage of FinovateAsia 2013.

Next, Advanced Merchant Payments (AMP) launched its online lending solution that helps banks provide a short-term lending product to their small business customers:

“AMP’s small business lending solution offers an efficient and scalable managed solution by which banks can readily originate and manage a broad portfolio of small business loans. AMP solves the problem wherein banks find short-term, unsecured, lending to their small business account-holders costly and inefficient. 
AMP’s platform utilizes existing communication methods (including commonly accepted file formats) to bridge the divide between the Retail Banking and Business Banking activities of a bank – without the costs and difficulties inherent in formal bank system integration. AMP can manage all or some stages of the loan process: from Qualification to Verification, Credit Scoring, Approval, Disbursement, Daily Repayment & Risk Monitoring, through to Completion.”
Presenting Thomas DeLuca (MD) and James Lloyd (Director of Product Management)

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Product Launch: November 2013
Metrics: More than $25M USD in loans to small businesses in Hong Kong, Singapore, and the Philippines – representing approximately 90,000 loan days and 60,000 repayment events.
Product distribution strategy: Through financial institutions
HQ: Hong Kong
Founded: April 2009

FinovateAsia 2013 Demo Companies Bring Global Innovation to Singapore

FinovateAsia is typically our most globally diverse show, and this year is no different. Two weeks from now, we will showcase 37 demos from companies spanning the globe that are innovating in everything from remittance to small business tools to back office solutions and much more. 

Given that diversity, we thought it would be fun put together a map showing the geographic spread of the demoing companies that will take the stage (click the map to enlarge).

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Here’s the breakdown of the number of companies from each region:

  • Asia: 12
  • Europe: 11
  • North America: 9
  • Africa: 1
  • Oceania: 2
  • Middle East: 2

To refresh your memory, the list of the companies that we’ve hand-picked to show off their new technology at the Max Atria @ Singapore Expo on November 14, include:

  • Advanced Merchant Payments
  • App Annie
  • Arkalogic
  • ArthaYantra
  • Backbase
  • BehavioSec
  • BlueKite
  • BRIDGEi2i
  • CustomerXPs Software
  • DragonWealth
  • GMC Software Technologies
  • i-exceed
  • IND Group
  • Intuition Intelligence
  • KlickEx
  • Kofax
  • LifePAD
  • Luminous
  • Mambu
  • Matchi
  • Mistral Mobile
  • Mobexo
  • Mobino
  • Pangea
  • Payoneer
  • Pixeliris
  • Red Zebra
  • SaaS Markets
  • Serverside
  • Smart Engine
  • TIBCO
  • Tootpay
  • TradeNet
  • TSYS
  • White Label Personal Clouds
  • Yodlee

To see live demos of the new technology, meet the entrepreneurs responsible, and network with others in the industry, get your ticket to FinovateAsia here. If you have questions about the show, check out who is attending or email asia@finovate.com.

Showing Our Age: A Look at FinovateAsia 2013 Demo Company Launch Timeline

At Finovate, we’ve seen how great innovation comes from companies of all ages. All we have to do is look at the Best of Show winners from FinovateAsia 2012. The founding dates of the winners ranged from 1858 (NAB, the parent company of UBank) to 2012 (SocietyOne).

We don’t know who will win Best of Show at FinovateAsia in Singapore this year, but looking at the launch date of the 37 companies taking the stage November 14, we found a 28-year spread. 

Here they are in reverse chronological order with funding amounts, if disclosed:

2013- 2012
  • BlueKite: 2013
    Total Funding: $1.5 million Seed funding
2011-2008
  • KlickEx: 2011
    Total Funding: $1.3 million
  • Mambu: 2011
    Total Funding: $2 million Series A

2007 or earlier
  • Yodlee: 1999
    Total Funding: $124 million
  • BehavioSec: 1998
    Total Funding: $2 million (€1.5 million)
  • Kofax: 1985
    Public LON: KFX

To learn more about each of these companies, check them out here and come see their live demos in Singapore on November 14.

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All numbers and funding information sourced from Crunchbase.com

What to Expect at FinovateAsia this November

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You may have seen the list of FinovateAsia demoing companies we released a few weeks ago. Here are more details on the 32 companies demoing November 14 at the MAX Atria @ Singapore Expo. Get your ticket here to be part of the crowd.

Stay tuned for our Sneak Peek series next month featuring a behind-the-scenes look at each company and chance meet the innovators.


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Advanced Merchant Payments’ innovative loan management solution enables banks to offer profitable, unsecured, short-term loans to small businesses
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ArthaYantra provides personal financial advice online to everyone irrespective of what they earn
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Backbase brings social media to the bank, and the bank to social media
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BehavioSec has extended its award-winning BehavioMobile solutions to offer policy-based behaviour authentication

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BellaDati is the agile business data analysis with human touch
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BlueKite’s international bill payment service improves an immigrants’ ability to care for family back home
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BRIDGEi2i is a trusted partner that enables organizations to achieve accelerated outcomes by embedding analytics in their DNA
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CustomerXPs Software is a leading product company offering real-time, Enterprise Fraud Management & CEM products to banks globally
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GMC Software Technology is a leading software developer of solutions that transform the customer experience
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i-exceed has created a Unified Application Development Suite for smartphone, tablets, desktops and laptops across operating systems
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IND Group is a leading innovator and developer of digital banking, PFM and payments technology
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Intuition Intelligence delivers the right offer at the right moment to the right client via digital channels
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KlickEx is a Global Clearing System for commercial and central banks. The Clearing System extends to Retail, as well
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Kofax is a leading provider of smart process applications that simplify the business critical First Mile of information-intensive customer interaction
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Luminous is a boutique innovation company that has become synonymous with innovative banking around the world
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Mambu enables financial institutions to rapidly deliver state-of-the-art banking services through a cloud-first Software-as-a-Service solution
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Matchi is a matchmaker for innovation
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Mistral Mobile powers your mobile financial services to serve anyone
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Mobexo is a scalable, value-added payment ecosystem that allows transactions to be executed between smartphones
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Mobino enables mobile payments for 5 billion people, from any phone, no credit card required
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Pangea Payments’ multiplatform solution will allow you to send money to anyone, from anywhere, at any time, using mobile and retail locations around the world
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Red Zebra brings together consumers, banks and retailers, with targeted rewards based on spending patterns


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SaaS Markets is the enterprise app store company for financial organizations looking to leverage cloud-based applications for their employees or customers
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Serverside Group is the global technology leader in digital card designs and a provider of innovative artwork solutions that create meaningful results

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SinoLending is the leading online lending platform in China
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Smart Engine’s Multichannel Loyalty Platform benefits financial institutions, merchants, web shops and users
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TIBCO Software creates real-time, event-enabled solutions for the 21st Century
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Tootpay’s mobile payment solution works independently from network and operator. It is encrypted, using a standard mobile phone
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TradeNet provides an equity trading customer channel for retail customers in emerging markets at $5 a month
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TSYS focuses on people-centered payments
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White Label Personal Clouds’ Website Welcomer eliminates username/passwords and enables seamless, private transfer of information between organisations

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Yodlee is the platform for financial innovation, powering the world’s largest collection of transactional data
To learn more about FinovateAsia, visit the event page, check out the FAQ, or email asia@finovate.com.