Finovate Alumni News


  • AIFC and Fidor Solutions to Boost Fintechs in Kazakhstan.
  • Visa and PayPal’s New Deal.

Around the web

  • Apex Clearing partners with Apex Crypto to launch cryptocurrency platform that helps financial advisors introduce digital currency trading into their clients’ portfolios.
  • Revolut taps banking veteran Richard Davies as Chief Operating Officer.
  • Klarna and BigCommerce expand partnership to also include Klarna’s European core markets.
  • eToro’s cryptocurrency wallet adds support for 120 ERC-20 standard tokens.

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 Alums Take Top Honors at FinTech Breakthrough Awards

Dedicated to recognizing “the top companies and products in the financial services and technology industry today,” FinTech Breakthrough has announced its FinTech Breakthrough Award Winners for 2018. This marks the second year the independent organization has sponsored the fintech awards event, recognizing fintech startups and veterans from a wide variety of categories including payments, lending, investing, and regtech.

“The FinTech Breakthrough Awards serve as a testament to the passion, skill and vision of individuals and teams that are truly setting the standard for innovation in the global FinTech industry,” Managing Director for FinTech Breakthrough James Johnson said in 2017 during the Awards’ inaugural year. “We are thrilled to recognize all of the FinTech Breakthrough Award winners for their well-deserved industry recognition as they drive the global FinTech market forward.”

This year featured 20 Finovate alums earning top honors from FinTech Breakthrough. The names and Finovate demo dates for each winning alum – as well as the category they won – are featured below. For a complete list of 2018 FinTech Breakthrough Award Winners, visit the company’s awards announcement page.


Consumer Lending

  • Innovation Award for Consumer Lending – Text for Credit by Experian (FF17)

Business Lending

Wealth Management



Consumer Banking

Financial Research and Data

Fraud Prevention and Transaction Security

This marks the second time both eMoney Advisor and ThreatMetrix have been honored by the FinTech Breakthrough Awards. Among last year’s winners were a significant number of Finovate alums including: Sindeo, BizFi, DriveWealth, Quovo, Jumio, Trulioo, Qumram, and Xero.

FinDEVr Live: Apex Clearing Helps Consumers Fund, Trade, and Invest in an Instant


ApexClearing_FinDEVr2015_logoApex Clearing is an innovator in securities clearing, custody, execution, and technology. We specialize in supporting a variety of financial institutions, including broker dealers, proprietary trading firms, online registered investment advisers, and financial technology startups. Our technology powers the most cutting-edge financial firms in the world, and our innovative approach to back-office solutions enables businesses to grow and succeed. Apex prides itself on thinking differently by tirelessly pushing the boundaries of financial services. Apex Clearing Corporation is registered with the SEC, a member of FINRA and participant in SIPC.

Fund, trade, invest … instantaneously
Traditionally, the time required to open a brokerage account is measured in hours or days. Apex will demonstrate how a customer can instantaneously open and fund a brokerage account and place trades the same day. We illustrate how a company can leverage Apex’s RESTful APIs to create the fastest and simplest user experience for their customers. In an age when attention spans barely the length of a 20-minute presentation, we will show you how our technology captures the customer and gets them invested before they can consider abandoning the process. Apex’s effective automation and transparency sets a new standard for costs in a conventionally hi-touch industry.

Key takeaways:

  • How Apex enables fintech companies.
  • How you can use Apex’s APIs to change the way your customers interact with financial service companies.
  • How Apex simplifies the brokerage account-opening and -funding process to get your customer to market as fast as possible



Sam McIngvale, VP Engineering

Emily Auer, Business Development

FinDEVr Preview: Apex Clearing Corporation

FinDEVr2015LogoV2DateFinDEVr Previews highlight companies presenting new developer tools, platforms and integrations at the second annual FinDEVr, 6/7 October.

Apex will present its cutting-edge financial services platform and explain how online brokerage firms and fintech groups can grow their businesses by leveraging our technology.


Why it’s a must-see

Apex will demonstrate the speed and simplicity through which customers can open accounts, fund them, and place trades. Specifically, the presentation will focus on Apex’s API behavior, and how it facilitates customer acquisition.

Check out more of today’s FinDEVr Previews: