Avoka Enables 40+ App Digitization for First Tech FCU

First Tech Federal Credit Union, a $12+ billion credit union based in San Jose, California, has leveraged technology from Avoka to deploy an omnichannel digital platform that digitizes account opening for more than 40 offerings. These include deposit accounts, home loans, credit cards, insurance and more. The result is an enhanced, more efficient experience for members and lower application abandon rates for the firm.

Mike Upton, chief digital officer at First Tech FCU, called the launch “transformational,” and the metrics readily support the claim. He noted that the new platform has enabled more than 2,300 applications from all channels to pass through the platform in the first week of operation. In the first few weeks after the launch, overall completion rates had rallied to 65%, well above industry averages which are closer to 20%. Additionally, using Avoka’s Insights analytics capability enabled First Tech to determine that the time required by its members to complete account opening applications had been reduced by nearly 50%.

“The results speak for themselves,” Avoka general manager for North America David Gaydon said. “As far as we can tell, no community bank or credit union in North America has as many product applications available online as First Tech Credit Union.”

Founded in 2002 and headquartered in Denver, Colorado, Avoka demonstrated its Transact Insights offering at FinovateEurope 2017. This summer, the company released its Springboard Deposit Account Opening Solution, an off-the-shelf technology that combines digital KYC, fraud and risk evaluation, and funding to enhance customer acquisition and onboarding. In May, RACQ Bank of Australia announced that it would partner with Avoka, bringing digital account opening to the world’s first automobile club to launch a bank. Also this spring, the company teamed up with Alpine Bank – a Colorado-based FI with more than $3.5 billion in assets, using its Avoka Transact platform to enhance account opening, loan application, and business onboarding processes.

Avoka has raised $28 million in funding, and includes Regal Funds Management, Moelis Australia Asset Management, and individual investor Roger Allen among its investors. Philip Copeland is CEO.

Avoka Unveils Springboard Deposit Account Opening Solution

Could Avoka make digital customer acquisition any easier? With the release of its Springboard Deposit Account Opening Solution, Avoka is offering FIs an off-the-shelf solution that integrates digital KYC, fraud and risk evaluation, and funding that will help them provide “outstanding customer acquisition and onboarding journeys.” In its announcement, Avoka cited Aite Group Senior Analyst Tiffani Montez who said the new solution “gives financial institutions a digital account opening and on boarding solution prebuilt with best-in-class customer experience and Fintech integration.”

Built on Avoka’s Transact platform, Springboard Deposit Account Opening leverages technologies from a number of partners to deliver a range of features. These include Data Pre-Fill, courtesy of an integration with Mitek’s Mobile Fill solution; Fraud Screening and Scoring via iovation’s FraudForce technology; and Risk Screening using ChexSystems’ Product Suite. Address Lookup and Instant Funding are also components of the new solution. The Springboard Deposit Account Opening Solution features configurable branding, decision rules, and deposit account type options, as well.

Avoka Chief Product Officer Steve Demchuk called digital account opening “the most rapidly changing capability on the U.S. retail banking landscape.” He cited a company report from earlier this year that pointed to a large and growing gap between the digital account opening capabilities of larger banks and those of smaller regional and community banks and credit unions. “It’s clear consumers already expect a first-class digital experience for deposit opening, so banks of all sizes must act fast to remain competitive,” Demchuk said.

At its most recent Finovate appearance – FinovateEurope 2017 – two-time Best of Show winner Avoka demonstrated the Transact Insights module of its Transact digital sales platform. Insights continuously optimizes the account opening journey by measuring and analyzing how customers progressing through the application process, noting areas of friction, requests for assistance, and even abandonment. This enables businesses to quickly spot problems in the process, make necessary changes, and then measure results.

Recent headlines for Avoka include the company’s partnership with RACQ Bank of Australia to enhance account opening and on boarding at the newly-launched financial institution – the first bank in the world to be opened by an automobile club. In April, Avoka teamed up with Alpine Bank, a Colorado-based bank with more than $3.5 billion in assets that will use the company’s Transact solution to support expansion and better serve current customers.

Avoka has raised $28 million in funding courtesy of rounds led by Moelis Australia Asset Management and professional investor Roger Allen. Philip Copeland is CEO.

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Avoka Partners with Alpine Bank to Provide Custom Account Opening Experiences

Customer acquisition and onboarding technology innovator Avoka has partnered with Alpine Bank, who will use the multiple Best of Show winner’s Avoka Transact platform to enhance its account opening, loan application, and business onboarding processes.

The solution will integrate the company’s core banking platforms – including Silverlake System from Finovate alum Jack Henry – to provide a thoroughly digital account-opening experience for the Colorado-based bank’s customers. The new account opening experience will include ID verification, funding, and immediate establishment of the account. And as an omnichannel solution, the technology enables users to begin an application on one channel (i.e., at home or office) and complete the application in another (i.e., in branch).

“One of the reasons we chose Avoka is because we did not want the limitations of an off-the-shelf system that would limit our ability to fully serve customer needs and expectations,” Alpine Chief Digital Officer Andrew Karow explained. He added that Avoka’s technology will enable Alpine Bank – with assets of more than $3.5 billion and 38 banking offices across Colorado – to “reach beyond our current branch network” as well as better serve existing customers.

David Gaydon, GM for Avoka North America, praised Alpine Bank’s embrace of technology as a way to help drive expansion into new markets. “Alpine Bank is approaching their growth in the most innovative way possible,” Gaydon said, “using proven technology to build a competitive advantage. Alpine’s expansion plan to serve all Colorado residents across the Western Slope and the Front Range alike increase their footprint in the most efficient way possible.”

“Coloradans will be able to open accounts on their mobile phones with a regional bank that puts Colorado first,” the Avoka North America GM added.

Headquartered in Denver, Colorado; London, England; and Sydney, Australia, Avoka demonstrated its Transact Insights technology at FinovateEurope 2017. Insights is a module of the company’s Transact 5 platform, and gives firms insights and analytics that help optimize the account opening process by identifying areas of friction or abandonment for customers. Avoka counts five of the top 10 banks in Australia, four of the top 10 banks in Europe, and eight of the top 50 banks in the U.S. among its customers, and has raised $28 million in funding. Founded in 2002, the company is led by co-founder and CEO Philip Copeland.

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Multiple-Time Best of Show Winner Avoka Raises $12 Million in New Funding

Digital customer acquisition technology innovator Avoka has raised $12 million (16 million AUD) in equity funding in a round managed by Moelis Australia. Investors included both existing and professional backers, and the company says the funds will be used to support growth plans already underway in Australia, North America, and Europe. “Our planned pace of growth continues across all three of our target geographies,” Avoka founder and CEO Phil Copeland said, “and this financing allows us to maintain an aggressive expansion in our technology, sales, partner and customer success organizations.”

Avoka added in a statement that the company plans also to “focus on investment and hiring to support current and projected customers.” This includes a plan to boost staff numbers by 50% by the end of the current fiscal year. This week’s funding, which echoes a similar investment from last summer, takes Avoka’s total capital to more than $24 million.

Founded in 2002 and headquartered in Denver, Colorado, Avoka most recently demonstrated its technology at FinovateEurope 2017. Hali Khan, Director of Business Development, showed how Transact Insights, a new module of Avoka’s Transact 5 platform, gives businesses the insights and analytics necessary to ensure optimization of the account opening experience. With regard to digital account opening, for example, Transact Insights reveals areas of abandonment, frequent error, as well as where users are spending the most time in order to help business analysts make specific changes and improvements.

Avoka provides solutions for a variety of industries within financial services, including retail, business, and commercial banking, wealth management, superannuation, and insurance. The company, a multiple Finovate Best of Show award-winner, includes five of the top 10 banks in Australia, four of Europe’s 10 leading banks, and eight of the top 50 banks in the United States among its customers.

In August, Avoka announced record growth for a second year in a row and in June, the company introduced its CX Design for Banking offering to help FIs decrease application abandonment and boost conversion rates. Last month, Deloitte recognized Avoka’s 1.76x revenue growth over the past three years, adding the firm to its Technology Fast 50 roster.

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