Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Prosper Pulls in $165 Million in Funding, Boosting Valuation to $1.9 Billion

Around the web

  • Digital Insight releases Android smartwatch functionality with Wright-Patt Credit Union.
  • Australian Banking Finance features Avoka CEO Derek Corcoran.
  • Louisville business blog features Onovative. Catch them at FinovateSpring 12/13 May 2015.
  • MX releases first look at its AppleWatch.
  • Linqto’s Personal Banker receives Overall Most Innovative Award in Barlow Research Associates’ 2015 Monarch Awards for in business banking.

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: March 11, 2015

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  • Quisk discusses its experience at FinovateEurope 2015.
  • Check Point Software Technologies introduces Check Point Threat Extraction, a security approach that ensures documents are delivered to a malware-free network.
  • Paybefore selects the Navy FCU Visa Buxx app, powered by Cachet Financial’s Select Mobile Money, as Best in Category in the Judges’ Choice category of the 2015 Paybefore Awards.
  • Authentify launches xFA SecureCallCenter to help FIs protect call center reps from social engineering attempts.
  • ANV Group selects Avoka’s Transact technology to help improve the user experience for its insurance customers.
  • Talent Refresh features alternative lender, Financeit.

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.

Your Daily Distraction: FinovateEurope 2015 Demo Videos Now Available

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If you’re in need of a little distraction, we have good news. The demo videos from FinovateEurope 2015 have been released. All 72 videos from last month’s conference, along with the full history of Finovate demos, are publicly available on the Finovate video archives page

 
To get started, here are the seven Best of Show winners, in alphabetical order:

Avoka

Avoka

 

 

CoinJar

CoinJar

 

 

ebankIT

ebankIT

 

 

eToro

eToro

 

Jumio

Jumio

 

mBank & i3D

mBank & i3D

 

Meniga

Meniga

Feel free to download, embed, and tweet the videos to share your favorites from the conference, whether you were in attendance or not.

FinovateEurope 2015 Best of Show Winners Announced

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If there is anything more exciting than the first Finovate conference of the year, it’s seeing who will be the year’s first Best of Show award-winning companies.

After two days of fintech presentations and demonstrations, our audience of more than 1,100 has shared its opinion on which technologies at FinovateEurope 2015 stood out from the rest of a truly impressive pack.

Here are this year’s winners, in alphabetical order:

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Avoka for its three-minute loan application that promises to deliver the fastest onboarding experience in the world.

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CoinJar for its technology that enables consumers to buy, sell, and use digital and traditional forms of currency any way they choose—from dollars to bitcoins.

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ebankIT for its omnichannel and social banking solution that maximizes interaction between FIs and their clients.

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eToro for its innovations in social trading and investing for Generation Y.

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Jumio for its credentials-management technology, Netverify, that turns mobile devices into ID document-scanning terminals.

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mBank and i3D for their interactive, digital retail-branch concept.

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Meniga for Market Match, its transaction-data analytics and enrichment engine.
As always, thanks to everyone who attended and participated in FinovateEurope 2015. We’ll see you next year!

Notes on methodology:  

1. Only audience members NOT associated with demoing companies were eligible to vote. Finovate employees did not vote.
2. Attendees were encouraged to note their favorites during each day. At the end of the last demo, they chose their three favorites.    
3. The exact written instructions given to attendees: “Please rate (the companies) on the basis of demo quality and potential impact of the innovation demoed.”  
4. The seven companies appearing on the highest percentage of submitted ballots were named Best of Show.  
5. Go here for a list of previous Best of Show winners. 

Avoka’s 3-Minute Loan Application Streamlines Account Opening

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

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Avoka showed its fast onboarding process:

The 3-Minute Loan Application: Fastest Onboarding Experience in the World

Product and pricing are not differentiators in financial services—customer experience is. In particular, frictionless customer experiences have proven effective for attracting and retaining customers. Avoka helped a client go from 36% conversion rate for personal loan applications to 51% in just 4 weeks by focusing on delivering a frictionless experience for the customer. Because online, seconds matter.

We are demonstrating how combining social, cloud services, and crowd sourcing streamlines account opening, and how credit origination minimizes customer effort and takes the friction out of customer acquisition.

Presenters: Chief Experience Officer Derek Corcoran and Technical Manager 
Kevin Mortimer
 
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Product launch: February 2013
Metrics: Privately held company with 80+ employees globally
Product distribution strategy: Direct to Business (B2B), through other fintech companies and platforms
HQ: London, United Kingdom
Founded: January 2002
Website: avoka.com
Twitter: @avokatech

Alumni News– January 21, 2015

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgYour Personal Financial Mentor profiles EZBOB.
  • BrightScope releases AdviceMatch, a free online service to help consumer choose financial advisors.
  • OnDeck Marketplace emerges from pilot program. Platform helps institutional investors buy small business loans.
  • Venture Burn takes a look at Azimo and the West African remittance market.
  • Kreditech named Germany’s leading digital innovator of the year by Focus Magazine.
  • Arroweye Solutions CEO Render Dahiya urges issuers on EMV adoption.
  • Check out FinovateEurope 2015 Sneak Peek: Part 3.
  • Coinbase Raises $75 Million from BBVA, USAA, NYSE, & Others.
  • Millennial-focused BankMobile app is powered by Malauzai Software and uses Mitek to power mobile customer on-boarding.
  • Roostify describes its experience with Yodlee’s FinDat Disruptor program.
  • PayPal to use InComm to support PayPal’s digital gifts services in Canada.
  • Yale Undergraduate selects Wall Street Survivor to help students understand investing and personal finance. 
  • Technical.ly/ Baltimore looks at how TIO Networks powers Baltimore’s online bill pay system.
  • Tradeshift wins Circular Economy Digital Disruptor Award held at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
  • CustomerXPs and EY, a tax advisory firm, partner to help companies deal with fraud.
  • iBillionaire updates mobile app & releases new High Dividend Index.
  • Payment Data Systems to acquire Akimbo for $3 million.
  • Be sure to check out FinovateEurope Sneak Peek #2 featuring AlphaPoint, Avoka, Encap Security, investUP, Nostrum Group, and StreetShares.
  • True Link Raises $3 Million in Round Led by Cambia Health Solutions.
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.

FinovateEurope 2015 Sneak Peek: Part 2

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It’s hard to believe, but it’s true: we’re less than one month away from the first Finovate show of the year.

FinovateEurope 2015 is returning to Old Billingsgate Market Hall in London for what promises to be our biggest event in Europe yet. We hope you will be able to join us as 70 companies from across Europe and around the world demonstrate some of the latest in financial technology.  
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To that end, here’s the second part of our Sneak Peek series to give you a taste of what some of this year’s innovators will be showing on stage in February. (Part One available here.)


AlphaPoint_hires_logo_box.jpgAlphaPoint’s Digital Currency Exchange Platform allows institutions to establish their own internal digital currency exchanges.
Features
    • 24-hour run-time capabilities
    • Military-grade security practices
    • New order types, improved scalability, and an even faster processing speed
Why it’s great
AlphaPoint’s secure, scalable, and customizable exchange platform is easing the adoption of digital currencies across the globe.
Presenters

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Joe Ventura, CTO
Ventura has over 15 years of software architecture experience specializing in secure, scalable, and high performance financial systems for companies such as Deutsche Bank, UBS, and Merrill Lynch.

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Scott Bambacigno, VP of Sales
Bambacigno joined AlphaPoint at the start of 2014 and has led the acquisition of over a dozen global clients.

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Avoka enables your omni-channel digital banking business with frictionless account openings.
Features
    • Fast time to market – deploy digital applications in weeks
    • True Omni-Channel solutions – responsive design on any device
    • Improve conversion with reporting and analytics – make changes and publish
Why it’s great
Create an engaging digital loan application from any device in 3 minutes or less.
Presenters

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Derek Corcoran, Chief Experience Officer
Corcoran has over 20 years experience in financial services globally, delivering frictionless customer experiences for digital sales and service transactions.
Kevin Mortimer, Technical Director


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Encap Security will demonstrate how financial institutions can use Touch ID and Encap’s authentication platform to provide access to and authenticate high-value financial services transactions.
Features
    • Easily integrate Apple Touch ID into financial services applications
    • Utilise smart device capabilities to improve authentication
    • Enable proportional security to drive adoption and use
Why it’s great
Authentication works best when a number of factors are used – and the factors used are contextually appropriate to the risk of the activity taking place.
Presenters

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Thomas Bostrøm Jørgensen, CEO 
Jorgensen has over 10 years experience in the mobile financial services, identity management, and mobile application security sectors.
John Burman, Sales Director, Europe


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investUP is the crowdfunding supermarket, allowing you to lend & invest across all your favorite P2P, debt, and equity sites.
Features
    • Discover more deals – use m
      ore sites and find more great deals
    • Saving you time – invest on all your favorite sites through UP
    • Keep track – have just one account and one portfolio with UP
Why it’s great
Only with UP can you enjoy one account and one portfolio, yet still lend and invest across all your favorite crowdfunding sites.
Presenters

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James Tuckett, CEO and Founder
Tuckett is a full-time crowdfunding evangelical from an aerospace engineering and accountancy background. Founded UP in 2012.

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Nostrum Group is pioneering digital lending – providing customers with the ability to service their own accounts where and when they want.
Features
    • Digital
    • Automated
    • Mobile
Why it’s great
Loan technology that re-imagines what a customer wants from banks and how they can interact with financial products.
Presenters

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Richard Carter, CEO
Carter leads the organization and is responsible for setting the company. He is passionate about customer experience, innovation, and technology – inside and outside financial services.

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StreetShares connects businesses with retail and institutional investors who compete to lend to businesses. Business lending meets social affinities.
Features
    • Blends social and affinity group loyalty with traditional bank underwriting
    • Small businesses pitch their loan request at no cost or obligation
    • Investors compete through online auction technology
Why it’s great
StreetShares borrowers get funded at competitive rates while investors get the returns they’re looking for. Everyone wins.
Presenters

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Mark Rockefeller, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
Rockefeller’s goal is to breathe new life into the American dream for a new generation of small business owners.


Tickets for FinovateEurope 2015 are on sale now. Visit our registration page today and save your seat at the show.

Alumni News– November 6, 2014

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  • Pymnts.com takes a look at how innovators like Mitek, Top Image Systems, and Kofax are dealing with mobile deposit fraud.
  • Sramana Mitra interviews Avoka CEO Phil Copeland for the One Million by One Million Blog.
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– October 31, 2014

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgRippleshot wins Up and Comer honors at Chicago Innovation Awards.
  • Vantiv announces agreement to provide merchant services to MUFG Union Bank.
  • Symitar division of Jack Henry introduces Malauzai-powered Episys Anywhere.
  • Breaking Banks interviews Derek Corcoran, Founder of Avoka.
  • App Annie releases new app, VPN Defender, published by Smart Sense.
  • Currency Cloud partners with XE.com to deliver money transfer solution for business.
  • Excess Return launches new Ideas Center and Screener modules in partnership with Keytrade Bank
  • Coinbase introduces Multisig Vault to enable companies to control their private keys on Coinbase.
  • Benzinga interviews Howard Lindzon on what’s next for StockTwits.
  • Quantcha enhances stock options search engine with integrated trading from Tradier.
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– October 3, 2014

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgFinDEVr award winner Yodlee launches IPO; raises $75 million in Thursday debut.
  • It’s a wrap – FIS announces completed acquisition of Clear2Pay.
  • Boku partners with O2, EE, and Vodafone in bid to boost non-digital e-commerce.
  • Congratulations to the first FinDEVr award winners: Avoka, BehavioSec, PayPal, and Yodlee.
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.