Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • “Platform-as-a-Service Specialist Apprenda Raises $24 Million”
  • “Azimo Launches New Service in 10 Countries in Africa, Asia-Pacific”

Around the web

  • Irish Tech News interviews Neil Costigan, BehavioSec CEO.
  • InComm partners with Gemalto to offer a secure, prepaid mobile NFC-payment option.
  • Zooz partners with Cardinal Commerce to offer Cardinal Consumer Authentication (CCA) to the Zooz merchant base.
  • CNBC highlights how Northwestern Mutual’s LearnVest attracts millennials.
  • Denver Community Credit Union to install Insuritas’ insurance-agency solution for its 25,000+ members.
  • Daily Life Tips highlights Ayondo as the best online trading platform for beginners.
  • “Tradeshift Partners with EcoVadis to Bring Reliable Supplier Sustainability Ratings to Global Platform”
  • “Cachet Financial Solutions and Access Development Partner to Enhance Mobile Commerce for Financial Institutions Across America”
  • Trulioo appoints former Experian GM as president.
  • FutureAdvisor launches its online investment library.
  • eMerchantPay teams up with iSignthis to offer AML and KYC compliance to its merchants.
  • PYMNTS.com interviews David Disque, managing director of CSI globalVCard.

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

On Finovate.com

  • “PayPal’s Early Valuation Tops $44 Billion”
  • “Monitise to Emphasize API, On-Site Solutions in Strategy Shift”

Around the web

  • Xero to offer foreign invoice payments via new partnership with Midpoint Holdings.
  • Loop featured in profile of Samsung Pay.
  • PYMNTS.com takes a look at PayPal CEO Dan Schulman’s conversation with the Financial Times.
  • Gulf News Banking highlights Zopa in its review of the rise of P2P business lending.
  • Ferratum Group selects Mambu to Power SME Lending.
  • Top Image Systems to deploy an automated multichannel and mobile data-capture project for online financing company that provides funds to India-based SMBs.
  • Lighter Capital closes 100 deals.
  • CDApress recommends FamZoo to help kids understand personal finance skills.
  • Credit.com blog lists Global Debt Registry as a tool to help get rid of an old debt.
  • Better ATM Services CEO Todd Nuttall quoted in Australian Times column on how technology delivers a growing share of bank services.
  • The Bitcoin News interviews the new online marketing manager for Bitbond, Chris Grundy.
  • Wall Street Journal features PsychSignal in a review of stock market sentiment and social media.
  • Inc. feature on Silicon Prairie highlights Blooom, Hip Pocket, and Dwolla.
  • Rise in tech investment in the United Kingdom credited to companies like Azimo and Currency Cloud in London’s fintech sector.
  • Forbes column on investing for millennials features Hedgeable.
  • Realty Mogul adds two new vice presidents of commercial real estate.

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.

Azimo Lands $20 Million Series B Investment Led by Frog Capital

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Happy International Family Remittance Day! And one international money-transfer startup is celebrating in style.

London-based Azimo has just secured a $20 million investment from a team of new and existing investors. The funding takes Azimo’s total capital to $31 million, and puts the company’s valuation at an estimated $100 million.

Frog Capital led the round, with participation from MCI Investments, e-ventures, Greycroft Partners, and other investors. Azimo said that it will use the capital to continue expansion in Europe and to enter markets in both North America and Asia.

“Azimo is just getting started on its mission to change the sector,” said company CEO Michael Kent. “But already we serve hundreds of thousands of customers and have built the most comprehensive global network of any digital money transfer business.”

Iyad Omari of Frog Capital pointed to the $600 trillion size of the global money-transfer business, and the fact that companies like Azimo were at the forefront of taking this business online and mobile. Frog Capital invests in IT, digital media, and resource efficiency startups that are growing more than 40%. Over the past five years, the London-based firm has exited companies with a total transaction value of more than €1 billion.

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Azimo CEO and founder Michael Kent demoed his company’s international money-transfer service at FinovateEurope 2013 in London.

Azimo’s platform has connected more than 5 billion people, helping transfer money to more than 200 countries in more than 80 different currencies. In addition to experiencing a five-fold, year-over-year increase in the number of money transfers, Azimo was a finalist at the Fintech Innovation Awards this spring; expanded its service to Romania, China, and Thailand in February; and expanded to eight West African countries and the Philippines in January.

Within the international remittance economy, the business of migrant workers sending money back home is a point of emphasis and distinction for Kent and Azimo. In his statement announcing the new investment, Kent acknowledged the International Day of Family Remittances, adding that “these funds will allow us to further expand our services and continue to give the world’s migrants a better deal.”

Founded in 2012, Azimo demonstrated its technology at FinovateEurope 2013 in London.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Azimo Lands $20 Million in Series B Investment Led by Frog Capital
  • Narrative Science Launches Quill Portfolio Review

Around the web

  • INETCO teams up with Printec Partners to bring customer transaction data and analytics to FIs in Central and Eastern Europe.
  • MasterCard to provide tokenization support for private-label credit cards used in digital wallets.
  • Dwolla joins steering committee of Fed Fast Task Force dedicated to creating a faster payment system.
  • iSignthis partners with IPGPAY Ltd., bringing online identity-verification to clients in the Asia Pacific region.
  • Avalara acquires Belgium-based VAT Applications. Check out Avalara at FinDEVr on 6/7 October 2015 in San Francisco.
  • Kabbage partners with UPS Capital Partners to offer more SMBs access to a loan through UPS. Kabbage will present at FinDEVr in San Francisco this 6/7 October.
  • SandHill mentions SnoopWall as 1 of 5 cool, pre-VC cybersecurity startups.
  • First Data launches Clover Mini for accepting Apple Pay, Android Pay, and other NFC-enabled wallets.
  • Thinking Capital announces new name, visual identity and tagline.
  • Insuritas partners with Gate City Bank to install insurance-agency solution in the North Dakota-based bank.
  • BizEquity signs distribution agreement with Four Seasons Financial Group, a wholesale insurance and investments provider for institutional markets.
  • Social Money and Sallie Mae Partner to Create New Digital Banking Solution.
  • The Coin Telegraph talks open source software and fintech innovation with Quantopian.

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

On Finovate.com

  • Bitcoin-based P2P Lending Platform Bitbond Raises $670,000
  • WePay Closes $40 Million Series D Round Led by FTV Capital
  • Misys Launches FusionBanking Essence Islamic

Around the web

  • SEKUR Me debuts Apple Pay for online purchases featuring universal buy-button and one-click mobile payments.
  • Intuit launches Sync with PayPal to help SMBs simplify tasks with QuickBooks online data-integrations.
  • LifePay announces plans to expand into Southeast Asia in wake of ipoxPro acquisition.
  • The Guardian highlights Azimo as a “well-established” alternative to banks regarding money-transfer overseas.
  • NYSE’s new Bitcoin Index is powered by Coinbase.
  • Anheuser-Busch Employees Credit Union to deploy online- and mobile-banking solutions from Digital Insight.
  • Merck Sharp & Dohme Federal Credit Union adds processing and additional solutions from Fiserv.
  • Community Banks and Credit Unions go live with Touch ID in mobile banking through Malauzai Software.
  • Arxan appoints Sam Rehman as chief technology officer.
  • Nerdwallet features Seattle-based Lighter Capital.
  • Bankless Times talks with Brock Blake, Lendio CEO, about the company’s success.
  • PayNearMe to offer its cash payment service to Telinta’s service-provider customers.

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

On Finovate.com

  • “Finovate Alums Win Leading Vendor Honors from MyPrivateBanking Research”
  • Last Chance for FinovateSpring Early-Bird Tickets… Save $100″
  • “ReadyForZero Acquired by Avant in Cash and Stock Deal”
  • “Wallaby Launches Wise Bread Rewards Maximizer”

Around the web

  • Nomis Solutions announces new partnership with Tangerine.
  • blooom wins Kansas City’s InnovateHER pitch competition.
  • PYMNTS.com MPD CEO Karen Webster interviews Todd Doherty, TSYS senior director of analytics.
  • Tech City highlights TransferWise and Azimo in its look at the remittance industry.
  • GMC Software named Xplor’s Technology of the Year for its Inspire Dynamic Communications solution.
  • “D+H to Buy Payments Firm Fundtech for $1.25 Billion”
  • Google Cloud Platform launches Cloud Console for Android.
  • Bluefin Payment Systems and Phoenix Managed Networks partner to provide Bluefin’s Decryptx P2PE Solution to clients of Phoenix Managed Networks.
  • Xero reaches 200,000 customers in Australia.
  • Prosper reaches record loan originations for March, surpasses $3 billion in lending.

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

On Finovate.com

  • “CardFlight Unveils EMV-Ready Chip Readers for SwipeSimple”

Around the web

  • Sonavation launches its IDKEY biometric security key that uses 3D Surface Scan Ultrasound technology.
  • CMSWire interviews Michael Laurie, co-founder and VO of product strategy at Silanis Technology.
  • iExpats takes a look at Azimo in a column on the costs of foreign currency transfers.
  • Arxan Technologies Security Solutions architect Matt Clemens talks mobile app security on Federal News Radio.
  • PaymentsSource’s look at “strange mobile security methods” features EyeVerify and Bionym.
  • IntelliResponse wins bronze at 9th annual Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service.
  • Jack Henry & Associates to be honored at Cedar Falls Business & Industry Association event.
  • Now Digital Network reviews Kashoo in column on ways to streamline small business accounting.
  • Computing U.K. features TransferWise and its use of big data to drive its social media marketing.
  • The CoinFront reports on Klarna’s “experiments” with bitcoin.
  • AMP Credit Technologies wins “Highly Commended Award for Best Initiative in Financial Inclusion” at the 6th Retail Banker International Asia Trailblazer Awards in Singapore.
  • TIO Networks now has 1+ million registered members in its direct-to-consumer user base.
  •  Taulia names Cedric Bru as new CEO.

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

On Finovate.com:

  • ID.me Raises $3 Million in New Venture Debt Funding
  • Alt-Credit Score Startup, AireRaises $1.1 Million.

Around the Web:

  • Polish & Slavic Federal Credit Union chooses online banking platform from ACI Worldwide.
  • Finextra’s Future Money Focus interviews Thomas DeLuca, CEO of Advanced Merchant Payments.
  • BBC column on Technology of Business features AzimoCurrency CloudCurrencyFair, and TransferWise in a discussion on the currency transfer business.
  • Forbes.com profiles Singapore-based Fastacash.
  • PYMNTS features ThreatMetrix’s latest whitepaper.
  • Shentel integrates InComm’s CashTie API to facilitate bill pay at retail locations.
  • Financial Planning features FutureAdvisor’s freemium model.
  • Expensify launches new policy editor design.
  • Forbes features OnDeck Capital as one of three lesser-known strategies to secure business financing.
  • Bluefin Payment Systems to power payment processing for Clubworx software platform.
  • Cloud Lending Solutions announces agreement with BDO Solutions to bring its non-bank online lending platform to East Africa.

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 Win Honors at Fintech Innovation Awards

Congratulations to the fourteen now and soon-to-be Finovate alums recognized by the Fintech Innovation Awards 2015. Four alums took home top honors in their categories.

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Nutmeg won two categories: “Fintech Marketing Campaign of the Year” and “Fintech Startup or Early Stage of the Year”. Nutmeg CEO Nick Hungerford was also a finalist in the “Fintech Leader of the Year” category.

Jumio won the “Anti-Fraud/Security Initiative” category. Making its Finovate debut last month at FinovateEurope 2015, Yoyo won in the “Mobile Commerce and Banking” category. And INETCO,  which will make its Finovate debut at FinovateSpring 2015 this May in San Jose, won the “Data Solutions” category.

Other Finovate alum finalists were:

Held at The Brewery in London, the FinTech Innovation Awards recognize accomplishments in global finance and payments technology. In addition to recognizing achievements by individual companies and CEOs, the event also honors collaboration via its “Project Implementation Team” and “FinTech Deal of the Year” awards (Finovate alum Dwolla was a finalist in the latter for its partnership with the Chicago Mercantile Exchange).

The Fintech Innovation Awards 2015 were held in association with bobs guide and paymenteye. Read more about the event.

Finovate Alumni News: March 5, 2015

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  • P2P lender Landbay deploys Netverify from Jumio.
  • Blackhawk Network adds exchange functionality to its digital services platform.
  • Azimo celebrates World Money Transfer Day with zero fees promotion.
  • Fenergo enhances its Regulatory Rules Engine technology.
  • FinovateSpring Very Early Bird ticket deadline is tomorrow, March 6. Get your ticket today and save.
  • StockTwits adds support to actively point out evidence of potential stock manipulation.
  • Built in Chicago features Bolstr’s growth and future plans.
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.