Alumni News– November 10, 2014

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgNHS Choices selects Narrative Science to Assist with Delivery of Healthcare Information.
  • Visa using Kofax TotalAgility to deploy enhanced data and invoice management in Asia Pacific.
  • PostFinance integrates Strands PFM in their new digital banking platform.
  • BNN interviews Bionym CEO on how its Nymi band could work for payments.
  • The Australian Business Review considers how SocietyOne is contributing to the P2P lending boom.
  • Livemint.com features Bankbazaar.com’s growth.
  • Hoyos Labs launches iOS & Android password manager that uses the user’s face to log into websites.
  • BillGuard and Experian Data Breach Resolution partner to offer an advanced ID protection suite.
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, 22 August 2014

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgEyeVerify raises $6 million in Series A round, joins Wells Fargo Startup Accelerator.
  • Continuity Control announces $10 million investment.
  • Zumigo earns a spot in, and an investment from, Wells Fargo Startup Accelerator.
  • BlueVine brings in $1.5 million in funding. Check out BlueVine’s live demo at FinovateFall.
  • Four notable website upgrades on Bankbazaar.com.
  • Houston Chronicle features Lending Club success story.
  • Check Point Software Technology positioned as a Leader in the 2014 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Unified Threat Management.
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 Raise $600 Million in First Quarter of 2014

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Want some context on the torrid pace of fintech financing in the first three months of 2014?

Consider this: a year ago, fourteen Finovate alums raised a total of more than $150 million in the first quarter of 2013.

A year later, we have just nine alums raising more than twice as much in the month of March alone.

March Madness, indeed.
Q1 of 2014 saw 23 Finovate alums walk away with just under $600 million in capital. The biggest haul of the quarter came courtesy of Klarna, which raised more than $125 million. 
But there were plenty of similarly impressive fundraisings, including the $85 million raised by Credit Karma, and the $77 million and $75 million secured by OnDeck and Tradeshift, respectively.
Total raised = More than $592 million
January — $91 million raised by seven companies
February — $139 million raised by seven companies
March — $362 million raised by nine companies

Note: Funding prior to becoming a Finovate alum not included. Questions? Comments? Email us at David@finovate.com or Julie@finovate.com

BankBazaar Pulls in $13 Million from Sequoia Capital & Walden International

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BankBazaar, a company that provides unbiased rate quotes on loans and insurance products, today announced that it received funding of $13 million. Investors include Sequoia Capital and existing investor, Walden International.

This newest installment, combined with the $6 million the company received from Walden in 2011, brings the India-based company’s total funding to $19 million. It plans to use the funds to enhance its mobile platform and educate consumers on the benefits of its service.

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According to Adhil Shetty, BankBazaar CEO, there is increasing demand for products in the online loan market:

“Even in the slowing market, online loan market is growing at 90%, while the overall loan market is growing at 15%.”

BankBazaar demoed at FinovateAsia 2012 where it debuted its Real Time Credit Processing Platform.

Asia-Based Finovate Alumni Score More Than $200 Million in Financing

As we prepare to bring FinovateAsia to Singapore November 14, we researched the funding of six Asia-based companies who demoed at FinovateAsia last year. Combined, these companies raised more than $215 million from a variety of investors:

BankBazaar, a credit processing platform that allows banks to offer consumers 7-minute credit eApproval on retail credit products.

CustomerXPs creates technology that proactively senses cross-sell, attrition, customer engagement and fraud in real-time.
DemystData enables real-time analysis of big data from consumers and SMBs, allowing for improved interactions as a result of richer, more relevant information. 
    • Venture Round: undisclosed amount from VentureLab
    • Series A: undisclosed amount from Accion and Arbor Ventures
    • FinovateAsia 2012 demo
Heckyl provides real-time financial information, news analytics, trend matrix, and heat maps for coverage of markets, companies, and businesses. 
TradeHero, a virtual trading community where the system models trades and ranks trader performance by proven returns on investment.
Wipro, an information technology, consulting, and outsourcing company that delivers solutions to enable its clients to do business better.
    • Total of $205 million from cMango, Gallagher Financial Systems, Science Applications International Corp., and Promax Application Group
    • FinovateAsia 2012 demo

The funding for these companies comes from a diverse set of investors, many of whom are based in Asia. Janus recently published a piece outlining venture funding options available to Singapore companies. For the most part, Singapore’s equity financing scene is quite similar to the U.S., but there are a few significant differences:

    • The VC scene in Singapore is small compared to the U.S. and Europe
    • Singapore’s government actively pursues VC firms to invest in Singapore startups and entices them with tax and other monetary benefits
    • There are more than 100 VC firms in the city today
    • Many VC firms in Singapore focus on late-stage expansion financing, but some offer financing for early-stage startups
    • Types of VC firms in Singapore range from independent limited partnership to corporate-backed firms
    • Singapore VCs are attracted to services, manufacturing and the high-tech industry

At this year’s FinovateAsia, while not all demoing companies are looking for funding, each will show up to the MAX Atria @ Singapore Expo stage with their newest technology. Want to learn more? Check out FinovateAsia homepage or get your ticket here to be a part of the event.

Finovate Alumni News– May 2, 2013

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgNewfination interviews Adhil Shetty, founder and CEO of BankBazaar.
  • Pymnts.com features TipRanks Financial Accountability Engine. Join TipRans in San Francisco for FinovateSpring.
  • Klarna co-founder Niklas Adalberth talks about hyper growth in Europe.
  • InvestmentNews columnist takes a look at Finect. See them demo at FinovateSpring in May.
  • Yodlee forms partnership with London fintech incubator Level39.
  • Virtual Piggy wins The National Parenting Center’s 2013 Seal of Approval under the Websites category. See it demo live at FinovateSpring.
  • Signifyd receives the Merchant Risk Council’s 2013 Emerging Technology Award in the startup company category. Come see it demo live at FinovateSpring.
  • Engadget reports: PayPal and Discover expand partnership, will reach 2 million stores by year-end.
  • PandoDaily looks at Xero’s stealth period.
  • Billhighway partners with the Automation Alley Fund organization.
  • Braintree hires Google Wallet co-creator &
    former Square employee Rob von Behren as lead software engineer.

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– April 29, 2013

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgNerdWallet profiles GoodApril. See them demo at FinovateSpring in May in San Francisco.
  • CSI Enterprises launches globalVCard for Travel mobile app.
  • Cairo Amman Bank to deploy Temenos T24.
  • Kashoo announces updates to its cloud accounting web app.
  • Cardlytics named a Best Workplace by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution for second consecutive year.
  • Virtual Piggy sees 100,000 new active users sign-up since March for its youth wallet solution. Come check out their demo at FinovateSpring.
  • Gartner names Metaforic as a 2013 Cool Vendor in the Security Infrastructure Protection category.
  • Arxan Mobile Application Integrity Protection for IBM Worklight Apps enables IBM Worklight customers to protect their mobile apps against hacking. Come check out Arxan’s new technology at FinovateSpring.
  • ID Analytics introduces new version of Credit Optics Credit Score for more intelligent insight into consumer behavior.
  • Newfination talks to BankBazaar about how it works.
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– November 9, 2012

  • Billcom adds open APIs to banking platform.
  • Blackhawk Network Announces New Financial Service Products in Canada.
  • Startup Central looks at Heckyl, Clari5 and BankBazaar at FinovateAsia.
  • VentureBeat considers SecondMarket’s partnership with Angellist.
  • M.O. interviews Constancio Larguia, CEO & founder of Weemba.
  • SiliconBeat looks at Personal Capital’s 401(k) product.
  • Kabbage Becomes Exclusive Funding Provider for Bonanza Sellers.
  • American Banker reports: Bill.com Ties Cash-Flow Tools to Banks’ Small Business Software.
  • Finextra reports UBank gathers transaction data for spending comparison site.
  • ShopKeep POS announces entry into the quick serve market with full kitchen printing capabilities.
  • Mashable lists SimpleTuition, ReadyForZero, and Tuition.io as tools to help minimize student loan debt.
  • Capital Access Network moves Headquarters to NYC.
  • Crowdfund Insider reports SoMoLend Announces New York Expansion.
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.

BankBazaar’s Credit Processing Platform Gives eApproval in 7 Minutes

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After, BankBazaar showcased its credit processing platform:
“BankBazaar.com is demoing its 7-minute eApproval process highlighting the platform’s real time integration with bank underwriting engines, loan origination systems, net-banking systems, identity bureaus, and online payroll management tools. Combined with a full service CRM system powering credit and sales work flow management, the platform delivers 7-minute eApproval via online, mobile, and tablet interfaces.
The demo applicant will interact with the 3 stage online credit processing platform by providing eligibility details, reviewing and selecting a custom product offer, and completing a real time credit application, which includes secure processing of bank statement data from 21 net-banking systems. The platform’s advanced decision engine processes the case information from up to 15 independent data sources in real time and provides the applicant with an eApproval letter in 7 minutes.”
HQ: Chennai, India
Founded: February 2008
Product Demoed: BankBazaar Real Time Credit Processing Platform
Product Launch: May 2011
Metrics: $7M raised to date; 125 employees; $750M annum credit disbursed
Twitter@BankBazaar
Finovate demo video: Demo videos will be posted next week
Introducing Adhil Shetty (CEO)

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FinovateAsia 2012 Sneak Peek: Part 2

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Here is the second and final look at the companies that will demo at FinovateAsia on November 6 in Singapore. Each company provided a short summary of the innovation they will debut on stage. In case you missed it, check out Sneak Peek Part 1.

Don’t miss the opportunity to experience the hottest innovations in financial technology at the very first FinovateAsia. Get your FinovateAsia ticket here.

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ayondo shows the newest and third generation of their web application which will be the next 

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generation of social trading. Simply follow the best traders automatically with your brokerage account.
Innovation type: Banking, investing, PFM

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Backbase delivers Bank 2.0 Portal software that provides a new user experience layer on top of underlying infrastructure and IT systems. It gives financials the opportunity to create interactions that link customers to relevant information and applications to fit their needs and preferences. With its modern, widget-based architecture, Backbase Bank 2.0 Portal provides the flexibility and speed to create modern portals that truly empower the customer.

Innovation type: Marketing, mobile, online
BankBazaar.com will demo its 7-minute Credit eApproval 

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process highlighting the platform’s real-time integration with underwriting engines, loan origination systems, net-banking systems, and online payroll management tools. Combined with a full service CRM system powering credit and sales work flow management, the platform delivers 7-minute eApproval via online, mobile, and tablet interfaces.
Innovation type: Lending, mobile, online

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Clari5 iRM brings extreme real-time intelligence to Relationship Managers (RMs) on the move. Typical RM mobile apps are screen extensions of CRM and are not connected in real-time to the underlying core systems. Consequently RMs are the last ones to know when a significant moment of truth event happens. 
Clari5 iRM is a next generation product that interprets customers’ structured/unstructured events in real-time and provides an inference instantly empowering RMs to provide more personalized services. Clari5 iRM also leverages the full power of the device by using its real-time push, GPS, voice recognition, video, and screen sharing capabilities.
Innovation type: Marketing, mobile, sales

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Can publicly available information gleaned from Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other online sources 
help financial institutions predict financial risk?
DemystData helps financial institutions tap into the explosive growth of online, social, and internal data to make better customer decisions. Our latest innovation navigates some of the world’s newest data sources to provide our clients with a deep, holistic view of the modern day consumer, and then uses this information to assess consumer risk and behaviour.
Innovation type: Identity, lending, marketing

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Need an onboarding tool that increases customer engagement? Figlo offers a complete solution to gain insight in financial matters on a consumer level. Financial planning is now accessible to everyone on any device anywhere.
Innovation type: Marketing, online, PFM

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See how financial institutions can save millions by implementing BankFiling, a new innovation from Luminous that delivers short ROI yet requires limited investment. A whole new approach to commercial and business banking. A must see for all financial institutions!
Innovation type: Banking, lending, small business
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Pandai.cn delivers next generation peer-to-peer 2.0 lending services in China by answering what the future of peer-to-peer lending should be. It should be safe, transparent, inclusive and easy-to-understand. 
You’ll see how easy it is to invest in creditworthy borrowers that have passed our robust credit risk management system.
Innovation type: Investing, lending, PFM

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Can you tag your financial position, identify the cross vertical exposure by currency, industry, issuer, region real-time; on-demand? The last 30 years have seen amazing advances in technology that have transformed the world. In the world of financial technology, all of this power has been applied to develop more complex instruments – derivatives, swaps, CDO’s CDS’s – faster and faster trading platforms – “flash trading” and co-location, and risk analytics and trading models.
But, the ability to track and account for this explosion of trading vehicles and volumes is right where it was 30 years ago. Not anymore, come see the future of transparency.&n
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Innovation type: Back office, insurance, investing

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PocketSmith is the comprehensive personal finance app with cashflow forecasting. 
We think that the best way to organize and control your money is to relate it to events in your life by using a calendar. This way, financial planning becomes a part of your daily routine rather than a chore.
As you plan, PocketSmith’s calendar shows you the progress of your money over time, so you will better understand how your financial decisions affect your future.
Innovation type: Mobile, online, PFM

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Want to know the secret to getting 60% of your customers to say yes to eBilling? All it takes is 7 minutes to see why email delivery of bills and statements is what gets customers to turn off paper forever.
Join Striata as we demonstrate our powerful interactive bill which is encrypted, has integrated eConsent, shared password security, instant dispute capability, and mobile one click pay.
With registration-free push email billing, you can drive traffic to your portal, cut your costs and deliver bills and statements right into your customers’ hands. Convenient, secure, mobile ready.
Innovation type: Communications, payments

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In the last 4 years, Tagit Mobility Platform Mobeix has been adopted by several leading enterprises. But, we believe mobility should be for all– large, medium and small enterprises. 
With this vision, we started our journey to build the Mobeix Open Platform through which enterprises can build, launch and manage apps on their own. Using the Tagit Open Platform, merchants and enterprises will be able to develop and deploy apps for their customers and employees in no time. We will demonstrate how easy it is for anyone to register and start building apps.
Innovation type: Banking, mobile, security

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TradeHero empowers ordinary people to make money from the financial markets. Traders are able to place real-time virtual trades against stock exchanges and TradeHero generates performance rankings of the trader community. 
Members of the TradeHero community can follow the top-ranked traders for a fee. Traders can build a following around themselves and monetize off their trade-feeds while those following get relevant, pertinent and timely financial trading tips and feeds.
Innovation type: Investing, mobile, payments

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The world is increasingly adopting smartphones and social media. Leading FIs are beginning to leverage these seismic shifts in communications for competitive advantage, reducing costs and generating new revenue streams. Smartphones change user expectations about online banking services, functionality, and interactivity. They also present new risk vectors that cannot be ignored. 
Zighra’s patent pending mobile technology provides unique interactivity, building closer customer relationships by increasing security, trust, and satisfaction while significantly reducing fraud and associated costs.
Innovation type: Communications, mobile, security