FinovateSpring Best of Show Winners Named

Our fifth annual FinovateSpring in San Francisco concluded a few hours ago. After seeing 63 demos over two packed days, the audience voted for their three favorites each day. The top seven overall were named Best of Show (see notes).

The winners (in alphabetic order):

  • BehavioSec for its new security layer based on user typing/swiping patterns
  • BillGuard for its card charge dispute platform, BillGuard FI
  • Dwolla for its FISync service to enable banks to originate real-time payments
  • iQuantifi for its new financial planning & advice tools
  • MoneyDesktop for its PFM platform and integrated “deals”
  • Personal Capital for its iPhone app and interbank funds transfer
  • SoMoLend for its P2P lending platform

We’ll have videos of all 63 demos posted at Finovate.com as fast as possible (probably 2 weeks out).

Thanks to everyone who presented, attended, tweeted, swapped biz cards, schmoozed and helped push fintech forward. You are the greatest! 

———-

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 as the day went on and choose three favorites from just the demos of that day. Ballots were turned in at the end of the last demo session each day.  
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. Note: Ballots with more than three companies circled will not be counted.”  
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.

Finovate Best of Show Winners: 2007 to Present

Thumbnail image for BOSBadge.jpg

We recently looked back at Finovate’s Best of Show Awards archives and wanted to share the list of the 41 award-winning companies.

Here’s the Best of Show history that stretches back to 2007, the inception of Finovate:

Finovate2007.jpg

Held October 2, 2007
Mint: Online PFM for individuals
Mortgagebot’s Mortgage Marvel: Mortgage marketplace
Prosper: P2P lending network
FinovateStartup.jpg

Held April 29, 2008
First ROI (now BancVue): Develops products and services for community financial institutions
Jwaala: Provides software solutions to help financial institutions compete
Zecco: Online stock and options trading
Zopa: P2P lending network
Finovate2008.jpg
Held October 14, 2008
CheckFree: Online banking platform 
Credit Karma: Provides a free and easy way for consumers to understand, monitor and monetize their credit profile
Mint: Online PFM for individuals
Neosaej’s MoneyAisle: Platform where banks compete in live auctions for an individual consumer’s business 
FinovateStartup091.jpg

Held April 28, 2009
BillShrink (now Truaxis): Provides a free cost-savings tool that saves consumers money on everyday bills
Prosper: P2P lending platform
Silver Tail Systems: Predictive analytics to prevent fraud abuse
SimpliFi: A web service that allows anyone to create and update their own financial plan
Finovate2009.jpg
Held September 29, 2009
BancVue’s Kasasa: national checking/ savings account brand for community financial institutions
Credit.com: Provides free interactive tools, education, and unbiased comparisons of quality financial products and services
Digital Insight from Intuit: Provides on-demand banking services to help financial institutions serve clients
Silver Tail Systems: Provides online fraud detection platform 
Yodlee: Provides personalized financial solutions to financial institutions
FinovateSpring2010.jpg


Held May 11, 2010
Bobber Interactive: Money management platform for youth
Expensify: Online and mobile expense report platform
oFlows (Purchased by Andera in 2011): Multichannel paperless solutions for account openings
Wikinvest: A platform for investors to share trading tips
Thumbnail image for FinovateFall2010.jpg


Held October 4-5, 2010
Betterment: Investment account for savings management 
BillShrink (now Truaxis): Loyalty rewards provider
Bundle: Provides socially informed money management for individuals
Dynamics: Produces and manufactures intelligent powered cards
oFlows (Purchased by Andera in 2011): Multichannel paperless solutions for account openings
PayNearMe: Cash transaction network for the underbanked
SecureKey: Token-based authentication technology
FinovateEurope2011.jpg
Held February 1, 2011
eToro: Social investment network
Finantix: Provides sales and advice solutions for financial services 
Liqpay: Payments platform
Meniga: Online PFM for financial institutions
FinovateSpring2011.jpg
Held May 10-11, 2011
BancVue: Develops products and services for community financial institutions
BankOns: Mobile app offering consumers real-time savings at local merchants
Dwolla: Online, mobile, and social peer-to-peer payment platform
oFlows (Purchased by Andera in 2011): Multichannel paperless solutions for account openings
Mitek Systems: Provides apps for smartphones that allow users to deposit checks and pay bills via their devices’ cameras
PayNearMe: Cash transaction network for the underbanked
Wikinvest: A platform for investors to share trading tips
Thumbnail image for FinovateFall2011.jpg
Held September 20-21, 2011
BillGuard: People-powered antivirus for bills
Dynamics:  produces and manufactures intelligent powered cards
eToro: Social investment network
FamZoo: Online “virtual family Bank”
FeeFighters: Platform that simplifies the process of choosing a merchant account provider
LearnVest: Online PFM for women
Offermatic: Targeted online offers provider
oFlows (Purchased by Andera in 2011): Multichannel paperless solutions for account openings
Personal Capital: Online financial advisor helping people manage their investments
Thumbnail image for FinovateEurope2012Logo.jpg
Held February 2, 2011
Cardlytics: Transaction-based rewards
Dynamics: produces and manufactures intelligent powered cards
eToro: Social investment network
Nutmeg: Online investment manager that democratizes saving and investing

FinovateEurope 2012 Best of Show Winners Named

Ixaria CIO Tim Murfet & Marketing Dir Barbara Durand present at FinovateEurope 2012 

imageAt Tuesday’s second annual FinovateEurope, 35 companies laid it on the line within the grueling 7-minute demo format plus a day of networking in the old London fish market on the Thames.

For the first time ever, and much to our astonishment, every demo finished at or under the time limit. Thankfully, we never had to hear the bell signifying that time is up.

At the end of the last demo, eligible audience members (note 1) voted for their three favorite demos (note 2). All 35 companies received votes (employees of presenting companies cannot vote), but four stood out in the vote tally (alphabetic order):   

  • imageCardlytics (with Aimia) showed its in-statement ad platform and management tools (demo recap)
  • imageDynamics which launched its “chip and choice” card for
    the chip & pin world (demo recap)
  • imageeToro which launched its crowd-sourced “guru finder”
    to help locate traders to follow/copy (demo recap)
  • imageNutmeg launched an investment service focused around the needs
    of the everyday investor (demo recap)

FinovateEurope networking hall was wall-to-wall bankers at mid-dayDynamics and eToro are previous Best of Show winners. You can read our live blog posts on each demo now. And in two or three weeks we’ll have the full demos available at Finovate.com.

Thanks to everyone who attended and presented. We are truly humbled by the support from the European financial community, and we are already making plans for the 2013.

——————————

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 as the day went on and choose three favorites only from the demos of that day. Ballots were turned in at the end of the last demo session each day. 
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. Note: Ballots with more than three companies circled will not be counted.” 
4. The four companies appearing on the highest percentage of submitted ballots were named Best of Show.

FinovateFall 2011 Best of Show Winners Named

Fall2011_BOS Logo.jpg

Wow, what a brilliant two days! Lots of new technology, creative twists on the state-of-the-art, and things that will someday be mainstream. As usual, at the end of each day the audience voted on their three favorite demos. Nine shiners were crowned Best of Show (see note for methodology).

FinovateFall 2011 Best of Show winners (in alphabetical order):

We’ll have videos of all 63 demos posted at Finovate as fast as possible (probably 2 weeks out). 

Thanks to everyone who participated. I know it’s a cliche, but we couldn’t have done it without you!

——————————

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 as the day progressed and to choose just three favorites from the demos of that day. Ballots were turned in at the end of the last demo session each day.  
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. Note: Ballots with more than three companies circled will not be counted.”  
4. The nine companies (see #5) appearing on the highest percentage of submitted ballots were named Best of Show. 
5. In general, we aim to highlight the top 10% of demos as Best of Show. In this case, we had a three-way tie for 7th place, so we ended up awarding 9.

FinovateSpring 2011 Best of Show: BancVue, BankOns, Dwolla, oFlows, Mitek, PayNearMe & Wikinvest

imageFinovateSpring 2011 is a wrap. It was an inspiring two days, with 64 demos, all with an interesting twist or two or three on the state-of-the-art.

In the end, seven were chosen by the audience as best of show, but it was a tight race. Most companies received a significant number of audience votes and piles of business cards in the networking sessions.

The FinovateSpring 2011 Best of Show winners (in alphabetic order):

  • BancVue for its youth-oriented financial game system, MoneyIsland
  • BankOns (company launch) for its mobile merchant-funded rewards system
  • Dwolla for its alternative payment service (taking root in Iowa)
  • oFlows for taking mobilizing the application process via iPad2
  • Mitek Systems for Mobile Photo Billpay, doing for paper bills what it did for checks
  • PayNearMe for enabling online bills and transfers to be paid with cash at a 7-11 store
  • Wikinvest for SigFig, a service to help users understand investment costs & alternatives

Congratulations! And thanks to everyone who presented, sponsored, attended and followed the #finovate tweets.

——————————

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 as the day went on and choose 3 favorites from just the demos of that day. Ballots were turned in at the end of the last demo session each day. 
3. The exact written instructions given to attendees: “Please rate (the companies) on the basis of demo quality and potential impact of the innovation they demoed. Note: Ballots with more than three companies circled will not be counted.” 
4. The seven companies appearing on the highest percentage of submitted ballots were named Best of Show.

eToro, Finantix, Liqpay.com and Meniga Win Best of Show at FinovateEurope

Finovate_FEU_2011_BestofShow.pngIt was a fantastic day at the first FinovateEurope as 35 banking and financial technology companies debuted their latest innovations in front of a packed house. It was the first Finovate without at least one demo blowing up, though there were a couple close calls.

At the end of the day, attendees voted for their three favorite products. The four leading vote getters were named FinovateEurope “Best of Show” (see notes on methodology).
Every company that presented was named Best of Show by some portion of the audience. But the ones that ended on top today were as follows (in alphabetic order):

  • eToro launched OpenBook (CopyTrade & CopyTrader) which allows
    users to follow & copy trades of other users
  • Finantix introduced a suite of iPad applications for financial
    advisors to use in face-to-face client discussion
  • Liqpay.com showed its new “$hop app” which allows a bank’s small business customers to easily set up a Facebook shop for ecommerce
  • Meniga 

    Normal
    0

    false
    false
    false

    MicrosoftInternetExplorer4

    demoed its personal financial manager with an added gaming layer that combined humor with “social curiosity,” for example, to compare spending to peers

Congratulations! And thanks to everyone who presented, sponsored, attended and followed the @finovate tweets.

——————————

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 as the day went on. Ballots were turned in at the end of the last demo session. The exact written instructions given to attendees:
“Please rate (the companies) on the basis of demo quality and potential impact of the innovation they demoed. Note: Ballots with more than three companies circled will not be counted.”

Continue reading “eToro, Finantix, Liqpay.com and Meniga Win Best of Show at FinovateEurope”

Finovate Fall 2010 Best of Show Winners Announced

image[6][1]It was an incredible two days in NYC (Oct. 4&5) as we witnessed 56 new
products, services, and features debut on the big stage. Of 56 live
demos, there were a few slow connections, an occasional timeout, a
missed download or two, and a few lost seconds waiting for mobile
screens to refresh, but only one that we had to completely restart. So, overall it went very smoothly.

And the packed house had a great time, found a number of things they could take back to their own companies, and made some great connections (at least that’s what they told me anyway).

At
the end of each day, attendees voted on three “Best of Show” demos from
the 28 just seen. Then, at the end of the conference, we ranked
all 56 companies based on this audience vote (see notes). The top seven were named Best of Show.

Every company that presented was named Best of Show by some portion of the audience. But the ones that ended on top are as follows (in alphabetic order):

Betterment    BillShrink  Bundle Dynamics 
    oFlows          PayNearMe   SecureKey

Congratulations! And thanks to everyone that presented, sponsored, attended and followed the #finovate tweets. If I ever recover, I look forward to writing more about where this is all headed.

——————————

Notes on methodology:
1.
Only audience members not associated with demoing companies
were eligible to vote. Finovate employees did not vote.  
2. Because a different number of ballots was cast each day, we ranked the demos based on the percentage of ballots voting for each presenter. 
3. The exact written instructions given attendees:
“Please
rate (the companies) on the basis of demo quality and potential impact
of the innovation they demoed. PLEASE CIRCLE ONLY THREE”