Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Paper.id lands funding to power digital invoicing for SMEs in Indonesia.

Around the web

  • BlueVine launches BlueVine Business Banking.
  • Salt Edge unveils Salt Edge Authenticator for strong customer authentication and dynamic linking.
  • Jack Henry’s PayCenter helps first 15 bank clients join RTP network.
  • AccountScore and Equifax debut credit risk index to help lenders better understand loan applicants.
  • Personal Capital celebrates 10 years in wealthtech with a brand refresh.
  • MX ships new tool to help consumers manage and cancel recurring subscriptions.
  • Swaper’s three years milestones: 2800 investors have funded over 7 million Euros in loans.
  • Envestnet | Yodlee releases Intelligent APIs to further personalize financial wellness tools.
  • myGini completes PCI Level 1 compliance audit.
  • FinTech Global recognizes Insuritas as InsurTech 100 Member.

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

  • Featurespace Partners with Elavon to Fight Payment Fraud
  • Fueling the Fire: How Venture Capital Empowers Fintech Today
  • Plaid Adds Credit Card Details to Liabilities Offering

Around the web

  • Enrichment Federal Credit Union selects Jack Henry’s ProfitStars Commercial Lending Center Suite create efficiencies in commercial lending.
  • PYMNTS: BlueVine hires PayPal exec as CCO.
  • Wisconsin’s First National Bank and Trust Company to deploy core and digital banking technology from Finastra.
  • Revolut announces new CEOs for its businesses in Lithuania and Ireland.
  • Global Payments completes its merger with TSYS.
  • FICO and risk investigation solutions provider Arachnys partner to help FIs improve their client onboarding and record management processes.
  • Bill.com celebrates grand opening of new Houston office.
  • Finicity ships new Verification of Income and Employment (VOIE) solution using TXVerify technology.
  • SecureKey collaborates with Digital Bazaar to streamline organizational identity proofing.

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

  • $468 Million Raised by 20 Alums in Q1 of 2019
  • BanQu Closes Extension on Series A Round
  • Credit Agricole Plans $17 Billion Tech Investment in Four Years
  • Lighter Capital Launches New Financing Options

Around the web

  • Growjo names Coinbase, Plaid, and BlueVine fastest growing startups in California.
  • Ping Identity launches capabilities framework to help clients adopt a Zero Trust security strategy.
  • Sifted looks at Credit Karma’s entry into Europe.

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

  • Q2 and ALTR Leverage the Blockchain to Boost Data Security.
  • Neustar Helps TELUS Fight Caller ID Spoofing.
  • Fintech OS Raises $1.2 Million.
  • Personetics Unveils AI-Enabled Small Banking Solution.
  • SparkPost Launches Predictive Email Intelligence Platform.

Around the web

  • Meniga opens an office in Barcelona, Spain.
  • Coinbase extends support for USD Coin (USDC) trading in 85 countries.
  • Finastra hires Mark Miller as new Chief Financial Officer.
  • Fenergo announces API integration with global financial markets data provider Refinitiv.
  • Hastings Direct extends deal with Equifax by signing a multi-year deal.
  • SDC and Tink partner to give 120 Nordic banks access to account aggregation and payment initiation services.
  • Kony Quantum powers Qualifacts’ new CareLogic mobile app.
  • WireBarley partners with Currencycloud to boost its operations in the U.S.
  • Lendio named to Fortune’s Best Workplaces in Financial Services & Insurance.
  • BlueVine taps Herman Man as new Chief Product Officer.

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

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Around the web

  • Kofax closes acquisition of Top Image Systems.
  • Silicon Canals lists Kantox among 10 hottest Barcelona fintech startups to work for in 2019.
  • PYMNTS interviews Entersekt’s country manager of Canada Christian Ali.
  • Tunisian bank selects Temenos to drive digital transformation and future growth.
  • Diebold Nixdorf expands partnership with Belgian-owned Belfius Bank and Insurance to improve the UX for the bank’s 3.5 million consumers.
  • BlueVine and Nationwide partner to launch Pitch to Win small business contest with $100,000 prize.
  • Kabbage partners with the Building Trades Employers’ Association to provide members, specifically women and minority-owned business contractors, access to funding.
  • Micronotes sees triple-digit YOY client growth in Q1 2019

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.

BlueVine and GovQuote Team Up to Fund SMEs

SME online financier BlueVine is collaborating with GovQuote to help small businesses that serve state, local, and education (SLED) government agencies get the working capital they need.

“Our mission is to bring liquidity to the entire government procurement ecosystem, making it efficient and transparent, through the use of technology,” founder and CEO of GovQuote Jeff Rubenstein said. “It’s that simple.”

GovQuote is a free public procurement marketplace that helps connect the 90l000 state, local, and education government agencies that comprise the U.S. SLED market with small business vendors. The company’s platform provides an easy virtual environment where SLED agencies can get quotes from a database of thousands of SMEs competing for their business. Agencies can take advantage of GovQuote’s technology to get quotes in less than 60 seconds and a complete digital record for compliance.

The market for SLED agencies is sizable, but it is often a challenging one for SMEs. The procurement process can be long – with businesses waiting more than 90 days for payment on government-ordered goods and services. By providing funding for inventory, to hire additional staff, or to cover potential cash flow issues, BlueVine’s line of credit and invoice factoring offerings give SMEs options that allow them to compete confidently for SLED clients.

GovQuote’s partnership with BlueVine will be especially helpful for SMEs that have traditionally struggled to secure financing, Rubenstein said. Together, BlueVine and GovQuote will give these entrepreneurs what he called “the power to level the playing field in the government market and quickly get access to tailored funding solutions.”

BlueVine enables small business owners to get up to 95% of their invoice payment immediately, with weekly financing rates as low as 0.25%. Eligible borrowers can get advances of up to $5 million, with no funding minimums, and no cancellation or sign-up fees.

“The government and education market is growing, presenting many growth opportunities to small businesses,” BlueVine CEO and founder Eyal Lifshitz said. Underscoring the cash flow challenges that are a major obstacle for many SMEs that could otherwise compete in this market, he explained how BlueVine’s line of credit and invoice factoring offerings can make a difference.

“By combining the power and simplicity of GovQuote’s platform with on-demand financing options provided by BlueVine, we’re leveling the playing field for small business owners that serve state, local, and education agencies,” Lifshitz said.

BlueVine demonstrated its small business financing platform at FinovateFall 2014. The company made fintech headlines at the beginning of the year with news of its partnership with Bullhorn to help finance staffing companies. Headquartered in Redwood City, California, BlueVine has raised $590 million in funding, and includes Lightspeed Venture Partners, Menlo Ventures, 83 North, Credit Suisse, and M12 among its investors.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • BlueVine and GovQuote Team Up to Fund SMEs.
  • Bpm’online Focuses on Customization, Clean Data in Latest Update.

Around the web

  • Sberbank Croatia chooses Token for PSD2 compliance.
  • Silicon Canals highlights Meniga in its list of 10 Cool Icelandic Tech Startups to Work for in 2019.
  • MX wins a 2019 Utah Genius award.
  • U.Today features Stash and Crealogix in its roundup of Top 12 FinTech Companies to Watch in 2019.
  • Xignite earns spot on the WealthTech 100.
  • Lendio franchise opens in Erie to expand access to capital for local businesses
  • InComm’s Alder API wins award from the Innovative Payments Association.
  • BioCatch’s behavioral biometrics-based digital identity solution now available on the ForgeRock Marketplace.

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.

BlueVine Teams Up with Bullhorn to Help Finance Staffing Firms

Online invoice factoring innovator BlueVine has teamed up with recruitment industry software provider Bullhorn to give the company’s SME customers better financing options. Bullhorn is a cloud computing firm that specializes in helping staffing and recruiting companies better serve SMEs. This new partnership will provide yet another way for the company to support the business growth of its clients.

“With BlueVine, firms can receive fast and flexible access to financing that can help them power their next phase of growth,” explained Bullhorn VP of Alliances and Business Development, Nina Eigerman. “At Bullhorn, our overwhelming focus is on helping our customers and providing them with an incredible experience as their long-term growth partners. This initiative delivers on that vision.”

BlueVine CEO Eyal Lifshitz said that the partnership with Bullhorn supports the company’s dedication to “providing working capital financing to business owners looking to simplify their cash flow and grow.” A challenge for staffing firms is that, after placing candidates, they are often required to cover payroll expenses for 30-60 days. To fund this requirement, staffing companies traditionally have relied on an array of banks, factoring companies, and payroll financing firms. This process can be expensive, time-consuming, and cumbersome.

In contrast, BlueVine offers factoring lines of credit up to $5 million, rates as low as 0.25% per week, swift approval of 24-48 hours typically, and the flexibility to choose which invoices are funded. No sign-up fees, monthly minimums or cancellation fees are required.

Mike Smith, Chief Talent Officer for CleverTerra, which uses both technologies, praised BlueVine and Bullhorn’s “streamlined solution.” He said, “I turned to BlueVine and quickly secured funds to cover payroll, smooth cash flow, and evolve my practice.” Smith called BlueVine “a great compliment to Bullhorn, which I rely on to effectively manage my day-to-day operations.”

Bullhorn was founded in 1999, and is based in Boston, Massachusetts. With more than 900 employees, the company works with more than 8,000+ staffing firms via its cloud-based platform. Art Papas is founder and CEO.

Headquartered in Redwood City, California, BlueVine demonstrated its platform at FinovateFall 2014. Last summer, the company picked up a $12 million investment from Microsoft’s venture fund, M12, and the venture arm of insurance and financial services firm, Nationwide. BlueVine has delivered more than $1 billion in funds to 10,000+ small business owners since the company’s inception in 2013.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • BlueVine Teams Up with Bullhorn to Help Finance Staffing Firms.

Around the web

  • Avaloq announces doubling the size of its London office.
  • Entrepreneur Network partner Mars Discovery District interviews Horizn CEO, Janice Diner.
  • Qatar National Bank (QNB) the largest financial institution in the MENA region to deploy IGTB’s corporate banking platform.
  • Lendio earns spot as top financial services brand on Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 roster.

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.

Microsoft, Nationwide Invest $12 Million in SME Lender BlueVine

Small business financing specialist BlueVine has raised $12 million in new funding. Combined with the $60 million investment the company picked up last month, BlueVine’s Series E amounts to $72 million, and takes the company’s total funding to $590 million. Of this amount, $185 million represents equity financing.

This week’s investment comes from Microsoft’s venture fund, M12, and the venture arm of insurance and financial services company, Nationwide. M12 partner Elliott Robinson praised BlueVine’s “market traction to date,” while Nationwide Ventures’ Erik Ross highlighted the funding as emblematic of Nationwide’s commitment to serving SMEs. “This investment aligns with our strategy to co-create value for our members to help them protect what’s most important and to plan for a secure financial future,” Ross said.

BlueVine provides working capital to small and medium-sized businesses, offering lines of credit up to $250,000 and invoice factoring up to $5 million. With rates as low as 4.8% and approvals as quick as 20 minutes, the company recently surpassed $1 billion in total funding volume.

“We had very limited resources when we began and we were up against bigger and more established competitors,” said BlueVine CEO and founder Eyal Lifshitz, who reflected on the company’s fifth anniversary as well as this week’s funding. He credited the company’s “cutting edge technology and product innovation” for its success and added, “these new investments will help us offer more financing to even more entrepreneurs.”

Founded in 2013 and headquartered in Palo Alto, California, BlueVine demonstrated its SME online lending platform at FinovateFall 2014. This spring, BlueVine partnered with cross-border payments specialist, Veem, to make the process easier and less expensive for SMEs. Named one of the top 360 entrepreneurial companies in the U.S. by Entrepreneur, BlueVine added Women in Fintech Powerlist member Ana Sirbu as its new Chief Financial Officer at the beginning of the year.