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A look at the companies demoing at FinovateFall on September 13-15, 2021. Register today and save your spot.
Cinchy dataware platform’s unique approach of decoupling data from applications removes data silos and the need for integration.
Delivers change 5x faster
Reduces IT overhead by 50%
Includes flexible data models that can evolve with business needs
Why it’s great Dataware is a new concept whose benefits are already being leveraged by leading financial services organizations and the top global banks by moving from an app-centric to a data-centric approach.
Dan DeMers, CEO & Founder DeMers is CEO & Founder of Cinchy, the dataware platform that makes integration obsolete. For over a decade, DeMers has built large IT systems for FIs worldwide. LinkedIn
Canada Day is this week, July 1st. The holiday – colloquially considered by some to be Canada’s “birthday” – celebrates the decision of three provinces in 1867 – modern-day Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Ontario, and Quebec – to unify and form the country we now know and love as Canada.
Last year, we launched our inaugural recognition of fintech companies – Finovate alums all – who were founded in or operate out of Canada. From Calgary, Edmonton, and Montreal to Ottawa, Toronto, and Vancouver, Canadian fintechs have gained a reputation for cutting-edge innovation in everything from helping small businesses secure critical financing during the COVID pandemic to advancing new use cases for the latest cryptocraze: non-fungible tokens (NFTs).
Today, we honor Canada Day with a salute to those Canadian fintechs that have joined the Finovate family since our last reporting from the Great White North.
Boss Insights (Toronto, Ontario) – demo – Business-data-as-a-service innovator bridging the data gap between banks and their business customers.
Coconut Software (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) – demo – Customer engagement platform for financial institutions to enhance the digital and physical engagement of both staff and customers.
Dbilia (Vancouver, British Colombia) – demo – A digital memorabilia marketplace that leverages Blockchain technology and NFTs to empower creatives and enable fans to purchase their work. Best of Show winner.
FormHero (Toronto, Ontario) – demo – A low-code SaaS platform that helps enterprises build intuitive, digital front-end experiences to help them manage and orchestrate complex data collection.
JUDI.ai (Vancouver, British Colombia) – demo – An AI-driven analytics platform to enhance small business lenders’ loan origination processes with instant cash flow analysis, automated underwriting, as well as continuous monthly monitoring and real-time reporting.
We also saw the return of Flybitsthis spring. The Toronto-based company demonstrated its MyCard solution that consolidates all of a bank’s products and services on the bank’s existing mobile app and provides dynamic recommendations tailored to the customer’s needs.
Looking to FinovateFall in September, what can we expect from fintech’s Canadian contingent? This week we introduced the first wave of demoing companies for our annual fall fintech event and were happy to see that Finovate veteran Cinchy, from Toronto, Ontario, will be back. With FinovateFall marking the return of live demos after more than a year in a digital-only format, we can’t wait to see what other innovative Canadian fintechs will join in the fun.
What have the companies that won Best of Show awards at last year’s FinovateFall conference been up to in the months since our New York show? With our autumn event less than a month away, we thought it would be a great time to check in on the nine companies that took home top honors this time last year.
BlytzPay – Integrated its digital payments technology with Dealer Management Systems (DMS) leader ABCoA Deal Pack. Announced strategic partnership with AFS Dealers.
Cinchy – Joined the 2020 MassChallenge FinTech Program in December 2019 along with five fellow Finovate alums. The program noted that 70% of the participants in its previous cohort launched a pilot or proof of concept within a year. Earned a $500,000 cash prize as one of the winners of the 2019 VentureClash competition. Raised $10 million in funding in May.
College Aid Pro – Partnered with Horsesmouth, a company that provides educational and marketing solutions for financial advisors and their clients. Announced collaboration with the American Institute of Certified College Financial Consultants. Teamed up with online student loan refinancing marketplace Credible.
ebankIT – Forged North American partnership with fellow Finovate alum Enterprise Engineering this spring. Announced updates to its multichannel banking platform.
Glia – Won Best of Show at FinovateEurope for a second year in a row. Integrated its technology with fellow Finovate alum Alkami’sOnline Banking Platform. Inked partnerships with 20 credit unions across the U.S.
MX – Topped 50,000 direct-to-bank API agreements to major financial institutions and fintechs. Launched data connectivity API, Path by MX. Named one of Inc. Magazine’s Best Workplaces 2020.
owl.co – Named one of Canada’s Most Innovative Tech Companies by the Canadian Innovation Exchange. Delivered $1 million in revenue within six months of launching.
Pinkaloo Technologies – Raised $1.25 million in funding. Joined Goldman Sachs-owned Ayco Marketplace for financial counseling and wellness services. Partnered with Eastern Bank to power its Give for Good charitable giving program.
Zogo Finance – Teamed up with fellow Finovate alum Bankjoy. Announced partnerships with 11 community banks and credit unions across 12 states. Surpassed 1,000,000 financial literacy modules completed.
FinovateFall Digital 2020 kicks off Monday, September 14 and continues through Friday, September 18 with hours of live and on-demand content. Visit our registration page today and join us for Finovate’s biggest, digital-first event to date.
Six Finovate alums innovating in fields ranging from life event planning to small business lending are among the 34 startups that will participate in the upcoming 2020 MassChallenge FinTech program. In addition to mentorship from and collaboration with leading enterprise partners, startups will get access to free office space and the opportunity to compete for equity-free cash prizes as part of their six-month engagement.
Calling this year’s cohort part of the “exciting future of fintech,” MassChallenge Fintech Managing Director Devon Sherman said the incoming class “represents a revolutionary approach to financial services” and added that his team was “blown away by the vision of these entrepreneurs.”
See the full roster of incoming startups to the 2020 cohort.
“Thanks for including Hydrogen in MassChallenge 2020,” the company wrote on Twitter. “It is a great honor. We look forward to working with all of the enterprise partners and startups in the program.”
“LendingFront is proud to be participating in the 2020 MassChallenge Fintech program,” the company tweeted. “We will be working with the City of Boston and several New England financial institutions to use our technology to improve how small businesses get access to capital.”
And from InterGen Data, one of our newest alums, company CEO Robert Kirk expressed his enthusiasm for the opportunity as well. “I believe that by working with our enterprise partner, we will be able to redefine the client experience, improve the lives of their clients, and deliver on the promise of how artificial intelligence and machine learning can vastly improve their financial journey,” Kirk said.
The MassChallenge accelerator program is supported by a public-private partnership including founding partners Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual), Putnam Investments, Fidelity Investments, Citizens Bank, John Hancock, and the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership (MACP), as well as numerous challenge partners.
The program runs from January to June, and focuses on one-on-one “outcome-driven” partnerships between program participants and program partners. Together, the startup and the partnering company work to develop solutions for specific challenges while helping the startup coming scale its business.
Now in its second year, MassChallenge’s fintech program produced a 2019 cohort in which 70% of participants launched a pilot or proof of concept within a year. “Our inaugural year achieved promising results in driving international partnerships between fintech startups and our enterprise partners,” Sherman said. He added that he was excited “to build on that success in 2020.”
Founded in 2010, and offering an accelerator in healthtech as well, MassChallenge has worked with more than 2,000 startups, who have raised collectively more than $5 billion in funding and generated more than $2.7 billion in revenue. MassChallenge is U.S.-based, with offices in Boston, Rhode Island, and Texas, as well as Israel and Mexico.
Maybe you missed your chance to attend FinovateFall earlier this month. Or maybe you want to watch your favorite demos over again. Either way, today’s your day. We’ve just released all of the videos from the 75 companies that demoed their fintech on stage.
The votes have been cast and the ballots counted. And after two days of live fintech demos from 75 innovative companies, here are the best of the best: the companies our attendees have deemed FinovateFall’s Best of Show.
BlytzPay for its text-to-pay solution that makes billing and communication simple, streamlined, and secure while providing flexibility to pay by card, check, or cash. Demo video.
Cinchy for its Data Collaboration Platform that lets data work the way it should: connected, controlled, and accessible for real-time collaboration. Demo video.
College Aid Pro for its innovative technology, supported by a community of financial advisors, that changes the way America shops for college. Demo video.
ebankIT for its omnichannel digital banking platform that helps banks and credit unions transform their businesses. Demo video.
Glia for its technology that creates digital-first moments that simplify and transform communications between businesses and their customers. Demo video.
MX Technologies for its platform that helps financial institutions and fintechs quickly and easily collect, enhance, analyze, present, and act on their financial data. Demo video.
owl.co for its instant KYC/AML tool that automates enhanced due diligence on both individuals and companies. Demo video.
Pinkaloo Technologies for its solution that helps financial institutions attract and retain customers and increase deposits and fees by powering their customers’ charitable giving. Demo video.
Zogo Finance for its technology that leverages partnerships with financial institutions to reward kids for learning financial literacy. Demo video.
Those in attendance at this year’s FinovateFall can attest to the energy and enthusiasm that characterized our conference this week. Congratulations to all 75 of the companies that demonstrated their fintech innovations on stage and a heartfelt thanks to our partners, sponsors, and onsite tech team for making this year’s autumn event a smashing success.
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 nine 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 through 2014. Best of Show winners from our 2015 through 2019 conferences are below:
A look at the companies demoing live at FinovateMiddleEast on November 20 and 21, 2019 in Dubai. Register today and save your spot.
Cinchy is the first data collaboration platform built for the enterprise. The company allows people, SaaS tools, legacy systems, and artificial intelligence to collaborate on data in real-time.
Cuts tech project delivery times in half
Eliminates data fragmentation and data integrations
Embeds unprecedented levels of data privacy
Why it’s great Cinchy’s unique network-based architecture for enterprise data is a radical new alternative to the 40-year-old paradigm of buying, building, and integrating separate applications for every use case.
Dan DeMers, CEO and Co-founder DeMers spent over a decade as an IT executive with leading global financial institutions. In 2019, he was selected to join the Canadian Council of Innovators. LinkedIn
Why it’s great
Cinchy brings data collaboration to the enterprise, eliminating the need to buy, build, and integrate thousands of separate business applications.
Dan Demers, CEO and Co-founder
Demers is the co-founder and CEO of Cinchy, the enterprise data collaboration company. Previously, Dan spent 10 years as an IT executive with leading global FI companies including Citi and RBC. LinkedIn