Finovate Alumni News


  • A Look at CUneXus’ Strong Growth in 2017.
  • Avaloq to Power Private Banking for KASIKORNBANK.

Around the web

  • IdentityMind joins DataBroker DAO alliance.
  • NuData Security CEO Michel Giasson Named One of the Top 100 Influencers in Identity by One World Identity.
  • Guardian Analytics Announces AML Evidence Lake Platform.

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.

Spring Forward: FinovateSpring 2016 Alums Top $200 Million in Funding


With FinovateSpring 2017 coming next month, we thought we’d take a look back at how the alums from our last spring conference a year ago have fared on the fundraising front.

And after a quick review, it seems that investors continue to be interested in the innovations of Finovate alumni. In fact, even without the $1.8 billion Golden Gate Capital spent on its acquisition of Neustar late last year ($2.9 million with debt included), the alums from FinovateSpring 2016 have had an impressive year of fundraising. While the specific funding amounts for a number of alums were not officially disclosed, our review shows more than $200 million raised by 20 FinovateSpring 2016 alums over the past year alone.

Among the bigger deals of the past year, the $72 million raised by OurCrowd stands out. OurCrowd, a crowd investing platform for venture capital, was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in Jerusalem, Israel. With a growing network of more than 17,000 investors, OurCrowd has raised $400 million on its platform, providing funding for 110 companies. Also noteworthy was the $29 million raised by FinDEVr/Finovate alum NYMBUS in two separate fundings in August and February. NYMBUS is an innovator in developing advanced, cloud-based core banking systems. Known as a “bank in a box” NYMBUS technology gives smaller banks and credit unions the ability to compete with larger FIs when it comes to providing customers with the latest digital banking services.

So to help get you ready for FinovateSpring 2017, here’s a list of the investments scored by alums from last year’s conference. And remember you can see live demos from all 20 of our fundraising FinovateSpring 2016 alums in our Video Archives.

February 2017

  • FinDEVr New York Alum NYMBUS Announces $16 Million in New Funding
  • Qumram’s Regtech Offering Lands $1.49 Million
  • Empyr Raises $3 Million in Funding

January 2017

  • ForwardLane Raises $1.1 Million in New Funding
  • Earnix Receives $13.5 Million in Growth Capital from New and Existing Investors

December 2016

  • Cyberfend Acquired by Akamai Technologies for Undisclosed Amount

November 2016

  • Sezzle Raises Seed Funding Ahead of Shopify Debut ($1.85 million)
  • Neustar Acquired by Golden Gate Capital for $1.8 Billion (including debt $2.9B)

October 2016

  • ThreatMetrix Picks Up $30 Million in Growth Capital from Silicon Valley Bank (debt financing)

September 2016

  • OurCrowd Pulls In $72 Million
  • WealthForge to Raise $2.5 Million in New Convertible Note Offering
  • OneVisage Earns Seed Funding in Round Led by Polytech Ecosystem Ventures (amount undisclosed)

August 2016

  • CUneXus Closes $5 Million Series A
  • Automobile Title Lending Platform Finova Financial Raises $52.5 Million
  • NYMBUS Raises $12 Million in Round Led by Vensure Enterprises

July 2016

  • Linqto Announces New Venture Funding from Keiretsu Capital (amount undisclosed)

June 2016

  • NICE Funding! CallVU Raises $3 Million
  • Civic Announces New Debt Financing from Blockchain Capital (amount undisclosed)
  • savedroid AG Completes €1 ($1.1 USD) Million Seed Round; Announces Beta Launch
  • Cyberfend Earns Undisclosed Non-Equity Assistance from MasterCard Start Path Global Program.
  • BanQu Secures $100,000 in Financing (convertible note)

Are you a FinovateSpring 2016 alums whose funding we missed? Send us an email and we’ll be happy to make the update.

Finovate Alumni News


  • AutoGravity Earns Multi-Million Euro Investment from Daimler.
  • Roostify to Power Self-Serve Mortgage Platform for Chase Bank.


  • Payoneer Launches Cross-Border, Mass Payment APIs

Around the web

  • Northern California’s Kaiperm Diablo FCU to deploy core banking technology from NYMBUS.
  • Shopkeep integrates its POS technology with First Data’s Clover platform in extension of current partnership.
  • Arxan launches Arxan Application Protection for JavaScript to protect JavaScript-based applications.
  • CuBroadcast interviews CUneXus CEO Dave Buerger.

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.

CUneXus Closes $5 Million Series A

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CUneXus, creator of sales and marketing automation solutions for lenders, quietly closed a $5 million funding round late last week. Two investors contributed to the round; both prefer to remain anonymous.

The California-based company’s total raised is now $7 million. Regarding plans for the funding, CUneXus President and CEO Dave Buerger said, “The use of funds is twofold: (1) aggressive growth and the addition of key personnel, and (2) continuous product development and improvement.”

26921762650_306e7e405d_kDave Buerger, CUneXus president and cofounder, and Darin Chong, cofounder, presented at FinovateSpring 2016.

Since launching in 2011, CUneXus has built a host of solutions for online and mobile lending and cross-selling. At FinovateSpring 2016 the company announced its recent partnership with and showed off AutoXpress, a vehicle purchasing experience that takes place completely online or on mobile. Prior to that, the company demoed features of its Comprehensive Prescreened Lending (CPL) engine, cplXpress, at FinovateSpring 2014 and 2015. The product suite allows banks to extend perpetual loan-approval status across multiple products to their clients.

Buerger noted that this is just the beginning and says that CUneXus has many exciting projects lined up for release in 2017 and beyond: “As enthusiastic as we are about our current product line, our development roadmap is packed with potential and additional opportunities. We’ve really just scratched the surface.”

Finovate Alumni News


  • Holvi and SumUp Join Forces to Serve SMEs and the Self-Employed
  • CUneXus Closes $5 million Series A

Around the web

  • Cybersecurity innovator DefenseStorm adds Libertyville Savings Bank and PrimeRevenue as clients.
  • Prasac, the largest microfinance institution in Cambodia, launches mobile banking services courtesy of TranzWare from Compass Plus.
  • Cachet Financial Services partners with the Central Bank of Kansas City to roll out a reloadable prepaid card program.
  • OutsideIQ Brings Due Diligence Platform DDIQ to New International Markets
  • TSYS EVP and CIO Patricia Watson writes about the importance of strong enterprise architecture in fintech for CIO Review.

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.

Where Are They Now? FinovateSpring Alums Raise More than $326 Million in a Year


Last week we took a look at what the alums of FinovateSpring 2015 have been up to in the year since they demoed on the Finovate stage. Today, we’re focusing on the funding.

All $326 million of it.

Of the 72 companies that demoed at FinovateSpring 2015 in San Jose last year, 21 of them had raised capital within a year. Kabbage’s raise of $135 million certainly stands out. But the $25 million investment picked up by itBit in May of last year, as well as the $15 million raised by Trulioo and the $12 million raised by Moven were also major contributors to a strong fundraising performance from the Class of FinovateSpring 2015. And this doesn’t even include companies such as Yodlee, which was acquired by Envestnet for $660 million, or Aurora Financial Systems, bought by fellow Finovate alum, Finicity, for an undisclosed sum.

March 2016

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Dec 2015

October 2015

September 2015

August 2015

  • [M&A] Holy Yodlee! Envestnet to Buy Yodlee for $660 Million – video

July 2015

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May 2015


FinovateSpring 2016 is less than a month away. Pick up your tickets today and save your spot at our upcoming spring conference in San Jose, California.


FinovateSpring Sneak Peek: CUneXus


FS2016-wdateA look at the companies demoing live to 1,500+ fintech professionals on May 10 & 11. Register today.

AutoXpress by CUneXus and eliminates the uncertainties and frustrations of car buying by instantly connecting a preapproved loan to real-time auto dealership inventory.


  • Seamless online and mobile banking integration
  • Access to real-time inventory at more than 13,000 auto dealerships nationwide
  • Locked-in, up-front pricing on specific vehicles

Why it’s great
An end-to-end, vehicle-purchasing solution inside online and mobile banking. Lender-approved and dealer-guaranteed. No haggling. No loan applications. Auto purchasing made easy—the way it ought to be.

Presenters: President and CEO Dave Buerger, LinkedIn; CTO John Reich, LinkedIn

Finovate Alumni News


  • Where are they now? A look at FinovateSpring 2015 Best of Show Winner Successes.
  • “PayPal Marks U.K. Rollout of PayPal Credit with Interest-Free Financing”


  • “FICO Launches Score Simulator, Adds New CIO Claus Moldt”

Around the web

  • ebankIT shares top honors with Kerv at Temenos Innovation Jam.
  • Top Image Systems inks $115,000 accounts-payable deal with unnamed U.S. technology company.
  • Xceed FCU transitions to Fiserv-hosted DNA account-processing platform.
  • INETCO powers BECU’s omnichannel monitoring and analytics solutions that won the Celent Model Bank Award in the omnichannel category.
  • Red Herring Europe names Featurespace a Top 100 company.
  • Backbase powers Altyn-i, a new digital bank in Kazakhstan.
  • “Signifyd Launches Fraud Protection App for Magento 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.

CUneXus Raises $1 Million, Signs Partnership with


EdmondsHomepageCUneXus, developer of sales and marketing technologies for lenders, raised $1 million in new equity funding from an unnamed strategic partner. Combined with a 2013 seed round, the company’s total funding stands at $1.7 million.

The California-based company plans to use the funding to support a number of initiatives, including a product launch with newly signed partner,, an online resource for car buyers and sellers.

While the details of the project are still under wraps, CUneXus plans to unveil the new product this spring.

At FinovateSpring 2014, CUneXus debuted cplXpress, a suite of lending-automation tools that offer perpetual, pre-approved loan offers across multiple products. With cplXpress, financial institutions send customers personalized offers via the channel that best fits their preferred communication method.


A recent case study from Harland Clarke cited a credit union that achieved 700%+ ROI during a nine-week campaign using technology powered by cplXpress. The 36,000 members responded at a rate of 2.5%, more than 2x the typical rate, and booked loans at a rate of 2.2%. At the end of the nine-week period, the credit union grew loan balances by $6.2 million.

In October 2015, CUneXus partnered with Digital Insight and will leverage the partnership to resell CUneXus’ cplXpress to its financial institution customers.

CplXpress integrates with a number of financial technologies, including those offered by FIS, Digital Insight, D+H, MeridianLink and more.

CUneXus unveiled new online and mobile interfaces, mobile document delivery, e-signature, and point-of-sale lending capabilities at FinovateSpring 2015 in San Jose. The company is based in Santa Rosa, Calif., and Dave Buerger is CEO.


Finovate Alumni News


  • CUneXus Raises $1 Million, Signs Partnership with”

Around the web

  • Tradeshift brings its procure-to-pay solution to Zurich Insurance Group.
  • Suffolk Country National Bank to deploy Fiserv technology to improve customer experience.
  • FIS joins the CardLinx Alliance.
  • Signifyd adds Bill McKiernan, founder of CyberSource, to its board.
  • Shoeboxed earns a spot on NerdWallet’s list of must-have apps for entrepreneurs.
  • Trade IT named runner-up in Wealth Management category of the Fin Track Awards for its Trading Ticket solution.
  • Nostrum Group CEO Richard Carter featured on the cover of the Yorkshire Business Insider.
  • Topicus Finance mentioned in column on the rise of crowdfunding in the Netherlands.
  • Simon Cadbury of Intelligent Environments writes about digital-only banks for TechWeek Europe.
  • “European Breakout List for 2016” features several Finovate alums.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.


Finovate Alumni News


  • “Roostify Garners $500,000 in Funding from Wells Fargo Accelerator”
  • “Dream Payments Launches its EMV mPOS System in Canada”

Around the web

  • Digital Insight and CUneXus team up to bring digital lending technology to Digital Insight’s financial institution clients.
  • Thomson Reuters unveils its new desktop platform, grouping all FX transaction venues into one single point of access.
  • NBT Bank to deploy Sales Enablement from Fiserv, a mobile messaging solution for wealth managers.
  • PaySwag and PayPal are among the companies highlighted in Inc.’s look back at Money20/20.
  • features Vouch, a social network for credit.
  • StartupSmart profiles document-capture specialist, Shoeboxed.
  • Persistent Systems designs and implements online communities for cloud-managed wi-fi solution provider, AirTight Networks.
  • Trulioo Selected as Runner-up for Startup Canada Award for Innovation.
  • Orasi Software signs partnership agreement with Kony Solutions.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Finovate Alumni News


  • “Santander UK Launches Cash Kitty PFM App Developed with Kalixa, Monitise”

Around the web

  • Lend Academy podcast features Kathryn Petralia, Kabbage co-founder. Come see Kabbage at FinDEVr 2015 in San Francisco.
  • GMC Software releases GMC Inspire R10 customer communications management software.
  • DevNetwork profiles WePay at the API World 2015 conference.
  • DriveWealth joins with World Merit to promote the first Financial Literacy Challenge.
  • Sonavation unveils technology that puts fingerprint sensors under Gorilla Glass.
  • Top Image Systems inks deal with Bahrainian Xerox distributor, Business International all.
  • Dallas Business Journal interviews Chris Camillo, TickerTags founder.
  • Prosper begins debt-sale recovery strategy; charged-off loans will be packaged together for a debt sale.
  • AlwaysOn selects Taulia as an AlwaysOn Global 250 winner.
  • Beehive Startups takes a peek at MX’s culture. Check out MX’s presentation for developers at FinDEVr 2015 in San Francisco.
  • GROWMARK selects Avalara AvaTax Excise & Returns Excise Enterprise. Avalara will present at FinDEVr 2015, 6/7 October.
  • Forbes column on top fintech trends highlights MaxMyInterest, Prosper, Lending Club, Betterment, Vanguard, CUneXus, Patch of Land, and DarcMatter.

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.