Finovate Alumni News


  • Risk Ident to Help Universum Protect Retailers from Fraud.
  • Dorsum Unveils My Wealth Mobile App.
  • Ondot Introduces Digital Card Services Platform.

Around the web

  • NuData Security named a “Top 100 in Tech” by Business in Vancouver.
  • ThetaRay wins ATMIA’s Next Generation ATM Security Award.
  • to power student loan repayment benefits for Hulu employees.
  • Standard Chartered Bank announces intentions to apply for the virtual banking license.
  • is Amazon Alexa-Certified for Financial Institutions.
  • Flywire and UnionPay Partner to Take the Cost Out of Cross-Border Payments from China.
  • Yoyo introduces quarterly tracker to monitor customer activity in closed catering environments.
  • U.K.-based Business Leader magazine features Wealthify and YellowDog among its 32 South West Tech Businesses That Are Shaping the Future spotlight.
  • Unblu opens offices in London.

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


  • Daon Partners with Tradelink to Bring Biometrics to Dah Sing Bank.
  • AI Foundry Overhauls Agile Mortgages Solution.

Around the web

  •  Klarna partners with EMaC, a U.K. automotive service plan provider, for a drive now, pay later service.
  •  Paysend triples its customer base over the last 6 months.
  • eToro announces that clients can now invest directly in shares on the platform.
  • MX appoints Ben Holzman, a former managing director of Bain Capital Ventures, as new COO.
  • TechCrunch: Coinbase opens its crypto index fund to accredited U.S. investors.
  • Langley FCU to deploy Symitar Episys core processing platform from Jack Henry & Associates.
  • Mambu announces new board member, former SAP CEO, Henning Kagermann.
  • Revolut partners with Cyprus-based telecommunications company, PrimeTel.
  • First Data and Mastercard collaborate on a digital disbursement platform for business customers.
  • Entersekt opens new office in Atlanta, Georgia to support the company’s growth in North America.
  • The Open Bank Project collaborates with Citizens Bank on innovation event.
  • First National Bank Texas ($1.8B Assets) selects Insuritas to power turnkey insurance agency.
  • Prosper resumes operations for Montana residents

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.

FinovateMiddleEast Sneak Peek: Dorsum

A look at the companies demoing live at FinovateMiddleEast on 26 and 27 of February in Dubai, U.A.E. Pick up your tickets today and save your spot.

Dorsum is an innovative investment software provider. This time, Dorsum will present its enhanced botboarding platform which helps banks in the customer onboarding process.


  • Banking customer acquisition and account opening with a chatbot
  • Using workflows and IBM Watson-powered natural language processing
  • Real-time analytics and customization on a live infographic dashboard

Why it’s great
Botboarding shows how the usage of AI-based chatbots can boost customer acquisition rates and open new ways for account opening.


Thomas Buemsen, Managing Director – Middle East 
Buemsen has over 20 years’ experience in banking, working across a number of different fields – mainly in investment banking, wealth management, and retail banking.


Agnes Bati, International Project Assistant 
Bati has profound knowledge of the entire software delivery lifecycle by performing a variety of analytical and project supporting tasks.

Finovate Alumni News


  • TransferWise to Power Payroll for Crowdfunding Platform Seedrs.
  • Behalf Lands Equity Funding and Secures $150 Million in Debt Financing.
  • Blockchain Appoints New President and Chief Legal Officer.

Around the web

  • Challenger bank Tandem to leverage Personetics Cognitive Banking Brain to provide personalized financial guidance for customers.
  • Equifax introduces commercial credit data sharing solution for SME lenders.
  • Bluefin Payment Systems partners with EDC Corporation to improve security for credit card transactions.

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 Earn Spots in European Fintech 100

Powered by collaborative Belgian innovation platform, B-Hive, and Dutch financial consulting firm, Alex van Groningen BV, the European Fintech Awards & Conference recognize fintech innovators working in a variety of areas ranging from the Blockchain/Bitcoin and Financial Inclusion to InsurTech and Payments.

The awards consist of a European Fintech 100 and a Top Three which will be selected from among the top three startups in each of the conference’s nine categories during a pitch contest at the end of September. Here are the Finovate alum finalists who will compete for top honors in their respective categories this fall.

Dorsum (FinovateEurope 2017)

  • Category: Innovative Banking Software
  • Founded in 1996
  • Headquartered in Budapest, Hungary
  • Róbert Kő is CEO and Founder

Meniga (FinovateEurope 2017)

  • Category: PFM / Robo Advisory
  • Founded in 2009
  • Headquartered in London, U.K.
  • Won Finovate Best of Show three times
  • Georg Ludviksson is CEO

Revolut (FinovateEurope 2015)

  • Category: Challenger Banks
  • Founded in 2013
  • Headquartered in London, U.K.
  • Nikolay Storonsky is CEO and founder

TWINO (FinovateEurope 2016)

  • Category: Alternative Finance
  • Founded in 2015
  • Headquartered in Riga, Latvia
  • Jevgenijs Kazanins is CEO

Below are the Finovate alums that have been named to the European Fintech 100.





See the full European Fintech 100 list.

Interested in fintech in Europe and the U.K.? Finovate brings its new, expanded format to London in February. With live demos on Days One and Two, and a diverse range of keynotes, panel discussions, and round tables with fintech professionals on Days Three and Four, FinovateEurope 2017 is an event you won’t want to miss. Visit our FinovateEurope page today to learn more and to take advantage of huge early-registration savings.

Finovate Alumni News


  • Best of Show Winner Alpharank Earns Spot in FIS Accelerator
  • Finovate Debuts: Dorsum Puts the AI in DAISY, its Onboarding ChatBot
  • Trulioo Bolsters Regtech Solution with Mitek Partnership
  • How to Make It In the Fintech Industry: Startup Success Stories Speak Out

Around the web

  • Trulioo partners with Mitek to add facial recognition functionality to its ID verification platform. Join Trulioo at FinDEVr London next month where the company will lead a lunch roundtable discussion, AML, KYC, OMG: How to manage compliance with a smaller team and a better UX.
  • Greenkey Technologies announces interconnection partnership with iMarket.
  • Misys launches FusionCapital Detect, an AI-powered, smart personal assistant that helps identify errors and anomalies in trade transactions.
  • Daily Fintech profiles blockchain innovator and Finovate Best of Show winner, BanQu.
  • FinDEVr alum OutSystems expands to Asia with new office in Japan.
  • Signicat teams up with Rabobank to launch new, Netherlands-based digital identity service provider.
  • Ohio-based First National Bank of Pandora chooses core account processing platform from Fiserv.
  • BioCatch Receives Frost & Sullivan New Product and Innovation Award for Continued Disruption in Behavioral Biometrics Landscape.

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 Debuts: Dorsum Puts the AI in DAISY, its Onboarding ChatBot

You can’t spell the name Daisy without AI, which is good because it’s the premise behind Dorsum’s new banking chatbot, the Dorsum Artificial Intelligence SYstem.

The Hungary-based company debuted its bank Botboarding platform at FinovateEuorpe earlier this year and took home a Best of Show win. The bot uses AI to interact with users in a friendly, human-like way. The bot’s personalized and targeted questions help with client onboarding. The system also offers a backend dashboard that offers real-time analytics about usage and allows banks to alter how the chatbot presents products and services.

Company facts

  • 20+ years of experience in financial software development
  • 250+ employees
  • 70+ financial institutions use its solutions
  • Serves more than 8000+ individual users
  • Has clients in 8+ countries
  • Has 4 offices in CEE

Above: Imre Rokob (Business Development Director), Reanta Stein (Business Development Director), and Peter Sallai (Head of Mobile Development) on stage at FinovateEurope 2017 in London

We interviewed Róbert Kő (pictured), Dorsum CEO, for a bit more insight into Dorsum and Daisy, it’s Botboarding chatbot.

Finovate: What problem does Dorsum solve?

Róbert Kő: Based on Dorsum’s latest research and many discussions with existing and future clients, currently the greatest challenge is customer acquisition. The Botboarding platform is our answer to this challenge; allowing financial companies to build onboarding chatbots which incorporate a human-like way of communication with traditional customer data gathering and user profiling to help banks acquire new customers in a fast and frictionless way.

Finovate: Who are your primary customers?

Kő: Dorsum would like to help financial organizations which serve clients from mass affluent and high net worth  individuals. Therefore, our primary customers are wealth management companies and banks that offer premium or private banking services. Naturally we can help many other financial organizations map their individual needs and provide exclusive contracts with customized offers.

Finovate: How does Dorsum solve the problem better?

Kő: People are fed up with filling endless and boring forms– besides, they like chatting. Facebook Messenger, which has 1.2 billion daily active users, opened up its platform for developers in April 2016 to build outstanding solutions – chatbots – in order to serve people who wish to communicate with businesses. Dorsum’s solution enables financial services providers to utilize the inherent potential in customer acquisition by using a chatbot instead of a form or other customer profiling solutions. With Dorsum’s Botboarding, financial services providers can reach higher conversion rates and can reduce churn ratios.

Finovate: Tell us about your favorite implementation of your solution.

Kő: Our chatbot is currently in delivery phase for two retail banks. Despite the legal and IT security barriers it is currently under configuration. Both of the banks wanted the chatbot to generate leads for their best performing mortgage products. These leads are distributed for the ‘users’ every day in a detailed Excel spreadsheet which contains the essence of the communication with the chatbot. The development itself of the functions took only two weeks to cover the business process of the banks. All of the above we have started negotiations with one large Dubai-based company but this stage the details are strictly confidential.

Finovate: What in your background gave you the confidence to tackle this challenge?

Kő: Dorsum, which has recently celebrated its 20th anniversary, has a remarkable track record in offering outstanding software to capital market players. Over the last 20 years the company has grown from a few employees into an organization with a staff of 250, including an experienced project team for delivering integrated investment IT solutions. Today more than 70 financial institutions use our solutions, serving more than 8,000 individual users. We support our clients by offering them unique cooperation throughout the lifecycle of the products, managing expectations in terms of functionality, time and budget. Dorsum has two subsidiaries in order to emphasize its presence in the CEE region and to respond faster to local needs. Dorsum entered the Western European and Middle East markets recently by attending financial events (e.g. FinovateEurope 2017 – presenter; MEFTECH – exhibitor) and conducting initial negotiations with a number of financial institutions.

Finovate: What are some upcoming initiatives from Dorsum that we can look forward to over the next few months?

Kő: Our solution is now available on Facebook Messenger. In the near future we are planning to extend our developments to other platforms in order to ensure our clients reach the widest customer range.

Finovate: Where do you see Dorsum a year or two from now?

Kő: I should like to make Dorsum the best in the region in our professional field, or for instance one of the three best wealth management software solutions in Europe. It appears that the stars are aligned in our favor at the moment as two months before the Finovate victory we won a regional tender from the Raiffeisen group extending to 5 countries, for the wealth management products mentioned above. I believe that these two “BOOMS” one after the other signify a very good debut on the European Union market. An earlier dream of ours has become realized: Dorsum is capable of developing a renewable product (chatbot solution), and furthermore, another of our prize-winning solutions was given a new impetus last year. Of course, we are not standing still… In the coming years we will be there at Finovate and other fintech world events – with the standard expected from us.

 Check out the FinovateEurope 2017 live demo with Imre Rokob (Business Development Director), Reanta Stein (Business Development Director), and Peter Sallai (Head of Mobile Development):

Women on the Finovate Stage


There are plenty of things about fintech worth celebrating, but today, in honor of International Women’s Day, we’re giving three cheers to the women in fintech!

We’re taking a special look at our most recent show, FinovateEurope, where 23% of the presenting companies were represented by a woman on stage. That’s a 50% increase from 2015, where 15% of the companies had female speakers, and a huge leap from our first event in 2007 with zero (see note 1).

So here’s to progress. And here’s to the women of FinovateEurope:




Hali Khan, Director, Business Development

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Paulina Powązka, Sr. Business Solutions Consultant

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Eszter Vass, Sr. Product Strategy & Presales Consultant

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Reanta Stein, Business Development Director

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Diana Winstanley, Business Developer

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Tinna Hung, Director, Marketing

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Angelique Mohring, CEO & Founder

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Janice Diner, CEO, Founding Partner

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Mariona Campmany, CMO

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Patricia Soares, Business Developer

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Sarah Clark, General Manager, Identity

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Trisha Price, EVP, Product Development & Engineering

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Iveta Brūvele, CEO, and Elīna Rasmane, COO

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Märta Viberg, Head of Product & Consumer Risk

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Michelle Pearce, Co-Founder and Chief Investment Officer

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Vanessa Gatihi, Global Head, Customer Success

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Editor’s Note: While sadly it’s true that no women were on stage during the 20 demos of the first Finovate. One company, iPay Technologies, was founded by Dana Bowers, but she chose not to speak that day. And Finovate might not even exist if it wasn’t for Melanie Flanagan, then Marketing Manager at Yodlee (also co-founded by a woman), who was the first person to agree to demo. Finally, Susan Hawkins, then SVP at Metavante, was instrumental in getting both her company and Monitise on stage. So there you have it, woman called the shots for at least 20% of Finovate v1.0’s content, even if they ended up delegating the on-stage pitching to men. Thanks Melanie, Dana and Susan! — Jim Bruene, Founder

FinovateEurope 2017 Best of Show Winners Announced


After two days of live demonstrations of some of the most novel innovations in fintech, our FinovateEurope audience has made its voice heard as to which technologies represent the Best of Show.

This year’s award winners are a fascinating mix of Finovate veterans like Backbase, eToro, SaleMove, and Tink, all of whom have been honored with Best of Show trophies in the past, as well as newcomers like Dorsum and Memento, which accompanied their Finovate debuts with Best of Show awards of their own. And how fun is it to celebrate a company like CREALOGIX, a Finovate alum since 2011, that picked up its very first Best of Show honors this week?

A hearty congratulations to all seven of FinovateEurope 2017’s Best of Show winners – and to all of the companies that demonstrated their technologies at our London conference this year. From artificial intelligence and chatbots to technologies that make it easier for us to earn, save, and invest, yours are the innovations that remind us how valuable the relationship between finance and technology can be.

Backbase---Hi-ResBackbase for showing how artificial intelligence and PSD2 can turn a mobile app into a smart virtual assistant.

CREALOGIXCREALOGIX for its predictive banking in virtual reality technology that transcends complex interfaces to provide a user experience that accommodates emotion, creativity, and logic when it comes to making financial decisions.

Dorsum_logo_2016_cmykDorsum for its chatbot factory and botboarding platform that creates chatbots that combine human-like, natural language communication with traditional customer data collection and profiling.

eToro_Logo_VectoreToro for its worldwide social trading network of more than five million members that makes the trading and investing environment more social, more enjoyable, and more transparent.


Memento-LogoMemento for its Bank-to-Social Relationship platform and next generation mobile money app that helps banks deepen engagement with current customers and better attract and acquire new customers, as well.

SaleMoveSaleMove for its Engagement Platform that enables FIs and other companies to communicate with online visitors via chat and dual-cursor guided cobrowsing, as well as video and voice.

Tink_LogoTink for its independent, consumer PFM app that brings together aggregation, account information, and payment initiation services to provide a truly PSD2-compliant, virtual bank experience.

We had a great time this year at FinovateEurope and hope you enjoyed getting to know our presenting companies and the unique ways they leverage technology to solve problems. Thanks and gratitude to all of our sponsors, partners, presenters, and – of course – our attendees, for making this celebration of financial technology possible. We’ll see you next year!

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 six 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 and 2016 conferences are below:
FinovateEurope 2015
FinovateSpring 2015
FinovateFall 2015
FinovateEurope 2016
FinovateSpring 2016
FinovateFall 2016
FinovateAsia 2016

FinovateEurope Sneak Peek: Dorsum

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Screen Shot 2017-01-23 at 4.27.53 PMA look at the companies demoing live at FinovateEurope on the 7 and 8 of February 2017 in London. Pick up your tickets today and save your spot.

Dorsum, a financial software vendor for over 20 years, introduces Botboarding, the new platform for financial institutions to build and manage chatbots to acquire new customers.


  • Acquire new customers on Facebook Messenger with a chatbot
  • Score leads with fluid, human-like conversations
  • Build, manage, and optimize your chatbots to best suit your business

Why it’s great
Botboarding provides an advanced platform for chatbots about your banking products in Facebook Messenger. Get your own chatbot and join the conversation.Screen Shot 2017-01-23 at 4.44.13 PM


Imre Rokob, Business Development Director
Rokob is leading the innovation and business development at Dorsum with 15 years of experience in investment software development.Screen Shot 2017-01-23 at 4.44.30 PM

Renata Stein, Business Development Consultant
Stein has over 10 years of multinational sales experience in the IT and financial services industry. She drives Dorsum’s international market expansion.

Peter Sallai, Head of Mobile DevelopmentScreen Shot 2017-01-23 at 4.44.57 PM
Sallai is the frontend service professional, working on mobile and web projects for the financial and airline industry in the last 15 years.

Finovate Alumni News


  • StockTwits Partners with TradeIt to Expand Beyond Robinhood’s Brokerage.


  • SimplyTapp Launches New Payments and E-Commerce App, Gane.

Around the web

  • TransferTo partners with Wirecard to enable mobile money operators to offer mobile-to-mobile remittance services.
  • Ayondo announces deadline for 2017 social trading championship.
  • Hellenic Bank of Cyprus to deploy new digital banking platform from Backbase. Join Backbase at FinovateEurope in London next month.
  • StockTwits teams up with TradeIt to give community members ability to execute trades with major brokerages via new iOS app.
  • Xignite adds senior sales, business development talent; unveils new offices in New York financial district.
  • Bambu wins Best Early Startup award at Next Money in Hong Kong.
  • Wealthfront revamps Selling Plan to help users sell and diversify their company stock.
  • Arxan Technologies partners with Cisco as to protect connected medical devices.
  • South by Southwest (SXSW) selects Hip Pocket to showcase Hip Money at SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event in March

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.