New York’s Finest: Catching Up with FinovateFall’s Best of Show

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.

BlytzPayIntegrated its digital payments technology with Dealer Management Systems (DMS) leader ABCoA Deal Pack. Announced strategic partnership with AFS Dealers.

CinchyJoined 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 ProPartnered 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.

ebankITForged North American partnership with fellow Finovate alum Enterprise Engineering this spring. Announced updates to its multichannel banking platform.

GliaWon Best of Show at FinovateEurope for a second year in a row. Integrated its technology with fellow Finovate alum Alkami’s Online Banking Platform. Inked partnerships with 20 credit unions across the U.S.

MXTopped 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.coNamed one of Canada’s Most Innovative Tech Companies by the Canadian Innovation Exchange. Delivered $1 million in revenue within six months of launching.

Pinkaloo TechnologiesRaised $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 FinanceTeamed 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.

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ebankIT and Enterprise Engineering Forge North American Partnership

Finovate Best of Show winner ebankIT is working with fellow Finovate alum Enterprise Engineering (EEI) to launch a new omnichannel banking solution geared toward financial institutions in North America in general, and the U.S. in specific.

The collaboration will combine Enterprise Engineering’s experience as an integrator and advisor on digital transformation and open banking with ebankIT’s omnichannel digital banking platform.

“This partnership is an important step on the consolidation of our growth strategy for the North American market, where we already have a significant presence,” ebankIT CEO Renato Oliveira said. “With the change of both operations and customer service models, it is essential for banking organizations to have a flexible and sophisticated solution, capable of bringing a true omnichannel experience, which is exactly the main strength of ebankIT.”

The companies previewed this initiative back in February. The joint venture is geared toward helping banks and credit unions in the U.S. offer full-service banking capabilities, including leading-edge technology solutions, to their customers. EEI and ebankIT are marking this latest development in their relationship with a series of educational, half-day seminars on Open Banking beginning this month in New York City.

“This partnership represents a terrific opportunity for EEI and ebankIT,” EEI founder George Anderson said when the collaboration was announced. “Our product sets are extremely complimentary and are best-in-class in our target markets.” Anderson noted that the partnership will result in “impossibly fast time to market and ROI for our joint customers.”

Founded in 2014 and maintaining offices in Porto, Portugal and London, U.K., ebankIT demonstrated its Digital Concierge 2.0 solution at FinovateEurope earlier this year. The technology unites financial and third party services via open banking integrations and channel analytics to provide relevant and engaging customer journeys.

Enterprise Engineering participated in our developers conference, FinDEVr Silicon Valley, presenting its Trusted Network Platform, an advanced data aggregation and management solution. A 2018 Industry Award winner, New York-based Enterprise Engineering was founded in 1995.

FinovateFall Demo Videos Are Live

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.

All of the 7-minute demos are available to stream and download for free at And if you don’t know where to begin, we’ll get you started with the nine demos that won Best of Show at the event.



College Aid Pro




Pinkaloo Technologies

Zogo Finance

FinovateFall Best of Show Winners Announced

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. 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:
FinovateEurope 2015
FinovateSpring 2015
FinovateFall 2015
FinovateEurope 2016
FinovateSpring 2016
FinovateFall 2016
FinovateAsia 2016
FinovateEurope 2017
FinovateSpring 2017
FinovateFall 2017
FinovateAsia 2017
FinovateMiddleEast 2018
FinovateEurope 2018
FinovateSpring 2018
FinovateFall 2018
FinovateAsia 2018
FinovateAfrica 2018
FinovateEurope 2019

FinovateSpring 2019

FinovateFall Sneak Peek: ebankIT

A look at the companies demoing live at FinovateFall on September 23 through 25, 2019 in New York City. Register today and save your spot.

Digital Concierge from ebankIT is designed to be a true customer ally. Combining financial products and 3rd party services, Concierge provides customer journeys, delighting client needs at a swipe of a finger.


  • Open Banking with 100+ APIs already integrated with top core banking systems
  • Personalized customer journeys to enhance loyalty and engagement
  • Digital banking transformation

Why it’s great
ebankIT’s Digital Concierge generates new and effective customer journeys adjusted to clients’ preferences, enhancing their digital experience. Your client at the heart of your business.


Pete Atkinson, VP of Global Sales
Atkinson has spent much of his career operating at the convergent point of technology and consumers.

Finovate Alumni News


Around the web

  • Temenos teams up with Scotland-based neobank Alba.
  • Avaloq launches new Cost & Fee Analytics solution.
  • CashDirector earns a spot in Plug and Play’s Fintech Europe innovation platform.
  • Trustly partners with ECOMMPAY to fuel online banking payments across 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


  • CardFlight Launches SwipeSimple Customers to Support Card Data Management.
  • Roostify Teams Up with Ellie Mae to Boost Efficiency in Mortgage Lending.

Around the web

  • Experian and Close Brothers Retail Finance pilot Mobile for Credit service for U.K. gamers.
  • New Penn Financial goes live with Portfolio Underwriter from Loan Scorecard.
  • PasswordPing earns finalist spot in 2018 “Innovation Quotient” IQ Awards.
  • Ukraine’s Akhmetov Bank leverages Corezoid’s cloud-based operating system.
  • ebankIT and Enterprise Engineering forge strategic partnership for the North American market.
  • Bambu, Eltropy, Moxtra, and Onfido are among the startups selected for Plug and Play Singapore’s inaugural fintech and insurtech program.
  • TECHdotMN profiles Sezzle founder and CEO, Charlie Youakim.
  • Forbes Middle East highlights Ayasdi and ThetaRay in look at how AI is helping solve financial crime.

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.

FinovateFall Sneak Peek: ebankIT

FinovateFallA look at the companies demoing live at FinovateFall on September 24 through 26, 2018 in New York. Register today and save your spot.

ebankIT’s award-winning platform helps financial institutions deliver digital banking transformations, allowing their customers to be one step ahead at a fraction of cost, time, and effort.


  • Omni-channel digital banking delivered fast
  • Full suite applications for banks, credit unions, and mobile-first institutions
  • Core-agnostic, omni-channel digital banking platform

Why it’s great

ebankIT Studio enables rapid development of applications and services whilst maintaining high standards of quality and performance, guaranteeing a superior user experience and quick ROI.


Pete Atkinson, VP United Kingdom, North America
Currently Vice President U.K. and Ireland for ebankIT, Atkinson has spent much of his career operating at the convergent point of technology and consumers.



Vitor Barros, Pre-Sales Director
Barros is Project Director for R&D department of ebankIT, having managed and implemented several projects over the years, ranging from middleware to mobile platforms and development of innovative applications.

Finovate Alumni News


  • eToro Adds IOTA Cryptocurrency to Platform.
  • First Data Partners with Ellie Mae to Improve Security of Lending Payments
  • Check out our latest FinovateFall Sneak Peek featuring ebankIT.

Around the web

  • UMB Fund Services adopts Temenos tech for ETF drive.
  • EMIDA joins wireless independent dealer association.
  • InSpirAVE earns spot in Top 100 at the Innovate Celebrate Conference’s Startup of the Year competition.
  • Data-in-use security specialist Enveil announces technology integration with Gemalto.
  • Onfido adds new VP of Global Marketing, General Counsel, and Director of People.
  • FICO extends partnership with Equifax Canada.

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.

ebankIT to Power Digital Banking for Coast Capital

Canada’s largest credit union by membership has partnered with ebankIT to overhaul its digital banking offerings. Coast Capital Savings, with $13 billion ($17 billion CAD) in assets, will leverage ebankIT’s omni-channel digital banking platform to power both the credit union’s online and mobile banking channels, as well as its website.

“With ebankIT’s versatile platform and award-winning digital banking experience, we will be able to offer a wide range of exciting new features to Coast Capital members in the future, along with rich security and personalization features,” Chief Transformation Officer for Coast Capital Savings Jeff Wong said. He also praised the way the platform supports integration with third-party technologies, “which will enable Coast Capital to drive ongoing digital channel innovation.”

ebankIT’s omni-channel banking solutions empower FIs to deliver a cutting edge, technology-enabled solutions to their customers. The company is an innovator applying many of the latest technologies – including augmented reality, beacons, and voice – to both traditional and emerging banking channels like mobile and wearables.

ebankIT’s Diana Winstanley (Business Solutions Manager) and Pete Atkinson (VP Sales U.K. & Ireland) demonstrating the company’s digital banking platform at FinovateEurope 2018.

“Our vision at ebankIT is to help organizations like Coast Capital tap the full potential of all the fast-paced innovations available in the quickly shifting technological landscape of banking,” Renato Oliveira, a member of ebankIT’s board of directors, explained. “As we embark on our North American expansion, the ebankIT team is thrilled to support Coast Capital with a robust and scalable platform, featuring our award-winning next generation solutions, coupled with an engaging user experience.”

Founded in 1940, British Columbia-based Coast Capital now has 52 branches and 555,000 members. Named one of Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures, the credit union invested $5.6 million in local communities last year to help empower and engage youth. This month, Coast Capital earned “B Corporation” certification from nonprofit B Lab, an acknowledgement that it has met the standard for social performance, transparency, and accountability.

The partnership news from ebankIT comes just a few weeks after the company announced that it was teaming up with fellow Finovate alum unblu. The joint venture will integrate unblu’s co-browsing, live chat, and video technology into ebankIT’s digital banking platform. “Joining forces with unblu was a natural fit for us,” ebankIT CEO Joaquin Santos said in a statement, “because both companies are aligned in how they want to transform the future of banking.”

ebankIT demonstrated its digital banking platform, including new applications of voice technology, at FinovateEurope 2018 in March. The company also participated in our inaugural FinovateMiddleEast conference in February. Founded in 2014 and headquartered in Porto, Portugal, ebankIT was featured in Accord Market’s Global Digital Banking Multichannel Integration Solutions Market Status Report earlier this month. This spring, ebankIT celebrated the launch of Kuwait International Bank’s retail banking app, which was implemented using ebankIT’s digital banking platform. Also this year, ebankIT announced a partnership with Cyprus-based GCC Computers.

Finovate Alumni News


  • CoverHound to Help Intelligent Customers to Shop Around for Renter’s Insurance.
  • AlphaPoint to Power DCEX, an XRP-Based Currency Exchange.
  • ebankIT to Power Digital Banking for Coast Capital.

Around the web

  • Fiserv forges strategic alliance with cybersecurity firm, BlueVoyant.
  • mBank and Commerzbank to launch pan-European challenger bank.
  • Gartner recognizes i-exceed as a “Niche Player” in its Magic Quadrant for Mobile Application Development Platforms (MADP).
  • Finance Magnates features a profile on the Ledger Nano S hardware wallet.
  • Caja Sullana leverages credit scoring from LenddoEFL to provide young entrepreneurs access to credit.
  • Insuritas to launch a member owned insurance agency for America’s Credit Union and its 47,000 members.
  • NIIT Technologies recognized as ‘Star Performer’ on the 2018 Everest Group PEAK Matrix Insurance Application Services.
  • Glassdoor ranks Kasasa CEO Gabe Krajicek 45th in the Top 50 CEOs at Small and Medium Companies in the United States.

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.

FinovateEurope Sneak Peek: ebankIT

A look at the companies demoing live at FinovateEurope on the 6 through 9 of March 2018 in London. Pick up your tickets today and save your spot.

ebankIT’s ebankIT Platform is the hub that enables banks to provide customer journeys with empathic experiences. The next banking revolution will demand this.


  • Offers a flexible omnichannel digital banking platform, business middleware, and class-leading apps
  • Enables fully empathic customer interactions
  • Has an API gateway to embrace fintechs and third parties


Diana Winstanley, Business Developer
Winstanley coordinated several projects on business analysis and international business development, with experience showcasing the latest technological innovations to financial institutions throughout the globe.

Vitor Barros, Pre-Sales Director
Project director for the R&D department of ebankIT, Barros has managed and implemented several projects over the years, ranging from middleware to mobile platforms and the development of innovative applications.