FinovateAsia Best of Show Winners Announced

Congratulations to the trio of companies that earned Best of Show honors from our FinovateAsia 2018 audience. This year’s selections reflect two key themes in fintech: the importance of enabling banks with the resources they need to empower SMEs to better serve their customers, and the rise of intelligent virtual assistants to improve efficiency and enhance the customer experience.

Arival Bank for its ArivalOS digital banking platform that integrates a full suite of third party fintech products tailored for SMEs, including bank accounts, money transfers, debit cards, mPOS, factoring, and lending. Video.


Avaloq for its platform that provides seamless access to fintech solutions via a “double marketplace” that brings the app store concept to banking. Video. for its human-friendly, virtual intelligent agent for financial services call centers that helps drive lead generation, cross-sales, notifications, scheduling, and more. Video.

To see all the demo videos from FinovateAsia 2018, visit our video archives.

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 three 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 2018 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

Welcome to the Second Day of FinovateAsia

We’re off to a great start at FinovateAsia, and after yesterday’s sessions and demos, we’re already craving more.

Registration opens at 8 am again today, and the first session begins at 8:45 am. And don’t miss the Best of Show awards ceremony today, taking place at 16:40 in the auditorium.

Visit our website for a full, interactive agenda, or check out a quick preview below:

8:00 to 8:45 Registration and continental breakfast

8:45 to 8:50 Welcome

8:50 to 9:15 Keynote address

9:15 to 9:25 Analyst all stars

9:25 to 10:15 Demo session #3

10:15 to 10:45 Intermission, refreshments, and networking break

10:45 to 10:55 Analyst all stars

10:55 to 11:05 Challenges in building global financial infrastructure for crypto-assets

11:05 to 11:50 Demo session #4

11:50 to 12:10 Special address

12:10 to 13:20 Lunch plus expert briefing on Indian fintech

13:20 to 14:45 Breakout streams

  • Lending
  • Digital transformation and customer experience
  • Focus on mainland China

14:45 to 15:20 Intermission, refreshments, and networking break

15:20 to 16:00 Investors debate

16:00 to 16:40 Accelerator showcase

16:40 to 16:50 Best of Show awards ceremony

16:50 to 17:50 Reception and networking

Thanks to all of you for helping to make this year’s event a success! We’ll see you at FinovateAsia next year, or come see us at any of our shows in between:

Welcome to FinovateAsia

We’re back in Hong Kong this week for what is shaping up to be Hong Kong’s most dynamic fintech event of the year, FinovateAsia. We have a dozen companies ready to demo their freshest ideas. And our impressive speaker lineup, along with panelists representing some of the region’s top banks and fintechs, also are ready to impress.

FinovateAsia will take place at the Hong Kong Convention Center where registration opens at 8:00 am and the first session starts at 8:45 am. There’s still time to register and if you have any questions, please contact a member of our event staff.

You can check out today’s full agenda, complete with speaker information, online, but here is a quick preview:

8:00 to 8:45 Registration and continental breakfast

8:45 to 8:50 Welcome

8:50 to 9:20 Keynote address

9:20 to 9:25 Opening remarks

9:25 to 9:35 Analyst all stars

9:35 to 10:25 Demo session #1

10:25 to 11:05 Intermission, refreshments, and networking break, plus fireside chat

11:05 to 11:15 Analyst all stars

11:15 to 12:05 Demo session #2

12:05 to 13:10 Lunch plus expert briefing on financial inclusion

13:10 to 15:15 Breakout streams

  • Insurance and payments
  • Artificial intelligence and blockchain
  • Open banking and the API economy

15:15 to 15:45 Intermission, refreshments, and networking break

15:45 to 16:25 Off the record session with global regulators

16:25 to 17:05 Digital change leaders debate

17:05 to 18:05 Reception and networking

Best of Show winners will be announced tomorrow

Doors open again tomorrow at 8:00 am, with the first session beginning at 8:45 am.

Welcome to Wan Chai: FinovateAsia Kicks Off Hong Kong FinTech Week

Rehearsal day is underway here at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center in Wan Chai. With FinovateAsia 2018 starting Monday morning, our demoing companies are busy practicing their pitches in preparation for two days of live fintech demonstrations.

That said, FinovateAsia is more than just fintech demos. As part of Hong Kong FinTech Week, FinovateAsia will also host a variety of in-depth presentations – from keynote addresses and expert briefings to breakout tracks on topics such as AI and blockchain technology, open banking, insurtech, payments, digital transformation, lending, and more.

And in addition to Analyst All-Star panels and our Accelerator/Incubator Showcase, FinovateAsia will also feature an “off the record” session with global regulators, a conversation among VCs on where the smart money is investing in fintech, and a special breakout track focusing on fintech opportunities on mainland China.

More detailed information about our agenda is available on our FinovateAsia event page.

We’re looking forward to seeing you this week. The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center is located at 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong. Once you arrive at the venue, please follow the signs to rooms S221s on Level 2. The Center is readily accessible by Mass Transit Railway (MTR), bus, train, tram, ferry, and taxi.

The conference begins Monday, October 29th, and continues through Tuesday, October 30th. Registration opens at 8am, with continental breakfast and networking, and our program begins with Welcoming Remarks at 8:45am and our Keynote Address at 8:50am. Live demos on Monday will take place between 9:35am and 10:25am, and between 11:15am and 12:05pm. Monday will also feature two Analyst All-Star panels – one in the morning and one in the afternoon – as well as breakout tracks on AI and blockchain technology, open banking and the API economy, and insurance and payments.

Tuesday will run similarly to Monday, with registration at 8am, Welcoming Remarks at 8:45am, and our Keynote at 8:50am. Tuesday will also feature morning and afternoon Analyst All-Star panels, and our two live demo sessions are scheduled to start at 9:25am and 11:10am, respectively. As on Monday, our breakout tracks on Tuesday will begin after lunch and will focus on digital transformation, lending, and fintech innovation on mainland China. Tuesday will also feature our investors debate, our Best of Show awards, and our accelerator/incubator showcase.

As you can see, this year’s FinovateAsia is an action-packed affair. Be sure to check out our agenda for more details on our demoing companies, our speakers and panelists, and our breakout tracks, summits, and expert briefings.

And once you’re here, be sure to join the FinovateAsia community on our Knect365 event app. Search for “FinovateAsia 2018” once you are in the app to access, Best of Show voting, our networking platform Brella, our attendee list, agenda, floorplan, and more. If you have any difficulty with the app, please contact us at for assistance.

Remember that tickets to FinovateAsia are still available. If you are interested in attending, please visit our FinovateAsia registration page and save your spot. We’ll see you in Wan Chai!

FinovateAsia is Days Away

It’s time for last-minute preparations for FinovateAsia, which will be held next week on October 29 and 30 in Hong Kong. And it’s not just the presenters and speakers who need to be prepared, it’s also you, our audience. Still don’t have your ticket? Register today to be part of the crowd.

To help you get ready for all of the newest themes and trends that will be presented next week, we’ve created this word cloud that offers a visual on the hottest topics of this year’s show:

As for logistical details, here is all you need to know:


We’ve gathered dozens of innovative fintech companies to demo their latest technology on stage. Check out our full list of demoing companies and read through our Sneak Peek blog series for an inside look at what the companies will demo on stage.

We’ll also be joined by industry experts and thought leaders to discuss the latest trends impacting banks and fintechs today. Preview our full list of speakers and take a look at our agenda for more information on session topics.


We’ll be at the Hong Kong Convention Centre located at 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong. Please use the Harbour Road entrance at the Harbour Road Cafe when entering the venue and proceed to rooms S221s on level two.


Registration opens at 8 am on October 29 and the opening keynote presentation will begin at 8:45 am. Plan to come early and enjoy some tea and a continental breakfast before the session begins.

FinovateAsia Sneak Peek: Think Analytics

A look at the companies demoing live at FinovateAsia on October 29 and 30, 2018 in Hong Kong. Register today and save your spot.

Think Analytics is a five-year old leading analytics startup in India, with the core team having a combined experience of 50+ years. The company works with several non-banking financial companies, leading fintechs, banks, and others.


Algo360 helps digitize and automate processes like underwriting, identity assessment, and seamless digital onboarding. Think Analytics is able to leverage alternative data through digital footprints for the same.

Why it’s great
The solution is already live with several non-banking financial companies and fintechs. It has already processed 10 million applications with turnaround time of less than one minute.


Monish Salot, Co-founder and CTO
Salot leads the business development and technology efforts at Think Analytics. Prior to this, he lead teams at 3iInfotech and other organizations.


Abhishek Joshi, Senior Associate
Joshi loves solving technology problems and building solutions for scale. He has already won multiple fintech awards in India for building scalable tech solutions.


FinovateAsia Sneak Peek: Avaloq

A look at the companies demoing live at FinovateAsia on October 29 and 30, 2018 in Hong Kong. Register today and save your spot.

Avaloq’s ecosystem provides seamless access to an unparalleled number of market-leading fintech solutions on the Avaloq platform via open APIs.


  • Ready-to-bank third party solutions
  • Highest security standards guaranteed
  • Standardized, secure and scalable banking APIs

Why it’s great
Developing a comprehensive digital business ecosystem is one of Avaloq’s strategic priorities. Avaloq offers one platform with the goal of making new fintech innovations accessible to 150+ financial institutions.


Stewart Chen, Regional Product Manager
Chen is a digital native and prior to joining Avaloq, he had been building successful startups for over 10 years. He steered his first startup to triple-digit growth for three consecutive years.

Bodo Grauer, Head of Digital Strategy and Transformation
Grauer is a development lead and drives product innovation for Avaloq’s ecosystem. He brings a wealth of experience and successful track record in managing technology projects in global finance.

FinovateAsia Sneak Peek: Arival Bank

A look at the companies demoing live at FinovateAsia on October 29 and 30, 2018 in Hong Kong. Register today and save your spot.

Arival is the first digital fintech bank for SMEs. Arival partners with some of the best names in fintech to deliver awesome products tailored for businesses. Arival makes running a business easy.


  • Supports 100% online business account opening from any part of the world
  • Provides access to digital banking products handpicked for SMEs
  • Integrates the best fintechs to create an amazing banking experience

Why it’s great
Imagine if all your favorite fintechs existed inside your bank and you never had to go searching for another financial product or service again.


Jeremy Berger, Chief Operating Officer
Berger is a young entrepreneur with big dreams. Driven by resilience and an insatiable desire to create a legacy, Berger is on a mission to help businesses discover the new world of digital banking.


Igor Pesin, Co-Founder and CFO
Pesin is a Partner at Life.SREDA (Singapore), one of the first fintech-only VC funds in SE Asia with a portfolio of 25+ fintech startups. Pesin co-founded Arival, the first fintech bank for businesses.

FinovateAsia Sneak Peek: RISQ

A look at the companies demoing live at FinovateAsia on October 29 and 30, 2018 in Hong Kong. Register today and save your spot.

RISQ empowers corporate banking divisions with a solution that combines an efficient platform with intelligence, data integration, and AI, presented in a radically intuitive user experience.


  • Manages complex credit decisions with ease
  • Offers integrated analytics and AI components to support the process
  • Integrates “out of the box” with multiple external data repositories

Why it’s great
RISQ | Corporate Lending powered by CRIF puts business banking users in the driving seat, giving them 360-degree visibility of every credit decision in real-time.


Michael Jesse, CEO
Jesse has met with over 150 banks in 35+ countries as part of various management roles. This unique insight was channeled into RISQ to create a radically new approach in financial software.


Ozan Vakar, CTO
Vakar, being an entrepreneur for 25+ years in the financial services industry, has the unique capability to transform a business requirement into a software solution exceeding clients’ expectations.

FinovateAsia Sneak Peek: CASHOFF

A look at the companies demoing live at FinovateAsia on October 29 and 30, 2018 in Hong Kong. Register today and save your spot.

Inspired by creating real value for banks’ customers, CASHOFF delivers strongly differentiated loyalty programs and tools to enhance the user experience with a granular approach based on transaction data.


  • AI-powered cashback to banks’ customers by big-name brands
  • Comprehensive transaction data collection, enrichment and in-depth analysis
  • White label tools and gamification to amplify engagement

Why it’s great
Emerged consumer behavior patterns enable the anticipation of customers’ needs. Thus banks win increased loyalty, transactional activity, a tool for selling banking products, and new revenue streams.


Billy Leung, Director
Leung is the director with extensive international expertise in digital banking and finance. He is also an entrepreneur having started his first business at the age of eight.


Justin Lai, Sales and Marketing Director
With more than eight years of experience in Business Development and Advertising, Lai has a strong network for banks and brands. He currently oversees marketing strategy and business development for APAC.

FinovateAsia Sneak Peek: Siam Commercial Bank

A look at the companies demoing live at FinovateAsia on October 29 and 30, 2018 in Hong Kong. Register today and save your spot.

SCB is Thailand’s first bank, established in 1906 under the Royal Charter. With the continual pursuit of technological innovation, SCB’s vision is to be serving as “The Most Admired Bank” by 2020.


Business account opening for any juristic customer:

  • No document required
  • Only one signature
  • Realtime activation

Why it’s great
Once and done.


Arthit Sriumporn, SVP, Business Platform
Sriumporn is a banker with a passion to make a difference focusing on customer experience. He strongly believes in providing the best in class products and services to the customer.


Piyachat Kunthachaem, Business Platform Officer
Kunthachaem’s endeavor and passion to give the best experience to business customers has lead her to build an innovative customer onboarding platform.


Sukanya Bowornsettanan, Project Manager, Transformation
Bowornsettanan is responsible for the change management strategy for StartBiz. The seamless project execution is based on her cross-functional knowledge from various sectors and passion of living “digital.”

Fintech Takes Over Hong Kong

Fintech will take over Hong Kong during the city’s Fintech Week, which will begin with FinovateAsia on October 29 and 30, and we’re excited to be a part of it. If you don’t have your ticket yet, register today to join the crowd at the Hong Kong Convention Center.

We’ve finalized the agenda to bring you live demos from the hottest fintechs in Asia, as well as valuable discussions from industry experts and leaders from the region’s top financial services organizations. We’ll also host a variety of action-packed networking sessions where you can chat with our speakers and get to know other attendees.

Here are some of the discussions you won’t want to miss:

Keynote Addresses

  • Chris Skinner, Chairman of the Financial Services Club, will speak about the threat tech giants pose when it comes to customer data.
  • JP Nicols, Managing Director of Fintech Forge, will discuss why banks have to change or risk failure.

Analyst All-Stars

Leading research analysts will share their thoughts and latest research about key global fintech opportunities. Hear from:

  • Frederic Giron – Vice President, Research Director, Forrester
  • Kieran Hines – Head of Industries, Ovum
  • Daniel Latimore – Senior Vice President, Banking Group, Celent
  • Henri Arslanian – FinTech & Crypto Lead, Asia, PwC

Key Discussions

Over the course of two days, we’ll highlight fintech’s most buzzworthy topics by featuring in-depth conversations with industry experts. Here are some of the discussion themes:

  • AI
  • Blockchain
  • Open Banking
  • API economy
  • Insurance
  • Payments
  • Regulation
  • Lending
  • The China opportunity
  • Digital transformation
  • Customer experience

And be sure to check out our full lineup of companies that will demo their newest technologies throughout the conference. On the Finovate blog, our Sneak Peek series will give you an advanced look at the innovations that will be shown on stage.