Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Kazakh Eurasian Bank Upgrades Cash Tech with Fiserv.
  • Token.io Teams Up with Omnio Group to Boost Open Banking.
  • Financeit to Power Mobile POS Financing for ServiceTitan.
  • Expensify Integrates with Southeast Asia Ridesharing Company Grab.

Around the web

  • The Five Minute Founder podcast interviews Jake Tyler, Finn AI CEO.
  • STRANDS and adorsys expand their partnership for digital transformation for global financial services.
  • Signifyd to power fraud protection for Solupay’s NetSuite SuitePayments.
  • Kony ships Kony Quantum for Microsoft Azure and Kony DBX digital banking suite on Kony Quantum for Azure.
  • Connect Financial Software Solutions partners with CuneXus to offer the CuneXus perpetual loan automation platform to its credit union clients.
  • Georg von Brevern joins Ixaris as Chief Legal and Compliance Officer.
  • Telenor to acquire majority stake in the Finnish telecom operator DNA.
  • Crypterium launches Crypterium SX, an AI-based system that ensures all transactions get the best exchange rates available.
  • Omnio Group and Token.io partner to deliver open banking and PSD2 compliance to Omnio’s financial institution customers.
  • Raiffeisen Bank International partners with Feedzai to bring advanced ML to European banking to fight fraud.
  • Jack Henry’s ProfitStars unveils Gladiator Total Protect, a suite of managed IT, network security, and compliance services to enhance banks’ cybersecurity and compliance management.

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.

African Unicorn Jumia Opens on NYSE; UAE’s Finablr Eyes $200M IPO

Finovate Global is our weekly look at fintech innovation in developing economies in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and Central and Eastern Europe.

Middle East and Northern Africa

  • UAE-based payments company Finablr prepares for a $200 million IPO.
  • Emirates NBD launches its WhatsApp Business Solution.
  • Awok.com, a mass market ecommerce platform based in the UAE, raised $30 million in Series A funding.

Central and South Asia

  • Indian fintech BharatPe secures $15.5 million in Series A round to help provide UPI QR codes to merchants.
  • TechCrunch: PayU’s $70 million acquisition of Wibmo signals the company’s interest in the Indian market.
  • Entrepreneur India takes a look at what investors like about Indian fintech.

Latin America and the Caribbean

  • Brazilian SME lender Weel raises $30 million courtesy of investment from Franklin Templeton.
  • Mexico’s Banco BASE partners with Volante Technologies for end-to-end payment processing solutions.
  • PaymentsJournal reviews the surge in the number of new unicorns among Latin American fintech startups.

Asia-Pacific

  • TurnKey Lender receives accreditation from the Singapore government’s IMDA, a certification that enables companies to expand into international markets easier.
  • WeLab, a Hong Kong based mobile lender, earns virtual banking license.
  • Fintech Singapore features its list of the top 10 fintech firms in Thailand for 2019.

Sub-Saharan Africa

  • The ecommerce marketplace known as the “African Amazon,” Jumia, begins trading on the New York Stock Exchange.
  • Top African finance app Branch lands $170 million in financing led by Foundation Capital and Visa.
  • Nigeria-based bank agent network Kudi raises $5 million in Series A.

Central and Eastern Europe

  • Microblink introduces new document scanning app, BlinkCard.
  • Estonia to bid for developing national ID system, PhilSys, in the Philippines.
  • Fiserv helps Hellenic Bank streamline payments.

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Fiserv Helps Hellenic Bank Streamline Payments

Fiserv announced a partnership with one of the most innovative banks in the Mediterranean region today. The financial services technology company will help Hellenic Bank pursue its digital transformation by providing the Cypress-based institution with its Dovetail Payments Platform.

“Hellenic Bank is leveraging advanced payments technology to ensure that they are well positioned to meet the needs of their customers in a rapidly changing digital landscape,” Fiserv President of Enterprise Payment Solutions Jan Kruger said.

The technology will give Hellenic Bank a single platform from which to manage all payment types and clearing schemes, enabling the bank to move away from multiple siloed payment systems, streamline its payments architecture, and support process automation.

In a statement, Hellenic Bank COO Phivos Leontiou highlighted this aspect of the Dovetail platform. He pointed out that the diverse needs of the bank’s customers have traditionally been met with “a variety of payment systems.” With Dovetail providing a centralized payment platform, Leontiou explained, “we have been able to streamline our payments operations while offering the payment options customers expect. We’re also able to easily add capabilities, such as support for new real-time payment schemes.”

One of the largest banks in Cyprus, Hellenic Bank opened for business in 1976. The firm has 180 retail branches; ten business, corporate, and shipping centers; three international business centers, and 2,600 employees. In 2018, the bank acquired “certain assets and liabilities” of the Cyprus Cooperative Bank which helped establish Hellenic Bank as the island’s leading retail and SME bank.

Fiserv demonstrated its Commercial Center: Security platform at FinovateFall 2017. The technology protects Fiserv’s business banking and cash management application, Commercial Center, as well as other online banking apps such as lockboxes, business billpay, and remote deposit. Commercial Center: Security also offers data reporting, electronic payment, and file transfer processing, and features cash management functionality that is optimized for digital channels.

Last year at FinovateSpring, the company partnered with Samsung SDS to present the integration of the company’s SDS biometric authentication with its Commercial Center platform.

More recently Fiserv announced that it was working with NationalLink to support the use of smart safes in supply chain management. The company has been busy forging partnerships with banks and credit unions in 2019, inking deals with HealthCare First CU and Portland Local 8 FCU in March, and partnering with Kazakhstan’s Halyk Bank, Kentucky’s Forcht Bank, and New York Community Bancorp in February.

In January, Fiserv launched a new mortgagetech solution, Mortgage Momentum, that leverages workflow automation to streamline the loan origination process.

Founded in 1984 and headquartered in Brookfield, Wisconsin, Fiserv began the year with an announcement that it was merging with payments giant First Data Corporation in a deal valued at $22 billion.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Kabbage Pulls in $700 Million in Debt Funding.
  • Fiserv Helps Hellenic Bank Streamline Payments.

Around the web

  • Eurobits Technologies and Trustly partner to help form European Third Party Suppliers Association (ETPPA), a non-profit that strengthensThird Party Suppliers (TPP) around PSD2.
  • Flywire adds machine learning capabilities to its payment platform.
  • Altfi: SocietyOne plans to triple peer-to-peer market share despite Australian ‘challenges.’
  • OnDeck offers same day funding for small business.
  • Cardtronics integrates FIS’ Cardless Cash into ATMs.
  • Identitii partners with Trace Financial Limited to enable the conversion from MT to MX message formats without data truncation or loss of payment message information.
  • Azimo earns license from Dutch Central Bank.
  • InComm named 2018 Vendor of the Year by 7-Eleven.
  • Varo Money chooses NICE Actimize as its AML technology vendor.
  • Capsilon partners with Home Point Financial to launch its new underwriting solution, Capsilon Digital Underwriter.

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.

Fiserv Helps NationalLink Maximize Smart Safe Technology

Just a few weeks after revealing a pair of new credit union clients, Fiserv is back in the fintech headlines. The company announced that NationalLink will deploy Fiserv’s CorPoint cash supply chain management software to help maximize its use of smart safes. This will include gaining the ability to access smart safe data regardless of location.

Smart safes support the accounting and validation of in-store cash payments, and are typically only able to run on the proprietary cash management software of their manufacturer. Fiserv’s CorPoint can accept data from any smart safe, as well as consolidate data from different smart safes into an all-encompassing view of cash status.

CorPoint also provides real-time access to audit-level views of cash deposits, balances, and pickups. The platform allows users to aggregate and segment data by cashier, denomination, location, and other factors.

“For many consumers, cash remains a preferred form of payment, but cash is labor-intensive for merchants to manage,” Fiserv SVP and GM for Fraud, Risk, and Compliance Shawn Holtzclaw explained. “Merchants are actively seeking ways to improve cash management efficiency, and NationalLink is meeting this demand with a single platform that provides a holistic, hardware-agnostic view of smart safe transactions.”

NationalLink provides cash handling solutions, including complete ATM solutions and armored cash management services. The firm’s network of 16,000 ATMs reaches all 50 states of the U.S., as well as the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa. The company was founded in 1992 as a merchant services acquirer.

Fiserv joined Samsung SDS on the Finovate stage last spring to demo the integration of Samsung SDS’ biometric authentication and collaboration solution into its Commercial Center: Security (CC:S) product. Founded in 1984 and based in Brookfield, Wisconsin, Fiserv announced at the beginning of the year that it would merge with First Data Corporation in an acquisition valued at $22 billion.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Fiserv Helps NationalLink Maximize Smart Safe Technology.
  • Mastercard to Acquire Digital Commerce Fraud Fighter Ethoca.

Around the web

  • Carsharing firm HyreCar leverages identity verification technology from Mitek for its mobile onboarding app.
  • PayPal invests $750 million in Argentina’s e-commerce company, MercadoLibre.
  • Tinkoff Bank reports 2018 highlights including launch of new mortgage app, a joint P2P money transfer offering with Sberbank, and more than 2.7 million new active credit customers.
  • Best of Show winner Voleo chosen to participate in Netherlands-based fintech research program.
  • ThreatMetrix teams up with Blue Turtle Technologies to help market its fraud prevention solution to customers in Africa.
  • ArthaYantra wins Fintech of the Year (India) at The Asset Triple A Digital Awards.
  • Stash launches Stock-Back, a rewards program to bridge banking and investing.
  • Jack Henry to collaborate with the Zelle Network to launch JHA PayCenter.
  • InComm expands into lottery industry with Linq3 Technologies acquisition.

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

On Finovate.com

  • nCino Lands New Customers from Stockholm to Sydney.
  • TurnKey Lender Locks in New Investment from OSK Ventures.
  • CREALOGIX Helps Launch Mobile Banking for Hampden & Co.

Around the web

  • Fiserv inks partnerships with HealthCare First Credit Union and Portland Local 8 Federal Credit Union.
  • Kontomatik earns license from Bank of Lithuania to operate as an AISP in 11 EU countries.
  • Palestine Islamic Bank to deploy Temenos Infinity and Temenos T24 systems as part of its digital transformation efforts.
  • ThetaRay and HackerOne named to Network World’s 10 Security Startups to Watch.
  • Retail finance technology provider Deko teams up with Featurespace to enhance security on its lending platform.
  • Onfido announces partnership with INTERPOL to help the international police organization better spot fraudulent IDs.
  • CAP Services chooses Baker Hill to support its lending initiatives for small businesses and low-income individuals.

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

On Finovate.com

  • AI Foundry and Ellie Mae Leverage AI to Accelerate Lending.
  • Dwolla Helps Status Streamline Cash Rewards for Savings.
  • Live from London: Breaking Banks Power Hour Rocks FinovateEurope.

Around the web

  • Marketing Technology Insights interviews BlueRush CEO, Steve Taylor.
  • PaymentsSource features nCino, Jumio, MX, LendKey, Kasasa, Jack Henry & Associates, Alkami, Finicity, and Prosper Marketplace in its list of the Best Fintechs to Work For.
  • Fiserv joins Financial Data Exchange as a sustaining member.
  • Partnership with Mercury FX brings Ripple to the Middle East and Canada.
  • TurnKey Lender highlighted as a top auto loan origination platform by HCCResearch.
  • European CFD/FX firm Windsor Brokers goes live with iSignthisISXPay and Paydentity solutions.

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 Global: Braintri Wins App Prize; Featurespace in Singapore

As Finovate goes increasingly global, so does our coverage of financial technology. Finovate Global: Fintech News from Around the World is our weekly look at fintech innovation in developing economies in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and Central and Eastern Europe.

Central and Eastern Europe

  • Austrian division of private banking and asset management group, LGT, partners with Avaloq.
  • Bank of Lithuania announces updates to its position on virtual assets and ICOs.
  • IKO, the mobile app co-developed by Braintri for PKO Bank Polski, wins first place in worldwide ranking of mobile apps published by British Retail Banker International for second consecutive year.

Middle East and Northern Africa

  • Finastra brings its core banking technology to Saudi Arabia.
  • Cryptocurrency brokerage based in Kuwait, YallaBit, raises $925,000 in Series A.
  • Arabian Gazette highlights Bahrain’s Manama, Saudi Arabia’s Riyadh, as well as both Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the UAE in its look at Four Arabian Gulf Cities Where Fintech is Thriving.

Central and South Asia

  • Temenos acquires Bangalore-based big data and analytics firm, hTrunk.
  • National Bank of Pakistan introduces its first contactless debit card.
  • Anirban Mukherjee appointed CEO of PayU India.
  • QR code-based payment app BharatPe raises $17 million in round led by Sequoia Capital India.
  • Pan Asia Bank and TerraPay partner to provide instant cross-border payment access to bank accounts in Sri Lanka.
  • Halyk Bank teams up with Fiserv to centralize its cash management process.

Latin America and the Caribbean

  • Digital challenger bank C6 goes live in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
  • Mexico looks at the possibility of forming a digital payments system, run by the central bank, to help make financial services more accessible for the underbanked.
  • PYMNTS.com features Argentine digital challenger bank, Wilobank.

Asia-Pacific

  • Ping An’s fintech subsidiary OneConnect sets up shop in Indonesia.
  • Hong Kong Exchange acquires minority stake in Shenzhen-based fintech.
  • Featurespace goes live in Singapore.

Sub-Saharan Africa

  • South African digital lender Payabill announces equity stake investment from Johannesburg-based business challenger bank, Sasfin.
  • Kenyan Capital Markets Authority Chief Executive Paul Muthaura speaks about the need for a “conducive environment” for fintech innovation in the country.
  • Nigerian Lagos state government to launch e-procurement platform within the next three weeks.

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Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Onfido Teams Up with Extended Stay Marketplace 2nd Address.
  • London’s Accountant Marketplace Capitalise Raises $4.5 Million.
  • Coinbase Acquires Blockchain Intelligence Platform Neutrino.

Around the web

  • Featurespace brings its anti-fraud technology to Singapore.
  • Revolut CEO Nik Storonsky urges UK government to provide special tech visa to ensure London’s status as a “fintech powerhouse” after Brexit.
  • Fiserv helps Kazakhstan’s Halyk Bank centralize its currency management process.
  • Bottomline Technologies partners with UMB Financial to offer Visa-powered payables solution to customers in the U.S.

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

On Finovate.com

  • Thoma Bravo to Acquire Ellie Mae in $3.7 Billion Deal.
  • Welcome to Day Four of FinovateEurope.

Around the web

  • ACH Alert unveils its latest Payment Data Xchange (PDX) service module within its flagship Fraud Prevention HQ platform.
  • Fidor Bank launches chatbot powered by Best of Show winner, Finn AI.
  • Paysend to offer money transfers to bank accounts in 34 European countries.
  • Zopa introduces new chairman Gordon McCallum, who will take over from co-founder Giles Andrew.
  • Kentucky-based Forcht Bank partners with Fiserv to upgrade its credit card program.
  • Finastra appoints Siobhan Byron as SVP and Head of Technology Enabled Managed Services (TEMS).
  • Aire inks reseller agreement with Experian.

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.

New York Community Bancorp to Boost its Lending Services with Fiserv’s DNA

New York Community Bancorp will move to Fiserv’s DNA core platform to improve its retail banking and commercial lending services, reports Antony Peyton of Fintech Futures (Finovate’s sister publication).

The bank, which has $51.2 billion in assets, will use an integrated suite of digital banking and payment solutions. It will also move from in-house processing to an application service provider (ASP) model hosted by Fiserv.

It is understood the new tech will replace the legacy Miser solution from Fiserv’s rival FIS.

Barbara Tosi-Renna, assistant chief operating officer, New York Community Bancorp, said: “We chose Fiserv because its solutions, integration and expertise put us in the strongest position to succeed in our fast-changing marketplace.”

The bank will add solutions from Fiserv including Commercial Center for commercial cash management and business banking, and the open, real-time Dovetail Payments Platform (paytech provider Dovetail was acquired by Fiserv in 2017).

It also will move existing in-house solutions including the Corillian Online and Mobiliti digital banking solutions from Fiserv to the bank’s new outsourced environment.

New York Community Bank is the “leading producer of multi-family loans” in New York City and the largest regional bank headquartered in New York by assets.

The bank has customers in New York, New Jersey, Florida, Ohio, and Arizona through a network of more than 250 branches.

Meanwhile, Fiserv has been busy. As usual.

Just last month, Banco CTT, one of Portugal’s newest banks, selected Fiserv to enable anti-money laundering (AML) capabilities.

In addition, and a much bigger deal, Fiserv revealed it will acquire First Data in an all-stock transaction of $22 billion.