Five Degrees Teams Up with ieDigital to Launch Digital Banking Portfolio

A new partnership between U.K.-based ieDigital and Dutch fintech Five Degrees will pave the way for the launch of a new premier digital banking portfolio. The new solution marries ieDigital’s Interact digital engagement platform with Five Degrees’ digital core banking platform, Matrix, to help FIs develop end-to-end banking products that will help them spot and capitalize on revenue-generating opportunities.

“Our joint partnership strengthens the ability to help financial institutions transform progressively in order to meet future market needs, while ensuring a superior customer experience,” ieDigital CEO Jerry Young said. He called the collaboration with Five Degrees both “strategic and timely” and pointed to potential opportunities to help banks in Europe and around the world successfully execute their digital transformations.

Young joined the company as CEO at the beginning of the year. He brings more than 20 years of experience to ieDigital, including a tenure as VP of EMEA at Fiserv, and time spent as head of retail banking and insurance at Oracle.

Five Degrees CEO Martijn Hohmann said that the joint venture “provides financial institutions with the tools to offer a better experience for consumers when managing their finances on a daily basis.” He added that the partnership would add “world-class consumer oriented solutions” to its platform and help the company fulfill its goal of making it easier and more convenient for consumers to choose and interact with financial products.

In their press release, ieDigital and Five Degrees cited a Forrester study that indicated that too many financial services firms are focusing on making changes to their digital front end without paying similar attention to the core system. Referring to this as the “Potemkin Effect,” the companies noted that by offering a solution that combines the core with the engagement platform resolves this problem by providing a “seamless, digital, end-to-end experience that customers require.”

Founded in 1984, ieDigital demonstrated its Money Fitness solution at FinovateFall 2018. Money Fitness is a personalized, forward-looking PFM tool that helps consumers make better financial decisions while helping credit unions build their brands and strengthen their presence in their local communities. Formerly known as Intelligent Environments, ieDigital has partnered with four of the five largest banks in the U.K. and has deployed its Interact customer engagement platform in more than 28 countries.

With more than $11.4 million (€10 million) in funding, Five Degrees made its most recent Finovate appearance earlier this year at FinovateEurope. At the conference, the company demonstrated an implementation of its Matrix core banking technology with the wealth management platform, Prospery, developed by ABN AMRO.

Since then, Five Degrees purchased core banking IT systems provider, Libra, and teamed up with international business payments specialist, BillPro, to launch a new European cross-border banking service. The company was founded in 2009, and is headquartered in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, the Netherlands.

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Five Degrees Acquires Icelandic IT Software Company Libra

Banking technology company Five Degrees is expanding its geographic footprint today with the acquisition of Iceland-based Libra, a core banking technology firm.

The purchase is expected to boost Amsterdam-based Five Degrees’ global footprint and will bring additional expertise in securities and loans to Five Degrees’ clients, ultimately offering a more robust digital transformation experience. The integration of Libra into Five Degrees helps the company offer banks a more efficient, less expensive way to replace their outdated core system.

Martijn Hohmann, CEO of Five Degrees, described Libra as “a very strong player” in Iceland’s financial market. He added that the integration of the two companies will help banks “transfer smoothly to ‘digital’ and to benefit from increased flexibility and reduced costs.”

Libra’s 40 employees will work alongside and collaborate with the Five Degrees workforce. The company’s CEO, Thordur Gislason, said that the acquisition enables the company to support clients with new technology, products and services. “Besides,” he added, “it creates opportunities to utilize our knowledge and experience in a larger market. We believe that our future plans have a great fit with the vision and strategy of Five Degrees.”

Founded in 2009, Five Degrees has raised a total of $11.6 million. At FinovateEurope earlier this year, the company showcased Prospery, its digital wealth management solution. Among Five Degrees’ partners are KPMG, Lexis Nexis, and Microsoft. Earlier this year, the company collaborated with BillPro to launch a cross-border banking service.

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Five Degrees and BillPro Launch New European Cross Border Banking Service

Dutch digital banking technology provider Five Degrees has teamed up with BillPro, an international business payments solutions specialist. Together, the two companies will launch a new cross-border banking service in Europe with Five Degrees’ core banking solution Matrix at the center.

“We are very happy to unite forces with BillPro, a leading provider of payment solutions in Europe and beyond,” Five Degrees CEO Martijn Hohmann said. “As a result, we are able to expand our customer base and enhance our position in the European market for Digital Banking platforms. Through this partnership, we can shape our idea of marketplace banking even more.”

Five Degrees Director of Sales Santosh Radhakrishnan and Prospery Product Owner Andrew Trythall demonstrating the company’s wealth management solution at FinovateEurope 2018.

BillPro will use Matrix as its core digital banking platform, and will offer it to its partners as an additional service option. The partnership will enable Five Degrees to expand its presence in the European market and give BillPro the ability to launch new banking services for its international business clients and support fintechs as they develop their own innovative solutions.

Matrix is an intelligent digital banking platform that supports customer onboarding, transactions, documents, and all customer interactions. The platform can be connected to legacy core banking systems, helping banks offer a broader range of customer-centric services including SME and retail lending, robo advisory and wealth management, as well as mortgages, FX trading, and current, savings, and deposit accounts.

“This will add significant value to both current and future clients as well as partners,” BillPro CEO Daria Rippingale said. “Our partnership with Five Degrees will enable BillPro to issue IBANs and Bank Accounts to people around the world.”

A member of the FinTech 50 and winner of the Banking & IT category at the Dutch Fintech Awards, Five Degrees has partnered with a variety of banks and fintechs including top three Netherlands consumer lender Credit Agricole Consumer Finance; robo advisor and fellow Finovate alum Munnypot; and GarantiBank, a European bank with more than $91 billion in assets.

At FinovateEurope 2018, Five Degrees demonstrated how Matrix served as an “orchestrating hub” for ABN AMBRO’s wealth management offering Prospery. Founded in 2009 and headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Five Degrees has raised more than $11 million (€10 million) in funding from investors including Karmijn Kapitaal and Velocity Capital.

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FinovateAsia Sneak Peek: Five Degrees

A look at the companies demoing live at FinovateAsia on November 7 and 8 in Hong Kong. Pick up your tickets today and save your spot.

Five Degrees is a next generation, digital core banking provider. The company’s product, Matrix, enables banks to provide true digital capabilities to their clients to support them in their daily financial lives.

Features

  • Automates paperless loan onboarding of a business with multiple directors structure
  • Uses advanced analytics for predictive behavior to support the business making the right financial decisions

Why it’s great
Five Degrees brings digitization of banking to the next level with the digital core banking platform Matrix using the fintech ecosystem to provide high levels of automation and predictive behavior.

Presenters

Peter-Jan van de Venn, Chief Commercial Officer
After a career at Atos/KPMG Consulting, van de Venn moved to domestic consulting party ConQuaestor where he has set up a practice that guides banks into the digital era. Since 2011, he has worked for Five Degrees.
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Bjorn Holmthorsson, Chief Technology Officer
After graduating from Reykjavik University, Holmthorsson started as a software developer. Afterwards, he became a successful IT director at Landsbanki Luxembourg. In 2011, he co-founded Five Degrees.
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