Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Capital Bank of Jordan Selects Backbase for Digital Transformation.
  • StockTwits Launches Free Online Trading.

Around the web

  • Validis’ DataShare to integrate with Baker Hill NextGen.
  • Insuritas partners with Nymeo FCU to launch digital insurance agency.
  • SGX orders Ayondo to shelve planned disposal of unit.
  • TechCrunch reports: Coinbase launches in 11 countries with crypto-to-crypto conversions.
  • Jack Henry & Associates recognized on Forbes’ America’s Best Employers List for third consecutive year.
  • Flywire integrates with TRUE North to connect the application, enrollment and cross-border payment and receivables processes to bring transparency to education payments.

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.

How Flywire Uses Machine Learning

With all of the talk about the benefits of enabling technology such as AI and machine learning, it’s not a surprise to see global payments platform Flywire getting in on the action. The Massachusetts-based company recently announced that it is leveraging machine learning to improve its payments and receivables solution.

Flywire’s recent machine learning updates allow the company to improve payment-to-settlement time, increase security, and automate payment reconciliation. The updates replace a legacy, rules-based system that was used to perform invoice reconciliation. Using machine learning reduces manual effort, supports changing business requirements, and minimizes human error.

Additionally, the machine learning algorithms can easily learn and support new payment methods, confirm payment sources, and optimize foreign exchange conversion. They also help reduce fraud by detecting anomalous payments and flagging them for Flywire’s compliance team.

“Accepting payments across borders is a highly complex process that increases the cost of collecting monies, opens up FX and fraud risks, and requires enormous operational investment,” said Jason Moens, VP of Product at Flywire. “As more and more businesses and institutions leverage our platform to address these challenges, we continue to look for new ways to enhance its capabilities. The addition of advanced machine learning further streamlines our clients’ payment and receivable operations and removes more of the potential risks that can negatively impact fundamental parts of their business.”

Flywire originally launched as peerTransfer in 2011, when the company debuted its college tuition payment platform at FinovateSpring 2011. While this flagship market makes up 80% of Flywire’s revenue, the company has since rebranded and expanded to tackle international payments for healthcare, travel, and businesses. Flywire’s platform processes billions of dollars in payments every year in over 120 different local currencies, connecting more than 1,400 businesses and universities with their customers.

Last summer, Flywire raised $100 million to promote global expansion and fuel its bourgeoning healthcare and business segments. The investment boosted the company’s total funding to $143 million. Mike Massaro, who EY named a finalist for Entrepreneur of the Year, is Flywire CEO.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • NIIT Technologies to Acquire WHISHWORKS IT Consulting.
  • How Flywire Uses Machine Learning.

Around the web

  • NetGuardians partners with the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Western Switzerland to improve ML and AI software for financial fraud detection and prevention.
  • Brewin Dolphin, one of the U.K.’s largest wealth managers, selects Avaloq’s software as a service solution for its back office infrastructure.
  • The Paypers: Worldline rolls out payment solution for online marketplaces.
  • Payjo relaunches as Interface.ai with a new interface, a new brand, and a platform for intelligent virtual assistants.
  • TurnKey Lender receives accreditation from the Singapore government’s IMDA, a certification that enables companies to expand into international markets easier.
  • Mambu to open a second North American-based office this year.
  • Authority Magazine interviews Ed O’Brien, CEO of eMoney Advisor.

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

  • 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.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Credit Karma Acquires Noddle to Launch in the U.K.

Around the web

  • Moneyhub announces integration with PensionBee API.
  • Outsystems unveils new program, outsystems.ai, to leverage AI and machine learning to improve software development.
  • Finastra introduces Open Banking Readiness Index for Asia Pacific region.
  • Trulioo reports ability to verify five billion people via its identity verification platform, Global Gateway.
  • Wipro collaborates with Check Point Software to offer cloud security services.
  • Unison expands with Goldwater Bank Partnership.
  • Flywire partners with the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council to offer members payment solutions.
  • How I Built This podcast features Betterment founder Jon Stein.
  • Roostify names Courtney Keating Chakarun as new Chief Marketing Officer.

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

  • Onfido to Help Crowdfunding Platform Indiegogo Fight Fraud.

Around the web

  • The Technology Transformation Service of the U.S. General Services Administration awards $2 million bug bounty contract to HackerOne.
  • Mortgage Cadence integrates LoanBean’s income calculation solution into its end-to-end loan origination platform.
  • Minnesota-based Glenwood State Bank ($289 million in assets) to deploy Jack Henry SilverLake core banking platform.
  • Avaloq taps former Credit Suisse executive Michael Pahlke as Chief Service Delivery Officer (CSDO).
  • ID.me founder and CEO Blake Hall earns spot on Washingtonian’s Tech Titans 2018: Washington’s Top Tech Leaders.
  • Infosys announces plans to open tech hub in Arizona and hire 1,000 Americans by 2023.
  • PromonTech integrates its POS platform, Borrower Wallet, with GSF Mortgage.
  • Forbes features Tina Hsiao is COO at WePay.
  • Fenergo doubles revenue for 2nd year & expands into new market segments.
  • ISARA partners with DigiCert and Gemalto to develop digital certificates and secure key management for connected devices.
  • Flywire partners with Allianz Global Assistance to enable families to purchase Allianz’s GradGuard Tuition Protection Plan.
  • Trustly’s Pay N Play solution to power Gaming Innovation Group fast-registration and withdrawal feature.

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

  • Flywire Raises $100 Million for Global Expansion.
  • Five Degrees Acquires Icelandic IT Software Company Libra.
  • Yoyo Tops One Million User Milestone.
  • Coinbase Enables European Customers to Buy Virtual Gift Cards with Crypto.

Around the web

  • The Motley Fool interviews Q2 Holdings CEO Matt Flake.
  • AlphaPoint hires Kristin Boggiano as Chief Legal Officer.
  • Entrust Datacard unveils TruCredential 7.5 software that enables tablet and mobile-based capture and issuance of ID cards.
  • America’s Credit Union partners with Insuritas to launch member owned insurance agency.

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.

Flywire Raises $100 Million for Global Expansion

Global payment and receivables company Flywire closed on $100 million in funding to facilitate foreign currency payments. The Series D round brings the company’s total funding to $143 million.

The financing was led by Singapore-based Temasek. Bain Capital Ventures and F-Prime Capital also contributed. While Flywire declined to disclose its new valuation, Forbes noted that the amount is significantly higher than Flywire’s 2015 valuation of $100 million, but falls short of $1 billion.

Flywire, which is headquartered in Boston and has operations in the U.K., China, Japan, Singapore, Australia, and Spain, will use the funds to advance its technology and expand geographically. The company also plans to invest in marketing by cross-selling its existing client base to new cross-border payment solutions for healthcare and business.

Flywire originally launched as peerTransfer in 2011, when the company set out to facilitate international tuition payments at colleges and universities. While this flagship market makes up 80% of Flywire’s revenue, the company has since rebranded and expanded to tackle international payments for healthcare and businesses. Flywire’s platform processes billions of dollars in payments every year in over 120 different local currencies, connecting more than 1,400 businesses and universities with their customers.

At FinovateSpring 2011, the company presented its original tuition payment platform. In June, Flywire partnered with UnionPay International to provide Chinese students and patients with discounted foreign exchange rates on cross-border tuition and healthcare payments. A few weeks earlier, EY named Flywire CEO Mike Massaro a finalist for Entrepreneur of the Year.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Switch Brings Voice Technology to its CardSavr API.
  • Feedzai to Help Credorax Fight Merchant Fraud.
  • Five Degrees Acquires Icelandic IT Software Company Libra.
  • Flywire Raises $100 Million for Global Expansion.

Around the web

  • Global Debt Registry adds new Chief Financial Officer and new Product Director.
  • Pakistan’s Silkbank upgrades its core banking system with technology from Temenos.
  • ACI Worldwide unveils its UP eCommerce Payments API.
  • Yukka Lab selected to participate in the Swiss Kickstart Accelerator.
  • S&P Global and Kensho Technologies launch Kensho Labs.

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: Fintech News from Around the World

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.

Asia

  • Flywire and UnionPay International partner to provide Chinese customers with better rates on cross-border payments.
  • Leading southeast Asian digital cross border money transfer firm InstaReM goes live in Europe with new London office.
  • South Korean payments app Toss raises $40 million in funding.

Middle East and Northern Africa

  • Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC) teams up with Startupbootcamp as part of an effort to boost Dubai’s status as a regional fintech hub.
  • AME Info asks if Saudi women and UAE crypto can alleviate Bahrain’s debt crisis.
  • VentureBurn features Egyptian savings startup Money Fellows.

Africa

  • Elizabeth Rossiello, CEO and founder of Nairobi, Kenya-based BitPesa, talks about leveraging cryptocurrencies to improve global payments in Africa.
  • South Africa’s ITWeb features features Richard Marsden, co-founder of Johannesburg-based FinChatBot on the rise of chatbot technology in the insurance industry.
  • Branch International reports N1 billion ($2.78 million) in loans facilitated to users in Nigeria.

Latin America

  • Brazil’s Nubank reaches milestone of 1.5 million digital account openings in six months.
  • Latin American Regional Conference sponsored by Swift sees collaboration as fundamental for growth of financial services in Latin America.
  • Brazilian insurtech startup Kakau partners with insurance companies American Life and Generali.

Central and Eastern Europe

  • Kontomatik appoints CEO Piotr Warsicki as its new CEO.
  • Poland’s Alior Bank partners with solarisBank, Raisin, and Mastercard to launch pan-EU digital bank later this year.
  • The largest bank in the Czech Republic, Česká spořitelna introduces voice biometrics courtesy of partnership with Nuance Communications.