Finovate Alumni News


  • Where is Banking Prime?
  • Currencycloud Collects $25 Million in New Funding.

Around the web

  • Blackhawk Network launches same-day rebate reward fulfillment.
  • BancVue’s John Waupsh discusses book, Bankruption, on this BankNXT podcast.
  • Idea Bank’s Tax Care accounting network builds bookkeeping app for Uber drivers.
  • Urban FT offers users faster prepaid wireless service top-ups via partnership with T-Cetra.
  • BBVA Compass unveils BBVA Momentum, a seven-month accelerator for socially-minded entrepreneurs.

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


  • Dream Payments Closes $10 Million Series A.


Around the web

  • Xceptor opens new office in New York.
  • Kabbage nabs $500M for small business loans.
  • Tradeshift to acquire Capgemini’s IBX Business Network.
  • Segmint listed in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Digital Marketing Hubs.
  • Fidor partners with Van Lanschot to create the first PSD2-inspired Payment Avenue.
  • Poland’s Idea Bank creates accounting program for Uber drivers.
  • MX to power digital money management tools for Travis CU.

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.

Check Out Who Took Home Top Honors at Last Night’s European Fintech Awards

Check Out Who Took Home Top Honors at Last Night’s European Fintech Awards
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Last night in Amsterdam the 2016 European Fintech Awards celebrated innovators shaping the future of finance. A total of nine awards were presented to companies selected by a panel of judges for the quality of their pitch.

Four of the winners are Finovate and FinDEVr alums, including BehavioSec, who won the overall award of Best European Fintech Company of 2016:

Category: Risk, Intelligence, and Security
HQ: Stockholm, Sweden
Founded: 2009
FinovateFall 2015 demo
FinDEVr San Francisco 2015 presentation

Category: Innovative Banking Software
HQ: The Netherlands
Founded: 2003
FinovateEurope 2016 demo

Category: Financial Inclusion
HQ: Hamburg, Germany
Founded: 2012
FinovateSpring 2014 demo

Category: Best of Show, selected for the best pitch
HQ: Mechelen, Belgium
Founded: 2011
FinovateEurope 2016 demo

A total of 29 Finovate and FinDEVr alums were recognized in the European Fintech Top 100 list. Companies awarded on this list were selected by a combination of online public votes (weighted 25%) and a panel of judges (weighted 75%).

  • AdviceGames
  • Kantox
  • Klarna
  • AMP Credit Technologies
  • Kontomatik
  • Azimo
  • Kreditech
  • Backbase
  • Mambu
  • BehavioSec
  • mBank
  • Cloud Lending Solutions
  • Meniga
  • ebankIT
  • Nutmeg
  • eToro
  • Qumram
  • Scalable Capital
  • eWise
  • SmartEngine
  • Fenergo
  • TransferWise
  • Holvi
  • Trustly
  • IdeaBank
  • Zopa
  • InvoiceSharing

The European Fintech Awards are organized by Amsterdam-based publishing company Alex van Groningen BV. The company offers a great explanation of the awards: “The purpose of the FinTech awards is not to scientifically prove who are the best FinTech companies. The judging is primarily based on the judges’ individual ideas and views on the nominating companies using their expertise, knowledge and ideas.”

Finovate Alumni News


  • “American Banker’s “20 Fintech Companies to Watch” Features Eleven Finovate Alums”
  • “Kabbage’s Fresh $135 Million to Help Grow Karrot Consumer Lending Platform”
  • “Hoyos Labs Unveils 4F Smartphone Authentication Technology”

Around the web

  • IDology makes an equity investment Payfone.
  • Insuritas to install insurance agency solution for MAC FCU’s 14,000+ members.
  • PocketSmith launches in Xero Add-On Marketplace.
  • Fidor Bank wins in two categories, Lending Club and Idea Bank both come in first, at BAI Retail Delivery’s Global Banking Innovation Awards.
  • WSJ features BehavioSec and Nymi in article “The Next Security Frontier: The Human Body”
  • mBank launches biometrics in its mobile application dedicated to corporate customers.
  • PYMNTS profiles Moven in the wake of its recent $12 million fundraising.
  • Markit unveils cloud-based, Know Your Third Party (KY3P) service to make it easier to manage third-party risk-processes.
  • Blackhawk Network and Stockpile partner to make eGift cards for stock available at select retailers in the U.S.
  • Meniga receives a World Summit Award for best technological solution in e-business and commerce.
  • TechCrunch: “Ping Identity Opens Up About Its Financials As It Eyes 2017 IPO”

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Five Alums Earn Finalist Spots in Global Banking Innovation Awards 2015

Five Alums Earn Finalist Spots in Global Banking Innovation Awards 2015


Five Finovate alums, including three innovative bank partners, have made it to the finals of the BAI Global Banking Innovation Awards 2015.

Lending Club, Moven, and PayItSimple will compete for top honors in the “Most Innovative Non-Bank Financial Services Organization Award.”

Fidor Bank AG, headquartered in Germany, earned finalist honors in four categories. Fidor demoed its FidorPay Account at FinovateEurope 2011:

  • Product and service Innovation
  • Innovation in payments
  • Disruptive innovation in banking
  • Most innovative bank of the year

Poland’s Idea Bank made it to the finals in one category, Innovation in Payments. Idea Bank joined Efigence on the stage for FinvoateEurope 2014 and presented their transaction system for SMEs.

The winners and finalists will be recognized during the BAI Retail Delivery Conference & Expo, 13-15 October 2015 in Las Vegas.

A total of 39 finalists were selected out of more than 250 nominees. This year’s event featured three new categories: Innovation in Payments; Most Innovative Community-based Banking Organization; and Most Innovative Non-bank Organization. According to BAI president and CEO Debbie Blanucci, the goal was to recognize the full breadth of innovation in the financial services space.

“The new changes in this year’s program will enable us to further recognize innovation and originality throughout our industry,” Blanucci said, “including community financial institutions and new non-bank entrants that provide direct-to-consumer banking products and services.”

2015 marks the fifth year of the The BAI – Infosys Finacle Global Banking Innovation Awards, sponsored by Bank Administration Institute and BAI Center and Infosys.

Efigence Teams Up with Idea Bank to Present New Transaction System for SMEs

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This post is part of our live coverage of FinovateEurope 2014.

Coming to the stage now is the combined team of efigence, builder of web and mobile IB platforms, and Idea Bank, a specialist in SME banking.

“We are presenting a tool for small and medium enterprises. It is a new transaction system for SMEs that is connected with accountancy systems and a company’s cash flow analysis.”
Presenting Marek Lesiak (CTO, efigence), Andrzej Szewczyk (Managing Director, efigence), and Steve Sutton (Innovation Manager, efigence)

Product Launch: Q1 2014
Product distribution strategy: Direct to Business (B2B), Direct to Consumer (B2C)
HQ: efigence: Warsaw, Poland; Idea Bank: Warsaw, Poland
Founded: efigence: 1999; Idea Bank: 2010
Twitter: @efigence, @IdeaBankSA

FinovateEurope 2014 Sneak Peek: Part 5


While we’re busy polishing up the details for FinovateEurope 2014, we wanted to keep our Sneak Peek series going. Below is the fifth installment of our series that gives a glimpse of what the companies will demo on stage February 11 and 12 in London. Don’t miss out on the action; get your ticket here today to see all of the demos live.

If you missed any of our earlier installments, take a look at FinovateEurope 2014 Sneak Peeks 1-4 below.

And now, meet another six companies who will be demoing next month at FinovateEurope 2014.


Arxan Technologies protects mobile apps from hackers and malware exploits with award-winning mobile app shielding products. Prevent fraud, unauthorized access and brand compromise with Arxan’s software security.


    • Strengthens financial apps with self-defense and tamper-resistance 
    • Delivers comprehensive and multi-OS application hardening
    • Deployed at the end of software development without changes to source code
Why it’s great
Arxan provides global Fortune 500 companies with the world’s strongest and most deployed application protection to launch multi-OS mobile services. 


Vince Arneja, Vice President, Product Management
Vince Arneja brings over 18 years of experience in senior level technical product and program management, with the last 10 years focused on application, endpoint and network security.


Winston Bond, European Technical Manager
With over 20 years of experience, Winston has developed software on a wide variety of embedded, desktop and mobile platforms. Winston is European Technical Manager for Arxan Technologies Inc.


CRIF sees financial institutions worldwide turn to its Credit Framework, adaptable technology, integrating predictive analytics and know-how, to achieve optimized decision-making and compliant credit processes.

    • Lending sales mobile app integrating automated decision-making, information and downstream processes
    • Mobile business intelligence for credit and lending
    • Business user-friendly KPI tracking and fine-tuning
Why it’s great
Combines lending via mobile devices with agile, business user-friendly technology to make smarter decisions in the moment.  


Aldo Bruschi Vice-President 
Aldo is a seasoned credit and decisioning expert. He is motivated by continuous innovation in applying data, predictive analytics and technology to improve credit and lending processes. 


Sheila Donohue
International credit and lending go-to-market professional and global marketer for the CRIF Credit Framework.


efigence and IdeaBank developed the first European Internet Banking for SMEs integrated with accountancy and cashflow analysis tools on the web, tablets and mobile which works in cloud.
    • First European “All-in-one” platform for SMEs including Internet Banking, accountancy and cashflow analysis module.
    • Works in the cloud
    • On web, tablets and other mobile devices
Why it’s great
This transaction system for SMEs connected with cloud accountancy systems and a company’s cashflow analysis changed the way of thinking in the banking sector about products for business.  

Andrzej Szewczyk, Managing Director at Efigence
Andrzej worked for the largest telecoms and media companies and was implementing pioneer projects that used broadband data transmission for the largest Polish websites.


Steve Sutton, Innovation Manager at efigence
Steve is focused on international business development. 


payworks makes it easy to build payments into shopper and merchant apps.
    • Easy integration of payment functionality
    • Combine shopper wallets and Chip & PIN 
    • Work with different hardware and payment providers
Why it’s great
It provides the world of mobile POS on one single platform.


Christian Deger, Co-Founder and CEO of payworks
Prior to founding payworks, Christian was responsible for building the South East Asian business of PAYRETO, a managed services company for payment providers. 


Plutus Software’s (its flagship product) features predictive analytics to aid both borrowers and lenders.
    • Superior alternative to traditional credit scoring
    • More holistic assessment of a borrower’s creditworthiness
    • Enables lenders to more accurately assess the risk of borrowers
Why it’s great’s proprietary credit scoring system aims to produce a more holistic assessment of a borrower’s creditworthiness via incorporating multiple data sources, including social media.  


Aidil Zulkifli, CEO
Aidil is a Singapore-qualified advocate and solicitor, and practiced law for more than 2 years before founding Plutus Software.


Jagannathan J., CTO
Jagannathan possesses 16 years experience as a technologist and was previously Head of Engineering at Yahoo! SEA/India and Singapore’s leading property portal,


SaaS Markets is the leading enterprise app store platform for financial companies.
    • Reduce software costs with a centralized app marketplace solution
    • Give your employees and/or your SME customers all of the cloud-based tools they need to succeed
    • Increase IT security and control
Why it’s great
SaaS Markets’ MarketMaker platform–the leading cloud marketplace platform for financial companies.


Ferdi Roberts, CEO
Ferdi is a former senior executive at Yahoo, Cisco, and Ariba. Educated at Imperial College in London, he has worked across global tech markets for the past 20 years.


Jay Manciocchi, JD, Director of Content
Jay formerly worked as a senior executive at Brafton–the U.S.’s largest content marketing agency. He has further worked at Mercer–the global consulting company.

Stay tuned next Monday, when we’ll bring you six more previews of the hottest in European fintech.