Highlights of This Year’s Inc. 5000

Inc. has once again released its lists of the fastest-growing 5,000 private companies in the U.S. and Europe this week. A total of 13 Finovate alums made the U.S. list and 14 earned spots on the Europe list. To qualify*, companies were required to be privately-owned and independent.

Inc. 5,000 U.S.

The 5,000 companies on this year’s list collectively generated more than $206 billion in revenue. Here are the 13 Finovate alums that made the cut this year:


  • Rank: 117
  • 2017 revenue: $4.7 million
  • 3-year growth: 33.8x
  • Founded: 2013
  • Employees: 30
  • Ranked number 4 in top financial services companies

SeedInvest demoed at FinovateSpring 2013.


  • Rank: 139
  • 2017 revenue: $5.1 million
  • 3-year growth: 29x
  • Founded: 2009
  • Employees: 192
  • Ranked number 5 in top financial services companies

CardFlight demoed at FinovateSpring 2013.

Alkami technology

  • Rank: 284
  • 2017 revenue: $26.8 million
  • 3-year growth: 17x
  • Founded: 2009
  • Employees: 299
  • Ranked number 10 in top Dallas companies

Alkami debuted under the name iThryv at FinovateSpring 2009.


  • Rank: 389
  • 2017 revenue: $12.3 million
  • 3-year growth: 12.6x
  • Founded: 2010
  • Employees: 96
  • Ranked number 4 in top Charlotte companies

Passport demoed at FinovateEurope 2016.


  • Rank: 625
  • 2017 revenue: $16.6 million
  • 3-year growth: 8x
  • Founded: 2012
  • Employees: 79
  • Ranked number 6 in top security companies

Emailage demoed at FinovateSpring 2015.

Lighter Capital

  • Rank: 776
  • 2017 revenue: $11.9 million
  • 3-year growth: 6.5x
  • Founded: 2010
  • Employees: 39
  • Ranked number 11 in top Seattle companies

Lighter Capital demoed at FinovateFall 2013.

Tango Card

  • Rank: 912
  • 2017 revenue: $17 million
  • 3-year growth: 5.4x
  • Founded: 2009
  • Employees: 80
  • Ranked number 14 in top Seattle companies

Tango Card demoed at FinovateFall 2016.


  • Rank: 932
  • 2017 revenue: $8.9 million
  • 3-year growth: 5.3x
  • Founded: 2009
  • Employees: 29
  • Ranked number 6 in top Richmond, VA companies

WealthForge demoed at FinovateSpring 2016.


  • Rank: 1048
  • 2017 revenue: $2.3 million
  • 3-year growth: 4.7x
  • Founded: 2014
  • Employees: 10
  • Ranked number 4 in top Detroit companies

Unison demoed at FinovateFall 2017.

Acuity Systems

  • Rank: 1107
  • 2017 revenue: $12.6 million
  • 3-year growth: 4.5x
  • Founded: 2010
  • Employees: 26

Acuity Systems demoed at FinovateEurope 2013.


  • Rank: 1176
  • 2017 revenue: $14.6 million
  • 3-year growth: 4.1x
  • Founded: 2012
  • Employees: 80

defi SOLUTIONS demoed at FinovateSpring 2014.


  • Rank: 1550
  • 2017 revenue: $92.9 million
  • 3-year growth: 3x
  • Founded: 2004
  • Employees: 413

Interactions demoed at FinovateSpring 2014.


  • Rank: 2886
  • 2017 revenue: $130.4 million
  • 3-year growth: 1.4x
  • Founded: 2008
  • Employees: 342

Cardlytics demoed at FinovateFall 2014. The company went public early this year.

Inc. 5,000 Europe

This is the fourth year in a row Inc. has ranked European countries. The rankings are based on three-year revenue growth. Here are the 14 Finovate alums that earned a spot on the list, including SumUp, which took the number one slot:


  • Rank: 1
  • 2016 revenue: $63.7 million (€56 million)
  • 3-year growth: 143.7x
  • Founded 2011
  • Employees: 500

SumUp demoed at FinovateEurope 2013.


  • Rank: 91
  • 2016 revenue: $6.9 million (€6.1 million)
  • 3-year growth: 25x
  • Founded 2012
  • Employees: 140

VATBox demoed at FinovateEurope 2015.


  • Rank: 390
  • 2016 revenue: $4.9 million (€4.3 million)
  • 3-year growth: 12x
  • Founded 2011
  • Employees: 73

Kantox demoed at FinovateEurope 2013


  • Rank: 699
  • 2016 revenue: $2.96 million (€2.6 million)
  • 3-year growth: 8.3x
  • Founded 2007
  • Employees: 16

HelpMyCash demoed at FinovateEurope 2011.


  • Rank: 901
  • 2016 revenue: $3.41 million (€3 million)
  • 3-year growth: 7x
  • Founded 2005
  • Employees: 62

Featurespace demoed at FinovateFall 2016.

Kalixa Payments 

  • Rank: 918
  • 2016 revenue: $42.3 million (€37.2 million)
  • 3-year growth: 7x
  • Founded 2008
  • Employees: 112

Kalixa demoed at FinovateEurope 2013.


  • Rank: 1314
  • 2016 revenue: $46.3 million (€40.7 million)
  • 3-year growth: 5.4x
  • Founded 2004
  • Employees: 188

Zopa demoed at FinovateSpring 2008.


  • Rank: 1330
  • 2016 revenue: $13.8 million (€12.1 million)
  • 3-year growth: 5.4x
  • Founded 2008
  • Employees: 68

Feedzai demoed at FinovateEurope 2014.


  • Rank: 1344
  • 2016 revenue: $36.7 million ( €32.3 million)
  • 3-year growth: 5.4x
  • Founded 2008
  • Employees: 83

Trustly demoed at FinovateEurope 2017.


  • Rank: 1882
  • 2016 revenue: $33.8 million ( €29.7 million)
  • 3-year growth: 3.8x
  • Founded 2012
  • Employees: 183

Fenergo demoed at FinovateEurope 2012.


  • Rank: 2452
  • 2016 revenue: $8.2 million (€7.2 million)
  • 3-year growth: 2.6x
  • Founded 2012
  • Employees: 69

Innofis demoed at FinovateEurope 2016.

Quadient France 

  • Rank: 2966
  • 2016 revenue: $8.9 million (€7.8 million)
  • 3-year growth: 1.8x
  • Founded 2007
  • Employees: 21

Quadient demoed at FinovateEurope 2018.

True Potential

  • Rank: 3233
  • 2016 revenue: $88.5 million (€77.8 million)
  • 3-year growth: 1.5x
  • Founded 2007
  • Employees: 234

True Potential demoed at FinovateFall 2014.


  • Rank: 4954
  • 2016 revenue: $35.6 million (€31.3 million)
  • 3-year growth: 59%
  • Founded 1978
  • Employees: 148

Comarch demoed at FinovateEurope 2017.

*Companies on the 2018 Inc. 5000 are ranked according to percentage revenue growth from 2014 to 2017. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2014. They must be privately held, for-profit, and independent–not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies–as of December 31, 2017. (Since then, some on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2014 is $100,000; the minimum for 2017 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons.

CREALOGIX Acquires Innofis

Digital banking company CREALOGIX has acquired Barcelona-based Innofis, a privately held, internationally-focused digital banking firm, this week. The financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Under the agreement, Innofis’ workforce of 120 engineers and specialists will join CREALOGIX; the existing management structure will remain the same. The acquisition is not only expected to give CREALOGIX access to Innofis’ established customer base, the Switzerland-based company will also gain a presence in additional territories, most notably the Middle Eastern region.

CREALOGIX will benefit from Innofis’ digital banking product suite, which it expects will complement its current solution portfolio due to “optimal synergies” between the product portfolios. Because of the use of open architecture, many of the companies’ modules can be integrated interchangeably. New features Innofis brings to CREALOGIX include:

  • Predictive analytics based on big data and customer behavior segmentation
  • Advanced online campaign management
  • SaaS based-digital loyalty program
  • A suite of Islamic banking modules
  • Extensive functionality for business banking

Founded in 2012, Innofis has experienced double-digit growth and currently generates over $10.2 million (CHF 10 million) in revenue. Innofis CEO David Moreno, who will transition to a member of CREALOGIX’s Executive Group Management, said that “As a result of the new, joint offering from Innofis and CREALOGIX, we will remain a reliable partner for our clients and will support them in their digitization initiatives, with a broader set of innovative, ready-to-use solutions.”

Innofis presented at FinovateEurope 2016, where Moreno and the company’s CMO David Falk showcased the Innofis Omnichannel Predictive Banking solution. The solution leverages machine learning of bank data and contextual behavioral analysis to deliver more accurate and effective marketing messages.

CREALOGIX’s Marc Stähli, Head of Sales and CMO; and Eszter Vass, Sr. Product Strategy & Presales Consultant, demo Predictive Banking in Virtual Reality at FinovateEurope 2017 in London.

CREALOGIX most recently demoed at FinovateEurope 2017, where the company won Best of Show for Predictive Banking in Virtual Reality. In November of last year, the company expanded into Asia Pacific with new offices in Singapore. And in September, CREALOGIX acquired AI and machine learning technology from Koemei. The company said it plans to leverage Koemei’s technology that uses automated speech recognition (ASR) to convert audio, podcast, and video content into text data, which facilitates cross-media search capabilities.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

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  • Alkami Scores $70 Million in Series D Funding

Around the web

  • Privakey joins the FIDO Alliance.
  • Featurespace opens U.S. headquarters in Atlanta.
  • NCR wins four GOOD DESIGN awards.

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 Debuts: Innofis Enhances the UX for Banks and Customers


Customers shouldn’t be the only ones enjoying a great user experience. That’s the driving factor behind Innofis, a company that furnishes a suite of digital banking tools providing a beautiful user experience for both bankers and their customers.

In 2012, the company saw an opportunity in offering digital banking services. The initial team, whose roots stem from banking, IT, and digital offerings, launched Innofis that same year. By the end of the year, they already had two customers, and they knew they were onto a great idea.

Company facts

  • Headquartered in Barcelona, Spain
  • Founded in 2012
  • Privately owned
  • 80+ employees
  • €6M in revenue
  • >3 million digital end customers (retail and corporate)


The company’s back-end management tools make it simple for any bank employee to control banking campaigns across all channels. The company uses big data combined with contextual customer behavior to help banks extend relevant calls to action.

DMorenoWe caught up with the company’s CEO, David Moreno at FinovateEurope 2016 for an interview to learn more about Innofis.

Moreno, who has served as CEO of Innofis since 2012, started his career at a bank where he worked in retail and corporate banking, marketing, IT, and consulting. During his 11-year tenure, he saw and experienced many different functions of the bank.

Finovate: What problem does Innofis solve?
Moreno: Many banks are still in the process of either starting up their digital platform or looking for modules which complement their existing offer. Established banks are often struggling with legacy systems and little or no connection between the new digital channels and the more traditional ones. Innofis helps banks solve these issues by either implementing a complete digital platform or providing the missing parts with specific modules. Furthermore, banks face a challenge in keeping up with continuous market innovation, such as wearables, augmented reality and geolocation. Innofis keeps a tab on these developments and adds them to their digital service offering as they appear.

Finovate: Who are your primary customers?
Moreno: Our clients are banks. We are working with some of the world’s largest banks and have millions of their customers using our digital platforms.

Innofis multi-channel interface

Finovate: How does Innofis solve the problem better?
Moreno: We do not necessarily propose a complete digital ‘reset’ for banks. We are mindful of the investments made and difficulty of infrastructure switching costs. Our modular approach is the ideal answer to this situation. We often actually reuse existing applications and provide an efficient combination between old and new.

Finovate: Tell us about your favorite implementation of your solution.
Moreno: We did recently have the opportunity to help a bank in the Middle East start from scratch and implement our entire range of digital channels (mobile, tablets, desktop, wearables) together with our administration platform that allows to manage completely the channels and the way they interact with their clients . It was great to see these go live and see customer usage rates jump up right away.


Innofis administration dashboard

Finovate: What in your background gave you the confidence to tackle this challenge?
Moreno: I have many years of experience working in banks. I do not approach the constant financial innovation as a threat for banks, but rather an opportunity to adapt existing resources and provide better service for banking clients. I believe that my background, together with a strong technical team who made our platform a reality, have allowed us to position ourselves as a trusted advisor and provider for banks.

Finovate: What are some upcoming initiatives from Innofis that we can look forward to over the next few months?
Moreno: We continue working on some ground-breaking modules that complement our platform. At FinovateEurope, we showed our approach of focusing on the UX for the people inside the bank who actually have to work with the systems. And the response has been tremendous. We believe banks understand now that a good customer-facing UX is a must. The real challenge now is to provide products that can actually be used easily and efficiently by the banks.

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Finovate: Where do you see Innofis a year or two from now?
Moreno: We are on a road of international expansion. We are experiencing increasing demand from Asia, South America, Eastern Europe and others and we are planning to build out our organization in order to keep delivering the quality of implementation that customers have come to expect from us.

Innofis CEO David Moreno, along with David Falk, demoed the company’s Omnichannel Predictive Banking at FinovateEurope 2016 in London.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • “Expensify Leverages Uber Partnership to Create the Lazy Man’s Expense Report”
  • “Finovate Debuts: Innofis Enhances the UX for Banks and Customers”
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On FinDEVr.com

  • “PayStand to Power New Online Payments Service from ONE UP”

Around the web

  • Luxoft integrates P2P payment technology with connected, self-driving car.
  • Thomson Reuters teams up with Hong Kong-based accelerator, SuperCharger.
  • Misys unveils Standardized Approach for Counterparty Credit Risk (SA-CCR) module for FusionRisk.
  • PYMNTS interviews Richard Stegall, CEO and Co-founder of Urban FT.
  • NPR highlights Blooom for helping manage student-loan debt.
  • The New York Times features Narrative Science in a look at artificial intelligence.

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.

FinovateEurope Sneak Peek: Innofis


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Innofis is a fully digital banking platform which combines knowledge of customer behavior and context with predictive analytics and machine learning to provide highly personalized information and services.

Features of the platform:

  • Leverage digital banking platforms to build personal customer relationships
  • Delight customers with information and offers that are relevant for them
  • Monitor results and activity in real-time

Why it’s great

Innofis’s product solves the problem of banks risking the loss of digital customers by improving transaction-based digital banking platforms, with relationship-driven solutions.


David Moreno, CEO
Moreno has a successful career of 20+ years in the financial services industry. He founded Innofis in 2012 to realize his vision for banking innovation.

David Falk, CMOInnofisPresenter2
Falk is an international marketing and sales professional with 20+ years of experience. At Innofis he is in charge of managing the growing global demand for its solutions.

Finovate Alumni News

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Around the web

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  • Union Bank & Trust to leverage Digital Payments Guardian from Prairie Cloudware to power its new bank-branded mobile wallet.
  • SunTrust Bank selects the Enterprise Risk Case Management (ERCM) solution from NICE Actimize.
  • Former FDIC chair Sheila Bair gives Blooom a “ringing endorsement” during a recent visit.
  • Jack Henry & Associates promotes former president David Foss to CEO; Jack Prim transitions to executive chairman of the board.
  • Emailage and Quatrro Processing team up to provide end-to-end, anti-fraud and chargeback-management solutions to merchants.
  • Pymnts talks to Kashoo about connecting with SMEs that procure through Amazon Business.

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.