FinovateEurope Sneak Peek: investUP


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investUP is making investing an everyday thing. Our users can lend money and buy shares across more than 24 crowdfunding and P2P sites.


  • clubUP: users can follow other investors
  • Super Slick Search: users can sift through hundreds of deals quickly
  • Robo-lending: automated lending for busy, everyday people

Why it’s great
investUP is focused on putting the crowd back into crowdfunding. We’ve created clubUP, a social investing platform for crowdfunding and P2P investors.InvestUpPresenter1


James Tuckett, CEO and co-founder
Entrepreneur, crowdfunding evangelical, tech geek and massive space enthusiast.

InvestUpPresenter2Dom Wolf, CMO and co-founder
Wide experience in brand development for telco giants. Obsessed with making investing brutally simple to understand.

Finovate Alumni News


  • Larky Launches at Three New Credit Unions.
  • London’s Revolut Unveils Version 2.0 of its Personal Money Cloud

Around the web

  • Fifth Third Bancorp to deploy AML solutions from NICE Systems’ Actimize.
  • interviews Kashoo Communications lead Dave Clarke on cloud accounting.
  • Baxter Credit Union ($2.4 billion) chooses ORB platform from Alkami Technology.
  • Roundup of Australia fintech startups features Avoka. See Avoka at FinovateEurope 2016 in London.
  • Encap releases version 3.1 of its mobile authentication and security platform.
  • First Data’s Clover launches Clover Go mobile POS dongle.
  • Coinbase introduces price alert push notifications on iOS and Android.
  • In 2015, Kasasa sees 45% growth in clients, now counts 779 signed community FIs.

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


  • Flint Mobile Opens Up for Developers to Embed In-App Card Payments.
  • PayNearMe Brings Online Cash Payments to ProfitStars’ EPS Smart Pay Express.

Around the web:

  • BECU licenses INETCO Analytics to gain insights from ATM transaction data. See INETCO at FinovateSpring 2015 in San Jose.
  • investUP adds five new equity and P2B crowdfunding sites to its platform.
  • Sibos Innotribe selects semi-finalists: Revolut, Sedicii, Advice Games, and Pendo Systems.
  • PayPal Here now available with Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Online and in Microsoft Store.
  • Jemstep partners with Stronghold Financial to launch Advisor Lead Gen Platform.

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.

Alumni News– February 26, 2015

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  • Bank of the West adds Snap-to-Pay functionality from Fiserv to its mobile banking app.
  • authenticID partners with Sionic Mobile to bring catfishAir to ION Rewards and ShopGive consumer apps.
  • Azimo expands its online money transfer service to Romania.
  • Fastacash teams up with Visa Europe, enabling P2P payments via social network for users of Visa Direct.
  • Finovate Debuts: InvestUp Launches UK Crowdfunding Supermarket.
  • PYMNTS looks inside MasterCard’s Masters of Code Hackathon.
  • ProfitStars launches EPS SmartPay Express to enable FIs to provide online payment and donation services for business customers.
  • PayPal and eBay prepare for breakup later this year.
  • Boku launches phone-on-file technology to remove friction from online transactions.
  • TransferWise marks US launch with #nothing2hide semi-naked march through New York financial district.
  • Fintech Finance’s video production showcases FinovateEurope 2015 action.
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: InvestUp Launches UK Crowdfunding Supermarket


InvestUp (known simply as Up) launched at FinovateEurope earlier this month. The UK-based startup offers investors a single place to search for, invest in, and track multiple investments across numerous crowdfunding sites.


    • 1,500 pre-registered users
    • Aggregates 13 crowdfunding sites
    • $525,000 seed capital raised
    • 8 employees


Up’s clean user interface offers many benefits to investors:

1) Provides a single place to access crowdfunding deals hosted on multiple sites

2) Saves time by minimizing paperwork. Investors have just one account and a single portfolio that aggregates all crowdfunding investments

3) Completely free


The screenshot below shows how the filtering capability (located at top) narrows results of available campaigns that fit the user’s specifications:


When the user selects a campaign they’re interested in, they see more details, and can add it to their Wishlist. To invest, they select Get Access:


The 13 crowdfunding sites aggregated on the Up platform benefit by free access to more investors. The startup generates revenue from financial services advertising.

What’s next?

Up currently offers business loans and will soon launch equity and personal lending options. Eventually, it plans to build an auto-invest feature, offering a “set it and forget it” approach that automatically invests users’ cash, according to their preferences.

Up debuted its crowdfunding supermarket at FinovateEurope. The live demo video will be available in the Finovate video archives later this week.

investUP Offers Access to All U.K. Crowdfunding Sites

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investUP’s platform serves as a single point for U.K. investors to access the crowdfunding market.

investUP offers a centralised access point to the entire United Kingdom crowdfunding market, and includes deals originated by traditional finance providers.

Current investor pain points: Searching for the best deals on all the different sites is time-consuming, and the post-investment experience is lacking. investUP makes it possible for client investors to have just one account and manage one portfolio, whilst still accessing and investing on all their favorite sites.


Presenters: CEO James Tuckett, and Marketing Director Dominik Wolf
Product launch: Spring 2015

Metrics: 1,500 pre-registered investors; 10 crowdfunding sites signed up; £340,000 pounds seed capital raised to date; 8 full-time employees; $50 million institutional placement in year one

Product distribution strategy: Direct to Consumer (B2C), Direct to Business (B2B) through financial institutions and through other fintech companies and affiliate platforms

HQ: London, United Kingdom
Founded: 2012

Twitter: @investwithUP

Alumni News– January 21, 2015

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgYour Personal Financial Mentor profiles EZBOB.
  • BrightScope releases AdviceMatch, a free online service to help consumer choose financial advisors.
  • OnDeck Marketplace emerges from pilot program. Platform helps institutional investors buy small business loans.
  • Venture Burn takes a look at Azimo and the West African remittance market.
  • Kreditech named Germany’s leading digital innovator of the year by Focus Magazine.
  • Arroweye Solutions CEO Render Dahiya urges issuers on EMV adoption.
  • Check out FinovateEurope 2015 Sneak Peek: Part 3.
  • Coinbase Raises $75 Million from BBVA, USAA, NYSE, & Others.
  • Millennial-focused BankMobile app is powered by Malauzai Software and uses Mitek to power mobile customer on-boarding.
  • Roostify describes its experience with Yodlee’s FinDat Disruptor program.
  • PayPal to use InComm to support PayPal’s digital gifts services in Canada.
  • Yale Undergraduate selects Wall Street Survivor to help students understand investing and personal finance. 
  • Baltimore looks at how TIO Networks powers Baltimore’s online bill pay system.
  • Tradeshift wins Circular Economy Digital Disruptor Award held at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
  • CustomerXPs and EY, a tax advisory firm, partner to help companies deal with fraud.
  • iBillionaire updates mobile app & releases new High Dividend Index.
  • Payment Data Systems to acquire Akimbo for $3 million.
  • Be sure to check out FinovateEurope Sneak Peek #2 featuring AlphaPoint, Avoka, Encap Security, investUP, Nostrum Group, and StreetShares.
  • True Link Raises $3 Million in Round Led by Cambia Health 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.

FinovateEurope 2015 Sneak Peek: Part 2

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It’s hard to believe, but it’s true: we’re less than one month away from the first Finovate show of the year.

FinovateEurope 2015 is returning to Old Billingsgate Market Hall in London for what promises to be our biggest event in Europe yet. We hope you will be able to join us as 70 companies from across Europe and around the world demonstrate some of the latest in financial technology.  
To that end, here’s the second part of our Sneak Peek series to give you a taste of what some of this year’s innovators will be showing on stage in February. (Part One available here.)

AlphaPoint_hires_logo_box.jpgAlphaPoint’s Digital Currency Exchange Platform allows institutions to establish their own internal digital currency exchanges.

    • 24-hour run-time capabilities
    • Military-grade security practices
    • New order types, improved scalability, and an even faster processing speed
Why it’s great
AlphaPoint’s secure, scalable, and customizable exchange platform is easing the adoption of digital currencies across the globe.

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Joe Ventura, CTO
Ventura has over 15 years of software architecture experience specializing in secure, scalable, and high performance financial systems for companies such as Deutsche Bank, UBS, and Merrill Lynch.

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Scott Bambacigno, VP of Sales
Bambacigno joined AlphaPoint at the start of 2014 and has led the acquisition of over a dozen global clients.


Avoka enables your omni-channel digital banking business with frictionless account openings.
    • Fast time to market – deploy digital applications in weeks
    • True Omni-Channel solutions – responsive design on any device
    • Improve conversion with reporting and analytics – make changes and publish
Why it’s great
Create an engaging digital loan application from any device in 3 minutes or less.


Derek Corcoran, Chief Experience Officer
Corcoran has over 20 years experience in financial services globally, delivering frictionless customer experiences for digital sales and service transactions.
Kevin Mortimer, Technical Director


Encap Security will demonstrate how financial institutions can use Touch ID and Encap’s authentication platform to provide access to and authenticate high-value financial services transactions.
    • Easily integrate Apple Touch ID into financial services applications
    • Utilise smart device capabilities to improve authentication
    • Enable proportional security to drive adoption and use
Why it’s great
Authentication works best when a number of factors are used – and the factors used are contextually appropriate to the risk of the activity taking place.


Thomas Bostrøm Jørgensen, CEO 
Jorgensen has over 10 years experience in the mobile financial services, identity management, and mobile application security sectors.
John Burman, Sales Director, Europe


investUP is the crowdfunding supermarket, allowing you to lend & invest across all your favorite P2P, debt, and equity sites.
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      ore sites and find more great deals
    • Saving you time – invest on all your favorite sites through UP
    • Keep track – have just one account and one portfolio with UP
Why it’s great
Only with UP can you enjoy one account and one portfolio, yet still lend and invest across all your favorite crowdfunding sites.

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James Tuckett, CEO and Founder
Tuckett is a full-time crowdfunding evangelical from an aerospace engineering and accountancy background. Founded UP in 2012.


Nostrum Group is pioneering digital lending – providing customers with the ability to service their own accounts where and when they want.
    • Digital
    • Automated
    • Mobile
Why it’s great
Loan technology that re-imagines what a customer wants from banks and how they can interact with financial products.

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Richard Carter, CEO
Carter leads the organization and is responsible for setting the company. He is passionate about customer experience, innovation, and technology – inside and outside financial services.


StreetShares connects businesses with retail and institutional investors who compete to lend to businesses. Business lending meets social affinities.
    • Blends social and affinity group loyalty with traditional bank underwriting
    • Small businesses pitch their loan request at no cost or obligation
    • Investors compete through online auction technology
Why it’s great
StreetShares borrowers get funded at competitive rates while investors get the returns they’re looking for. Everyone wins.

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Mark Rockefeller, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
Rockefeller’s goal is to breathe new life into the American dream for a new generation of small business owners.

Tickets for FinovateEurope 2015 are on sale now. Visit our registration page today and save your seat at the show.