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.”

FinDEVr APIntelligence

FinDEVrNY16-V2(wdate)We’re taking our FinDEVr developer showcase to New York on March 29 & 30, 2016. Register today.

The latest from upcoming FinDEVr New York 2015 presenters:

  • In the U.K., PayPal Here SDK reveals first eight business partners.
  • Quartz asks, “Should Venmo Buy a Bank?”

Alumni updates

  • MX inks multi-year data-aggregation deal with USAA.
  • NAB Asset Servicing selects Thomson Reuters as its preferred data partner.
  • HuffPost Business features SimplyTapp and Kontomatik in its list of the five most useful APIs in the financial world.
  • Mitek elects CEO James B. DeBello as Chairman of the Board.

Stay current on daily news from the fintech developer community! Follow FinDEVr on Twitter.

2015: A Year in Finovate Alumni Mergers and Acquisitions


2015 was another big year for mergers and acquisitions in the fintech industry. And whether they were the acquirer or the acquired, Finovate alums were very much a part of the M&A action.

Because terms of many deals were undisclosed, it is difficult to get a precise number on how much money was spent acquiring some of fintech’s most promising startups this year. But looking just at those acquisitions for which figures were available, we can see that 2015 was a banner year in M&A (more than $7 billion) — and that’s just counting alums.

So from the $5 billion deal between FIS and Sungard to the “alum-acquires-alum” mergers of September 2015, let’s take a closer look at some of the major unions of the year that featured Finovate alums.











If you’re a Finovate alum whose merger we’ve missed or acquisition we’ve overlooked, let us know. Send us an email at

FinovateEurope Sneak Peek: Kontomatik


FEU2016_logo_withdateA look at the companies demoing live to 1,500 fintech professionals. Get your tickets to join us in London!


Kontomatik is a banking API solution with Sign In Widget, a multilingual tool that is available for 7 countries and can be deployed in just 3 minutes. It is mobile friendly, too.


  • Our widget supports multiple languages
  • It can be used in multiple countries
  • Works perfectly on mobile devices

Why it’s great
Kontomatik API is here to bring your services fully online. Kontomatik Sign In Widget is here to bring your services to a global scale and allow a smooth adoption on mobile devices.


Kontomatik_M_TruszelMarcin Truszel, CEO
Truszel is CEO and founder of Kontomatik, a data-aggregation solution that is here to make the world of finance more innovative.



Kontomatik_P_HiekmannPeter Hiekmann, VP Sales
Hiekmann has been in the financial services industry for more than 25 years and now he is approaching more and more financial and banking leaders to start leveraging data aggregation technology.

FinDEVr APIntelligence

FinDEVr2016-NY-(Stacked)V2Are you building new financial technology? Be sure to check out coverage from our recent developers conference in San Francisco. We’re taking the fintech developer tool showcase to New York, 29/30 March 2016. Stay tuned for details.

Developer news

  • Dev Bootcamp and Metis partner with Skills Fund to broaden access to web developer and data-science programs.
  • TechCrunch’s This Week On Bullish: Maturity In The Payments Space.

The latest from FinDEVr San Francisco 2015 presenters

  • Let’s Talk Payments interviews CMO Konstantin Rabin, of Kontomatik.
  • BAI Retail Delivery conference attendees select MX as Innovation Showcase Award winner.
  • Thomson Reuters and Samsung to collaborate on mobile security, intelligent IT for the enterprise.
  • Avalara announces sales-tax-accuracy guarantee.
  • “Worldpay Goes Public; Shares Rally on Trading Debut”
  • Silicon Review lists SnoopWall as 1 of 20 fastest-growing security companies.
  • Arxan now secures applications running on 500+ million devices.
  • OnDeck again expands its partnership with the Association for Enterprise Opportunity to support access to capital for entrepreneurs and small businesses.
  • Banking Technology features multiple FinDEVr alums on Readers Choice Awards.

Alumni updates

  • Cloud Lending Solutions announces underwriting and origination upgrades.
  • CardFlight and Cayan team up to provide EMV-ready mPOS solutions.
  • The Hindu features Cloud Lending Solutions’ co-founder Snehal Fulzele.
  • Global AutoTrading integrates with Tradier to extend brokerage services.

It’s easy to stay current on daily developments by following FinDEVr on Twitter.

Finovate Alumni News


  • “Mortgagetech on the Move as Roostify Closes Series A Round Led by USAA”
  • “Blooom Announces $4 Million Series A Round Led by QED Investors”

Around the web

  • BizEquity announces strategic partnership with eMoney Advisor.
  • Vietnam Public Joint Stock Commercial Bank (PVcomBank) deploys digital banking platform from Misys.
  • Let’s Talk Payments interviews Konstantin Rabin, Kontomatik CMO.
  • BAI Retail Delivery conference attendees select MX as the Innovation Showcase Award winner.
  • Global AutoTrading integrates with Tradier to extend brokerage services.
  • Avalara announces sales-tax accuracy guarantee.
  • LOYAL3 Securities will act as co-manager for Square’s IPO.
  • Customers of the Microsoft Dynamics NAV rollout will automatically have free access to Tradeshift’s e-invoicing solution.
  • Arxan now secures applications running on 500+ million devices.

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.



FinDEVr Live: Banking API from Kontomatik Helps Developers Build Better Financial Products

Kontomatik_FinDEVr2015_homepage | | @Kontomatik

Kontomatik_FinDEVr2015_logoKontomatik presents a leading banking API. The service supplied by Kontomatik API is mostly aimed for the banks with competitive products: online lenders that are looking to optimize loan-issuing processes, and startups that want to build their apps around a supreme technology. Online credit scoring, instant KYC, and contextual financial offers are the key benefits supplied by Kontomatik API, yet the main service is the provision of tools that lets an organization become a true innovator in the financial industry. Kontomatik API is now available in Poland, Spain, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Mexico, Brazil, Russia and more countries to come.

Create financial industry 2.0 with banking API
Customers often choose unsuitable products because of lack of innovation. Until now. Banking API introduced by Kontomatik allows penetration of banking transaction systems, aggregation, analysis, and processing of data. This data is an opportunity for strong growth for the financial companies with attractive products. Our presentation will uncover the key benefits of the banking API, its application in the banking and financial sectors, scope of countries and future plans. Also, you will see exactly why the Kontomatik technology is a superior way to connect to the banks.

Key takeaways:

  • How to bring your services fully online
  • The main benefits of banking API
  • Emerging markets and technology



Peter Hiekmann, VP Sales
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Hiekmann has been working in the financial and technology industries for more than 25 years. Prior to his work with Kontomatik, Hiekmann was improving the performance of such companies as Fujitsu, Cisco, BT Global Services, and more. Hiekmann recently climbed to the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Marcin Truszel, CEO