Finovate Alumni News– May 6, 2014

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgCU Alliance hires Insuritas to build non-cyclical fee income for credit union members.
  • Wade Arnold wins CEO of the Year award from Technology Association of Iowa, weeks after selling Banno to Jack Henry & Associates.
  • Holvi moves HQ to downtown Helsinki.
  • Fidor AG is first bank to deploy Ripple protocol.
  • Lending Club announces partnership with Union Bank.
  • Fiserv’s TradeFlow enhanced to support SWIFT’s GETC.
  • Sonora Bank implements SilverLake core processing platform from Jack Henry Banking.
  • LendUp raises $50 million credit debt facility from Victory Park Capital.
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.

LendUp Launches its RESTful API Platform to Support MultiChannel Consumer Lending


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

Our next presenter is LendUp. The socially-responsible lender has earned investment from sources ranging from Google Ventures to Kleiner Perkins.

“LendUp is proud to enable partners to leverage the first RESTful API Lending Platform. We have exposed the same core platform that has built and launched LendUp’s diverse suite of consumer lending products and channels – a fully compliant mobile, web, or custom integration for consumer lending with a focus on market solutions to subprime or payday lending.”
Presenting: Sasha Orloff (CEO & Co-Founder) and Jacob Rosenberg (CTO & Co-Founder)

Product Launch: FinovateSpring 2014
Metrics: $20 million raised from Y-Combinator, Google Ventures, QED Investors, Data Collective, Andreessen Horowitz, Kleiner Perkins, Kapor Capital, Thomvest Ventures, SV Angel & Startfund
Product distribution strategy: Direct to Consumer (B2C), Direct to Business (B2B), through financial institutions, through other fintech companies and platforms, licensed.
HQ: San Francisco, California
Founded: November 2011
Twitter: @LendUpLoans

Where the Alums Are: A Remembrance of FinovateSpring Past

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It is hard to believe that it is almost time for FinovateSpring 2014.

There’s still plenty of time for you to get your tickets to our upcoming event in San Jose, California on April 29 and 30. Our final Sneak Peek preview post is up, all the companies who were prepping under the radar are now out of stealth, and we can’t wait for you to see what this year’s spring crop of fintech entrepreneurs and innovators has in store.

Before we do, however, let’s take a moment to take a look back at last year’s FinovateSpring alums. As we scrolled through blog archives, several themes jumped out: the appetite for startups remains as passionate as ever, with three of our Spring 2013 alums being acquired by such financial sector potentates as Intuit and PayPal. And venture capitalists continue to see innovation in this space as a more than worthwhile investment, with 20 separate fundings for Spring 2013 alums

We’ve grouped the achievements into four categories: Exits, Fundings, Awards, and Acquisitions. Enjoy!

  • Jack Henry buys Banno for undisclosed sum
  • The rumors are true: eBay’s PayPal acquires Braintree for $800 million in cash
  • Intuit buys tax planning/preparation specialist GoodApril
  • TaxAct acquires Balance Financial
  • CardFlight secures $1.6 million in seed funding from ff Venture Capital
  • Encap earns seven-figure investment from ProVenture Seed
  • EyeVerify earns $2.3 million in Series A funding
  • Jemstep raises $4.5 million in Series A round
  • Kabbage brings in $270 million in debt financing to provide small businesses with funding of their own
  • Kabbage brings in $75 MIllion in debt financing
  • Leaf raises $20 million from Heartland Payment Systems
  • Alternative lender LendUp raises $14 million in new funding
  • D3 Banking creator Lodo Software Brings in $3 million
  • Narrative Science secures $11.5 million in Series C funding
  • OpenCoin wins investment from Google Ventures, IDG Capital Partners
  • P2BInvestor raises $1.2 million in Series A round
  • PayNearMe leverages Family Dollar Partnership; raises $20 million
  • PayNearMe raises $10 million in Series D funding, launches Express Merchant Onboarding Option
  • Prestadero raises 5 million pesos ($400,000 USD) in first round of funding
  • Quantopian raises $6.7 million in Series A round
  • Realty Mogul raises $9 million in round led by Canaan Partners
  • SeedInvest raises $2 million in crowdfunded investment campaign
  • SeedInvest Raises $1 million in round Led by Jumpstart New Jersey Angel Network
  • Zooz Closes $2 million Series A round Led by XSeed Capital
  • OpenCoin acquires SimpleHoney
  • Kofax acquires data integration software provider Kapow Technologies
  • NICE to acquire Causata to enhance customer experience management

Finovate Alumni News– April 9, 2014

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgMichigan Education Association selects Billhighway to improve membership experience.
  • ProfitStars’ iPay Solutions Resource Center receives NACHA’s 2014 PayItGreen Award.
  • miiCard launches IDaaS for Lenders, a solution that combines ID proofing, bureau data, bank data, & authentication.
  • CardFlight launches SwipeSimple to offer a co-branded mobile POS product to merchants.
  • LA Parent features Oink among its “Cool Tools.”
  • OTP Banka Slovakia to deploy CRIF Credit Framework.
  • LendUp launches in Mississippi, the state with the highest percentage of unbanked and underbanked households in the U.S.
  • Rippleshot CEO Canh Tran to join Chicago-area startups at White House summit on entrepreneurialism. See Rippleshot demo at FinovateSpring in San Jose.
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– January 30, 2014

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgArxan appoints Patrick Kehoe as Chief Marketing Officer.
  • GRANCO Federal Credit Union to offer Geezeo powered PFM.
  • Mitek’s Mobile Photo Payments now offered by a large, unnamed cable, telecomm and media companies.
  • Lighter Capital extends 40th loan.
  • Lodo Software changes its name to D3 Technology.
  • miiCard adds former SWIFT CEO Lázaro Campos, previous VP of SecureWorks Richard Lewis, and prior Clydesdale executive Kenny White to its Board of Directors.
  • Zopa secures £15 million from London-based Arrowgrass Capital Partners.
  • Crowdfund Insider looks at SeedInvest and its comment letters to the SEC on crowdfunding and the JOBS Act.
  • LendUp launches educational video series to help combat identity theft.
  • Flint Mobile announces start of partner program for ISOs, MSPs, and ISVs.
  • Financial Times column on online banking and the cloud features Fidor Bank.
  • Your Story features TransferWise and its co-founder Taavet Hinrikus.
  • InComm and H&R Block enable consumers to reload their H&R Block Emerald Card at more than 60k Vanilla Reload locations in the U.S.
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– January 9, 2014

  • Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgGartner’s Web Access Management Marketscope Report gives Ping Identity a positive rating.
  • Moven, LendUp, Kabbage, and Xero are featured in a Wall Street Journal article on alternative lenders and social media.
  • CAN Capital raises $33 million from Meritech Capital, Accel Partners.
  • PenFed is now offering Mortgage Harmony’s One Click rate reset protection.
  • Lighter Capital closes 39th financing with Influence Technologies.
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 — January 8, 2014

  • Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgMerchant Maverick calls Flint Mobile “the perfect service for low-volume merchants.”
  • LendUp and Refundo team up to provide short-term loans for underbanked taxpayers waiting for refunds.
  • Manilla launches Bill Share to make managing family finances easier.
  • CurrencyFair unveils their new website.
  • The Seattle Times joins doxo to simplify bill delivery and payment for subscribers.
  • Dynamics ePlate Visa Card adds 50th rewards partner.
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 Raise $825 Million in 2013, Up 79%


Cheers to a new year! After ringing in 2014, we wanted take a look back at the capital raised by Finovate alumni in 2013. It was quite a year, with alums pulling in $825 million, $365 million more than in 2012 for an increase of about 80%.
2013 funding summary:
    • 62 companies raised $825 million
    • Q4 had the most capital, with a total of $294 million raised by 17 companies (more than half by Xero, which landed $150 million). 
    • October was the busiest month, with $177 million raised (mostly Xero’s $150 million)
    • May was second highest with $91 million raised by 7 companies
2012 comparison
Last year Finovate alums took in almost twice as much as 2012, when 44 Finovate alums collectively raised $460 million. The chart below shows the quarter-by-quarter comparison for both years.
Quarter 1 — blog post
More than $155 million raised by 14 companies
January — $57 million raised by 6 companies
February — $56 million raised by 5 companies

March — $42 million raised by 4 companies

Quarter 2 — blog post
More than $205 million raised by 15 companies
June — $81.7 million raised by 6 companies
May — $91.5 million raised by 7 companies
April — $32 million raised by 2 companies

Quarter 3 — blog post
More than $171 million raised by 22 companies

July — More than $63 million raised by 8 companies
August — More than $26 million raised by 6 companies
September — $82 million raised by 9 companies
Quarter 4
More than $294 million raised by 17 companies

October— $177 raised by 6 companies
November — More than $87 million raised by 7 companies
December — More than $30 million raised by 6 companies

Note: Funding that companies received before they first appeared at Finovate was not counted. Questions? Comments? Email us at or

Finovate Alumni News– November 22, 2013

  • Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgPrepaid MasterCard cardholders now able to reload at Walmart stores courtesy of Green Dot network.
  • LendUp iPhone app enables mobile borrowing.
  • YouthTech column on ramification in banking features IND Group.
  • Boku furthers its Global Reach with Acquisition of Qubecell 
  • Taulia named 2013 Red Herring Global 100 Winner.
  • Vix Technology partners with InComm to Support First of Its Kind, Transit Fare Media.
  • Banking Technology features Doug Brown, SVP, eBanking at FIS, on the topic of mobile banking.
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.

LendUp iPhone App Enables Mobile Borrowing

Fresh off its announcement of having raised $14 million in capital, alternative lender LendUp has launched its iPhone app.


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The app will enable borrowers on the go to get short-term loans of up to $250. Return customers can borrow as much as $1,000, with deposits available in as little as 15 minutes for borrowers at participating banks.
LendUp earned Best of Show honors earlier this year at FinovateSpring in San Francisco. See its winning demo here.