Spring Forward: FinovateSpring 2016 Alums Top $200 Million in Funding


With FinovateSpring 2017 coming next month, we thought we’d take a look back at how the alums from our last spring conference a year ago have fared on the fundraising front.

And after a quick review, it seems that investors continue to be interested in the innovations of Finovate alumni. In fact, even without the $1.8 billion Golden Gate Capital spent on its acquisition of Neustar late last year ($2.9 million with debt included), the alums from FinovateSpring 2016 have had an impressive year of fundraising. While the specific funding amounts for a number of alums were not officially disclosed, our review shows more than $200 million raised by 20 FinovateSpring 2016 alums over the past year alone.

Among the bigger deals of the past year, the $72 million raised by OurCrowd stands out. OurCrowd, a crowd investing platform for venture capital, was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in Jerusalem, Israel. With a growing network of more than 17,000 investors, OurCrowd has raised $400 million on its platform, providing funding for 110 companies. Also noteworthy was the $29 million raised by FinDEVr/Finovate alum NYMBUS in two separate fundings in August and February. NYMBUS is an innovator in developing advanced, cloud-based core banking systems. Known as a “bank in a box” NYMBUS technology gives smaller banks and credit unions the ability to compete with larger FIs when it comes to providing customers with the latest digital banking services.

So to help get you ready for FinovateSpring 2017, here’s a list of the investments scored by alums from last year’s conference. And remember you can see live demos from all 20 of our fundraising FinovateSpring 2016 alums in our Video Archives.

February 2017

  • FinDEVr New York Alum NYMBUS Announces $16 Million in New Funding
  • Qumram’s Regtech Offering Lands $1.49 Million
  • Empyr Raises $3 Million in Funding

January 2017

  • ForwardLane Raises $1.1 Million in New Funding
  • Earnix Receives $13.5 Million in Growth Capital from New and Existing Investors

December 2016

  • Cyberfend Acquired by Akamai Technologies for Undisclosed Amount

November 2016

  • Sezzle Raises Seed Funding Ahead of Shopify Debut ($1.85 million)
  • Neustar Acquired by Golden Gate Capital for $1.8 Billion (including debt $2.9B)

October 2016

  • ThreatMetrix Picks Up $30 Million in Growth Capital from Silicon Valley Bank (debt financing)

September 2016

  • OurCrowd Pulls In $72 Million
  • WealthForge to Raise $2.5 Million in New Convertible Note Offering
  • OneVisage Earns Seed Funding in Round Led by Polytech Ecosystem Ventures (amount undisclosed)

August 2016

  • CUneXus Closes $5 Million Series A
  • Automobile Title Lending Platform Finova Financial Raises $52.5 Million
  • NYMBUS Raises $12 Million in Round Led by Vensure Enterprises

July 2016

  • Linqto Announces New Venture Funding from Keiretsu Capital (amount undisclosed)

June 2016

  • NICE Funding! CallVU Raises $3 Million
  • Civic Announces New Debt Financing from Blockchain Capital (amount undisclosed)
  • savedroid AG Completes €1 ($1.1 USD) Million Seed Round; Announces Beta Launch
  • Cyberfend Earns Undisclosed Non-Equity Assistance from MasterCard Start Path Global Program.
  • BanQu Secures $100,000 in Financing (convertible note)

Are you a FinovateSpring 2016 alums whose funding we missed? Send us an email research@finovate.com and we’ll be happy to make the update.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Women on the Finovate Stage.

On FinDEVr.com

  • Check out this week’s FinDEVr APIntelligence.

Around the web

  • mBank partners with Cloudera to handle its big data processing.
  • Careington Health Products leverages SmartCART platform from Insuritas to deploy advisor services and discount programs.
  • BBVA Compass adds cash-back incentive to stimulate interest in mobile banking app.
  • Fiserv launches Credit Sense, combining credit monitoring with digital banking.
  • Kontomatik nominated at the Dutch FinTech Awards 2017.
  • PayPal partners with Oro ecommerce platform.
  • Arxan Application Protection named Best IoT product at the 2017 Cybersecurity Excellence Awards.
  • Zopa wins Top Consumer Lending Platform at LendIt awards.
  • Pindrop to mitigate call center fraud for Credit union service organization PSCU.
  • Motif jumps on the robo advisor bandwagon.
  • Tradeshift to acquire Capgemini’s IBX Business Network.
  • Linqto and Western Independent Bankers Launch New Apps Store for Banks.

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

On Finovate.com

  • “BlueVine Receives Boost from Citigroup”
  • “Infosys Launches EdgeVerve Blockchain Framework”

Around the web

  • “Cartera Commerce-powered Splender Doubles Membership Since End of 2015 and Drives $15 Million in Sales”
  • Linqto to pilot LEVERAGE App Store with nine credit unions.
  • Fiserv integrates commercial lending capabilities of AFSVision into its core account processing platform.
  • BBVA announces having 15.5 million digital clients, including more than 9 million mobile clients.
  • U.K. e-commerce provider EKM to team up with Klarna.
  • ACI Worldwide to run the card processing operations for The Co-operative Group.
  • Insuritas chosen by First Atlantic FCU to install insurance agency solution.
  • Employee Benefits News recognizes Blooom CPO Randy AufDerHeide as a Top 50 Benefit Technology Innovator.
  • Xero for Payroll goes live in Pennsylvania, making the technology available in a total of 22 states.

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.

FinovateSpring Sneak Peek: Linqto


FS2016-wdateA look at the companies demoing live to 1,500+ fintech professionals on May 10 & 11. Register today.

Linqto is the link between fintech developers and financial institutions. The App Store for Banks automates the process of mobile app branding and delivery. Choose your fintech from an online store.


  • Connect with and attract millennials
  • No long term contracts
  • Monetize without charging the consumer

Why it’s great
The App Store creates a revolutionary new marketplace where banks and credit unions can brand new software and use it with their customers. Automatically. In an online store. In minutes, not months.LinqtoPresenter1


Bill Sarris, CEO of Linqto
Sarris is a recognized expert in the field of collaborative technology and has delivered major enterprise software applications for Microsoft, Intuit, Digital Insight, NCR, Stanford and other clients.

Kim Fraser, SVP Business Development at Wallaby
Fraser has extensive experience in business development, partnership and GTM strategic experience, driving recurring revenue growth, consumer acquisition and end-user engagement.

LinqtoPresenter3Matt Kirchharr, Innovation Development Coordinator at LEVERAGE
Kirchharr is experienced in innovation development, vendor due-diligence of prospective partners, implementation planning, and is a subject-matter expert for all new product lines.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • “TIO Networks Closes Purchase of Softgate Systems”
  • “Narrative Science Turns Business Intel into Data-Driven Stories”

Around the web

  • Top Image Systems inks a pair of banking process automation deals worth $700,000.
  • iSignthis brings its KYC technology to Chinese e-payment leader, YeePay.
  • WorkFusion and VirtusaPolaris team up to provide smart automation solutions for companies in banking and financial services.
  • Misys launches FinCloud, a new range of cloud solutions and global cloud environment.
  • Capgemini consulting services adds risk- and fraud-management technology from FICO.
  • Ignite Sales powering Regions Bank’s guided selling tool.
  • Ping Identity releases new Knowledge Center, a customer support and documentation portal

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.


FinDEVr Live: Linqto’s Otto API Helps Submit Apps to the App Store

linqto.com | blog.linqto.com | @linqtoinc

LinqtoLogoLinqto is a Silicon Valley software development company specializing in enterprise solutions for digital banking. Named a Top Ten Tech Company to Watch in 2015 by American Banker and winner of this year’s Most Innovative Monarch Award for Business Banking, Linqto is a leader in new tech innovation for banking. Linqto’s omnichannel One Tap Banking suite is one of the company’s latest offerings, delivering the face-to-face connectivity and relationship-building benefits remote customers are missing.

Otto API
Are your banking customers handicapped by an obsolete delivery process with a one-year presentation cycle and three- to five-year contracts with their vendor? Linqto is the only company that provides the delivery of digital banking software as a service. Imagine the flexibility and agility advantage if a community bank could go online, choose its software features and submit. This is Linqto’s Otto API. We will demonstrate how to use this API to submit your mobile apps to the Apple Store and Google Play Store. From development, to build, to deploy, to submit—in one easy process flow.”

Key takeaways:

  • How to automate the application-submission process to web, iOS and Android
  • How to incorporate video communication into your digital banking solutions
  • How to automate and individualize branding for every app submission



Bill Sarris, CEO
LinkedIn | @BillSarris | bill@linqto.com | 831-521-3605
Sarris is a recognized expert in streaming technology and has developed banking solutions for 20+ years. Bill’s clients have included Microsoft, Intuit, Digital Insight, NCR, Google and Stanford. Award-winning software includes Personal Banker and Community Banker.

Erik Thomas, Chief Software Architect
LinkedIn | erik@linqto.com | 303-304-1466
As Linqto’s Chief Software Architect, Thomas has developed enterprise financial solutions for Intuit, Digital Insight and NCR. Erik has designed and built online payment solutions, ACH and wire-transfer online applications and cross-sell applications used by thousands of financial institutions.

FinDEVr Preview: Linqto

FinDEVr2015LogoV2DateFinDEVr Previews highlight companies that will present their latest developer tools, platforms, and integrations at FinDEVr 2015 San Francisco on 6/7 October. Pick up your ticket before Friday, 11 September, and save $100 on an early bird ticket!

Linqto enables customer video, audio and text communication in digital banking applications with a hosted video communication service. Learn how to leverage the Linqto Application Programming Components (APC) to build a video communication piece into your web and mobile solutions.


Why it’s a must-see

56% of millennials are interested in having a video chat with a bank representative by accessing a link on their bank’s website, mobile or tablet application, according to the Accenture 2014 Consumer Digital Banking Survey.

Build one-to-one and many-to-many video communication into your banking apps with Linqto APCs.

Check out more of today’s FinDEVr previews:

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Prosper Pulls in $165 Million in Funding, Boosting Valuation to $1.9 Billion

Around the web

  • Digital Insight releases Android smartwatch functionality with Wright-Patt Credit Union.
  • Australian Banking Finance features Avoka CEO Derek Corcoran.
  • Louisville business blog features Onovative. Catch them at FinovateSpring 12/13 May 2015.
  • MX releases first look at its AppleWatch.
  • Linqto’s Personal Banker receives Overall Most Innovative Award in Barlow Research Associates’ 2015 Monarch Awards for in business 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.

Alumni News– December 2, 2014

  • 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.jpgCompass Plus TranzAxis now supports Futurex hardware security modules.
  • Coinbase introduces USD Wallets, enabling users to store U.S. dollar balances.
  • TradeKing unveils new features for its new LIVE platform.
  • Forbes column on disruption in traditional money exchange features Azimo, TransferWise, and CurrencyFair.
  • CrowdFlower announces support for eight new languages and enhanced support for another four.
  • CEO and co-founder of Trustev Pat Phelan wins MSL Cork Business Person of the Year award.
  • Linqto, Crowd Curity, Xignite, and CUneXus win Future of Money & Technology Summit Startup Showcase.
  • TickSmith adds Amazon Web Services version of its financial big data platforms.
  • The New Daily features SocietyOne as a premium P2P lending option.
  • The Chicago Tribune considers Lending Club’s impending IPO.
  • Google Cloud Platform now PCI compliant, enabling developers to hold, process, and exchange credit card information.
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– November 13, 2014

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgKili acquires NFC microSD pioneer DeviceFidelity.
  • American Banker lists Currency Cloud, BioCatch, Linqto, VerifyValid, and Rippleshot as top 10 tech companies to watch.
  • Fintech in the fall: themes and company updates from CAN Capital, Encap Security, Fuze Network, Guardian Analytics, Larky, Ripple, and Xpenditure.
  • American Banker examines 2015 plans for FIS, Fiserv and Diebold.
  • Forbes looks at the success of RoboAdvisors: Betterment, Wealthfront, Personal Capital, and SigFig.
  • Forbes examines Kantox’s P2P FX trading technology.
  • TSYS partners with FICO to deliver a marketing product for card issuers called TSYS Targeted Messaging.
  • Digital Insight enters reseller agreement with Guardian Analytics to deliver anomaly detection services to financial institutions.
  • Trulioo wins 2014 Canadian Technology Companies to watch award from Deloitte.
  • Huffington Post interviews Andrea Gellert, SVP Marketing at OnDeck.
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: Linqto

The Finovate Debuts series introduces new Finovate alums. Today’s feature is Linqto, which demonstrated its virtual Personal Banker solution at FinovateFall 2014.


With Linqto’s Personal Banker, users can talk face-to-face with their bank teller in real time, from anywhere with an Internet or data connection.

The stats

    • Company founded in 2010
    • Product launched in 2014
    • Clients include Marriott, Intuit, NCR, and other major organizations

The product
Digital banking has transitioned from a “nice-to-have” to a “must-have,” but many customers find that an online-only channel lacks the personal connection that comes with the in-branch experience. Personal Banker captures the convenience of remote banking while maintaining the personal, face-to-face relationship aspect of in-branch banking.

With Linqto’s system, customers launch a live video chat with a real teller directly on their mobile device. Personal Banker is built to accommodate all devices; even customers without a camera can use SMS to text with a teller.


How it works: Consumer facing

Customers launch the video chat by clicking a button on the web or mobile platform. The one-touch access works like the Mayday button for the Kindle Fire HDX.

To make it as easy as possible, there is no software to upload, no plug-in to install, and no additional user name or password required.

During a video chat, customers can view and discuss their balance and take a picture of a check to deposit it during the session. They also have the option to type in questions and answers during the discussion, in the event they are in a public place.


The Personal Banker solution also has community rooms that act as virtual conference rooms where banks can host seminars on subjects such as retirement and home buying. Customers can interact with the conference host by speaking through their microphone or typing into the chat box.

How it works: Bank-facing

The teller’s screen shows a streaming video of the customer, their location information, their account information, and notes, such as their preferred nickname.

The teller also sees the availability and location of other tellers or specialists. Similar to a call-in experience, the teller can transfer the customer to someone such as a loan officer or wealth management specialist.


Since Personal Banker still requires the use of tellers, it enables banks to use idle teller resources, helping some branches remain cost effective. This serves digital customers while keeping tellers in geographical locations where they are needed.


Personal Banker adds an extra layer of security. First, it is difficult to spoof a live video of a face, which enables the teller to verify the customer’s identity. Additionally, the video feed is delivered securely, and all proprietary information is sent behind a firewall.

Linqto markets Personal Banker to bank technology providers such as Intuit, who combine the functionality with other solutions and market it to banks. The Personal Banker solution is coded to fit seamlessly within a bank’s website, mobile app, and branch software.

Watch Linqto’s live demonstration of Personal Banker at FinovateFall 2014.

Linqto Launches Personal Banker to Connect Customers with Tellers

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

Linqto debuted Personal Banker, a remote banking solution that connects customers with live tellers:

“Linqto Personal Banker introduces real time face-to-face conversations into banking transactions, connecting live, on-duty bank representatives with their customers. 
Linqto uses mobile technology to put the relationship back into personal banking. With live video tellers, your mobile device becomes your neighborhood branch. The customer experiences personal service with remote convenience.
Your bank employees are your most important asset. Give them the power to build stronger relationships with your digital customers using Linqto’s Personal Banker remote banking solution.”
Presenting: Dune Thomas, VP Mobile Banking Solutions and Bill Sarris, CEO
Product Launch: September 2014
Product distribution strategy: Through financial institutions, through other fintech companies and platforms, licensed

HQ: Pebble Beach, CA
Founded: January 2010
Website: linqto.com