Recently partnered Jack Henry & Associates and Luminous Demo DataVault

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

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Luminous, along with its partner Jack Henry & Associates, started off the second day of FinovateEurope with its DataVault:
“DataVault is a virtual safety deposit box that allows banking customers to upload, sort, and store personal and business documents in one secure place. Now customers can bank online with important documents just a click away.”
Presenting Phillip Wood (Sales EMEA, Jack Henry & Associates) and Andrew Teversham (CTO, Luminous) 

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Product distribution strategy: Through financial institutions
HQ: Monett, Missouri, USA (Jack Henry & Associates) & Johannesburg, South Africa (Luminous)
Founded: 1976 (Jack Henry & Associates) & 2009 (Luminous)
Product Launch: November 2013
Twitter: @ProfitStars, @LuminousBanking

Finovate Alumni News– February 4, 2014

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgNous makes it to the finals of UK’s Million Pound Startup competition. Check them out at FinovateEurope in London.
  • Luminous partners with Jack Henry & Associates. Come see them both at FinovateEurope next week.
  • Pindrop Security achieves record growth in 2013 fueled by rising phone-based fraud.
  • Sun Hearlad features Finovera as a new site to help manage personal finances.
  • In yet another partnership, Refundo partners with Stripe to process payments for tax preparers.
  • CNB Texas launches responsive design website from Banno for greater cross-sell potential.
  • Top-Five U.S. Bank makes million dollar investment in software licenses for Kofax’s Mobile Capture. Come see Kofax’s live demo at FinovateEurope.
  • VentureBeat lists TransferWise among London’s hottest startups.
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 2014 Sneak Peek: Part 1

FinovateEuropeButtonicon(highres).jpgFinovateEurope is almost a month away, and we’re well into preparing for the show, to be held in London on February 11 and 12 at the historic Old Billingsgate Market Hall.

Before we all gather around the demo stage, we wanted to give you a preview of what to expect. Below are the first six companies in our sneak peek series. Stay tuned for more!


CurrencyTransfer.com enables foreign exchange companies 

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to compete for your business transfers.

Features:
    • Compare low-cost currency quotes, and book trades in one independent venue
    • 100% cost transparency, displaying side-by-side ‘sell’ and ‘market’ quotes
    • Post trade analysis; no more paper trails
Why it’s great:
Access foreign-exchange quotes from all your providers in one place. Execute your business trades at the best price at the click of a button.

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Daniel Abrahams
Co-Founder and Head of Partnerships at CurrencyTransfer.com. Half Israeli, Daniel divides his time between offices in London and Tel Aviv. Mentor at Startup ABC & Personal Finance blogger.
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Stevan Litobac
Co-Founder and Head of Product at CurrencyTransfer. Stevan has advised a number of early stage startups. Loves making things.








fastacash transfers value through social networks globally.
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Features:
    • Addresses intersection of payments, social and mobile
    • Transfer monetary value and content across any social or messaging platform
    • Technology easily customized and embedded into partners’ solutions
Why it’s great:
Enables transfer of money, airtime, coupons and any other value across any social network or messaging platform.

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Vince Tallent
Vince has extensive experience in the TMT industry with a global focus on mobile and payments.
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Gilberto Arredondo
Throughout his career, Gilberto has been involved with new technologies and innovation by driving commercial and operational activities for telecommunications companies.
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Jack Henry & AssociatesLuminous helps banks solve problems. It’s the ultimate financial innovations company with visionary products that are breakthroughs in sheer simplicity.

Features:
    • Virtual safety-deposit box 
    • Banking customers can upload, sort and store personal and business documents
    • Customers can automatically save and back up the latest version of important documents 
Why it’s great:
Customers can easily bank online with important documents automatically filed after just one click  

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Andrew Teversham
As Chief Technology Officer for Luminous, Andrew heads up the development and implementation teams at Luminous and has gained extensive experience with SAP implementations over a number of years.
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Phillip Wood

Phillip is a business development leader with 17 years’ experience in direct sales, business development and strategy in B2C and B2B across EMEA.








Matchi is an innovation-matchmaking platform for banks and innovators.

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Features
    • Unprecedented collaboration opportunities for banks
    • Marketing platform for innovators to showcase their latest innovations to banks 
    • A go-to-destination for market-ready, banking innovations online 
Why it’s great:
It’s an innovation-matchmaking site for banks and innovators globally.

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Warren Bond 
Warren Bond, CEO of Matchi, is constantly looking for new ideas and ways to drive innovation and change in the banking industry.
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Gerrit Hoekstra
Gerrit Hoekstra, CTO of Matchi, has been delivering embedded mobile and strategic enterprise-grade, big-data solutions for more than 25 years and is passionate about innovative technologies at all levels.
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Tink is an innovative personal finance-management app which allows users to better understand how their money is spent. 
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Features:
    • Making personal finance effortless
    • Consume data in a personalized feed 
    • Insights into your personal finance
Why it’s great:
Makes personal finance fun, beautiful and convenient for the first time! 

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Daniel Kjellén, CEO and Founder 
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Toshl Finance Making finance fun. Helping people shake their finance-management indifference.
Features:
    • Funtastic finance management UI
    • Fully featured apps on phones, the desktop and everything in between
    • Available worldwide
Why it’s great: Making finance fun.  

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Matic Bitenc
CEO, background in UX, international relations.

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Miha Hribar
CTO, co-created numerous high-profile IT projects.
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Luminous Debuts its Virtual Safety Deposit Box, Data Vault

This post is part of our live coverage of FinovateAsia 2013.

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Then, Luminous debuted how its Data Vault can increase page visits from customers:
“DataVault is an electronic safety deposit box that allows banking customers to upload, sort and store personal and business documents in one secure place. Now customers can bank online with important documents just a click away.”

Presenting Andrew Teversham (CTO) and 

Warren Bond (CEO)

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Product Launch: 2013
Product distribution strategy: Through financial institutions
HQ: Johannesburg, South Africa
Founded: 2009
Twitter: @luminousbanking

FinovateAsia 2013 Demo Companies Bring Global Innovation to Singapore

FinovateAsia is typically our most globally diverse show, and this year is no different. Two weeks from now, we will showcase 37 demos from companies spanning the globe that are innovating in everything from remittance to small business tools to back office solutions and much more. 

Given that diversity, we thought it would be fun put together a map showing the geographic spread of the demoing companies that will take the stage (click the map to enlarge).

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Here’s the breakdown of the number of companies from each region:

  • Asia: 12
  • Europe: 11
  • North America: 9
  • Africa: 1
  • Oceania: 2
  • Middle East: 2

To refresh your memory, the list of the companies that we’ve hand-picked to show off their new technology at the Max Atria @ Singapore Expo on November 14, include:

  • Advanced Merchant Payments
  • App Annie
  • Arkalogic
  • ArthaYantra
  • Backbase
  • BehavioSec
  • BlueKite
  • BRIDGEi2i
  • CustomerXPs Software
  • DragonWealth
  • GMC Software Technologies
  • i-exceed
  • IND Group
  • Intuition Intelligence
  • KlickEx
  • Kofax
  • LifePAD
  • Luminous
  • Mambu
  • Matchi
  • Mistral Mobile
  • Mobexo
  • Mobino
  • Pangea
  • Payoneer
  • Pixeliris
  • Red Zebra
  • SaaS Markets
  • Serverside
  • Smart Engine
  • TIBCO
  • Tootpay
  • TradeNet
  • TSYS
  • White Label Personal Clouds
  • Yodlee

To see live demos of the new technology, meet the entrepreneurs responsible, and network with others in the industry, get your ticket to FinovateAsia here. If you have questions about the show, check out who is attending or email asia@finovate.com.

What to Expect at FinovateAsia this November

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You may have seen the list of FinovateAsia demoing companies we released a few weeks ago. Here are more details on the 32 companies demoing November 14 at the MAX Atria @ Singapore Expo. Get your ticket here to be part of the crowd.

Stay tuned for our Sneak Peek series next month featuring a behind-the-scenes look at each company and chance meet the innovators.


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Advanced Merchant Payments’ innovative loan management solution enables banks to offer profitable, unsecured, short-term loans to small businesses
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ArthaYantra provides personal financial advice online to everyone irrespective of what they earn
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Backbase brings social media to the bank, and the bank to social media
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BehavioSec has extended its award-winning BehavioMobile solutions to offer policy-based behaviour authentication

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BellaDati is the agile business data analysis with human touch
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BlueKite’s international bill payment service improves an immigrants’ ability to care for family back home
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BRIDGEi2i is a trusted partner that enables organizations to achieve accelerated outcomes by embedding analytics in their DNA
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CustomerXPs Software is a leading product company offering real-time, Enterprise Fraud Management & CEM products to banks globally
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GMC Software Technology is a leading software developer of solutions that transform the customer experience
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i-exceed has created a Unified Application Development Suite for smartphone, tablets, desktops and laptops across operating systems
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IND Group is a leading innovator and developer of digital banking, PFM and payments technology
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Intuition Intelligence delivers the right offer at the right moment to the right client via digital channels
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KlickEx is a Global Clearing System for commercial and central banks. The Clearing System extends to Retail, as well
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Kofax is a leading provider of smart process applications that simplify the business critical First Mile of information-intensive customer interaction
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Luminous is a boutique innovation company that has become synonymous with innovative banking around the world
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Mambu enables financial institutions to rapidly deliver state-of-the-art banking services through a cloud-first Software-as-a-Service solution
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Matchi is a matchmaker for innovation
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Mistral Mobile powers your mobile financial services to serve anyone
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Mobexo is a scalable, value-added payment ecosystem that allows transactions to be executed between smartphones
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Mobino enables mobile payments for 5 billion people, from any phone, no credit card required
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Pangea Payments’ multiplatform solution will allow you to send money to anyone, from anywhere, at any time, using mobile and retail locations around the world
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Red Zebra brings together consumers, banks and retailers, with targeted rewards based on spending patterns


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SaaS Markets is the enterprise app store company for financial organizations looking to leverage cloud-based applications for their employees or customers
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Serverside Group is the global technology leader in digital card designs and a provider of innovative artwork solutions that create meaningful results

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SinoLending is the leading online lending platform in China
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Smart Engine’s Multichannel Loyalty Platform benefits financial institutions, merchants, web shops and users
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TIBCO Software creates real-time, event-enabled solutions for the 21st Century
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Tootpay’s mobile payment solution works independently from network and operator. It is encrypted, using a standard mobile phone
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TradeNet provides an equity trading customer channel for retail customers in emerging markets at $5 a month
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TSYS focuses on people-centered payments
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White Label Personal Clouds’ Website Welcomer eliminates username/passwords and enables seamless, private transfer of information between organisations

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Yodlee is the platform for financial innovation, powering the world’s largest collection of transactional data
To learn more about FinovateAsia, visit the event page, check out the FAQ, or email asia@finovate.com.

Luminous Banking Debuts Business Loan PreApprover Technology

This post is part of our live coverage of FinovateFall 2013.

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Then, Luminous showed how its PreApprover helps financial institutions efficiently screen potential borrowers:
“Online business loan PreApprover is a customer-driven, self-service tool that identifies suitable loan customers from unsuccessful applicants with minimal effort from the bank. PreApprover reduces the amount of resources spent on the screening process and enables more business customers to apply for loans.”
Product Launch: February 2013
Product distribution strategy: Through financial institutions
HQ: Johannesburg, South Africa
Founded: 2009
Twitter: @luminousbanking

Presenting Andrew Buchanan (Global Head of Sales) and Andrew Teversham (CTO)
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The full demo video will be available at finovate.com in mid-September.

Meet the Innovators of FinovateFall 2013

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FinovateFall 2013 is right around the corner. That means it’s time to start getting to know the entrepreneurs and innovators that will be presenting their technologies on stage in New York City in September.

Remember, the early bird deadline is this Friday, August 2nd. So to reserve your spot and register now.

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Akimbo Financial offers a social bank account alternative that makes sharing money easier than ever.
authenticIDs identity tools pictureID and catfishID, are the most accurate, time-saving solutions for the forms of ID we already carry.
Backbase‘s Launchpad, the Commercial Banking Edition, making CFO’s work easier.
BehavioSec uses behavioral analytics to transparently tackle web and mobile security.
BillFloat revolutionizes credit delivery to consumers and businesses.
Biometric Signature ID has a patented software-only biometric for secure ID online verification.
BizEquity is the first and leading cloud-based business valuation engine, an innovative solution to small business lead generation.
Capital Access Network is the largest and most experienced small business finance specialist.
Cardlytics uses consumer purchase data to drive a patented advertising platform. Ads are so relevant–they’re expected. 
CoverHound is a comparison insurance adviser, helping people discover, buy, and manage insurance online.
CR2 is the innovative provider of self-service banking solutions including ATM, Internet, and mobile banking.
DoubleBeam‘s SDK powers mPayments inside other mobile apps, helping signup customers quickly and save a ton on the cost of payments.
FinanceIt offers businesses the ability to provide consumer financing to their customers at the POS.
Financial Guard helps you protect your investments, providing online investment advice at the right price, finally.
Finect is the leading online network for the financial services industry.
Fiserv is a leading global technology provider serving the financial services industry, driving innovation in payments.
FlexScore “gamifies” financial planning, gives a “score” of your financial fitness, and provides education, advice, peer comparisons.
Float Money offers interest-free credit to members of its shopping club and financial health partners.
FutureAdvisor manages your investments for better returns, making quality financial advice available to everyone.
GMC Software Technology is a leading software developer of solutions that transform the customer experience.
Guide Financial is like a healthcheck for your finances – automatically scanning your accounts for ways you can earn or save more, and providing simple, easy fixes.
Ignite Sales is the leader in retail banking, customer acquisition, and retention technology.
Innovation Agency, where you can execute on your innovation mandate and unlock the wealth of ideas in your ecosystems.
Instabank – Beautiful money.
Interactions provides natural language Virtual Assistant application services for the automation customer care processes.
Jumio is a next generation credentials management company offering payments and ID scanning and validation products for mobile and web transactions.
Kofax is a leading provider of smart process applications that simplify the business critical First Mile of information-intensive customer interactions.
LearnVest empowers people everywhere to take control of their money and live their richest lives.
Level Money is a financial GPS, designed to replace budgeting.
Lighter Capital provides growth capital to technology companies in a highly-automated basis – Capital-as-a-Service.
Lumesis provides software for the fixed income municipal market. Compliance and credit-focused. 
Luminous is a boutique innovation company that has become synonymous with innovative banking around the world.
Manilla is the leading free and secure service to simplify and organize daily financial life.
MasterCard is a technology company in the global payments industry, operating the world’s fastest payments processing network.
mBank is the biggest, pure-play online bank and the third largest retail bank in Poland.
miiCard is the first digital identity verification service to prove ‘you are who you say you are’ entirely online.
Mitek is positioned as the leading innovator in mobile imaging software. 
MoneyDesktop empowers financial institutions to provide online/mobile banking experiences to promote personal financial intelligence.
Motif Investing is a thematic, customizable, low-cost and crowdsourceable ETF-like product that is disrupting investing economics.

Narrative Science
 
enables companies to uncover the insight hidden in their data and create new content at a scale and frequency never before possible.
Numbrs – One App – Every Bank.
P2P Cash is the mobile wallet with switch technology that allows us to aggregate all other mWallets and mobile financial services.
PayWith is powered by MasterCard. Funded by Merchants. Loved by Consumers.
PhonyInvoices provides invoice fraud detection and prevention. We check a company’s vendor lists and transactions for suspicious activity.
Place2Give provides valuable and trustworthy information to make the most impactful social capital investment decisions.
QuarterSpot lending platform delivers the lowest cost and most favorable term small business loans.
RevolutionCredit is a revolutionary solution that transforms the credit decisioning process for both creditors and consumers.
SaaS Markets is the enterprise app store company for financial organizations looking to leverage cloud-based applications for their employees or customers.
SavedPlus is an automatic savings program that helps customers save money with every purchase.
Simple Verity provides business credit reports on any SMB in America.
Socure offers a social identity verification solution to combat the growing risk of online identity fraud for financial institutions.
SpearFysh leverages mobile, speech analytics, big data, and SaaS technology to improve sales processes and drive growth.
Spreedly provides vault cards in the cloud and work with more than 50 payment gateways.
StockSmart apps and platform offer insight and information on the world’s best companies and people.
StrategyCorps delivers local/mobile/social consumer checking solutions so appealing and relevant, your customers will gladly pay for them.
Tinkoff Credit Systems is Russia’s leading provider of online financial services.
TipRanks is a cloud-based service that measures the performance of anyone giving investment advice.
Toopher eliminates online fraud using your phone’s location. Simple, secure, your phone stays in your pocket.
Unleash is the cloud CFO that helps small businesses make better decisions faster.
VerifyValid and Deluxe are giving checks their first major upgrade in more than 200 years.
Versafe protects all users from all malware, threat types. On all devices, all transparently. 
WordSentry software analyzes messages during composition, identifying non-compliant components, for correction before sending.
Yodlee is the platform for financial innovation, powering the world’s largest collection of transactional data.
Yseop creates a new age where financial services delivered to customers are driven by AI and human collaboration.
Zenmonics is a global technology services and mobile product provider to the financial services market.
Zighra empowers banks and financial institutions to leverage implicit mobile user authentication and accelerate payments.
Zooz provides complete payment essentials at your fingertips: a robust set of tools that will improve the payment process.
Plus more stealth companies to be announced in the weeks to come.
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To find out more about the upcoming FinovateFall 2013 event in New York, September 10 and 11, visit our FinovateFall information page here.

BankFiling by Luminous Sheds Light on Business’ Financial Health to Create a Clearer Picture of Lending Risk

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South Africa-based Luminous has a suite of products to make the lives of financial institution employees easier. Its BankFiling solution, which it launched at FinovateFall in September of last year, is no exception.

Last week, we sat down with the Head of Global Sales for Luminous, Andrew Buchanan, to get a closer look at the BankFiling platform. Here are a few things we learned.

Overview

  • Founded in 2007
  • Headquarters in South Africa
  • Offers four products in addition to BankFiling, including:
– Insights
– Business Money Manager
– Personal Money Manager
– Merchant Insights

In a Gartner-approved case study, a bank* that implemented BankFiling reported:

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  • Time saved by bank employees using BankFiling adds up to $20 million over 5 years
What is BankFiling?
The BankFiling platform collects the paperwork from borrowers that financial institutions need throughout the lending process. It has two distinct usages:
  1. Before a loan is offered, prospective borrowers can see if they pre-qualify for a loan before they even apply (see loan eligibility notice to the right).
  2. After the bank offers a loan, the borrower uploads their accounting data every month so that the lender can track their progress. This provides feedback to the borrower and helps lessen the risk to the bank.
Benefits to borrowers
  • LuminousIMG1.jpgTakes away the initial fear-factor of applying for a loan by removing the potential embarrassment of being rejected (see rejection notice to the right)
  • Provides the borrower with a monthly health check of their business’ finances. 
  • Reports a benchmark on how the borrower is doing against their competitors based on the accounting data they’ve submitted compared to data from others in their industry.
  • Enables the bank to extend a better borrowing rate because of the frequent communication between the borrower and lender.

Borrower dashboard

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  • Encourages more small businesses to apply and borrow because the pre-loan qualification feature removes the fear of rejection.
  • Saves money on manual process such as calculating ratios and manually capturing a borrower’s financial information via email and phone calls. 
  • Provides lenders with a better view of clients’ financial health (see lender dashboard below), so they have less risk on their books.
  • Enhances the relationship between the lender and borrower by providing a larger window into customers’ finances; enabling the lender to cross-sell and up-sell more effectively.
Lender Dashboard

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Pricing strategy
Luminous’ unique pricing strategy for BankFiling works on an ROI basis. Luminous works with the lending institution to determine their ROI and it prices the product as a portion of the expected return to bank.
What’s next?

Luminous will soon be able to sell BankFiling as two distinct offerings to match the different use cases mentioned above. It also plans to automate the manual, monthly accounting data upload process by integrating with accounting software such as Xero, Quicken, Sage, and FreeAgent (with the client’s permission).

To learn more about Luminous, watch its FinovateEurope 2013 demo.

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*The bank in the case study has 50,000 loans worth $20 billion

Finovate Alumni News– March 21, 2013

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgTIO Networks launches mobile payment app for Mobilicity.
  • PayPal signs on to the ePayments Code released by the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC code, which replaces EFT code).
  • CNN Money reviews Mint and HelloWallet side-by-side.
  • CNN Money names BillShrink as best app to manage your money.
  • Flint Mobile announces partnership with NXGEN subsidiary Fidano to support mobile payment adoption.
  • Through partnership with Luminous, Nihilent to sell Luminous’ solutions in India.
  • IDentity Theft 911 expands service partnership with VyStar Credit Union.
  • Cofounder of TransferWise, Taavet Hinrikus writes in the Wall Street Journal about the importance of team-building for successful CEOs.
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.