Mambu Helps Swedish Challenger Bank Personal Finance Co Go Live

Swedish neobank Personal Finance Co (PFC) has gone live on Mambu’s software-as-a-service (SaaS) banking engine 10 months after launch, reports Alex Hamilton of Fintech Futures (Finovate’s sister publication.)

PFC offers a personal finance app with an accompanying debit card. Customer are encouraged to reach their financial goals through “automation and data-driven insights.”

The bank plans to launch personalized savings and credit products in the near future and aims to accrue 100,000 users by the end of the year. It operates under a payments institution license, rather than a full banking license.

PFC is backed by Nordea, the largest bank in the Nordics region of Europe, itself going through a core banking transformation with Temenos. It invested €5 million in PFC in July.

Eli Daniel Keren, founder and CEO of PFC, said the neobank selected Mambu as the two firms shared common traits in flexibility and scalability.

He added: “In just nine months we were able to deploy a feature-rich mobile-first neobank and can now focus on international expansion and innovations to enhance the customer experience and deliver more value.”

Eelco-Jan Boonstra, managing director of Mambu EMEA, noted that the partnership will open up unique opportunities for both firms.

“Progressive digital banks have found a new way of doing business and tend to attract young, information-hungry customers that are comfortable with technology. When it comes to user experience, this target audience has high expectations, and also continuously changing needs,” said Boonstra.

“Powered by Mambu, PFC is able to meet these needs, at the same time accelerating the development of new products and features, quickly becoming a one-stop-shop for personal finance.”

Founded in 2011, Mambu made its Finovate debut at FinovateAsia 2013 in Singapore. The company is also an alum of our developers conference, leading a discussion and presentation titled Smart Consumer Lending: Platform and Scoring Architecture at FinDEVrNewYork 2016.

With more than $45 million in funding (€42 million) from investors including Bessemer Venture Partners, Acton Capital Partners, and CommerzVentures, Mambu is headquartered in Berlin, Germany. In recent months, company has forged partnerships with companies like Swiss online lender bob Finance, U.K.-based neobank B-North, and software development provider ABC TECH Group.

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Mambu and nCino Co-Create Banking Solution for B-North

U.K.-based start-up B-North has chosen a German Software-as-a-service (SaaS) company, Mambu, to provide its core banking technology, reports Ruby Hinchliffe of Fintech Futures (Finovate’s sister publication).

The Manchester neobank, which is still awaiting a license from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), is the first client to experience a co-created solution by Mambu and a U.S.-based cloud banking tech provider, nCino.

The cloud provider will deliver its loan and deposit origination platform, enabling the challenger to speed up its processes and deliver a highly efficient, “minimum hassle” service to its SME customers.

“The advantage of creating a new bank without legacy systems or legacy business processes is we can design the solution around our customer’s needs and leverage the very best cloud-based technology,” said B-North CTO, Ewan Hutton.

He added: “Mambu has already proved its engineering capabilities with its core banking solution in the marketplace and for B-North it is a perfect fit vs traditional solutions that are over-engineered legacy designs with recent front-end face-lifts.”

B-North’s new localised technology will make loans available to SMEs in just ten working days, rather than the standard three to four months.

Currently, SMEs make up 99% of U.K. businesses and employ more than 16 million people.

nCino’s area vice-president, Jacqui Morcombe, said: “B-North is taking a progressive approach to its technology strategy. By building a foundational cloud-based architecture it is establishing itself as a customer-centric institution without the constraints of inflexible systems as market pressures shift.”

Founded in 2012 and headquartered in Wilmington, North Carolina, nCino demonstrated its Bank Operating System at FinovateEurope 2017. Berlin, Germany-based Mambu made its Finovate debut at FinovateAsia 2013, and returned to participate in our developers conference FinDEVr New York in 2016. Mambu was founded in 2011.

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Mambu Strikes First Deal in Brazil; Twisto Sets Sights on Poland

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Mambu and Salt Edge Team Up to Boost PSD2 Compliance

A new collaboration between SaaS banking engine Mambu and open banking solution provider Salt Edge will help FIs become more PSD2 compliant and, in the process, accelerate fintech innovation in the banking sector.

Salt Edge CEO Dmitrii Barbasura highlighted the company’s significant background in helping FIs become PSD2 compliant faster and with less cost, having launched more than 60 PSD2 API sandboxes this spring. “(Our) vision is to transform the way financial institutions interact with each other under the aegis of the PSD2 and other open banking initiatives,” he said. “One of our main specializations is building open banking APIs for interoperability between banks, payment service providers, and end customers.”

The collaboration stems from a partnership between the two companies launched last month that will give account servicing payment service providers (ASPSPs) working with Mambu the ability to gain PSD2 compliance without having to develop their own in-house, public APIs.

“Mambu continuously works to bring best of service partners to our ecosystem marketplace to help in composing innovative financial services architectures,” Mambu Chief Product and Technology Officer Ben Goldin said. “We chose Salt Edge, as they are a leader in open banking and are a good match in their service approach and company culture. Salt Edge’s capabilities go beyond a single region or standard, which complements a good global presence.”

Salt Edge demonstrated its Open Banking Platform at FinovateEurope earlier this year. The company is connected to more than 3,400 financial institutions in 66 countries, including more than 200 banks in Europe, and has offices in Toronto, London, and Chisinau. In addition to supporting account data and payment initiation, Salt Edge provides added value with data enrichment services such as financial categorization and payee verification during the transaction flow.

Salt Edge earned its Account Information Service Provider (AISP) license from the U.K.’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) this spring. The company also announced a new partnership earlier this year, teaming up with U.K.-based money management app Emma.

Berlin, Germany-based Mambu made its Finovate debut at FinovateAsia 2013. The company is also an alum of our developers conference, presenting Smart Consumer Lending: Platform and Scoring Architecture at FinDEVr New York 2016.

More recently, Mambu announced core banking technology partnerships challenger banks in the U.K. and South Africa. The company began the year with a significant fundraising, picking up a $34 million investment via a round led by Bessemer Venture Partners. Co-founder Eugene Danilkis is Mambu’s CEO.