Finovate Alumni News– May 3, 2012

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgCNBC covers how SecondMarket is looking to move from trading Facebook to Pinterest.
  • TechCrunch reports Boku launched billing partnership with Sprint, giving it partnerships with all 4 major U.S. carriers.
  • Meniga’s PFM solution powers Sweden’s first Smartbank, launched by Skandia.
  • SecureKey adds 40 staff in past six months, reaches business and recognition milestones.
  • Lendio sees nearly 500% increase in matching businesses with small business loans.
  • Check Point launches free ZoneAlarm anti-virus/firewall combo.
  • Forbes features article by Mike Alfred, CEO of BrightScope, discussing the differing opinions he, Personal Capital and FutureAdvisor have on the role of financial advisors.
  • Fiserv to offer global ACH payments through partnership with Earthport.
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– March 27, 2012

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  • SimpleTuition’s PayBackSmarter.com now used by over 40 colleges & universities.
  • Meniga’s PFM goes live within Skandibanken’s online bank in Norway.
  • Mobile Enterprise Strategies interviews Kony’s VP of Mobile Strategies, Sam Lakkundi.
  • Super Sprowtz to implement Virtual Piggy’s child-safe e-commerce tool.
  • Swipely launches Main Street Marketing Manager.
  • Seeking Alpha passes 1 million members, doubles its size in less than 2 years.
  • ThreatMetrix lands $18 million in Series D funding.
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.

Meniga Takes its PFM to Australia

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Personal finance software provider Meniga announced yesterday that it partnered with Rubik, a company that builds software for banks, to bring its PFM to Australia:

“Both of them are offering a hosted option as well as a classic, enterprise play with on premise, white-label PFM, Rubik and Meniga will account for the needs of all sizes of Financial Institutions…”

The partnership is built on Meniga’s PFM solution and leverages Rubik’s relationships with Australian-area financial institutions.

To learn more about Meniga, watch its FinovateEurope 2012 demo.

Finovate Alumni News– March 23, 2012

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgeMudhra partners with Monitise to help launch mobile payments service.
  • Credit Karma profiles SaveUp. Come see SaveUp at FinovateSpring in May.
  • David Stone, CashStar CEO, named business leader of the year.
  • VentureBeat explores PayPal Here’s packaging.
  • ChargeSmart blog looks at what’s behind Dynamics smart cards.
  • AcceptEmail and PostNL enter into a strategic partnership.
  • Meniga takes its PFM to Australia.
  • Lighter Capital makes borrowing even easier by launching Design-A-Loan.
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 Best of Show Winners: 2007 to Present

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We recently looked back at Finovate’s Best of Show Awards archives and wanted to share the list of the 41 award-winning companies.

Here’s the Best of Show history that stretches back to 2007, the inception of Finovate:

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Held October 2, 2007
Mint: Online PFM for individuals
Mortgagebot’s Mortgage Marvel: Mortgage marketplace
Prosper: P2P lending network
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Held April 29, 2008
First ROI (now BancVue): Develops products and services for community financial institutions
Jwaala: Provides software solutions to help financial institutions compete
Zecco: Online stock and options trading
Zopa: P2P lending network
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Held October 14, 2008
CheckFree: Online banking platform 
Credit Karma: Provides a free and easy way for consumers to understand, monitor and monetize their credit profile
Mint: Online PFM for individuals
Neosaej’s MoneyAisle: Platform where banks compete in live auctions for an individual consumer’s business 
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Held April 28, 2009
BillShrink (now Truaxis): Provides a free cost-savings tool that saves consumers money on everyday bills
Prosper: P2P lending platform
Silver Tail Systems: Predictive analytics to prevent fraud abuse
SimpliFi: A web service that allows anyone to create and update their own financial plan
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Held September 29, 2009
BancVue’s Kasasa: national checking/ savings account brand for community financial institutions
Credit.com: Provides free interactive tools, education, and unbiased comparisons of quality financial products and services
Digital Insight from Intuit: Provides on-demand banking services to help financial institutions serve clients
Silver Tail Systems: Provides online fraud detection platform 
Yodlee: Provides personalized financial solutions to financial institutions
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Held May 11, 2010
Bobber Interactive: Money management platform for youth
Expensify: Online and mobile expense report platform
oFlows (Purchased by Andera in 2011): Multichannel paperless solutions for account openings
Wikinvest: A platform for investors to share trading tips
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Held October 4-5, 2010
Betterment: Investment account for savings management 
BillShrink (now Truaxis): Loyalty rewards provider
Bundle: Provides socially informed money management for individuals
Dynamics: Produces and manufactures intelligent powered cards
oFlows (Purchased by Andera in 2011): Multichannel paperless solutions for account openings
PayNearMe: Cash transaction network for the underbanked
SecureKey: Token-based authentication technology
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Held February 1, 2011
eToro: Social investment network
Finantix: Provides sales and advice solutions for financial services 
Liqpay: Payments platform
Meniga: Online PFM for financial institutions
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Held May 10-11, 2011
BancVue: Develops products and services for community financial institutions
BankOns: Mobile app offering consumers real-time savings at local merchants
Dwolla: Online, mobile, and social peer-to-peer payment platform
oFlows (Purchased by Andera in 2011): Multichannel paperless solutions for account openings
Mitek Systems: Provides apps for smartphones that allow users to deposit checks and pay bills via their devices’ cameras
PayNearMe: Cash transaction network for the underbanked
Wikinvest: A platform for investors to share trading tips
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Held September 20-21, 2011
BillGuard: People-powered antivirus for bills
Dynamics:  produces and manufactures intelligent powered cards
eToro: Social investment network
FamZoo: Online “virtual family Bank”
FeeFighters: Platform that simplifies the process of choosing a merchant account provider
LearnVest: Online PFM for women
Offermatic: Targeted online offers provider
oFlows (Purchased by Andera in 2011): Multichannel paperless solutions for account openings
Personal Capital: Online financial advisor helping people manage their investments
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Held February 2, 2011
Cardlytics: Transaction-based rewards
Dynamics: produces and manufactures intelligent powered cards
eToro: Social investment network
Nutmeg: Online investment manager that democratizes saving and investing

Finovate Alumni News– March 6, 2012

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  • HelloWallet signs with Mercer to provide PFM tool to employees.
  • The Glass Hammer profiles Lynne Laube, President & COO of Cardlytics.
  • Desert News highlights ReadyForZero’s creativity in helping consumers understand credit card debt.
  • Money Marketing looks at practical ideas from FinovateEurope, uses Meniga as example.
  • Heartland Bank selects ID Theft 911 to provide ID theft protection management, and resolution services to customers.
  • Business Centric Services Group and partners launch new training workshop to empower businesses to market online.
  • Tradeshift introduces CloudScan to simplify invoicing.
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 2012 in the Press

Here’s a look at press coverage from FinovateEurope on Tuesday:
ABA Banking Journal
Innovative payment startups, 2012 Edition
ArcticStartup
ETRONIKA Creates Kinect-Based Security For Online Banking
by Greg Anderson
Backbase Blog
FinovateEurope 2012: a brief review 
by Jelmer de Jong

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Bank Innovation
7 New Services Launched at FinovateEurope 2012
by Mary Wisniewski
Banking Technology 
Finovate Europe packs in the punters
Blick Log 
Finanzinnovationen von der Finovate
by MNOCKERL 
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Finovate Europe points way to the future
by Neil Ainger
Celent
Another take on Finovate
by Gareth Lodge
FinovateEurope 2012: More Payments and Mobile, Less PFM
by Zilvinas Bareisis
Innovative Payments Startups, 2012 Edition
by Zilvinas Bareisis
Commercial Integrator
Etronika Unveils Improved Microsoft Kinect-Based Online Banking
by Rachel Cericola
Finance 2.0
Finovate 2012: Der erste Eindruck
by Boris Janek
Financial Services Club Blog
The best of innovation in finance: #Finovate Europe 2012
by Chris Skinner
Finextra
Live at Finovate
by Pat Carroll
Finovate
AcceptEmail’s Service Creates an Electronic Bill that Can Be Paid by Mobile
Actiance’s Socialite Engage Helps Advisors Manage Social Media
Aimia and Cardlytics Help Merchants Track Offers and Revenue
Backbase Improves Bank 2.0 Portal Manager
Business Centric Services Group Launches CreditHQ
Brokertainment’s StockBattle Lets Users Engage in Social Betting on Stocks
CurrencyFair Launches QuickTrade Feature
Dynamics Shows Off Smart Credit Card
eToro Introduces Guru Finder, Launches iPad App
ETRONIKA Revolutionizes How Users Interact with their Online Bank
Fenergo’s Deal Manager Helps with Client On-Boarding and Account Opening
Figlo Makes Financial Planning Accessible on Any Device
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Finsphere’s Solutions Keep Online Banking Secure
Fiserv Introduces Mobiliti M-Cash
Handpoint Launches Secure Payment Solution for Tablets and Smartphones
Holvi Unveils Group Account Technology
IND Group’s Banking-Front Office Gamifies Personal Finance
InvestorBee From DCisions Helps Users Make Sound Investment Decisions
Ixaris Demonstrates Customizable Card Program in a Box
Kabbage’s ScoreKard Gives Online Merchants a Dashboard of Health
Liqpay’s Zip.liqpay.com Allows for Easy Online Payments
Luup’s Wallet System Facilitates the Internal Authorization Process
Meniga Upgrades PFM to Align with How People Think About their Money
miiCard Launches Open Beta of a Digital Passport for Online Identification
Mootwin Enables Users to Better Manage Mobile Ap
ps
Nutmeg Offers a Tailored Investing and Saving Experience
PayPal Demonstrates Instant Account Creation
Ping Identity Shows How Financial Institutions Can Use Social Networking Logins
Sandstone Launches Mobile Banking App
Serverside’s Technology Creates Viral Marketing Through Facebook
Service2Media Enables Secure Mobile Payments
Striata Launches Paperless Adoption Technology
Tradeshift’s Instant Payments Gives Businesses a Faster Way to Receive Cash from Invoices
VALid from ValidSoft Uses Voice Authentication
Wipro Brings Customer Acquisition to the Tablet

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Finovate Europe 2012: Innovation In Digital Financial Services
by Benjamin Ensor
FSTech
Finovate Europe: best of show winners
by Scott Thompson
Hotwire PR blog
Finovate Europe 2012 – the aftermath
by Ben L
I Programmer
Kinect The Ultimate Security Device
by Harry Fairhead
Inside Brunei fm
ETRONIKA Brings online banking to Gesture Control, But Why?
by Roshan Jerad Perera
miiCard Blog
Impact of Financial Services in 2012, from FinovateEurope
by Cassie Anderson
A Cookie for Your Thoughts
by Cassie Anderson
Mircea Mihaescu Blog
Finovate London– More Old News?
by Mircea Mihaescu
Money Marketing 
Ian McKenna: Technology the key to building scale
by Ian McKenna
Ian McKenna: The new wave of FS tech
by Ian McKenna
My Bank Tracker
Wave Your Arms in the Air: Etronika’s Gesture-Based Banking
by Willy Staley
Nutmeg Blog
Nutmeg wins ‘Best of Show’ at Finovate Europe
by Aisha, Jono and Nick
OCTO Talks!
Innovation dans les services financiers: Retour sur Finovate 2012
by Joseph Glorieux 
Partners in Prepaid
Finovate 2012: New Kids on the Block
by Duygu Tavan
Payment Observer 
Trends and Innovation in Finance: FinovateEurope 2012
by Martin Schuppelius
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Kinect-Powered Online Banking Logs You In With Your Face And Voice
by Emma Hutchings
Slash Gear
ETRONIKA produce Kinect-based online banking
by Chris Burns
TechCrunch Europe
Lithuanian company develops Kinect-powered online banking system
by Mike Butcher
TekFin
Financial Services and Data exhausts
by Yann
Ubergizmo
Kinect based online banking from Etronika a reality now
by Edwin Kee
Visible Banking
Cardlytics: Merchant Coupons within Online Banking [INTERVIEW]
by Christophe Langlois
Currency Fair: the P2P Marketplace to Exchange Currency on your Terms [INTERVIEW]
by Christophe Langlois
Visible
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Etronika: Kinect Banking at the Branch, Minority Report Style [INTERVIEW]
by Christophe Langlois
etoro: Copy Trading, Gamification and Personal Branding [INTERVIEW]
by Christophe Langlois
Finovate Europe 2012 (Photos, Videos, Crowdsourced Blog Coverage)
by Christophe Langlois 
Holvi: One Stop Shop for Groups – Crowdfunding, Budgeting, Expensing
by Christophe Langlois
iBrokr’s StockBattle: the World’s First P2P Option Game [INTERVIEW]
by Christophe Langlois 
IND Group: Bringing Gamification into the Online Bank [INTERVIEW]
by Christophe Langlois
Kabbage: for SMEs, More Social Media Engagement = More Cash [INTERVIEW]
by Christophe Langlois
LiqPay’s Zip: a Payment Details Shortener ‘bit.ly Style’ [INTERVIEW]
by Christophe Langlois
Meniga’s CEO: PFM Fully Integrated to Online Banking [INTERVIEW]
by Christophe Langlois
Nutmeg: Providing Private Banking Services to the Masses [INTERVIEW]
by Christophe Langlois
Ping Identity: Tapping Social Media to Customize Customer Experience in Banking
by Christophe Langlois
Serverside Group: Customize your Card Design on Facebook [INTERVIEW]
by Christophe Langlois
Vision Research Lab
Finovate– look out for these companies
by Duygu Tavan
Finovate– Who to look out for
by Duygu Tavan
Finovate: Hot stuff from Finland – meet Holvi
by Duygu Tavan
Zawya
Luup launches Mobile Travel Authorisation & Budget Management Service

Meniga Upgrades PFM to Align with How People Think About their Money

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Wrapping up the third session, Meniga demonstrated its enhanced PFM:

“Meniga is expanding its PFM Solution so that it completely merges with the traditional online/mobile bank, adding highly user-centric interfaces for several key online banking functions, such as bill-pay, alerts, and account presentation.

The interface de-emphasizes real accounts and actual balances and instead shows ‘uncommitted balance’ and virtual accounts that are better aligned with how people think about their money. It allows users to automate routine tasks and includes an alert framework designed to bring peace of mind by alerting users before bills go unpaid or before any account’s balance becomes too low to meet commitments and forecasted expenses.”

Product Launched: December 2009

HQ Location: Reykjavik, IcelandCompany
Founded: March 2009
Metrics: $1.3 million raised, 18 employees, 5 implementations with retail banks in Sweden, Norway, and Iceland
Website: meniga.com

Presenting Georg Ludviksson (CEO & Co-Founder) & Einar Gustafsson (VP of Product Management)
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FinovateEurope 2012 Sneak Peek: Part 2

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As promised last week, here is our second “sneak peak” into the hot young startups and established leading companies that will demo their latest fintech innovations at the second annual FinovateEurope next February 7th in London.
As we mentioned in the first sneak peak, we asked each handpicked company to “whet your appetite” by providing a short summary in their own words of the innovation that they will be debuting on stage. We’ve compiled them below.
Don’t miss your chance to see fast-paced demos of the newest ideas from each company and meet the execs responsible for the cutting edge of innovation in financial and banking technology. Plus get your FinovateEurope ticket before December 23rd and you’ll lock in the early-bird price!
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Backbase will be presenting major new features in its Bank 2.0 Portal Manager, focusing on the following key points:
  • Improved editor for page composition on regular browsers and mobile devices
  • Advanced segmentation and targeting for different customer groups
  • Fully integrated forms editor for enrollment and BPM
  • Advanced analytical and performance tools
Innovation type: Marketing, mobile and tablet UI, online UI


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Aimia’s unique advertising platform, powered by Cardlytics, enables banks to deliver rich, relevant rewards to their customers. The platform uses customers’ unique purchasing history to deliver rewards that strengthen retention rates, increase card usage and improve customer relationships. The Cardlytics platform does all this without the need for any personally identifiable customer data.   
Critical to the success of the programme is merchant engagement. Aimia and Cardlytics will be demonstrating the portal which is used by merchants to track offers and report on revenue. The suite of merchant management tools allows merchants to deliver targeted strategies that deliver measurable results. 
Innovation type: Cards, marketing, rewards
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eToro provides you with immediate access to the largest investment network in the world giving you the ability to quickly find and easily build your own people-based portfolio of top performing traders. Automatically copy every trade your personal dream-team makes into your own investment account and start copying the success of the most successful traders. 
eToro reinvents the way people invest their money by propelling them into the fast growing world of social investing. Take advantage of the wisdom of the crowds and make smarter investment decisions with full transparency and control over your invested funds at any given time.
Innovation type: Investing, online UI, PFM
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KYC compliance is a hot topic for financial services and Fenergo will introduce its Deal Manager application for client on-boarding, KYC compliance and account opening.
Fenergo will demonstrate how banks and financial institutions can reduce the burden and cost of KYC compliance with its straightforward application which manages all of the complex KYC data gathering and document processes and ensures full compliance with industry regulations. 
The best bit is that its Deal Manager application also supports credit processes and legal document execution, so processing new client applications has never been so straightforward. 
Innovation type: Back office, sales
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An onboarding tool that increases customer engagement at the same time? Figlo offers you a complete solution to gain insight in financial matters on a consumer level. Financial planning is now accessible for everyone on any device. 
Curious? Figlo’s 7 minute demo will reveal the power of financial insight.
Innovation type: Mobile and tablet UI, sales

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Handpoint will be demonstrating the first totally secure mobile Chip & PIN payment solution for tablets and smartphones. The solution supports all card payments; magstripe (MSR), Chip & PIN, Chip & signature and contactless NFC Payments (2012).
With Handpoint’s Platform-as-a-Service acquiring, banks and MNOs can offer small/micro merchants card payments, tablets, and smartphones under their own brand name.
Innovation type: Payments, mobile and tablet UI
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Holvi replaces the plain old bank account with a current account built from the ground up for group activities. It helps customers collect more money, better understand their finances, and save time for their core activities. Customers include event organisers, sports clubs, and student associations and they can do all their banking with Holvi, without needing another bank account. 
Holvi is regulated as a payment services provider by the Finnish Financial Supervisory Authority (FIN-FSA), and it has the necessary banking partnerships in place to operate payment accounts for customers on a pan-European basis.
Innovation type: Banking, online UI, payments

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Facebook logins are crucially important. Online banking logins are severely difficult to remember. Can something be done about this and still meet the highest standards of identity security? 
Ping Identity will show you how to deliver the best login experience to your prospects and customers. Don’t turn them away with form filling and repetitive password requirements. Give them access to your financial networks and partners. Build trust and relationships with your customers.
Innovation type: Identity, marketing, security
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Meniga is expanding its PFM solution to add a new, highly user-centric layer on top of traditional online/mobile banks. 
The interface de-emphasizes real accounts and actual balances and instead shows “uncommitted balance” and virtual accounts. It also allows users to automate routine tasks and includes an alert framework designed to bring peace of mind by alerting users before bills go unpaid or before any account’s balance becomes too low to meet commitments and forecasted expenses.
Innovation type: Online UI, Payments, PFM
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Investing is scary. I can invest, but I forget to buy or sell or rebalance. My financial advice has been useless. I want to be in control of my finances. I know I should be doing more with my money. 
Nutmeg knows that investing is about more than money. It’s a passport to the life you want. That opportunity shouldn’t be reserved just for the wealthy, or just for those in-the-know.
Nutmeg asks, what if investing were simple and beautiful? And what if everyone could do it?
Innovation type: Investing, online UI, PFM
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Banks around the globe have really struggled to understand how they can leverage the power of Facebook. 
Serverside has developed a new and unique way to leverage Facebook in an exciting and engaging manner that drives real brand value, loyalty and engagement from your customers.
Innovation type: Cards, marketing

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Going paperless saves money and improves customer service. However, most customers are not switching off paper because the registration process is inconvenient, complicated and results in having to remember another username and password and to fetch the document every month.
Striata’s eConsent puts you in control of the paperless conversion process. Its clients are exceeding their paperless objectives and achieving a positive ROI in a matter of months.
Innovation type: Back office, communications, marketing

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What would make the biggest impact on the way you manage cash flow and financing? Improved processes? Streamlined operations? Or maybe more flexibility in the way you manage payment terms with suppliers?
Things change. Shift happens. Tradeshift has already transformed invoicing, now its doing the same with supply chain finance. 
Innovation type: Back office, payments, small business

eToro, Finantix, Liqpay.com and Meniga Win Best of Show at FinovateEurope

Finovate_FEU_2011_BestofShow.pngIt was a fantastic day at the first FinovateEurope as 35 banking and financial technology companies debuted their latest innovations in front of a packed house. It was the first Finovate without at least one demo blowing up, though there were a couple close calls.

At the end of the day, attendees voted for their three favorite products. The four leading vote getters were named FinovateEurope “Best of Show” (see notes on methodology).
Every company that presented was named Best of Show by some portion of the audience. But the ones that ended on top today were as follows (in alphabetic order):

  • eToro launched OpenBook (CopyTrade & CopyTrader) which allows
    users to follow & copy trades of other users
  • Finantix introduced a suite of iPad applications for financial
    advisors to use in face-to-face client discussion
  • Liqpay.com showed its new “$hop app” which allows a bank’s small business customers to easily set up a Facebook shop for ecommerce
  • Meniga 

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    demoed its personal financial manager with an added gaming layer that combined humor with “social curiosity,” for example, to compare spending to peers

Congratulations! And thanks to everyone who presented, sponsored, attended and followed the @finovate tweets.

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Notes on methodology:

1. Only audience members not associated with demoing companies were eligible to vote. Finovate employees did not vote.
2. Attendees were encouraged to note their favorites as the day went on. Ballots were turned in at the end of the last demo session. The exact written instructions given to attendees:
“Please rate (the companies) on the basis of demo quality and potential impact of the innovation they demoed. Note: Ballots with more than three companies circled will not be counted.”

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