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  • Meniga opens new office in Singapore.
  • nCino announces expansion to Canada, opens doors on new Toronto, Ontario office.
  • Avaloq acquires structured products and derivatives data provider Derivative Partners.
  • Singapore’s Fintech News features aixigo, Nutmeg, and nextmarkets in its look at top European wealthtech solutions “that Singaporean banks should know.”
  • Anorak teams up with protection and mortgage advice company Albany Park.
  • NDGIT announces new strategic customer in Portuguese challenger bank, Banco BNI Europa.
  • The ID Co. joins North American division of the Financial Data & Technology Association (FDATA).

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  • Q2 and ALTR Leverage the Blockchain to Boost Data Security.
  • Neustar Helps TELUS Fight Caller ID Spoofing.
  • Fintech OS Raises $1.2 Million.
  • Personetics Unveils AI-Enabled Small Banking Solution.
  • SparkPost Launches Predictive Email Intelligence Platform.

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  • Meniga opens an office in Barcelona, Spain.
  • Coinbase extends support for USD Coin (USDC) trading in 85 countries.
  • Finastra hires Mark Miller as new Chief Financial Officer.
  • Fenergo announces API integration with global financial markets data provider Refinitiv.
  • Hastings Direct extends deal with Equifax by signing a multi-year deal.
  • SDC and Tink partner to give 120 Nordic banks access to account aggregation and payment initiation services.
  • Kony Quantum powers Qualifacts’ new CareLogic mobile app.
  • WireBarley partners with Currencycloud to boost its operations in the U.S.
  • Lendio named to Fortune’s Best Workplaces in Financial Services & Insurance.
  • BlueVine taps Herman Man as new Chief Product Officer.

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  • BlueVine and GovQuote Team Up to Fund SMEs.
  • Bpm’online Focuses on Customization, Clean Data in Latest Update.

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  • Sberbank Croatia chooses Token for PSD2 compliance.
  • Silicon Canals highlights Meniga in its list of 10 Cool Icelandic Tech Startups to Work for in 2019.
  • MX wins a 2019 Utah Genius award.
  • U.Today features Stash and Crealogix in its roundup of Top 12 FinTech Companies to Watch in 2019.
  • Xignite earns spot on the WealthTech 100.
  • Lendio franchise opens in Erie to expand access to capital for local businesses
  • InComm’s Alder API wins award from the Innovative Payments Association.
  • BioCatch’s behavioral biometrics-based digital identity solution now available on the ForgeRock Marketplace.

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 Acquires Swedish Rewards Platform Wrapp

Multiple-time Finovate Best of Show winner Meniga is starting off 2019 with an acquisition: purchasing Swedish rewards platform Wrapp for an undisclosed sum. Meniga CEO and co-founder Georg Ludviksson told Reuters that the acquisition would contributed directly to the company’s top line, “adding just over €3 million in annual recurring revenues from rewards,” as well as providing growth opportunities for Meniga in the Nordic region.

Both companies are active in the transaction-driven rewards space – Meniga in Iceland, Wrapp in Sweden and Finland. Together, they will offer a singular solution under the Meniga brand, and operate out of Stockholm, Sweden. Wrapp CEO Aage Reerslev will become Meniga’s VP of Rewards.

“We believe the merger brings us to a tipping point given the strong commitment we have from existing platform partners,” Reerslev said. “This is the right time to invest in transaction-driven marketing technology and create a more intelligent user-centric service which basically helps people buy better and smarter, not more.” Reerslev called it “a new standard for rewarding people and digitally bringing consumer brands closer to their customers – powered and distributed by the banks.”

Founded in 2011, Wrapp raised more than $36 million in funding from investors including Greylock Partners, Qualcomm Ventures, and Atomico. The transaction-driven marketing specialist has been live with six bank partners and has provided rewards and cashbacks for more than 350 brands.

Meniga most recently demonstrated its technology on the Finovate stage at FinovateFall 2018, winning Best of Show honors. During a busy fall season, the company announced a partnership with Singapore’s United Overseas Bank to provide data enrichment and categorization tools for the company’s recently-launched digital bank. Meniga also raised $3.4 million in funding last fall, courtesy of an investment from Íslandbanki, the company’s initial and longest-standing financial backer. The November financing was the second capital infusion for the company in 2018, having picked up $3.6 million in new funding from UniCredit in June.

Meniga has enriched more than 30 billion transactions for 65 million consumers in 30 countries on four continents. The firm processes 34 million transactions a day. The company was founded in 2009.

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  • Meniga Acquires Swedish Rewards Platform Wrapp.

Around the web

  • Featurespace partners with everis to help the business consultancy’s bank clients fight payment and account fraud.
  • TransferWise opens office in Belgium and applies for money transfer license as insurance against a no-deal Brexit outcome.
  • Hyatt launches bug bounty program with ethical hacker platform HackerOne.
  • Australian business bank Tyro unveils latest Alipay integration with  Sydney Airport retailer Heinemann Australia.
  • Entrust Datacard announces a pair of new board members, Val Rahmani and Cheri McGuire.
  • Capsilon reports that its core technology, Capsilon IQ, helped its clients’ customers save more than five million people hours collectively in 2018.

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Meniga Inks Deal with Singapore’s United Overseas Bank

According to reporting from Tanya Andreasyan of Fintech Futures (Finovate’s sister publication) Singapore-based United Overseas Bank (UOB) has signed a deal with Icelandic fintech vendor Meniga for its data enrichment and categorization tools for UOB’s recently launched digital bank. The technology will help the bank’s customers “keep track in real time of their savings and expenses more easily and clearly,” Meniga said.

According to the vendor, UOB becomes the first bank in Southeast Asia to sign for Meniga’s solution “to simplify complex and multiple transaction datasets into simple and relevant data” for its clients. It will also help the bank to gain a better understanding of customer needs and prompt them to make smarter decisions in managing their finances.

For example, a customer who dines out frequently could be asked if they would like to set a budget for dining out and to be alerted to stay on track. The customer can also categorize expenses through personalized hashtags, such as #rainydayfund or #coffeewithfriends and check in real-time how much has been spent in each category.

Dr Dennis Khoo, head of regional digital bank and digital banking, UOB, described the project with Meniga as “a key building block in the bank’s data-centric approach to use data as a strategic asset.”

He explained: “A pain point customers typically face when tracking their monthly expenses is the inconsistency in how retail names are recorded. As a result, it takes a longer time to match their expenses with what is reflected in their statements. The inconsistency is due to the transaction data coming from different sources, each with its own classification set.

“Meniga’s solution powers UOB’s digital bank’s advanced expense tracking which sorts and categorises these large volumes of complex transaction data. This means our customers can match their purchases without having to scratch their heads trying to figure out the retail or brand name associated with the merchant.

“Our customers will also be able to organise the way in which they manage their finances in real-time so that it is always personal to them and relevant to their own needs.”

For Georg Ludviksson, CEO and co-founder of Meniga, the UOB deal is “an important milestone in Meniga’s geographical expansion”. Furthermore, “it is one of the largest and most exciting personal financial management (PFM) partnerships ever made in Southeast Asia”, he added. Thanks to this deal, Ludviksson said, Meniga’s product will be launched in “several exciting, high-growth markets” in the region.

UOB has a network of more than 500 offices in 19 countries in Asia Pacific, Europe and North America. In Asia, it operates through its head office in Singapore and banking subsidiaries in China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.

Meniga’s news comes just days after the company announced a major investment from Islandbanki. Meniga noted that the funding, which comes from its first and longest-standing client, will support its R&D efforts to build out its products.

Founded in 2009, the five-time Best of Show winner demonstrated its technology at FinovateFall back in September. Meniga has 65 million digital banking customers in 30 countries via its partnerships with FIs including Santander, ING Direct, and fellow Finovate alum, mBank.

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  • eToro Launches GoodDollar to Reduce Income Inequality.
  • Zopa Seals Series G Investment En Route to Bank Launch.

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  • Privakey partners with FIDO board member Raonsecure to deliver joint solution to North America.
  • Green Dot reports record Q3 revenue of $230.6 million, up 14% from $201.6 million in Q3 2017.
  • Cardlytics expands U.S. Travel and Entertainment division with new appointment.
  • UOB’s Digital Bank advances customer-centric data solutions with Meniga.
  • Avaloq appoints Martin Greweldinger as Group Chief Product Officer.
  • LENDindex adds Centre’s USDC digital currency to its SME loan portfolio.
  • TransferWise secures £65 million syndicated debt facility with NatWest, JP Morgan, and LHV Bank.

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 Lands $3.4 Million from Íslandsbanki

In its third round of funding this year, digital banking and marketing startup Meniga has taken in $3.4 million (€3 million) from Íslandsbanki. The financial backing, which follows Swedbank’s $3.7 million investment in April and UniCredit’s $3.6 million strategic funding in June, brings Meniga’s total funding to just over $34 million.

Íslandsbanki is Meniga’s first and longest-standing client. The two have been collaborating since 2009 when they launched a PFM solution in Europe. Furthering their ties, Íslandsbanki and Meniga teamed up to deploy a new card-linked offer platform in June of last year.

Meniga will use the funds to enhance research and development efforts to further build out its products. Íslandsbanki CEO Birna Einarsdóttir noted that the investment not only deepens the bank’s relationship with Meniga, but that it is also aimed at, “investing in the future development of innovation in digital banking and personal financial management solutions.”

“The banking landscape is evolving faster than ever and is driven by new competitors, regulatory changes and rising customer expectations,” said Georg Ludviksson, CEO and co-founder of Meniga. “Therefore, it is vital for banks and fintech companies to work even closer together to thrive in the new digital ecosystem.”

Headquartered in London and with offices also in Reykjavik, Stockholm, and Warsaw, Meniga offers white-label digital banking solutions for 65 million digital banking users in 30 countries for banks such as Santander, Intesa, ING Direct, Commerzbank and mBank. The company has taken home five Finovate Best of Show awards, most recently for its demo at FinovateFall 2018, where Meniga showed off its if this, then that spending challenges that allow users to tie their savings to random external events, such as the weather, sports team wins, and exercise and music listening habits.

Finovate Alumni News

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  • CredoLab, GoBear Launch Credit Solution for the Underbanked.
  • Meniga Lands $3.4 Million from Íslandsbanki.
  • TransferWise Teams Up with Dutch Digital Bank bunq.

Around the web

  • Jack Henry’s Symitar Credit Unions expand outsourcing initiatives.
  • Trulioo expands European operations with new presence in Dublin.
  • Arab Bank for Investment and Foreign Trade (Al Masraf) licenses Temenos‘ Learning Community Engine.
  • Fenergo expands into private banking and wealth management.
  • AlphaPoint integrates stablecoin TrueUSD into its exchange network.

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  • PayActiv More than Doubles its Funding with Fresh $20 Million.

Around the web

  • IdentityMind Global selects Oracle Cloud Infrastructure to host its trusted digital identities regtech platform
  • Adobe launching Magento Payments with PayPal’s Braintree for payment processing.
  • Tangerine partners with Meniga for digital banking.

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