Finovate Alumni News


  • Trunomi Closes $3 Million Seed Round
  • Symbiont Completes Proof of Concept with R3, Credit Suisse, Ipreo
  • Qumram Unveils Compliant WhatsApp Social Media Recording Solution
  • Mastercard Now Allows Developers to Access Suite of APIs through Single Gateway
  • Check out today’s FinDEVr APIntelligence.

Around the web

  • D+H Expands Mortgagebot Platform with MortgagebotMobile.
  • Gusto (fomerly ZenPayroll) now serves 40,000 small businesses.
  • Entersekt and Meniga listed among 100 most promising African fintech companies of 2016.
  • Motif Investing transitions to subscription service; hints at plans to launch roboadviser.

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


  • Behalf Raises $27 Million in New Funding
  • Backbase Partners with Entersekt to Deliver Authentication Technology
  • EyeVerify Teams Up with BioConnect to Boost Payment Security.

Around the web

  • PittsburghPost-Gazette feature on local fintech incubator SteelBridge Laboratories quotes Om Kundu, CEO of InSpirAVE. See InSpirAVE at FinovateFall in New York next week.
  • Massachusetts-based Randolph Savings Bank re-ups with Fiserv for front- and back-office technology.
  • Wipro announces partnership with Stibo Systems to offer Master Data Management (MDM) solutions.
  • looks at TransferWise and its growing independence from bank partners.
  • Jack Henry & Associates Awarded by Aite Group for Core Processing.

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’s $8.2 Million to Boost Personalized Digital Banking

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This week digital banking solutions provider Meniga announced an $8.2 million (€7.3 million) round of funding it had secured earlier this year. The round was led by existing investors Velocity Capital and Frumtak Ventures, based in the Netherlands and Iceland, respectively.

The U.K.-based company has assigned the funds to bolster its personalized digital banking platform, an offering already in use by Santander, Intesa Sanpaolo, mBank, and ING Direct. Meniga’s platform, which reaches 35 million end users in 20 countries, does double-duty. It not only offers PFM capabilities, but also helps banks with PSD2 compliance by aggregating consumers’ spending data. As the company’s CEO and cofounder Georg Ludviksson said, “Now, in addition to supporting banks in helping their customers better understand and manage their finances, we can further help banks engage with merchants and be compliant with upcoming regulations, such as PSD2.”

Willem Willemstein, Velocity Capital chairman and CEO, has joined Meniga’s board of directors.

Founded in 2009 and originally based in Reykjavík, Iceland, Meniga debuted its Personalization Platform at FinovateEurope 2016. The new platform leverages PFM data to facilitate timely, targeted, and relevant communication between a bank and their client. The tool helps banks segment customers based on spending and behavioral factors to more efficiently and effectively deliver campaigns.

Finovate Alumni News


  • Finovate Debuts: How the Kore Bots Deliver More than Your Average Chatbot
  • DriveWealth Expands APIs for Wealth Managers
  • Braintree, Finicity, and Twilio Take Top Honors at API World Awards

Around the web

  • BankBazaar wins “Emerging Brand of the Year” and “CEO of the Year” at seventh CMO Asia Awards.
  • Fintech News Switzerland highlights Currency Cloud and Zopa in a look at London’s top rising fintech stars.
  • Boku brings direct carrier billing to Windows 10 phones in the United Kingdom and Italy.
  • Markit enhances WSO software suite to offer new levels of automation for syndicated loan market.

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


  • Avalara Unveils Enhanced Compliance Document Management Solution, CertCapture
  • Alpine Data Partners with Pivotal to Bring Smart App Building Blocks to Businesses


  • GreenKey Launches Design Partner Program

Around the web

  • GreenKey launches Design Partner Program with interdealer brokers, Tradition and Tullett Prebon.
  • iSignthis inks card-acquiring and -settlement partnership with National Australia Bank.
  • ACI Worldwide hosts “Coding for Girls” camp.
  • Transfers from Brazil now live on TransferWise.

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


  • “Robo-advisor Blooom Reaches $300 Million in Assets”
  • “Finovate Alums Earn Top Honors at 2016 Benzinga Fintech Awards”
  • “Finovate Debuts: Fintonic’s Mobile Banking Offers Products that Matter”
  • “NYMBUS Acquires R. C. Olmstead to Enhance Core Data Processing”
  • “Dashlane Unveils Redesigned App for iPhone and iPad”


  • “Praesidio Rebrands as DefenseStorm”

Around the web

  • Lighter Capital brings on Jacob Colker as chief marketing officer.
  • The WSJ calls PayPal “the new face of banking.”
  • “Fragmob and CardFlight Announce Integrated Partnership”
  • Tradeshift and kompany partner to automate KYC & KYB verifications.
  • Tech Hunter looks at how the integration of CustomerXPs Clari5 with Oracle Database In-Memory benefits banks.
  • ACI Worldwide to launch its e-commerce payments solution, Up eCommerce Payments.
  • Misys joins Banking Industry Architecture Network (BIAN) to help create a global banking IT standard.
  • Meniga to power new PFM option for CSOB group.

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


  • “Actiance Brings on Naresh Bansal as New CFO”
  • “Twilio Readies for $100 Million IPO”
  • “PayNearMe Acquires Prism Money to Offer Bill Presentment for Enterprise Clients”
  • “Featurespace Falls on a Fresh $9 Million in Funding”

On FinDEVr

  • “OakNorth, ‘The First Cloud-Based Bank in the U.K.’ is Powered by Mambu”

Around the web

  • Dataconomy interviews Georg Ludviksson, Meniga CEO and co-founder.
  • The WSJ: “Lending Club Talking With Citigroup About Loan Purchases”
  • Cachet Financial Solutions to power Mobile Deposit for LCNB National Bank.
  • American Banker highlights Suresh Ramamurthi, chairman and CTO of CBW Bank.
  • eToro appoints Joe Hall as its new managing director of business in the U.K.
  • Let’s Talk Payments takes a look at the post-acquisition relationship between Envestnet and Yodlee.
  • Ethoca teams up with the Online Payment Exchange (ONPEX) to stop ecommerce fraud using early warning alerts.

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.

Check Out Who Took Home Top Honors at Last Night’s European Fintech Awards

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Last night in Amsterdam the 2016 European Fintech Awards celebrated innovators shaping the future of finance. A total of nine awards were presented to companies selected by a panel of judges for the quality of their pitch.

Four of the winners are Finovate and FinDEVr alums, including BehavioSec, who won the overall award of Best European Fintech Company of 2016:

Category: Risk, Intelligence, and Security
HQ: Stockholm, Sweden
Founded: 2009
FinovateFall 2015 demo
FinDEVr San Francisco 2015 presentation

Category: Innovative Banking Software
HQ: The Netherlands
Founded: 2003
FinovateEurope 2016 demo

Category: Financial Inclusion
HQ: Hamburg, Germany
Founded: 2012
FinovateSpring 2014 demo

Category: Best of Show, selected for the best pitch
HQ: Mechelen, Belgium
Founded: 2011
FinovateEurope 2016 demo

A total of 29 Finovate and FinDEVr alums were recognized in the European Fintech Top 100 list. Companies awarded on this list were selected by a combination of online public votes (weighted 25%) and a panel of judges (weighted 75%).

  • AdviceGames
  • Kantox
  • Klarna
  • AMP Credit Technologies
  • Kontomatik
  • Azimo
  • Kreditech
  • Backbase
  • Mambu
  • BehavioSec
  • mBank
  • Cloud Lending Solutions
  • Meniga
  • ebankIT
  • Nutmeg
  • eToro
  • Qumram
  • Scalable Capital
  • eWise
  • SmartEngine
  • Fenergo
  • TransferWise
  • Holvi
  • Trustly
  • IdeaBank
  • Zopa
  • InvoiceSharing

The European Fintech Awards are organized by Amsterdam-based publishing company Alex van Groningen BV. The company offers a great explanation of the awards: “The purpose of the FinTech awards is not to scientifically prove who are the best FinTech companies. The judging is primarily based on the judges’ individual ideas and views on the nominating companies using their expertise, knowledge and ideas.”

Finovate Alums Dominate The FinTech50’s Inaugural Hall of Fame


FinTechCity unveiled its new FinTech50 Hall of Fame this week at the Money 20/20 event in Copenhagen, Denmark. Finovate alums took six out of the ten spots.

The “founding ten members” of TheFinTech50 Hall of Fame are companies that “have featured on our radar since the days when they could reasonably be called startups,” say FinTech50 founders Julie Lake and Nicky Cotter, writing in The FinTech50 2016 Yearbook. “In recognition of their pioneering spirit and competitive staying power, we felt they deserved their own special place within a list of remarkable game-changers,” the founders wrote.

FinTechCity also presented The FinTech50 2016, its roster of the fifty hottest FinTech businesses in Europe. Of the 50 companies selected by the panel of more than 30 industry experts who poured over more than 1,200 candidates, a full baker’s dozen were Finovate—or FinDEVr—alums.

Read the full list.

Lake and Cotter called this year’s competition “the most hotly contested FinTech50 in its four-year history.” The founders also highlighted differences from the 2015 list, with this year’s roster featuring more companies innovating in “security, compliance, and risk.”

Also noteworthy was the number of European fintech companies from the United Kingdom (more than 30 out of the 50). The founders credited this to the U.K.’s broader access to funding, as well as the region’s local talent, and “favorable regulatory environment.” Lake and Cotter also praised other emerging European fintech communities in Amsterdam, Berlin, and Stockholm.

In addition to The FinTech50 2016 and its new Hall of Fame, FinTechCity also announced its FinTech20 India and FinTech20 Hong Kong. Finovate alums were represented here with Demystdata (FinovateAsia 2012) earning a spot in the Hong Kong 20, and Bank Bazaar (FinovateAsia 2012) getting recognition in the India 20. Lastly, The FinTech50 shared “The Hot Ten,” a roster of companies on their watch list for 2016. Here, Finovate alum, Ormsby Street (FinovateFall 2015), was recognized on that list.

FinovateEurope Sneak Peek: Meniga


FEULogowithDateA look at the companies demoing live to 1,500 fintech professionals. Register today


Meniga is the European market leader of next-generation online banking solutions. Its award winning software helps banks across the world improve and expand their digital banking user experience


  • To provide a highly personalized user experience for online and mobile banking
  • To segment services based on spending behavior and financial situation
  • To deliver the right message to the right customer at the right time

Why it’s great
Meniga’s PFM data-driven personalization platform uses data and machine-learning-driven segmentation to allow banks to offer a highly personalized and inspiring user experience.


Georg Ludviksson, CEO and Co-Founder
Georg is a Harvard MBA and accomplished technology entrepreneur with more than 15 years of experience of founding, building and managing software companies with a global perspective

MenigaPresenter2Einar Thor Gustafsson, Vice President of Product Management
An interaction and information designer with a special focus on financial data and digital banking. For more than 15 years Einar has been building products and leading global digital strategies.

Finovate Alumni News


  • Larky Launches at Three New Credit Unions.
  • London’s Revolut Unveils Version 2.0 of its Personal Money Cloud

Around the web

  • Fifth Third Bancorp to deploy AML solutions from NICE Systems’ Actimize.
  • interviews Kashoo Communications lead Dave Clarke on cloud accounting.
  • Baxter Credit Union ($2.4 billion) chooses ORB platform from Alkami Technology.
  • Roundup of Australia fintech startups features Avoka. See Avoka at FinovateEurope 2016 in London.
  • Encap releases version 3.1 of its mobile authentication and security platform.
  • First Data’s Clover launches Clover Go mobile POS dongle.
  • Coinbase introduces price alert push notifications on iOS and Android.
  • In 2015, Kasasa sees 45% growth in clients, now counts 779 signed community FIs.

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’s 2015 Best of Show Winners Give Something to Tweet About


2015 was quite a year for the 800+ Finovate alumni. From acquisitions to IPOs, and everything in between, there was plenty to tweet about. Here are the highlights from the 2015 Best of Show winners:

FinovateEurope 2015

Avoka demoed a three-minute loan application that delivers a fast onboarding experience.

CoinJar showed a technology that enables consumers to buy, sell, and use digital and traditional forms of currency any way they choose, from dollars to bitcoins.

ebankIT demoed its omnichannel and social banking solution that maximizes interaction between FIs and clients.

eToro showed its innovations in social trading and investing for generation Y.

Jumio demoed credentials-management technology Netverify that turns mobile devices into ID document-scanning terminals.

mBank & i3D demoed their interactive, digital retail-branch concept.

Meniga showed off Market Match, its transaction-data analytics and enrichment engine.

FinovateSpring 2015

Alpha Payments Cloud demoed AlphaHub, its omnichannel access platform that helps banks, merchants, MSPs, and ISOs gain access to any solution provider in the world.

Avoka (see above)

Money Amigo showed technology that brings financial services to the underbanked and underserved, delivering traditional banking products in an innovative way.

Moven launched Moven Financial Health Platform that provides real-time contextualized notifications and interactions that create “gamified money moments.”

NAMU Systems demoed “Joyful Banking” which uses new and intelligent behavior modeling to focus on customer behavior and digital experiences to create a new standard in mobile banking. showcased its Receipt Capture for Banks, a solution that boosts functionality of online and mobile banking apps while providing fraud protection.

Stratos demonstrated its dynamic Stratos Bluetooth-connected card and digital card issuance platform that analyzes card-usage trends and interactively engages card members.

FinovateFall 2015 launched technology that enables financial services and other enterprises to set up and build applications on a private, hosted blockchain.

Dyme showcased its innovative method for helping people start a savings habit and fund their lifestyle using text messaging.

Dynamics demoed fully programmable interfaces (stripe, EMV, NFC) for use in next-generation payment cards.

Finanteq launched its SuperWallet that helps banks take full advantage of their potential by integrating m-commerce and remote services with mobile banking.

Hedgeable: demoed its private banking platform for millennials.

HelloWallet showed its Retirement Explorer solution, an approachable and actionable online planning tool that helps employees model and work toward specific retirement outcomes.

SaleMove demoed its Engagement Platform and Omnicall technologies that enable online consumers to engage live with businesses as if they were face-to-face.

Soundpays showed its app that recognizes ultrasonic and sonic waveforms even in extremely noisy environments.

Want to see more award-winning demos of the newest fintech ideas? Pick up your ticket FinovateEurope 2016 and we’ll see you in London.