African Unicorn Jumia Opens on NYSE; UAE’s Finablr Eyes $200M IPO

Finovate Global is our weekly look at fintech innovation in developing economies in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and Central and Eastern Europe.

Middle East and Northern Africa

  • UAE-based payments company Finablr prepares for a $200 million IPO.
  • Emirates NBD launches its WhatsApp Business Solution.
  • Awok.com, a mass market ecommerce platform based in the UAE, raised $30 million in Series A funding.

Central and South Asia

  • Indian fintech BharatPe secures $15.5 million in Series A round to help provide UPI QR codes to merchants.
  • TechCrunch: PayU’s $70 million acquisition of Wibmo signals the company’s interest in the Indian market.
  • Entrepreneur India takes a look at what investors like about Indian fintech.

Latin America and the Caribbean

  • Brazilian SME lender Weel raises $30 million courtesy of investment from Franklin Templeton.
  • Mexico’s Banco BASE partners with Volante Technologies for end-to-end payment processing solutions.
  • PaymentsJournal reviews the surge in the number of new unicorns among Latin American fintech startups.

Asia-Pacific

  • TurnKey Lender receives accreditation from the Singapore government’s IMDA, a certification that enables companies to expand into international markets easier.
  • WeLab, a Hong Kong based mobile lender, earns virtual banking license.
  • Fintech Singapore features its list of the top 10 fintech firms in Thailand for 2019.

Sub-Saharan Africa

  • The ecommerce marketplace known as the “African Amazon,” Jumia, begins trading on the New York Stock Exchange.
  • Top African finance app Branch lands $170 million in financing led by Foundation Capital and Visa.
  • Nigeria-based bank agent network Kudi raises $5 million in Series A.

Central and Eastern Europe

  • Microblink introduces new document scanning app, BlinkCard.
  • Estonia to bid for developing national ID system, PhilSys, in the Philippines.
  • Fiserv helps Hellenic Bank streamline payments.

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FinovateEurope Sneak Peek: Microblink

A look at the companies demoing live at FinovateEurope on February 12 through 14, 2019 in London, U.K. Register today and save your spot.

Microblink is an R&D company that develops proprietary computer vision technology based on machine learning to automate identity and payment data input in user onboarding processes.

Features

  • Intelligent recognition and extraction of data from identity or credit card
  • Significantly improved UX to save time and reduce costs
  • Easy integration into existing mobile or web apps

Why it’s great

BlinkID provides intelligent scanning and data extraction of identity and credit cards in real time. Next-generation UX simplifies customer onboarding and e-commerce processes.

Presenters

Valentina Kusek, Head of Sales
Being tech savvy, Kusek has an excellent understanding of customers’ needs. She is enthusiastic about bringing computer vision technology to enterprises to enable excellent UX in their apps.
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Jurica Cerovec, CTO
Cerovec pursues mobile tech challenges and innovation. He is dedicated to continuous advancements in computer vision with Microblink’s proprietary machine learning system.
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Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • New Investment in Zafin to Drive Innovation in Financial Services.

Around the web

  • London-based anti-fraud platform Fortytwo Data rebrands as Napier.
  • Fenergo launches new low to no-code administration suite, Fenergo Digital Configuration Studio.
  • Lighter Capital provides $700,000 in growth capital to FitSmallBusiness.com.
  • Forrester names CREALOGIX a leader in the Now Tech: Digital Banking Engagment Platforms, Q4 2018, category.
  • Artivest announces expansion of its platform to include product structuring and fund distribution solutions.
  • TransUnion unveils its Auto Payment Shopper solution to improve the car buying process for consumers, lenders, and dealers.
  • ieDigital named “market challenger” in latest Ovum Decision Matrix.

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 2018 Best of Show Winners Announced

If there is one theme that unites all of our FinovateEurope Best of Show winners this year, that theme may be summed up in one word: data. As Finovate senior research analyst Julie Muhn pointed out during a recent conversation, the ability to leverage data to create more meaningful, more personalized, more secure experiences for consumers of financial services underlies much of the innovation that we see not just on the Finovate stage, but across fintech writ large, as well.

In this way, financial technology is turning the old adage – it’s not what you know, it’s who you know – on its head. The connections between us and the things we do, the places we go, the transactions we make, are in many ways the Holy Grail for companies that are constantly seeking out better ways to serve us. And for those companies that do win our trust and gain access to what we know and do, the rewards could not be greater.

With this in mind, we present to you a small sample of those companies that may be best positioned to take advantage of this Golden Age of Data: the Best of Show winners of FinovateEurope 2018.

Backbase for its Customer OS, the next generation of the Backbase Digital Banking Platform, which is laser-focused on providing customer-first journeys. Video.

 

Be-IQ for its holistic and gamified approach to risk profiling and financial well-being that accounts for the very contradictions that make us human: our behaviors. Video.

 

CREALOGIX for its customer banking platform, Gravity, which is breaking new ground with its intuitive and user-friendly, self-service insights application. Video.

 

iProov for its liveness-protected, facial biometric authentication technology which is fully-automated for fast, easy and ultra-secure mobile and PC on-boarding. Video.

 

 

Meniga for its digital banking solution that helps banks around the world use data to personalize digital channels and drive customer engagement. Video.

 

Microblink for BlinkReceipt, its SDK for real-time extraction of all purchase data from retail receipts and OCR technology which eliminates typing from mobile apps. Video.

 

 

W.UP for its digital banking sales and engagement solution that uses pre-built customer insights to build relevant, personalized, and timely interactions with clients. Video.

 

Please join us in thanking our sponsors and partners who help us make FinovateEurope a huge success year in and year out. And be sure to stay tuned for coverage of our new extended format on Thursday and Friday as we take deep dives into some of the most pressing issues and fascinating trends in fintech today. For more information about the keynote addresses, panel discussions, and fireside chats coming up on Days Three and Four, our full agenda is available on our FinovateEurope 2018 page.


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 during each day. At the end of the last demo, they chose their three favorites.
3. The exact written instructions given to attendees: “Please rate (the companies) on the basis of demo quality and potential impact of the innovation demoed.”
4. The seven companies appearing on the highest percentage of submitted ballots were named “Best of Show.”
5. Go here for a list of previous Best of Show winners through 2014. Best of Show winners from our 2015 through 2018 conferences are below:
FinovateEurope 2015
FinovateSpring 2015
FinovateFall 2015
FinovateEurope 2016
FinovateSpring 2016
FinovateFall 2016
FinovateAsia 2016
FinovateEurope 2017
FinovateSpring 2017
FinovateFall 2017
FinovateAsia 2017
FinovateMiddleEast 2018

FinovateEurope Sneak Peek: Microblink

A look at the companies demoing live at FinovateEurope on the 6 through 9 of March 2018 in London. Pick up your tickets today and save your spot.

Microblink’s SDK, BlinkReceipt, provides instant insight into consumer purchases on the SKU level with real-time receipt scanning. The SDK runs OCR and captures all purchase data, even from long receipts.

Features

  • Real-time data capture from retail receipts
  • Robust cataloging system for structured data extraction
  • High accuracy and infinite scalability

Why it’s great
BlinkReceipt is the most cost-effective way to collect consumer purchase data and can be used for purchase validation, loyalty and rewards programs, market research, PFM, and more.

Presenters

Luka Slibar, Business Product Manager
Slibar is a business product manager working with clients in the banking industry on improving the end-customer experience with new digital solutions enabled by Microblink’s technology.
LinkedIn

Chad Wood, Product Manager
Wood is a serial entrepreneur and product manager for BlinkReceipt with a passion for the intersection of technology and the real world.
LinkedIn

Microblink’s Photopay Expands to New European Markets

Photopay, the payment receipt scanning solution from Best of Show winner Microblink, is now available in more countries including France, Norway, Spain, and Sweden. The news is the latest step in Microblink’s European expansion – begun four years ago – and brings the company’s data extraction technology to an even wider range of SME customers.

In a blog post discussing the news, Microblink pointed to the way Photopay improved the UX for banking app users. The company cited a case study with Erste Bank that realized a 100x increase in the number of mobile banking transactions and and 30x increase in mobile banking transactions as a share of all transactions. Erste Bank also reported an increase of 160% in the number of its mobile banking users. In addition, Microblink highlighted a European bank that credited Photopay for the high marks its mobile banking app received. “More than 40 renowned European banks have recognized the value photopay provides in terms of UX,” the blog authors wrote.

Pictured: Microblink Co-Founder and SMD Izet Ždralović demonstrating BlinkReceipt at FinovateSpring 2017.

Photopay leverages optical character recognition technology (OCR) to capture data from payment slips and receipts, removing manual data entry – and the potential for error – from the process. Photopay also offers an automatic field-by-field scanning feature that makes it easy to more accurately extract data from unstructured sources including small business invoices. The real-time technology operates locally on the user’s mobile device and does not require an internet connection to work. Photopay is available as an SDK that can be easily integrated into existing banking apps and fully customized into a white-label solution that’s virtually invisible to the user.

Founded in 2013 and headquartered in London, U.K., Microblink demonstrated its BlinkReceipt solution at FinovateSpring 2017, taking home Best of Show honors. Earlier this month, Zagrebačka banka, the largest bank in Croatia, announced that its mobile app would feature portrait and document scanning technology provided by Microblink. In addition to Photopay and BlinkReceipt, Microblink offers SDKs that add ID scanning (BlinkID), barcode scanning (pdf417), and general purpose data scanning (BlinkInput) to mobile apps. The company, which launched the popular, free Photo Math app in 2014, includes Cherubic Ventures among its investors. Damir Sabol is founder and CEO.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Microblink’s Photopay Expands to New European Markets.

Around the web

  • Daon and Experian talk about fighting fraud with biometric technology on CNBC’s Squawk Box.
  • Let’s Talk Payments interviews Yodlee’s Terry McKeown on managing credit risk.
  • Banking Exchange profiles alternative lender, PayActiv.
  • The Silicon Review features Vantiv Head of Product for Integrated Payments, Moin Moinuddin.
  • FintekNews sits down with Unison Co-CEOs Thomas Sponholtz and Jim Riccitelli to discuss shared real estate investing.
  • Tesobe organizes cross-industry payments hackathon in Australia – Aug 11 thru 13th.
  • CRN names Veridium on its list of 2017 Emerging Vendors.
  • Total and Worldline Partner with Africa-based InTouch to help deploy Guichet Unique, a digital solution for retail networks.

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.

FinovateSpring 2017 Best of Show Winners Announced!

Do the Best of Show winners of FinovateSpring 2017 represent our most diverse array of fintech innovations to date?

You be the judge. This year’s winners include four companies that made their Finovate debuts this year, as well as a pair of companies – Hedgeable and SaleMove – that are not only Finovate veterans, but also are previous Best of Show award winners. And when we focus on the technologies involved: artificial intelligence, automated financial advisory, OCR, machine learning, biometrics, and more, it is clear that the innovations we see on the Finovate stage are indicative of broader trends not just in fintech, but in the technology industry as a whole.

So here’s to the innovators of FinovateSpring: from those who leverage technology to solve fundamental problems in finance to others who take advantage of the “sharing economy” to introduce entirely new ways to do everything from buying a home to investing for retirement.

Alpharank for its APIs that enable FIs to turn their transaction data into predictive social graph data.

Capitali.se for its fully-automated portfolio management and trade execution technology that turns natural language into executable investment strategies.

 

Hedgeable AI Lab for its artificial intelligence platform, Katana, that leverages voice commands and chatbot technology to provide financial planning advice.

 

 

Microblink for its real-time, retail receipt scanner for mobile apps, turning the mobile camera into an accurate data catcher and replacing manual inputs.

 

 

Neener Analytics for its compliant social media analytics solutions that provide frictionless credit decisioning and individual risk outcome predictions.

 

SaleMove for its Engagement Platform and OmniBrowse solution that helps FIs meet or exceed the in-person customer experience online.

SpeechPro for its VoiceKey.FRAUD technology that uses voice biometrics to enable call centers to detect fraudsters.

Unison for its HomeBuyer and HomeOwner solutions that helps make homes more affordable and home equity easier and less expensive to access.

What a time we had this year in San Jose! Thanks to all our presenting companies, our sponsors and partners, our volunteers, temps, and presenter-acclaimed AV team, and of course, thanks to you, our attendees. We are already looking forward to our return to Silicon Valley next year for FinovateSpring 2018. So if we don’t see you this summer in London for FinDEVr or this fall in New York for our new, expanded FinovateFall conference, we hope we’ll see you again this time next year right here.


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 during each day. At the end of the last demo, they chose their three favorites.
3. The exact written instructions given to attendees: “Please rate (the companies) on the basis of demo quality and potential impact of the innovation demoed.”
4. The six companies appearing on the highest percentage of submitted ballots were named “Best of Show.”
5. Go here for a list of previous Best of Show winners through 2014. Best of Show winners from our 2015 and 2016 conferences are below:
FinovateEurope 2015
FinovateSpring 2015
FinovateFall 2015
FinovateEurope 2016
FinovateSpring 2016
FinovateFall 2016
FinovateAsia 2016
FinovateEurope 2017

FinovateSpring Sneak Peek: Microblink

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FS2017-Logo(rev)V1A look at the companies demoing live at FinovateSpring on April 26 & 27 in San Jose. Pick up your tickets today and save your spot.

BlinkReceipt SDK is a real-time retail receipt scanner for mobile apps from Microblink. The solution automatically extracts all details from consumer purchase receipts on an item level.

Features

  • Automatic extraction in real-time and locally on a device
  • High accuracy and infinitely scalable
  • Easy integration into any app and on all platforms

Why it’s great
BlinkReceipt is the most cost-effective way to collect consumer purchase data and can be used for purchase validation, loyalty and rewards programs, market research, PFM, etc.

Microblink_IzetZdralovicPresenters

Izet Ždralović, Co-founder / SMD
Besides extensive experience in sales, marketing, and management, Ždralović has a comprehensive business view of innovative technologies. He loves solving problems with mobile technologies to improve UX.
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Microblink_DarrenBassmanDarren Bassman, Head of Product, BlinkReceipt
Bassman is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for the intersection of technology and the real world.
LinkedIn

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Take a look at our latest FinovateSpring Sneak Peeks featuring Microblink, HotDocs, Lleida.net and SATEC, Capsilon, RFM, and TALK Accounting.

Around the web

  • Private bank Julius Baer teams up with CREALOGIX for new mobile banking solution.
  • Ripple hires SWIFT business director Marjan Delatinne as new sales director for Europe.
  • Former Kabbage CTO Amala Duggirala joins Regions Bank as its new CIO.

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.