Finovate Alumni News


  • “Persado Pulls in $30 Million in Funding Led by Goldman Sachs”
  • “Ally Financial Acquires TradeKing for $275 Million”

Around the web

  • Mistral Mobile unveils its new, two-factor authentication solution, m-Aegis Secure OTP.
  • Azimo announces expansion within Denmark and Sweden.
  • TransferTo adds GGV Capital venture partner, Lee Kheng Nam, to its board of directors.
  • Alpha Payments Cloud teams up with WeCollect to launch China Payments Cloud.
  • Broadway Bank selects Micronotes’s cloud-based marketing automation platform to boost digital customer engagement.
  • RBC partners with BlackRock’s FutureAdvisor for robo-adviser pilot program.
  • “OutsideIQ Chosen To Participate In Brazilian Innovation Summit”

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.

Mistral Mobile Launches m-Aegis Mobile Integrity, a Comprehensive Multi-Factor Authentication Solution

Mistral Mobile Launches m-Aegis Mobile Integrity, a Comprehensive Multi-Factor Authentication Solution

This post is part of our live coverage of FinovateSpring 2015.

mistral mobile logoMistral Mobile is demonstrating its multifactor authentication platform, m-Aegis.

m-Aegis is the only comprehensive, multifactor, telco-independent, authentication and security solution for mobile applications and OTP replacement. Mobile banking and payments are exploding: Juniper Research predicts there will be more than one billion mobile banking users worldwide by 2017. Simultaneously, the roadblocks to mobile payments are disappearing with solutions such as host-card emulation and secure-elements, clearing the way for sustained dramatic growth. However, with opportunity comes risks. With increased volumes, mobile-initiated transactions become lucrative targets for hacking and fraud. According to a study by RiskIQ, more than 11% of all Android banking applications are suspicious and potentially contain malware. Mistral Mobile’s m-Aegis Mobile Integrity provides a comprehensive solution combining multiple factors such as device fingerprinting, SIM validation and usage data to maximize the integrity and create a high-confidence, no-gap verification model without compromising user experience.

Presenters: CEO Ludwig Schulze and Paul Yoo, chief commercial officer



Product Launch: February 2015

Metrics: 15+ employees
Product distribution strategy: direct to business (B2B), through financial institutions, through other fintech companies and platforms, licensed

HQ: Oulu, Finland and New York City, New York
Founded: June 2012
Twitter: @MistralMobile

FinovateSpring 2015 Sneak Peek: Aurora Financial Systems and Mistral Mobile

FinovateSpring 2015 Sneak Peek: Aurora Financial Systems and Mistral Mobile


There are just a few weeks to go before FinovateSpring 2015 in San Jose. And while our Sneak Peek preview series is already six editions deep, we’ve a few more presenting companies we’d love to introduce you to.

Today’s edition of our Sneak Peek Preview features a Finovate newcomer as well as a conference veteran, Aurora Financial Systems and Mistral Mobile. Both companies will join 70 other innovators on stage 12/13 March for two days of the best of fintech in 2015. To get your ticket and save your spot, visit our registration page today.

If you’ve missed an edition of our Sneak Peek Preview series, the links below will help you get up to date. Stay tuned for more previews of our FinovateSpring 2015 presenters this week.

Aurora_NOTE_logoAurora is a program manager and issuing processor focused on delivering real-time, transactional data with its interoperable platform.


  • The NOTE Card. A stylish and effective solution for overspending
  • Powerful, real-time messaging capabilities
  • Connect to multiple leading PFMs

Why it’s great
Aurora is partnering with Fintech leaders such as MX and Finicity to give consumers better choices and better experiences with their financial applications.


Aurora_SStagg_cropScott Stagg, CEO, Founder

Stagg has spent the lat 20 years in the financial services industry, having been the managing member of a $500 million hedge fund before turning his efforts to creating better financial products.



Aurora_CMelendez_cropChris Melendez, Chief Strategy Officer

Melendez is passionate about improving the financial lives of consumers and spent 10 years at American Express where he helped hundreds of clients maximize the value of their transactional data.


MistralMobile_logom-Aegis from Mistral Mobile is the only comprehensive, multifactor, telco-independent authentication and security solution for mobile applications and OTP replacement.


  • One-stop, integrated solution to protect against a whole array of risks
  • Multifactor authentication of device and user identity
  • Supports mobile banking, mobile payments, and mobile commerce

Why it’s great
No more trade-offs between high level of security and usability. M-Aegis delivers both.


MistralMobile_LSchulze_cropLudwig Schulze, CEO

Schulze has held executive roles in mobile and enterprise software companies and was a consultant with BCG. Prior to founding Mistral, Schulze was general manager for Nokia’s Mobile Financial Business.


MistralMobile_PYoo_cropPaul Yoo, Chief Commercial Officer

Yoo has worked at HoganLovells and Cooley LLP and was covering partnerships and commercial relationships as well as IP and regulation at Nokia’s Mobile Financial Services business.

Finovate Alumni News


Around the web

  • D3 Banking unveils its new mobile app.
  • American Banker takes a look at itBit and its plan to become a trust company in New York State. See itBit at FinovateSpring 2015.
  •’s roundup of the “Mobile Wallet Wars” features LoopPay.
  • Everett Blog previews version 3.0 of Encap’s smart authentication solution.
  • interviews Sarah Brylewski, managing director at Ayondo.
  • BioCatch and Mistral Mobile win spots on Red Herring 2015 Top 100 Europe. See Mistral Mobile at FinovateSpring 2015 in San Jose.
  • TradeHero releases version 3.1.0 of its Android app.
  • DRAFT featured at LaunchingNext. See DRAFT’s Finovate debut at FinovateSpring in San Jose next month.
  • NICE Systems partners with Capgemini to deliver a new Robotics Automation Hub.
  • Washington Business Journal interviews Blake Hall, CEO of
  • peerTransfer to provide its international tuition payments service at another 56 educational institutions.
  • TechCrunch’s guest column on “industry convergence” in financial services highlights Telenor Banka.

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.

Mistral Mobile Unveils m-Aegis, a Multi-Factor Integrity Solution for Mobile Apps

MistralMobile_logo_high-res.jpgThis post is part of our live coverage of FinovateEurope 2015.

Making its way to the stage is the team from Mistral Mobile launching their mobile, multifactor integrity solution, m-Aegis.
m-Aegis is the only multi-factor, telco-independent, integrity solution for mobile applications requiring high-confidence device and user binding. The mobile phone is increasingly used for handling critical information and transactions. With the explosion of such usage comes risk. Can financial service providers be confident that their communications channel or mobile application has not been tampered with? With m-Aegis, Mistral Mobile provides the tools to bind mobile users to respective financial services using multiple factors. The result is increased system integrity and ultimately the security of your customer’s information and transactions.
Presenters: CEO Ludwig Schulze, and CTO Timo Tervo 
Product launch: February 2015 at FinovateEurope
Product distribution strategy: Direct to Business (B2B), through financial institutions, through other fintech companies and platforms, licensed.
HQ: Oulu, Finland and New York, New York, U.S.A.
Metrics: 15+ employees
Twitter: @MistralMobile

Mistral Mobile Presents its Money Mobility Suite for Mobile Financial Services


This post is part of our live coverage of FinovateAsia 2013.

Our final presenter of the first morning session is Mistral Mobile, with a demonstration of their Money Mobility Suite.

Money Mobility Suite from Mistral Mobile eliminates the technological barriers to providing mobile financial services. Money Mobility Suite is a mobile front-end solution that works on any phone, on any network and anywhere – allowing you to reach and serve more customers, with faster time-to-market, and higher cost efficiency than alternative solutions, driving your revenues and lowering your operating costs dramatically.
Presenting Peter Ollikainen (SVP Product Marketing) and Steven Frank (S.E. Asia Representative)

Product Launch: Current version – November 2013
Product distribution strategy: Direct to Business (B2B) & through other fintech companies and platform providers
HQ: Finland
Founded: April 2012
Twitter: @MistralMobile

FinovateAsia 2013 Demo Companies Bring Global Innovation to Singapore

FinovateAsia is typically our most globally diverse show, and this year is no different. Two weeks from now, we will showcase 37 demos from companies spanning the globe that are innovating in everything from remittance to small business tools to back office solutions and much more. 

Given that diversity, we thought it would be fun put together a map showing the geographic spread of the demoing companies that will take the stage (click the map to enlarge).


Here’s the breakdown of the number of companies from each region:

  • Asia: 12
  • Europe: 11
  • North America: 9
  • Africa: 1
  • Oceania: 2
  • Middle East: 2

To refresh your memory, the list of the companies that we’ve hand-picked to show off their new technology at the Max Atria @ Singapore Expo on November 14, include:

  • Advanced Merchant Payments
  • App Annie
  • Arkalogic
  • ArthaYantra
  • Backbase
  • BehavioSec
  • BlueKite
  • BRIDGEi2i
  • CustomerXPs Software
  • DragonWealth
  • GMC Software Technologies
  • i-exceed
  • IND Group
  • Intuition Intelligence
  • KlickEx
  • Kofax
  • LifePAD
  • Luminous
  • Mambu
  • Matchi
  • Mistral Mobile
  • Mobexo
  • Mobino
  • Pangea
  • Payoneer
  • Pixeliris
  • Red Zebra
  • SaaS Markets
  • Serverside
  • Smart Engine
  • Tootpay
  • TradeNet
  • TSYS
  • White Label Personal Clouds
  • Yodlee

To see live demos of the new technology, meet the entrepreneurs responsible, and network with others in the industry, get your ticket to FinovateAsia here. If you have questions about the show, check out who is attending or email

Showing Our Age: A Look at FinovateAsia 2013 Demo Company Launch Timeline

At Finovate, we’ve seen how great innovation comes from companies of all ages. All we have to do is look at the Best of Show winners from FinovateAsia 2012. The founding dates of the winners ranged from 1858 (NAB, the parent company of UBank) to 2012 (SocietyOne).

We don’t know who will win Best of Show at FinovateAsia in Singapore this year, but looking at the launch date of the 37 companies taking the stage November 14, we found a 28-year spread. 

Here they are in reverse chronological order with funding amounts, if disclosed:

2013- 2012
  • BlueKite: 2013
    Total Funding: $1.5 million Seed funding
  • KlickEx: 2011
    Total Funding: $1.3 million
  • Mambu: 2011
    Total Funding: $2 million Series A

2007 or earlier
  • Yodlee: 1999
    Total Funding: $124 million
  • BehavioSec: 1998
    Total Funding: $2 million (€1.5 million)
  • Kofax: 1985
    Public LON: KFX

To learn more about each of these companies, check them out here and come see their live demos in Singapore on November 14.


All numbers and funding information sourced from

What to Expect at FinovateAsia this November


You may have seen the list of FinovateAsia demoing companies we released a few weeks ago. Here are more details on the 32 companies demoing November 14 at the MAX Atria @ Singapore Expo. Get your ticket here to be part of the crowd.

Stay tuned for our Sneak Peek series next month featuring a behind-the-scenes look at each company and chance meet the innovators.


Advanced Merchant Payments’ innovative loan management solution enables banks to offer profitable, unsecured, short-term loans to small businesses

ArthaYantra provides personal financial advice online to everyone irrespective of what they earn

Backbase brings social media to the bank, and the bank to social media

BehavioSec has extended its award-winning BehavioMobile solutions to offer policy-based behaviour authentication


BellaDati is the agile business data analysis with human touch

BlueKite’s international bill payment service improves an immigrants’ ability to care for family back home

BRIDGEi2i is a trusted partner that enables organizations to achieve accelerated outcomes by embedding analytics in their DNA

CustomerXPs Software is a leading product company offering real-time, Enterprise Fraud Management & CEM products to banks globally

GMC Software Technology is a leading software developer of solutions that transform the customer experience

i-exceed has created a Unified Application Development Suite for smartphone, tablets, desktops and laptops across operating systems

IND Group is a leading innovator and developer of digital banking, PFM and payments technology

Intuition Intelligence delivers the right offer at the right moment to the right client via digital channels

KlickEx is a Global Clearing System for commercial and central banks. The Clearing System extends to Retail, as well

Kofax is a leading provider of smart process applications that simplify the business critical First Mile of information-intensive customer interaction

Luminous is a boutique innovation company that has become synonymous with innovative banking around the world

Mambu enables financial institutions to rapidly deliver state-of-the-art banking services through a cloud-first Software-as-a-Service solution

Matchi is a matchmaker for innovation

Mistral Mobile powers your mobile financial services to serve anyone

Mobexo is a scalable, value-added payment ecosystem that allows transactions to be executed between smartphones

Mobino enables mobile payments for 5 billion people, from any phone, no credit card required

Pangea Payments’ multiplatform solution will allow you to send money to anyone, from anywhere, at any time, using mobile and retail locations around the world

Red Zebra brings together consumers, banks and retailers, with targeted rewards based on spending patterns


SaaS Markets is the enterprise app store company for financial organizations looking to leverage cloud-based applications for their employees or customers

Serverside Group is the global technology leader in digital card designs and a provider of innovative artwork solutions that create meaningful results


SinoLending is the leading online lending platform in China

Smart Engine’s Multichannel Loyalty Platform benefits financial institutions, merchants, web shops and users

TIBCO Software creates real-time, event-enabled solutions for the 21st Century

Tootpay’s mobile payment solution works independently from network and operator. It is encrypted, using a standard mobile phone

TradeNet provides an equity trading customer channel for retail customers in emerging markets at $5 a month

TSYS focuses on people-centered payments

White Label Personal Clouds’ Website Welcomer eliminates username/passwords and enables seamless, private transfer of information between organisations


Yodlee is the platform for financial innovation, powering the world’s largest collection of transactional data
To learn more about FinovateAsia, visit the event page, check out the FAQ, or email

Finovate Alumni News– March 15, 2013

  • Mistral Mobile announces partnership with Alaric.
  • GMC Software Technology reports user community growth of more than 700% since inception.
  • Opportunity International expands partnership with Temenos.
  • Communication Federal Credit Union rolls out Tyfone mobile banking tech.
  • CNBC features Renaud Lamplache, Lending Club CEO Renaud Laplanche.
  • BostInno features Cartera Commerce on what innovation means to them.
  • SC Magazine readers select Check Point for best enterprise firewall and best IPS solution in 2013.
  • QuantConnect partners with in $20 million seed-capital trading tournament.
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.

Mistral Mobile Unveils Mobile Front-End Building Solution

This post is a part of our live coverage of FinovateEurope 2013.

Representatives of Mistral Mobile are on their way to the stage now. The company will be demoing their Money Mobility Suite:

“Money Mobility Suite is the focal point of building a comprehensive mobile front-end for any financial service.
Suite integrates to any financial services 

mistral_250x94.jpgsystem such as core banking systems, payment processing systems, or a stored value account system and provides fully secure communication between the system and the Money Mobility applications in the handsets.

Suite provides fast time to market to deliver mobilization for various types of financial services. Most importantly, it provides remote management and configuration capabilities for all the applications through a single configuration management center and enables the financial service provider to instantly add or change features available for the users of the different financial services products.”
Product Launched: February 2013
HQ Location: New York, NY, USA
Company Founded: June 2012
Twitter: @MistralMobile
Presenting Peter Ollikainen (SVP Product Marketing) and Timo Tervo (CTO)