Finovate Favorites: A Baker’s Dozen of Best of Show Winners

Finovate Favorites: A Baker’s Dozen of Best of Show Winners

Which fintech companies have continued to impress Finovate audiences over the years? The return of Kasasa to FinovateSpring last month, winning its fourth Best of Show award in the process, got a few of us thinking that it was a good time to take a look at which companies have been selected as fan favorites most frequently after demoing their latest technologies live on stage.

We’ve highlighted companies that have been especially popular at certain conferences, such as FinovateAsia and FinovateSpring before. Here is our compendium of the top Best of Show vote-getters to date for all shows combined (minimum of three wins).

The Big Three

The three companies that have won the most Best of Show awards from Finovate audiences reflect three different themes in fintech over the years: the allure of social investing (eToro), the rise of data analytics in banking (MX, formerly Money Desktop), and the persistence of the payment card (Dynamics). What is especially impressive about all three companies in our Best of Show Big Three is their ability to innovate over time. Each alum won their first Best of Show award between 2010 and 2012 and won their most recent Best of Show award between 2016 and 2018.

Dynamics (8) Founded in 2007. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Jeff Mullen is CEO.

MX / Money Desktop (6) Founded in 2010. Headquartered in Lehi, Utah. Ryan Caldwell is CEO.

eToro (6) Founded in 2007. Headquartered in Tel Aviv, Israel and London, U.K. Yoni Assia is CEO.

The Super Six

Of our Super Six – the six companies to have won Best of Show awards four times – what is most interesting is also the way many of them have been proven innovators over a time of major change in fintech. Companies like Kasasa (formerly BancVue) and Yodlee (now Envestnet | Yodlee) made their big splash back in the earliest days of Finovate and, with recent Best of Show wins in 2018 and 2017, respectively, shown that they are still among fintech’s most inspiring solution providers.

Backbase – 4

Kasasa / BancVue – 4

Meniga – 4

oFlows – 4

SaleMove – 4

Yodlee (including Envestnet | Yodlee) – 4

The Fantastic Four

Two of the companies in our Fantastic Four companies that have won Best of Show awards three times have since been acquired. LearnVest, a three-time Best of Show winner from 2011-2013, was acquired by Northwestern Mutual for more than $250 million in 2015. EyeVerify, which won Best of Show awards on three different continents, was acquired by Ant Financial in 2016. The company now operates as ZOLOZ, and is focused on providing digital identity solutions for the underbanked in Asia.

BehavioSec – 3

EyeVerify (now “ZOLOZ”) – 3

LearnVest – 3

mBank – 3

Note: FA: FinovateAsia, FE: FinovateEurope, FF: FinovateFall, FS: FinovateSpring. Audience favorite awards from FinDEVr not included.

FinovateFall 2014 Best of Show Winners

FinovateFall 2014 Best of Show Winners

After a busy two days at FinovateFall packed with people, some of the most innovative new technology we’ve seen, and some rather entertaining demos, the audience has spoken. 

A huge thanks to everyone who came out to be a part of our record breaking audience and cast their votes. Each attendee was able to vote for their top three favorite company demos both days, and the top seven were crowned Best of Show winners.
Here they are in alphabetical order:


AnchorID for its new way to log into websites and apps. One universal username logs you in with unique security.


blooom for its simple tool built to fix the millions of mis-invested 401(k) allocations for individual clients.


CrowdFlower for its leading data enrichment platform to help data scientists, analysts, and engineers collect, clean, and label data to make it useful.


Loyal3 for its use of social technologies to democratize the markets, making investing in IPOs and stocks easy and affordable for everyone.



MX/MoneyDesktop for its WideNet Technology to help FIs expand their market reach, and its Helios cross-platform digital banking app.


NICE Systems for its real-time authentication that strengthens and streamlines the authentication process in real-time, while customers converse with an agent.


Toopher for its multi-factor authentication platform that uses the location awareness of your smartphone to automate authentication for logins and critical actions.

Again, thanks to everyone who came out to the show. We’ll see you next year!

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. 

MoneyDesktop Becomes MX, Launches Helios and WideNet

MoneyDesktop Becomes MX, Launches Helios and WideNet

This post is a part of our live coverage of FinovateFall 2014


Then, MX announced it is becoming MX, and launching two new products, Helios and WideNet:

“MX uses WideNet Technology to expand your market reach by making your apps available to be used by anyone. 
Helios, the new full-feature cross-platform digital banking app is deployable on any device, from any brand. The cohesive product integrates the best financial management and mobile and online banking features all in one app. The app is powered by a single source of native code, making it more robust, responsive and engaging than the typical HTML5 approach to providing a cross-platform product.”

Presenting: Ryan Caldwell (CEO) & Matt West (Executive Account Manager)

HQ: Provo, Utah
Founded: 2010
Twitter: @moneydesktop, @mxenabled

iQuantifi Partners with MoneyDesktop to Use its Aggregation Engine

iQuantifi Partners with MoneyDesktop to Use its Aggregation Engine

It’s quite common for Finovate alums to partner. It is more rare, however, for two previous Best of Show winners to work together.

That is what happened this week with iQuantifi and MoneyDesktop, two companies who will demo at the


upcoming FinovateFall show in New York. As a part of the partnership, iQuantifi will use MoneyDesktop’s aggregation technology to help iQuantifi users gain an even more comprehensive view of their finances.


iQuantifi, whose aim is to help users achieve their financial goals, is known for its platform that helps consumers create a holistic financial plan. Specifically, it will use MoneyDesktop’s technology to help:

    • Simplify on boarding, making it easier and faster for users to pull information from all their financial accounts
    • Enhance transaction categorization
    • Make goal tracking more accurate

iQuantifi launched its platform at FinovateSpring 2012, where it won Best of Show.

MoneyDesktop, a 4-time Best of Show winner, last demonstrated at FinovateFall 2013.

Alumni News– July 31, 2014

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgA discussion of “next gen PFM” at The Financial Brand features insights from Melanie Flanigan of Yodlee.
  • Xendpay announces mobile wallet service in Indonesia.
  • Wallaby for Samsung Gear 2 brings personal finance to the smart watch.
  • Grass Roots America deploys InComm’s Physical Fulfillment Solution to streamline physical and digital prepaid card delivery.
  • Payments provider MangoPay and Currency Cloud partner to offer better rates for international payments.
  • Herald Media explores how MoneyDesktop is contributing to the Utah business boom.
  • Infocomm Development Authority evaluating Tagit for accreditation to help it build capabilities and allow it to compete with big companies in bidding for government projects.
  • QuantConnect overhauls core backtesting technology to increase speed by 10x.
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.

Alumni News– July 25, 2014

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgFox Business News features Kabbage’s small business lending process.
  • Huffington Post describes how DemystData’s big data analytics help evaluate creditworthiness.
  • Cartera Commerce’s CFO Karen Cambray named a finalist in Boston Business Journal’s 2014 CFO of the Year Awards.
  • Bloomberg: BillGuard programmers code in bomb shelters.
  • Coinbase launches Coinbase Vault to Better Secure Your Bitcoins.
  • MoneyDesktop appoints Brandon Dewitt as its first ever CTO.
  • SecondMarket CEO Barry Silbert stepping down in order to refocus his attention solely on bitcoin.
  • InvestmentNews features roboadvisors Jemstep, FutureAdvisor, Wealthfront, and Personal Capital.
  • The Irish Times looks at Holvi’s move into Ireland.
  • CMS Wire: Actiance wants to help companies curb social media mistakes.
  • Karen Webster of Market Platform Dynamics interviews Zooz CEO Oren Levy.
  • eToro announces new version of OpenBook for iOS.
  • Mobile Entertainment talks with Adam Levene, SVP of Strategy at Monitise Create.
  • LendingTree launches personalization platform.
  • Pymnts takes a look at the partnership between Malauzai Software and Trusteer. See Malauzai at FinovateFall in September.
  • interviews Bill Siegel, interim CEO of SecondMarket.
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– May 9, 2014

  • Q2ebanking releases first quarter results with 2014 Q1 revenue of $16.8 million, up 31% YOY.
  • Stockr voted Top 100 Website by PC Magazine.
  • Dell Services improves enterprise mobility offerings with Kony partnership.
  • Silicon Slopes: MoneyDesktop snags AtTask executive for EVP of Sales.
  • MasterCard launches “auWallet” prepaid card program for APMEA region in partnership with KDDI.
  • Nymeo Federal Credit Union to deploy account processing technology from Fiserv.
  • Klarna, Provenir launch project to combine fraud risk decisioning with compliance, risk management automation.
  • Entrepreneurial digital startup hub, 1871, features Rippleshot.
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– April 22, 2014

  • ACI Worldwide joins electronic payments standards organization, EPASOrg, as a principal member.
  • Taulia named to 2014 Best Places to Work in the Bay Area List.
  • Silicon Slopes features MoneyDesktop’s recruiting efforts.
  • Kapitall launches Klub Kapitall loyalty program with reduced live trading commissions.
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.

Where the Alums Are: A Remembrance of FinovateSpring Past

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It is hard to believe that it is almost time for FinovateSpring 2014.

There’s still plenty of time for you to get your tickets to our upcoming event in San Jose, California on April 29 and 30. Our final Sneak Peek preview post is up, all the companies who were prepping under the radar are now out of stealth, and we can’t wait for you to see what this year’s spring crop of fintech entrepreneurs and innovators has in store.

Before we do, however, let’s take a moment to take a look back at last year’s FinovateSpring alums. As we scrolled through blog archives, several themes jumped out: the appetite for startups remains as passionate as ever, with three of our Spring 2013 alums being acquired by such financial sector potentates as Intuit and PayPal. And venture capitalists continue to see innovation in this space as a more than worthwhile investment, with 20 separate fundings for Spring 2013 alums

We’ve grouped the achievements into four categories: Exits, Fundings, Awards, and Acquisitions. Enjoy!

  • Jack Henry buys Banno for undisclosed sum
  • The rumors are true: eBay’s PayPal acquires Braintree for $800 million in cash
  • Intuit buys tax planning/preparation specialist GoodApril
  • TaxAct acquires Balance Financial
  • CardFlight secures $1.6 million in seed funding from ff Venture Capital
  • Encap earns seven-figure investment from ProVenture Seed
  • EyeVerify earns $2.3 million in Series A funding
  • Jemstep raises $4.5 million in Series A round
  • Kabbage brings in $270 million in debt financing to provide small businesses with funding of their own
  • Kabbage brings in $75 MIllion in debt financing
  • Leaf raises $20 million from Heartland Payment Systems
  • Alternative lender LendUp raises $14 million in new funding
  • D3 Banking creator Lodo Software Brings in $3 million
  • Narrative Science secures $11.5 million in Series C funding
  • OpenCoin wins investment from Google Ventures, IDG Capital Partners
  • P2BInvestor raises $1.2 million in Series A round
  • PayNearMe leverages Family Dollar Partnership; raises $20 million
  • PayNearMe raises $10 million in Series D funding, launches Express Merchant Onboarding Option
  • Prestadero raises 5 million pesos ($400,000 USD) in first round of funding
  • Quantopian raises $6.7 million in Series A round
  • Realty Mogul raises $9 million in round led by Canaan Partners
  • SeedInvest raises $2 million in crowdfunded investment campaign
  • SeedInvest Raises $1 million in round Led by Jumpstart New Jersey Angel Network
  • Zooz Closes $2 million Series A round Led by XSeed Capital
  • OpenCoin acquires SimpleHoney
  • Kofax acquires data integration software provider Kapow Technologies
  • NICE to acquire Causata to enhance customer experience management

Moven Partners with MoneyDesktop to Enhance Account Aggregation


Last week, Moven launched its mobile money management platform to the public. Apparently, the New York-based startup has been busy because today it announced that its partnering with MoneyDesktop, which is known for its PFM platform that is so visually appealing it will make bankers drool.


This new partnership is all about the magic that happens on the backend. Moven will be using MoneyDesktop’s API to aggregate external accounts. Benefits of using MoneyDesktop’s API include:

    • Better account aggregation
    • More accurate transaction categorization
    • Faster transaction updates

This is good news for me personally since I’ve had difficulty syncing two of my outside bank accounts with Moven (see below).


MoneyDesktop takes pride in its account aggregation. I caught up with MoneyDesktop’s Matt West last week at the Bank Innovation conference in Seattle, and he asserted that, regardless of what the front end of MoneyDesktop’s budgeting platform looks like, the real value is in the integration. MoneyDesktop is able to compete with giants like Intuit and Yodlee because it categorizes 98%* of the transactions correctly.

Moven joins the 400+ other financial institutions and the 29 online banking, core and payment network providers that use MoneyDesktop’s API for account integration. 

To see the companies in action, check out Moven’s FinovateSpring 2013 demo and MoneyDesktop’s most recent demo from FinovateFall 2013.

*This number represents the success rate of transactions being categorized correctly after they’ve gone through MoneyDesktop’s complete system. It comes from a sampling of transactional data pulled from across the U.S.

Finovate Alumni News– December 18, 2013

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgDwolla launches Form Builder to enable users to build free custom payment forms.
  • Utah Valley Business Q Mag recognizes MoneyDesktop for its billboard advertising (see page 52-53).
  • Blue Coat and Check Point Extend Partnership on High-End X-Series Network Security Systems.
  • Payfone to use AT&T’s network data to enhance its mobile identity services.
  • Vovox and Emida partner to provide enhanced mobile payment options for users.
  • West – Aircomm FCU to offer PFM powered by Geezeo.
  • Mike Brady named COO at CR2.
  • MasterCard debuts MasterPass in Italy. 
  • Business Banking Review names Mitek-powered U.S. Bank Mobile Photo Bill Pay “Best Technology Initiative in Banking”.
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– December 16, 2013

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgMoneyDesktop to power Kasasa 360 Financial Management Platform.
  • SF Gate reports: SecondMarket allows IRA investment in Bitcoin.
  • Crowdfund Investor features SocietyOne’s P2P Lending platform.
  • Digital Journal promotes Personal Capital and FutureAdvisor.
  • Biometric Signature ID profiled in Huffington Post column on identity proofing.
  • San Francisco Business Times’ Bay Area BizTalk features Bright Funds.
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.