Mambu Teams Up with Tide; Europe’s Top Regtechs; Buy Now Pay Later Goes Global

Mambu, the cloud-based banking platform based in Germany, is partnering with U.K. business banking platform Tide to power the company’s revolving credit facilities and overdrafts for small businesses.

“There is a need to be flexible, agile, and customer-centric in the design of financial products,” Managing Director of Mambu EMEA Eelco-Jan Boonstra explained. “Legacy technology constraints can undermine even the best innovation strategy.”

The collaboration will enable Tide to overhaul its product suite in order to better serve customers in a number of locations around the world. This includes offering larger overdrafts, credit cards, and invoice financing, as well as enabling Tide members to lend to each other leveraging solutions managed by Mambu.

“When today’s customers evaluate financial institutions, they no longer compare different banks, they compare experiences,” Boonstra said. “We see this partnership approach as the future of banking technology.”


Regtech is all the rage in fintech these days. From helping businesses negotiate a wave of new regulation – from GDPR to PSD2 – to empowering firms to combat fraud, companies involved in developing technologies to ensure that businesses are getting and staying compliant are enjoying rare attention from the rest of the industry.

A recent review of top regtech startups in Europe in Fintech News was an example of the light increasingly shining on these companies and their vital role in supporting a fintech industry that a growing number of financial services customers – and other businesses – are relying on.

The review cited research from KPMG that anticipates regtech spending in 2022 climbing to $76 billion. Analysis from XAnge, a European VC firm, finds approximately 140 regtech startups in the E.U., divided fairly equally between compliance management, KYC/AML, and risk management solutions.

We were especially please to see that, of the ten regtech startups highlighted in the feature, four of the companies are Finovate alums. Apiax and NetGuardians, which most recently demoed at FinovateEurope and at FinovateAsia respectively, both hail from Switzerland. Apiax, recently profiled here on the Finovate blog, offers a comprehensive compliance solution that leverages APIs to integrate its compliance rules into digital processes. NetGuardians focuses on Big Data and uses it to help banks fight fraud and automate compliance.

Also earning recognition on the top European regtech list was Ireland’s Fenergo. The company, founded in 2009 and having made its Finovate debut back in 2012, specializes in client onboarding and account opening solutions for banks and financial services companies. Just this week, Fenergo announced that it was launching a new remote account opening solution in both the EMEA and APAC regions.

Half of the companies on Fintech News’ regtech roster are from the U.K. The Finovate alum among this group, Onfido, leverages automated machine learning, optical character recognition (OCR), and other technologies to provide identity verification to combat fraud. Demoing its technology at both FinovateEurope and FinovateFall in 2018, the company earlier this month announced a major $100 million fundraising that brought the company’s total capital to more than $182 million.

“We’ve naturally chosen the grow-fast path because we strongly feel that the time to solve the digital access problem is overdue, and urgently needs to be solved, for good,” Onfido CEO and co-founder Husayn Kassai said. “We didn’t fundraise to just get to the next milestone, we need the funding as we’re changing the world.”


The Buy Now Pay Later Revolution is sweeping the world. Check out Finovate Senior Research Analyst Julie Muhn’s coverage of Tencent’s $300 million investment in Australia-based Afterpay this week:

Tencent’s move comes shortly after its rival Ant Financial took a minority stake in Afterpay competitor Klarna. Afterpay has 3x the web traffic of Klarna and 1.5x the traffic of its other major competitor Affirm.

The buy-now-pay-later segment of fintech has been heating up this year, despite– or perhaps because of– the current economic and health crises.


Here is our weekly look at fintech around the world.

Asia-Pacific

  • V Capital, and advisory firm based in Malaysia, and U.S.-based Cross River Bank partner to apply for a digital banking license in the country.
  • Hong Kong-based Oriente, a fintech that provides digital infrastructure for financial services, secures $50 million in its still-open Series B round.
  • South Korean cryptocurrency startup Childly teams up with blockchain analysis company Chainalysis.

Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Nigerian fintech startup Okra, which facilitates the exchange of real-time financial between banks, customers, and apps, locks in $1 million in pre-seed funding in a round led by TLcom Capital.
  • Flutterwave, based in San Francisco, California and Lagos, Nigeria, introduces new portal for African e-commerce merchants.
  • Visa and Kenya’s Pesapal team up to support connected digital payments.

Central and Eastern Europe

  • Resistant AI, a cybersecurity startup based in the Czech Republic, raises $2.75 million in funding.
  • Azer Turk Bank (ATB), based in Azerbaijan, deploys technology from Lithuania’s Ashburn to manage EFTPOS networks.
  • Germany’s Celonis leverages its process mining platform to develop new AI-powered accounts payable solution.

Middle East and Northern Africa

  • Egypt’s Commercial International Bank acquires 51% stake in Kenya’s Mayfair Bank.
  • BenefitPay, Bahrain’s national electronic wallet, announces 1257% increase in remittance volume in March.
  • Tata Consultancy Services to launch a digital only bank in Israel.

Central and Southern Asia

  • Indian cryptocurrency exchange CoinDCX announces trading availability of two native tokens from Crypto.com, MCO and CRO, on its platform.
  • Amazon launches new credit service, Amazon Pay Later, in India.
  • India-based ecommerce firm Paytm unveils contactless dining solution for restaurants in the coronavirus era.

Latin America and the Caribbean

  • paysafecard brings its payments platform, Paysafe, to Paraguay.
  • Latin Post looks at the use of fintech apps in Mexico.
  • Financial markets solutions provider Calypso Technology inks partnership agreement with Colombia-based consultancy Sophos Solutions

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Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • MX Picks Up $100 Million in New Funding.
  • Ocrolus Reels in $24 Million Investment.

Around the web

  • CREALOGIX to power new digital and mobile capabilities for LGT Vestra’s wealth management app and client portal.
  • Strands announces achieving ISO 27001 certification in all offices.
  • Horizon Investments to implement Fiserv’s Unified Wealth Platform for core portfolio management.
  • Personetics announces that users of Salesforce and Microsoft CRM platforms will be able to access the company’s data-driven actionable insights via new APIs.
  • Diebold Nixdorf launches a new series of self-service, digitally-connected ATMs.
  • NetGuardians appoints Swissquote co-founder Paolo Buzzi to its board of directors.

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

On Finovate.com

  • NIIT Technologies to Acquire WHISHWORKS IT Consulting.
  • How Flywire Uses Machine Learning.

Around the web

  • NetGuardians partners with the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Western Switzerland to improve ML and AI software for financial fraud detection and prevention.
  • Brewin Dolphin, one of the U.K.’s largest wealth managers, selects Avaloq’s software as a service solution for its back office infrastructure.
  • The Paypers: Worldline rolls out payment solution for online marketplaces.
  • Payjo relaunches as Interface.ai with a new interface, a new brand, and a platform for intelligent virtual assistants.
  • TurnKey Lender receives accreditation from the Singapore government’s IMDA, a certification that enables companies to expand into international markets easier.
  • Mambu to open a second North American-based office this year.
  • Authority Magazine interviews Ed O’Brien, CEO of eMoney Advisor.

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

On Finovate.com

  • ACI Worldwide Partners with Solutions by Text.
  • Envestnet to Acquire PIEtech for $500 Million.

Around the web

  • Prepaid Technologies Acquires Dash from Karmic Labs.
  • Switch launches its issuer-branded CardUpdatr app.
  • Kinetica unveils its active analytics platform that makes it easier to deliver smart analytics applications at scale.
  • Forbes interviews co-founder and CEO of Onfido, Husayn Kassai.
  • Tinkoff Mobile, a subsidiary of Tinkoff Bank, announces service in six new regions.
  • DocuSign launches its DocuSign Agreement Cloud to help companies better manage business agreements digitally.
  • Capsilon announces the beta launch of its digital underwriter solution.
  • AlphaPoint adds DiamondBack stablecoin to its crypto exchange.
  • Sri Lanka’s Bank of Ceylon goes live with Clari5 Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Solution to address money laundering threats.
  • PYMNTS: Amazon and Worldpay team up on one-click commerce.
  • NetGuardians‘ AI fraud-prevention software available on Microsoft Azure.
  • TurnKey Lender signs partnership agreement with Refinitiv.
  • MX and Personetics partner to bring AI-driven insights to financial institution customers.
  • ICBA and Jack Henry’s ProfitStars expand preferred service provider program with remote deposit capture solutions.
  • Insuritas and Oregon Mutual announce partnership to offer auto and home insurance solutions through meta-agency platform.

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.

NetGuardians Teams Up with Swiss Wealthtech Pictet to Fight Fraud

Swiss wealth and asset manager Pictet has chosen NetGuardians’ fraud-mitigation software for protection against banking fraud, reports Antony Peyton of Fintech Futures (Finovate’s sister publication).

Pictet will use the solution, customized for its specific needs, to further protect its customers from growing threats.

Joël Winteregg, NetGuardians CEO, said: “With cyber-fraudsters getting more daring all the time, it’s necessary for banks and wealth managers to make sure they do everything they can to protect their clients. By using NetGuardians, Pictet not only gets an effective real-time fraud-mitigation solution but also becomes member of the NetGuardians’ global community, which shares fraud-mitigation best practice.”

NetGuardians cites stats from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Report in 2018, which says global fraud losses are estimated to reach up to $4 trillion.

NetGuardians’ solution works by using analytics, profiling and machine learning.

The machine-learning algorithms can discover new fraud schemes, “helping wealth managers stay on top of emerging threats such as scams against bank’s customers”.

Headquartered in Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland and founded in 2007, NetGuardians demonstrated its FraudGuardian solution at FinovateAsia 2016. FraudGuardian detects fraud in real time, leveraging dynamic profiling, pattern-based intelligence, and predictive analytics to provide comprehensive analysis of user behavior across all banking channels.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate

  • UK-based GBG Acquires IDology in $300 Million All-Cash Deal.
  • NetGuardians Teams Up with Swiss Wealthtech Pictet to Fight Fraud.
  • Finastra Brings its Core Banking Technology to Saudi Arabia.

Around the web

  • BBVA unveils first blockchain-supported structured green bond.
  • Strands introduces Engager 2.0, the newest edition of its AI and machine learning powered financial insights generator.
  • Avaloq’s banking suite goes live with the Austrian division of international private banking and asset management group, LGT.
  • IKO, the mobile app co-developed by Braintri for PKO Bank Polski, wins first place in worldwide ranking of mobile apps published by British Retail Banker International for second consecutive year.
  • Baker Hill earns nomination for The Best Tech in Indiana in TechPoint’s 20th annual Mira Awards.
  • CardFlight’s SwipeSimple now enables more than 50,000 merchants across all 50 states of the U.S.

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

Around the web

  • Reuters: Mitek rejects takeover offer from hedge fund Elliott Management Corp’s software company ASG Technologies.
  • NetGuardians makes the Chartis Risktech Quadrant for enterprise fraud technology 2018.

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

On Finovate.com

  • ACH Alert Reports Record Growth, Stops More than $388 Million in Fraudulent Transactions.
  • Mastercard Teams Up with Worldpay to Launch Pay by Bank in the U.K.

Around the web

  • NetGuardians becomes a certified Avaloq software partner for real-time fraud prevention.
  • Temenos inks multi-year investor servicing contract with Northern Trust.
  • Worldline picks up PISP and AISP licenses from National Bank of Belgium.
  • Enveil earns Standard Technology Partner status in Amazon Web Services partner network.
  • Lleida.net credits new GDPR legislation in the EU for surge in sales for first half of 2018.
  • Equifax acquires specialty credit reporting agency DataX.
  • CFE Federal Credit Union implements Larky’s Engagement Platform.
  • Ledger launches Ledger Live, the all-in-one companion app to your Ledger device.
  • Xero integrates with BBVA’s API Market for small businesses.
  • Lendio expands the Lendio franchise in Rochester, New York.

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

Around the web

  • Neener Analytics completes a Proof-of-Concept with one of the largest credit card issuers in Mexico
  • NetGuardians partners with valantic to take on the German market
  • Study Loans leverages Cloud Lending Solutions for Student Lending Offering.
  • Celent recognizes Fidor for its customer experience as a pioneer in the use of open APIs in banking.
  • Jack Henry & Associates partners with Autobooks to deliver enhanced small business banking functionality.
  • OnDeck delivers 8% sequential loan growth, announces Q1 gross revenue of $90 million.
  • PaySimple announces real-time data integration with QuickBooks Online.

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.

NetGuardians Bolsters Cybersecurity for Steward Bank

Swiss cybersecurity specialist NetGuardians will bring its fraud fighting solutions to Zimbabwe’s Steward Bank.

“By signing up with NetGuardians, Steward Bank will not only benefit from our real-time fraud mitigation solution, but will also become part of the NetGuardians’ global community, sharing fraud mitigation best practice(s),” NetGuardians CEO Joël Winteregg said. “Together, they put Steward Bank at the forefront of fraud prevention, helping to keep its customers’ balances safe and its reputation sound.”

With NetGuardians’ technology Steward Bank will be able to monitor all user behavior in real-time for both its ebanking and mobile banking channels. The platform blocks atypical and suspicious behavior and sends alerts to the appropriate monitoring personnel. NetGuardians says their technology reduces the number of false positives by 80% and reduces fraud management time by 93%.

Steward Bank CEO Lance Mambondini pointed to the integration of Netguardians’ technology as an example of the promise and challenge for banks undergoing digital transformation. “Digitization opened up new channels for the bank and helped us grow. We needed a more effective and proactive system to monitor the subsequent increase in transactions and complexiy of the bank to prevent fraud,” Steward Bank CEO Lance Mambondiani said. “We picked NetGuardians because it is a solution made specifically for banks and is proven to cut fraud across all channels.” Steward Bank will integrate NetGuardians’ platform into its core banking system, T24, from Temenos.

Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Yverdon-les-bains, Vaud, Switzerland, NetGuardians demonstrated its FraudGuardian solution at FinovateAsia 2016. FraudGuardian helps banks and FIs spot and identify fraudsters, and is especially effective in helping FIs limit the 70% of fraud that is internal. The solution monitors user activity across all channels, IT layers, and transactions and uses dynamic profiling, pattern-based intelligence, and predictive analytics to detect anomalous behavior and provide banks with the opportunity to take proactive steps.

Last month, NetGuardians announced an agreement with FirstOntario CU, integrating its anti-fraud solution with the credit union’s Temenos T24 core banking system. Back in December, NetGuardians kicked off a partnership with Masaref Business & Systems Consulting. This deal will make NetGuardian’s cybersecurity solutions more accessible to financial institutions in the Middle East.

Named to the Chartis RiskTech 100, NetGuardians has raised more than $14 million in funding (CHF 13.5 million) and includes Freemont Management, Swissom Ventures, Polytech Ecosystem Ventures, and MoneyTime Ventures among its investors.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • LendingTree Launches Free Credit Monitoring.
  • eToro Raises $100 Million in Series E.
  • NICE Actimize Launches AI-Powered Financial Crime Investigation System.

Around the web

  • Hyperwallet tackles payments for staffing and recruiting platform tilr.
  • Compass Plus offers active-active database clustering on TranzAxis.
  • Steward Bank selects NetGuardians to help fight against fraud.
  • Kasasa named one of “2018 Best Places to Work in Financial Technology” by American Banker
  • CardFlight announces that over 80% of SwipeSimple merchants have been upgraded to EMV quick chip payment acceptance.
  • Revolut launches disposable virtual cards for online payments.
  • ACI Worldwide teams up with Shanghai-based UnionPay International.
  • IdentityMind Global announces GDPR-readiness ahead of the EU’s May 25th deadline.
  • MaxMyInterest adds former TD Ameritrade executive Tom Bradley to Advisory Board.
  • NICE Actimize unveils new AI-powered financial crime management solution, Actimize ACTone.

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.

NetGuardians Inks Agreement with FirstOntario Credit Union

NetGuardians announced today that FirstOntario Credit Union ($5 billion in assets) has deployed its anti-fraud technology, earning the Swiss fintech its first North American customer. NetGuardians’ solution was integrated into the credit union’s core banking platform – Temenos’ T24 – in just three months, and gives the province’s second largest credit union new tools when it comes to defending its members against cyberfraud.

“FirstOntario has joined a growing number of leading financial service providers around the world choosing NetGuardians’ anti-fraud solution.” Joel Winteregg, NetGuardians’ CEO said. “Our focus on prevention as well as detection means FirstOntario is giving its 115,000+ members the best possible protection.”

“We were impressed by their focus on financial crime mitigation and the well-developed library of relevant fraud controls,” VP for Information Technology at FirstOntario Michael Walsh said. “Together, they give FirstOntario enhanced protection against a wide spectrum of fraud schemes.” Walsh noted that the decision to deploy NetGuardians’ technology came after the CU’s IT and risk team highlighted global cyberfraud trends and recommended FirstOntario take action to improve its defense. In their statement, NetGuardians underscored the financial burden of cyberfraud, quoting a 2016 Cyber Crime Report from Cyber Security Ventures that anticipated cyberfraud costs of $6 trillion by 2021.

Headquartered in Yverdon-les-Bains, NetGuardians demonstrated its technology at FinovateAsia 2016. The company’s FraudGuardian solution uses Big Data, dynamic profiling, pattern-based intelligence, and predictive analytics to monitor and analyze both transaction level activity as well as real-time behaviors across all banking channels. FraudGuardian sends instant alerts when suspicious behavior is detected, giving FIs the ability to take risk mitigation measures as soon as possible.

NetGuardians ended 2017 by forging a new partnership with Masaref Business & Systems Consulting (Masaref-BSC) in a move that will spread the company’s fraud-fighting solutions to FIs in the Middle East. The company teamed up with Swisscom back in November to launch a fraud prevention service, and deployed its fraud fighting technology at Ghana’s Premium Bank last June.

Named to the Chartis RiskTech 100 for 2018 and honored with a spot in the European Fintech 100, NetGuardians has raised more than $14 million (CHF13.5 million) in funding, and includes Freemont Management, Swisscom Ventures, Polytech Ecosystem Ventures, and MoneyTime Ventures among its investors. The company was founded in 2007.