Finovate Global: Fintech News from Around the World

As Finovate goes increasingly global, so does our coverage of financial technology. Finovate Global: Fintech News from Around the World is our weekly look at fintech innovation in developing economies in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and Central and Eastern Europe.

Central and Eastern Europe

  • Central Banking’s FinTech & RegTech Global Awards names the Bank of Lithuania as the winner of its Catalyst Award.
  • Halyk Bank Georgia implements new omnichannel system from Asseco geared toward retail clients.
  • Global Finance sits down for a conversation with Tinkoff Bank VP Maxim Evdokimov.
  • Sberbank partners with 500 Startups to launch Russian fintech accelerator.

Middle East and Northern Africa

  • Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) introduces funding rules for private financing platforms (PFPs).
  • Bank Al-Tamweel Wa Al-Inma (BTI Bank) in Morocco to deploy Path Solutions’ iMAL core banking system.
  • IT Web Africa looks at the technological and operational challenges of banking for the underbanked in North Africa.

Central and South Asia

  • Indian digital lending startup Kissht closes $30 million Series C.
  • Fintech Valley Vizag of India partners with Bizofit to launch $1 million startup challenge.
  • India Post Payments Bank to deploy payments technology from Financial Software and Systems.

Latin America and the Caribbean

  • PayPal’s Xoom partners with OXXO to add more than 17,000 new cash pickup locations in Mexico.
  • Argentina’s digital bank Wilobank picks Spanish technology provider Indra as implementation partner.
  • Forbes profiles Brazilian fintech Neon.

Asia-Pacific

  • UnionPay introduces cross-border mobile payments service in Hong Kong, Macau.
  • Thailand’s Bank of Ayudhya chooses NICE Actimize to transform its AML compliance capabilities.
  • Blockchain patent activity picks up in China.

Sub-Saharan Africa

  • South African payments startup Yoco picks up $16 million in funding.
  • Nigeria’s Paga raises $10 million in round led by Global Investment Fund (GIF).
  • Development finance company Financial Sector Deepening Africa estimates fintech’s contribution to Africa’s GDP at $150 billion by 2022.

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Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • ID.me Offers Retailers Eligibility Verification for Discount Programs.

Around the web

  • Bill.com announces its automated international business payments solution, piloted in July, is now generally available.
  • Finastra’s former chief digital officer, Balazs Vinnai, joins W.UP as an investor and president.
  • ZeroReveal, the security solution from data-in-use cybersecurity specialist Enveil, earns international Common Criteria security certification.
  • Thailand’s Bank of Ayudhya chooses NICE Actimize to transform its AML compliance capabilities.
  • ACI Worldwide introduces new offerings to enable banks to take advantage of SWIFT’s global payments innovation (gpi) service.
  • Sberbank launches new Seven Minute loan offering for large businesses.
  • Thomson Reuters teams up with augmented intelligence solution provider, Squirro.

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 Global: Fintech News from Around the World

As Finovate goes increasingly global, so does our coverage of financial technology. Finovate Global: Fintech News from Around the World is our weekly look at fintech innovation in developing economies in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and Central and Eastern Europe.

Sub-Saharan Africa

  • BanQu launches partnership with Anheuser-Busch InBev to revolutionize supply chain transparency in Zambia.
  • WorldRemit unveils new digital money transfer service for Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda.
  • Forbes looks at the presence of fintech specialists – including representatives from Azimo and Standard Chartered – during UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s recent visit to South Africa, Nigeria, and Kenya.

Central and Eastern Europe

  • Entrepreneur.com features Fintech OS in a discussion on fintech innovation in Romania.
  • Fortytwo Data opens its first international office in Kiev, Ukraine.
  • Hungary to go live with instant payments in July of 2019.

Middle East and Northern Africa

  • Finastra joins Bahrain FinTech Bay to promote fintech innovation in the Middle East.
  • FinTech Hive, the biggest accelerator in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia introduces its incoming startup cohort – 50% of which is fintech.
  • Sarwa, a wealth tech innovator based in the UAE, raises $1.3 million in pre-Series A funding.
  • United Bank of Egypt leverages technology from Finastra to upgrade its core banking infrastructure.

Central and South Asia

  • India-based IT consultancy Wipro inks agreement with Alight Solutions.
  • Legendary investor Warren Buffett reportedly casts his gaze on India’s fintech market.
  • Tech in Asia features the 20 top-funded fintech companies in India.

Latin America and the Caribbean

  • NICE provides its Desktop Automation solution to Latin American CRM and BPO solution provider, Liq.
  • Fintech Futures publishes a look at neobanks in Latin America.
  • LATAM Tech features Christine Chang of Startupbootcamp on the fintech startup scene in Latin America.

Asia-Pacific

  • Fiserv to power Philippine Veterans Bank’s digital transformation.
  • Bangkok Bank invites fintech startups to apply to its 12-week, InnoHub accelerator program.
  • Standard Chartered appoints Deniz Güven as CEO for its virtual bank in Hong Kong.
  • Visionet Data International and SmartPesa bring mPOS payment service, Mobey, to Indonesia.

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Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Starling, Anorak Merge Insurtech with Mobile-Only Banking.

Around the web

  • Fiserv to power Philippine Veterans Bank’s digital transformation.
  • Token.io announced using public bank APIs to conduct end-to-end payments for U.K. banking group, CMA9, the first PISP to do so.
  • Housing Wire profiles Mortgage Cadence‘s LOS, Borrower Center.
  • Thomson Reuters launches new targeted reporting solution, RTS 27, for newly-registered MiFID II Systematic Internalisers.
  • NICE provides its Desktop Automation solution to Latin American CRM and BPO solution provider, Liq.
  • Tinkoff Bank enables movie ticket booking on the iOS version of its mobile app.
  • NCR releases managed services bundle for Community Financial Institutions (CFIs) to NCR channel partners.
  • WePay appoints Jennifer Parker as Chief Revenue Officer.
  • Neustar and Thunder join forces to deliver better customer experiences.
  • BanQu launches partnership with Anheuser-Busch InBev to revolutionize supply chain transparency in Zambia.

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

  • Standard Chartered Pilots Blockchain-Based Trade Guarantees.
  • Digital Onboarding to Enhance Customer Experience for Mariner’s Bank.

Around the web

  • NICE introduces Proactive Fraudster Exposure functionality to its Real-Time Authentication solution for call centers.
  • The Paypers features Onfido CEO Husayn Kassai on the role of technology in the transformation of UX.
  • Co-founder and CEO of comScore, Dr. Magid Abraham, joins Roostify’s board of directors.
  • AlphaPoint integrates with VerifyInvestor.com to provide clients with a new option for compliant investor onboarding.
  • Fortytwo Data opens its first international office in Kiev, Ukraine.
  • Insuritas to launch digital insurance agency platform for Eagle Community CU.
  • Quadient listed as a Top Customer Journey Mapping Vendor in Ovum Report.

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

  • PromonTech Announces Integration with FormFree’s AccountChek.

Around the web

  • Bpm’online wins multiple honors from the CRM Magazine’s 2018 CRM Market Awards.
  • PayPal introduces streamlined, simpler mobile app.
  • Bank Info Security interviews ThetaRay EVP James Heinzman on the role of machine learning in fighting fraud.
  • CryptoGlobe profiles digital asset transfer startup, Crypterium. See the company demo its technology live at FinovateFall next month.
  • NICE inContact launches new embedded analytics and omnichannel social capabilities.
  • Intuit names Marianna Tessel its new CTO.

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

  • BizEquity Brings its Valuation-as-a-Service Solution to TD Bank.

Around the web

  • FICO to offer free cybersecurity ratings to companies via its FICO Enterprise Security Score Portrait solution.
  • NICE Actimize covers P2P payments within its Fraud Essentials Cloud solution.
  • Global Debt Registry launches its loan registry on the IBM Blockchain Platform.
  • Harmonic Fund Services goes live with loan servicing technology, Fusion Loan IQ, from Finastra.
  • Gro Solutions names digital consulting firm Xtensifi as a certified development partner.
  • Kony accepted as a member in Jack Henry’s Symitar Vendor Integration Program.
  • NIIT Technologies ranked number one in ‘Business Understanding’ by clients in the 2018 UK IT Outsourcing Study.
  • 3rd-eyes selected for Swiss National Fintech Team.

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

  • New Investment Helps Power Canadian Expansion for Financial Data Platform Quovo.

Around the web

  • HTC Global Services joins Quadient Partner Advantage Program.
  • Token Granted FCA Authorisation For Open Banking Payment & Information Services.
  • Erste Bank Hungary Readies for Immediate Payments and Open Banking Era with ACI Worldwide.
  • NICE’s Cognitive Robotic Automation Platform allows Amazon Lex’s conversational chatbot to fulfill more customer requests in real-time.
  • Salt Edge supports Account Information Services flows authorized under PSD2 Third Party Providers.
  • Sensibill powers receipt management for Quontic Bank.
  • Digital Onboarding to enhance Belmont Savings Bank’s customer engagement by increasing new checking account activation rates.

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.

NICE Actimize Launches AI-Powered Financial Crime Investigation System

Data analytics and insights company NICE announced the launch of an AI-enabled investigation management system today.

The new tool, Actimize ACTone, is an alert and case management platform for financial services. The overall aim of the new offering is to provide financial services companies with one platform (hence the name ACTone) to manage alerts and cases from a wide ecosystem of financial crime solutions.

ACTone leverages AI combined with analytics and automation to aid in financial crime detection, investigations, and operations process. This approach relies on NICE’s Autonomous Financial Crime Management product, which enables financial services companies to deploy robots to collaborate with human investigators to more efficiently tackle financial crime investigations.

The new investigation manager tool suite includes:

  • Entity Insights: Offers visual relationships across entities and helps uncover risks and reveal deeper insights
  • Virtual Workforce: Eliminates manual data gathering and reduces costs and errors with robotics process automation
  • Entity Risk: Assigns a dynamic risk score to every entity using machine learning to make faster decisions
  • Activity Center: Provides instant notifications on changes made to cases or work items
  • Visual Storytelling and Modern User Experience: Offers intuitive navigation with graphical data representations to provide instant insights.

In the press release, Joe Friscia, President of NICE Actimize said, “In an autonomous world, instead of machines assisting humans to complete work, humans will assist the machines. With financial criminals getting smarter every day, it’s time for us to do the same. This is why we are so committed to our vision of Autonomous Financial Crime management which provides these benefits and more as we attack all aspects of financial crime.”

Actimize ACTone will be included in NICE Actimize’s Suspicious Activity Monitoring (SAM) anti-money laundering solution, as well as within its enterprise fraud and financial markets compliance solutions.

Founded in 1986, the company serves 25,000 customers, 85% of which are Fortune 100 companies. Among NICE’s clients are Alliance Data, Walgreens, and Capital One. At FinovateEurope 2015, the company showcased Real-Time Authentication, a passive, phone-based authentication offering that leverages voice biometrics. Earlier this year, Gartner recognized NICE in the Leaders quadrant of the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Workforce Engagement ‎Management for the second year in a row.

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.