FinovateMiddleEast Best of Show Winners Announced!


The votes have been counted and the winners of the first FinovateMiddleEast Best of Show competition have been selected.

Congratulations are due to all of the companies that presented their latest fintech innovations live on stage this week. From wealth management and lending to innovative approaches to making payments faster, more efficient, and more secure, what makes Finovate such a great opportunity for fintech professionals is the breadth and variety of technologies on display.

And while we love seeing which companies – new or old, local or global – are the ones that have developed solutions that capture the imagination of our knowledgeable fintech audience, we always maintain that the value of our Finovate demos lies in the diversity of approaches taken by different creative, insightful entrepreneurs and engineers solving real world problems for individuals, consumers, SMEs, corporations, and even governments all over the globe.

That said, there are always a handful of demos that stand out to our attendees – and these are the innovations we highlight with our Best of Show awards. So with no further ado, let’s take a look at the companies taking home Best of Show trophies for their demos this week at FinovateMiddleEast 2018 (in alphabetic order):

APPICS for its next-generation, rewards-based, social media app that enables people to connect with one another around the globe and leverages blockchain technology to turn social media “likes” into currency. Video.

Electronic IDentification for its VideoID solution which combines video streaming, advanced machine learning, and AI to remotely identify customers in seconds from any device and over any channel. Video.



Ondot Systems for its card control technology that empowers card holders to “remote control” their credit and debit cards from a smartphone app. Video.

Our first foray to the Middle East has been a huge success for us. We’ve both seen and learned a great deal about the kind of fintech innovations that are making it easier for those living in the MENA region to have safer, more transparent, and – hopefully – more prosperous financial lives.

We want to thank our sponsors and partners – especially the UAE Ministry of Finance, which was indispensable in helping make FinovateMiddleEast happen. We had a wonderful time bringing our fintech conference to Dubai for the first time and are looking forward to coming back soon. Remember to follow us on Twitter @Finovate, as well as here on the Finovate blog to keep up with the latest in fintech news from the Middle East and elsewhere around the world.

To see all of the demo videos from FinovateMiddleEast, visit our video archives.

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 three 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 2017 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

FinovateEurope Sneak Peek: Ondot Systems

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.

Ondot Systems, an innovative fintech company, brings together experts from mobile, security, and payment card industries to transform how consumers interact with their financial institutions. Ondot’s mobile application lets you control and personalize your card and that of your dependents – setting spending limits, specifying preferences around transaction types, merchants and locations.

Why it’s great
Ondot’s innovative Mobile Card Services enable consumer control over payment cards, helping reduce fraud, banks’ support costs and increase card usage.


Gary Singh, VP of Marketing
Singh has extensive specialist knowledge of the IOT market, mobile technologies and marketing and digital payments.

FinovateMiddleEast Sneak Peek: Ondot Systems

A look at the companies demoing live at FinovateMiddleEast on 26 and 27 of February in Dubai, U.A.E. Pick up your tickets today and save your spot.

Ondot Systems, an innovative fintech company, brings together experts from mobile, security, and payment card industries to transform how consumers interact with their financial institutions.

Ondot’s mobile application lets you control and personalize your card and those of your dependents – setting spending limits, specifying preferences around transaction types, merchants, and locations.

Why it’s great
Ondot’s innovative Mobile Card Services enable consumer control over payment cards, helping reduce fraud, bank support costs, and increase card usage.


Gary Singh, Vice President of Marketing 
Singh has extensive specialist knowledge of the IoT market, mobile technologies, marketing, and digital payments.

Finovate Alumni News


  • Discloses September Investment Round, Doubles Total Funding.
  • SocietyOne Tops $350 Million in Loans.
  • Baker Hill Forges Partnerships with Allied Solutions, Experian.
  • Safe Spaces: The Best of the Authenticators, Verifiers, and Fraud Fighters.

Around the web

  • Fenergo announces partnership with four of Australia’s top five banks.
  • ACI Worldwide launches UP Real-Time Payments Solution.
  • Credit Agricole and TransferGo join Ripple’s blockchain network, boosting membership to more than 100 institutions.
  • Thomson Reuters unveils Fixed Income Callouts, a trading app for African bond markets.
  • Ondot Systems to provide two-way fraud alerts for debit cards processed by payments provider, Elan Financial.
  • Pendo Systems adds 25-year banking veteran Bill Woodley as a non-executive director.
  • Megabuyte initiates coverage of Xceptor with “superior” rating.
  • nCino enhances Treasury Management Sales and Onboarding Solution for greater flexibility, configurability and speed.
  • NuData picks up leader award from Javelin Strategy and Research.

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


  • Avoka Reports Record Growth for Second Consecutive Year.
  • Blackhawk Network Acquires CashStar in $175 Million Deal.
  • Temenos to Power Cloud-Based Lifecycle Management Suite for Baxter Credit Union

Around the web

  • Jumio partners with Plynk to bring instant verification to Europe’s first money messaging app.
  • Alaska USA FCU chooses Ignite platform from banking solutions provider Jwaala.
  • Ondot Systems joins Symitar Vendor Integration Program (VIP).
  • Tavant Selected by Newfi Lending To Provide Next-Generation Digital Platform.
  • Plaid delivers bank account integration to enterprise developers.
  • Personal Capital Reaches $5 Billion in Assets Under Management.
  • PayPal launches Mastercard– it’s first cashback credit card offering.

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.

Ondot Systems Unveils Card Control Integration Platform

Card control innovator Ondot Systems released its multi-interface card control integration platform today. The San Jose, California-based company, which won Best of Show at FinovateSpring 2014, has combined a server-side API, mobile apps, and an HTML5 framework to give FIs the ability to add card control technology to their mobile banking solutions. “Much as Facebook Messenger fits completely within Facebook, Ondot’s Mobile Card Services platform can sit perfectly within any financial institutions’ mobile banking app,” Ondot Systems Senior Director of Product and Professional Services, David Golden said. “(This) drives more mobile engagement as consumers establish their own card usage preferences.”

Golden credited mobile card control services for providing banks with average revenue gains of $30 per user per year, and emphasized the importance of a friction-free experience to ensure continued – to say nothing of increased – card usage. “When it comes to delivering a great customer experience, consumers demand seamless performance from all of their banks’ mobile services,” Golden said. And seamlessness, he added, was key to enabling FIs to “benefit from increased card use, reduced card fraud, and greater digital engagement.”

Pictured: Ondot Systems Executive Vice President Rachna Ahlawat demonstrating Ondot’s Mobile Card Services at FinovateAsia 2016.

Each component of Ondot’s Card Control platform is designed to make card control services an easy feature to be added by FIs and used by consumers. The server side API gives FIs the ability to establish the look and feel of the solution, while the HTML 5 framework means that going forward banks will be able to introduce new card control features faster. And by locating the card controls app inside the FI’s mobile banking app, the services are accessible via the same single sign-on process. This ensures that bank customers enjoy a consistent UI and UX across all mobile devices. Also available as a customizable, white-label, standalone card control app, Ondot’s mobile platform provides a range of card services including on/off switching, spending limits, fraud alerts, as well as geolocation-, transaction-, and merchant-specific controls.

Founded in 2011 and headquartered in San Jose, California, Ondot Systems demonstrated its Mobile Card Services at FinovateAsia 2016. In May, Ondot and fellow Finovate alums Malauzai Software and Vantiv teamed up to offer a youth spending solution, Family Manager: SmartKid Control. The company has raised $28 million in funding, including a $10 million venture round in 2016. Ondot shared its thoughts on the challenge of “friendly fraud” and the solution of mobile card controls in a guest post for Finovate earlier this month.

Finovate Alumni News


  • SuperMoney Launches Auto Loan Offer Engine.
  • Ondot Systems Unveils Card Control Integration Platform.

Around the web

  • Frost & Sullivan recognizes Mambu with the 2017 Europe Growth Excellence Leadership Award.
  • Fiserv acquires Dovetail Group Limited, a payments and liquidity management company.
  • New token sale from AuthenticID will enable Blockchain adoption.

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.

Increasing Use of Card Controls in SMB Market is Reducing “Friendly Fraud”

In 2014 Ondot Systems was a newcomer to Finovate. Now, we have asked them to give us an update on where card controls are in the small-to-medium-sized business market, and where they are set to take the fintech sector, in particular the future of fraud.

The small business credit card market reached 13.9 million accounts in 2015, with an average of 20 transactions per month, accounting for one in every six dollars spent on general purpose cards (roughly $430 billion all together). These payments are fundamental to running the operations of any small and mid-size business (SMB), from purchasing office supplies, paying off utility bills, clearing invoices of various service providers, etc.

An SMB owner opening up a credit card for the business has its benefits like financial rewards perks, and flexibility in spending. If handled correctly, allowing employee use of the owner’s credit cards can simplify the reimbursement process and reduce administrative hassles. However, without proper controls, employee credit cards can encourage bad spending habits, theft, or fraud.

Owner cards are only as good as the communication and trust between owner and employee. Unless the owner keeps close tabs on purchases, there is a risk of “friendly fraud,” which is when an employee takes advantage of their purchasing power for their own benefit. Left unchecked, these fraudulent charges can equate to thousands of dollars lost, the loss of an employee, or even a lawsuit.

A recent study by ACFE found that 60% of small businesses didn’t recover any of their losses from this type of fraud. By giving credit cards to key employees, it implies a high degree of trust, but unfortunately, fraud can and does happen.

According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners’ latest study, illegitimate expenses make up around 14 percent of asset misappropriation fraud and cause a median loss of $40,000. If you aren’t monitoring those purchases closely, they may go unnoticed.

Owners typically wear many hats, and managing internal financial fraud should not have to get in the way of running a business. So how can SMB owners take the worry of transactional fraud off of their shoulders? Through proactive card controls, SMB owners can allow the use of SMB payment card by setting where, when and how the card can be used for business purposes.

SMB owners can set limits on purchase amounts, location where the card can be used, types of transactions and even merchant categories. In addition, through a few taps on their smartphone, they can view card activity in real time through push notifications and even turn the card off in case of misuse.

Let’s consider a use case of a small business owner employing truck drivers to distribute food supplies around the town. Truck drivers are given a payment card for fuel and other business purchases to make sure they make it to their destination without any hiccups.

The owner of the business is able to set location controls enabling card use only in the areas of their route, and limit transactions up to certain amount at gas stations only. They can set the parameters to deny the ability to withdraw cash from an ATM or use it for entertainment purposes for example. This avoids unpleasant conversations about card misuse while allowing business owners more time to concentrate on operating their business effectively. Through these controls, receipt management for reimbursement becomes a thing of the past and business expense management is more streamlined.

Another example for of how these card controls can protect SMB owners is in the case of doctors and dentists that have their own practice. Typically these doctors employ two or three people for the office where payment cards are used for everything from office supplies to keeping the lights on. Friendly fraud can often go unnoticed if, along with an office purchase, one were to also shop for some personal items. Such businesses typically do not employ full time accounting personnel to track expenses and run on a small budget where misuse can have an impact on the bottom-line.

Through card controls, SMB owners can take on the task of managing company purchases proactively. With just a few minutes on their smartphone app setting card controls and alerts preferences, they and their businesses can be protected from “friendly fraud.”

Malauzai’s Vantiv Partnership to Leverage OnDot’s CardControl Tool

Community banking app company Malauzai has teamed up with payment processing giant Vantiv to launch a youth spending tool called Family Manager: SmartKid Control. Malauzai’s SmartApp users will have access to the new tool, which is offered by Vantiv and powered by OnDot.

The SmartKid Control feature offers parents oversight and control over their child’s spending via transaction monitoring and spending tools. The app generates purchase alerts and lets parents define and authorize specific merchant categories, such as grocery and gas (see image on right). While the card gives parents ultimate control by enabling them to remotely turn the card on and off, it also allows the child to begin forming their own spending habits by setting a budget and alerts.

Integrating the card control feature into a community bank or credit union’s existing app gives the financial institution a way to build loyalty among its existing users and build out its customer base of Generation Z-clients. According to Robb Gaynor, chief product officer for Malauzai, the new tool will offer “families the opportunity to include their children in the financial dialogue.”

Malauzai’s new tool leverages OnDot’s CardControl, a solution the company launched at FinovateSpring 2014 that allows consumers to control payment cards from a smartphone app. The solution, which the company later showcased at FinovateSpring 2015, won them Best of Show honors. Since then, the product was brought to market by Fiserv (under the brand name CardValet), COOP Financial Services (under the brand name CardNav), and Vantiv (under the brand name MobiMoney). OnDot most recently demoed Mobile Card Services at FinovateAsia 2016.

Founded in 2009, Malauzai last demoed at FinovateSpring 2016, where it debuted MOX Pay powered by Visual App Builder. In March of this year, the company launched Touch ID biometric authentication technology for Android users. In October 2016, Malauzai teamed up with Guardian Analytics to leverage its fraud detection solution.

Payment processing company Vantiv most recently presented at FinDEVr New York 2017 and last demoed at FinovateFall 2014, where it debuted its TriPOS solution. Earlier this week, Vantiv agreed to acquire B2B payments company Paymetric.

Ondot Systems’ CardConnect Enables Consumers and Banks to Converse in Real Time

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

FS2015_Ondot_logoOndot Systems launches its CardConnect solution:

CardConnect utilizes the smartphone app and location, and transaction context, to establish an instant communication channel enabling financial institutions and consumers to converse in real-time.

• Card Issuers can notify at-risk cards to consumers and set higher level of controls
• Card Issuers can request consumers to confirm any transaction in real-time
• Consumers can initiate transaction disputes from their mobile device
• Consumers can set travel notifications, and card issuers can automatically update notifications using location tracking on consumers’ phones
• Consumers can rate transactions, and card issuers can use aggregate ratings to create personalized contextual offers

Presenter of the CardConnect solution: Vaduvur Bharghavan, CEO, Ondot



Product Launch: May 2015

Product distribution strategy: Through financial institutions

HQ: San Jose, California
Product Demoed: CardConnect

FinovateSpring 2015 Sneak Peek: Part 8


Today marks our final Sneak Peek preview. We hope you’ve enjoyed the opportunity to get to know a little about the companies that will be taking the stage at FinovateSpring 2015.

Register today to see and meet these innovators in person on 12/13 May at our upcoming conference in San Jose, California.

If you’ve missed an edition, our complete Sneak Peek series for FinovateSpring 2015 is below:

And now let us introduce you to the final fourteen companies of FinovateSpring 2015. See you in San Jose!

FS2015_Finaeos_logoFinaeos automates the back office and capital-raising compliance.

Why it’s great
Serves the demand for new ways to invest, save, and generate income by investors across the globe.

  • Founded: 2015
  • HQ: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

FS2015_Finicity_logoFinicity helps developers build powerful apps to drive financial software innovation.

Why it’s great
TXPUSH Interface to the Finicity API Platform.

  • Founded: 1999
  • HQ: Salt Lake City, Utah

FS2015_MoneyAmigo_logoMoney Amigo is a social money interaction platform that solves the lack of simple and clustered services for the unbanked and underbanked.

Why it’s great
Money Amigo makes managing money fast, fair, and friendly.

  • Founded: 2015
  • HQ: Las Vegas, Nevada

FS2015_Ondot_logoOndot Systems builds white-label solutions that enable financial institutions to provide security and convenience for their customers.

Why it’s great
Our platform brings innovation to mobile card services.

  • Founded: 2011
  • HQ: San Jose, California

FS2015_Onovative_logoOnovative’s powerfully simple marketing automation software helps financial institutions meet the challenge of cross-selling current customers.

Why it’s great
Onovative provides banks and credit unions with modern APIs and a simple UI to help them grow.

  • Founded: 2013
  • HQ: Jeffersonville, Indiana

FS2015_Outski_logoOutski’s platform improves employee health and wellness, increases productivity, and reduces job-related stress.

Why it’s great
Outski helps companies improve margins and reduce costs by focusing on the health and well-being of their employees.

  • Founded: 2013
  • HQ: Tucson, Arizona

FS2015_PrairieCloudware_logoPrairie Cloudware provides a comprehensive set of omnichannel, digital payment services to solve the need for more security, convenience, and control when purchasing goods and services online and in-store.

Why it’s great
We are a cloud-based, open platform that allows consumers to access and use their preferred payment mechanisms and accounts via the financial institution’s digital channels.

  • Founded: 2012
  • HQ: Omaha, Nebraska

FS2015_Slice_logoSlice’s technology provides item-level purchase-data across the largest base of online consumers (two million and counting).

Why it’s great
Slice’s one-of-a-kind Purchase Graph technology.

  • Founded: 2010
  • HQ: Palo Alto, California

FS2015_SmartAsset_logoSmartAsset provides a tools-and-content platform to give consumers personalized and actionable advice.

Why it’s great
Leverage our Automated Financial Modeling technology to make significant personal finance decisions.

  • Founded: 2011
  • HQ: New York City, New York

FS2015_Token_logo_snagToken is a new payment rail that solves the “faster payments” problem for banks, businesses, and consumers.

Why it’s great
A new open bank API, an unbreakable identity system, developer tools, and a wallet app for business and consumers.

  • Founded: 2015
  • HQ: Los Altos Hills, California

FS2015_TopImageSystems_logoTop Image Systems introduces the eFLOW mortgage, which eliminates the manual, time-consuming and expensive mortgage-origination process.

Why it’s great
Top Image Systems’ IQA (Image Quality Analysis) provides unparalleled accuracy, security, and ease of use.

  • Founded: 1991
  • HQ: Tel Aviv, Israel

FS2015_Vanguard_logoVanguard introduces the Funds Visualizer to rid investors of suboptimal portfolio construction.

Why it’s great
Our interactive, 3-D, data visualizations of diversification provide unique insights when it comes to building portfolios.

  • Founded: 1975
  • HQ: Valley Forge, Pennsylvania

FS2015_Vouch_logo_414updateVouch is the first social network for credit, enabling consumers to connect and share creditworthiness so they get the financial products they deserve.

Why it’s great
Vouch is for anyone who believes they are more than their credit score.

  • Founded: 2013
  • HQ: San Francisco, California

FS2015_Whodini_logo_snagWhodini helps merchants engage customers using social media marketing, reaching loyal customers with targeted offers.

Why it’s great
At Whodini, we help local businesses know their customers better.

  • Founded: 2004
  • HQ: Westport, Connecticut

FinovateSpring 2014 Best of Show Winners

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Our record-breaking audience has spent a hot two days in San Jose watching 68 demos covering the best in fintech.

After watching the 68 demoing companies show off their newest innovations on stage in front of the sold-out auditorium, the crowd voted for their three favorite demos at the end of each day. The eight companies with the highest number of votes were crowned winners.

Here they are in alphabetical order:

Thumbnail image for EyeVerifyLogo.jpgEyeVerify, for its Eyeprint Verification technology that enables mobile biometric authentication

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Loop, for its smart mobile wallet system accepted at virtually every retail POS terminal without making changes to the existing POS system

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Interactions, for its voice-activated, self-service solution for mobile and phone interactions 

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Motif Investing, for its Advisor Platform that streamlines the way advisors build, monitor, and rebalance investment portfolios

Ondot Systems, for its CardControl technology that allows users to remotely control their credit and debit cards via their smartphone


PrivatBank, for topless, contactless smartphone-enabled Android ATM technology


SaveUp, for its Gen Y/Millennial-oriented solution that combines gamification with personal finance


Stockpile, for their “give the gift of stock” solution that helps people invest in the brands they love  

As always, thanks for your continued support. See you next year at FinovateSpring 2015!
All of the demo videos will be available on in two weeks.


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 eight 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.