Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Revolut Lands $8.7 Million, Launches Crowdfunding Campaign
  • Spiff Raises $150,000; Adopts Tech Talent from Fink

Around the web

  • Asset TV interviews CEO Tony Aguilar, founder, Student Loan Genius.
  • Business Quarter profiles Ormsby Street MD, Martin Campbell.
  • TechCityNews features Aire in an issue devoted to artificial intelligence.
  • TickSmith upgrades its TickVault Platform with file inventory module.
  • Bank Info Security interviews Fiserv anti-fraud specialist, Andrew Davies.
  • CNBC column on financial fraud and retirees quotes Liz Loewy, general counsel for EverSafe.
  • Bill.com launches Bookkeeping Accelerator Program.
  • CNBC features Moven founder and CEO Brett King speaking about his newest book, “Augmented: Life in the Smart Lane.”
  • Kasasa Named One of the Best Places to Work in Austin for a Second Consecutive Year.

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

  • Tradeshift Closes $75 Million Series D Round, Boosts Valuation to $500 Million.
  • Finovate Debuts: EquityZen Lets Wealth Managers Invest in Pre-IPO Companies.
  • Backbase Announces New CFO Leonore Van Waiij.
  • MyOrder, Wirecard Helps Power Shared Spending Functionality for GRPPY App.
  • Dyme Unveils Prototype of Facebook Saving Chatbot.

On FinDEVr

  • FICO Launches Falcon Assurance Navigator to Help Universities Monitor Federal Grant Spending.

Around the web

  • Chartis names CustomerXPs an Enterprise Solution player in the 2016 RiskTech Quadrant for Enterprise Fraud Tech.
  • Patch of Land Adds Institutional Investors to Real Estate Platform.
  • Prosper hires investment banks to explore raising more funds.
  • NuData Security Selected Best AntiFraud Solution at CardNotPresent Expo.
  • TechCrunch: Lending Robot makes Lending Club investing easy as setting screen brightness.
  • Tokbox launches its video broadcast solution for producers.
  • Banking Technology: Goldman Sachs to use technology from Infosys to power its new digital bank, GS Bank.
  • Business Insider features Finovate alums Azimo, eToro, Currency Cloud, and Zopa in list of potential future U.K. fintech unicorns.
  • True Potential wins Best Use of Technology at Money Marketing Awards 2016.
  • CreditHQ announces special freelancer rate.

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.

Ormsby Street Partners with Deutsche Bank to Launch CreditHQ in Germany

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London-based Ormsby Street is bringing its credit checking tool for SMEs to Germany. The fintech startup will partner with Deutsche Bank, who make the solution available to its small business customers. The move into Germany is part of a larger expansion for Ormsby Street; the company plans to enter markets in the United States, Australia, Poland, and other European markets within a year.

Ormsby Street Managing Director Martin Campbell pointed to the problem of “late payment culture,” which he called a major problem that impacts cash-flow for German small businesses. “There is a growing need in Germany for an easy way to check the credit status and payment performance of customers, and CreditHQ meets that requirement head-on,” Campbell said.

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Pictured: Ormsby Street Managing Director Martin Campbell demonstrated CreditHQ at FinovateSpring 2016 in San Jose.

“Three things are needed for a business to run optimal cash flow,” Campbell explained from the Finovate stage earlier this year. “Good data about customers and their financial health, insight and understanding to know what to do with that data and how to recognize problems, and finally, the tools to act effectively when those problems arise.”

This is where CreditHQ comes in, helping small businesses manage their cash flow and credit risk. The solution pulls data from credit-reference agencies and displays this information to the business with a simple “traffic light” type of indicator that makes it easy to recognize which companies are most likely to pay invoices promptly and which are not. And when integrated with the company’s accounting software, CreditHQ’s risk management feature takes raw data and provides a graphic overview of which invoices are the most problematic (i.e., most expensive, the most overdue, or the greatest credit risk). Further, CreditHQ makes it easy for the business owner to take action. Emails and letters can be sent directly from the CreditHQ platform, and business owners can even set up a fully automated CreditHQ debt-collection process.

Campbell said that small-business failure-rates drop by 30% for companies using CreditHQ. “If you’re a bank and you’re looking at your small-business failure-rate, just imagine the impact a 30% reduction of that failure-rate would have on your bottom line,” he said. Moreover, Campbell added that the technology also helps build relationships between banks and their small business partners, including giving the bank insight into potential financing needs of the small business. “At the point when a customer becomes aware that they may need invoice financing, or an overdraft, or a particular kind of insurance,” Campbell explained, “the bank can be right there, can put that offer right in front of the customer, and can generate the lead directly back to a telephone or in-branch team who can then use that data to engage with their customers.”

Headquartered in London and founded in 2014, Ormsby Street demonstrated CreditHQ at FinovateSpring 2016. The company has a staff of 14; forecasts 2016 revenues of more than £2 million; and 27,000 users. In 2015, Ormsby Street was a finalist at the Vendor Excellence Awards and the CreditToday Awards, and it was recognized as one of 100 best startups that same year.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • “Trustly Goes Live with P2P Payments at Avanza Bank”
  • “TWINO’s First Year: 2,500 Investors Fund $24.6 Million in Loans”
  • “Ormsby Street Partners with Deutsche Bank to Launch CreditHQ in Germany”

On FinDEVr.com

  • “Speed of Lightning, Roar of Thunder: Blockchain Unveils Off-Chain Bitcoin Payments Network”

Around the web

  • Version 6.0 of PayPal app discontinues support for Amazon Fire, Windows, and Blackberry phones.
  • Neyber selects Cloud Lending Solutions for loan automation.
  • Mircea Mihaescu’s blog features Moven.
  • SafetyPay partners with online travel agency ViajaNet.
  • Santander to build international payments app using blockchain technology from Ripple.
  • Technology from Cachet Financial Solutions to power mobile deposit solution for LCNB National Bank.
  • Credit Suisse chooses FIS Derivatives Utility for post-trade futures and cleared OTC derivatives operations and technology.

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

  • “A View From Backstage at FinDEVr San Francisco 2015″
  • “Stockpile Hauls in $15 Million in New Investment”
  • “Emailage, Feedzai Partner to Combine Machine Learning with Email Risk Assessment”
  • “Moven Rounds Up $12 Million in Funding for International Expansion”

Around the web

  • Somerset Trust Company to deploy Retail+ for Small Business Banking solution from Malauzai Software.
  • Trustly expands into 21 new markets, now reaching 29 countries.
  • PYMNTS.com takes a look at Currency Cloud and the latest update to its API, Payment Engine Two.
  • Misys launches its dedicated-payment risk-management solution, FusionBanking Payment Insulator.
  • American Banker names 11 Finovate and FinDEVr alums in its list of 21 companies to watch.
  • Worldpay’s IPO on London Stock Exchange is the U.K.’s largest IPO of the year, at a market cap of £4.8 billion ($7.3 billion).
  • New enhancements to CreditHQ from Ormsby Street feature letter templates, new dashboard metrics.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Ormsby Street Presents its New Credit Risk Solution, CreditHQ

Ormsby_Street_logo_FF2015This post is part of our live coverage of FinovateFall 2015.

Our final demonstration of this session comes courtesy of Ormsby Street.

CreditHQ takes data from major credit-data suppliers and uses that to allow small businesses to check the credit status, payment performance, and financial health of the companies they invoice. The CreditHQ Insight Engine explains what each piece of information means within the context of the relationship that a business has, and gives options on what actions might be taken.

Presenter: Martin Campbell, managing director

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Product launch: January 2015

Metrics: Ormsby Street is founded as a spinoff from BCSG, which owned a simple credit-risk product originally dating back to 2008. CreditHQ now has more than 26,000 customers in the United Kingdom with a weekly growth rate of 10%.
Product distribution strategy: Direct to Consumer (B2C), Direct to Business (B2B), through financial institutions

HQ: London, United Kingdom
Founded: February 2014
Website: ormsbystreet.com
Twitter: @ormsbystreet

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

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  • “FinovateFall 2015: Mapping Fintech’s International Neighborhood”

Around the web

  • The Forrester Wave: Omnichannel Banking Solutions report recognizes Backbase as leader.
  • BizEquity signs contract with Security Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York.
  • North American retailer Newegg chooses Payoneer to simplify its cross-border payments.
  • Zopa and Nostrum Group earn spots on The Sunday Times Tech Track 100 roster.
  • Philippine bitcoin-remittance service Rebit teams up with mobile money-transfer specialist, ZipZap.
  • Let’s Talk Payments looks at Wealthfront and Betterment in a discussion on the effectiveness of robo-advisers.

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.

FinovateFall Sneak Peek: Ormsby Street

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The Sneak Peek series looks at the innovators demoing live on stage at FinovateFall 2015. Be sure to pick up your tickets to our annual autumn conference, and we’ll see you in New York!

OrmsbyStreet_logo_FF2015Ormsby Street’s CreditHQ is a free tool that helps small businesses improve cash flow by better understanding the financial health of their trading partners.

Features of CreditHQ’s Insight Engine:

  • Simple “traffic-light” payment and credit indicators
  • Handy watchlist so users can monitor companies important to their business
  • Insight engine combines data and insights from over 50,000 users

Why it’s great
CreditHQ’s innovative Insight Engine is changing the face of credit management and cash-flow issues. Users of CreditHQ are over 30% less likely to fail than those who don’t use our product.

Presenter

OrmsbyStreet_M_Campbell_FF2015Martin Campbell, Managing Director
Campbell, a serial entrepreneur, has supported tech startups in London’s tech city as a mentor at the Wayra accelerator, and was Entrepreneur in Residence at the Emerge Venture Labs Accelerator at Google Campus.

 

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Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • “Finovate Debuts: DoubleNet Pay Puts Payday at the Center of Financial Planning”

Around the web

  • Coinbase expands its services to Canada.
  • Zopa appoints Jaidev Janardana to CEO; co-founder and former CEO Giles Andrews assumes role as executive chairman.
  • ArcBit highlighted in Brave New Coin feature on iOS-based digital wallets. See ArcBit at FinovateFall 2015 in New York.
  • Xero and Bill.com team up to offer Direct Sync integration for SMEs.
  • Utah Business Magazine names MX number 20 of 50 of Utah’s fastest-growing companies.
  • ID Analytics names Scott Carter CEO.
  • Ormsby Street opens offices in Italy. See Ormsby Street at FinovateFall 2015 in New York in September.

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.