Finovate Alumni News


  • to Power Student Loan Repayment Benefit for Estée Lauder Employees.
  • Check out sneak peeks from next month’s FinovateEurope presenting companies:
  • Meniga to Support Digital Transformation for French Banking Group, BPCE. See Meniga at FinovateEurope 2018 in March.
  • Handle Financial’s Prism Mobile App Reaches $1 Billion in Bills Paid.
  • Finect Raises Capital as BME Takes Minority Stake.

Around the web

  • Actiance forges partnership with Relativity to bring seamless data delivery to eDiscovery platform.
  • Neustar unveils multi-factor authentication risk assessment tool to help enterprises mitigate fraud risk.
  • Tinkoff Bank and AHML to launch joint venture to offer mortgage loans via new electronic platform.
  • Y Combinator interviews Jake Rosenberg, cofounder and CTO of LendUp.
  • VentureBeat highlights OurCrowd, which has raised $650 million for 145 startups and plans to top $1 billion in 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


  • Ayondo Pursues IPO After Reverse Takeover Deal Lapses.
  • Personal Capital Launches Education Planner to Prepare You for College Costs.
  • Finastra Partners with VASCO to Offer Customers eSignLive Capability.
  • Trustly Teams Up with Emric to Broaden Payment Options for Businesses.

Around the web

  • Cuffelinks features Jon Medved, CEO and Founder of OurCrowd.
  • Openbank, the digital bank of Santander Group, selects Temenos Core Banking.
  • Interxion working with global institutional agency-model broker INSTINET to host the firm’s BlockMatch.
  • Arroweye Solutions selected by Obsidian to produce custom local open-loop prepaid cards.
  • SecureKey Technologies adds National Bank of Canada to its digital identity network.

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.

OurCrowd Opens Office in Spain, Lays Down Roots with Strategic Partnership

Equity crowdfunding platform OurCrowd has furthered its global expansion by opening an office in Spain this week. The company’s founder and CEO Jon Medved has identified Spain and the Iberian region as one of OurCrowd’s “priority markets,” considering Madrid is in the “heart of Europe” and a “gateway into South America.”

The Jerusalem-based company has established a new office in Madrid’s financial district. With this expansion, OurCrowd now has offices in six countries– Israel, the U.S., Canada, Australia, and Singapore; and has plans in place for an office expansion to a seventh– the U.K.

David Hatchwell, a leader of the Jewish community in Spain, will be the Chairman of OurCrowd Iberia— the company’s new Madrid office. “OurCrowd presents the Spanish market with a significant opportunity to taste what is happening in one of the most advanced markets in the world of tech: Israel, as well as offer other global startup investment opportunities,” Hatchwell said. “OurCrowd Spain will operate with strong local partners active in building significant companies, and as we consolidate, we will invest in Spanish tech companies seeking to bring additional leaders from the local ecosystem onto the OurCrowd platform.”

As a part of the recent expansion, OurCrowd has formed a strategic partnership with Cardumen Capital, a Spanish/Israel venture fund focused on “Deep Technologies.” The aim of the partnership is to offer Spanish investors “the opportunity to focus on investing in Israeli companies, building ties between Israeli and Spanish technologies.”

Cardumen’s cofounder and managing general partner, Gonzalo Martinez de Azagra said, “Together with OurCrowd, we are building a global community with an experienced team led by leading venture capitalists.” He added, “Our bilateral fund will invest in pure high tech companies, as we did at Samsung Ventures, and give access to institutional and corporate investors to these unique opportunities.”

OurCrowd’s Shai Ben-Tovim, Chief Product Officer, and Oshrat Kfir, VP of Engineering showcase at FinovateSpring 2016

Founded in 2013, the OurCrowd platform has more than 20,000 members from 112 countries. In aggregate, investors have funded more than $450 million into 120 portfolio companies and funds. At FinovateSpring 2016, the company’s Shai Ben-Tovim, Chief Product Officer, and Oshrat Kfir, VP of Engineering, debuted the OurCrowd mobile app. In June, the company partnered with National Bank of Australia (NAB) to provide NAB clients with direct access to OurCrowd startup investments. Last December, we named the company in our roundup of top direct-to-consumer wealth tech plays.

Finovate Alumni News


  •  Luxoft Acquires UNAFORTIS to Broaden Client Base within Financial Services.
  • EVRY Announces Five-Year, $18.7 Million Deal with Finland’s Aktia Bank.
  • OurCrowd Opens Office in Spain, Lays Down Roots with Strategic Partnership.

Around the web

  • Trulioo launches its Global Business Verification service.
  • Diebold partnership with Transguard to expand service and technology offerings in the UAE.
  • Ethiopia’s Cooperative Bank of Oromia goes live with core banking solution from Temenos.
  • Pindrop Security leverages machine learning and a “customer consortium of shared fraudsters” to introduce Pindrop Protect 4.0.
  • Quovo unveils new account authentication solution, Autoverified Micro-deposits.
  • Xero partners with UK fintech Curve to automate expense management.
  • Zopa searches for new borrowers through Saffron Building Society loan partnership.
  • Sberbank, Russia’s Largest Bank, Announces Payment Solution.
  • DefenseStorm Renews SOC 2 Compliance.

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


  • Expensify Exceeds 35,000 Customers.
  • Quisk’s Blockchain Buy-in Boosts Security, Improves Access to Transaction Data.

Around the web

  • Alternative investment intelligence provider Crowdsurfer adds data from P2P innovator, Zopa.
  • Misys introduces FusionCapital Regulatory Reporting to help banks comply with the MiFID II.
  • NuData wins CNP 2017 Customer Choice Award for Best Identity Verification/Authentication Solution
  • Agreement Express opens its new office in the City of London as part of their expansion strategy.
  • Developed in partnership with Moven Enterprise, Westpac New Zealand’s budget-tracking app, CashNav wins CANSTAR 2017 Innovation Excellence Award.
  • Customers of National Australia Bank (NAB) gain direct access to equity crowdfunding platform OurCrowd courtesy of new collaboration.

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.

Spring Forward: FinovateSpring 2016 Alums Top $200 Million in Funding


With FinovateSpring 2017 coming next month, we thought we’d take a look back at how the alums from our last spring conference a year ago have fared on the fundraising front.

And after a quick review, it seems that investors continue to be interested in the innovations of Finovate alumni. In fact, even without the $1.8 billion Golden Gate Capital spent on its acquisition of Neustar late last year ($2.9 million with debt included), the alums from FinovateSpring 2016 have had an impressive year of fundraising. While the specific funding amounts for a number of alums were not officially disclosed, our review shows more than $200 million raised by 20 FinovateSpring 2016 alums over the past year alone.

Among the bigger deals of the past year, the $72 million raised by OurCrowd stands out. OurCrowd, a crowd investing platform for venture capital, was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in Jerusalem, Israel. With a growing network of more than 17,000 investors, OurCrowd has raised $400 million on its platform, providing funding for 110 companies. Also noteworthy was the $29 million raised by FinDEVr/Finovate alum NYMBUS in two separate fundings in August and February. NYMBUS is an innovator in developing advanced, cloud-based core banking systems. Known as a “bank in a box” NYMBUS technology gives smaller banks and credit unions the ability to compete with larger FIs when it comes to providing customers with the latest digital banking services.

So to help get you ready for FinovateSpring 2017, here’s a list of the investments scored by alums from last year’s conference. And remember you can see live demos from all 20 of our fundraising FinovateSpring 2016 alums in our Video Archives.

February 2017

  • FinDEVr New York Alum NYMBUS Announces $16 Million in New Funding
  • Qumram’s Regtech Offering Lands $1.49 Million
  • Empyr Raises $3 Million in Funding

January 2017

  • ForwardLane Raises $1.1 Million in New Funding
  • Earnix Receives $13.5 Million in Growth Capital from New and Existing Investors

December 2016

  • Cyberfend Acquired by Akamai Technologies for Undisclosed Amount

November 2016

  • Sezzle Raises Seed Funding Ahead of Shopify Debut ($1.85 million)
  • Neustar Acquired by Golden Gate Capital for $1.8 Billion (including debt $2.9B)

October 2016

  • ThreatMetrix Picks Up $30 Million in Growth Capital from Silicon Valley Bank (debt financing)

September 2016

  • OurCrowd Pulls In $72 Million
  • WealthForge to Raise $2.5 Million in New Convertible Note Offering
  • OneVisage Earns Seed Funding in Round Led by Polytech Ecosystem Ventures (amount undisclosed)

August 2016

  • CUneXus Closes $5 Million Series A
  • Automobile Title Lending Platform Finova Financial Raises $52.5 Million
  • NYMBUS Raises $12 Million in Round Led by Vensure Enterprises

July 2016

  • Linqto Announces New Venture Funding from Keiretsu Capital (amount undisclosed)

June 2016

  • NICE Funding! CallVU Raises $3 Million
  • Civic Announces New Debt Financing from Blockchain Capital (amount undisclosed)
  • savedroid AG Completes €1 ($1.1 USD) Million Seed Round; Announces Beta Launch
  • Cyberfend Earns Undisclosed Non-Equity Assistance from MasterCard Start Path Global Program.
  • BanQu Secures $100,000 in Financing (convertible note)

Are you a FinovateSpring 2016 alums whose funding we missed? Send us an email and we’ll be happy to make the update.

Finovate Alumni News


  • Check out today’s FinDEVr Feature — FairCom.
  • A Plus for P2P Lending: Investors to Buy Up to $5 Billion in Loans on Prosper.

Around the web

  • Zopa awarded Superbrand status for the first time.
  • Benzinga features M1 Finance CEO Brian Barnes.
  • Kasasa names Guy Daubenspeck Chief Information Security Officer.
  • The Co-operative Group to leverage ACI Worldwide for cloud-based mobile wallet.

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


  • Microsoft Marketing Vet Jeremy Korst Joins Avalara as New CMO.

Around the web

  • New York-based BizFi reaches $2 billion in originations.
  • LTP: Trulioo CEO Stephen Ufford writes about the problem of gift card fraud.
  • Boku extends partnership with Microsoft to support carrier billing to France.
  • Exostar teams up with Taulia to bring supply chain finance to the aerospace and defense industry.
  • Avoka, SocietyOne, and SuiteBox named finalists for Fintech Business Awards.
  • HBR: Narrative Science CEO Stuart Frankel writes about talking chatbots.
  • Quantopian recognized by Boston Globe as a “Company to Watch in 2017.”
  • Let’s Talk Payments features Kontomatik’s successful 2016.
  • Dashlane to support Intel Software Guard Extensions to help protect your passwords with hardware-enhanced security.
  • OurCrowd marks 4 years, $320m raised, 100 startups, 9 exits.

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.

Top Direct-to-Consumer Wealthtech Plays


Our wealthtech industry coverage continues this week. We looked at the industry last week and reviewed the top trends earlier this month. Today we’re taking a look at industry players with B2C offerings—in other words, companies that market directly to consumers and not through businesses.

Since wealthtech is broader than just roboadvisers, we’ve divided B2C wealthtech players into seven categories and laid out our top picks for each group. Since category sizes vary, the number of our selections also vary.

Top in-house builds from traditional players
These are offerings from traditional wealth management firms that have been built in-house (or purchased and then white-labeled) and marketed under the firm’s brand.

Fully automated roboadvisers
These are online platforms that provide automated, algorithm-based portfolio management without intervention from human advisers and without personalized, one-on-one conversations with a human adviser.

screen-shot-2016-12-22-at-4-06-40-pmAcorns takes a unique approach by linking a user’s debit card and investing their “spare change”

Hybrid roboadvisers
These are traditional advisory services, including personalized conversations and actively managed portfolios blended with computerized portfolio recommendations. Business Insider reports hybrid roboadvisers will manage 10% of all investable assets by 2025.

screen-shot-2016-12-22-at-4-11-08-pmSigFig has partnered with multiple banks, including Wells Fargo, Pershing, and Citizens Bank

Non-U.S. roboadvisers

Alternative investing platforms
These are platforms that link participants to unconventional investment types, such as private equity, hedge funds, futures, real estate, etc.

screen-shot-2016-12-22-at-4-18-08-pmWith Motif, uses invest in grouped stocks and ETFs that revolve around a common theme

Non-U.S. alternative investing platforms

News and information companies
These are online platforms that help users discover news and market trends before they go mainstream. Some include social networking aspects.

screen-shot-2016-12-22-at-4-23-47-pmTickerTags helps users discover trends even before they become news

Finovate Alumni News


  • “Finovate Debuts: Bluescape Helps Banks Create Products from Napkin Sketches”
  • “Tradeshift Earns Undisclosed Investment from Santander”

Around the web

  • Fenergo rises 25 places in global Chartis Research’s RiskTech100 rankings.
  • Blackhawk Network partners with Apple to offer ApplePay rewards.
  • The Australian reports: OurCrowd goes on start-up funds-drive.
  • SafetyPay and VTEX sign a global agreement for electronic commerce.
  • Expensify selected as preferred expense-management solution by the AICPA and
  • Professional Planner quotes SuiteBox CEO Ian Dunbar in discussion on technology and millennials.
  • Top Egyptian retail FI, housing and development bank goes live with Temenos core banking solution.
  • Avanzia Bank and TSYS renew card-processing partnership.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. Follow our alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Finovate Alumni News


  • Envestnet | Yodlee to Support Morgan Stanley Wealth Management Business.
  • True Link Financial Lands $3.6 Million Investment.

Around the web

  • Backbase to power commercial banking platform for Metro Bank.
  • Crowdfund Insider features OurCrowd’s Jon Medved.
  • CNBC interviews Thinknum co-founder Justin Zhen.
  • Coverhound announces new partnership with pay-per-mile auto insurance innovator, Metromile.

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.

OurCrowd Pulls in $72 Million


OurCrowd, an equity crowdfunding platform that boasts a network of 15,000 investors to fund U.S. and Israeli startups, raised $72 million. Financial institutions, family offices, and private investors from five continents participated in the Series C round, though most of the investors remain unnamed.

Singapore bank UOB Group, however, has come out as a strategic investor to help OurCrowd expand globally beyond the U.S. and Israel. Janet Young, managing director of group channels and digitalization at UOB Group, said, “We look forward to working closely with OurCrowd to further develop their platform to support the startup ecosystem both in Singapore and the broader Asian market. Our investment into this Series C funding for OurCrowd reinforces our commitment to support startups and small businesses.”

According to OurCrowd CEO Jon Medved, the company will use half of the funds to fuel global expansion and build out the product. The other half will be used to match investments made on the platform. This, as Medved explained, will “make sure that each and every company which raises funding on our platform receives participating investment from the General Partner on the same terms as the crowd.” He added the new capital will help achieve their goal of investing $1 billion annually by 2020.

OurCrowd’s funding now totals just north of $100 million. The Jerusalem-based company has facilitated $300 million in funding for the 100 companies in its portfolio. Notable client successes include nine exits, including seven sales and two IPOs.

OurCrowd’s Chief Product Officer Shai Ben-Tovim and VP of Engineering Oshrat Kfir launched the company’s mobile app at FinovateSpring 2016. The app helps investors discover new opportunities and empowers them with information to make better investment decisions.

In June the company partnered with Bayer, Dupont, and FinistereAG to launch an agriculture-focused investment fund, Radicle. That same month, OurCrowd earned a spot on the RedHerring 2016 Europe Top 100 list.