Payworks Raises $4.5 Million Series A

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Just a few days after launching its next-generation payment-gateway, Pulse, Payworks announced a $4.5 million Series A. The round was led by HW Capital and Rumford, and featured the participation of “leading U.S. and European payment executives” as well as existing investor, Speedinvest. The funding will help accelerate the Munich, Germany-based company’s continued expansion into Europe and North America.

“We are extremely happy on having closed our Series A with a great group of investors,” said Christian Deger, Payworks CEO and co-founder. “With their support, we will make Pulse available to even more merchants worldwide and establish our position in the market as a leading payment-gateway technology company.”

Nikolaus von Taysen, a partner at Rumford, had high praise for the German SaaS payment-gateway company, and called Payworks “one of the very few companies that has a shot at replacing an old and outdated infrastructure on a global scale.”

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CEO Christian Deger demonstrated the Payworks’ platform at FinvoateEurope 2014.

Payworks gives payment processors an alternative to the costly, inefficient, inflexible, and often poorly secured legacy systems still widely in use to process credit card payments. With Pulse, the company’s lightweight, next-generation, SaaS payment-processing platform, Payworks empowers smaller processors to keep up with the larger processors in the payment business. CEO and co-founder Christian Deger called the solution a “very important milestone for our company,” noting the technology provides fast, API-based, EMV, contactless card, mobile wallet, and chip and payment processing for both fixed and mobile point-of-sale systems.

Headquartered in Munich, Germany, and founded in 2012, Payworks demonstrated its platform at FinovateEurope 2014. Winner of the MPE Award for most innovative payment startup, the company is active in more than 15 countries, and its payment provider clients serve hundreds of thousands of merchants in a number of different industries.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • FinovateFall: Mapping the Future of Fintech Today
  • Payworks Raises $4.5 Million Series A
  • Mastercard Says “Me Too” to Visa’s PayPal Partnership

Around the web

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  • EU-based mobile payments company SumUp achieves profitability.
  • Let’s Talk Payments interviews Boku CEO Jon Prideaux.
  • ACI Worldwide brings UP Retail Payments to Erste Bank Hungary.
  • Braintree to offer Visa Checkout.
  • ayondo relaunches website with new design and features to improve trading experience.
  • TransferWise announces tripling of revenues in first public annual 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.

Payworks Unveils Next Generation Payment Gateway, Pulse

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Munich, Germany-based Payworks has launched its next generation payment gateway technology, Pulse. The solution makes it easier for developers to integrate card readers into both stationary and mobile point-of-sale systems, improving and simplifying in-person card payments for consumers.

“The official launch of Pulse is a very important milestone for our company,” Payworks CEO and co-founder Christian Deger said. “Pulse will create fantastic opportunities for our partners and clients, both technically as well as commercially.” The Pulse launch is the culmination of Payworks’ corporate rebranding, including a new logo that “represents the openness and flexibility of the Pulse technology.”

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CEO Christian Deger and Head of Sales Michael Englmaier demonstrated the payworks platform at FinovateEurope 2014 in London.

Pulse-powered payment technologies will enable customers to take advantage of a wide variety of payment technologies including EMV chip & PIN cards, contactless cards, and mobile wallets. The cloud-based payment-processing platform comes pre-certified for both developers and merchants, and scales well for both large and small businesses. In addition to Pulse, Payworks is offering its white-labeled mPOS solution, Accept, geared specifically for payment providers looking for an acceptance solution for SMEs, and Engage, an analytics and customer engagement platform.

Founded in 2012 and headquartered in Munich, Germany, Payworks demonstrated its platform at FinovateEurope 2014. The company includes Speedinvest and Barikuta Partners among its investors, and has offices in the U.K., the U.S., and Spain. Payworks has partnered with some of the world’s largest payment processors including Barclaycard, Stripe, and Elavon. Earlier this month, Payworks announced a partnership with U.S. ticketing systems specialist, VBO Tickets. In July, the company teamed up with Swedish POS specialist, AffärsIT to bring Windows-based point-of sale technology to 5,000 merchants in Scandinavia, just one month after Payworks extended its Stripe POS integration.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Payworks Unveils Next Generation Payment Gateway, Pulse
  • Check out this week’s FinDEVr APIntelligence
  • Jumio Raises $15 Million from its New Owner, Centana Growth Partners

Around the web

  • Currency Cloud partners with Arkea Banking Services to provide faster payments and better reconciliation. Join Currency Cloud in New York next week for FinovateFall 2016.
  • PYMNTS.com looks at Behalf and its recent $27 million Series C.
  • Bluefin Payment Systems unveils PAX devices for PCI-validated, point-to-point encryption (P2PE).
  • Uber and Visa team up on local offers.

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

  • Holvi and SumUp Join Forces to Serve SMEs and the Self-Employed
  • CUneXus Closes $5 million Series A

Around the web

  • Cybersecurity innovator DefenseStorm adds Libertyville Savings Bank and PrimeRevenue as clients.
  • Prasac, the largest microfinance institution in Cambodia, launches mobile banking services courtesy of TranzWare from Compass Plus.
  • Cachet Financial Services partners with the Central Bank of Kansas City to roll out a reloadable prepaid card program.
  • OutsideIQ Brings Due Diligence Platform DDIQ to New International Markets
  • TSYS EVP and CIO Patricia Watson writes about the importance of strong enterprise architecture in fintech for CIO Review.

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

  • Best of Show Winner Quid to Open London Office.
  • Reverse Takeover IPO Places ayondo on the Singapore Exchange.
  • Sezzle Scoops Up $500,000 Investment from Brussels-based E-Merge.
  • MX Adds Cash Flow Feature to MoneyDesktop Platform.

On FinDEVr.com

  • Markit Agrees to Acquire Prism Valuation.

Around the web

  • Australia’s Bendigo and Adelaide Bank to deploy cloud development platform from IBM.
  • itBit and Euroclear announce plans to use blockchain technology to provide a settlement service for the London gold market.
  • Trulioo expands to South America as part of Canada’s Fintech Mission to Brazil.
  • IBS Intelligence features Yoyo Wallet as startup of the month.
  • Payworks extends Stripe POS integration effort.
  • Trustly opens London office and hires General Manager from Worldpay.

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.

Payworks Provides Robust Checkout Options

This post is part of our live coverage of FinovateEurope 2014.

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Taking the stage just before lunch, payworks showed how its platform can facilitate robust payment capabilities:
“We are showing how easy it is to build innovative payment solutions on top of the payworks platform and showcase stunning checkout options.”
Presenting Christian Deger (CEO) and Michael Englmaier (Head of Sales)

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Product Launch: Summer 2012
Metrics: 15 employees, winner of MPE Award for most innovative payment startup
Product distribution strategy: Direct to Business (B2B), through financial institutions
HQ: Munich, Germany
Founded: April 2012
Twitter: @payworksmobile

FinovateEurope 2014 Sneak Peek: Part 5

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While we’re busy polishing up the details for FinovateEurope 2014, we wanted to keep our Sneak Peek series going. Below is the fifth installment of our series that gives a glimpse of what the companies will demo on stage February 11 and 12 in London. Don’t miss out on the action; get your ticket here today to see all of the demos live.

If you missed any of our earlier installments, take a look at FinovateEurope 2014 Sneak Peeks 1-4 below.

And now, meet another six companies who will be demoing next month at FinovateEurope 2014.


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Arxan Technologies protects mobile apps from hackers and malware exploits with award-winning mobile app shielding products. Prevent fraud, unauthorized access and brand compromise with Arxan’s software security.

Features:

    • Strengthens financial apps with self-defense and tamper-resistance 
    • Delivers comprehensive and multi-OS application hardening
    • Deployed at the end of software development without changes to source code
Why it’s great
Arxan provides global Fortune 500 companies with the world’s strongest and most deployed application protection to launch multi-OS mobile services. 

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Vince Arneja, Vice President, Product Management
Vince Arneja brings over 18 years of experience in senior level technical product and program management, with the last 10 years focused on application, endpoint and network security.
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Winston Bond, European Technical Manager
With over 20 years of experience, Winston has developed software on a wide variety of embedded, desktop and mobile platforms. Winston is European Technical Manager for Arxan Technologies Inc.
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CRIF sees financial institutions worldwide turn to its Credit Framework, adaptable technology, integrating predictive analytics and know-how, to achieve optimized decision-making and compliant credit processes.

Features:
    • Lending sales mobile app integrating automated decision-making, information and downstream processes
    • Mobile business intelligence for credit and lending
    • Business user-friendly KPI tracking and fine-tuning
Why it’s great
Combines lending via mobile devices with agile, business user-friendly technology to make smarter decisions in the moment.  

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Aldo Bruschi Vice-President 
Aldo is a seasoned credit and decisioning expert. He is motivated by continuous innovation in applying data, predictive analytics and technology to improve credit and lending processes. 
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Sheila Donohue
International credit and lending go-to-market professional and global marketer for the CRIF Credit Framework.
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efigence and IdeaBank developed the first European Internet Banking for SMEs integrated with accountancy and cashflow analysis tools on the web, tablets and mobile which works in cloud.
Features:
    • First European “All-in-one” platform for SMEs including Internet Banking, accountancy and cashflow analysis module.
    • Works in the cloud
    • On web, tablets and other mobile devices
Why it’s great
This transaction system for SMEs connected with cloud accountancy systems and a company’s cashflow analysis changed the way of thinking in the banking sector about products for business.  
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Andrzej Szewczyk, Managing Director at Efigence
Andrzej worked for the largest telecoms and media companies and was implementing pioneer projects that used broadband data transmission for the largest Polish websites.

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Steve Sutton, Innovation Manager at efigence
Steve is focused on international business development. 


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payworks makes it easy to build payments into shopper and merchant apps.
Features:
    • Easy integration of payment functionality
    • Combine shopper wallets and Chip & PIN 
    • Work with different hardware and payment providers
Why it’s great
It provides the world of mobile POS on one single platform.

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Christian Deger, Co-Founder and CEO of payworks
Prior to founding payworks, Christian was responsible for building the South East Asian business of PAYRETO, a managed services company for payment providers. 


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Plutus Software’s KreditAja.com (its flagship product) features predictive analytics to aid both borrowers and lenders.
Features:
    • Superior alternative to traditional credit scoring
    • More holistic assessment of a borrower’s creditworthiness
    • Enables lenders to more accurately assess the risk of borrowers
Why it’s great
KreditAja.com’s proprietary credit scoring system aims to produce a more holistic assessment of a borrower’s creditworthiness via incorporating multiple data sources, including social media.  

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Aidil Zulkifli, CEO
Aidil is a Singapore-qualified advocate and solicitor, and practiced law for more than 2 years before founding Plutus Software.
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Jagannathan J., CTO
Jagannathan possesses 16 years experience as a technologist and was previously Head of Engineering at Yahoo! SEA/India and Singapore’s leading property portal, Propertyguru.com.sg.

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SaaS Markets is the leading enterprise app store platform for financial companies.
Features:
    • Reduce software costs with a centralized app marketplace solution
    • Give your employees and/or your SME customers all of the cloud-based tools they need to succeed
    • Increase IT security and control
Why it’s great
SaaS Markets’ MarketMaker platform–the leading cloud marketplace platform for financial companies.

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Ferdi Roberts, CEO
Ferdi is a former senior executive at Yahoo, Cisco, and Ariba. Educated at Imperial College in London, he has worked across global tech markets for the past 20 years.
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Jay Manciocchi, JD, Director of Content
Jay formerly worked as a senior executive at Brafton–the U.S.’s largest content marketing agency. He has further worked at Mercer–the global consulting company.
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Stay tuned next Monday, when we’ll bring you six more previews of the hottest in European fintech.

Innovations at FinovateEurope 2014: Part 2

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A week ago we introduced you to half of the companies that will be demoing their technologies on stage for FinovateEurope 2014.

Today we’re providing the second half of our scheduled roster for February.

For more information, and to get your tickets, visit our Finovate Europe 2014 page here.

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Luxoft’s iStockTrack is an innovative iPad solution providing mobile banking services for private and premium banking clients.

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Matchi is an innovative matchmaking platform for banks and innovators to establish collaborative relationships that deliver increased ROI for innovators and banks alike.

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Meniga is Europe’s leading white-label PFM provider. The company helps banks improve their businesses through data-mining, cross-sales, and improved retention.

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Mobino enables mobile payments for 5 billion people, from any phone, no credit card required.

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The Moneyer is the future of online Personal Finance Management.

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Money on Toast delivers independent and whole of the market, FCA-regulated financial advice online via its algorithm-powered adviser.

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MyOrder provides a m-commerce mobile app that serves businesses in parking, catering, and entertainment.

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myWishBoard is the first crowdfunding platform for personal dreams and wishes.

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NF Innova’s Personal Experience Module, a part of iBanking product suite, enables banks to offer their customers a truly unique and tailored user experience.

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Nostrum Group has built a virtual collection product that automates and optimizes the delinquency management process.

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Nous.net’s Spark Feed is a real-time financial data service that helps you understand and predict the markets.

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payworks is the provider of a mobile POS, Software-as-a-Service platform that lets developers quickly build payment functionality into their shopper and merchant apps.

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PhotoPay’s technology allows users to extract data from any document, paper or electronic, enabling billpay on mobile devices.

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Pixeliris’s CopSonic is the first universal contactless mobile payment system powered by our unique technology based on sonic communication.

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Plutus Software’s KreditAja credit scoring system is designed to better serve the unbanked and underbanked in Asia.

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SaaS Markets is an enterprise cloud marketplace company whose MarketMaker platform helps FIs deploy their own branded, cloud-based business app store.

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SmartEngine stands for personalization and target marketing. As pioneers in the field of customer loyalty, Smart Engine is a driver of innovation and a leader in personalized target marketing.

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SoftWear Finance’s HACU PLATFORM enables banks to provide customers with the best possible user experience on any platform or device.

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SQLI’s Augmented Banking is a new take at Online Banking. It is aimed at positioning a bank at the very center of people’s digital lives.

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Temenos’s Treasury Management Dashboard tablet app has been developed for Microsoft Windows 8 and enables the transformation of treasury operations.

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Tink is a free personal finance service that allows you to follow your money, where ever you are.

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Tootpay’s solution is a mobile financial solution for payments, banking, telecommunications, and remittance industries.

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Top Image Systems has leveraged its deep recognition and imaging expertise to develop a powerful suite of image processing applications for mobile devices.

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Topicus Finan is a software vendor specializing in enterprise-level financial analysis. Its solution enables banks to provide self-service business lending processes for SMEs.

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Toshl Finance is a personal finance manager made fun. Find out where your money is going, keep on top of bills and spending, and set up budgets.

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Truphone, the innovative mobile operator, introduces the only global network-based recording solution for the Financial Industry.

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Trustev provides a new approach to fraud prevention through a real-time, online identity verification platform, which ensures that merchants know exactly who they are selling to.

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Yseop Sales Force Productivity Suite and its email writing application (YseMail) support financial advisors through the entire sales cycle.