Finovate Alumni News


  • Enabled by AI, Self-Service Is the Future of Banking

Around the web

  • eWise offers free access to Categorization-as-a-Service (CaaS) API.
  • Mastercard to introduce contactless payments in Myanmar courtesy of partnership with Co-Operative Limited Bank (CB Bank).
  • Michigan-based Marshall Community Credit Union hires Insuritas.
  • Tesobe announcing APIDays Berlin on 7 & 8 November
  • Pascal Gauthier nominated President of cryptocurrency & blockchain security company Ledger
  • Hyundai Capital America joins the AutoGravity car shopping and financing platform
  • Coinbase announces Ethereum & Litecoin vaults
  • Pirean’s Access: One wins Cloud Security Product of the Year at the 2017 Computing Cloud Excellence Awards.

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


  • “P2P Lender Zopa to Launch Challenger Bank”
  • “Finovate/FinDEVr Alums Featured Among Monitise FINkit Platform Partners”
  • “Veridium Brings Hand Recognition Authentication to Mobile-Only Dutch bank, bunq”

Around the web

  • Co-founder of Markit, Rony Grushka, joins Algomi’s board of directors.
  • FinDEVr alum Quovo launches its account-authentication API.
  • Juvo teams up with Cable & Wireless to provide mobile credit services in the Caribbean.
  • Mastercard partners with Ratnakar Bank to launch Masterpass QR in India.
  • Thomson Reuters unveils its Thomson Reuters Pricing Service Evaluation Score (TRPS) to support pricing transparency.
  • LendingTree acquires credit card comparison and education provider, CompareCards.
  • Pirean wins security innovation of the year at the U.K.’s 2016 IT Industry Awards.
  • SafetyPay to power payment solutions for Payzoff.
  • NatWest deploys BioCatch behavioral biometrics technology.
  • Boku provides direct carrier billing in Japan for Spotify.

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


  • “Interactions Names New CFO”
  • “Fidor Bank Opens its Doors in Dubai; Ge Drossaert Tapped as Managing Director”

On FinDEVr

  • “BlockCypher to Developers: Your Ethereum Toolkit is Ready

Around the web

  • CU Times’ white paper features IDology.
  • Crowdfund Insider interviews Zopa CEO Jaidev Janardana.
  • Bank of Newington and Cleveland State Bank deploy Core Director platform from Jack Henry.
  • Narrative Science partners with client reporting and communications software company, Vermilion Software.
  • Pirean opens local support centre for the Australia and New Zealand markets.
  • Insuritas to power insurance agency for Community Resource Credit Union.
  • VoicePIN opens U.S. office.

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

Finovate Debuts: Pirean’s “Access: One” Keeps Access Management Simple

Finovate Debuts: Pirean’s “Access: One” Keeps Access Management Simple


Pirean is an identity- and access-management as-a-service company. It addresses both employee and end-user needs, offering access to online banking apps in a secure environment. The company helps banks improve security practices in a low-cost way.

Pirean facts:

  • 55 employees
  • Privately held
  • Self-funded
  • Founded 2002
  • Headquartered in London

At FinovateEurope 2015, Pirean debuted Access: One, its flagship product. With Access: One, financial institutions offer a platform that matches their branding and makes interaction easy for both employees and customers.

Financial institution employees

The employee portal (pictured below) offers access to a variety of management functions and enables the administrator to generate and customize users’ application dashboards. The administrator can also create and edit identity access-management (IAM) workflows and view security performance data.

Access: One enables the administrator to determine the level of security required for each user-facing app. For example, if they would like a trading account to be more secure, they can require two-factor authentication. Pirean offers the option to use either Google Authenticator or SMS as the second-factor challenge.


This screenshot below shows how the administrator adds, edits and removes banking applications from an application dashboard.

In this example, the administrator is adding a cash account, a trading account, and a user-identity application that allows users to change their password, set preferences, and reset security questions.

The easy-to-edit nature helps banks quickly adapt to changing business needs and customer relationships.


End customers

While the example below shows a customer’s view of bank applications on the Access: One dashboard, Pirean also offers banks the option to integrate Access: One APIs directly with their website.

To create a unified banking experience, banks customize the user-facing platform to match their brand and promote special offers. The clean interface provides access to cash and trading accounts, as well as account settings, user information, and links to partner services.


What’s next

Pirean will have two major partners going live in the next couple of months.

Pirean debuted Access: One at FinovateEurope 2015 in London.

Finovate Alumni News


  • Finovate Debuts: LockByMobile Lets Cardholders Lock Out Fraud
  • ZenPayroll Raises $60 Million in Round Led by Google Capital
  • FinovateFall 2015: Ladies and Gentlemen, Launch Your Applications!
  • Finovate Debuts: Pirean’s “Access: One” Keeps Access Management Simple

Around the web

  • Feature on automation in debt collection highlights Global Debt Registry and True Accord. See True Accord at FinovateSpring 2015 in San Jose.
  • Ripple adds dropdown customizations to its price charts.
  • Huffington Post: Trulioo, Making Trust Online an Option.
  • Callcredit Information Group partners with Trulioo. Check out Trulioo at FinovateSpring 2015.
  • GMC Software Technology Named SIIA Software CODiE Award Finalist.

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.

Pirean Launches Identity and Access Management as a Service

PireanLogo.jpgThis post is part of our live coverage of FinovateEurope 2015.

Pirean has launched Identity and Access Management as a Service.
Identity and Access Management as a Service for Financial Services is a turnkey solution for managing cloud and data-centre applications that:

• Improves productivity for employees, partners, and customers through single sign on to key resources
• Improves security and provides insight regarding user access to systems
• Delivers better services to more users rapidly, enabling new products and services to be extended to your user population

Quick to deploy and easy to use, our solution is built upon Pirean’s Access: One, our award-winning access-management platform that offers an unrivaled capability to deliver business-process integration and on-brand user-experience management while integrating and reusing existing infrastructure.

Presenters Rob Macgregor, principal consultant & Access: One’s product manager; Rob Blowers, development team lead

Product launch: February 2015
Metrics: Pirean is a private, self-funded company; 55 employees
Product distribution strategy: Direct to Consumer (B2C), Direct to Business (B2B)
HQ: London, United Kingdom
Founded: May 2002
Twitter: @Pirean

FinovateEurope 2015 Sneak Peek: Part 5


The 70+ presenters that will showcase their new tech on stage at FinovateEurope in two weeks are now unveiled. To take a closer look at the presenting companies, we’re continuing our Sneak Peek series. Today, we’re featuring Financial Media Solutions, Fiserv, Intelligent Environments, mBank & i3D, Pirean, and Telenor banka & Asseco SEE.

FEUAuditorumCropped.jpgDon’t miss our other Sneak Peeks, available here:


Financial Media Solutions’ MAPPS simplifies Videographics, making it possible to create financial content in digestible bite size video formats for broadcast to any device, including smartphones.


    • Makes Videographics easy
    • Empowers institutional users to convey financial concepts in concise video formats
    • Rapidly broadcasts dynamic content to any client device, including smartphones

Why it’s great
Communicating client content by video is the future. MAPPS resolves the challenge of how institutions better engage clients in financial concepts, even via their smartphone.


Ian Park, Owner Director & CEO

Christopher Thomas, Marketing Director


Fiserv is one of FORTUNE magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies and will demonstrate next generation digital banking interactions.


    • Focuses on a truly integrated payments user experience
    • Allows customers to manage their spending habits and banking products
    • Visually stimulates consumers using augmented reality technology

Why it’s great
This innovation is geared towards the consumer and will allow greater control and transparency over their spending and banking habits.


Jonathan Atkinson, Market Development, Digital Channels and Payments
Atkinson is a Sales Executive in Digital Channels and Payments team at Fiserv, Inc., focused on new clients across EMEA, with previous experience in core banking and CRM.

David Abbott, Payments Lead, EMEA
Abbot has 25 years’ sales, business development experience in payments & eCommerce joined Fiserv’s payments business to support development activities in the EMEA region.


Intelligent Environments is an innovative provider of mobile and online solutions for financial service organisations.

Hopes to fight against cybercrime

Why it’s great
IntellEnvironmentPresenter.jpgNo firm is an island – we all have a shared interest in responding to the growing threat against cybercrime.


Clayton Locke, CTO
Clayton Locke is a keen sailor. He is hoping for calm waters come Finovate!


mBank, financial sector innovator & i3D, world-class provider of high-tech virtual reality solutions, developed an ultra-modern interactive digital bank branch.


    • Digital wall with unlimited touch points and innovative UI/UX
    • Proximity-motion-sensing and face recognition technologies for dynamic content adjustment
    • Integration with sales support systems

Why it’s great
mBankpresenter1.jpgmBank & i3D dare to challenge the traditional notion of physical bank branches with ultra-modern multi-touch screens, motion-sensing and face recognition technologies.


Jacek Iljin, Managing Director Sales & Processes, mBank 


Marcin Wiśniewski, Sales & Marketing Director, i3D


Pirean enables organisations to provide secure, people-focused access for employees, customers, and partners across on-premise and cloud-based applications.


    • Reduces lead-time to value for application access
    • Provides secure self-service capabilities for users
    • Introduces a single point of control and audit for all access management

Why it’s great
Pirean’s Access: One is an Identity and Access Management solution designed to provide a first class user experience anytime, anywhere.


Rob Macgregor, Pirean’s Principal Consultant and Access: One’s Product Manager

Rob Blowers, Pirean’s Development Team Lead


With Telenor banka & Asseco South Eastern Europe, banking goes mobile – changing customer experience and reshaping banking products & services to fit mobile, brought by Telenor banka in synergy with Telco, powered by Asseco SEE multichannel solutions.


    • Big data processing enabling relevant offer at relevant moment and place
    • Superb customer journey supported by straight-through processing and full automation
    • Utilization of synergy

Why it’s great
IT is a fully automated and personalized online handset loan enabled by Telenor banka and Telenor, powered by Asseco SEE.



Martin Navratil, Chairman of the Executive Committee at Telenor banka
Managing Director of Telenor banka responsible for the design and implementation of the bank’s strategy, having great experience in Telco and Finance sector.


Piotr Jeleński, Group President of the Management Board of Asseco SEE
Executive manager with experience in running and establishing new business in Poland, SEE region and Turkey. Managing international structure with over 1,400 people in 12 countries.


Marko Carevic, Marketing Director at Telenor Banka
Started his career in Telenor, initiated Telenor M&A initiative in financial services, currently responsible for entire customer value chain and go-to-market process.

We’ll feature six more companies later this week. To see them all demo live, get your ticket to FinovateEurope 2015.