You Know It’s Gonna Be Alright: Revolut Raises $66 Million Series B

In a round led by Index Ventures and featuring participation from existing investors Balderton Capital and Ribbit Capital, Revolut has locked in $66 million in new funding. The investment takes Revolut’s total capital to more than $81 million raised since the London-based company was founded in 2015.

“We will be using the investment raised to take Revolut global, with the aim of establishing ourselves as the number one platform for consumers and businesses to manage their finances,” the company wrote in its announcement of the funding. Asia and North America are the initial destinations of Revolut’s global expansion “whilst growing our community of 700,000 customers across Europe.” To facilitate the company’s expansion in Europe, Revolut has hired a team of “international expansion managers. Switzerland, Germany, and France were name-checked as among the countries where the managers will be deployed. Revolut also announced that it is using a new provider, Google Cloud Platform.

Pictured (left to right): CEO and founder Nikolay Storonsky and CTO Vlad Yatsenko demonstrating Revolut at FinovateEurope 2015.

An alternative to traditional banks, Revolut is a Personal Money Cloud designed especially for traveling millennials. With the Revolut app and multi-currency card, users can make purchases in more than 100 currencies without worrying about exchange rate fees, and save up to 7.5% on international transfers in more than 20 different currencies. Revolut users can send or request money to and from friends via the app, email, or through social networks. The card and app provide push notifications, as well as a blocking feature in case of loss or theft. The app is available on both iOS and Android.

Revolut demonstrated its Personal Money Cloud platform at FinovateEurope 2015. Last month, the company launched business accounts in the U.K. and Europe and was named to both FinTechCity’s FinTech 50 and CB Insights’ Fintech 250 list. In April, Revolut partnered with U.K.-based online mortgage broker, Trussle, to enable homebuyers to begin the application process via mobile device, and in March, the company announced its £4 million crowdfunding investment round and the launch of its new Premium subscription service. Revolut teamed up with P2P lender Lending Works earlier this year, and introduced its customer service chatbot, Rita (“Revolut’s Intelligent Troubleshooting Assistant”) in February.

Finovate Alumni News


  • You Know It’s Gonna Be Alright: Revolut Raises $66 Million Series B.
  • Finicity Inks Data Sharing Deal with JPMorgan Chase.
  • Fintech 71 Accelerator Application Deadline Less Than One Week Away.

Around the web

  • Forrester names Backbase a leader in digital banking solutions.
  • Alpha Payments Cloud earns Fin5ive Payments Award at BankTech Asia.
  • Let’s Talk Payments interviews SecureKey CIO Andre Boysen.
  • Finland-based Aktia goes live with T24 core banking system from Temenos.
  • FICO enables identification of fourth party risks with new Security Score upgrade.
  • iSignthis subsidiary iSignthis eMoney teams up with Worldline to provide Paydentity services in EU.
  • CashStar adds real-time card activation, improved security, and streamlined ordering in new platform upgrade.
  • Dream Payments opens Centre of Excellence in Moncton, New Brunswick.

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.


44 Alums Populate CB Insights’ Fintech 250 List

This week, CB Insights unveiled its Fintech 250 list. The research outfit selected 250 emerging, private companies in 17 sub-sectors of fintech that are changing the face of financial services. The roster includes 44 Finovate and FinDEVr alums that were selected using CB Insights’ data-driven process that analyzes company momentum, market participation, funds raised, and investor quality.

The list is in alphabetical order.









Credit Karma





Gusto (formerly ZenPayroll)










Personal Capital





Ripple Labs
















Finovate Alumni News


  • FutureVault Partners with BlueRock Wealth Management.

Around the web

  • Fiserv to enhance digital banking strategy for Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union.
  • American Banker profiles Ripple’s strategy to partner with– and compete with — banks.
  • U.S. News profiles PayNearMe as a tool to help consumers shop online without a credit card
  • Revolut launches business accounts in U.K. and Europe to complete with Transferwise
  • FICO launches new fraud solution to identify the source of compromised cards faster

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.

European Alums Shine in FinTechCity’s FinTech50 2017

Less than a week before FinDEVr London 2017, we’ve learned that fifteen of the companies selected by FinTechCity for this year’s FinTech50, a list of top European fintechs, are alums of Finovate and FinDEVr conferences. This is up from last year, when 13 alums who made the list. last year’s list. Six of the companies on the 2017 roster are making repeat appearances: BehavioSec, Fenergo, Kantox, Mambu, Meniga, and Revolut.

Eight of the alums in the FinTech50 are headquartered in the U.K., three hail from Germany, two from Switzerland and one each from Ireland and Sweden. The judges for the FinTech50 are a panel consisting of 60 financial services professionals from banking, payments, venture capital, and public policy-making, among other relevant fields.

2017 marks the fifth year that FinTechCity has produced its roster of the most innovative fintech companies headquartered in the U.K. and Europe. The list is designed to focus on the technology innovations each company has developed rather than the amount of money the companies have made from their technologies.  In a statement at the FinTechCity website, the organization explains the sole criteria for inclusion in the FinTech50 as “the potential to become a game-changer or the competitive staying power to continue being one.”

Here are our winning alums for 2017.

Check out the full 2017 roster. FinTechCity also honored ten fintech startups in an honorable mention category, Hot Ten 2017. Ten companies have also been recognized as the founding members of the FinTech50 Hall of Fame, including Finovate/FinDEVr alums Currencycloud, eToro, Klarna, Nutmeg, TransferWise, and Zopa. Founded by Julie Lake (CEO) and Nicky Cotter, FinTechCity will also unveil the inaugural FinTech50 Asia later this year.

Finovate Alumni News


  • Finovate Debuts: unblu Delivers an In-Person Customer Experience Online.
  • Check out our latest Sneak Peeks of upcoming FinovateSpring demos from Newchip, IBM Trusteer, Divy, CallVU, Finicity, GoodData, & NCR Corporation.
  • Narrative Science Raises $11 Million Series E.

Around the web

  • MaxMyInterest members gain access to increased FDIC insurance and competitive yields on cash balances courtesy of new partnership with UFB Direct.
  • Bahrain-based Bank ABC goes live with omni-channel digital banking service using Backbase’s platform.
  • Revolut joins forces with UK online mortgage broker, Trussle, enabling prospective homebuyers to begin the application process on mobile phones.
  • PayPal teams with Android to launch a new way to pay.
  • Lending Club launches mobile app for investors.
  • Handpoint launches analytics dashboard.
  • ProfitStars and Tyfone partner to offer digital banking and billpay solution.

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


Around the web

  • PaySimple unveils new Service Point of Sale (sPOS) platform.
  • NY State Department of Financial Services to allow Coinbase to offer Ethereum and Litecoin to customers in New York.
  • Backbase to locate new R&D center in Cardiff, Wales.
  • Revolut announces £4 million crowdfunding investment round and launch of subscription service.
  • Scalable Capital founder and CEO Adam French earns spot on 2017 PAM Top 40 Under 40 roster.
  • Innovate Finance names Nous Global Markets, Moxtra, and Qumram as finalists in its Pitch360 fintech startup competition.
  • WePay customers can now use Apple Pay on the Web and Google’s Android Pay on the Web for increased revenue generation.

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


Around the web

  • Barclaycard adds free Uber ride as reward for loyal cardholders. See Barclaycard next week at FinDEVr New York.
  • Revolut teams up with Lending Works to deliver lower-cost loans.
  • Geezeo powers new financial wellness solution from Jack Henry & Associates, JHA Online Financial Manager.
  • Partnership with BBVA marks Fenergo’s expansion into Spain.
  • Ripple launches cost model to help banks estimate their cross border payment costs.
  • EarlyBird unveils new SmartTracks to enable investment banks, hedge funds to better track European news on Twitter.

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

  • Rippleshot Racks Up $2.6 Million in Second Seed Round.

Around the web

  • Wave to offer OnDeck business loans and lines of credit courtesy of new partnership.
  • Poland’s Alior Bank ($15 billion USD) to deploy FusionCapital from Misys.
  • UK-based Revolut launches new customer service chatbot, Rita – “Revolut’s Intelligent Troubleshooting Assistant.”
  • IBM leverages Hyperledger Fabric to support a trade finance-oriented blockchain project in Dubai.
  • Fiserv wins inaugural Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) Fintech ADVANCE Award for its Verifast palm authentication 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.

Revolut Unveils Billsplitting Feature

Thanks to Revolut, sharing the expenses of a night on the town with friends just got a lot easier.

The London-based startup introduced a new feature that enables Revolut users to split a bill with anyone on their phone contacts list. The user pays with their RevolutCard, presses the “split bill” button on the Revolut app, then chooses which individuals in their contacts to share the bill with. The user can split bills evenly or change the amounts owed by each contact. Contacts get a notification letting them know how much they owe and, if the recipient has the Revolut app (free and available in iOS and Android), they can accept and pay their share of the bill with a single tap. If the recipient does not have the app, Revolut texts or emails a payment request link. Then they can download the app and accept the request.

See video of Revolut’s billsplitting feature in action.


Revolut’s billspliting feature accepts USD, GBP, and EUR, and is available in more than 42 countries in Europe. This is especially significant insofar as popular P2P payment options like Venmo and Square Cash are only available in the U.S. Revolut co-founder and CEO Nikolay Storonsky, who was named by Business Insider as one of 40 most exciting people in U.K. fintech, pointed out that the solution could be used for everything from a dinner with friends to the monthly rent between roommates. “Gone are the days of playing debt collector,” Storonsky said.

Founded in 2013, Revolut demonstrated its technology at FinovateEurope 2015. Last fall, the company won Best New Customer Facing Innovation at the Emerging Payments Awards 2016, and signed a memorandum of understanding with Bank of Lithuania to support cross-border payments. Revolut announced an $8.7 million funding round in July, taking the company’s total funding to more than $13 million and boosting its valuation to $54 million.