Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate

  • Holvi Expands to Five New European Markets.
  • Artivest Inks Deal with Institutional Investment Manager LaSalle.
  • BioCatch Brings on New Chief Revenue Officer.
  • Yseop Pairs Up with Larsen & Toubro Infotech.

Around the web

  • Inc. names Blend, Kabbage, Lendio, Plaid, Pendo, Signifyd, and Ripple among the best places to work.
  • Alt Coin Magazine interviews Steven Parker, Crypterium CEO.
  • Interactions‘ IVA was named the top virtual assistant in Speech Technology Magazine’s 2019 People’s Choice Awards.
  • Salt Edge Open Banking API now supports eIDAS PSD2 certificates.
  • NIIT Technologies launches Cognitive Service Desk Audit, a tool to help applications understand and interpret user needs through natural communication.

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

  • WealthForge Unveils Alt Investing Platform Altigo.

Around the web

  • Three Canadian Credit Unions select Fiserv’s core platform.
  • Ripple to power instant global payments for Ria Money.
  • Persistent Systems joins Siemens’ MindSphere Partner Program to bring Industrial IoT solutions to market.

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

  • Kantox Closes $5.7 Million to Bring More Tech to FX.
  • Payfone Raises $24 Million in Round Led by TransUnion.

Around the web

  • Kony helps Amway drive digital innovation for business owners across 100 countries and territories.
  • Revolut adds 5 new currencies to the app including: MXN, SAR, RUB, HRK, and BGN.
  • Entersekt expands operations, opening second office in Cape Town.

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.

Finn AI Powers Chatbots in South Africa; Token Drives Open Banking in MENA

Finovate Global is our weekly look at fintech innovation in developing economies in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and Central and Eastern Europe.

Central and Eastern Europe

  • NF Innova to power “Customer-First” experience for APS Bank.
  • Tinkoff Group of Russia builds supercomputer dubbed the most powerful in financial sector.
  • Raiffeisen Bank Serbia picks Asseco SEE as its strategic vendor.

Middle East and Northern Africa

  • Khaleeji Commercial Bank of Bahrain partners with Token.io.
  • AI chatbot maker Kasisto and UAE-based digital bank Liv partner to launch new conversational chatbot, Olivia.
  • Smart Dubai gives the nod to blockchain platform developed by Du, formerly known as the Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company.

Central and South Asia

  • Indian point-of-sale terminal developer Mswipe raised $30 million in new funding.
  • Fintech startups are among those looking for capital from the new $20 million fund launched by China’s Gobi Partners and Pakistan’s Fatima Ventures.
  • India’s Federal Bank turns to Ripple to power cross-border remittances.

Latin America and the Caribbean

  • The Paypers interviews allpago Founder and CEO, Philipp Bock, on ecommerce in Latin America.
  • HSBC Uruguay announces partnership with Spanish biometric authentication firm, FacePhi.
  • Latin American payments processor EBANX initiates local operations in Brazil.

Asia-Pacific

  • Hong Kong-based SME lender Qupital raises $15 million to fuel expansion to mainland China.
  • Krungthai Bank, EVX Holdings, and Shwe Rural and Urban Development Bank agree to launch the first blockchain-powered, cross- border money transfer service between Thailand and Myanmar.
  • UnionBank of the Philippines introduces the first cryptocurrency ATM in the country.

Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Finn AI Brings Conversational Banking to South Africa’s TymeBank.
  • Korepay helps Nigerian migrant workers in 12 U.S. states send money back home.
  • Xente, a fintech that enables Ugandan merchants to offer pay by installment, announces expansion to Nigeria.

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Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Gusto Teams with Trainual to Automate Job Role Training.
  • Finovate Global: Finn AI Powers Chatbots in South Africa; Token Drives Open Banking in MENA.

Around the web

  • Green Dot helps Walmart customers move more than $2 billion through the program’s virtual Vault savings program.
  • Top Image Systems shareholders approve acquisition by Kofax.
  • BuyerQuest joins the Tradeshift platform as an app partner.
  • American Banker highlights how PayNearMe helps marginalized cash users partake in ecommerce.
  • Trustly grows to 300 employees.
  • Silicon Canals features SumUp, Aire, Revolut, and Zopa in its list of top fintech companies to work for in London.
  • Ripple, IBM, SWIFT and nearly 100 other organizations launch the International Association of Trusted Blockchain Applications (INATBA).
  • Forrester Research recognizes bpm’online as a “strong performer” in digital process automation for wide deployments in Q1 of this 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

  • Finn AI Brings Conversational Banking to South Africa’s TymeBank.

Around the web

  • Salt Edge unveils new version of API with a consent management system and UX enhancements.
  • MOXY bank selects NYMBUSSmartCore platform.
  • InComm and WH Smith launch in-store and online hubs for game cards in the U.K.
  • STOblock interviews Bitbond Founder and CEO Radoslav Albrecht.
  • India’s Federal Bank turns to Ripple to power cross-border remittances.
  • Khaleeji Commercial Bank of Bahrain partners with Token.io.
  • Finastra hires Sharon Doherty as its new Chief People Officer.
  • Equifax collaborates with Wolters Kluwer to offer Current Expected Credit Losses (CECL) solution.
  • Raiffeisen Bank Serbia picks Asseco SEE as its strategic vendor.
  • NF Innova to power “Customer-First” experience for APS Bank.

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

  • AI Foundry and Ellie Mae Leverage AI to Accelerate Lending.
  • Dwolla Helps Status Streamline Cash Rewards for Savings.
  • Live from London: Breaking Banks Power Hour Rocks FinovateEurope.

Around the web

  • Marketing Technology Insights interviews BlueRush CEO, Steve Taylor.
  • PaymentsSource features nCino, Jumio, MX, LendKey, Kasasa, Jack Henry & Associates, Alkami, Finicity, and Prosper Marketplace in its list of the Best Fintechs to Work For.
  • Fiserv joins Financial Data Exchange as a sustaining member.
  • Partnership with Mercury FX brings Ripple to the Middle East and Canada.
  • TurnKey Lender highlighted as a top auto loan origination platform by HCCResearch.
  • European CFD/FX firm Windsor Brokers goes live with iSignthisISXPay and Paydentity solutions.

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

  • Personal Capital Raises $50 Million in Round Led by IGM Financial.

Around the web

  • OnDeck secures $85 million credit facility.
  • Central 1 integrates with SecureKey to offer the firm’s single sign-on authentication services to its members.
  • Consumer goods giant Unilever partners with Optimove to enhance its marketing operations.
  • Technology Association of Georgia names DefenseStorm a Top 40 Innovative Technology Company.
  • Ripple announces new partners in its global University Blockchain Research Initiative (UBRI).

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 Alums Shine in 2019 Forbes Fintech 50 Roster

A baker’s dozen of Finovate alums has been honored this week with spots on the 2019 Forbes Fintech 50, an annual aggregation of what the editors called “the most innovative companies in fintech.”

Here are the Finovate alums that made the cut. Read the full list.

“Recognition as a leading innovator in fintech is tremendous validation for the hard work we’ve done at Marqeta to open the industry up to the possibilities and opportunities of modern card issuing,” company CEO and founder Jason Gardner said. Marqeta is among the 20 companies to make its first appearance on the Forbes Fintech 50 roster.

Also earning their first appearances on Forbes Fintech 50 roster are New York based mobile investment platform Stash and San Francisco supply chain payments innovator Tradeshift.

“Very excited to be included in the 2019 Forbes Fintech 50!,” Stash tweeted once the news was released at the start of the week, “Monday = made.”

“We made the list!” Tradeshift tweeted this morning.

Summarizing this year’s selection of top fintechs, the editors noted that while 19 out of the 50 fintechs featured are unicorns with valuations of more than $1 billion, a nearly equal amount – 20 startups – are making their first showing on Forbes top fintech list. The two areas where newcomers were more prevalent, according to the editors, were payments technology and startups serving the un- and underbanked.

Euro Exim Bank Joins RippleNet

Euro Exim Bank has signed up for Ripple’s payment network RippleNet – putting its digital currency XRP on a potential path to replace correspondent banking, reports Antony Peyton of Fintech Futures (Finovate’s sister publication).

The bank was one of the 13 new financial institutions that have signed up for RippleNet. The others comprise SendFriend, JNFX, FTCS, Ahli Bank of Kuwait, Transpaygo, BFC Bahrain, ConnectPay, GMT, WorldCom Finance, Olympia Trust Company, Pontual/USEND and Rendimento. With these additions, there are now more than 200 customers signed up for RippleNet.

JNFX, SendFriend, Transpaygo, FTCS and Euro Exim Bank will use the XRP to source liquidity on-demand when sending payments on behalf of their customers.

For Euro Exim Bank, which operates in the worlds of trade finance, corporate banking and wire transfers, it offers some interesting prospects.

Kaushik Punjani, director, Euro Exim Bank, said: “Our customers – whether big corporates or individual remitters – have historically been restricted from obtaining suitable funds or settling transactions in a cost efficient and timely manner. Working collaboratively with Ripple and selected counterparts, we have designed, tested and are implementing both xCurrent [payments processing solution] and xRapid [on-demand liquidity solution] in record time.”

Let’s not the forget the views of the others as David Lighton, founder of paytech SendFriend, described the existing correspondent banking system as “slow, inefficient and costly”.

According to Ripple, using XRP for liquidity when sending a cross-border payment helps financial institutions avoid the hassle of pre-funding accounts in destination currencies.

Ripple is doing pretty well. In 2018, CEO Brad Garlinghouse said nearly 100 financial institutions joined RippleNet, and it also saw a 350% increase last year in customers sending live payments.

Meanwhile, its rival Swift has been thinking about correspondent banking as well.

Working alongside 34 banks, including Deutsche Bank, Swift completed a proof of concept (PoC) for nostro reconciliation using distributed ledger technology (DLT).

In an interview, Andreas Hauser (from Deutsche Bank) said the mandate for Swift to explore DLT usage in the correspondent banking space originated from the global payments innovation (gpi) community with the aim of fostering collaborative innovation.