Finovate Alumni News


  • Check out a sneak peek of Topicus.Finance’s upcoming demo at FinovateAfrica.
  • Launchfire Launches StepDemo to Enhance Employee Training.
  • Poland’s Braintri Merges with iCompass.

Around the web

  • Xero teams up with Absa Bank to improve access to financing for South African SMEs.
  • TransferWise opens its API.
  • Fenergo introduces new Client Lifecycle Management: Front to Middle Office Transformation app on Salesforce AppExchange.
  • Mortgage Cadence adds to its Enterprise Lending Center loan origination platform courtesy of a partnership with MGIC.
  • Tinkoff Bank enables its iOS-using customers to buy concert and theatre tickets via its mobile app.
  • ThetaRay CEO Mark Gazit appointed to the International Technology Advisory Panel of the Monetary Authority of Singapore.
  • Klarna forges partnership with weighted blanket developer, Gravity Blanket.
  • Temenos announces Technology Partner Agreement with distributed SQL database provider, NuoDB.
  • Aqubix, Behaviosec, CustomerXPS, ElectronicID, GreenKey, IdentityMind, Jumio, NICE, Onfido, Payfone, SecuredTouch, Sedicii, Trulioo, and Trunomi honored on RegTech 100 list.

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.

SecuredTouch Receives $8 Million Strategic Investment from Arvato Financial Solutions

Israeli behavioral biometrics startup SecuredTouch gained backing from Arvato Financial Solutions this week. The $8 million investment was strategic, and brings the company’s total funding to $11.5 million.

Robert Holm, Senior Vice President of Fraud Management at Arvato said, “Investing in SecuredTouch allows us to partner with a global leader in behavioral biometrics for mobile devices, and to reinforce our online security and fraud prevention services in the best possible manner.” The firm’s President of Risk Management Frank Schlein said that protection against cybercrime is “essential,” and added, “I am really pleased that our involvement with SecuredTouch will enable us to enhance and expand this platform further.”

On the strategic side, SecuredTouch will benefit from Aravato’s established relationships with international players across various industries. Yair Finzi, CEO and founder of SecuredTouch, said, “We see a clear synergy between the offerings and strategies of Arvato Financial Solutions and SecuredTouch. We have created a partnership that will enable SecuredTouch to expand its international presence and enhance its positioning in the areas of fraud and authentication. Arvato Financial Solutions with its international expertise in risk and fraud management is an ideal investor and partner for this purpose.”

SecuredTouch was founded in 2015 and specializes in behavioral biometrics for mobile transactions. As Finzi explained, the company ensures that “legitimate transactions are recognized quickly as such and can be conducted smoothly. The aim is to ensure a secure, fast, and convenient customer experience in mobile transactions, on a sustained basis.” The company maintains a foothold in the security space by leveraging more than 100 parameters to continuously authenticate users in a session without friction. SecuredTouch’s technology is able to differentiate between human and non-human behavior to catch and block would-be fraudsters.

SecuredTouch demoed U-nique, a behavioral biometrics technology that leverages machine learning, at FinovateEurope last month in London. The company also offers U-manobot, malware detection technology; and Continew-ID, a device takeover prevention technology. SecuredTouch’s other investors include Rafael Development Corporation, Eshbol Ventures, and Wellborn Ventures.

Finovate Alumni News


  • SecuredTouch Receives $8 Million Strategic Investment from Arvato Financial Solutions.
  • Unison Sees 1,000% YoY Growth in Originations.

Around the web

  • IdentityMind Global partners with Etherparty Smart Contracts to provide KYC and AML compliance support. See IdentityMind Global at FinovateSpring next month.
  • Intesa Sanpaolo Private Banking Suisse to deploy Business Process as a Service (BPaaS) solution from Avaloq.
  • Finastra goes live with its blockchain-based syndicated lending market solution, Fusion LenderComm.
  • Forbes interviews Andrea Gellert, CMO of OnDeck.
  • Ebay And PayPal finalize new payments agreement.
  • Listrak and Persado announce strategic integration.
  • Q2 and StoneCastle partner with MoneyLion to offer deposit accounts and debit cards.
  • EverTrust Bank hires Insuritas to launch digitally powered insurance agency.
  • Backbase powering SSF Bank’s new mobile banking application.

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.

FinovateEurope Sneak Peek: SecuredTouch

A look at the companies demoing live at FinovateEurope on the 6 through 9 of March 2018 in London. Pick up your tickets today and save your spot.

SecuredTouch is the leader in behavioral biometrics, delivering continuous authentication technologies to strengthen security and reduce fraud while improving the customer’s digital experience.


  • Enhance the user experience by reducing friction
  • Increase conversions by reducing false positive transaction denials
  • Receive immediate ROI with early detection of fraud attempts

Why it’s great
The reality is that 98% of human traffic is legitimate and 2% is not. It’s time we stop treating our clients as if it’s the other way around.


Mark Freeman, Head Of Business Development
Freeman served 9 years in an IDF elite intelligence unit before moving into the start up world. He is in charge of business development and strategic alliances at SecuredTouch.

Ran Wasserman, VP of R&D
With more than 10 years of experience in cyber-security, Wasserman is an expert in advanced identity fraud and theft. As VP of R&D, he is leading the delivery of cutting edge behavioral biometrics based solutions.