SecureKey Wins Funding to Build Blockchain Digital Identity Network

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With the assistance of an $800,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Canadian authentication innovator, SecureKey will develop a digital identity network using blockchain technology. SecureKey will work with the Digital ID and Authentication Council of Canada (DIACC) to build the network.

Calling the funding “essential” in making a national digital identity ecosystem a reality, SecureKey Chief Identity Officer Andre Boysen emphasized “putting customers first” in a system that “increases both their digital security and privacy.” DIACC president Joni Brennan said investment in digital ID and authentication technology was “critical to enabling Canadian citizens, businesses and governments to capture the full potential of the global economy.”

The digital identity network will enable individuals, organizations, and institutions to connect using trusted log-in credentials. Blockchain technology minimizes the amount of data transferred between parties, providing a “secure blinding infrastructure” Boysen says was key to attracting DHS’s attention. “When paired with the appropriate resources,” he wrote in December at the SecureKey blog, “blockchain has the power to improve the state of digital identity altogether – an opportunity we have recognized and invested in.”

Founded in 2008 and headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, SecureKey demonstrated its technology at FinovateFall 2012. The company announced this week that Affinity Credit Union had become a “trusted sign-in” partner for its SecureKey Concierge program. A member of H2 Ventures and KPMG’s Fintech 100 for 2016, SecureKey has raised $89 million in funding and includes BlueSky Capital, Intel Capital, and Rogers Venture Partners among its many investors.

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  • SecureKey Wins Funding to Build Blockchain Digital Identity Network.

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  • France’s PayPlug to deploy ACI PAY.ON Payments Gateway from ACI Worldwide.
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H2 Ventures and KPMG Unveil 2016 Fintech 100

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H2 Ventures and KPMG have released their Fintech 100 roster for 2016. Divided equally between 50 “industry leaders” and 50 “emerging stars,” the roster features 17 Finovate/FinDEVr alums in the first category, and 10 in the second. Calling its roster a “celebration” of the most compelling innovators in this “bold new space,” the H2 Ventures/KPMG 2016 Fintech 100 covers a variety of different shades of fintech:

  • Lending (32 companies)
  • Payments (18 companies)
  • Insurance (12 companies)
  • RegTech (9 companies)
  • Data & analytics (7 companies)
  • Wealth management (6 companies)
  • Blockchain (5 companies)
  • Digital currency (5 companies)
  • Capital markets (3 companies)
  • Crowdfunding (2 companies)
  • Accounting (1 company)

And here is a look at how Finovate/FinDEVr alums fared. Earning recognition among the companies in the Leading 50 group are:

Also noteworthy in the Leading 50 are Ant Financial, which acquired Best of Show-winning EyeVerify in September 2016, and Avant, which acquired Finovate alum ReadyForZero in the spring of 2015.

Additionally, Finovate/FinDEVr alums earning spots in the Fintech 100’s 50 Emerging Stars roster were:

The H2 Ventures/KPMG report includes a geographic breakdown of the 2016 Fintech 100, as well as a set of key takeaways such as increased geographic diversification, the return of lending, the continued ascent of Insurtech, and the appearance of RegTech. The report also notes that China now has four out of the top five companies in the report’s top 10, and eight companies in the top 50. The report says funding for fintech “continues to rise,” and its authors cite more than $14 billion in capital was raised by the Fintech 100 in the past year.

SecureKey Raises $20 Million in New Funding

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Q. If you are Toronto-based identity and authentication specialist, SecureKey Technologies, what’s a nine-letter word for Canadian FIs commited to improving online security?

A. Investors.

SecureKey announced this week that it picked up $20.6 million ($27 million CAD) in new capital from BMO Bank of Montreal, Bank of Nova Scotia, CIBC, Desjardins, Royal Bank of Canada, and TD. The investment brings SecureKey’s total funding to $89 million and serves as growth capital to support the introduction of SecureKey’s digital identity network.

Greg Wolfond, SecureKey founder and chairman, said the support from “Canada’s largest financial institutions” would help his firm “develop and deliver a national ecosystem that puts consumers first.” Rizwan Khalfan, EVP and chief digital officer for TD, echoed this point and credited SecureKey for leading the way in making it easier for customers to manage their digital assets, as well as for the company’s willingness to work with and receive “substantial input from TD and other banks.” Khalfan added that TD was “uniquely positioned to help shape [SecureKey’s] offering” due to TD’s commitment to security and privacy.

Along with its collaborators, SecureKey anticipates launching its digital identity network in 2017. And with Wolfhound’s return as CEO, the company plans to further drive development of its SecureKey Concierge service, as well. “We want to help put the consumer back in the middle and let them take control of their digital assets, to share what they want, with whom they want, and always with informed consent,” Wolfond said.

Founded in 2008, SecureKey last demoed its technology at FinovateFall 2012. A Best of Show winner from its demo at FinovateFall 2010, SecureKey announced in September that CBIC had joined its authentication service, SecureKey Concierge. In 2015, SecureKey was named to KPMG and H2 Ventures’ Fintech 100.

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Celebrate Canada Day with Our Alums from the Great White North

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July 1st is Canada Day, the day Canadians from Nova Scotia to British Columbia and all the provinces in between celebrate the day the country we know as “Canada” was officially formed as a single nation within the British Empire.

So if you’ve got room in your schedule for one more Canada Day Celebration, then please join us in spending a little time celebrating with a score of Finovate alums that are driving fintech innovation in and out of “the Great White North.”

And a special Canada Day shout-out to Finovate partner, the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, which supports Canadian startups through mentorship and access to U.S. partners and investors.

SecureKey Raises $19 Million in Series C

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In a round led by Blue Sky Capital and Rogers Venture Partners, Toronto-based authentication specialist SecureKey has raised $19 million in new funding. The Series C investment brings SecureKey’s total capital to more than $70 million.

SecureKey also announced the appointment of Didier Serra to Executive Vice President. Serra will lead the company’s consolidated sales and marketing team.

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Charles Walton, SecureKey CEO said that the funding will play a key role in helping the company grow “as people, governments, and organizations worldwide embrace a future that removes the burden of passwords” while preserving both convenience and choice for consumers.
Blue Sky Capital’s Greg Wolfond echoed the importance of balance between convenience and privacy. Wolfond suggested that the path to new data-enabling and critical online services is paved with the ability of companies like SecureKey to provide secure authentication.
“Today’s consumers need and expect convenient access to the online services they use most, without sacrificing the critical security of their personal information,” Wolfond said.
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Above: SecureKey Vice President for Partner Engagement Chris Gardner demoing at FinovateFall 2010 in New York
SecureKey’s primary product line includes briidge.net Exchange and briidge.net Connect. The Exchange can be used to establish “identity ecosystems” that make online enrollment easier without compromising user privacy. Account opening, age verification, and health information exchange are a few of the ways the exchange serves its users. With Connect, SecureKey provides cloud-based, multi-factor authentication protection using device-based digital IDs.
Founded in 2008, SecureKey is headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and has offices in Boston, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.  The company recently made headlines by earning a spot in KPMG’s “50 Best Fintech Innovators Report” and announcing a partnership with Oberhur Technologies to provide security for a wide range of cloud-based transactions including online banking, online payments, and eCommerce.
SecureKey demoed its technology at FinovateFall 2010 in New York, winning Best of Show honors.