PayPal Goes to China; Dubai Named Top Ten Global Financial Center

Join us next week as our annual Asia-Pacific fintech conference returns to Singapore! FinovateAsia is one of the best ways for fintech startups and innovative industry veterans from the region and around the world to showcase their latest technologies before an audience of C-level decision-makers, venture capitalists, all-star analysts, and more.

FinovateAsia runs from October 14 through October 15, with an additional Summit Day on October 16. Visit our registration page and pick up your ticket today.

Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Finovate alums Hydrogen, Sedicii, Strands, and Wealth Migrate earn finalist spots in the South African Reserve Bank’s Fintech Demo Day.
  • Carbon CEO Chijioke Dozie offers Five Lessons Global Banks Can Learn from African Fintechs.
  • Business Tech highlights 12 of the hottest fintechs in South Africa according to the country’s biggest banks.

Central and Eastern Europe

  • Alior Bank’s Alior Kantor to deploy Efigence’s EFI4 Digital Banking Platform.
  • Deloitte Romania and FintechOS partner to offer banks digital transformation and automation solutions.
  • Sberbank unveils new “Apply for Mortgage” feature on its Sberbank Online mobile app.

Middle East and Northern Africa

  • Dubai earns top ten ranking in the Global Financial Centres Index (GFCI).
  • Boubyan Bank of Kuwait and Zain Telecom team up to launch a digital Islamic bank.
  • Saudi Capital Market Authority (CMA) authorizes financial technology experimental permits enabling three companies to build an equity crowdfunding platform.

Central and Southern Asia

  • Khatabook, an Indian fintech that helps SMEs track and record businesses transactions, raises $25 million.
  • Varanium Capital launches $28 million venture fund focused on Indian fintech.
  • Indian fintechs await regulatory guidelines for deployment of Video KYC technology.

Latin America and the Caribbean

  • OurCrowd to open its 13th global office in São Paulo, Brazil.
  • Colombian small business lender Sempli raises $8 million in Series A funding.
  • EBANX will process payments for Uber in Brazil and other countries in Latin America.


  • PayPal’s Move into China is a Big Deal.
  • Fintech in Asia: From Payments and Lending to the Challenge of Financial Inclusion.
  • InComm partners with Mizuho Bank to expand J-Coin Pay in Japan.

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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.

Finovate Alumni News


  • Baker Hill Inks Loan Origination Deal with West Texas State Bank.
  • Finicity and Cre8tech Labs’ Lender Price Partner to Streamline Digital Lending.

Around the web

  • LendInvest partners with Onfido to bring identity verification to LendInvest’s Buy-to-Let digital applications.
  • Malauzai and Somerset Trust Company declare August 20th as National Fintech Day.
  • Thomson Reuters launches Compliance Management solution, an addition to its Connected Risk platform.
  • Ripple announces the transition of David Schwartz from Chief Cryptographer to Chief Technical Officer.
  • Identity verification startup Sedicii earns a finalist spot in BBVA’s Open Talent competition.
  • Barclays to deploy Finastra’s Fusion Loan IQ system.
  • AlphaPoint wins Best Distributed Ledger Technology Provider by the 2018 Water Technology customer survey.

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.

SBDA Group Wins Gold, Sedicii Takes Silver at UniCredit Hackathon


Two Finovate alums took home top honors at the UniCredit Appathon event this week. SBDA Group won first place for its Smartbanking app that uses transaction data to help users budget and manage their finances. Coming in second was Irish authentication specialist Sedicii, whose technology enables customers to authenticate themselves to a network or service without having to share a password or other personal information.

The goal of the Appathon is to stimulate innovation “both within and beyond the bank” said Paolo Fiorentino, UniCredit Deputy General Manager. Indeed, the first place prize of the hackathon is the chance to work with a team from UniCredit Business Integrated Solutions (an opportunity valued at €50,000). The second place prize was a pair of tickets to FinovateLondon 2017 (an awesome award, in our humble opinion), and the third place winner, Rome’s All Industries, won a virtual reality headset for its digital financial assistant, TalkForce.

UniCredit_SediciiNow in its third year and conducted 100% online for the first time, UniCredit’s fintech hackathon featured more than 190 teams across Europe. The event was judged by senior managers from both UniCredit and its subsidiary, UniCredit Business Integrated Solutions. Teams were asked to demonstrate a solution in one of three categories: digital payments, digital wallets, and” instantaneous delivery of complex information using big-data analytics.” 70 cities from 26 European countries were represented, with most of the team (32) coming from Italy. Also participating were 10 “international” teams. The judges evaluated each solution on the basis of technology, completeness, innovation, feasibility, subject matter, and API relevance.

Founded in 2014 and headquartered in London, SBDA Group demonstrated its SBDA Customer Insight solution at FinovateEurope 2016. The company’s solutions include Sberbank Messenger, demonstrated at FinovateSpring 2016 by Russia’s Sberbank and mobile banking app, Sense, demonstrated at FinovateFall 2015 by Alfa Banking Group. Check out our Finovate debut profile of SBDA Group from earlier this year.

A finalist in the Innotribe Startup Challenge and one of five Finovate alums to be included among the World Economic Forum’s 2015 Technology Pioneers, Sedicii’s authentication service can be used instead of one-time passwords, as well as deployed in a tele-service environment, and is effective against man-in-the-browser, man-in-the-middle, and server-side attacks. The company demonstrated its authentication platform at FinovateEurope 2015.

Finovate Alumni News


  • Mastercard to Buy VocaLink for Up to $1.14 Billion After Masterpass Expansion to Retail
  • Finovate Debuts: How Blend is Reinventing the Mortgage Application Process
  • SBDA Group Wins Gold, Sedicii Takes Silver at UniCredit Hackathon


  • Mexico’s Grupo Bursátil Deploys Messaging Tech from Solace Systems

Around the web

  • GMC Software Technology announces integration with DocuSign to streamline business workflows.
  • Cloud Lending Solutions adds new online modules to its Learning program.
  • Google Cloud Platform opens its first West Coast region.
  • Rapid Financial Solutions Partners with Cachet Financial Solutions to Deliver Mobile Money Solutions to More Than 2 Million Cardholders
  • The Tennessean lists ProfitStars in Nashville’s top workplaces for 2016.

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

  • Yodlee’s startup incubator contributes to “Startup Fever.”
  • Revolut, Sedicii, SizeUp, & Token named Innotribe Startup finalists.
  • TIS signs deal to process school exams in Chile.
  • Trustly appoints Jonas Palmquist as chief financial officer.
  • features PsychSignal and Market Prophit in a discussion on market signals and social media.
  • Dwolla launches its white-label service to make it easier for FIs to use its FiSync transfer platform.
  • Segmint launches new marketing solution, Segmint Reach.
  • RetailWeek features TradeShift as startup of the week.
  • Lending Club celebrates surpassing $11 billion in loans.

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.

Five Finovate Alums Named 2015 Technology Pioneers by World Economic Forum


According to the World Economic Forum, whatever it takes to be a Technology Pioneer in 2015, a quintet of Finovate alums has got it.

Ayasdi, FutureAdvisor, Ripple Labs, Sedicii Innovations, and TransferWise were named as 2015 Technology Pioneers in the World Economic Forum’s Information Technology category.

AyasdiLogo_FF2014The Technology Pioneers program was launched in 2000 to give recognition to early stage companies developing new technologies that will have a “significant impact on business and society.” Previous winners have included AirBnB, Google, Next, SoundCloud, and Twitter.

futureadvisorlogoThe World Economic Forum chooses approximately 30 companies each year out of a pool of “hundreds” of applicants. The field is winnowed by a selection committee consisting of top technology experts, academics, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists who review the applications and submit a recommendation to the World Economic Forum. Since the program began, 600 companies from five continents have been represented in the Technology Pioneer program.

RippleLabs_logoCompanies interested in the 2016 program should apply before February 5, 2016. Applicants will be notified by mid-July 2016. More information about the program is available here.

Sedicii_logo_high-resAyasdi made its Finovate debut at FinovateFall 2014 in New York. The company raised $55 million in funding this spring, taking its total to more than $100 million. FutureAdvisor recently unveiled its FutureGift solution, to make it easier for friends and family to make contributions to a child’s college savings plan. The San Francisco-based company demoed its platform at FinovateFall 2013, and has total capital of more than $20 million.

Transferwise_logo_newRipple Labs picked up a $28 million investment and hired former Yahoo exec Brad Garlinghouse as its new chief operating officer in April. Irish startup Sedicii demoed its authentication solution at FinovateEurope 2015, and TransferWise, making its Finovate appearance at FinovateEurope 2013, began 2015 with a $58 million fundraising led by Andreessen Horowitz that boosted the company’s total capital to more than $90 million.

SizeUp, Token, and Pendo Systems Win at Innotribe 2015 New York


Three Finovate alums, SizeUp, Token, and Pendo Systems won in their respective categories at the Innotribe 2015 New York showcase today in Manhattan. The three will join fellow New York showcase winners, Payfirma and Hyperledger—and 15 other finalists from showcases in London, Singapore, and Capetown—at the final competition at the Sibos conference in Singapore in October 2015.

Fresh off their Finovate debuts this spring, SizeUp and Token competed in the early-stage startups category. This category includes companies less than three years old or have less than $1 million in combined revenue and investment in the past 12 months.

Based in San Francisco, SizeUp provides companies with the business intelligence and market research they need to make better use of their data. In its first appearance at FinovateSpring 2015 in San Jose, SizeUp demonstrated a version of its platform geared specifically for financial institutions, SizeUp FI.

Also making its debut at FinovateSpring 2015, Token has developed a payments ecosystem that helps banks and billers meet regulatory, business, and consumer demand for faster, real-time payments and better security. The company was founded in January 2015 and is based in Palo Alto, California. Steve Kirsch is CEO and founder.

Pendo Systems won in the growth-stage startups category, representing companies more than three years old or have more than $1 million in combined revenue and investment in the past 12 months. Founded in 2007 and based in New Jersey, Pendo Systems demoed its cross-vertical, global investment-accounting cloud-solution, BasisPoint, at FinovateAsia 2012.

Also competing at the Finale in October are Finovate alums Revolut and Sedicii, finalists from the 2015 London showcase.

The Innotribe Startup Challenge was launched by SWIFT in 2011 as a way to promote technological innovation in the financial services industry. The challenge features regional showcases around the world that provide opportunities for emerging fintech startups to network with banks, venture capitalists, and decision-makers in financial services.

Finovate Alumni News


  • SigFig Brings on New Advisory Board Members and $1 Million in Funding
  • Alt-Lender EZBOB Deepens Pockets by $46 Million

Around the web

  • InvestorCentral looks at market simulators and trading with Kapitall.
  • Alaska Air picks FIS as its partner for upcoming strategic payment initiatives including EMV.
  • Delicious Nutritious chooses globalVCard Spend Secure for its business payments.
  • Kiplinger highlights Motif Investing among “brokers that pay you to open an account.”
  • GMC Software Technology to provide GMC Inspire to Mail Handling Services.
  • Personal Capital launches app for the Apple Watch.
  • ReadyForZero interviews Michael Carvin, CEO of SmartAsset. Check out SmartAsset’s new technology at FinovateSpring.
  • Revolut and Sedicii win finalist spots in the Innotribe Startup Challenge.
  • American Banker features bitcoin exchange itBit. Watch itBit’s live demo at FinovateSpring.
  • TechCrunch: Infosys to acquire Kallidus for $120 million.
  • A look at “billion dollar” British startups at features TransferWise.

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


  • Flint Mobile Opens Up for Developers to Embed In-App Card Payments.
  • PayNearMe Brings Online Cash Payments to ProfitStars’ EPS Smart Pay Express.

Around the web:

  • BECU licenses INETCO Analytics to gain insights from ATM transaction data. See INETCO at FinovateSpring 2015 in San Jose.
  • investUP adds five new equity and P2B crowdfunding sites to its platform.
  • Sibos Innotribe selects semi-finalists: Revolut, Sedicii, Advice Games, and Pendo Systems.
  • PayPal Here now available with Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Online and in Microsoft Store.
  • Jemstep partners with Stronghold Financial to launch Advisor Lead Gen Platform.

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.