Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • OnDeck Expands to Equipment Financing.

Around the web

  • Australia’s Volt Bank goes live with Temenos digital banking platform.
  • Finastra taps Eric Duffaut as President and Global Head of Operations.
  • BlueRush reports record level of business activity in its fiscal 2019 Q1 report.
  • Sezzle earns a spot on American Inno’s list of the Top Minnesota Startups Fundings of 2018.
  • Coinbase adds four Ethereum tokens – Dai (DAI), Golem (GNT), Maker (MKR), and Zilliqa (ZIL) to its Coinbase Pro 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.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Finovate Alums Digital Onboarding, ForwardLane, and SizeUp Join MassChallenge’s 2019 FinTech Inaugural Program.
  • CB Alerts Portal from Ethoca Helps Carte Bancaires Merchants Fight Fraud.

Around the web

  • Agreement Express and TD Ameritrade Institutional deliver straight-through account opening to Veo Platform.
  • Gusto’s Flexible Pay is now available to employees directly in Texas through a newly created subsidiary Gusto Capital LLC.
  • AlphaPoint announces support for Stellar Lumens.
  • Lincoln Financial Group unveils new partnership with eMoney Advisor.
  • Sezzle hires former Target, TD Bank executive Jamie Kirkpatrick as its new Chief Risk Officer.
  • Averon co-founder and COO Lea Tarnowski earns finalist spot in Banking Technology Awards’ Women in Technology Leadership category.
  • Coinbase introduces instant PayPal withdrawals for U.S. customers.
  • Ripple and UAE Exchange team up to launch blockchain-powered cross-border remittance payment services in Asia in early 2019.

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

Around the web

  • Finicity CEO Steve Smith honored as a 2018 HousingWire Vanguard.
  • Ohpen launches the Ohpen API Portal (OAP) in beta.
  • PYMNTS talks with Entersekt SVP of Product Niel Bester about consumer trust.
  • Kony teams with PSECU to deliver digital banking technology.
  • Hudson River Financial FCU selects Digital Onboarding to enhance new member experience with updated onboarding

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

  • Roostify Powers TD Bank’s Digital Mortgage Experience.

Around the web

  • iQuantifi launches RoboPlanner roboadvisory tool for millennials.
  • Nummo selects MX to power user account aggregation.
  • Signicat digitizes in-store signing of credit agreements for Resurs Bank retail partners.
  • Kony helps PSECU deliver an updated digital banking application to enhance the digital user experience.
  • InComm partners with Japanese pharmacy chain Welcia to launch four mobile barcode payment solutions in its stores.
  • Sezzle adds ShipStation as client.
  • Ocurrency interviews Radoslav Albrecht, Founder & CEO of Bitbond.
  • Insuritas partners with Sound Community Bank to launch bank-owned digital insurance agency platform.
  • Bill.com partners with First National Bank of Omaha (FNBO) to offer enhanced digital business payments solutions.
  • Lighter Capital’s investment in Springboard Retail reaches $1.1 million.
  • Provident Bank chooses Gro Solutions to boost mobile-first user-experience and drive account growth.

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.

Sezzle’s $100 Million Line of Credit to Fuel Delayed Payment Tool

Alternative ecommerce payment system Sezzle announced last week it pulled in a $100 million line of credit. The new round multiplies the Minnesota-based company’s existing funding by almost 10x, bringing its total raised to just shy of $111 million.

The funding, which comes from Connecticut-based investment firm Bastion, is being used to fuel Sezzle’s new pay-in-2019 initiative with online retailer Tobi. The promotion, which will be available throughout the holidays, gives Tobi.com shoppers interest-free purchase financing. After paying 25% of the purchase price at checkout, shoppers can wait to pay the remaining three-quarters of the purchase, interest-free, until after January 2, 2019, at which point they pay in three equal installments.

Tobi’s target market is focused on young females– a demographic which typically either has no credit or thin credit files. “Because these young consumers are credit-starved, they tend to abandon their online shopping cart instead of clicking through to purchase,” Sezzle CEO Charlie Youakim said. “With our option, those shoppers are more likely to convert to a sale. We even see them spending more and shopping more frequently.”

The pay-in-2019 payment model is a departure from Sezzle’s existing buy now, pay later offering, which typically allows users to spread the repayment of the purchase price across 6 weeks of financing. If the trial with Tobi yields increased sales results, Sezzle plans to move forward with the new financing model with other retailers, as well.

Founded in 2016, Sezzle demoed its alternative payment platform at FinovateFall earlier this year. Last month, the company teamed up with Priority Payment Systems which will offer Sezzle as an option to its merchant clients.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Five Degrees Teams Up with ieDigital to Launch Digital Banking Portfolio.
  • Sezzle’s $100 Million Line of Credit to Fuel Delayed Payment Tool.

Around the web

  • LoanScorecard unveils SimpleCECL, its solution for loan-level analyses for Current Expected Credit Loss (CECL).
  • Onfido wins 7th place in Deloitte’s 11 fastest growing tech companies in the U.K. roster.
  • OutSystems earns recognition in two categories of the 2018 Gartner Peer Insights Customers Choice reviews: Mobile App Development Platforms and Enterprise High-Productivity Application Platform as a Service (HPaPaaS).
  • Payment Ninja introduces new invoice management feature of its platform.
  • Diebold Nixdorf inks Memorandum of Understanding with Europol to boost cybersecurity knowledge sharing.
  • Entersekt announces plans to expand to Nordic region.
  • RightCapital partners with Commonwealth.
  • Onfido, Azimo, TransferWise, and Kantox earn spots on Deloitte U.K.’s Fast 50.

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

  • CardFlight Launches SwipeSimple Customers to Support Card Data Management.
  • Roostify Teams Up with Ellie Mae to Boost Efficiency in Mortgage Lending.

Around the web

  • Experian and Close Brothers Retail Finance pilot Mobile for Credit service for U.K. gamers.
  • New Penn Financial goes live with Portfolio Underwriter from Loan Scorecard.
  • PasswordPing earns finalist spot in 2018 “Innovation Quotient” IQ Awards.
  • Ukraine’s Akhmetov Bank leverages Corezoid’s cloud-based operating system.
  • ebankIT and Enterprise Engineering forge strategic partnership for the North American market.
  • Bambu, Eltropy, Moxtra, and Onfido are among the startups selected for Plug and Play Singapore’s inaugural fintech and insurtech program.
  • TECHdotMN profiles Sezzle founder and CEO, Charlie Youakim.
  • Forbes Middle East highlights Ayasdi and ThetaRay in look at how AI is helping solve financial crime.

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.

Priority Payment Systems to Offer Sezzle’s Shop Now, Pay Later Solution

Fresh of its return to the Finovate stage, alternative payment platform Sezzle announced this week that Priority Payment Systems will offer Sezzle as a payment option for its merchants. This will allow Priority Payment Systems merchants to add the e-commerce financing technology both at the product page and at checkout.

“We’re excited to offer our clients and their merchants a new alternative payment method, providing more choices for consumers and differentiation in the marketplace,” Priority Payment Systems CEO John V. Priore said. Founded in 2005, Priority Payment Systems has 174,000+ SME merchant customers, and processes 39+ billion electronic transactions a year. Sezzle founder and CEO Charlie Youakim praised the company’s “scale and breadth in e-commerce,” and called the Alpharetta, Georgia-based firm “an excellent financial services partner for Sezzle.”

Sezzle provides POS financing that enables consumers to pay for purchases in four interest-free installments over a six-week period. Sezzle pays the merchant directly, assuming all repayment risk, and has helped more than 1,800 e-commerce retailers boost average order values by an average of 20%. Sezzle is also a popular option with younger consumers who are less likely to have a credit card. The company noted that 80% of the 100,000+ shoppers on its platform are less than 35 years old.

Brent Sandor, Marketing Director at 686, a fashionable outerwear and technical apparel retailer, underscored Sezzle’s value in providing payment flexibility. “Our products are very popular with young consumers, but it’s hard for some of them to afford the full purchase price, and Sezzle enables them to budget and spread their purchase over time.”

Founded in 2016 and headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Sezzle demonstrated its “Shop Now, Pay Later” alternative payment system for e-commerce checkouts at FinovateFall 2018 last month. Earlier this year, the company announced a partnership with fellow Minneapolis startup, CartStack, to help e-commerce merchants better engage with their customers. In May, Sezzle added former Bluestem Brands VP and U.S. Bank executive Karen Hartje as CFO.

With $10.9 million in funding, Sezzle includes E-Merge and CSC Upshot among its investors.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Priority Payment Systems to Offer Sezzle’s Shop Now, Pay Later Solution.
  • The ID Co. Launches NoMo Cashflow Tracking App.

Around the web

  • IDG’s Techworld features U.K.-based insurtech innovator, Anorak. The company was also selected to participate in the Plug and Play Insurtech innovation platform in November.
  • Silicon Republic highlights Meniga in its roundup of “cool start-ups from Reykjavik.”
  • In partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense, HackerOne uncovers 150 cybersecurity vulnerabilities during Hack the Marine Corps challenge.

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.

FinovateFall Sneak Peek: Sezzle

FinovateFallA look at the companies demoing live at FinovateFall on September 24 through 26, 2018 in New York. Register today and save your spot.

Sezzle is an interest-free installment product designed to financially empower young ‘prime-to-be’ consumers at retail checkouts.

Features

  • No ‘hard’ credit checks for new users
  • Four automatic and interest-free installments per checkout
  • Simple user signups and one-click repeat user checkouts

Why it’s great
Sezzle’s simple and easy-to-use payment system enables consumers to get what they desire today without any additional interest or fees.

Presenter

Charlie Youakim, CEO
Youakim is a serial tech entrepreneur who has founded two successful payments companies that have raised over $68 million in venture capital. His first company was Passport. His second is Sezzle.
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