Finovate Alums Join MassChallenge’s 2019 FinTech Inaugural Program

Finovate Alums Join MassChallenge’s 2019 FinTech Inaugural Program

Digital Onboarding, SizeUp, and ForwardLane are among 21 startups that will take part in the 2019 MassChallenge FinTech inaugural program. The program runs from January to June, and will support startups as they work with the accelerator’s partners to develop solutions in asset management, insurance, retail and commercial banking, e-commerce, and transportation. Specific challenge areas include developing AI-powered research assistance, big data for SMEs, and student financing.

“Our inaugural cohort represents trailblazing technologies that advance financial services, from AI-powered on boarding platforms to modern giving solutions,” Program Director of MassChallenge FinTech Devon Sherman explained. “We look forward to structuring and driving meaningful, outcome-driven partnerships between startups and enterprises that tackle some of the industry’s biggest pain points and opportunities.”

Participating startups will also have access to MassChallenge FinTech and FinTech Sandbox’s enterprise readiness program, as well as the FinTech Sandbox’s data and resources. MassChallenge FinTech will award a total of $250,000 in cash prizes at the conclusion of the six-month program, at zero cost and for zero equity.

Also participating in the 2019 cohort are:

  • AlphaSense
  • Cake
  • Catapult HQ
  • Datavore
  • Diffeo
  • Edmit
  • eGiftify
  • Elsen
  • Fincura
  • GainLife
  • LifeSite
  • Pinkaloo Technologies
  • Posh
  • Surround Insurance
  • TellusLabs
  • WalletFi
  • Zylotech

MassChallenge FinTech is supported by a public-private partnership that features Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual), Putnam Investments, Fidelity Investments, Citizens Bank, John Hancock, and the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership (MACP) among its founding partners. The program’s challenge partners include Eastern Bank, AARP, Columbia Threadneedle Investments, Walmart, and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA). FinTech Sandbox, Wells Fargo Startup Accelerator, and Brandeis International Business School are community partners of the program.

Explaining his company’s decision to partner with MassChallenge FinTech, Head of Innovation and Advice for John Hancock Steve Dorval said, “To us, innovation means looking for new tools, new technologies and new ways of working that can enhance the businesses we’re already in or give us insights into creating new opportunities.” He added that MassChallenge FinTech enabled John Hancock to “engage with intelligent passionate people that are solving important problems.”

Digital Onboarding demonstrated its platform at FinovateFall 2018. Founded in 2015 and headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, Digital Onboarding announced earlier this month that it was partnering with Hudson River Financial FCU. The company will help the $57 million member-owned financial cooperative improve access to account-related benefits.

Making its most recent appearance on the Finovate stage at FinovateEurope 2016, SizeUp helps banks empower their SME clients with business insights that can drive increased customer acquisition, retention, and engagement. Founded in 2011 and based in San Francisco, California, SizeUp was featured by Bplans earlier this year in its look at 85 of the Best Business Tools for Startups.

ForwardLane announced an expansion of its menu of AI tools this fall, a move the company believes will help bring the benefits of artificial intelligence to small and mid-sized financial advisors. Founded in 2015 and headquartered in New York City, ForwardLane demonstrated its cognitive productivity solution for wealth management at FinovateSpring 2016, leveraging machine learning to deliver personalized investment advice to mass affluent investors.

FinovateEurope Sneak Peek: SizeUp

FinovateEurope Sneak Peek: SizeUp


FEULogowithDateA look at the companies demoing live to 1,500 fintech professionals. Register today.

SizeUp helps banks better serve their small business customers through big data. It provides individually customized, hyper-local business intelligence for SME companies.

Features include:

  • Improve value to small business customers through big-data insights
  • Introduce bank products and services
  • Increase SME customer acquisition and retention

Why it’s great
SizeUp helps banks deliver new value to their small business customers through big-data insights that SMEs could not previously access.


SizeUp_AnatalioUbaldeAntalio Ubalde, CEO, Founder

Ubalde is a successful entrepreneur and executive who leads Software-as-a-Service ventures focused on data-driven solutions for small businesses and economic development.


SizeUp_BrandonHarrellBrandon Harrell, Product Manager

Harrell manages SizeUp products. He has international experience in Geographic Information System (GIS) modeling, analysis, and project management.

Finovate Alumni News


  • Mitek Partners with Harland Clarke to Improve RDC Security”
  • Pindrop Raises $75 Million for Phone-printing Authentication”

Around the web

  • Gate City Bank ($1.9 billion in assets) chooses DNA core account processing platform from Fiserv.
  • Powered by FIS, the Venture Center is now accepting applications for its VC Fintech accelerator.
  • Venmo adds in-app merchant payments.
  • Algomi wins Risk Magazine’s “Trading Technology Product of the Year for the Buy-Side” for a second year in a row.
  • Experian enhances Small Business Credit Share program.
  • Credit Karma surpasses milestone: serves 50 million users who use Credit Karma to manage $3 trillion in debt.
  • Check Point releases new hardware to address cyber security and protection.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow 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.

Finovate Alumni News

Around the web

  • Whiznews in Southeastern Ohio looks at a local deployment of SizeUp with the Zanesville-Muskingum Chamber of Commerce.
  • RedCloud names Katia Hilal as vice president of product. See RedCloud at FinovateFall 2015 in New York.
  • talks with Doug Parr, chief revenue officer for Prairie Cloudware, about the EMV transition this fall.
  • Azimo brings its money-transfer services to Sierra Leone and Guinea.
  • Coinbase enables U.K. and Spanish customers to buy bitcoin using 3D Secure credit and debit cards.
  • Interxion announces availability of Azure ExpressRoute in Amsterdam. Check out Interxion at FinDEVr 2015 in San Francisco.
  • Apple identifies Flint, MicroStrategy, and Xero as partners for the iPad-for-business effort.

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, FinDEVr Alums Earn Finalist Spots in BBVA Open Talent Competition

Finovate, FinDEVr Alums Earn Finalist Spots in BBVA Open Talent Competition


The BBVA Open Talent competition released the list of finalists for its 2015 competition. And five alums from both our Finovate and FinDEVr conferences will be competing for the top prizes.

The three regional finals will be held in September (schedule below). Six winners will be chosen, two from each category. Winners will receive €30,000 to develop their fintech projects in partnership with BBVA.

  • Latin America Finals: Mexico City, 9/10 September
  • USA and the Rest of the World Finals: New York, 14/15 September
  • Europe Finals: Barcelona, 21/22 September

Here’s a look at the alumni who will be competing in September:

Coinalytics_logo_FinDEVr2015_250xCoinalytics provides an end-to-end intelligence platform that helps institutions gain actionable insights from the blockchain. The company will make its FinDEVr debut at FinDEVr 2015 in San Francisco in October. Coinalytics was founded in April 2014 and is based in San Francisco, California.

DRAFT_logoDRAFT made its Finovate debut at FinovateSpring 2015 in San Jose. The company has developed a crowdsourced, mobile investment-analysis solution geared toward mass-affluent millennials. DRAFT was founded in October 2014 and is headquartered in Austin, Texas.

Rippleshot_hi_res_FS2014Chicago-based Rippleshot builds security and anti-fraud solutions. Their cloud-based technology leverages big data to spot bank card data breaches. The company was founded in June 2013 and last demoed for Finovate as part of FinovateFall 2014 in New York.

SizeUp_logoFounded in September 2011 and based in San Francisco, SizeUp uses big data to give small businesses the kind of business intelligence and market analysis often available only to larger companies. The company demoed at FinovateSpring 2015 in San Jose.

FS2015_Token_logo_snagMaking its Finovate debut this spring at FinovateSpring 2015, Token has developed a payment platform that relies on public-key cryptography and digital signatures for faster, more secure transactions. Founded in January 2015 and headquartered in Palo Alto, California.

Now in its seventh year, the BBVA Open Talent competition seeks fintech projects that “contribute to the industry’s evolution and transformation.” Ideal areas for innovation include big data, e-commerce, and security. The Open Talent challenge seeks to emphasize solutions from companies and entrepreneurs interested in becoming “fellow travel companions” with the bank.

Here are the rest of the finalists in the competition (alums excluded).

Latin America category

  • Aflore
  • Bitnexo
  • Bitso
  • Culqi
  • Destácame
  • Finvox
  • Moneero
  • Openpay
  • Quotanda
  • Uanbai
  • Volabit
  • Wayniloans
  • Zave App
  • Zoop

USA and Rest of the World category

  • Bitwage
  • ClearServe
  • Control
  • Koho
  • LendingFront
  • ModernLend
  • New Constructs
  • SnapCard
  • Voaztz
  • WeFinance

Europe category

  • Aplázame
  • Continuum Security
  • Cutover
  • Everledger
  • Origin Markets
  • Ormsby Street / Credit HQ
  • PayBox
  • Pich
  • Ringpay
  • Safello
  • Squirrel Financial Wellbeing
  • TheMarkets Trust Ratings
  • Vaultoro
  • Wayerz
  • Wealth-Arc
  • 50wise


Finovate Alumni News


  • “Realty Mogul Builds $35 Million in New Funding”
  • “Fastacash Secures $15 Million in Series B Investment”
  • “Fenergo Raises $75 Million from Insight Venture Partners”

Around the web

  • InComm adds new brands to its Incentives e-commerce site, including vacation brands.
  • Green Dot opens subsidiary in Shanghai.
  • Citizens 1st National Bank introduces mobile remote deposit capture with integration of Malauzai SmartApp, Ensenta mRDC.
  • Liz Loewy, senior vice president for EverSafe, spoke about elder financial abuse at White House Conference on Aging.
  • Arxan Technologies partners with Sequent to develop new security solution to protect HCE-based payment systems.
  • Five Degrees appoints Peter-Jan van de Venn as new chief commercial officer.
  • BBVA Group inks strategic agreement with the Alliance for Financial Inclusion.
  • Business Insider names executives of Braintree, PayPal, Coinbase, and Venmo as 5 of 10 execs who are transforming the fintech industry.
  • Kotak Securities and Heckyl launch real-time news and market-info apps.
  • Cachet Financial Solutions to deploy Select Mobile Money platform for SOLE Financial’s Visa Paycard.
  • MyOrder teams up with WirecardGroup to issue contactless mobile cards using HCE technology.
  • Algomi wins “FinTech Innovation of the Year” honors at 2015 Euromoney Global Awards for Excellence.
  • Wealthfront lowers its minimum investment to $500.
  • Bank Innovation takes a look at how startups like SizeUp help banks work better with small businesses.
  • Authentication specialist BioCatch earns a pair of patents from the U.S. Patent Office.

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.

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

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


  • SizeUp, Token, and Pendo Systems Win at Innotribe 2015 New York
  • Vantiv Brings its Payment and Processing Solutions to the USPS
  • Finovate Talks Payment API Security with John Canfield, VP of Risk for WePay

Around the web

  • American Banker talks with LendingRobot about liquidity in P2P lending.
  • Wallaby now has 2,700 credit cards and 500 banks in Cardbase database. Come see Wallaby at FinDEVr in San Francisco.
  • SuiteRetail joins Avalara’s community of certified solution partners. Check out Avalara at FinDEVr 2015, 6/7 October.
  • Tradier Brokerage integrates with OneOption LLC to advance options trading platform.
  • GeekWire considers Avalara’s success, including its corporate lounge, at the U.S. Open.
  • PYMNTS interviews Souheil Badran, newly appointed president and CEO of edo Interactive.
  • Nuno Sebastião, CEO of Feedzai, talks with PYMNTS about fraud detection.
  • Pindrop Security launches Pindrop Labs.
  • Financial Times lists Personal Capital in its Top 300 RIA List.
  • iBe publishes study on customer experience in banking and fostering innovation.

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.

SizeUp Gives FIs Business Intelligence Tools to Help Reengage Customers

SizeUp Gives FIs Business Intelligence Tools to Help Reengage Customers

This post is part of our live coverage of FinovateSpring 2015.

SizeUpLogoThe team from SizeUp is launching its business intelligence platform for financial institutions.

SizeUp FI (Financial Institutions) is a new service that enables FIs to provide their customers with valuable business intelligence directly through the FI’s own website, SizeUp provides FIs:

  • Consistent reengagement with customers through “sticky” data services
  • Stronger partnerships with business customers by helping them succeed with Big Data insights they previously couldn’t afford or understand
  • Introduction to the FIs relevant products and services through SizeUp’s tools at specific decision-points of the customer’s business lifecycle
  • New value FIs can provide outside of “me too” FI business offerings
  • Multiple versions of SizeUp FI enabling the FI to provide its own custom implementation

SizeUP FI presenters: Anatalio Ubalde, CEO, co-founder; Thomas Barron, VP business development



Product Launch: April 2015

Metrics: N.A.
Product distribution strategy: Through financial institutions, through other fintech companies and platforms, licensed

HQ: San Francisco, California
Founded: September 2011
Twitter: @sizeupbusiness

FinovateSpring 2015 Sneak Peek: Part 2

FinovateSpring 2015 Sneak Peek: Part 2



FinovateSpring 2015 is just over a month away. Our annual spring conference returns to San Jose, 12/13 May for two days of live demos of the latest in fintech innovation.

Today we introduce you to another seven companies that will be on stage presenting their technical solutions to some of the financial community’s biggest challenges—from improving engagement through mobile and social channels to improving security and reducing friction for business and individual consumers.

Be sure to check out Part 1 of our Sneak Peek series featuring Alpha Payments Cloud, CUneXus, DRAFT, FundAmerica, SayPay, StockViews, and TrueAccord, as well.

Tickets are going fast. Register today and save your spot at our second Finovate show in San Jose.

Bento_logo_box_snaggit_resizeBento for Business provides financial solutions that fit small businesses, combining the security of a bank with the ease and convenience of a modern technology company.


  • The Bento Prepaid Commercial MasterCard provides small business owners with controls, such as where, when, and how much their employees can spend without putting their owners’ personal credit at risk.

Why it’s great
Bento’s solutions are designed to save owners time and help eliminate expense ‘leaks,’ a type of fraud that can cost them up to 5% of their revenue each year.


Bento_FAhamd_cropFarhan Ahmad, Co-founder and CEO

Ahmad was formerly managing director at Barclays and the global head of emerging payments and prepaid for Discover Financial Services. He has held leadership roles at JPMorgan Chase, Bank One and First USA.


Bento_SAnderson_cropSean Anderson, Co-founder and Chief Product Officer

Anderson was formerly senior director of emerging products at Blackhawk Network, where he built and launched their open API platform, launched an offers platform, and developed a prepaid processing platform.


DoubleNetPay_logo_box_snaggit_resizeDoubleNet Pay automatically pays bills and funds savings goals directly from an employee’s paycheck, eliminating guesswork, late fees, and budgeting hassles.


  • Seamless integration with major payroll processors
  • Allows an employee to simply snap a picture of a current bill stub
  • Employees can easily create, fund, and redeem custom savings goals

Why it’s great
Bills are paid and savings funded automatically on payday, just like payroll taxes.


DoubleNetPay_BCosgray_cropBrian Cosgray, Founder and CEO

Cosgray has spent his entire career in financial services. Working with customers across the economic spectrum convinced him of the need to simplify and automate how people pay bills and save money.


DoubleNetPay_CLaird_cropCody Laird, Co-founder and COO

Laird is a financial technology veteran. Prior to co-founding DoubleNet Pay, Cody spent 21 years with SunTrust Bank helping to design and build their current retail banking platform.


DoubleNetPay_BLevy_cropBret Levy, Co-founder and CTO

Levy has been responsible for the architecture of many innovative, highly scalable software systems, most notably the Scientific Games system that powers most state lotteries.


KarmicLabs_Dash_logoKarmic Labs provides API-based payment and SaaS solutions for card issuance (initially commercial market). Karmic offers Dash, FIS, and also uses Karmic’s APIs to offer its own product to FIs.


  • Robust API infrastructure for commercial card issuance
  • Payment virtualization layer
  • Creates a marketplace of innovative financial technology and SaaS solutions for the commercial market.

Why it’s great
Karmic labs offers API-based payment and SaaS solutions, of which its first product is Dash; the APIs are also used by FIS, a global leader in banking and payments technology, for its own product to FIs.


KarmicLabs_RWeidenmiller_new_small_cropRyan Weidenmiller, CEO

Weidenmiller is an entrepreneur who built a top-ranked venture capital fund in China, now working on Karmic Labs’.


KarmicLabs_CAgerton_crop2Chris Agerton, CTO

Agerton was previously at Google, and was a founding engineer at Pinterest, responsible for developing high-availability architecture at Scribd.

FIS_TLand_FS15Troy Land, Group Executive of Emerging Commerce, FIS

Land is the group executive of emerging commerce at FIS within the retail payments division; he holds expertise in business and product development.


SizeUp_logoSizeUp: SizeUp FI (financial insitutions) is big-data for small businesses. It enables FIs to provide their customers with business intelligence through the FI’s own website.

Features of SizeUp FI:

  • Enable your FI’s customers to :
    • Compare their business performance with that of industry competitors
    • Find customers, suppliers, and competitors
    • Discover best locations to advertise

Why it’s great
SizeUp FI delivers a deeper business-customer partnership through success assistance; “sticky” client engagement; FI services awareness; and big-data insights that SMEs couldn’t previously access.


SizeUp_AUbalde_cropAnatalio Ubalde, CEO and Co-founder

Ubalde is a successful entrepreneur leading Software as a Service (SaaS) ventures focused on data-driven solutions for small businesses and economic development.


SizeUp_TBarron_cropThomas Barron, VP Business Development

Barron has developed corporate partnerships for 15 years from Fortunte 500 companies to 5-person startups. He previously worked at Visa developing strategic partnerships.


Stratos_logo_snaggitfromboxStratos consolidates cards into one dynamic card, making payments secure and smart. Stratos Digital Card Issuance Platform allows cards to download instantly, digitizing physical fulfillment.


  • Ensures virtual top of wallet, increases consumer engagement and loyalty
  • Provides secure card and wallet data
  • Eliminates costly physical card fulfillment

Why it’s great
Starts card working with Stratos Digital Card Issuance Platform to reinvent, not only your wallet, but also cards—just like the iPod and iTunes reinvented your CD collection.


Stratos_TOlson_cropThiago Olson, Co-founder, CEO

Olson worked at CERN and the Department of Defense and is a leader in next generation payments. He graduated with honors in engineering and physics at Vanderbilt.


Stratos_HBalanon_cropHenry Balanon, Co-founder, CTO

Balanon brings technical leadership and expertise to Stratos from his previous experience as co-founder of Detroit Labs, a leading mobile-app agency.


TickerTags_logoTickerTags connects trending social content to investable companies through the monitoring of 250,000+ crowdsourced Tags that have the potential to impact a company’s business.


  • Track social velocity and sentiment of products/brands driving your investment
  • Create your own Tags to associate with Tickers for personalized trending notifications
  • It’s free

Why it’s great
We are a community-maintained platform intent on democratizing information-flow by evolving new monitoring from view-limited tickers to social -monitored tags.


TickerTags_CCamillo_cropChris Camillo, Co-founder, CEO

A pioneer in social arbitrage investing, Camillo’s audited portfolio has averaged 84% annual returns over the past 8 years.


Trulioo_logoTrulioo’s bank-grade AML/KYC identity-verification product, GlobalGateway, enables businesses to perform frictionless ID verification for 3 billion people in more than 40 countries via 140 data sources.


  • Builds confidence and trust by preventing fraud and identity theft
  • Saves time, money, and resources through automated online ID-checks
  • Eliminates barriers to market entry

Why it’s great
Trulioo’s GlobalGateway provides advanced analytics from cyber and traditional data sources to verify identities online by powering fraud and compliance systems worldwide, increasing trust and safety.


Trulioo_SUfford_cropStephen Ufford, Founder, CEO

Ufford has founded four data-focused startups over the last decade while working in the role of CEO. As a serial entrepreneur, he challenges the status quo and if it’s broken, he likes to fix it.


Trulioo_AKvitnitsky_cropAnatoly Kvitnitsky, Director of Corporate Development

With solid startup and corporate experience, Kvitnitsky leads strategic partnerships and data acquisition for Trulioo.