Finovate Alumni News


  • Tinkoff Brings Stories to Mobile Banking
  • Meed Leverages ID Verification Solutions from Jumio to Serve the Underbanked

Around the web

  • The 61-member Japan Bank Consortium launches Ripple pilot with South Korean banks Woori Bank and Shinhan Bank.
  • Thomson Reuters adds compliance training courses to help ensure MiFID II compliance.
  • PayPal makes undisclosed investment in Berlin-based deposit marketplace Raisin.
  • ACI Worldwide partners with HyperPay to bring real-time fraud prevention solutions to ecommerce merchants in the MENA region.
  • SME Finance Forum honors Strands with Best Partnership award at its First Membership Engagement Awards event.
  • nCino EVP of Product Development Trisha Price joins Jim Marous’ fintech roundtable to discuss the future of digital banking disruption.
  • Stash Invest presents its Auto-Stash feature to help investors make automatic, recurring investment contributions.
  • SuiteBox introduces its VideoSign Proof of Signature technology.
  • defi SOLUTIONS earns recognition as one of the top 100 fastest-growing privately-held businesses in Dallas, Texas area.

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.

KPMG, H2 Ventures Unveil Fintech 100 for 2017

It’s that time of the year once again: KPMG and H2 Ventures have teamed up to introduce their Leading Global Fintech Innovators roster, the Fintech 100 for 2017. The judges for this year’s Fintech 100 included more than 20 professionals from KPMG and other organizations with expertise in IT, data analytics, capital markets, financial services, and more.

This year 11 Finovate/FinDEVr alums made the Leading 50, with another 12 alums making the Emerging 50. New entrants to the KPMG/H2 Ventures roster include SoFi and Revolut among the Leading 50. All 12 the alums on the Emerging 50 are making their first appearance. See the full list.

Some of the highlights from the 2017 Fintech 100 include the observation that five of the roster’s top 10 companies are from China, as are the top three companies on the list: Ant Financial, ZhongAn, and Qudian (Qufenqi). The U.S. has a pair of companies in the top five: Oscar and Avant, and Europe and the U.K. each have one company in the top ten: Kreditech and Atom Bank, respectively.

Speaking of Asia, the Asia-Pacific region has 30 fintech companies in the top 100. The United States has 19 companies – the most from any single country – and the U.K. and EMEA areas have 41 companies in the list. The U.K. and EMEA region are also responsible for the highest number of companies on KPMG/H2 Ventures’ Emerging 50 list with 26.

With regard to sectors within fintech, the Fintech 100 breaks down as follows:

  • 32 lending companies
  • 21 payments companies
  • 14 transaction and capital markets companies
  • 12 insurance/insurtech companies
  • 7 wealth management/wealthtech companies
  • 6 cybersecurity/regtech companies
  • 4 blockchain/digital currency companies
  • 3 data and analytics companies

Alums from the Leading 50

Alums from the Emerging Stars

Stash Reveals Plans to Launch Mobile-First Banking Service


Mobile-first investment platform Stash is about to go mobile-first in the field of online banking. The New York City-based startup, which demonstrated its Stash Retire solution at its Finovate debut last month at FinovateFall, announced today that it plans to offer a variety of banking services for mobile-centric customers.

“When we launched the Stash platform, we redefined the financial services experience by providing affordable access and education to millions of Americans,” Stash CEO and Co-Founder Brandon Krieg explained in a statement. “Our new banking services will take that promise a step further. We are pioneering ways to relieve stress and improve our clients’ financial security for years to come.”

Stash CEO and co-founder Brandon Krieg demonstrating Stash Retire at FinovateFall 2017.

The services, bundled as Stash Banking and slated to be available in early 2018, include common banking solutions such as billpay, direct deposit, and debit cards. The platform has a goals-based savings feature, with auto and smart-save functionality as well as access to Stash’s proprietary long-term financial security strategy, The Stash Plan. Accounts with Stash Banking are free, FDIC-insured, with no fees, no minimum balance requirement and are accessible via the largest ATM network in the U.S.

Talking about the decision to launch the new service, Ed Robinson, President and co-founder of Stash, emphasized both the potential cost savings and the opportunity to provide better support and guidance to financial services customers. “When we talked to our clients and analyzed their expenses, we were shocked by how much they were paying in fees,” Robinson said. “We dug deeper and discovered traditional banks offered very little guidance or tools to help Americans manage their money,” he added. “We’re building our banking services to solve that and bring new tools, coaching and complete transparency to the process.”

Founded in 2015, Stash demonstrated its Stash Retire solution at FinovateFall 2017. Stash Retire gives investors the opportunity to participate in low-fee, self-directed IRA accounts while still taking advantage of Stash Invest’s core features such as auto-invest and the ability to invest in increments as small as $5. With more than 2.5 million subscribers and more than 1 million clients, Stash has raised more than $78 million in funding, including a $40 million Series C completed this summer. The company includes Breyer Capital, Coatue Management, Goodwater Capital, and Valar Ventures among its investors.

Finovate Alumni News


  • Efigence Teams Up with Alior Bank, Telekom Romania to Help Launch Telekom Banking.
  • Mastercard Takes Blockchain Mainstream with API.
  • Zighra Launches Flagship Continuous Authentication Product.
  • Stash Reveals Plans to Launch Mobile-First Banking Service.

Around the web

  • Latvian Bank Citadele secures mobile and online banking with VASCO’s DIGIPASS for Apps and CRONTO
  • Azimo’s momentum continues with triple-digit growth.
  • Visa to offer ThreatMetrix technologies through its Visa ID Intelligence platform.
  • Lendio joins lending platform association.
  • Dream Payments unveils its point of sale solution for First Data’s Clover merchants.

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: Stash

A look at the companies demoing live at FinovateFall on September 11 through 14 in New York. Pick up your tickets today and save your spot.

Stash Retire from Stash simplifies how investors can save and invest for retirement. Stash is offering its investors Roth IRA accounts with low fees and a focus on education.


  • Simple
  • Accessible
  • Educational

Why it’s a must-see
Stash: save, invest, retire. Empowering the next generation of Americans to conquer their financial futures.


Brandon Krieg, Co-founder and CEO
Krieg is the CEO and Co-founder of Stash. Prior to Stash, he spent more than 15 years in financial services, most recently at Macquarie Securities Group.


Ed Robinson, Co-founder and President
Robinson is President and Co-founder of Stash. With expertise in risk management, asset allocation, and global markets, he has held many management roles internationally.

Finovate Alumni News


  • Emailage Raises $10 Million in Round Led by Anthos Capital.

Around the web

  • Federacion Nacional de Cooperativas de Ahorro y Credito selects core banking technology from Temenos.
  • Azimo introduces “one hour or less” cash pick-up services in the Philippines.
  • ING Bank in Czech Republic to deploy decision management software from FICO.
  • Virtual StrongBox secures 5th patent for secure document exchange technology.

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.