Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Financial Identity as a Service Innovator Juvo Teams Up with DOCOMO Digital
  • SheerID Lands $64 Million for Segmented Identity Verification

Around the web

  • HackerOne awards $3,500 in bounties to a pair of researchers who discovered vulnerabilities on its own platform.
  • AlphaPoint adds support for margin trading to its platform.
  • Bank of Georgia goes live with a new smart personal financial management (PFM) solution, mBank, developed by Strands.
  • Installment payment solution Splitit announces a new partnership with chiliPAD sleep system maker, Chilli.
  • Tradeshift integrates with fraud protection specialist SiS-id to reduce payments fraud.
  • Xero launches Pay with TransferWise, a new domestic bill payment solution to help U.K. customers pay and manage bills.
  • Pendo Systems teams with WSN to help customers navigate digital transformation.

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.

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.

Asia-Pacific

  • 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

On Finovate.com

  • RoamHR Helps Bring Financial Wellness, Tax Preparation to Gig Economy Workers

Around the web

  • Featurespace announces strategic partnership with NatWest to deliver real-time, enterprise-wide fraud prevention, transaction monitoring.
  • Indiana-based Centier Bank ($4.5 billion in assets) leverages SmartLaunch from NYMBUS to support the launch of its mobile app, Billinero. See NYMBUS at FinovateFall in New York this week!
  • Societe Generale teams up with FIS to offer payments-as-a-service to corporate clients in Europe.
  • Piraeus Bank, the largest bank in Greece, unveils its new PFM tool powered by technology from Strands.
  • Segmint announces digital engagement expert Adam Craig as its new president.
  • Tradeshift forges partnership with privacy-enhancing technology provider QEDIT.
  • Kyckr inks reseller and integration agreement with Australian information services provider illion.

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.

Strands Partners with Spain’s Grupo Caja Rural

Spain’s Grupo Caja Rural has incorporated Strands’ financial management applications into its banking platform, reports Sharon Kimathi of Fintech Futures (Finovate’s sister publication).

With the integration of Strands’ personal finance management (PFM) and business finance management (BFM) solutions, Grupo Caja Rural’s savings banks will make these applications available to their customers.

“The alliance with Strands responds to our pledge to make life easier for our clients, connecting with their needs and making leading technologies available to each customer segment. Without a doubt, it is one more step in our commitment to putting technological innovation at the service of our clients,” said Manuel Pan, organization director of Grupo Caja Rural and RSI.

Erik Brieva, CEO of Strands, added: “Due to its structure, Grupo Caja Rural enjoys a differential role in Spanish banking. We are delighted that such a solid, historical bank relies on our technology to attract new customers and establish an even closer and more strategic relationship with the existing ones.”

Both Strands’ tools will incorporate an artificial intelligence engine, the exclusive engager component, which will enable savings banks to recommend to each of their customers those products and services that best suit their circumstances, offering them a personalized and enriching digital experience.

With offices in Barcelona, Spain; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and Miami, Florida, Strands made its most recent Finovate appearance earlier this year at FinovateSpring 2019. At the conference, the company, in partnership with Mastercard, demonstrated its Strands SME Cash Flow Manager enhanced by Mastercard Technology solution. Strands was founded in 2004

A Look at Fintech Talent in Singapore; Mobile Money Goes Live in South Sudan

Join us in October 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.

For information on how to participate in FinovateAsia as a demoing company, partner, or sponsor, send us an e-mail and we’ll tell you everything you need to know.

Central and Eastern Europe

  • Business Review looks at the potential for French-Romanian cooperation on fintech innovation.
  • Relex, a cryptocurrency-based real estate development investment platform, inks agreement with Belarus Currency and Stock Exchange.
  • Austrian telecom A1 to begin accepting cryptocurrencies as payment.

Middle East and Northern Africa

  • Emirates NBD introduces the first graduates of its fintech sandbox.
  • Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) joins the World Alliance of International Financial Centres (WAIFC).
  • Partnership between NilePay PLC and Zain South Sudan brings the first licensed mobile money service to South Sudan.

Central and Southern Asia

  • An investment of $110 million will help power Tala’s planned expansion into India.
  • Khalti, a fintech startup based in Nepal, wins the United Nations Fintech Innovation Fund.
  • Software Technology Parks of India establishes FinBlue, a Center of Excellence in FinTech, to support emerging fintech startups.

Latin America and the Caribbean

  • Argentina’s largest national private bank Banco Galicia integrates PFM technology from Strands.
  • Citi enables biometric authentication for its institutional clients throughout Latin America.
  • TransferWise announces launch of international transfers from Argentina.

Asia-Pacific

  • Standard Chartered Bank partners with SAP Ariba to bring financial supply chain solutions to companies in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Japanese messaging platform Line teams up with Nomura to launch online brokerage firm geared toward younger, digitally-oriented traders.
  • Singapore FinTech Association and PwC Singapore look at the demand for talent in the local fintech industry.

Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Ghananian fintech Bezo Money is among the 11 startups to receive an $100,000 investment as part of its graduation from Pan-African incubator MEST.
  • Nigerian startup financial services startup Carbon posts its audited financial information online to promote transparency in the country’s tech market.
  • South African startup Ukheshe raises $500,000 (R7.6 million) for its app that provides payment services for the unbanked.

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Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Prosper Launches Mobile App for Investors.
  • Identitii’s Overlay+ to Drive Intelligent Data Exchange for HSBC Bank Australia.

Around the web

  • TechCrunch highlights Lighter Capital’s revenue financing-based approach.
  • Strands celebrates 15th birthday with 700 banks in 30 countries.
  • PyraMax Bank selects Insuritas to launch a bank-owned insurance service.
  • Identitii signs new license agreement with HSBC Bank Australia Limited for its Overlay+ platform.
  • PYMNTS considers how Tuition.io helps employees pay down debt faster.
  • Norima Consulting joins the Quadient Partner Advantage Program to provide financial services companies customer journey mapping and communication management.

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

  • Revolut and Xero Partner on Expense Management Tool.

Around the web

  • Transferwise goes live with new debit cad for customers in Australia and New Zealand.
  • Finastra inks cloud banking deal with U.K. neo bank Gravity.
  • Argentina’s largest national private bank Banco Galicia integrates PFM technology from Strands.
  • Overbond to open three AI analytics labs in Montreal, Quebec, Canada to support R&D in bond pricing.
  • Vymo hires Rajesh Sabhlok as its new Chief Customer Officer, with an emphasis on Japan and APAC.
  • BlueRush announces strategic partnership with InfoSlips.
  • Artivest names Martin Bealieu, formerly executive chairman, as new CEO.
  • Lendio’s marketplace lending franchise program tops $50 million in loans facilitated via its platform.
  • Ignite Sales unveils the latest version of its customer engagement platform, Ignite Neuro 2.0.
  • Salt Edge increases the total number of connected banks in the E.U. to more than 300.
  • Experian unveils new configurations of its Ascend Analytical Sandbox.

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.

Brazil’s NuBank Scores $400M; Poland Launches $737M Co-Investment Project

As Finovate goes increasingly global, so does our coverage of financial technology. Finovate Global: Fintech News from Around the World is our weekly look at fintech innovation in developing economies in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and Central and Eastern Europe.

Asia-Pacific

  • CompareAsiaGroup picks up $20 million in Series B1 funding in round led by Experian.
  • Standard Chartered Bank’s eXcelerator innovation lab goes live in Shanghai.
  • Finish fintech PearlPay announces partnership with the Philippines’ Rural Bank.

Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Ghana’s Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia declares his country to be “the undisputed leader in Africa” in terms of innovation in payment services.
  • Oromia International Bank of Ethiopia goes live with core banking software from ICS Financial Systems.
  • Fintech Futures examines the challenger bank scene in South Africa.

Central and Eastern Europe

  • Piotr Jan Pietrzak of ING Bank Slaski looks at the fintech scene in Poland.
  • Romania open banking solution provider Finqware raises €180,000 in seed funding.
  • Poland introduces $737 million co-investment plan to attract private equity firms.

Middle East and Northern Africa

  • Bahrain-based cryptocurrency exchange Rain earns its license from the nation’s central bank, and announces a fundraising of $2.5 million.
  • Egypt’s MoneyFellows raises more than $1 million in pre Series A funding.
  • African payment gateway Innovate 1 Pay opens office in Dubai.

Central and Southern Asia

  • Indian SME lender Indifi raises $21 million in Series C funding.
  • Mashreq Global Services, a subsidiary of Mashreq Bank, teams up with Indian fintechs.
  • India’s biggest mobile payments company Paytm now boasts 10 million customers in Japan.

Latin America and the Caribbean

  • Brazil’s Nubank raises $400 million in funding in round led by TCV.
  • Argentina’s largest national private bank Banco Galicia integrates PFM technology from Strands.
  • Stripe opens office in Mexico City.

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Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • MX Picks Up $100 Million in New Funding.
  • Ocrolus Reels in $24 Million Investment.

Around the web

  • CREALOGIX to power new digital and mobile capabilities for LGT Vestra’s wealth management app and client portal.
  • Strands announces achieving ISO 27001 certification in all offices.
  • Horizon Investments to implement Fiserv’s Unified Wealth Platform for core portfolio management.
  • Personetics announces that users of Salesforce and Microsoft CRM platforms will be able to access the company’s data-driven actionable insights via new APIs.
  • Diebold Nixdorf launches a new series of self-service, digitally-connected ATMs.
  • NetGuardians appoints Swissquote co-founder Paolo Buzzi to its board of directors.

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.

Qatar Backs SoFi; Ripple Powers Cross-Border Payments in Brazil

As Finovate goes increasingly global, so does our coverage of financial technology. Finovate Global: Fintech News from Around the World is our weekly look at fintech innovation in developing economies in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and Central and Eastern Europe.

Middle East and Northern Africa

  • SoFi announces $500 million investment led by Qatar.
  • Emirates NBD to leverage technology from Amazon Web Services to build an AI-enabled “bank of the future”.
  • New partnership between Turkey’s Isbank and Yandex.Checkout to support transactions in rubles for Russians shopping online in Turkey.

Central and Southern Asia

  • Strands strikes digital banking deal with India’s Tech Mahindra.
  • BankBazaar to offer financing options for customers of furniture and home products marketplace Pepperfry.
  • Amitabh Kant, CEO of Niti Aayog, a premier think tank of the Indian government, sees a $31 billion Indian fintech market by 2020.

Latin America and the Caribbean

  • Brazilian exchange brokerage, Frente Corretora de Cambio, goes live with cross-border remittance solution powered by Ripple technology.
  • World Finance features Sao Paulo among its Top 5 Emerging Fintech Hubs.
  • IMFBlog looks at how fintech can lower remittance costs in Latin America.

Asia-Pacific

  • The central bank of Indonesia, Bank Indonesia, unveils its Quick Response Indonesia Standard (QRIS), a new QR code system.
  • Mastercard and UOB partner to introduce the UOB Retail Business Metal Card designed for APAC SMEs.
  • B2B cross border payments company TransferMate picks up payment license in Singapore.

Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Ghana’s ARB Apex Bank reups with Temenos.
  • Titan Trust Bank of Nigeria chooses Oracle FSS for its core and digital banking technology.
  • CNBCAfrica profiles South African payments and merchant acquiring solutions provider Crossfin.

Central and Eastern Europe

  • Lithuania fintech Paysera goes live in Romania.
  • Polish “credit of fintech-as-a-service” innovator Symmetrical.ai raises $1.5 million (€1.3m) in funding.
  • Billon Solutions and Microsoft announce partnership with the University of Warsaw to develop academic use cases for DLT technology.

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