Finovate Alumni News


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Around the web

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  • Markit unveils new tax utility service.
  • Eris Industries chooses Ledger as its blockchain hardware security partner.
  • features Klarna and Qapital in a look at building a startup “the Swedish way.”
  • SuiteBox listed among fintechs that are developing tools to help superannuation funds.
  • Envestnet wins the 2016 Technology Innovation Award from the Bank Insurance and Securities Association (BISA).
  • Pakistan’s Soneri Bank selects T24 core banking system from Temenos.

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 Debuts: SuiteBox Introduces Virtual Meeting Rooms for Financial Professionals


SuiteBox provides professionals in financial services and other fields with the kind of multi-channel, interactive experience we’ve always wanted from the internet. With just a smartphone, tablet, or laptop, professionals can build and manage secure, virtual meeting rooms and use these private, virtual spaces for conference calls, document collaboration, screen sharing, embedded web forms, e-signatures and more. Everything in the session can be recorded in full or in part for future reference. The technology is available as both a standalone solution or via a fully integrated white-label API.

“SuiteBox does everything that you can do in a physical meeting and more,” said Ian Dunbar, country manager for SuiteBox Australia.

Company facts:

  • Founded in March 2013
  • Headquartered in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Richard Mannell is CEO


SuiteBox Australia Country Manager Ian Dunbar demonstrated his company’s technology at FinovateEurope 2016 in London.

In his demonstration at FinovateEurope, Dunbar and his team showed a fully white-labeled virtual meeting space. He demonstrated a sample insurance transaction showing off the platform’s mutually accessible web forms, video conferencing, session recording, and e-signatures. “Importantly,” Dunbar added, “this virtual meeting room is now open and available to be used at any time. They can come back in. They can have a meeting. They could drop documents off for each other to have a look at. They could even leave a video message or a chat message.”

“Effectively that gives you a meeting space that can be used on an ongoing basis,” Dunbar explained. “You don’t have to be back actually having a physical meeting.”

SuiteBox_Ian_Dunbar2We spoke with Ian Dunbar (circle photo), country manager, Australia, during rehearsal day at FinovateEurope. We followed up with a few questions about SuiteBox and how entrepreneurs and businesses can take advantage of the technology.

Finovate: What problem does SuiteBox solve?

Ian Dunbar: SuiteBox is solving one of the biggest challenges of professional services globally. How do you maintain and grow your client relationships, manage and close business and increase efficiency and profitability into your business. All when we are faced with time-poor clients, congested cities, and the need manage paper, post, scanning and signing of documents.

SuiteBox solves all of this by delivering everything you can do in a physical meeting and more, including video meetings, document sharing and collaboration, electronic signing and selective recording.

This is all delivered through the SuiteBox MeetingSpace, a secure private collaboration space that remains permanently open and accessible throughout the relationship life of the professional and their client.

Finovate: Who are your primary customers?

Dunbar: Financial advisers, insurance providers, banks, mortgage brokers, stock brokers, educators; legal, pension fund, and real estate professionals.


Finovate: How does SuiteBox solve the problem better?

Dunbar: SuiteBox is the only tool globally that combines all the tools to close business and get the job done. SuiteBox eliminates the need to juggle video tools, e-signature tools and emails. SuiteBox is also the only tool that delivers a permanently open MeetingSpace, that allows the participants to enter and leave the space at their convenience, share and transact documents, and only meet via video when needed.

Finovate: Tell us about your favorite implementation of SuiteBox.

Dunbar: SuiteBox has launched a highly integrated solution with Midwinter Financial Services’s AdviceOS adviser desktop in Australia. In this implementation, the Adviser has a seamless experience that allows:

  • the Adviser to schedule virtual meetings and launch SuiteBox from the AdviceOS desktop
  • the Adviser to white label SuiteBox to their own branded MeetingSpace
  • documents to be sourced from AdviceOS and saved directly back to the client record in AdviceOS
  • video records to be stored for future reference, and be easily accessible from the client record within AdviceOS.

Finovate: What in your background gave you the confidence to tackle this challenge?

Dunbar: SuiteBox’s founder and creative director is a world leader in data visualization and founder of several successful interactive media businesses including Terabyte Interactive, now recognized as the oldest multimedia company in the world.

Craig is expert at developing technology strategies to address opportunities. He pioneered the first online real-time 3D graphics for the America’s Cup as co-founder of Virtual Spectator. More recently, Craig established Futuretech that gave rise to One Room, the World’s leading funeral-streaming service.


Finovate: What are some upcoming initiatives from your company that we can look forward to over the next few months?

Dunbar: We will be integrating with a number of CRM systems, Advice Platforms and Wealth Platforms globally.

We will also be releasing enhancements to the secure MeetingSpace, that will allow participants to utilize the space completely autonomously of being in a meeting. Such as allowing a party to drop off a document, leave a video or chat message, and manage business at any time convenient to them.

Finovate: Where do you see your company a year or two from now?

Dunbar: SuiteBox has recently expanded into the South African market, opening an office in Johannesburg. Throughout 2016, we will expand into the United Kingdom, Europe and North America.

Check out the demo video from SuiteBox from FinovateEurope 2016.

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  • “Finovate Debuts: VoicePIN Offers an Easy Biometric Login Solution”
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  • Avalara teams up with WooCommerce to help online merchants manage sales taxes.

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  • The United Bank of Egypt upgrades to latest Misys core banking solutions as part of major modernization of retail, SME, and corporate businesses.
  • Top Image Systems launches next generation, automated accounts payable solution, eFLOW AP.
  • Zopa’s new lender products are live.
  • Golden West CU processes 15 new applications for insurance products in first 30 days of deploying Larky.
  • Coinbase introduces stop orders on Coinbase exchange.

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.

SuiteBox Wins Mobile Category of KPMG Fintech Innovation Challenge


Less than a month away from its Finovate debut, SuiteBox earned top honors in the mobile category of the KPMG Fintech Innovation Challenge.

The New Zealand-based company’s technology enables users to hold, manage, and record meetings online as well as share, analyze, and sign documents with any web connection via a virtual office environment.


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“This success is a ringing endorsement of the opportunity for truly mobile virtual meetings between professionals and their clients across many industries,” SuiteBox CEO Richard Mannell said. “SuiteBox is excited to be at the forefront of delivering mobile office solutions globally.”

Organized by fellow Finovate alum Matchi, the KPMG Fintech Innovation Challenge is designed to encourage collaboration between fintech startups and FIs. Through the Challenge, six companies are selected by a panel of judges, and matched up with financial organizations to develop their technologies. On 10/11 February, the six companies will participate in the KPMG FinTech Innovation Summit in London along with a number of FIs including:

  • AIB (Ireland)
  • Bank Hapoalim (Israel)
  • Caixa Bank (Spain)
  • Liberty Group (South Africa)
  • Nationwide (United Kingdom)
  • Rabobank (Netherlands)
  • Standard Bank (South Africa)
  • Westpac (Australia)

Founded in 2013 and headquartered in Newmarket, Auckland, SuiteBox has more than 200 companies currently using its technology. This includes financial planners like Midwinter Financial Services, which announced in November that it would integrate SuiteBox, and independent financial advisory firm Canopy Private, “a major adopter of virtual advice solutions.”

Currently expanding in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and United Kingdom, SuiteBox will demonstrate its technology at FinovateEurope 2016 in London in February.

FinovateEurope Sneak Peek: SuiteBox


FEU2016_logo_withdateA look at the companies demoing live to 1,500 fintech professionals. Get tickets this week for early bird savings.

SuiteBox is a unified, cloud-based collaboration service that brings together video, voice, electronic signing, screen sharing, and selective recording to any device, anytime, anywhere.


  • Fully white-labelled virtual meeting room which is always ‘open’
  • Combines the power of video with electronic signing and recording
  • Integrates with your own CRM using open APIs, or use standalone

Why it’s great
Meet and complete virtual meetings and transactions using the power of the SuiteBox meeting room. The ‘suite’ of virtual collaboration tools enables you to complete business online, anytime.


SuiteBox_Ian_DunbarIan Dunbar, Country Manager, Australia

Dunbar is the country head of SuiteBox for Australia. In addition, he is the founder of Afiniation, an Australasian network of fintech innovators. Dunbar is a former executive of UBS Australia.


SuiteBox_RichardMannellRichard Mannell, CEO, Founder

Mannell is an experienced founder, investor, and CEO in financial markets and global wine trading. He is the former managing director, and board member, of ICAP in London. Mannell is also the founder/director of Bordeaux Index, a leading fine wine broker.

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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.