FinovateEurope Sneak Peek: TESOBE

FinovateEurope Sneak Peek: TESOBE

A look at the companies demoing live at FinovateEurope on the 6 through 9 of March 2018 in London. Pick up your tickets today and save your spot.

TESOBE’s Open Bank Project is the leading open source API solution for banks.


  • Comply with Open Banking and PSD2 regulation and go beyond
  • Leverage a large Open Banking catalogue of APIs
  • Reach over 8,000 fintech developers worldwide


Simon Redfern, CEO
Founder of the Open Bank Project, Redfern is a hacker at heart, always keen to explore emerging technologies. He is also a composer and enjoy creative collaborations and is based in Berlin, but from London.

Ismail Chaib, COO
Chaib is a recognised Open Banking practitioner with more than 5 years of experience in the domain. As COO of TESOBE, he is in charge of sales, business development and marketing. Previously, Chaib was founder of SMSBridge. He is based in Berlin and from Algiers.

TESOBE’s Open Bank Project Powering Santander’s First Hackathon

TESOBE’s Open Bank Project Powering Santander’s First Hackathon

Courtesy of help from TESOBE’s Open Bank Project, Santander is hosting its first hackathon this spring. The bank will leverage the Open Bank Project’s white-labeled sandbox technology and expertise to host the competition, themed Building Banking Your Way.

Stephen Dury, Head of Customer and Innovation at Santander​, said, “​By launching a hackathon, we hope to see the future of open banking come to life through participants fresh ideas, creative new use cases and industry-changing solutions.”

Using a sandbox of emulated data, the hackathon aims to find innovative solutions to business challenges and tackle issues ranging from customer interaction, security, homeownership, and money management. Prizes will be awarded to participants who create submissions that “surprise, delight, and engage with users in a way that has never been done before” and the winning team will receive $14,000 (£10,000).

Santander’s upcoming hackathon will take place from 16 through 18th March in Shoreditch.

Simon Redfern, CEO of TESOBE / Open Bank Project, ​said that this hackathon comes at a particularly exciting time given the EU’s new open banking regulations. “A hackathon is a great way of gathering and focusing fresh perspectives and we’re excited to meet and support the up-and-coming innovators who have the vision, passion, and capability to rapidly deliver compelling fintech apps and services using Open Banking APIs,” Redfern added.

The Open Bank Project has partnered with a number of global banks, including Societe Generale and The Royal Bank of Scotland, to help them organize and execute successful hackathons. With new PSD2 guidelines in place, banks may be more likely to open themselves to new opportunities and feel more pressure to create and adopt new, innovative services.

Headquartered in Germany, the Open Bank Project was founded in 2005. At FinovateSpring 2013, Redfern demonstrated a fun application of open banking– the world’s first singing bank. The point of the demo was not the singing bank itself, but rather was intended to showcase the ease of use of the Open Banking Project’s API. At FinovateEurope this March, TESOBE’s Open Bank Project will demo its newest technology from stage (register).

Finovate Alumni News


  • Wealthfront Launches Homeownership Planning Tool.
  • Kabbage to Serve Larger Businesses by Expanding Line of Credit to $250k.
  • BlueVine Boosts Invoice Factoring Credit Line to $5 Million.
  • TESOBE’s Open Bank Project Powering Santander’s First Hackathon. Come see TESOBE’s Open Bank Project at FinovateEurope in March.

Around the web

  • Playtech integrates Featurespace’s real-time gameplay fraud detection into IMS.
  • ATB Financial joins SecureKey Concierge Authentication Service.
  • Blackhawk Network partners with Casey’s General Stores to enable ‘cash customers’ with Amazon Cash.
  • TIBCO and Singapore Polytechnic collaborate to address skills shortage for SMEs.
  • Finabank selects Temenos for end-to-end technology.
  • Finastra acquires FX e-trading platform, Olfa Soft SA.
  • 4finance Group to deploy AML and KYC compliance solutions from FICO.
  • Best of Show winner hires former Twitter executive Stephen Morse as new head of global strategic accounts.
  • Nissan Motor Acceptance Corporation (NMAC) joins AutoGravity 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


  • Enabled by AI, Self-Service Is the Future of Banking

Around the web

  • eWise offers free access to Categorization-as-a-Service (CaaS) API.
  • Mastercard to introduce contactless payments in Myanmar courtesy of partnership with Co-Operative Limited Bank (CB Bank).
  • Michigan-based Marshall Community Credit Union hires Insuritas.
  • Tesobe announcing APIDays Berlin on 7 & 8 November
  • Pascal Gauthier nominated President of cryptocurrency & blockchain security company Ledger
  • Hyundai Capital America joins the AutoGravity car shopping and financing platform
  • Coinbase announces Ethereum & Litecoin vaults
  • Pirean’s Access: One wins Cloud Security Product of the Year at the 2017 Computing Cloud Excellence Awards.

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


  • Microblink’s Photopay Expands to New European Markets.

Around the web

  • Daon and Experian talk about fighting fraud with biometric technology on CNBC’s Squawk Box.
  • Let’s Talk Payments interviews Yodlee’s Terry McKeown on managing credit risk.
  • Banking Exchange profiles alternative lender, PayActiv.
  • The Silicon Review features Vantiv Head of Product for Integrated Payments, Moin Moinuddin.
  • FintekNews sits down with Unison Co-CEOs Thomas Sponholtz and Jim Riccitelli to discuss shared real estate investing.
  • Tesobe organizes cross-industry payments hackathon in Australia – Aug 11 thru 13th.
  • CRN names Veridium on its list of 2017 Emerging Vendors.
  • Total and Worldline Partner with Africa-based InTouch to help deploy Guichet Unique, a digital solution for retail networks.

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


  • “Lighter Capital closes $9 Million Series B Funding Round, Raises $100 Million to Lend to Tech Startups”
  • “Dwolla Helps Seamless Deploy its Mobile Wallet in the United States”

Around the web

  • PYMNTS records 2015 payment-trend insights from multiple Finovate and FinDEVr alums.
  • Arroweye featured in Credit Union Journal.
  • Kantox brings free and automatic SWIFT messages to its clients.
  • Dealstruck and Lendio release eBook.
  • The Growing Business Awards names Zopa the Growing Business of the Year in the small business category.
  • American Banker highlights how Tesobe’s Open Bank Project is working toward an API-based banking model.
  • Markit and CLS unveil new streamlined process for cross-currency-swaps settlement.
  • Let’s Talk Payments looks at Klarna and its unconventional approach to authentication.
  • FIS closes SunGard acquisition.
  • BioCatch adds Gadi Maier and Howard Edelstein to its board of directors.
  • Comarch implements Field Service Management solution for receivables management specialist, the KRUK Group.

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– February 28, 2013

  • Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgMasterCard to deploy Mobile PayPass technology in Brazil, the company’s first NFC payment project in Latin America. 
  • Social Commerce Today takes a look at Azimo and the multi-billion dollar remittance market. 
  • Woopra, the customer analytics blog, profiles BillFloat
  • BBVA Compass picks Keynote’s DeviceAnywhere platform for mobile app testing. 
  • Kashoo announces “flash sale” for its iPad accounting app. 
  • Mobile Payments Today highlights the Pay Anyone app from Pageonce
  • Comarch invests PLN 1 million in a bid to strengthen its customer support services.
  • Wired magazine features Acuity Systems’ Harlan Hutson talking about authentication and moving beyond the digital wallet.
  • Efigence-implemented Alior Currency Exchange wins best innovation of the year award for 2012 from Polish Academy of Sciences and editors of Business Forum magazine.
  • BBVA named Model Bank of the Year by Celent.
  • ShopKeep POS wins Stevie Award for Best customer service.
  • Fortune 100 company chooses Taulia to provide extensive invoicing capabilities.
  • PaySimple launches starter promotional pricing to help newer companies grow and manage their businesses.
  • TESOBE’s Open Bank Project organizes FinTech hackathon in London on the 19th of March at Level39.
  • Doxo introduces provider online bill pay and view.
  • PayPal expands relationship with Coinstar to add coins or dollars into or withdraw money from their PayPal accounts.
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.

FinovateEurope 2013 in the Press

Here’s a look at some of the press coverage we received from FinovateEurope last week:

Money-Transfer Service Azimo Integrates with Facebook
By David Cohen
American Banker


Cardlytics Brings Offers, Rewards to Bank Customers on Facebook
by Mary Wisniewski
True Office, Thomson Reuters Partner to Offer Gamified Compliance Apps
by Mary Wisniewski

Backbase blog
Backbase Unveils Amazon-like Digital Marketing Module at FinovateEurope 2013
by Prue Duggan

Bank Marketing Strategy
Moven From Mobile Banking to Mobile Money
by Jim Marous
mBank idzie za ciosem i pokazuje kolejne nowości
by Michał Kisiel 
Nowy mBank zapowiada mOkazje i przelewy wysyłane jak wiadomości

Banking Technology
Finovate Europe sees arrival of the Old Guard
by David Bannister
Temenos debuts LiveDesigner at Finovate Europe
by David Bannister

Finovate Europe 2013: Bank to the Future
by Auke Douwe

Berliner Morgenpost
SumUp will traditionelle Kassen abschaffen
by Jürgen Stüber

Computer World
Gamification trend could save banks from huge compliance fines
by Matthew Finnegan

Credit Union Times
Mobile Banking by Voice Next Up? Print Preview 
by Robert McGarvey

Finantix takes mobile banking to the next level
Fresh from a $30m funding round, Kabbage looks beyond the US to launch its loans platform for UK SMEs
by Paul Sawers
SumUp demos its latest mobile-payments tech for Europe: Order a coffee simply by saying your name
by Paul Sawers
El Economista
BBVA participa en FinovateEurope entre ´startups´ europeas
El País blog
Móvil y banca en España
by Álvaro Martín Enríquez
Financial Times
Eye-opening options
by Peter Williams
Money app aimed at Facebook users
by Duncan Robinson
Triumph of technology
by Peter WIlliams
Moven gears up for launch
Temenos unveils LiveDesigner tool for Web application development
The Currency Cloud API integrated into Salesforce and Sage 50
Forrester blog
Finovate Europe 2013: Bank to the Future
by Auke Douwe Veenstra
Finovate Europe 2013: Digital Financial Innovation
by Benjamin Ensor
The Currency Cloud’s unique cross-border-payments-a-service capability available for leading enterprise software 
GoMo News
UK startup debuts mobile money app for Facebook
by Dave Evans
ICT journal
Huit innovations financières primées à Finnovate
by Hélène Lelièvre
Temenos étend sa gamme de solutions pour l’expérience utilisateur
by Bastien Brodard
Intelligent HQ
#Finovate NOW a new generation of Social Bankers
by Hayden Richards
FinTech News: #Finovate, #Gamification trends
by Hayden Richards
International Business Times
Sharing Money On Facebook Just Got Easier: Should Banks And PayPal Be Worried?
by Christopher Zara
Mapa Research
Finovate Day One Round Up
by Paul Merry
Finovate Day Two
by Joshua Grant
Money Marketing
Ian McKenna: New tech will drive down costs
by Ian McKenna
Moven gives sneak peek of new mobile banking app
by Hamish McKenzie
Payments Journal
Kabbage Extends Its Small Business Funding Model To the UK
Payments Source
Cardlytics Searches for Issuer Adoption on Facebook
by John Adams
PR Web
Meniga Awarded its Second “Best of Show” Trophy at Finovate
Programmable Web
Integrate Cross-border, International Payments Processing with Currency Cloud’s XBPConnect API
by Eric Carter
Puls Biznesu blog
Taki będzie Nowy mBank
RFP Connect
SAGE SA To Introduce BlackSwan Financial Platform at FinovateEurope 2013
Shiny, Shiny
Azimo lets you transfer money to your Facebook friends
By beccacaddy
Ezbob to expand to the US
By Chris Dawson
Kabbage announces UK launch at Finovate EU
by Chris Dawson
Kabbage Brings Data-Focused Online Merchant Lending To The UK
by Leena Rao
Social Money Transfer Service Azimo Adds Facebook Integration To Squeeze Western Union
by Steve O’Hear
Now you can use Facebook for international currency transfers
By Justin Harper
The Next Web
Cardlytics’ transaction-linked ads for bank statements to get Facebook integration, as EU launch nears
by Paul Sawers
Open Bank Project aims to bring financial transparency to organizations with an API and Web 2.0
by Paul Sawers
P2P FX platform CurrencyFair announces $500m of transactions so far,
and vies fo $1bn in 2013 alone
By Paul Sawers
SumUp demos its latest mobile-payments tech for Europe: Order a coffee simply by saying your name
by Paul Sawers
BBVA triunfa con Stockbuzz, una app que analiza el IBEX35 en Twitter
by Miriam Castellanos
Azimo claims first with Facebook funds transfer service
By Travolution
Kabbage brings its quick fix loans to UK merchants
by Christina Farr
Thanks to everyone who came and helped make this year’s FinovateEurope the biggest yet.
We will continue to add to this list throughout the next few weeks as new coverage is published. If we are missing press coverage or if you would like to add to the list, please contact with the link.

TESOBE’s Open Bank Project API Encourages Innovation and Transparency


This post is a part of our live coverage of FinovateEurope 2013.

Second up, TESOBE took the stage with its Open Bank Project (OBP) API:
“The world’s first Singing Bank! ( demonstrates three principles of the OBP API:
1) It encourages innovation (niche markets, interfaces, languages. etc.)
2) It supports public views on transaction data whilst preserving sensitive information
3) It results in lower barriers to entry, better security and lower cost
The OBP Transparency/Social Finance application is for organisations that want to practice wider transparency and/or generate a real time dialogue around their finances.
The OBP App Store allows vendors to showcase and consumers to find and rank apps.
The OBP Virtual Machine allows CTO’s to easily evaluate our technology.”
Product Launch: May 2012
HQ: Berlin, Germany
Founded: 2005
Twitter: @tesobe
Presenting Simon Redfern (CEO & Founder) and Ismail Chaib (Project Manager)