Finovate Alumni News


  • Tink Teams Up with BNP Paribas Fortis, Brings PFM, Aggregation, Payments to Belgium Bank’s Mobile App.

Around the web

  • TransferWise selects Wirecard to issue a debit card alongside its digital borderless account offering.
  • Vipera partners with Mastercard to launch new mobile payment service, SME Pay.
  • Thomson Reuters teams up with MarketPsych to introduce sentiment data feed for Bitcoin.
  • Azimo unveils new, improved money transfer service to China.

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


  • Coinbase Brings on Engineering Talent from Memo.AI.
  • ThreatMetrix Teams Up with GlobalOnePay.
  • Jumio Partners with Byteball to Bring KYC to ICO Issuers.

Around the web

  • YellowDog celebrates 3 years, shares how it went from 1 to 17 employees, from £0 to £2.8 million in funding, and 4 awards. YellowDog will demo at FinovateEurope in March.
  • Computer Weekly interviews Tink CEO Daniel Kjellén, one of our featured speakers at FinovateEurope in London.

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.

Tink Receives $16.5 Million in Funding, Announces Expansion, New Clients

Swedish-born PFM app Tink has landed $16.5 million today for its personal financial management app and packaged APIs. The funds come from SEB, Nordea, Nordnet, ABN Amro, Creades and Sunstone and brings the company’s total funding to $30.5 million.

“This latest funding will allow us to put great focus on the European market, scale our offer, and help banks to keep pace with the expectations of their customers,” said Daniel Kjellén, co-founder and CEO of Tink. “We see this need continuing to grow as customers exert their rights to access their financial information and take control of their money.”

In addition to expanding its pocketbook, the company has also broadened its horizons. Not only has Tink signed licensing agreements with Nordea, Nordnet, and Klarna, it also announced plans to further its European expansion. Today’s partnerships add to the company’s existing agreements with Sweden-based SEB and Dutch-based ABN Amro who teamed up with Tink last year. Through the partnerships, Nordea, Nordnet, and Klarna can integrate Tink’s aggregation, payment initiation technology, and PFM platform into their existing customer channels. Klarna, a bank focused on the online payment experience, demoed its flagship payment technology at FinovateSpring 2012.

Kjellén announced that the company will be live in 10 European countries at the beginning of 2018. He said that Tink’s technology “transforms the industry” by assisting banks to build a customer experience that helps clients understand their finances, make smarter choices, and “ultimately brings them financial happiness.” Kjellén continued, “We see today’s announcement as evidence of a new generation of bank and fintech partnerships. By working together, we are paving the way for a new era of banking in Europe – unlocking the market to create greater choice and a better deal for consumers.”

Tink is an active supporter of the European Union’s proposed PSD2 legislation and has campaigned for greater consumer access to their financial data. The company’s APIs enable banks to plug-and-play account aggregation, payment initiation, PFM, and product recommendation technology in a single platform.

Tink has 50 employees and was founded in 2012. The Tink app has more than 400,000 users in Sweden. This summer the company earned a place on CB Insights’ Fintech 250 list., Kjellén, along with the company’s Commercial Director Tashi Sylten, took home a Best of Show win for their demo of Tink at FinovateEurope 2017 in London. Three years earlier, at FinovateEurope 2014, the company won Best of Show for its debut of the Tink platform.

Finovate Alumni News


  • Tink Receives $16.5 Million in Funding, Announces Expansion, New Clients.
  • BLUERUSH Raises $1.3 Million in New Funding.

Around the web:

  • Blackhawk Network appoints Charles O. Garner as Chief Financial Officer.
  • Tavant enabling digital mortgage experience for
  • TechCrunch: TransferWise changes fees for GBP transfers, introduces complicated flat transaction fees.
  • announces a new service called Sequence, a cloud-based ledger service for managing balances in financial and commerce apps.
  • Fidor partners with Eight to jointly design the customer experience for Fidor’s  financial services marketplace.
  • Temenos and Abu Dhabi Global Market announce fintech collaboration.

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.

44 Alums Populate CB Insights’ Fintech 250 List

This week, CB Insights unveiled its Fintech 250 list. The research outfit selected 250 emerging, private companies in 17 sub-sectors of fintech that are changing the face of financial services. The roster includes 44 Finovate and FinDEVr alums that were selected using CB Insights’ data-driven process that analyzes company momentum, market participation, funds raised, and investor quality.

The list is in alphabetical order.









Credit Karma





Gusto (formerly ZenPayroll)










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Finovate Alumni News


  • BioCatch Teams Up with Nuance Communications.

Around the web

  • Worldcore Payment Institution teams up with BioID and presents face recognition authentication at FinovateEurope 2017.
  • Standard Chartered launches banking API portal.
  • Tink now helps banks empower their customers to take control over their finances by leveraging the Tink platform.
  • NetGuardians joins Swiss academic institute HEIG-VD to develop fraud-seeking AI tools.
  • BioCatch brings continuous online and mobile authentication to Nuance Communications’ Security Suite solution.
  • Wealth Wizards launches New mobile version of Pension Wizard.
  • Virtual Piggy launches beta test of its mobile payment platform for children under 17.
  • iSignthis enters agreement to provide KYC services to Calforex and GoInterpay.
  • The Beast Apps joins Symphony Software Foundation.

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 2017 Best of Show Winners Announced


After two days of live demonstrations of some of the most novel innovations in fintech, our FinovateEurope audience has made its voice heard as to which technologies represent the Best of Show.

This year’s award winners are a fascinating mix of Finovate veterans like Backbase, eToro, SaleMove, and Tink, all of whom have been honored with Best of Show trophies in the past, as well as newcomers like Dorsum and Memento, which accompanied their Finovate debuts with Best of Show awards of their own. And how fun is it to celebrate a company like CREALOGIX, a Finovate alum since 2011, that picked up its very first Best of Show honors this week?

A hearty congratulations to all seven of FinovateEurope 2017’s Best of Show winners – and to all of the companies that demonstrated their technologies at our London conference this year. From artificial intelligence and chatbots to technologies that make it easier for us to earn, save, and invest, yours are the innovations that remind us how valuable the relationship between finance and technology can be.

Backbase---Hi-ResBackbase for showing how artificial intelligence and PSD2 can turn a mobile app into a smart virtual assistant.

CREALOGIXCREALOGIX for its predictive banking in virtual reality technology that transcends complex interfaces to provide a user experience that accommodates emotion, creativity, and logic when it comes to making financial decisions.

Dorsum_logo_2016_cmykDorsum for its chatbot factory and botboarding platform that creates chatbots that combine human-like, natural language communication with traditional customer data collection and profiling.

eToro_Logo_VectoreToro for its worldwide social trading network of more than five million members that makes the trading and investing environment more social, more enjoyable, and more transparent.


Memento-LogoMemento for its Bank-to-Social Relationship platform and next generation mobile money app that helps banks deepen engagement with current customers and better attract and acquire new customers, as well.

SaleMoveSaleMove for its Engagement Platform that enables FIs and other companies to communicate with online visitors via chat and dual-cursor guided cobrowsing, as well as video and voice.

Tink_LogoTink for its independent, consumer PFM app that brings together aggregation, account information, and payment initiation services to provide a truly PSD2-compliant, virtual bank experience.

We had a great time this year at FinovateEurope and hope you enjoyed getting to know our presenting companies and the unique ways they leverage technology to solve problems. Thanks and gratitude to all of our sponsors, partners, presenters, and – of course – our attendees, for making this celebration of financial technology possible. We’ll see you next year!

Notes on methodology:
1. Only audience members NOT associated with demoing companies were eligible to vote. Finovate employees did not vote.
2. Attendees were encouraged to note their favorites during each day. At the end of the last demo, they chose their three favorites.
3. The exact written instructions given to attendees: “Please rate (the companies) on the basis of demo quality and potential impact of the innovation demoed.”
4. The six companies appearing on the highest percentage of submitted ballots were named “Best of Show.”
5. Go here for a list of previous Best of Show winners through 2014. Best of Show winners from our 2015 and 2016 conferences are below:
FinovateEurope 2015
FinovateSpring 2015
FinovateFall 2015
FinovateEurope 2016
FinovateSpring 2016
FinovateFall 2016
FinovateAsia 2016

H2 Ventures and KPMG Unveil 2016 Fintech 100


H2 Ventures and KPMG have released their Fintech 100 roster for 2016. Divided equally between 50 “industry leaders” and 50 “emerging stars,” the roster features 17 Finovate/FinDEVr alums in the first category, and 10 in the second. Calling its roster a “celebration” of the most compelling innovators in this “bold new space,” the H2 Ventures/KPMG 2016 Fintech 100 covers a variety of different shades of fintech:

  • Lending (32 companies)
  • Payments (18 companies)
  • Insurance (12 companies)
  • RegTech (9 companies)
  • Data & analytics (7 companies)
  • Wealth management (6 companies)
  • Blockchain (5 companies)
  • Digital currency (5 companies)
  • Capital markets (3 companies)
  • Crowdfunding (2 companies)
  • Accounting (1 company)

And here is a look at how Finovate/FinDEVr alums fared. Earning recognition among the companies in the Leading 50 group are:

Also noteworthy in the Leading 50 are Ant Financial, which acquired Best of Show-winning EyeVerify in September 2016, and Avant, which acquired Finovate alum ReadyForZero in the spring of 2015.

Additionally, Finovate/FinDEVr alums earning spots in the Fintech 100’s 50 Emerging Stars roster were:

The H2 Ventures/KPMG report includes a geographic breakdown of the 2016 Fintech 100, as well as a set of key takeaways such as increased geographic diversification, the return of lending, the continued ascent of Insurtech, and the appearance of RegTech. The report also notes that China now has four out of the top five companies in the report’s top 10, and eight companies in the top 50. The report says funding for fintech “continues to rise,” and its authors cite more than $14 billion in capital was raised by the Fintech 100 in the past year.

Tink Pulls in $10 Million to Launch Virtual Bank


The creators of Swedish PFM app Tink, Daniel Kjellén and Fredrik Hedberg (pictured below), have just closed on $10 million to launch a virtual bank. The Series B roundDaniel och Fredrik_Tink was led by Creades and SEB; ABN AMRO and Sunstone Capital also contributed. Combined with its Series A round in 2014, the company’s total funding is $14 million.

Tink will use the funds to expand internationally and launch a virtual bank, Tink 2.0. The virtual bank will allow users to transfer money, make payments, scan and approve bills, and manage their money across any account directly from within the Tink app. These new capabilities are made possible by Europe’s new Payment Service Directive (PSD2), approved in January, that opens Europe’s banking infrastructure by making their APIs available to third parties.

Fredrik Hedberg, founder and CTO of Tink, comments on the coming launch: “Ultimately, it’s about building a virtual bank, helping people with banking without being a bank. The consumer will not only get a better understanding, tips and advice on her finances, but also the ability to take action on it.” Founder and CEO Daniel Kjellén chimes says, “We think it should be easy to make smart financial decisions, and we want to contribute to a greater transparency in the industry, which will benefit both the consumer and the best banks. To get investors with such solid experience and the ability to develop partnerships with traditional banks is of course a huge asset for a company like Tink.”


Tink differentiates itself in the PFM space by collecting two years of historical account data across all of a user’s bank accounts and payment cards. The company uses hands-off spending categorization and simplifies the user’s view of their income and expenses. The app suggests budget options, sends alerts, and offers a feed of the user’s own personal finance highlights.

Since launching the app in Sweden at FinovateEurope 2014, Tink now boasts more than 300,000 users and is currently running beta tests in 10 different European markets to prepare for the international launch later this year.

Finovate Alumni News


  • “Tink Pulls in $10 Million to Launch Virtual Bank”
  • “TSYS to Leverage Featurespace’s Machine Learning Fraud Capabilities”
  • “Narrative Science Teams Up with Vermilion, Bringing Advanced NLG to Portfolio Commentary”
  • “New Investment for Personal Capital Takes Valuation to $500 Million”
  • “Zopa to Offer Auto Loan Refinancing”

Around the web

  • TIBCO introduces integration-software solution, Project Flogo and translytical database for big data, TIBCO Graph Database.
  • InFakt accounting system integrates with Valuto open API.
  • Micronotes launches downloadable trial version of Micronotes Cross-Sell Basic.
  • eToro appoints Robert Brown as new non-executive director in the U.K.
  • Socure expands coverage for global watchlist filtering and sanctions compliance.
  • Philippine-based credit union groups to build payments and banking platform based on technology from Temenos.
  • Robotic automation technology from NICE Systems helps prevent credit card fraud at Italian bank, Banca Popolare di Sondrio.
  • Finovate newcomer Student Loan Genius adds Honest Dollar co-founder Henry Yoshida as vice president of partnerships and product strategy.

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.

Tink to Test PFM App with 10,000 ABN AMRO Customers


Fresh off the announcement of the FinovateEurope 2016 lineup, we have big news from Swedish alum Tink which has partnered with ABN AMRO, a large Dutch bank widely considered digitally progressive.

As a part of the partnership, ABN AMRO has worked with Tink to launch Grip, a budgeting and expense-management app that aims to help users control their spending.

Starting today, a select 10,000 ABN AMRO customers will pilot the iOS app, offering feedback on how developers can tweak the platform. If the pilot is successful, Grip will be released to the bank’s 4.5 million customers.

Tink’s direct-to-consumer PFM app launched in 2012 and boasts 300,000 iOS and Android users in the Swedish market.

The company was listed in the Fintech 50 earlier this year and won Best of Show for its demo at FinovateEurope 2014. Check out its award-winning presentation.

Finovate Alumni News


  • “Tink to Test PFM App with 10,000 ABN AMRO Customers”
  • “Bizfi Closes on $65 Million in Debt Financing”
  • “Nous Closes In On £350,000 Fundraising Goal” [Update: Nous Exceeds Original Goal, Raises $750,000].

Around the web

  • “TIS Closes 550,000 Euro Deal with Leading German Health Insurance Provider”
  • Trustly partners with payment solution iDEAL in the Netherlands.
  • TechCrunch looks at OnDeck and the future of alt-lending.
  • USA Today features how Simple is a different type of bank.
  • TechCrunch considers how TransferWise is a better way to send remittances.

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.