Tink Pulls in $10 Million to Launch Virtual Bank

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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.”

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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 Alums Populate the FinTech50

Looking for the most innovative startups in fintech? The FinTech50 is a great place to start.

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It also turns out to be a great place to find Finovate alums. Of the 50 companies recognized by FinTechCity’s panels of judges as being “game-changers transforming the future of finance,” nearly half are alumni of Finovate conferences – including our upcoming event in London.
Here is the list of alums in alphabetical order:
According to Chris Skinner, who was one of the panelists, more than 700 companies competed for spots in the FinTech50. The selection panel included veterans of finance and technology from companies ranging from American Express and Google to Silicon Valley Bank and UBS. The FinTech50 winners were announced at an invitation-only event in London.
Speaking of London, Five Degrees, InvoiceSharing, Ixaris, mBank, and Trunomi will be in town next month, demonstrating their latest solutions at FinovateEurope 2015, February 10 and 11. More information on the event available here.

Tink Raises $4 Million in Series A Round

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In a round led by Sunstone Capital, Swedish personal finance management innovator Tink raised $4 million in new funding. 

The capital will help fuel the company’s expansion internationally, as well as help grow the team and continue product development.

Also participating in the round was entrepreneur Sven Hagströmer, along with additional existing investors. The investment brings the company’s total capital to $4.8 million.

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The investment also brings Christian Lindegård Jepsen, Sunstone Capital general partner and co-founder, to Tink’s board of directors, Jepsen specifically referenced the “beautiful UI” of Tink’s PFM app, as well as the degree of automation, which he said would help speed adoption.
Tink CEO and founder Daniel Kjellén echoed this point, saying “the fact that Tink is fully automated and everything is presented in a feed format makes it useful even if you only have two minutes to spare.”
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Tink has more than 200,000 users, with the average “Tinker” being a 23 year old female who uses the app two to three times a week, according to the company. The app is available for both iOS and Android.
Based in Stockholm, Sweden, Tink demoed its technology at FinovateEurope 2014 in London, where it won Best of Show. See the company in action here.

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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: Behind the Scenes with NF Innova, Tink, and Vaamo

In another behind-the-scenes view of FinovateEurope 2014, we take a closer look at NF Innova, Tink, and Vaamo.

If you missed the previous two behind-the-scenes features, be sure to check out:



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What they do
NF Innova helps banks provide a tailored banking experience for their customers. This Personal Experience Module replaces a company’s static CRM system with an adaptive solution. It responds to individual users’ needs without the need for administrative input. 
By monitoring user behavior on digital touch points, it automatically provides the functionalities that appeal most to each user. The result is a solution that provides a single location for the end user to address all of their financial needs.
Stats
  • $1.5 million in revenue in 2013
  • 1 million users in its iBanking suite
  • 42 employees
  • 15 years experience working with banks
The experience
Customers are greeted with a login screen that speaks especially to them. In this example, the customer is greeted with a clean login screen that targets them with a home mortgage.
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After logging in, the user sees a financial “command center” where they can view multiple accounts and have access to P2P payment options, alerts, account balance and feed of transactions over time, and more.
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In this view, the My Cards section on the right is expanded to detail the customers’ balance across their credit card accounts.
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NF Innova’s solution works for both larger and smaller financial institutions. It is working with one of the largest financial institutions in Russia but is mostly focused on the European market. However, it plans to expand to both North and South America later this year.


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What they do
Tink is a direct-to-consumer mobile app seeking to reinvent PFM to make managing finances more enjoyable and digestible for ordinary people. Its average user is a 25-year-old female, and in order to appeal to this demographic, Tink makes looking at finances as easy and beautiful and checking your Instagram feed.

The Sweden-based company does its own aggregation, ensuring that all of users’ transactions are accurately represented. This is crucial because, as Tink notes, it is rare for users to manually input or change details about their transactions. Therefore, if the aggregation isn’t done correctly the first time, the user’s view of their finances will never be accurate.

Stats
  • 150,000 users 
  • 10 employees
  • Average user logs in 3 times per week
The experience
The middle phone below depicts the user’s financial feed, which has a similar feel to Facebook’s activity feed. Its purpose is to inform the consumer of their spending while not making them feel guilty about it. By viewing spending habits as something positive, Tink encourages users to log in more frequently.
 
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In addition to the general activity feed, Tink also shows the user a close up view of their spending. The phone in the middle depicts spending across simplified categories, and the one on the right is a magnification of what the user spent on a specific category, Food & Drinks.
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Tink is live in Sweden on iOS and Android. It plans to launch in other markets in the future.

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What they do
Vaamo helps users achieve their personal financial goals by providing them a simple and easy-to-use platform that visually portrays their goals over time.
 It invests the user’s money in international equities, government and corporate loans and real estate. To optimize return on investment, Vaamo uses an investment approach that was developed in collaboration with the Goethe-University in Frankfurt.
If one of the funds changes unexpectedly, the user is prompted to log in and change their goal by either contributing more money or extending the time period.
Stats
  • 14 employees
  • More than €500K in capital raised
  • It is in final negotiations in contracting with a bank in Germany to h
    old customer account balances.
The experience
The screenshot below depicts a user’s view of their three goals. With a personalized picture as the background and the progress bar in the middle, it is easy to see each savings goal.
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The interface below illustrates the simplicity of setting up a goal. Instead of being burdened with selecting individual funds, the user needs only to select their risk class and how much they are willing to contribute initially.
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Users can withdraw funds from their goals at any time. When they opt to withdraw from their account, they are prompted to make a choice about how they want to make up the amount they took from their savings goal (see the red box in the screenshot below).
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Vaamo is a paid product that will target 25-45 year olds who earn a range of €3k to €10k per month.

Check out Vaamo’s live demo video from FinovateEurope here.


Stay tuned next week for another behind-the-curtain view of FinovateEurope 2014.