Finovate Global: Fintech News from Around the World

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.

Central and Eastern Europe

  • Central Banking’s FinTech & RegTech Global Awards names the Bank of Lithuania as the winner of its Catalyst Award.
  • Halyk Bank Georgia implements new omnichannel system from Asseco geared toward retail clients.
  • Global Finance sits down for a conversation with Tinkoff Bank VP Maxim Evdokimov.
  • Sberbank partners with 500 Startups to launch Russian fintech accelerator.

Middle East and Northern Africa

  • Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) introduces funding rules for private financing platforms (PFPs).
  • Bank Al-Tamweel Wa Al-Inma (BTI Bank) in Morocco to deploy Path Solutions’ iMAL core banking system.
  • IT Web Africa looks at the technological and operational challenges of banking for the underbanked in North Africa.

Central and South Asia

  • Indian digital lending startup Kissht closes $30 million Series C.
  • Fintech Valley Vizag of India partners with Bizofit to launch $1 million startup challenge.
  • India Post Payments Bank to deploy payments technology from Financial Software and Systems.

Latin America and the Caribbean

  • PayPal’s Xoom partners with OXXO to add more than 17,000 new cash pickup locations in Mexico.
  • Argentina’s digital bank Wilobank picks Spanish technology provider Indra as implementation partner.
  • Forbes profiles Brazilian fintech Neon.

Asia-Pacific

  • UnionPay introduces cross-border mobile payments service in Hong Kong, Macau.
  • Thailand’s Bank of Ayudhya chooses NICE Actimize to transform its AML compliance capabilities.
  • Blockchain patent activity picks up in China.

Sub-Saharan Africa

  • South African payments startup Yoco picks up $16 million in funding.
  • Nigeria’s Paga raises $10 million in round led by Global Investment Fund (GIF).
  • Development finance company Financial Sector Deepening Africa estimates fintech’s contribution to Africa’s GDP at $150 billion by 2022.

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Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Fiserv Helps Bring Voice Banking to the Aloha State.

Around the web

  • PromonTech to unveil its new income engine, Income AI, next week.
  • PayPal introduces cashflow boosting solution for small businesses, Funds Now.
  • The Paypers interviews Ronnie Millar, PaySend’s Europe CEO.
  • Hedge fund manager John Hempton tells The Australian Financial Review that Xero could become a $100 billion business.
  • Insuritas teams up with 42,000+ member Enrichment Federal Credit Union.
  • Global Finance sits down for a conversation with Tinkoff Bank VP Maxim Evdokimov.

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

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  • Starling, Anorak Merge Insurtech with Mobile-Only Banking.

Around the web

  • Fiserv to power Philippine Veterans Bank’s digital transformation.
  • Token.io announced using public bank APIs to conduct end-to-end payments for U.K. banking group, CMA9, the first PISP to do so.
  • Housing Wire profiles Mortgage Cadence‘s LOS, Borrower Center.
  • Thomson Reuters launches new targeted reporting solution, RTS 27, for newly-registered MiFID II Systematic Internalisers.
  • NICE provides its Desktop Automation solution to Latin American CRM and BPO solution provider, Liq.
  • Tinkoff Bank enables movie ticket booking on the iOS version of its mobile app.
  • NCR releases managed services bundle for Community Financial Institutions (CFIs) to NCR channel partners.
  • WePay appoints Jennifer Parker as Chief Revenue Officer.
  • Neustar and Thunder join forces to deliver better customer experiences.
  • BanQu launches partnership with Anheuser-Busch InBev to revolutionize supply chain transparency in Zambia.

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

  • Onfido Helps TransferGo Onboard New Users Faster.
  • Hydrogen Unveils FINDI Consortium to Boost Support for Public Blockchains.
  • Ondot Brings Card Control Technology to PSCU.

Around the web

  • AI Foundry teams up with ECM software provider MTS Software Solutions.
  • Joint solution between Jscrambler and Intertrust to provide protection for mobile and JavaScript apps.
  • Home Bank implements Loan Fulfillment Center (LFC) from Mortgage Cadence.
  • Tinkoff Bank begins offering loans to SMEs.
  • AlphaPoint hires Srikant Manda as Chief Information Security Officer.

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 Global: Fintech News from Around the World

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.

Central and Eastern Europe

  • Revolut announces recruitment initiative in Kraków, Poland to hire 100 new workers in a single day employment in its offices in Eastern Europe.
  • Forbes features Tinkoff Bank in look at Russia’s efforts to develop its digital economy.
  • Polish financial group Aforti Holdings to launch non-bank lender for SMEs and startups in Romania.

Asia

  • Banks in South Korea to introduce blockchain based identity verification for mobile and online logins. The technology is reportedly built on a private blockchain system developed by Samsung SDS.
  • Daon Partners with Tradelink to Bring Biometrics to Dah Sing Bank.
  • Bank of Thailand is developing and testing blockchain apps in its regulatory sandbox.

Middle East and Northern Africa

  • Financial technology services firm, One Global, discusses plans for expansion into Egyptian market.
  • ADGM Reglab reports record number of fintech applications for its third cohort.
  • Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange turns to Equifax for advice on development of new technologies to improve operational efficiency.

Africa

  • TransferTo, Orange Money Botswana, and EcoCash partner to support digital money transfers between Zimbabwe and Botswana.
  • IMF review of South Africa suggests “increased focus on the role fintech …” could access to credit for SMEs and promotion broader financial inclusion.
  • Nigerian startup, Piggybank.ng, raises $1.1 million to further develop its online savings platform.

Latin America

  • Diario Financiero interviews Ángel Sierra, executive director of La Asociación Fintech Chile, on digital innovation (video in Spanish).
  • TransferWise initiates service in Argentina.
  • PayU goes live in Colombia with its PayU te fía (PayU You Trust) solution that enables borrowers to extend repayment terms (in Spanish).

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Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Mitek Acquires A2iA for $49.7 Million.
  • WeInvest Raises $12.3 Million for its WealthTech Platform.
  • Finovate Alums Take Top Honors at FinTech Breakthrough Awards.
  • PaySend Adds KYC and Risk Management Technology from 4Stop..

Around the web

  • Deutsche Bank Luxembourg to deploy Avaloq Banking Suite.
  • Temenos unveils new digital onboarding and origination platform, Temenos Origination.
  • Revolut announces support for XRP and Bitcoin Cash.
  • Moneyhub integrates with Intelliflo to enable real-time, two-way sharing between financial advisors and clients.
  • Klarna acquires e-commerce shopping cart, Shop.co.
  • Sberbank to test ICO technology issued by Level One.
  • Tinkoff Bank to launch a new Development Hub in Sochi.
  • ID.me teams with LinkedIn to provide one year of LinkedIn Premium for free to U.S. service members and veterans.

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

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  • Quantopian Partners with FactSet to Launch Quantopian Enterprise.

Around the web

  • Dwolla partners with Cryptanite Blockchain Technologies to enable the firm’s ChargaCard payment app to process online payments.
  • The Paypers interviews Maxim Yevdokimov, Head of Mobile and Digital Strategy at Tinkoff Bank Maxim.
  • Fortytwo Data appoints machine learning expert Luca Primerano as Chief AI Officer.
  • Radius partners with Leadspace to deliver a go-to-market platform with data, artificial intelligence and integrations at its core.
  • NCR names Michael Hayford Chief Executive Officer, Frank Martire Executive Chairman, and Bill Nuti Chairman Emeritus.
  • BBVA issues loan using the blockchain.
  • ACH Alert launches PRO-TECH RT and PRO-TECH CR.

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

  • Cardlytics Becomes the First Fintech to Go Public in 2018.

Around the web

  • The Banker’s Tech Talk interviews FinanceIT CEO Michael Garrity.
  • Tinkoff Bank launches development hub.
  • Icon Solutions announces strategic GDPR partnership with Digital Control Room.
  • Larky expands partnership with Sharetec.
  • Zebpay adds support for Ripple’s XRP.
  • Pindrop helping PSCU block $1 million in fraud in one month.

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

  • Tuition.io to Power Student Loan Repayment Benefit for Estée Lauder Employees.
  • Check out sneak peeks from next month’s FinovateEurope presenting companies:
  • Meniga to Support Digital Transformation for French Banking Group, BPCE. See Meniga at FinovateEurope 2018 in March.
  • Handle Financial’s Prism Mobile App Reaches $1 Billion in Bills Paid.
  • Finect Raises Capital as BME Takes Minority Stake.

Around the web

  • Actiance forges partnership with Relativity to bring seamless data delivery to eDiscovery platform.
  • Neustar unveils multi-factor authentication risk assessment tool to help enterprises mitigate fraud risk.
  • Tinkoff Bank and AHML to launch joint venture to offer mortgage loans via new electronic platform.
  • Y Combinator interviews Jake Rosenberg, cofounder and CTO of LendUp.
  • VentureBeat highlights OurCrowd, which has raised $650 million for 145 startups and plans to top $1 billion in 2018.

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.

Tinkoff Brings Stories to Mobile Banking

It is a truism that consumers increasingly expect all of their digital interactions to have the same top quality user experience they have come to expect from the likes of Uber, Amazon, and Netflix. So it is little surprise to see Russian fintech innovator, Tinkoff Bank take a page from the world of social media to make it easier to educate and market to its customers.

Tinkoff Stories provides “fascinating themed collections and practical tips for any occasion,” according to the company. Similar to the Stories feature on Instagram and Snapchat, Tinkoff’s solution gives the bank yet another way to reach not just the one million people who regularly use the company’s mobile app, but also the company’s entire six million customer base. Tinkoff Stories is one of the major upgrades to the company’s mobile app, which is available for download at the iTunes App Store. Tinkoff also added an Invite Your Friend section, enabling users to recommend the app to friends and earn bonuses.

“Stories is a great way for us to bring a range of content to our users,” VP of Mobile for Tinkoff Bank Maxim Yevdokimov explained, “both to make them aware of new products as we introduce them and functionality of the app that they might not be aware of, and to provide informative content from currency rates to tips on managing their personal finances.”

The news of Stories comes as Tinkoff launches its mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), Tinkoff Mobile. The MVNO will give customers more options when it selecting a mobile plan and will be initially rolled out in the greater Moscow, St. Petersburg regions before expanding to other cities in Russia. “We have strived to create the most convenient, straight-forward and simple-to-use product, and we are offering our customers only the most in-demand services,” Tinkoff Mobile CEO George Chesakov said. “We believe this is precisely what mobile was meant to be.”

Tinkoff demonstrated its Click-to-Meet solution at FinovateFall 2013. Click-to-Meet enables bank customers to apply for credit or debit cards online or by phone and have signable documents and the card delivered to the customer the next day by smart courier at their place of choice. The company was founded in 2006 by entrepreneur Oleg Tinkov. who earned the support of investors including Goldman Sachs, Vostok Nafta, Baring Vostok, and Horizon Capital.

Named Russia’s 2017 “Bank of the Year” by the Banker in November, Tinkoff introduced facial recognition ATMs in August – the same month the company’s mobile app earned top honors in four categories from Markswebb Rank & Report.