Finovate, FinDEVr Alums Among Winners of 2016 Fintech Innovation Awards

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Of the 15 first place prizes awarded this month in the 2016 Fintech Innovation Awards, five went to Finovate/FinDEVr alums.

“This award is recognition of the strength of our idea for peer-to-peer lending and the growth we have seen since then as the idea has moved mainstream,” Giles Andrews said. “Of course, credit should go much more to the team who helped build Zopa’s scale, particularly Jaidev who took the reins last year and led the company to record levels of growth.”

“FinTech continues to be at the forefront of innovation, and that requires equally innovative RegTech solutions for risk management, security, and fraud,” Zac Cohen, Trulioo general manager, said. “Our Compliance-as-a-Service technology addresses that need, enabling pioneering technologies to grow their businesses and protect their users on a global scale.”

“In a shifting U.K. market, our range of price-optimization products are helping banks to better understand their customers’ behaviors and sensitivities through advanced analytics and analysis,” Damian Young, managing director, EMEA at Nomis Solutions, said, “This brings banks significant competitive and market advantage that will help them grow smartly and responsibly in any economic environment.”

“It’s brilliant to be recognized by the industry for our work in creating an award-winning money-transfer service, but the best prize of all is our ever-growing number of happy customers,” Azimo founder and CEO Michael Kent said. “They’re all part of the Azimo story – sending money home to support loved ones for all kinds of reasons.”

Also earning recognition at the event was EquityZen. The company, which will make its Finovate debut next month at FinovateSpring 2016 in San Jose, won the Innovation in Wealth, Asset, and Investment Management category.

Hosted by Julia Streets, CEO and founder of Streets Consulting, the 2016 FinTech Innovation Awards winners were chosen by a group of leading fintech specialists chaired by Dan Cobley, managing partner at Blenheim Chalcot. Taking home top honors in the remaining 11 categories were:

  • Innovation of the Year: ClearScore
  • Fintech Marketing Campaign of the Year: “Cashless on the Catwalk” by The 10 Group and Visa Europe
  • Fintech Startup of the Year: ClearScore
  • Innovation in Corporate Banking Solutions: Idea Cloud by Idea Bank SA
  • Innovation in Insurance: Bought by Many platform by Bought By Many and Ping An Insurance.
  • Innovation in Lending: Marketinvoice
  • Innovation in Payments: Zwipe Payment by Zwipe
  • Innovation in Risk Management: Imagine Software
  • Innovation in Trading Systems: FX Connect from State Street Bank
  • Innovation in Treasury Management: Walletsizing by Vallstein

The FinTech Innovation Awards were held at The Brewery in London on April 13th. The event featured a keynote address from author and Duke University professor, Dan Ariely, as well as remarks from Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General, Matt Hancock. Finovate alum Strands was among the event’s sponsors.

Where Are They Now? FinovateSpring Alums Raise More than $326 Million in a Year

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Last week we took a look at what the alums of FinovateSpring 2015 have been up to in the year since they demoed on the Finovate stage. Today, we’re focusing on the funding.

All $326 million of it.

Of the 72 companies that demoed at FinovateSpring 2015 in San Jose last year, 21 of them had raised capital within a year. Kabbage’s raise of $135 million certainly stands out. But the $25 million investment picked up by itBit in May of last year, as well as the $15 million raised by Trulioo and the $12 million raised by Moven were also major contributors to a strong fundraising performance from the Class of FinovateSpring 2015. And this doesn’t even include companies such as Yodlee, which was acquired by Envestnet for $660 million, or Aurora Financial Systems, bought by fellow Finovate alum, Finicity, for an undisclosed sum.

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FinovateSpring 2016 is less than a month away. Pick up your tickets today and save your spot at our upcoming spring conference in San Jose, California.

 

FinDEVr APIntelligence

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Building new financial technology? Mark your calendars for our spring developer event in New York, 29/30 March 29, FinDEVr 2016 and check out the first round of FinDEVr New York presenting companies.

Developer news

  • Financial Services blog describes why 2015 is time to expand open-source to finance.
  • “Let’s Talk Payments: 63 Insanely Useful APIs Across 12 Segments to Supercharge Your Product”
  • TechCrunch: “The Golden Age Of Open Source Has Arrived”

The latest from FinDEVr San Francisco 2015 presenters:

  • SavingAdvice.com highlights how Personal Capital can help you gain control of your finances.
  • Quisk selected as a 2015 Red Herring 100 Global Winner.
  • TechCrunch looks at OnDeck and the future of alt lending.
  • Financial Planning speculates about Personal Capital’s future.

Alumni updates

  • “Trulioo Raises $15 Million with Help from American Express Ventures”

Stay current on daily news from the fintech developer community! Follow FinDEVr on Twitter today!

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Check out this week’s “FinDEVr APIntelligence”
  • “Finovate Debuts: ArcBit Introduces its Secure, Easy-to-Use Bitcoin Wallet”
  • “FIS Closes SunGuard Acquisition to the Tune of $5.1 Billion”

Around the web

  • CSI globalVCard launches partnership program for banks for its electronic payments program.
  • SavingAdvice.com highlights how Personal Capital can help you gain control of your finances.
  • Credit Sesame features millennial-friendly robo-adviser investment-platforms: Betterment, FutureAdvisor, SigFig, Blooom.
  • Quisk selected as a 2015 Red Herring 100 Global Winner.
  • TSYS signs payments agreement with Atlanticus to continue support of loan-origination platform, Fortiva.
  • Digital Insight unveils Business Banking, an SaaS solution to enable FIs to offer personalized banking experiences to business customers.
  • Q2 opens new offices in Lincoln, Nebraska, to accommodate growth, acquisition of Centrix Solutions.
  • Xignite Market Data APIs now available on SoundHound’s Houndify sound recognition and search-technology platform.
  • Let’s Talk Payments features Trustev, Trulioo, and Trunomi in its look at “RegTech” startups in Europe and the U.S.
  • Temenos wins “Best Provider of Front-to-Back Wealth Suite Solutions” at Asian Private Banker’s Technology Awards 2015.
  • Avalara partners with open-source billing and payments platform, Kill Bill.
  • Silicon Prairie News interviews Daniel Carnes, CSO at Prairie Cloudware, on the future of cybersecurity.

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.

Trulioo Raises $15 Million with Help from American Express Ventures

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Identity-verification specialist Trulioo picked up $15 million in new funding to help fuel growth. The round featured participation from American Express Ventures, along with existing investors BDC Capital, Blumberg Capital, and Tenfore Holdings. Trulioo’s total capital now stands at more than $23 million.

Trulioo CEO Stephen Ufford called the investment a vote of confidence in the company’s ability to help FIs deal with the complexity of cross-border compliance. Specializing in AML (anti-money laundering) and KYC (know your customer) verification, Trulioo’s technology enables businesses to provide frictionless ID verification in more than 40 countries around the world.

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Anatoly Kvitnitsky, director of corporate development for Trulioo, demonstrated GlobalGateway at FinovateFall 2015.

Rohit Bodas of American Express Ventures highlighted Trulioo’s global reach as one of the reasons for backing the company, and called cross-border compliance “a complex problem and an important issue for the financial industry.” GlobalGateway, Trulioo’s identity-verification platform, leverages 145 different data sources, including alternative sources such as mobile apps, social media, and ad networks to verify online identities. The technology is effective in developing markets such as China, Brazil and India, and developers can integrate the technology via Trulioo’s web portal, XML Direct, or through a Normalized API.

Trulioo recently partnered with fellow Finovate alum Avoka and integrated GlobalGateway with the latter’s Transact technology. Trulioo expanded its coverage to India in October, taking its total reach to four billion worldwide.

American Express Ventures focuses on startups with technologies that can help it expand its core capabilities as well as grow in digital commerce and financial inclusion. The firm includes Finovate alums Bill.com, LearnVest, and Radius among its investments.

Founded in 2011 and headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Trulioo demonstrated its GlobalGateway platform at FinovateFall 2015. The company also presented at the inaugural FinDEVr developers conference in 2014.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • “Finovate Debuts: CellTrust Separates Work From Personal Communications, Even on Same Device”
  • “Julie Parrish Joins Check Point as New Chief Marketing Officer”
  • “Trulioo Raises $15 Million with Help from American Express Ventures”
  • “Finovate Alums Take Silver and Bronze at UBS Future of Finance”
  • “A Boku Win for Carrier Billing in Expanded Microsoft Partnership”

Around the web

  • Jeff for Banks researches the success of FinovateFall 2010 Best of Show winners.
  • Kim Komando highlights ReadyForZero as a way to manage debt.
  • Blooom featured on the cover of December’s Thinking Bigger Business magazine.
  • Michael Halloran joins MaxMyInterest as head of partnerships and business development.

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.

FinDEVr APIntelligence

FinDEVr2016-NY-(Stacked)V2Are you building new financial technology? Be sure to check out coverage from our recent developer conference in San Francisco. We’re taking the fintech developer tool showcase to New York on 29/30 March 2016. Stay tuned for details.

Developer news

  • Harvard Business Review: The Changing Economics of App Development.

The latest from FinDEVr San Francisco 2015 presenters

  • Aberdeen Asset Management selects Markit to value hard-to-price assets for positions with limited market data.
  • Developer reviews Authy’s two-factor authentication.
  • PayPal among the companies highlighted in Inc.’s look back at Money20/20.
  • Thomson Reuters unveils its new desktop platform, grouping all of its FX transaction venues into one single point of access.
  • Business Insider lists BehavioSec and Fidor as “companies we wish were big the U.S.”
  • Silicon Slopes Podcast hosts Ryan Caldwell, MX CEO, as he discusses how to improve online banking.
  • Thomson Reuters unveils latest version of its tax-technology platform, Thomson Reuters ONESOURCE.
  • Yodlee’s Ynext unveils new incubator class.
  • Business Insider names BehavioSec among the 12 hottest Nordic fintech startups.

Alumni updates

  • “Trulioo Selected as Runner-up for Startup Canada Award for Innovation”
  • Xero reaches 600,000 subscribers in 180 countries.
  • VentureBurn features Entersekt CEO Schalk Nolte.

Stay up to date on daily developments by following FinDEVr on Twitter.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • “Roostify Garners $500,000 in Funding from Wells Fargo Accelerator”
  • “Dream Payments Launches its EMV mPOS System in Canada”

Around the web

  • Digital Insight and CUneXus team up to bring digital lending technology to Digital Insight’s financial institution clients.
  • Thomson Reuters unveils its new desktop platform, grouping all FX transaction venues into one single point of access.
  • NBT Bank to deploy Sales Enablement from Fiserv, a mobile messaging solution for wealth managers.
  • PaySwag and PayPal are among the companies highlighted in Inc.’s look back at Money20/20.
  • Entrepreneur.com features Vouch, a social network for credit.
  • StartupSmart profiles document-capture specialist, Shoeboxed.
  • Persistent Systems designs and implements online communities for cloud-managed wi-fi solution provider, AirTight Networks.
  • Trulioo Selected as Runner-up for Startup Canada Award for Innovation.
  • Orasi Software signs partnership agreement with Kony Solutions.

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.

FinDEVr APIntelligence

FinDEVr2016-NY-(Stacked)V2Are you building new financial technology? Be sure to check out coverage from our recent developers conference in San Francisco. We’re taking the fintech developer tool showcase to New York on 29/30 March 2016. Stay tuned for details.

Developer news

  • “The Next Web: How to Design with Developers”

The latest from FinDEVr San Francisco 2015 presenters

  • Think Big Data mentions Praesidio as a startup using machine learning in its cyber-security solution.
  • “Xignite Surpasses 50 Billion API Calls in a Single Month”
  • VentureBeat: Twilio rolls out new feature set designed to help developers build messaging apps using its platform.
  • Arxan Technologies extends its app-security protection to Apple TV.
  • “Digital Asset Holdings Acquires Blockchain-as-a-Service Innovator, Blockstack.io
  • Security solutions from Arxan Technologies now running on more than 500 million devices.

Alumni updates

  • Tradier teams up with Equities Lab to bring real-world trading experience to college students.
  • Google appoints Entersekt CTO Christiaan Brand as product manager for security and identity teams.
  • Pymnts looks at how SimplyTapp is addressing host card emulation.
  • Visa Inc. to Acquire Visa Europe.
  • Fierce Finance IT features BehavioSec.
  • Avoka partners with Trulioo to provide digital identification authentication to international banks.

Stay up-to-date on daily developments by following FinDEVr on Twitter.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • “Swiss Digital Banking Innovator CREALOGIX Raises CHF 25 Million”
  • “iSignthis Completes $10 Million Capital Raise”

Around the web

  • Landmark Bank to deploy core banking technology from FIS.
  • Avoka partners with Trulioo to provide digital identification authentication to international banks.
  • Telhio CU chooses Fiserv DNA account-processing platform.
  • Top Image Systems wins eFLOW5 contract upgrade with leading Pan-African financial services company.

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

  • Finovate Alums earn top honors at U.K.’s Emerging Payments Awards.

Around the web

  • NPR’s Morning Edition features Greg Smith, president of Blooom, in a segment on robo-advisory.
  • Diebold and SimplyTapp team up to introduce a white-label mobile wallet.
  • Trulioo now provides real-time ID-verification coverage in India.
  • INTECH licenses Digital Payments Guardian from Prairie Cloudware.
  • Yodlee integrates with Salesforce Financial Services Cloud.
  • TSYS and Ingenico partner on new solution to simplify EMV certification.

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

On Finovate.com

  • “SumUp Brings its mPOS Technology to America”

Around the web

  • iSignthis and TikForce enter agreement for identity services.
  • Banks and merchants connected through Alpha Payments Cloud’s AlphaHub now have access to the iSignthis suite of services.
  • Functional Geekery interviews Plaid engineer David Chambers.
  • Power supplier ENEL to deploy TIS’s automated accounts payable and accounts receivables processing-solution across Russia.
  • TechCrunch Cribs features Credit Karma’s office.
  • Telefonica to work with Monitise in its transition to a cloud-based business.
  • Nigel Morris of QED Investors to join Zopa board of directors.
  • Fiserv launches wealth-management partnership with InvestEdge.
  • Trulioo, was named Top Innovator at the Integrate 2015 conference.

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.