Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Risk Ident to Help Universum Protect Retailers from Fraud.
  • Dorsum Unveils My Wealth Mobile App.
  • Ondot Introduces Digital Card Services Platform.

Around the web

  • NuData Security named a “Top 100 in Tech” by Business in Vancouver.
  • ThetaRay wins ATMIA’s Next Generation ATM Security Award.
  • Tuition.io to power student loan repayment benefits for Hulu employees.
  • Standard Chartered Bank announces intentions to apply for the virtual banking license.
  • Conversation.one is Amazon Alexa-Certified for Financial Institutions.
  • Flywire and UnionPay Partner to Take the Cost Out of Cross-Border Payments from China.
  • Yoyo introduces quarterly tracker to monitor customer activity in closed catering environments.
  • U.K.-based Business Leader magazine features Wealthify and YellowDog among its 32 South West Tech Businesses That Are Shaping the Future spotlight.
  • Unblu opens offices 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.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Deserve Raises $50 Million in Debt Financing.
  • Payworks Teams Up with Ghana-based Payment Platform Hubtel.

Around the web

  • Wealthify added to Starling’s in-app marketplace.
  • InComm plans $20 million expansion in Georgia, will add more than 150 jobs.
  • Fiserv launches FinKit for Open Banking to help banks keep up with rapidly unfolding regulations.
  • Horizn helps RBC win a Celent Model Bank 2018 award for Employee Productivity.
  • OutSystems to power digital transformation for Principality.
  • TransferWise introduces its multi-country bank account.

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.

Aviva Acquires Majority Stake in U.K. Online Wealth Management Specialist, Wealthify

U.K.-based insurer Aviva is the latest financial services company to turn to fintech in general and online investment services in specific in order to provide greater value for its customers. The firm announced today that it had acquired a majority stake in robo advisor, Wealthify. And while terms were not disclosed, the company was valued at £9.7 million in the wake of recent £1 million crowdfunding campaign.

Writing at the Wealthify blog, company CEO and founder Richard Theo called the acquisition “a huge vote of confidence” in both Wealthify’s vision to make investing more democratic, as well as, “the way we have delivered that vision.” Theo said the move affirmed the company’s place as a significant disruptor in the wealth management space, and takes Aviva closer to being a “one-stop-shop for all their customers’ insurance, pension, and investment needs.”

Left to right: Wealthify founder and CEO Richard Theo and Chief Investment Officer Michelle Pearce demonstrating the company’s online investing service.

Theo added that the investment will enable the company to pursue its “ambitious customer acquisition targets” as well as support new products, particularly JISA and SIPPs. Wealthify also plans to add talent to its team, and will take on a trio of non-executive directors from Aviva. The company will remain headquartered in Cardiff, Theo noted with pride, referencing both Wealthify’s Welsh roots and the promise of the growing financial services community in and around Cardiff.

Managing director of Aviva U.K. Digital Blair Turnbull praised Wealthify’s platform, which will be integrated into Aviva’s digital hub, MyAviva. Turnbull called the technology “remarkably easy to use” and underscored its appeal to both traditional cash savers and millennial investors. Aviva is the biggest general insurance provider in the U.K., and a leading life and pensions provider. The firm serves 33 million customers in 16 markets around the world.

Founded in 2014 and headquartered in Cardiff, U.K., Wealthify demonstrated its platform at FinovateEurope 2017. With as little as £ 1, users can use the platform to save for specific financial goals, create a monthly investment installment plan, set an investment time horizon, and articulate a personalize risk profile – all of which guide the way the platform chooses potential investments. The platform gives users a “predicted value” of their portfolio and the ability to see the actual plan summary of asset class allocations, fees, and more. Wealthify has more than 1,800 registered users.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Temenos Teams Up with MuleSoft to Accelerate Open Banking.
  • TIBCO Acquires Cisco’s Data Virtualization Business.
  • Aviva Acquires Majority Stake in U.K. Online Wealth Management Specialist, Wealthify.

Around the web

  • PayNearMe announces the PayNearMe Channel Partner Program for U.S. Partners.
  • CoverHound reveals an expanded partner and insurance carrier network.
  • Neustar’s Trusted Device Identity solution integrates with NetFoundry’s Application Specific Networking. platform to extend ID-based solutions across multiple networks and clouds.
  • BlackRock in talks for stake in Capital Preferences.

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.

Women on the Finovate Stage

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There are plenty of things about fintech worth celebrating, but today, in honor of International Women’s Day, we’re giving three cheers to the women in fintech!

We’re taking a special look at our most recent show, FinovateEurope, where 23% of the presenting companies were represented by a woman on stage. That’s a 50% increase from 2015, where 15% of the companies had female speakers, and a huge leap from our first event in 2007 with zero (see note 1).

So here’s to progress. And here’s to the women of FinovateEurope:

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Hali Khan, Director, Business Development

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Paulina Powązka, Sr. Business Solutions Consultant

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Eszter Vass, Sr. Product Strategy & Presales Consultant

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Reanta Stein, Business Development Director

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Diana Winstanley, Business Developer

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Tinna Hung, Director, Marketing

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Angelique Mohring, CEO & Founder

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Janice Diner, CEO, Founding Partner

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Mariona Campmany, CMO

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Patricia Soares, Business Developer

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Sarah Clark, General Manager, Identity

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Trisha Price, EVP, Product Development & Engineering

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Iveta Brūvele, CEO, and Elīna Rasmane, COO

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Märta Viberg, Head of Product & Consumer Risk

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Michelle Pearce, Co-Founder and Chief Investment Officer

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Vanessa Gatihi, Global Head, Customer Success

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Editor’s Note: While sadly it’s true that no women were on stage during the 20 demos of the first Finovate. One company, iPay Technologies, was founded by Dana Bowers, but she chose not to speak that day. And Finovate might not even exist if it wasn’t for Melanie Flanagan, then Marketing Manager at Yodlee (also co-founded by a woman), who was the first person to agree to demo. Finally, Susan Hawkins, then SVP at Metavante, was instrumental in getting both her company and Monitise on stage. So there you have it, woman called the shots for at least 20% of Finovate v1.0’s content, even if they ended up delegating the on-stage pitching to men. Thanks Melanie, Dana and Susan! — Jim Bruene, Founder

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Lendio Brings the Franchising Model to Small Business Lending.
  • Excited to see Symphony Software Foundation at FinDEVr NY March 21 & 22. Check out our interview with Executive Director, Gabriele Columbro.
  • Scotiabank and AlphaPoint Wrap Up Blockchain Trial.

On FinDEVr.com

  • RSVP for FinDEVr’s International Debut.
  • PwC Brings Blockchain PoC to London’s Specialty Insurers.
  • Shwayhat Steps Up: Greenkey Technologies Announces New CEO.

Around the web

  • Vantiv to provide payment processing for Tyndall FCU ($1.3 billion in assets). See Vantiv at FinDEVr New York this month.
  • Scalable Capital recognized as only European startup on CNBC Upstart 25 roster.
  • Wealthify lowers minimum investment to £1.
  • Mambu goes live in the Americas with new offices in Miami and new regional managing director.
  • Trustly processes more than €3 billion in payments in 2016, announces UK expansion.
  • Fiserv Expands Contact and Servicing Center into Florida.
  • Yandex Money brings bankers onboard.
  • D+H Mortgagebot named HW Tech100 winner.

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

  • Pindrop Receives Investment from Cisco’s John Chambers.
  • SecureKey Wins Funding to Build Blockchain Digital Identity Network.

Around the web

  • Wealthify publishes first-year performance data, reporting benchmark-beating returns for customer plans.
  • RealtyMogul.com opens its MogulREIT I fund to IRA investments.
  • Best of Show winner CREALOGIX named one of the “10 Swiss growth champions” by Swiss economic newspapers. [in Swiss]

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

Around the web

  • Backbase helps Canada’s Central 1 Credit Union upgrade its digital banking platform. The partnership represents the Amsterdam-based company’s first deal in Canada.
  • ebankIT forges new global partnership with Atos.
  • PayPal launches P2P payments bot, Slack.
  • eToro unveils CopyFunds for Partners, enabling creation of bespoke funds on its platform.
  • Wealthify announces its investment services are now available as a white-label offering. Wealthify made its Finovate debut on Tuesday at FinovateEurope.
  • GMC Software Technology earns Gartner Magic Quadrant recognition for customer communications management technology for fourth year in a row.

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

  • Fintech Favorites: Token and Fidor Pilot Payments Project; Meet Miss Kaya: Singapore’s First Women-Centered Robo Advisor.
  • EVRY Inks Five-Year Core Banking Agreement with Fana Sparebank.

Around the web

  • Alfa Bank and S7 Airlines test service payment transaction processing using blockchain-based smart contracts.
  • WalesOnline recognizes Wealthify in its feature on Welsh firms “likely to have a very good 2017.” Join Wealthify in London for FinovateEurope in February.
  • The Wild Wong looks at money saving strategies with Qapital.
  • PwC and Supply Chain Finance Community launch SCF Barometer to better understand the development of supply chain finance industries.
  • FinTecSystems opens office in Spain. See FinTecSystems at FinovateEurope in London in February.
  • North Dakota State University using Passport for campus parking.
  • Nerd Wallet names Wealthfront and Betterment best overall robo advisors.
  • India-based Axis Bank to use Ripple’s network for cross-border transactions.
  • NopSec named finalist in 13th Annual Info Security PG’s 2017 Global 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.

FinovateEurope Sneak Peek: Wealthify

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FE2017-V2-wdateA look at the companies demoing live at FinovateEurope on the 7 and 8 of February 2017 in London. Pick up your tickets today and save your spot.

Wealthify is an online investment service using smart technology to make investing easy and affordable for everyone, regardless of their experience.

Features

  • Start investing with just £250, and no tie in.
  • Our experts build and manage your investment plan for a simple, low annual fee.
  • 24/7 access to check your performance, top up, or withdraw.

Why it’s great
We aim to democratise investing and help 1 million U.K. savers make their money work harder by helping them to become investors in the next 10 years.

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Richard Theo, Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Theo is a serial entrepreneur with a passion and enthusiasm for technology that has driven him to establish a string of successful companies, including ActiveQuote, and most recently, Wealthify.
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Michelle Pearce, Founder & Chief Investing Officerscreen-shot-2017-01-03-at-2-29-54-pm
Guernsey-born Pearce left medical school to pursue a long-standing passion for investing. She worked as a Chartered Wealth Manager for Brookes MacDonald, before co-founding Wealthify in 2014.
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