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.

Sub-Saharan Africa

  • BanQu launches partnership with Anheuser-Busch InBev to revolutionize supply chain transparency in Zambia.
  • WorldRemit unveils new digital money transfer service for Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda.
  • Forbes looks at the presence of fintech specialists – including representatives from Azimo and Standard Chartered – during UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s recent visit to South Africa, Nigeria, and Kenya.

Central and Eastern Europe

  • Entrepreneur.com features Fintech OS in a discussion on fintech innovation in Romania.
  • Fortytwo Data opens its first international office in Kiev, Ukraine.
  • Hungary to go live with instant payments in July of 2019.

Middle East and Northern Africa

  • Finastra joins Bahrain FinTech Bay to promote fintech innovation in the Middle East.
  • FinTech Hive, the biggest accelerator in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia introduces its incoming startup cohort – 50% of which is fintech.
  • Sarwa, a wealth tech innovator based in the UAE, raises $1.3 million in pre-Series A funding.
  • United Bank of Egypt leverages technology from Finastra to upgrade its core banking infrastructure.

Central and South Asia

  • India-based IT consultancy Wipro inks agreement with Alight Solutions.
  • Legendary investor Warren Buffett reportedly casts his gaze on India’s fintech market.
  • Tech in Asia features the 20 top-funded fintech companies in India.

Latin America and the Caribbean

  • NICE provides its Desktop Automation solution to Latin American CRM and BPO solution provider, Liq.
  • Fintech Futures publishes a look at neobanks in Latin America.
  • LATAM Tech features Christine Chang of Startupbootcamp on the fintech startup scene in Latin America.

Asia-Pacific

  • Fiserv to power Philippine Veterans Bank’s digital transformation.
  • Bangkok Bank invites fintech startups to apply to its 12-week, InnoHub accelerator program.
  • Standard Chartered appoints Deniz Güven as CEO for its virtual bank in Hong Kong.
  • Visionet Data International and SmartPesa bring mPOS payment service, Mobey, to Indonesia.

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  • Personetics Scores Minority Stake Investment from United Overseas Bank.
  • StockViews Announces New Investment from Fuel Ventures.
  • CardFlight Teams with BoomTown.

Around the web

  • Entersekt partners with the GSMA to offer Mobile Connect to institutional clients.
  • Bpm’online earns recognition as a Challenger in Gartner’s 2018 Magic Quadrant for Sales Force Automation.
  • Finastra hires former Laing O’Rourke executive Gareth Burton as its new Chief Information Officer.
  • Fintech News Switzerland interviews 3rd-eyes CEO Rodrigo Amandi.
  • Exate Technology and Xero sign on to PwC’s She Can Charter initiative to increase the number of women in technology.
  • ProgrammableWeb features three new APIs from Hydrogen in its Daily API Roundup.
  • Wipro credits its banking financial services and insurance business, as well as its consumer business unit, for strong quarterly revenue growth.
  • Optimove announces new Chief Operating Officer, Yarden Malta, formerly of Earnix.
  • Top Image Systems appoints John London as Interim Chief Financial Officer.
  • Find Biometrics explores BehavioSec’s commitment to PSD2 compliance
  • AlphaPoint powers new exchange platform, matching engine, and real-time settlement exchange for SeACrypto.
  • Ephesoft named one of the 2018 Best Places to Work in Orange County.
  • Bloomberg features Crypterium. Come see Crypterium’s demo at FinovateFall this September.

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.

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  • BBVA Partners with Azlo to Empower Workers in the Gig Economy.

Around the web

  • Wipro named one of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies” by Ethisphere for seventh time in a row.
  • LendUp CEO Jake Rosenberg talks about providing “fair financial products” to the underbanked in a conversation with Y Combinator.
  • Technology from Quid helps Walmart build its American Family Today report.
  • Milwaukee Public Radio features BanQu and its ability to leverage blockchain technology to help refugees reclaim their identities.

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.

Wipro Announces Minority Stake Investment in Harte Hanks

Wipro has announced that its subsidiary Wipro LLC will take a $9.9 million minority stake in omni-channel marketing services firm, Harte Hanks. The two companies will jointly market the Opera Solutions’ Signal Hub platform, which is an advanced big data analytics and machine learning solution that gives clients the ability to provide customers with a relevant, personalized UX.

“Wipro’s investment in Harte Hanks reflects our continued commitment to offer leading-edge marketing technology and digital services that cater to the needs of Chief Marketing Officers and marketing professionals, across industry segments,” said Srini Pallia, President of Wipro Limited’s Consumer Business Unit. “This investment strengthens our existing partnership with Harte Hanks and enables us to address a key industry challenge by offering ‘Marketing as a Service.'”

U.S.-based Harte Hanks is an omni-channel marketing solutions specialist with emphasis on customer interaction marketing. This includes consulting, data and analytics, digital and social media, contact center, and fulfillment. Through its partnership with Wipro, the company looks to combine Wipro’s experience and insight into industry verticals, cognitive and analytic capabilities, and process animation with its own customer insights and experience offerings, as well as its “MarTech” (marketing technology) strengths.

“Enterprises and brands are working hard to better understand their customer’s buying journey and are deploying technology to help them interact with customers in relevant, meaningful ways,” Harte Hanks CEO Karen Puckett explained. “However, CMOs are increasingly concerned about marketing’s capability to acquire and manage technology effectively, This partnership squarely addresses those opportunities.”

Founded in 1945 and headquartered in Bangalore, Karnataka, India, Wipro demonstrated its Wipro ngGenie myAdvisor intelligent banking assistant at FinovateEurope 2015. The technology uses natural language and gestures to communicate with bank customers, providing personalized financial assistance by studying and analyzing the user’s spending and savings patterns.

Wipro began 2018 earning recognition as a leader in cloud enablement services by Everest Group PEAK Matrix, and winning a business process services contract with Denmark’s Nilfisk. The company acquired InfoSERVER in January, as well, paying $8.7 million for the Brazil-based company. Back in December, Wipro teamed up with Headspin to provide next-generation mobility quality engineering and testing solutions for global mobile networks.

Abidali Neemuchwala is Wipro’s CEO.  With 2017 revenues of more than $8 billion, Wipro is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “WIT”. The company has a market capitalization of $23 billion.

Finovate Alumni News

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  • StreetShares Brings in $23 Million in Equity Funding.
  • Wipro Announces Minority Stake Investment in Harte Hanks.

Around the web

  • Invoice Cloud collaborates with PayNearMe to accept cash payments.
  • Reuters: Trading Technologies-Coinbase deal to bridge bitcoin and futures
  • MX and Coast Capital empower members with the Take Charge Money Manager.
  • Fortune: Ripple adds New Partners in Push to Make Case for XRP.
  • Temenos completes migration to core banking platform at EFG International.

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.

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  • HooYu to Provide Verification Services for U.K. Challenger Bank Countingup.
  • Following J.P. Morgan Chase Acquisition, WePay to Power Payments for Volusion.

Around the web

  • Temenos named a leader in global retail core banking by Gartner for eighth year in a row.
  • Bloomberg looks at the blockchain-based digital identity solutions from SecureKey.
  • CBInsight features Expensify among its 4 Mobile Apps Every Executive Should Download Now.
  • CII Industrial Innovation Awards 2017 recognizes Wipro as one of India’s most innovative companies.
  • Zinnov Zones 2017 features Persistent Systems in the “leadership zone” for enterprise software and consumer software for the fifth consecutive year.
  • Blackhawk’s CashStar wins a 2017 Emerging Payments Award.
  • Capgemini names Backbase Growth Partner of the Year.
  • Neustar moves its website from Neustar.biz to Home.Neustar.
  • Lendio opens new Lendio franchise in Nashville, Tennessee

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.

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  • Personal Capital Extends Series E Round by $40 Million.
  • Conversational AI Comes to USAA Courtesy of Clinc.
  • nCino Inks 100th Customer in Pacific Western Bank.

Around the web

  • Actiance Introduces First Compliance and Archiving Solution for WeChat and WhatsApp.
  • Xero expands Stripe partnership for automated reconciliation.
  • DBS, Xero unveil bank feed integration for SMEs.
  • ICT solution provider Telindus announces integration into the Ripple network.
  • LeanXcale earns a spot in the DB-Engines Ranking of relational and NoSQL database management systems
  • BioCatch granted patent for technology that detects remote access tools in order to spot malicious behavior.
  • Flybits launches new Experience Studio, announces partnership with Bouygues Energies & Services.
  • Wipro opens new Silicon Valley Innovation Center in Mountain View, California.
  • Micronotes partners with TimeTrade to bridge the clicks-to-bricks divide.
  • Credit Union CEOs Move 5 Millionth Member to Insuritas.
  • Gro Solutions to relocate its headquarters to Midtown Atlanta.

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.

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  • Vipera Acquires SoftTelecom for $1.5 Million
  • FutureVault Appoints John D. Orr as New CEO.
  • Handle Financial’s PayNearMe Partners with Blackhawk Network.

Around the web

  • CrowdFlower earns Gartner “Cool Vendor” status for Information Innovation and Governance.
  • Braintree surpasses one billion transactions per quarter milestone.
  • Infosys wins three out of seven Catalyst Awards at TM forum Live.
  • Baidu and PayPal announce strategic partnership.
  • International Air Transport Association chooses fraud prevention technology from Featurespace.
  • Top Image Systems announces eFlow AP 5.2 integration with SAP S/4HANA.
  • Wipro and Compuware partner to launch mainframe center of excellence.
  • Agreement Express ranked among top 100 technology companies in British Columbia by Business in Vancouver.
  • SearchUnifiedCommunications features Bluescape in its look at use cases for digital collaborative whiteboards.
  • Pendo Systems announces trio of new hires to support a “banner year” for the company.
  • Central Bankshares now uses Jack Henry’s Banno for online banking.
  • UN Migration Agency Selects Kony to Accelerate Digital Strategy to Reach More Migrants.

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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  • nCino Helps Financial Institutions Benefit from Cloud Banking
  • LendUp Gives the Underbanked What No Traditional Bank Will

On FinDEVr.com

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Around the web

  • BanQu teams up with Eastern Congo Initiative to launch secure data storage network for farmers.
  • TransferWise announces operational profitability and monthly revenues of £8 million.
  • Lighter Capital adds Former Silicon Valley Bank’s Head of Risk, Marc Verissimo, to its Board of Directors
  • Wells Fargo selects Uniken for accelerator program.
  • Wipro launches Nine Solutions to Accelerate Adoption of Blockchain Across Industry Sectors
  • Societe Generale partners with Open Bank Project to launch internal Open Banking Hackathon
  • South Carolina-based Community First Bank hires Insuritas to install and manage insurance agency.

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.

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  • Signifyd Raises $56 Million to Fight eCommerce Chargebacks.
  • Token Picks Up $18.5 Million to Help Banks Rise to the Challenge of PSD2.

Around the web

  • Wipro signs on as founding member of Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA).
  • PayNearMe adds 8,000 CVS Pharmacy Stores to its network cash acceptance locations.
  • D3 Banking announces enhancements to its small business banking solution.

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.