Blockchain and Bitcoin round-up: 6 October 2017
Blockchain funding, Pubcoin blockchain rewards programme, network and technology sharing and platform test launching. Our latest blockchain and Bitcoin round-up features Anryze, Leanpub, MicroMoney, Karma and Zilliqa.
NAB gets down and under to overhaul SME business loans
National Australia Bank (NAB) has unveiled a complete overhaul of its existing business standard loan form contracts that will “benefit” over 130,000 Australian business owners.
Aviva acquires majority stake in Wealthify
UK based insurer Aviva confirms that it’s acquired a majority stake in robo advisor, Wealthify.
Fintech funding round-up: 5 October 2017
Four of the latest stories in one for a fast fintech funding round-up. Features SalaryFinance, Featurespace, Worldpay, Invoke Capital, ESF Capital and ThinCats.
Uber takes SoftBank investment and drives changes
Uber is to accept an investment of up to $1.25 billion from Japan’s SoftBank and usher in new governance rules aimed at reining in former CEO and co-founder Travis Kalanick.
Turn gaming into investing with Invstr’s newest app
Invstr, the social and investment game app, has launched a new product which will give UK members the ability to trade fractional shares.
Truphone raises $339m to fuel global expansion
What would you do with $339 million? London-based mobile operator Truphone gets to answer that question today as it closes its $339 million (£255 million) private equity round.
Crowdfunding platform OurCrowd moves into Spain
Israeli equity crowdfunding platform OurCrowd has furthered its global expansion by opening an office in Spain, reports Julie Muhn at Finovate (Banking Technology’s sister company). The company’s founder and CEO Jon Medved has identified Spain and the Iberian region as one of OurCrowd’s “priority markets” since Madrid is in the heart of Europe and a gateway […]
Stockpile raises $30m to boost millennial stock ownership
Millennial-focused brokerage firm Stockpile has pulled in $30 million this week in a Series B funding round led by Fidelity.
Swych seals Series A funding
Digital gifting platform Swych has closed its Series A round with a “major strategic capital investment” from UAE Exchange Group. The amount of the investment was undisclosed, reports David Penn at Finovate (Banking Technology‘s sister company). “Swych’s global gifting technology and vision fits well with our strategy to foster purpose-based money transfers,” UAE Exchange Group […]
Europe’s top venture capital investors by country – CB Insights
CB Insights has mapped the top venture capital (VC) investors in Europe by country, based on number of portfolio companies the investor had backed. The research company analysed the most active investors in the last five years (2012-2017), including VCs, corporate VCs, growth equity firms and super angels.
P2P lender Prosper’s valuation stands at $550m with new funding
US peer-to-peer (P2P) lending firm Prosper has landed $50 million in a Series G funding round. The capital comes from Hong Kong-based FinEx Asia and LPG Capital and raises the San Francisco-based company’s total equity funding to $410 million.
Starling Bank seeks £40m funding for overseas expansion
UK-based challenger bank Starling is asking its investors for another £40 million in funding as it looks to grow its business overseas, according to Sky News. Sky News says it understands that Starling, which got its banking licence last year, has appointed Quayle Munro, an advisory firm, to oversee the fundraising. As reported by Banking […]
Fintech funding round-up: 22 September 2017
There was a round-up yesterday because fintech funding won’t go away. More action featuring Tuition.io, Apiax and Etch. Tuition.io, a US-based employer-funded student loan repayment assistance platform, has announced a $7 million Series B funding round led by Wildcat Venture Partners with participation from existing investors Mohr Davidow Ventures and MassMutual Ventures, the corporate venture […]
Fintech funding round-up: 21 September 2017
Following swiftly on from the fintech funding round-up on 19 September, here’s more concise, cash-coated action. Features CivilisedBank, HighRadius, Swirlds and Luno. UK challenger CivilisedBank, which got its banking licence in May, has agreed terms for a further round of funding from current investor Warwick Capital Partners. No more details on that but the bank […]
Fifth Third Bets on Gaming with Investment, Partnership
Fifth Third Bancorp is placing its bets on the newly merged gaming payments companies NRT Technology Corp. and Sightline Payments, announcing a strategic relationship and equity investment in NRT Sightline, “one of the largest pure-play casino payment-technology companies in the world.”
Ex-Barclays CEO’s start-up gets backing from China’s Ping An
10X Future Technologies, the start-up founded by ex-Barclays CEO Antony Jenkins last year, will announce this week that it has raised more than £30 million in funding from Ping An Insurance and management consulting firm Oliver Wyman, according to Sky News. The deal will speed up 10X’s expansion, and is good news for Jenkins’ ambitions. […]
Fintech funding round-up: 19 September 2017
Four stories in one for a fast fintech funding round-up. Features Ellevest, iZettle, GoCardless and MarketInvoice. New York-based fintech Ellevest, led by former Merrill Lynch CEO Sallie Krawcheck, has got itself $34.6 million funding. Ellevest is a bit different from the rest as it was founded to provide an investing experience to “help women meet […]
Yes Fintech calls on fintech start-ups worldwide to apply for second cohort
Yes Bank, one of the largest banks in India, us calling for start-ups to apply for the second cohort of its Yes Fintech innovation programme.
Fintech funding round-up: 13 September 2017
Quickly following on from the fintech funding round-up on 11 September, here’s more action in a concise form. Features InfoSum, Neyber, Goldman Sachs, Forward Partners and BlackRock. Data tech start-up InfoSum has added $5 million to its seed funding, taking the total raised to date to $8 million. Joining existing investors Mark Suster (Upfront Ventures) […]
Payments funding round-up: 12 September 2017
Pineapple Payments announced a $35 million equity investment for its merchant-focused payments technology, PayJoy snagged $6 million while B2BPay won BBVA’s Open Talent Global Fintech for Companies competition.
Fintech funding round-up: 11 September 2017
Money is the honey keeping fintech sweet. Our latest funding round-up features Linxo, Rubique and TNG. French start-up Linxo, which offers a budget management app, has raised €20 million from Crédit Agricole, Crédit Mutuel Arkéa and MAIF (a mutual insurance firm) – bringing the funds raised since its launch to €23.2 million. MAIF is a […]
BioConnect on Where to Start with Biometrics Investment
Ahead of FinovateFall’s kickoff in New York today, Paybefore spoke with BioConnect Chief Identity Officer Bianca Lopes about all the biometrics buzz in payments and the financial services industry. Her advice to companies looking to invest in biometrics: Don’t forget about the users.
Fintech Roundup: B2BPay, PayJoy & Pineapple Payments
Fintech startups continue to make headlines with investments and accolades. Pineapple Payments announced a $35 million equity investment for its merchant-focused payments technology, PayJoy snagged $6 million while B2BPay won BBVA’s Open Talent Global Fintech for Companies competition.
Fintech funding round-up: 7 September 2017
The fintech funding is on fire. Following on from yesterday’s (6 September) action, here’s another round-up. Features ABN Amro, Cloud Lending Solutions, Dataiku, EY and Innovate Finance. Amsterdam-based ABN Amro has made an undisclosed investment in US-based Cloud Lending Solutions (CLS) – the second by the bank’s Digital Impact Fund (DIF) and in line with […]
Fintech funding round-up: 6 September 2017
Wake me up when September sends a fintech funding round-up. Features Deutsche Börse, RegTek.Solutions, Finaeo and Now Money. Deutsche Börse and Illuminate Financial Management have co-led in a $5 million Series A funding round in RegTek.Solutions, a regulatory reporting solutions provider. As reported last month, the Regulatory Reporting Hub of Deutsche Börse launched a partnership […]
BCBS ponders implications of fintech developments, calls for public feedback
Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) has published a report, “Sound practices: implications of fintech developments for banks and bank supervisors”, and is asking for public feedback until 31 October 2017.
Banking Technology September 2017 issue out now
Welcome to fintech central! Good service operating on all lines. The latest edition of our flagship magazine – Banking Technology – is out now, packed with news, analysis and insights, case studies, research and expert commentary.
Bambu wins strategic investment from Franklin Templeton
Singapore-based B2B robo-advisor Bambu has completed a funding round, featuring a strategic investment from Franklin Templeton Investments and venture capital funding from Wavemaker Partners, part of the Draper Venture Network.
Mortgage tech innovator Blend picks up $100m investment
The continued rise of mortgage technology is set to be one of the biggest fintech success stories of 2017, predicts Julie Muhn, senior research analyst at Finovate (Banking Technology’s sister company).
Bridg Raises $11 Million from Morpheus Ventures, March Capital, Visa and NextEquity
Bridg, which claims to be the first marketing software company to leverage point-of-sale data to drive “precision-marketing campaigns” for restaurant and retail brands, has secured $11 million in Series B funding.
Fintech funding round-up: 25 August 2017
Banknotes and stories of note. Our latest fintech funding round-up features Suretly, Ezetap and SparkLabs Global Ventures. Crowdvouching start-up Suretly, dubbed “Tinder for loans” (a lovely image), has raised $2.8 million. The online exchange offers micro-loan guarantees and secured the funding from the cryptocurrency community. SUR tokens issued by the company will be accepted in […]
Fraud prevention firm Emailage raises $10m funding
Fraud prevention and identity verification firm Emailage has raised $10 million in new funding. The round was led by Anthos Capital, and featured the participation of Mucker Capital, Radian Capital, Tallwave Capital, and Wipro Ventures, reports Finovate (Banking Technology‘s sister company). “This investment will allow us to continue our rapid growth, enhance our leadership position […]
Fintech funding round-up: 21 August 2017
A short time ago, in a round-up near here (i.e. 18 August) we covered the lively world of fintech funding. Yet again, we have more cash action. Featuring Xinja, Capital Float and Prodigy Finance. Australia-based Xinja, which recently emerged from the shadows to unveil its plans for a mobile-only digital bank, is in the news […]
KeyBank invests in Billtrust, launches accounts receivable platform
KeyBank is putting its money where its mouth is. The bank isn’t just partnering with fintech companies, it’s also investing.
Top fintech stories this week – 18 August 2017
Catch up on Banking Technology’s top five fintech stories of the week – all in one place!
India Payments Roundup: Paytm, Amazon and Flipkart
The battle for e-commerce and payments domination is on in India. Paytm, an e-payment/e-commerce brand and payments bank, is bringing the QR code scanning habit to the Indian masses, while rival Flipkart has raised $2.5 billion from Japan’s SoftBank and Amazon has launched its digital wallet.
Industry bullish on promise of fintech – Opimas research
Market players are bullish on the near- and longer-term promise of fintech, according to new research by Opimas, “Fintech Spending and Innovation in Capital Markets”. In 2017, it estimates fintech spending across all capital markets participants to exceed $127 billion.
Where top US banks are investing in fintech – CB Insights
Since 2012, the top ten US banks (by assets under management) have participated in 72 rounds totaling $3.6 billion to 56 fintech companies, according to CB Insights. While investment activity dropped on a quarterly basis in Q1 2017, four of the last five quarters have seen over $1 billion invested into fintech start-ups in the US backed by venture capital firms.
The Monday mindset: 14 August 2017
Fintech zeitgeist! This week, Banking Technology’s editor Tanya Andreasyan muses about the growing trend of celebrity endorsement in the fintech world.