MENU

239

Aussie fintech Volt Bank starts by asking consumers what they want

via ZDNet

In January, the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) gave fintech startup Volt Bank a licence to operate without restrictions as an authorised deposit-taking institution (ADI). The green light was given to the new player following APRA approval in May 2018 to act in the Australian finance market as a Restricted ADI.

The APRA approval gave Volt the title as the first digital startup bank in Australia to receive a banking licence since the early 2000s. Funds up to AU$250,000 deposited into Volt are guaranteed by the Australian government as part of this arrangement.   (more…)

Banks, InspirAsia, Mobile-first banks

April 11, 2019

126

India’s Cashfree raises $5.5M from Korea’s Smilegate, Y Combinator and others

via TechCrunch 

Cashfree, an India-based startup that specializes in making corporate banking services more accessible and easier to use, has closed a $5.5 million Series A round to double down on its banking services and build up its presence in Delhi and Bombay. Cashfree helps its customers connect their corporate banking services via a single interface and allows business intelligence that would take hours of manual work using corporate bank services. In the future Cashfree might emerge as a challenger bank.

(more…)

Fintech news, India, InspirAsia, Open Source/ API

April 11, 2019

396

The Challenger: Dozens’ Aritra Chakravarty

via AltFi

At the beginning of 2019 luminous yellow adverts promoting a mysterious new app began spreading across London.

Called Dozens, the app appeared almost out of nowhere with a digital banking service similar to a Monzo or Starling, but with the addition of a curious 5% fixed interest bond aimed at “savers”.

The only question on everyone’s mind was – who was behind this mysterious startup? (more…)

Banks, Mobile-first banks, People of fintech

April 10, 2019

316

Chase On Gen Z, Mobile Banking — 10 Years In

via PYMNTS

With more consumers than ever interested in fulfilling all their financial needs on mobile, both legacy banks and FinTech firms are focusing on creating digital-only banking services, designed to catch and keep customers using their smartphones to bank. What’s more, financial institutions (FIs) and payment providers around the world are trying their hand at providing all the capabilities of an established bank on the smartphone.

As consumers flock to banking apps, succeeding in the world of digital banking is not as easy as it used to be when mobile apps emerged a decade ago. In the new Digital Banking Tracker™, PYMNTS examines how startups are competing with legacy brands, social media services and even eCommerce companies that want to add financial capabilities to their platforms. (more…)

Analytics, Banks, Mobile-first banks

April 10, 2019

181

UK Challenger Bank Redwood Surpasses £100 Million Lending Milestone

via Crowdfund Insider

UK-based challenger bank Redwood has reportedly surpassed £100 million in lending. As previously reported, Redwood is considered one of the newest additions to the future of banking, joining peers such as Monzo, Starling, Revolut and more. Redwood is on a mission to target the SME market and its products include mortgages for business owners and professional landlords, as well as a range of savings accounts. (more…)

Banks, Mobile-first banks, SME

April 10, 2019

415

Varo Money gets NICE anti-fraud tech

via FinTech Futures

Varo Money, the US challenger bank, has selected NICE Actimize to implement its financial crime strategy for anti-money laundering (AML) protections, including know-your-customer (KYC) requirements, sanctions screening and transaction monitoring capabilities.

Varo will integrate NICE Actimize’s AML Essentials, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) AML solution that detects and scores a range of banking activities, including customer due diligence, transaction monitoring, watch list filtering and Suspicious Activity Report (or SAR) filings. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Mobile-first banks, Security

April 9, 2019

479

Sources: Y Combinator’s growth fund to back challenger bank Monzo

via TechCrunch

Just five months after announcing £85 million in Series E funding, Monzo is already gearing up to raise additional funding, which would almost double its valuation.

As reported in the Sunday Times yesterday, the U.K. challenger bank is close to raising £100 million in further funding in a new round led by an unnamed U.S. investor. If the deal goes through, it will reportedly give Monzo a pre-money valuation of close to £2 billion, up from £1 billion in October.

Now TechCrunch has learned that the new U.S. backer is Y Combinator. (more…)

Banks, Deals, Fintech news, Mobile-first banks

April 8, 2019

375

Envel bank launches “driverless” money management tech

via FinTech Futures

Envel, a challenger bank created around the use of artificial intelligence (AI) targeting millennials and Gen Zs, is launching a “Driverless Banking” framework that automates the steering of customer finances in real-time to stabilise spending.

The bank’s autonomous framework couples with Banking-as-a-Service (BaaS) solution Cambr, while using behavioural insights to centralise money management activities spread across multiple apps, platforms or services. (more…)

AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Banks, Fintech news

April 8, 2019

257

How Artificial intelligence can usher a new wave of Identity Verification services?

via MarkTechPost

Artificial Intelligence is considered the next big thing when it comes to tech products and trends that will lead humanity to the next global revolution. But, apart from the ability of Facebook to determine the face of your friends in an uploaded image and incorporation of AI to suggest search engine results on Google, there is still to be seen a real-life application of Artificial Intelligence that can benefit individuals and businesses alike and we think there is no better contender for this, except for Identity Verification services. They cannot only deter online frauds and scams, but they can play a pivotal role in making payment frauds a thing of the past if used with appropriate intelligence. (more…)

AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Security

April 5, 2019

334

Chetwood launches new savings account SmartSave

via FinTech Futures 

SmartSave is a new savings platform created by Chetwood Financial that aims to use technology to “make its customers better off”.

“We’re based outside of London and use modern technology to keep our costs low, so that we can offer great rates,” the bank says.

SmartSave was designed with its customers to offer “a simple way to save”, through an online account that is clear about when the terms are ending.

The bank says SmartSave will launch in the near future. (more…)

Banks

April 4, 2019

305

Moxy picks Nymbus to power DC’s newest bank for 20 years

via FinTech Futures

Nymbus’ SmartCore cloud-based core platform has been picked to support Moxy Bank, Washington DC’s newest bank in two decades, reports Jane Connolly.

The bank will also implement Nymbus’ SmartDigital for internet and mobile banking and SmartPayments for debit card processing and fraud protection. (more…)

Banks

April 2, 2019

525

German fintech company builder Finleap acquires SME banking provider Penta

via TechCrunch

Just since months after raising $7 million in Series A funding, German SME banking provider Penta has been acquired by Finleap. Terms of the deal remain undisclosed, although I understand that the acquisition sees Finleap and Penta’s co-founders becoming the challenger bank’s sole owners, with all other shareholders exiting.

Launched in late 2014 by Hitfox Group and Ramin Niroumand, Finleap has developed 16 ventures from scratch, as well as acquiring a number of fintechs. Companies in its portfolio include banking platform solarisBank, of which Penta is a customer, and digital insurer Element, to name just two. (more…)

Banks, SME

April 2, 2019

214

For South Africa’s first challenger bank, conversational AI isn’t just a nice-to-have

via Tearsheet

South Africa’s TymeBank has launched Max, an AI-powered conversational assistant designed to help consumers learn about personal finance.

For South Africa’s first challenger bank, conversational AI is an important piece of its product roadmap. (more…)

AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Banks, Fintech news

April 2, 2019

550

Australian neobanks target scale of UK rivals without growing pains

via AltFi

A flurry of neo banks in Australia are threatening to make inroads into the dominance of the country’s established lenders.

Sydney-based digital bank Volt promises to offer a faster more personalised service than the country’s big four incumbents – National Australia Bank, Commonwealth Bank, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group and Westpac. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news

April 1, 2019