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May, 2016

  • 20 May

    Capital One unveils tech start-up accelerator

    Entries invited to Capital One Growth Labs programme to shape the future of finance Capital One UK announced on 17 May the launch of Capital One Growth Labs, an accelerator programme for early-stage start-up and high-growth companies. The initiative, in partnership with corporate innovation specialist and tech investor L Marks, aims …

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  • 19 May

    Why fight for an undeveloped market while a primed one waits in the wings?

    DesignMyNight have focused on the pre-order market to launch a multi-million pound hospitality fintech solution Two years ago, after 15 months development, Collins, arguably the first booking and enquiry management software developed solely for the bar and casual dining sector, was launched in the UK. Eight hundred clients later – including …

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  • 18 May

    SWIFT shares industry insights from annual Business Forum London event

    SWIFT’s polling results identify securities settlement as an area to be most impacted by distributed ledger technology in the next five years On 20 April 2016, 1,200 financial services professionals gathered at the Tobacco Dock in London for SWIFT’s annual Business Forum London (BFL). Focused on ‘Building the Future of …

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  • 18 May

    Ubeeqo, a car just when you need it

    Ubeeqo is the new travel solutions app/website providing all your transport needs within one unique app Ubeeqo was founded in 2008 in Paris, with one big idea: how can we change the urban car environment? For the last 60 years, the car has given us so much freedom. Except now, …

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  • 17 May

    Geodesic Capital Launches a $335 Million Fund to Bridge Silicon Valley, Japan, and Asia

    Geodesic Capital, an independent growth stage venture capital firm investing in U.S. based consumer and enterprise technology companies, announced the close of its first fund, Geodesic Capital Fund I, totaling $335 million. Founded by former U.S. Ambassador to Japan John V. Roos and Ashvin Bachireddy, previously a growth stage partner at …

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  • 13 May

    Synechron acquires Hatstand

    Synechron, Inc., a global consulting and technology innovator in the financial services industry, announced on 11 May the acquisition of Hatstand, a global financial services consultancy and capital markets specialist. This acquisition further builds Synechron’s consulting capabilities for world-leading financial institutions in key areas such as cybersecurity, market data and …

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  • 12 May

    FinovateSpring 2016 Best of Show Winners Announced

    The two-day worldwide event FinovateSpring 2016 came to an end yesterday, Wednesday 11 May. During the afternoon the attendees took part to the ceremony that saw six Best of Shows trophies awarded. Two of them went to companies – SaleMove and Silver6 – that are helping make visual technology a bigger …

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  • 11 May

    American Express Launching Small Business Loans with Lendio

    Small business loan marketplace Lendio recently partnered with American Express to power the credit card company’s merchant financing offering. The loans, which will help Amex expand its customer base, will range from $5,000 to $2 million for up to a two year term. To qualify, a business must have been …

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  • 10 May

    Narrative Science Turns Business Intel Into Data-Driven Stories

    With the launch of Narratives for Power BI, Narrative Science unveils the latest integration of its advanced natural language generation (NLG) technology. The new extension, developed in collaboration with Microsoft, will give Microsoft Power BI users advanced analytics and data visualization tools that can help them read and understand corporate …

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  • 9 May

    Zooz Raises $24 Million in its Largest Funding

    In a round led by Target Global Ventures, Israeli payments technology innovator Zooz raised $24 million in new capital. The investment takes the company’s total funding to more than $40 million and will enable Zooz to accelerate growth, build and develop new products, and expand in both existing and new …

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  • 7 May

    Patch of Land Taps Former Oaktree Executive Paul Deitch as its New CEO

    Paul Deitch, former managing director of Oaktree Capital Management, will join Patch of Land as its new CEO. In a statement about the hire, Patch of Land co-founder, Jason Fritton highlighted Deitch’s experience in helping lead Oaktree as it doubled its assets under management from $50 billion to $100 billion …

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  • 6 May

    Insurance transformed by IoT innovation, 150 congregate to discuss change

    Over 150 insurers and IoT enthusiasts will meet on the 7-8 June 2016 in London at the Insurance IoT Europe Summit hosted by Insurance Nexus, a division of FC Business Intelligence. IoT, or the internet of things, will fundamentally change the way customers interact with insurers. Gartner predicts that there will …

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  • 5 May

    Scale-up UK: Growing Businesses, Growing our Economy

    Entrepreneurs in Britain need to develop effective management systems, establish partnerships and leverage their competitive strengths in order to scale up effectively, according to research from Cambridge Judge Business School contained in a new report launched yesterday by Barclays bank. Barclays. The report entitled “Scale-up UK: Growing Business, Growing our …

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  • 4 May

    FinTech opportunities ignited in Leeds

    More than 150 business leaders attended the first FinTech North conference in Leeds last week as part of Leeds Digital Festival. Speakers and delegates from Estonia, Germany, London and Manchester gathered to look at the future of FinTech and how Leeds and the broader northern business community can exploit its …

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  • 3 May

    Finovate Spring Sneak Peek

    Finovate Spring 2016 quickly approaching. The event will take place in San José on 10-11 May, and is set to host more than 70 companies demoing and thousands of professionals attending, reconfirming itself one of the most important conference of the year. Here is a sneak peek of some of the …

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  • 2 May

    Innovate Finance Global Summit – Round up

    FinTech innovators and leaders from across the world were brought together for the annual Innovate Finance Global Summit on 11th April. In the historic setting of the Guildhall in London, the summit aimed to map the opportunities, challenges and future of FinTech, not just in the UK but globally. 1400 …

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April, 2016

  • 29 April

    Exaxe recognised among Top 10 Policy Administration Solution Providers 2016

    Exaxe, the award winning, SaaS provider to the insurance industry, has been named in the Insurance CIO Outlook’s Top 10 Policy Administration Solution Providers list of 2016. To help CIOs and CFOs find the right insurance policy administration solution provider for their enterprise, Insurance CIO Outlook commissioned a team of …

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  • 28 April

    TransferWise Available in Canada

    Online foreign exchange platform TransferWise is now open for exchanges in Canadian dollars. In a blog post, the company states, “With 3 million Canadians living abroad and almost 7 million foreign expats living in Canada, we can’t wait to start saving you money.” Starting today, users can transfer Canadian dollars …

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  • 27 April

    The FINTECH Book: The Financial Technology Handbook for Investors, Entrepreneurs and Visionaries

    The First Globally Crowdsourced Book on FinTech is out now. The FINTECH Book is a single, consolidated and authoritative resource on financial technology and is the first globally crowdsourced treatment of the topic, containing contributions from 85 expert authors from across 20 countries around the globe. Initiated by fintech thought …

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  • 26 April

    Co-living fintech house opens in Greenwich

    StartupHome, the first co-living for young entrepreneurs in London, was co-founded by two mentors of Level 39, and is currently divided in two chapters: StartupHome in Whitechapel and StartupHome Greenwich dedicated to Fintech. “It was important to have the Fintech home as close as possible to Canary Wharf where Level39 …

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  • 25 April

    Contis Group Appoints its new Group CEO

    Contis Group has appointed Skrill’s ex-COO as its Group Chief Executive Officer. Contis Group, the fast-growing alternative banking and payments company announced the appointment of Thomas Gregory as Group CEO. Thomas Gregory joins Contis Group from Skrill, the London-based global payment processor and eWallet group recently acquired by Optimal Payments …

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  • 23 April

    Featured Investments – April edition

    Avonmore Developments and Forward Partners Exit ParcelBrightUS and European Veeqo has acquired London-based parcel delivery startup ParcelBright which was backed in 2014 by two UKBAA members: Forward Partners and Avonmore Developments. Blockchain intelligence firm Elliptic raises $5 million Series A US and European Bitcoin exchanges and payment processors have adopted …

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  • 22 April

    Level39: 217 really interesting stories to tell #3

      Can you explain what it is please, what your company does, I see from your website it relates to carbon credits, is that right? Not exactly. Carbon credits are allowances that companies are given to pollute under schemes such as the EU Emissions Trading Scheme. If a company has …

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  • 21 April

    Envestnet “Advisor Now” Offers Robo-Tools for Wealth Management

    Envestnet offers wealth management technology and services to help advisory firms leave brokerages and compete with large financial institutions. Founded in 1999, it went public in 2000 and acquired data aggregation company Yodlee in August of 2015 for $660 million. At FinovateEurope 2016, the company launched Advisor Now, a digital …

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  • 21 April

    FinovateSpring 2016 Sneak Peeks

    FinovateSpring 2016 is returning to San Jose next month, and is shaping up to be Finovate’s largest event to date. On May 10 & 11, 72 handpicked companies will take the stage at City National Civic to demo their latest financial and banking technology innovations. An impressive (and continually growing) …

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  • 21 April

    Fintech Week

    The world’s largest fintech-focused festival is back for a 3rd year in July 2016.   What is Fintech week? Fintech Week is the world’s largest Fintech-focused festival. It comprises a series of conferences, workshops, hackathons, meetups and drinks receptions. Each day we focus on a different topic and each evening …

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  • 20 April

    Want to get great returns from your startup investment strategy? Diversify your investments…

    Even the most experienced private equity investors see startups as a very particular class of asset. They are completely right – no doubt about that. But even if investing in startups is a very particular job because of the great risk involved and the non-liquid aspect of the shares, there …

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  • 19 April

    Government to Boost UK’s Global FinTech Status

    FinTech Bridges, an industry-led FinTech Panel and a professional services hub will ensure the UK remains FinTech capital of the world.  In a keynote speech at the 2016 Innovate Finance Global Summit the Economic Secretary to the Treasury, Harriett Baldwin, made clear that the UK government will not rest on …

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  • 19 April

    Angels talk

    Interviews with members of the UK Business Angels Association   Eva Weber Investment Director, Venture Founders  (crowdfunding Platform)  How did you get into early stage finance? It was during my MBA at INSEAD that I got more exposure to startups, having spent the previous 6 years in traditional finance roles …

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  • 18 April

    Refund.me Brings its Air Travel Compensation Service to Businesses

    With Business Solutions, refund.me is extending its air travel compensation service to the enterprise. New European Union laws mandate compensation for air passengers who experience flight cancellations, delays, and overbookings. Refund.me automatically analyzes and processes flight compensation claims which, for businesses that have employees traveling in Europe, helps companies both …

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  • 18 April

    Innovation stymied by banking access issues

    UK authorities must improve access to banking services for payments visionaries, legal experts have said, after industry unrest that innovation is being stifled by outdated and complex regulations. A recent paper published by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) revealed that many participants fear an antiquated, risk-averse and multifarious regulatory environment …

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  • 17 April

    Aire Receives Funding from Accion Venture Lab

    Aire, a startup that aims at making available to everybody access to credit, received funding from Accion Venture Lab, a $10 million non-profit initiative dedicated to building a financially inclusive world. The amount of the investment was undisclosed; the company stated it prefers to focus on the strategic partnership with Accion. This …

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  • 16 April

    FinovateSpring 2016 Demo Companies Announced!

    On May 10 & 11, over 70 handpicked companies will take the stage at FinovateSpring 2016 in San Jose to demo their most innovative financial and banking technology innovations. The selected companies will showcase their latest ideas to an influential audience that’s shaping up to be Finovate’s largest West Coast …

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  • 16 April

    Raphaels Bank Champions Open Access To Empower Payments Innovation

    New white paper sets out the opportunities for fintechs of tapping into the Faster Payments Scheme (FPS) Raphaels Bank Payment Services, which has established an enviable reputation for payments innovation, has published a new white paper looking at the challenges and opportunities for fintechs in the payments arena. Acknowledging that …

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  • 15 April

    Income& Presents PRIMOTM as Finalists of the High-Profile PitchIt Competition at LendIt USA 2016

    Investment platform showcases new approach to redefine the fixed income marketplace Income&, a marketplace investment platform based in San Francisco, was one of the eight finalists at the high-profile PitchIt @ LendIt USA 2016 that took place on April 11-12 in San Francisco, CA. PitchIt provides a stage for startups …

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