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June, 2017

  • 28 June

    Swipe To Vote

    In the future could the UK join the likes of Estonia and 13 other countries globally in introducing an online voting system? “I-Voting” is already used in Estonia and allows voters to cast their votes from any location worldwide, provided they are registered and have an internet connection. Could the …

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  • 28 June

    Money 20/20: highlights

    The Fintech Times participates at Money 20/20 Europe (Copenhagen) as a media partner. We are happy to share the brightest moments, soundbites and thoughts from this amazing fintech event: “We need to work together to commercialise blockchain” Dr Won-Pyo Hong, President, Samsung SDS “As a consumer, my ideal authentication process is nothing” Philippe Vallée, …

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  • 28 June

    Voly launches to cure spreadsheet dependency in the high-tech luxury yachting sector

    Bespoke SaaS accountancy solution, Voly, to reduce human error and relieve Captains’ frustrations.  Voly, purveyor of powerful yachting accountancy, has today launched its purpose-built accountancy app and SaaS platform. This is the first solution of its kind aimed at solving a multitude of issues caused by legacy reliance on Excel …

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  • 28 June

    Revolutionary New Software In the Flight Delay Compensation Space Launched

    The company behind flight delay compensation app airFair has developed an advanced claims management platform which it believes will change the face of the flight delay compensation industry.  Fintech specialist Allay has launched the new software, known as FlightDeck, to quicken the claims process for both airline operators and consumers …

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  • 28 June

    Luxury treats for Men and Fathers this June

    June sees a lot of Father’s Day fuss but we don’t think a day is enough. This column is all about little luxuries whatever the time of year, but in keeping with the spirit of the month, we’ve dug out those special things that really would make any man or …

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  • 27 June

    Sending Money Will Be As Easy As Emailing

    Everyone today realises that the world is moving to a digital reality. Leading world digital agencies forecast that by 2020 the world’s main channels of communication will be digital. We might expect that the same trend should be following in the payments infrastructure – something that would prompt a whole …

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  • 27 June

    UK bank customers access their account online in record numbers – high trust in their main bank

    While all major UK banks offer facilities to transfer money, pay bills and manage accounts digitally, many customers still prefer to bank in person, or by phone. Brits still use digital banking to check their balance but are falling behind their European counterparts in countries like Germany, the Netherlands and …

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  • 27 June

    Mastercard announces its summer 2017 Start Path class

    At Money20/20 Europe, Mastercard announced the latest wave of startups joining Mastercard Start Path – the company’s global effort to support later-stage fintech and tech companies shaping the future of commerce. New wave of startups to focus on the use of beacon technology, contactless solutions and artificial intelligence to drive payments …

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  • 27 June

    GPS Managing Director wins prestigious Industry Achievement Award in 2017 Pay Awards

    Global Processing Services (GPS), a leading payments processor, congratulates its Managing Director, Suresh Vaghjiani, on being named a recipient of the 2017 Industry Achievement Award in the annual Pay Awards. The award is the highest recognition Paybefore bestows on individuals in its annual industry awards, and this is the first …

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  • 27 June

    Queen’s Award Winning FinTech Firm Posts Record Figures

    Macclesfield FinTech giant Quint Group has reported a record year of growth with a 64 per cent increase in revenue to almost £32m by March 2017.  Quint saw its turnover rise from £19.5m to £31.9m in 2016/17, along with an increase in underlying profits of over 250 per cent from …

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  • 26 June

    Earlymarket Invests In InsurTech Provider, Digital Risks

    Early stage investor and incubator supports new digital approach to business insurance and protection against digital threats June 2017: Earlymarket LLP, an incubator and investor in early stage companies, has announced its investment in Digital Risks, a new digital-first insurance provider for technology and media businesses. The family office was impressed …

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  • 26 June

    Options for UK FinTech’s in a Post Brexit World

    After the jubilation and inverse disappointment of the Brexit vote in June last year, the much-debated Article 50 has finally been triggered, just when many started to feel some confidence in the Tory leadership, the results of a miscalculated election have left the UK with a hung parliament. Whilst the …

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  • 23 June

    Barclays, State Street, Credit Suisse, Bank of Ireland & Fidelity Discuss the Future of Blockchain

    Barclays, State Street, Credit Suisse, Bank of Ireland & Fidelity are among 10 host sponsors who will utilise the 2nd Blockchain for Finance Conference, Europe (October 3-4, Dublin) as a platform to debate critical challenges facing financial services when it comes to blockchain adoption. As financial institutions continue to plot …

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  • 23 June

    Kompli-Global’s RegTech Services Will Make Life More Difficult for Money Launderers

    Life is about to get tougher for money launderers. One of the new government’s first tasks will be to approve draft regulations to implement EU 4MLD[i]. These new regulations, with their more rigorous approach, apply to banks and other relevant persons[ii]. One of the major changes is the need to thoroughly …

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  • 23 June

    Iris Capital announces the €250M first closing of its new VC fund IrisNext

    Paris, June 21st 2017 – Iris Capital, a leading pan-European venture capital firm, announces today the launch of IrisNext, its new fund focusing on digital transformation opportunities, with a first €250M closing. IrisNext will invest in startups from seed to growth stage, from €1m up to €30m, giving Iris Capital …

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  • 22 June

    Money20/20 Europe announces move for 2018 to Amsterdam

    Ascential plc (LSE: ASCL.L), the global, business-to-business information company, today announces that Money20/20 Europe, its leading pan-European FinTech event, will move venue to the Rai in Amsterdam, in June 2018.  Money20/20 Europe launched in 2016, attracting just under 4,000 attendees to the Bella Center in Copenhagen. Its second edition, also at the Bella Center, …

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  • 22 June

    Exscudo becomes an official sponsor of Money20/20 Europe 

    Exscudo becomes an official sponsor of one of the major specialized events in fintech industry Money20/20 Europe to be held in Copenhagen on June 26-28th. In terms of Money20/20 Europe Exscudo is going to present its products at the exposition stand at Startup City section. Anyone willing to set an appointment with …

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  • 21 June

    Blockchain and Fraud Risk — What’s it look like? We take you through two cases

    Like any means of value transfer and storage, solutions based on blockchain technology are vulnerable to fraud. According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) fraud is: An intentional act or omission designed to deceive others, resulting in the victim suffering a loss and/or the perpetrator achieving a gain. …

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  • 21 June

    Can Fintech mitigate our Hyperbolic Discounting Biases?

    Fintech is the use of technology driven innovation in the financial services sector to optimise resources to compete with the traditional financial institutions and intermediaries by delivering enhanced services to the customers.  A recent study by Accenture[1] reports that investment in Fintech companies grew by 201% globally in 2014, compared …

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  • 20 June

    From Blockchain Innovation to Ownership

    Blockchain is arguably the most transformative technology since the invention of the Internet. Initially, the cryptocurrency use case with Bitcoin was fuelled by talented developers who were passionate about its stateless ideology. In the Blockchain Adoption Curve (Figure #1), these innovators represented talented technical minds who believed that blockchain could …

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  • 20 June

    Brexit: Fintech’s Finest Hour…?

    Dear Editor, It is easy to forget, amongst all the jostling for what the final commercial Brexit position is, the mammoth (some might argue mechanical) task of amending and putting in place new legislation to give effect to that position. This is an unprecedented complex task at hand, and one …

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  • 20 June

    Santiment engaging with university researchers to develop cryptocurrency sector

    Santiment are a pioneer in developing objective research and data for the cryptocurrency sector, and have conducted analysis on impact of social media sentiment on returns. Research aims to provide insight into drivers for crypto prices Santiment, the world’s first crypto-market datafeeds platform is making an open database, and expert-curated …

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  • 20 June

    FCA Urged To Upgrade Register Or Risk Third-Party Fraud ‘Disaster’

    Industry groups have warned UK regulators there will be no way of knowing whether third-party fintechs are authorised providers or fraudsters once the revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2) goes live in January. In a joint consultation response to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), four financial sector associations called for its …

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  • 20 June

    Brighton – The UK’s Next Digital Tech Hub

    Brighton: the iconic seaside city on the south coast of England. With a typical but long history shared with many cities and towns up and down Britain, it’s onward and upward for this thriving and forward looking fold of the coast in East Sussex. Growing confidence and investment form around …

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  • 20 June

    The financial ecosystem Exscudo has launched a helpdesk for its customers

    Exscudo is the nextgen financial ecosystem that unites the traditional financial system and the cybercurrency market. The main goal of the project is to create a single gate to cybercurrency market for simple users, professional traders, investors and financial institutions. Exscudo’s ecosystem consists of a Stock exchange, as well as …

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  • 17 June

    Could GovTech become bigger than FinTech?

    GovTech is gaining momentum as it is passes from an emergent state and is poised to go global. It could be today in a similar investment position as FinTech was 6 years ago. With a global market potential estimated at $500bn it could become bigger than FinTech, according to a …

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  • 17 June

    Europe takes on China on mobile payments

    Whether or not you think that the future lies in financial technologies, it is hard not to be impressed by the sector’s astronomic growth. Rarely have we seen an industry expanding at the rate ‘FinTech’ did in 2016 when it attracted over $17.4 billion in investment. For the first time …

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  • 17 June

    Fast-forwarding RegTech Adoption: the Case for Industry Sandbox

    Industry Sandboxes could be effective pan-industry platforms that support the development, validation and adoption of RegTech solutions in financial services. An Industry Sandbox is as a collaborative digital platform that makes it easier for developers to test a product and prove the viability of an innovative solution using industry data, …

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  • 17 June

    RegTech deals surge to record levels in the first quarter of 2017

    The number of investments made in Regtech companies more than doubled in the first quarter of 2017, according to research from fintech global. RegTech companies raised a combined total of $238m across 34 deals, a record number of transactions, in the opening quarter of 2017. Total funds raised by the …

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  • 16 June

    No More Ransom!

    WannaCry raises Cyber Security to a global priority Recent ransomware attacks in the UK and around the world have elevated cybersecurity to the top of the international agenda – in areas ranging from politics to national defence, and from smart-homes to global economic systems. How can we buttress our office …

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  • 16 June

    Cyberwars will change the world forever

    The world will no longer be the same. The rise of terrorism, which goes hand-inhand with cyber-terrorism puts a huge question mark over the national security of states and nations. Cyberwars have given birth to a new global security movement, which aims to create a safe cyberspace environment around the …

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  • 16 June

    InsuranceNEXT’UA 2017 to force digitization in Ukrainian insurance industry

    Ukrainian Federation on Insurance and the digital economy and fintech focused Future magazine with the support of the German (GDV) and Austrian (VVO) Associations of Insurers and the League of Insurance Organizations of Ukraine held the first insurance Conference InsuranceNEXT’UA 2017 in Ukraine. It was dedicated to the preconditions for …

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  • 16 June

    Billon receives e-Money registration from Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)

    Billon Financial, the distributed ledger technology (DLT) based payment provider is a FCA registered small e-money firm. Underlying technology from Billon Group provides solutions for everyday currencies, eliminating the costly mining and 3rd party exchanges associated with cryptocurrenciesInitial use case replaces incentives paid with anonymous pre-paid cards with an instant, …

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  • 15 June

    Moneyhub Enterprise enters the FCA Sandbox

    Moneyhub Enterprise has been chosen to undertake product tests as part of the second cohort of the FCA regulatory sandbox. The regulatory sandbox allows companies to test its innovative offerings in a live environment.The Bristol based fintech company  will be testing a short term credit assistance feature called ‘Personal Analytics’ …

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  • 15 June

    Young British companies get lifted with SyndicateRoom

    Online investment platform SyndicateRoom today announces the closure of two lift rounds, for Peptinnovate and Alert Technology. SyndicateRoom negotiated an exclusive offer with the companies, whereby its members could participate in the equity rounds. Pekama closed its round in overfunding over the weekend. Peptinnovate raised £2.7 million, Alert achieved £1 …

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