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April, 2016

  • 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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  • 15 April

    Nostrum on FinTech Events

    The UK is fast becoming the destination of choice for FinTech organisations to host their events but with invitations arriving on a daily basis, often with a hefty entry fee, how do you decide which are worth the investment? Invest wisely and the networking quality alone is worth the cost. …

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  • 14 April

    The French Tech Hub

    London’s French Tech community is announcing the launch of the French Tech Hub London on Thursday 14 April at 6.00 p.m., in the presence of Emmanuel Macron, French Minister of the Economy, Industry and the Digital Sector and Axelle Lemaire, Minister of State for the Digital Sector. For some years now, the French Tech ecosystem …

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  • 14 April

    Be aware of the mutant banking killers

    Readers from generation X, those above 35 may remember Shawn Fanning. He was the inventor of Napster, the legendary peer-2-peer file-sharing programme that enabled millions of people across the planet to share their music for free. Corporate lawyers successfully stopped Napster in 2001, and rightly so because the music-sharing programme …

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  • 13 April

    A future vision of logistics – the battle for the last mile

    The more we buy online, the more gets delivered, and we want it delivered faster. Amazon have set the bar and we can pretty much anticipate the normalisation of 1 hour delivery for goods bought online. And it will incrementally come to be. But for the 1-hour delivery to become …

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  • 12 April

    6 Ways to Enhance your Fintech valuation

    This is a continuation from our last article on Fintech valuation in the previous edition. In this article, I explore the drivers of valuation and strategies you can use to significantly enhance the valuation of your Fintech venture, regardless of whether this is a start-up, a venture that is already …

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  • 11 April

    Fintech in Edinburgh: Money Dashboard

    Edinburgh has serious presence in UK’s financial sector. And of course fintech is big here. We spoke with Steve Tigar, the CEO of Edinburgh-based startup Money Dashboard, a free personal financial management service. Why fintech in Edinburgh? Tigar explains: “We have the second largest financial centre in the UK, an area …

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  • 10 April

    Regions Bank to Offer Online Consumer Loan Experience Powered by Leading FinTech Firm Avant

    Regions Bank and online lending platform Avant announced on 8 April an agreement to offer a streamlined online consumer loan application and underwriting experience for Regions Bank customers. The unique agreement will combine Regions’ established banking and online presence with Avant’s technology platform to provide a fast, convenient digital experience …

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  • 9 April

    SWIFT kicks off pilot for global payments innovation initiative

    On 5 April, SWIFT announced that 21 banks have started the pilot for its global payments innovation initiative, intended to improve the customer experience in correspondent banking by increasing the speed, transparency and predictability of cross-border payments. The pilot is planned to run through to December, the first results of which will …

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  • 8 April

    Emergence of the secondary market

    Asset Match is the only company in the UK currently offering this service. Themselves a startup, founded in 2012 and even having completed their own fundraise on a crowd platform. In a nutshell, AssetMatch provides an auction-based marketplace where buyers and sellers can place their share offer, and when the …

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  • 7 April

    Hold my Assets

    When does ‘investing’…“Put (money) into financial schemes, shares, property, or a commercial venture with the expectation of achieving a profit.” ..Become gambling? It feels like one can’t get away from Crowdfunding. On the tube, adverts promise that Seedrs “Take care of the boring legal stuff so you can invest in …

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  • 6 April

    Finovate Spring 2016 – San Jose

    On May 10 & 11, 2016, Finovate returns to San Jose with FinovateSpring, a two-day showcase of the latest and greatest financial and banking technology innovations from leading established companies and hot young startups. FinovateSpring 2016 will feature Finovate’s signature demo-only format with 70+ companies receiving just 7 minutes on …

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  • 6 April

    Making time for Hunting

    You need to be a special kind of person to be a security analyst. Of course, you need expertise across a range of technologies, as well as understanding best practice around protecting data against a range of threats. But you also need to be able to spot the causal needle …

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  • 5 April

    Edinburgh. Who knew?

    The tech sector in Edinburgh now accounts for 1 in 8 businesses, and according to the 2016 Tech Nation report, Edinburgh is the largest technology cluster outside London in terms of productivity. One of the drivers of this success is the advantage of a self-generating talent pool. Every year the …

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  • 4 April

    Diebold Redefines Mobile-Enabled Banking for European Market

    Diebold’s mobile-driven ATM concept and Cryptera’s CryptoTouchTM solution will be featured at Money20/20 Europe on 4-7 April, in Copenhagen, Denmark. To deliver on consumers’ expectations for mobile-enabled services, Diebold’s mobile-driven ATM concept dispenses and recycles cash with no screen, card reader or PIN-pad required – using the consumers’ mobile device as the …

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  • 3 April

    FinovateSpring Sneak Peek: Empyr

    Empyr uses card-linked technology to bridge online-to-offline (O2O) commerce, driving online audiences to offline merchants and generating new revenue for websites and apps. Its main features made it one of the most promising O2O platform currently on the market, and they include a real time tracking of offline transactions, the …

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  • 1 April

    Twice as Smart

    I suspect there’s a cycle in fintech. Disruption, collaboration, conformity, then back to disruption again. Recently there feels to be a trend towards collaboration with the incumbent institutions. It’s almost as if some fintech companies have no higher ambition than to become a widget for a bank. However, the disruptive …

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March, 2016

  • 30 March

    Valuto’s Open API Offers Multi-Currency Accounts

    Valuto, the European multi-currency account for B2B and B2C payments, was born to help small businesses send and receive payments in eleven different European currencies – as a matter of fact, they have recently added BGN and CHF to their wallet. In order to do so, Valuto integrates into systems …

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  • 27 March

    UKBAA Launches first Accreditation for Angel Investing

    The UK Business Angels Association (UKBAA) launched a new official qualification aimed at promoting effective investments in Britain’s small businesses, the UK Angel Investing Accreditation.    Angel Investment fulfils a vital role in the economy in supporting entrepreneurs and remains the most significant source of equity for early stage businesses. …

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