Newsletter, 13 – 19 September 2014

BBVA OpenTalent announces winners at Next Bank Europe

We had a great couple of days at Next Bank Europe in Barcelona, which included the finals of the BBVA Open Talent 2014 Europe. Lendstar and Cashboard from the FTFD community were among the ten “new banking” startups, with ClauseMatch and TransferGo declared winners.

Samarth Shekhar, Co-Founder of Fintech Forum, was on the panel “FinTech Startup Ecosystems in Europe” moderated by ex-WSJ Tech Editor Ben Rooney (Informilo), along with Nektarios Liolios (Startupbootcamp FinTech), Nicolas Debock (Xange Private Equity) and Jerome Baro (Barcelona Activa).

Check out our event report and blog next week!

Countdown to the InnoTRIBE Startup Challenge / Sibos 2014 (29th Sep. – 02nd Oct. in Boston)

We are now getting into an InnoTRIBE state of mind! Here is a build-up blog and a teaser article Where is the innovation in fintech? with the InnoTRIBE innovation bubble chart. Meet us at the InnoTRIBE Stand at Sibos! We are a judge and partner of the InnoTRIBE Startup Challenge 2014, and will be cheering for the two finalists from the FTFD community (Lendstar and Mambu) at the Grand Finale on 1st Oct.

Fast Growing P2P Platform Lendico Enters Dutch Market

Fast growing peer to peer lender Lendico has moved into a new market, this time targeting the Netherlands.  Lendico was founded in Germany at the end of 2013 but the young platform has quickly moved to expand into regions beyond the German market.

Number26 – the real time banking account is about to launch soon

While many other FinTech options offer an overview of your accounts, your spendings or work on peer-2-peer payment solutions, Number26 has a different goal and rethinks debit bank accounts to offer an all-in-one solution.

FinTech-Inkubator (Nova Founders): „Wir werden komplexere Modelle machen, als Rocket es kann“

2012 gründeten Ex-Rocket-Manager einen Inkubator in Asien. Nun steckt ein Milliardär 50 Millionen Dollar in Nova Founders, das sich auf FinTech spezialisieren will.

investiere (Swiss crowdfunding platform) raises CHF 737000 for Scotland-based clinical trial startup

Scotland-based Clinpal recently raised CHF 2.4 million in a financing round led by former Novartis and Credit Suisse CIO Karl Landert. investiere facilitated investments to the tune of CHF 737’000 and helped Clinpal secure funding from smart money investors with ties to the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry in Switzerland.

Companisto: Proposed German Law a Contradiction That Threatens Crowdfunding

Recently there have been rumblings from the German crowdfunding industry regarding proposed rules pertaining to investor protection that may impact the growing investment crowdfunding industry.

Dassault Systèmes names 3D FinTech Challenge finalists

Dassault Systèmes today announced the 6 finalists selected to participate in the 3D FinTech Challenge 2014, an immersive accelerator programme designed to empower and accelerate technology innovation within financial service…

London event challenges fintech-types to launch a startup in a weekend

Fintech developers, designers and entrepreneurs are being invited to gather in London next month for a 54-hour hackathon that could see them win help from industry heavyweights to develop their ideas.

Apple Pay is as safe as your selfies, says PayPal ad

In a newspaper ad reacting to Apple’s new payment system, PayPal suggests it’s not secure. And, well, PayPal is.

Überall shoppen und online bezahlen: Cashcloud präsentiert virtuelle Prepaid MasterCard® zum Nulltarif

The mobile e-Wallet provider cashcloud offers to its users a virtual MasterCard for payment on the internet. This makes shopping in World Wide Web in millions of online shops possible.

Mobile Payments: PAY.ON to support Apple Pay

RapidMiner Appoints Analytics Executive and Thought Leader Michele Chambers as President and Chief Operating Officer

Pioneering predictive analytics leader RapidMiner today announced that Michele Chambers has joined its executive team as president and chief operations officer (COO). Chambers brings more than 25 years of high-tech experience to her role at RapidMiner, and is a twice-published author in the subject of modern analytics.