FintechOS raises US$60m in series B funding round
FintechOS, the global technology provider for banks, insurers and fintech companies, has raised $60m in its latest, Series D funding drive.
Investors leading the round included Draper Esprit, Early Bird, Gapminder Ventures, Launchub and OTB Ventures.
The raised capital will be used to expand the technology company’s global expansion strategy and accelerate growth beyond the 200% CAGR that has been achieved to date.
The expansion plan will primarily and initially target FintechOS’s position in the UK and Europe.
Further expansion will also be carried out in Asia-Pacific, Middle East, Africa and North American markets. New offices will also be established in Dubai, USA and Singapore, and 120 new staff will be onboarded. This will result in a 40% headcount increase for FintechOS.
Part of the funds will also be used to expand on technical services and core system capabilities for banking and insurance, which will enhance the low-code, self-service proposition and personalisation via AI and machine learning in customer experience, products and services.
- FintechOS provides a range of services, including FintechOS Northstar - a customer-centric platform for insurance that allows insurers to deliver innovative products and services at an accelerated rate. The platform also reduces cost via its end-to-end digital customer experience.
- The FintechOS Innovation Studio opens up access to technology through a low code framework where non-technical teams can create, launch and innovate new products, powered by automation and AI.
- In terms of banking technology, the FintechOS Lighthouse provides end-to-end customer journeys, the delivery of smarter and more personalised products and services. With its prebuilt functionality and low-code interface, it enables companies to move away from their legacy systems - or keep them in place.
Fintech technology market
According to reports, global financial service providers have plans to invest significantly in the latest technology in a bid to speed up digitalisation. Currently many businesses are struggling to adapt with the existing digital transformation strategies. FintechOS has gained popularity because its offering does not require expensive, lengthy and laborious rip and replace digital transformation strategies. Instead, the company enables financial services providers to augment their current legacy systems and then scale, test and build on their digital products and services.
Speaking about the latest investment round, Teo Blidarus, CEO and co-founder of FintechOS, explained, “When we launched FintechOS in 2 017, we could already see existing solutions to digital transformation would struggle to deliver tangible results. By contrast, our unique approach has quickly inspired a sea-change in how financial institutions address digitization and engage with their customers.”
He continued, “Events over the last year have only increased pressure on our industry to evolve and as a result we’re seeing growing demand for our powerful platforms. Our latest round of funding will help us grow at the pace needed to improve outcomes for financial institutions and their customers globally.”
The technology provided by FintechOS, also enables companies to transform digitally, in a matter of weeks rather than months. Such services have increased in demand rapidly since the COVID-19 pandemic. Sergiu Negut, co-Founder, CFO & COO at FintechOS, said, “Not only is our technology helping fina ncial institutions become customer centric, but it’s also helping them provide products and services to more people and businesses.”
He added, “With so many markets still underserved, the ability to tailor offerings to a segment of one offers the opportunity to increase financial inclusion and adheres to our ideal that easy access to financial services is essential.”
BME and BBF Fintech to stage sustainable finance hackathon
The first hackathon focused on the fintech and insurtech world at an international level, concentrating on sustainable finance, will be hosted in Bilbao.
The ‘Hack & Disrupt!’ event will take place on 25, 26 and 27 June, and is organised by BME and BBF Fintech. The event aims to bring together companies, entrepreneurs and startups to solve global technological challenges as a team.
The event, which is sponsored by BBK, Plaza Financiera Bilbao and SIX's startup accelerator, F10, wants to connect entrepreneurs and businesses to re-imagine finance and insurance through digitalisation. The challenges that participants will be facing are geared towards innovation and sustainable finance.
Due to the pandemic, the event will be held in a hybrid format, combining a face-to-face part, at the BBF Bilbao Berrikuntza Faktoria, and through a technological platform, which will feature different stands, chats and workrooms. The opening and closing ceremonies, as well as various panels related to the entrepreneurial world and the fintech and insurtech ecosystem, will be streamed from the platform.
What will happen at the event?
The opening will reflect on innovation in the securities markets and then afterwards there will be a panel discussion on sustainability. Challenges will be introduced on Friday evening, and the teams will start working on their resolution until Sunday 27th. Saturday 26th features presentations by several experts, including Berta Ares, General Manager of BME Inntech, and Manuel Ardanza, Chairman of the Bilbao stock exchange.
The winners, which will be announced on Sunday, will be eligible for three prizes: a prospection trip to Switzerland, where they will be able to get to know its fintech ecosystem in detail, the possibility of participating in the incubation Programme and in BBF Fintech’s II Open Innovation Programme, the public-private fintech incubator promoted by Bizkaia’s provincial council, Bilbao’s City Hall, the University of Mondragón and Dominion, as well as direct access to the final interview to participate in the F10 incubation and acceleration programme.
Javier Hernani, CEO of BME, believes that BME's presence at this event reaffirms the company's commitment to digitalisation, innovation and the promotion of SMEs and disruptive startups, which adds to other initiatives, such as the Pre-Market Environment. "Today's startups can be tomorrow's stock market blue chips," he stated. “We also reiterate our support for Bilbao as an innovative financial centre, where BME closely follows the entrepreneurial ecosystem”, he added.