These 20 fintech and e-commerce start-ups from across Europe are trying to shake up how and where your money gets spent.
With greater technology at our fingertips, there are more options than ever when it comes to determining how we spend, transfer and save money.
However, as more of these services move online, there are additional concerns to consider such as security, from anti-money laundering (AML) compliance to the implementation of PSD2.
Here are 20 start-ups from across Europe to keep an eye on in this industry in 2020, all of which are shaking up how or where your money gets spent.
UrbanFox is a Dublin-based start-up, founded by Daniel Loftus, which aims to help protect payment processors and large online merchants from complex synthetic fraud attacks.
“Essentially, what UrbanFox is able to do is simulate what it thinks the behaviours of these fraudsters are and then it compares them to what’s happening in real time, allowing us to detect fraudsters before they actually commit a crime,” Loftus told Siliconrepublic.com.
“The type of fraud we’re targeting isn’t a particularly well known type of fraud, but it’s highly valuable.”
German fintech Raisin was founded in 2012 by Dr Tamaz Georgadze, Dr Frank Freund and Michael Stephan, offering an open-banking platform for online savings and investments for customers across Europe.
Look for Raisin CEO @TamazGeorgadze at @money2020 this afternoon in #Amsterdam, where he'll be discussing new revenue pools & emerging opportunities in banking. #fintech #openbanking #partnerships
👉 https://t.co/k8X93dazws pic.twitter.com/DXKMiyGBL5
— Raisin (@Raisin_EN) June 3, 2019
In 2019, Raisin raised $114m in its Series B, before receiving investment of $25m from Goldman Sachs. The company also entered the Irish market last year, launching a savings product, and it is now eyeing up the US market.
Dublin-based Unitek.AI was established with the aim of using smart automation to target roadblocks in financial services. It provides automated data analytics solutions such as data extraction, intelligent data entry and process automation.
Martin on stage earlier representing @AiUnitek at "NXSTech – NI Startup Tech On Tour" @huckletree Dublin as part of @techstars @StartupWeekDub powered by @DubCityCouncil. Thanks @iamstartacus 👏 Next up? The National Startup Awards at City Hall! 🤞 pic.twitter.com/LIt1QntH1i
— UNITEK.AI (@AiUnitek) October 24, 2019
Co-founder and CEO Martin Brown told us that he hopes to accelerate digital transformation for businesses operating in insurance, retail banking and financial services, as well as alternative lenders.
UK start-up VeeLoop has created an online payment system that aims to help teens and young people to shop online safely and independently while keeping parents ‘in the loop’. Young shoppers pick what they want to purchase online, then their basket of items is sent to a designated parent, who can check through the list and approve what to purchase for their child.
Our founder @RandaBennett1 is at the Houses of Parliament, for a consultation on the Age Appropriate Design Code, to protect the data, rights and safety of children online. Here at VeeLoop we take kids online safety seriously. #gdpr #OnLineSafety #DataProtection pic.twitter.com/uoKiUPq2Sh
— VeeLoop (@vee_loop) May 9, 2019
The payment system, founded by Randa Bennett and Patricia Salume, is starting to work with a number of retail brands.
DX Compliance Solutions
Dublin-based DX Compliance Solutions is helping financial institutions of all shapes and sizes better manage their AML compliance concerns, providing software for the likes of challenger banks, payment service providers and high-transaction businesses.
Anti-money laundering policies and procedures used to determine the true identity of a customer and the type of activity.#fintech #legaltech #regtech #compliance #aml #antimoneylaundering #financialtechnology #compliancesoftware #financialservices #KYC pic.twitter.com/cdWDixrwkq
— DX Compliance Solutions Ltd (@LtdDx) January 16, 2020
“Our specialities are really focused on monitoring behaviour and transactions of customers to detect suspicious activity, and on automating many of the back-office processes that our competitors have not covered,” founder Simon Dix told us.
German fintech Deposit Solutions has developed an open-banking platform for gathering deposits. The Hamburg-based company helps banks raise deposits by connecting them directly with consumers, and enables partner platforms to offer bank deposits directly to customers.
We are very happy to welcome private bank M.M.Warburg as our newest partner. From now on, Warburg's client advisors have access to deposit products from selected partner banks of Deposit Solutions to set up savings product portfolios for their clients. https://t.co/atQvqog13R pic.twitter.com/D52LmqVUai
— Deposit Solutions (@DepositPioneers) January 16, 2020
In 2018, Deposit Solutions raised $100m, and last year Deutsche Bank acquired a 5pc stake in the company. Nearly 100 banks from 18 countries are now using the platform.
TradeIX was founded in 2016 by a team of experts in trade finance, blockchain technology and enterprise software. Together, they created a trade finance platform, powered by Corda blockchain technology, to facilitate the flow of goods, services, transactions and information within a secure environment for global trade.
An absolute pleasure to have @Paschald visit our London offices to speak with the guys based there! A fantastic experience for all involved and massive steps forward in the #blockchain space! pic.twitter.com/Cu7EGQcBuS
— TradeIX Limited (@tradeix) March 14, 2019
The company is headquartered in Dublin with offices in London, Kettering and Singapore, and operations in Germany and the US.
Last year, the fintech announced plans to expand its global headquarters in Dublin, creating 70 new jobs. In December, Accenture announced that it invested in TradeIX, with plans to form a new “strategic alliance”.
Active Asset Allocation
Founded in 2010 by Adina Grigoriu and Olivier Hiezely, Active Asset Allocation specialises in the management of portfolio risks and the optimisation of investment strategies, targeting asset managers and institutional investors. Its platform provides a range of services with ongoing monitoring and reporting for clients.
The French fintech has raised €4.1m to date.
Yesterday, @AdinaGrigoriu spoke about Bank and Fintech Cooperation during Day 1 of #PFF2020 !!! 🎤@ActivAssetAlloc was on stage with @moneythor , @FriendlyScore, and @this_is_bud during this great debate! 👏🏼 pic.twitter.com/IhWYBdo1d0
— Active Asset Alloc (@ActivAssetAlloc) January 29, 2020
Dublin-based blockchain company Aid:Tech was founded in 2014 with the aim of delivering international aid using distributed ledger technology.
Speaking at Inspirefest 2019, the company’s co-founder and COO, Niall Dennehy, explained that, unlike many companies caught up in the hype around blockchain, Aid:Tech’s platform was designed to provide greater transparency for donations made to aid organisations from people around world.
Galway-based CorribPoint is looking to bring credit unions into the fintech age with a cloud-based technology platform, Akula, that helps smaller financial institutions to meet AML obligations.
The company was founded in 2016 by Caitriona McGuckian (CEO) and John Rushe (CTO), and it has received funding from Enterprise Ireland and the NDRC.
B2B payments platform TransferMate, which was founded in 2010, is headquartered in Kilkenny but has offices across Europe, the US and further afield.
Great to meet up with the @WellsFargo team to discuss big plans for Global Invoice ConnectSM 🤝The go-to platform for U.S.-based international businesses looking for an easier way to receive payments from their global customers 🌎 #GIC #GlobalInvoiceConnect #Receivables pic.twitter.com/0fxVq0IEcQ
— TransferMate (@TransferMate) January 29, 2020
Its platform aims to reduce international payments costs for business customers that are sending or receiving transactions. TransferMate secured investment of €30m from AIB in 2017 and €21m from ING in 2018.
Peer-to-peer lending start-up Flender, launched in 2016, offers flexible, multi-purpose loans to Irish SMEs. Led by CEO Kristjan Koik, the company funded more than €13m in SME loans in 2019 and secured an additional €75m funding line to provide loans to Irish businesses in 2020.
Flending Industry Trends from Q4
– Manufacturing & Construction Industries top for financing
– Most SME borrowers coming from Leinster area
– Partner registration growing at over 40% in Q4
— Flender (@FlenderCrowd) January 29, 2020
The start-up was in the news this month after it was announced that former Irish rugby international Jamie Heaslip will be joining the company as head of brand marketing.
Berlin-based tech rental start-up Grover offers a subscription-based rental platform for consumer electronics. Individuals and businesses can subscribe for access to more than 2,000 tech products including smartphones, laptops, VR headsets and wearables.
The best phone to RENT right now https://t.co/29JRdgDir3
— Grover (@getgrover) January 29, 2020
Last year, the company claims to have recirculated almost 100,000 devices and recorded a 200pc growth in active subscriptions and cash revenue. Earlier this month, the company secured a €250m funding deal, bringing its total funding to about €300m.
Dublin-based ID-Pal has developed a digital identity verification solution that enables businesses to onboard their customers in real time in a secure and compliant manner, using a combination of document, database and biometric checks.
ID-Pal has been selected as part of the #REGTECH100 which is an annual list of 100 of the world’s most innovative #RegTech companies, helping financial institutions develop their digital transformation strategies – Contact us today for a free demo #identityverification #KYC #AML
— ID-Pal (Now Hiring!) (@TweetIDPal) November 27, 2019
ID-Pal began life at Accenture’s Fintech Innovation Lab in 2016, and is now expanding its Dublin team as the security landscape continues to evolve.
Fintech start-up Spendesk was founded in 2016 to develop a corporate card and expense service for businesses. The company, which is headquartered in Paris, raised €35m in its Series B round last year.
— Spendesk (@Spendesk) November 26, 2019
“We’ve already seen the private payments sector disrupted by new players like Revolut and N26, but most businesses still manage spending like it’s 1995 – with archaic processes like shared company credit cards, petty cash or manual expense reports,” said Spendesk CEO Rodolphe Ardant. “We’re here to change that.”
The likes of Revolut and N26 may be shaking up personal finance, but they’re not the only players trying to make their mark in this space. Durham-based mobile-first challenger bank Atom Bank, which offers savings as well as loans and mortgages, is also trying to shake up the UK banking industry.
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— Atom bank (@atom_bank) January 20, 2020
Founded in 2014 by Anthony Thomson and Mark Mullen, Atom Bank has raised more than £450m, with some high-profile investors including musician Will.i.am.
Another challenger bank that has been increasingly catching people’s eyes – particularly with its distinctive coral-coloured card – is London-based Monzo.
— Monzo (@monzo) January 23, 2020
The mobile-only banking start-up launched with a prepaid card in 2015, but now offers current accounts, savings and lending, claiming that more than 3.6m people now use its cards around the world. Last year, Monzo was valued at £2bn after raising £113m in fresh funding.
Founded by Jennifer Hourihane in 2016, Dublin-based Oathello has developed a platform to accelerate the process for the signing, execution and completion of documents online.
— Oathello (@oathello_law) October 22, 2019
While Hourihane originally aimed to target legal professionals with this platform, she has found herself working with several fintech firms that are trying to bring their customers online.
“Finance is attractive to us,” she told Siliconrepublic.com. “We have attached ourselves to that system, so to that extent we’re fintech.”
Barcelona-based start-up Goin has created a savings platform with a machine-learning app that aims to automate and optimise saving. This includes the ability to round up purchases made with your credit card and have the difference transferred to your savings account.
The Spanish fintech app has 270,000 users and has raised €2.5m in funding since it was founded in 2017.
Challenger banks are also making a mark in Scandinavia, and one of the ones to watch is mobile-based banking app Lunar Way, which is operating in Denmark, Norway and Sweden.
— Lunar (@lunarway) December 27, 2019
The Danish fintech company, founded in 2015, offers banking services through its app, which has been downloaded by more than 130,000 users. Lunar raised €26m in fresh funding last year, and was granted a full European banking licence.