Announcing the Best of FinXTech Awards Finalists

February 8th, 2017

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It is with great excitement that we announce the ten finalists for the 2017 Best of FinXTech Awards. The finalists—partnerships between financial institutions and fintech firms—have been selected based on the degree of integration and innovation that each has displayed, as well as results: growth in revenue, reputation or customers. Finalists were selected by a judging committee of FinXTech advisors, which convened in Phoenix, Arizona, during Bank Director’s Acquire or Be Acquired Conference. The ten finalists demonstrate the strongest combination of collaboration and results, and the three winning case studies will be announced on April 26, 2017, during the FinXTech Annual Summit, at the Nasdaq MarketSite.

The 2017 Best of FinXTech Award finalists are:

Bank of Nova Scotia (Scotiabank) + Sensibill: Scotiabank’s customers can store, organize and retrieve paper and electronic receipts through the Toronto, Canada bank’s mobile banking app and wallet, the result of a partnership with Sensibill, also based in Toronto. The service was launched in October 2016.

Franklin Synergy Bank + Built Technologies, Inc.: Built Technologies, in Nashville, Tennessee, improved the loan administration process for Franklin Synergy Bank, in Franklin, Tennessee. The $3 billion asset bank now manages a greater number of construction loans with fewer staff.

Green Dot (Go Bank) + Uber: Pasadena, California-based Green Dot Corp., which issues prepaid credit cards, partnered with Uber to provide the San Francisco transportation company’s drivers a fee-free debit card and an instant pay solution that allows drivers to be paid instantly.

IDFC Bank + TATA Consultancy Services (TCS): Due to a regulatory mandate, India’s IDFC Bank had just 18 months to expand into rural areas to better serve unbanked customers. The bank’s partnership with TCS, based in Mumbai, India, included the use of micro ATMs, which are modified point-of-sale terminals that expand the bank’s reach in rural areas.

National Bank of Kansas City + Roostify: San Francisco-based Roostify improved National Bank of Kansas City’s formerly inefficient and incomplete digital mortgage application process. Customers at the bank, based in Overland Park, Kansas with more than $600 million in assets, can now fill out a mortgage application in a little as 20 minutes, with no need for a phone call or trip to the branch to visit a loan officer.

Somerset Trust Company + BOLTS Technologies: BOLTS, based in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, improved the account opening process at Somerset Trust Company, saving the $1 billion asset community bank in Somerset, Pennsylvania, roughly $200,000 in the first year by better automating the process and reducing error rates. Customers can start and complete the process on multiple channels.

Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD Bank) + Moven: TD Bank, based in Toronto, Canada, launched a real-time money management application in April 2016, developed by Moven in New York.

USAA + Nuance: USAA, based in San Antonio, Texas, made its website a little smarter in 2016 with the virtual assistant Nina, which provides support for USAA’s members. This use of artificial intelligence is the result of a collaboration with Nuance in Burlington, Massachusetts.

Woodforest National Bank + PrecisionLender: Partnering with Charlotte, North Carolina-based PrecisionLender to improve its loan pricing strategy helped $4.8 billion asset Woodforest National Bank, in The Woodlands, Texas, grow commercial loans by 16 percent and gain almost 20 basis points in net interest margin.

WSFS Bank + LendKey: WSFS Financial Corp., headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, with $6.6 billion in assets, partnered with the lending platform LendKey, in New York, to expand the bank’s consumer loan portfolio with a student loan and refinancing product.

For more information on the finalists, read the announcement here.

We at FinXTech strongly believe that collaboration leads to better success. We look forward to practicing what we preach by partnering with others in the media and fintech space, including Empire Startups, Deloitte, Latham & Watkins, Barclays LLP, Fintech Sandbox and the city of New York to celebrate FinTech Week NYC 2017. It’s an exciting time for fintech firms and financial institutions, and FinXTech looks forward to defining this space in the years to come.

Bank Director Staff Writer