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First-ever Canadian Paytech Report Offers Insight on Emerging Canadian Paytech Market

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FGS and Paytechs of Canada, today co-released an in-depth report on the Canadian Paytech landscape, offering the first ever comprehensive overview of the impact and pace at which technology is driving disruptive change.

The Canadian Paytech Report provides a data-driven view on Paytech in Canada, analysis and deep insights on all participants in the payments ecosystem. The report highlights innovation in the payments space, emerging trends in Canada [and globally], and includes future considerations for tech giants, non-financial companies and traditional financial institutions.

“The Canadian financial services market is experiencing a dramatic increase of fierce competition driven by the availability of new technology. There is sustained pressure coming from consumers and business for the industry to innovate,” says Sue Britton, CEO & Founder of FGS. “With great confidence, I can say that the majority of incumbent companies, given their size, are unaware of the scale and speed of change happening around them, nor are they able to move quickly enough to respond.”

FGS and Paytechs of Canada, the newly formed trade group for Paytechs in this country, wanted to provide information about the Paytech ecosystem to create awareness, conversation and ideas for collaboration. Together they believe, Canada needs more bold moves and less incrementalism by financial institutions to continue to be viable long term and support the acceleration of innovation in Canada. The report aims to shed light on Canada’s current position in the payments ecosystem, and introduce ideas for future opportunities.

“Payment innovation has and will continue to pave the way for FinTech adoption in Canada. Little is known about the group largely driving that innovation – Paytech,” says Ben Harrison, Partner, Head of Partnerships & Policy at Portag3 Ventures. “We recognize that a lot of great work has been done so far but there’s still work to do. This report gives us a benchmark to start tracking progress at an industry level.”

Highlights of the report include:

  • The number of Paytech Companies in Canada has increased by 136% in the last 5 years (2014-2018) and by 233%  in the last 10 years (2009-2018).
    • There are 633 Paytech companies in Canada – including startups, incumbents, tech giants, non-financial entrants and challenger banks.
    • Of these 633 companies, 420 are headquartered in Canada. The rest are Canadian subsidiaries of companies headquartered elsewhere.
    • These 633 companies employ more than 80,000 people in Canada.
  • The report analyzed the global tech giants with a Paytech offering and found that 12 out of the 14 tech giants analyzed have a Paytech product for the Canadian market.
  • FGS research located public data on 244 deals for a total of $2.86 billion funding into Paytech companies in Canada.
  • There have been 28 acquisitions of Paytech companies in Canada since 2010.
  • The use of digital, demand for convenience, choice and increased need for access to financial services by all Canadians is driving new entrants to the Canadian market. There are now more than 25 Challenger Banks operating in Canada.

Overall, the objective is to inform Canadians, as well as broad financial and non financial institutions, such as retailers and telcos, on how to adapt and embrace emerging opportunities to stay competitive. FGS and Paytechs of Canada also believe this report will be incredibly helpful for those outside the payments industry, particularly key government stakeholders like the Dept of Finance, and Bank of Canada to understand changes to date and where Paytech is going.

At its core, the FGS, Paytechs of Canada report uncovers a Canadian payments market in the midst of numerous changes, all of which are indicators of positive movement towards innovation. The newly announced Paytechs of Canada is a harmonized voice of Paytechs working to improve payment experiences for Canadians by creating competition and innovation through solutions-oriented advocacy and education.

 

SOURCE FinTech Growth Syndicate

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AvidXchange Unveils New Study on Future of B2B Fintech

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AvidXchange™, the leading provider of accounts payable (AP) and payment automation solutions, today released compelling new insights on the future of fintech at REVx, its annual gathering of industry experts, AP thought leaders and finance professionals. Developed in collaboration with Levvel Research, the white paper revealed that while B2B companies are becoming more knowledgeable about using disruptive technologies to transform financial processes, most are unaware of how innovations like artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, big data and blockchain are changing the way they work.

Of the fintech trends analyzed, AI is the most familiar to users, with 43 percent aware of its use in fintech applications and 83 percent citing AI as a strategic priority. In parallel, 84 percent of businesses believe AI will give them a competitive advance, and 75 percent believe it will allow them to expand lines of business by entering new ventures.

In contrast, blockchain was the most alien of the emerging technologies, with just over one in four respondents aware of its role in fintech despite increasing momentum behind blockchain applications in the B2B space. Machine learning and big data finished squarely in the middle, with 34 and 33 percent, respectively, confirming knowledge of daily touchpoints with these technologies.

“B2B fintech has evolved from on-premise accounting systems that help customers manage financial data to dynamic, cloud-based solutions that are impacting almost every area of the business,” said Dan Drees, Chief Growth Officer at AvidXchange. “Despite this progress, there are still a significant number of companies who haven’t embraced fintech. Understanding why and helping businesses adopt it will be the primary challenge for the financial services industry as we move forward.”

Collectively, the lack of familiarity with disruptive technologies indicates a significant area of opportunity for businesses to close this knowledge gap by learning more about fintech innovations and how they will alter the way companies operate in the immediate future.

To read more about how emerging technologies are impacting the B2B fintech space and being embraced by customers, download the full white paper here:

 

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OpenFin Raises $17 Million Series C from Wells Fargo and Barclays

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OpenFin, the operating system (OS) of finance, has raised $17 million in Series C funding from major banks and leading FinTech investors. The funding round was led by Wells Fargo with participation from Barclays and existing investors including Bain Capital Ventures, J.P. Morgan and Pivot Investment Partners. The Series C round brings OpenFin’s total amount of venture funding to $40 million. Proceeds from the financing will be used to make OpenFin OS ubiquitous on financial desktops and to fund further product innovation. This includes OpenFin’s new Cloud Services offering, which enables banks, asset managers, wealth managers and hedge funds to provide their own private app stores for employees and customers out of the box.

The global financial services industry is spending billions in addressing the digital transformation of thousands of legacy desktop applications used for client service centers, front office, operations, risk and compliance. OpenFin’s widely adopted desktop operating system enables financial services firms to build new applications with modern web technology while enabling seamless and secure integration with legacy applications. This allows these firms to modernize and unify the end-user desktop experience while extracting the greatest possible value from their existing technology investments.

“Apple and Google’s mobile operating systems and app stores have enabled more than a million apps that have fundamentally changed how we live,” said Mazy Dar, CEO and Co-Founder of OpenFin. “OpenFin OS and our new app store services enable the next generation of desktop apps that are transforming how we work in financial services.”

OpenFin OS has become a de facto market standard for deployment and interoperability of desktop apps to power digital transformation across the industry. Its customers include most major banks, leading asset management firms and many of the best known vendor platforms in the space. The operating system software runs more than 1,000 applications at more than 1,500 banks and buy-side firms across 200,000 desktops in 60+ countries.

“We have been following OpenFin’s progress and are impressed by the company’s success in gaining wide adoption in capital markets. OpenFin is leading a key effort in providing the financial industry with a modern and unifying foundation for development and secure distribution of financial applications,” said Basil Darwish, Managing Director, Strategic Investments at Wells Fargo Securities. “We are delighted to lead OpenFin’s Series C funding round and excited to support the next phase of their development.”

“Agility and interoperability are core pillars of our digital strategy because time is a precious resource, especially in a banking environment. OpenFin accelerates our innovation cycle and allows us to create better workflows, enabling our colleagues and clients to make more productive use of their time,” said Brett Tejpaul, Head of Digital and Client Strategy at Barclays Investment Bank. “We are pleased to support the company which is a leader in the industry with its open source model and its commitment to industry collaboration.”

“OpenFin is building the roads, bridges and communications infrastructure for financial apps that will allow capital markets to innovate like Silicon Valley,” said Matt Harris, Partner at Bain Capital Ventures. “We are proud to have been early backers of the company and we welcome the strategic support from Barclays, J.P. Morgan and Wells Fargo.”

OpenFin has significant network effects in financial services as a result of its wide adoption which, in turn, is fueling innovation and accelerating a generational shift in how applications are developed, distributed and maintained. The company also sees tremendous opportunities for their technology in adjacent industries.

 

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Beyorch launches three-tier program to help businesses raise capital

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Today Beyorch (beyork) launches a three-tier program for businesses looking to raise capital without forgoing any business equity.

“The three-tier Beyorch Professional Services plan allows business owners to retain their equity and instead pay a flat fee in an effort to raise capital to grow their businesses, while experiencing the effects of a stock exchange without having to go public,” said Andre Villeroy, CEO of Beyorch. “This plan is something long overdue in the Fintech space.”

Businesses looking to raise capital can choose from one of three plans: https://beyorch.com/pioneering-markets/

The Business Tier is for businesses looking to raise $60 million over three years.
The Enterprise Tier is for businesses looking to raise $150 million over three years.
The Fortune 1 Tier is for businesses looking to raise $500 million over three years.

To become a Beyorch Professional Services client, companies need to maintain an average daily balance of $1 million or more.

“If your total balance doesn’t meet our requirements, we may work with you to determine an alternative Beyorch product,” Villeroy said.

Business owners will have the opportunity to work with a Beyorch corporate manager, a Beyorch specialist and a professional service advisor as they navigate the money-raising process.

“We make customer service a top priority at Beyorch,” Villeroy added. “We want your experience to be top notch.”

Some of the ways Beyorch is different is that they allow everyday investors the opportunity to invest in the Beyorch Exchange with as little as $1,000. Traditionally, when it comes to private equity investing, investors have had to invest as much as $200,000 to participate.

“We wanted to offer something for the middle class,” Villeroy added. “We see this as a way to level the playing field by allowing for monthly dividends from 8 to 20 percent that don’t coincide with exhausting fees.”

For subscription information please visit https://beyorch.com/beyorch-exchange-reimagined/

Beyorch is located in the financial district of downtown Los Angeles.  To contact a Beyorch representative click the following link: https://go.beyorch.com/connect.html

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