H2 Ventures Fintech Expo 2016

H2 Ventures Fintech Expo 2016 H2 Ventures are hosting its third annual Fintech Expo, an opportunity to hear from some of the most talked about and exciting Fintech companies in Australia. Tuesday 19th of July 2016 Get your tickets here:   Save Save


Which fintech innovations are really adding value to customers?

Financial services, of all sectors, has seen some of the most significant technology innovations in recent years. Banks and insurance companies have been very keen to leverage technology in such a way that is mutually beneficial to both vendor and consumer, and now even superannuation is getting involved in the technology revolution. While there is a lot of innovation happening for the sake of it, not all of it is useful for the end user. It sounds simple, but what we learned as we developed our automated SMSF solution is a lesson that a lot of other financial services apps seem to forget at times; good design principles that keep […]


Examining the fintech appeal of business lending in Australia

A question often asked in the fintech space is, “Which area of fintech has the greatest potential?”  The answer invariably sticks with the obvious – insurtech, blockchain, mobile payments, peer-to-peer lending and banking – and while focus to these areas is deserved, business lending has been exponentially gaining steam. Lenders are flocking to the market and it seems every week there is a new entrant, partnership or innovation. The online business lending space is full of diversified products and lenders are constantly looking for new ways to benefit business borrowers. The market is becoming flooded by choice. So, what is the appeal? It’s simple. The space exemplifies fintech as it […]


Huddle Money raises $6m to create peer-to-peer bank

Sydney-based fintech start-up Huddle Money will emerge from so-called stealth mode this week after securing $6 million backing for its bid to take on traditional banking services with peer-to-peer offers. The company, founded by expat Brits Jonathan Buck and Jason Wilby has been self-funded for the last year, but has closed its first funding round, which was led by Hollard Australia managing director Richard Enthoven. Huddle Money is the latest in a growing band of fintech start-ups to set their sights on opening up new options for consumers in a market that had previously been dominated by large institutions. It says it will do this by challenging existing business models […]


Swipe right to protect: Trov launches world-first on demand insurance

  Trōv, a company that is reinventing insurance for the mobile generation, and leading insurer Suncorp Group, today announced the limited launch of on-demand insurance in Australia, beginning with coverage for common electronics. For the first time ever, people can now turn insurance on – or off – for individual items entirely from their mobile device. The claims process is facilitated by an automated bot and live chat, which means making a claim is as simple as sending a few texts. Trōv Protection is only available via the Trōv app and is a first for the Australian market. “Trōv was built to empower the mobile generation to protect the items that […]


Fintech a $US1 trillion fight

Consultants Oliver Wyman has been talking to banking clients all around the world over the past few months about the concept of “modular financial services”. It’s the coverline adorning one of the firm’s latest research pieces on the impact of information technology on the future of banking. Even as the equity prices of US fintech poster children like Lending Club and OnDeck are pummelled as capital markets reassess valuations, incumbent banks around the world show no sign of losing interest in fintech. Indeed, if the interim results of three of Australia’s big four banks last week were any guide, thinking about fintech in the C-suite is only accelerating. The earnings […]


Reinventure backs Flare HR to disrupt default super

Westpac Banking Corp’s venture capital fund Reinventure Group has taken a stake in Flare HR, a start-up that has built software that promises to enhance company engagement with employees and disrupt the $9 billion default superannuation market. Reinventure Group has invested more than $1 million in a recent seed fundraising round by Flare, which has spent a year building a cloud-based platform that will launch in May. The Sydney-based company has a dozen full-time staff working in the fintech hub Stone & Chalk and expects to grow to 30 people over the next six months. Flare’s software, which manages the on-boarding of new employees and various human resources functions including […]


Insurers brace for mega fintech shake up

The insurance industry has largely remained the same in the past 100 years, but the sector is in for its biggest shake up as investors continue to pump billions of dollars into “insurtech”, fuelling sweeping changes through technology. Insurance is the second most disrupted industry today thanks to a growing number of start-ups and technology companies eyeing slices of the insurance pie. Research from PwC found that the global insurance industry ranked second only behind media and entertainment as the industry that is most significantly affected by technological change. And Australia, where the general insurance market is dominated by players such as Suncorp Group, IAG and QBE Insurance Group, is […]