GravyStack | October 18, 2022
GravyStack, a startup that has developed a gamified financial literacy banking app for kids, has won a coveted spot on the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School's annual Most Fundable Companies list. GravyStack competed against more than 4,000 early-stage U.S. companies spanning all 50 states and was one of 16 companies to be selected to present at the showcase event in Malibu.
The Most Fundable Companies program is designed to recognize forward-thinking entrepreneurs who are solving today's problems with innovative solutions.
With GravyStack's high-performance banking and gamified educational app, kids and teens can learn to make and manage money through age-appropriate levels of real-life, skill-building challenges. Through their Game, Learn, Earn™ methodology, GravyStack harnesses the power of play to intrinsically motivate kids to master levels that teach everything from Saving to Earning to Sharing to Investing. Parents can supervise their kids' account activity and set flexible controls, making GravyStack a comprehensive solution for the whole family.
Like many parents, Co-founder Scott Donnell saw the need for his kids to manage money virtually in a cashless world, but all the options he saw in the virtual banking world only encouraged spending. He saw the need for an app that teaches millions of kids to earn, invest, and share all in one place.
"GravyStack has created a movement to accelerate financial literacy in young people, and this award only adds fuel to the fire, We are honored to share our mission with more people as a Most Fundable Company."
-Co-founder Scott Donnell
As part of the rigorous application process, several variables were evaluated, including financial projections, market opportunity, intellectual property, and the strength of the management team, all of which were used to produce a fundability score.
The Pepperdine Most Fundable Companies were evaluated and selected based on their ability to attract private investment. The Most Fundable Companies initiative is backed by The Venture Alliance.
Texas Capital Bank | November 09, 2022
Aequum Capital recently closed a new $50 million revolving line of credit led by Texas Capital Bank. This new financing will augment Aequum's significant equity base to support loan origination volume. With the new credit facility, Aequum is well-positioned to execute on market opportunities and organic growth of its portfolio.
Aequum Capital is a tech-enabled, ESG-focused specialty finance lender that provides senior asset-backed and cash flow debt facilities to small and medium-sized businesses throughout the U.S. that range between $1MM and $10MM.
About Texas Capital Bank
Texas Capital Bank is a full-service financial services firm that delivers customized solutions to businesses, entrepreneurs, and individual customers. Founded in 1998, the institution is headquartered in Dallas with offices in Austin, Houston, San Antonio, and Fort Worth, and has built a network of clients across the country. With the ability to service clients through their entire lifecycles, Texas Capital Bank has established commercial banking, consumer banking, investment banking and wealth management capabilities.
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Sabre, Mastercard and Conferma Pay | November 29, 2022
Sabre Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR) a leading software and technology provider that powers the global travel industry, and Conferma Pay, a global fintech firm that specializes in payment technology, today announced a new partnership with Mastercard to accelerate the use of virtual cards for business-to-business (B2B) travel payments.
Today's announcement builds on Sabre's August 2022 acquisition of Conferma Pay. The collaboration with Mastercard is the next step in advancing Sabre's goal to create an open and independent travel payment ecosystem.
Digitization of travel payments with virtual cards helps address the historic challenges associated with B2B leisure and corporate travel payments. The securely generated, single use card numbers provide a link between booking and associated payments to third party suppliers. Travel buyers and suppliers are therefore able to easily track and reconcile payments, as well as benefit from flexible pricing, financing options, and enhanced security through card payment guarantees.
"The payments industry is in the midst of a revolution and there is an increased need for travel companies to better manage the whole payment experience, Companies in the travel space – including travel management companies, travel agencies, corporations, issuers and technology partners – need sophisticated solutions and seamless connections. Sabre is taking strategic steps to fulfill the needs of our industry, beginning with the acquisition of Conferma Pay. Now, the new partnership with Mastercard will help Conferma Pay to build new and enhanced digital capabilities in virtual cards, transforming the payment experience for issuers."
-Roshan Mendis, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Sabre Travel Solutions
As part of the agreement, Mastercard has agreed to make a minority investment in Conferma Pay, which will continue to operate independently and serve the entire travel industry and beyond. Mastercard's investment in Conferma Pay is subject to customary closing conditions.
A combination of experience, technologies and capabilities will accelerate travel payment innovation and drive inclusive and sustainable growth for the sector, Virtual cards deliver visibility, boost liquidity and increase control over B2B payment flows, which enhance payment strategies and empower organizations across the travel value chain to run, grow and protect their business, which has never been more essential,said Chris Fendley, Executive Vice President, Enterprise Partnerships at Mastercard.
Conferma Pay connects issuers to more than 700 travel management companies, all the major global distribution systems and more than 100 online booking tools. Conferma Pay is fully integrated with all the major card schemes and serves more than 50 banking partners, who issue Conferma Pay generated virtual cards in nearly 100 currencies.
We've already made significant inroads in the B2B travel space through partnering with Sabre, We are excited about the new investments. This, combined with our existing strong relationships, will enable Conferma Pay to build on our global footprint and be at the forefront of addressing industry challenges and opportunities,said Martin Cowley, interim CEO at Conferma Pay.
Sabre's Virtual Payments will continue to offer Conferma Pay services – with increased capabilities that help travel buyers, agencies and corporations best support travel customer needs. Sabre Virtual Payments is a unique, secure, automated and integrated end-to-end payment solution designed to simplify and add value to the transactions that TMCs, OTAs, travel agencies, corporations and travel suppliers do every day. Sabre Virtual Payments takes all the capabilities of Conferma Pay and its network of issuers and combines it with seamless integration across Sabre products for -connected travel buyers, agencies and corporations.
About Sabre Corporation
Sabre Corporation is a leading software and technology company that powers the global travel industry, serving a wide range of travel companies including airlines, hoteliers, travel agencies and other suppliers. The company provides retailing, distribution and fulfilment solutions that help its customers operate more efficiently, drive revenue and offer personalized traveler experiences. Through its leading travel marketplace, Sabre connects travel suppliers with buyers from around the globe. Sabre's technology platform manages more than $260B worth of global travel spend annually. Headquartered in Southlake, Texas, USA, Sabre serves customers in more than 160 countries around the world.
About Mastercard (NYSE: MA)
Mastercard is a global technology company in the payments industry. Our mission is to connect and power an inclusive, digital economy that benefits everyone, everywhere by making transactions safe, simple, smart and accessible. Using secure data and networks, partnerships and passion, our innovations and solutions help individuals, financial institutions, governments and businesses realize their greatest potential. Our decency quotient, or DQ, drives our culture and everything we do inside and outside of our company. With connections across more than 210 countries and territories, we are building a sustainable world that unlocks priceless possibilities for all.
About Conferma Pay
Conferma Pay is a global financial technology company. It designs and integrate virtual payment systems that provide a more efficient, seamless and secure way to pay for businesses. Conferma Pay was born in Manchester in 2005. Since then, it has connected over 700 TMCs, and directly integrates with all the major GDSs and OBTs. Its roots lie in corporate travel payment integration. It enables its payment providers to flow virtual cards into the preferred purchasing process of any business travel buyer. Crucial to this is its network of banking partners, who have issued virtual cards in over 200 countries, in 40 currencies with over 45 commercial banking partners via all major card networks. Its ecosystem continues to expand to meet the growing requirements of its global customer base.
Trovata and Banco Santander | September 05, 2022
Trovata, the leading fintech in automating cash workflows through multi-bank API data aggregation for corporate finance and treasury teams, announced today a global distribution agreement with Santander. Through the partnership, Santander will market & refer Trovata’s cash management platform to its corporate & investment banking clients to modernize treasury workflows through data-driven automation.
With Trovata’s next-gen platform, Santander offers its clients a way to digitally transform its cash operating workflows automated cash reporting, deeper insights into analyzing historical cash flows, and a contemporary labeling mechanism that uses artificial intelligence to model out future cash flows in seconds. The companies plan to collaborate in ways to continuously improve cash visibility and cash flow insights to help its large corporate clients make better and faster business decisions.
“Santander's commitment to innovation meets our clients' need to evolve tools and adapt their processes to a changing environment. We are really thrilled to bring to our clients the most advanced technology on the market for cash forecasting and liquidity management. Our purpose at Santander is to help our customers grow with the best solutions available. Trovata aggregates and transforms corporate banking data at scale and that automates much of the cash forecasting process, which will allow our clients to gain efficiency.”
-Eva Bueno, managing director & global head of cash management for Banco Santander
Since February 2018 and coined as open banking, the world’s largest financial institutions have been releasing APIs for direct access. In this way, as opposed to static files, balances and transactions are transmitted much more dynamically, in real time and richer in metadata. Trovata has been there every step of the journey to help the bank’s clients connect. As a result, it has become the world’s largest API-based aggregation hub for corporate bank data with its next-gen Treasury Cloud™ platform.
We’re excited to partner with Santander to expand outside the U.S. and deploy Trovata for the bank’s clients in key markets within Europe and Latin America, Cash forecasting with greater visibility, agility, speed, and precision is not only critical, but universal. With data-driven automation, we not only want to make this possible, but available and accessible for every business throughout the world,said Brett Turner, Founder & CEO for Trovata.
Trovata makes it easy for businesses to automate cash reporting, forecasting, analysis, and money movement. By bridging the gap between banks and accounting systems, Trovata helps companies gain powerful insights into their cash flows and facilitate better and quicker business decisions. As a next-gen technology platform, Trovata is helping many of the world’s largest financial institutions digitally transform commercial and corporate banking with its growing network of direct API integrations. Trovata is based in San Diego, CA.
About Banco Santander
Banco Santander is a leading commercial bank, founded in 1857 and headquartered in Spain. It has a meaningful presence in 10 core markets in the Europe, North America and South America regions, and is one of the largest banks in the world by market capitalization. Santander aims to be the best open financial services platform providing services to individuals, SMEs, corporates, financial institutions and governments. The bank’s purpose is to help people and businesses prosper in a simple, personal and fair way. Santander is building a more responsible bank and has made a number of commitments to support this objective, including raising over €120 billion in green financing between 2019 and 2025, as well as financially empowering more than 10 million people over the same period. At the end of the first quarter of 2022, Banco Santander had €1.2 trillion in total funds, 155 million customers, of which 26 million are loyal and 49 million are digital, 9,900 branches and 198,000 employees.