CORE BANKING, PAYMENTS
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.
FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT, INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT
Awiros, Inflexor Ventures and Exfinity Venture Partners | September 15, 2022
National, Sep 14 2022: Tech-focused VC funds, Inflexor Ventures and Exfinity Venture Partners, led the Series A round in Awiros, a deep-tech start-up that develops an AI-based computer-vision platform primarily for video processing. The current round of funding also saw participation from VedaVC, leading family offices and UHNIs.
Awiros is bridging a key gap in the market through its offering, a marketplace of Video AI “Apps” that allows its customers to discover and adopt suitable technology solutions quickly. Enterprises have been actively deploying Video AI solutions across automation, safety and process monitoring where the market is projected to reach USD 27Bn by 2030, based on various research studies. Awiros is accelerating the adoption of this technology, where its average customer subscribes to more than 10 apps today, up from 4 in 2019. With several Fortune 500 customers and large-scale Video AI deployments across manufacturing, warehousing, data centres, critical infrastructure and public safety, Awiros is already one of the leading companies in this space in India.
In terms of technology, Awiros is a device-agnostic Operating System (OS) for easy development and delivery of Video AI applications. The OS eliminates the need for enterprise clients to upgrade, redesign, or reinstall new systems as the enterprise’s Video AI use cases increase. The platform also abstracts out all the tedious workflow around computer vision-based AI models and lets developers concentrate on building efficient models, resulting in faster development and deployment cycles for enterprise-grade applications. In the near future, Awiros aims to be the default platform for computer vision use-cases that would allow any developer to create and deploy computer vision applications in large-scale projects in a friction-less manner and create an ecosystem that allows the best apps to thrive, much like the app-stores for smartphones.
The company aims to utilize the funding towards product enhancement, building its developer community, and business growth in India and overseas markets. This funding round will allow Awiros in augmenting the India and US teams, both in technology and sales-related functions.
Awiros was founded in 2015 by Vikram Gupta and Yatin Kavishwar. Vikram is a computer engineering research expert with a PhD from Carnegie Mellon University. His key focus area during his PhD was to architect a middleware for multi-application embedded systems, which became the base and motivation for founding Awiros. Yatin is a seasoned enterprise business leader with experience in leading government, enterprise, defence and public sector sales across multiple stints at AppDynamics, Citrix, Cisco and IBM.
Vikram Gupta CEO & Co-Founder of Awiros said “Awiros is one of the fastest growing companies in the Video AI space in India and this funding round will help us build further momentum for global growth by increasing our market share, streamlining technical operations and investing in the R&D of existing and new product categories. By onboarding the seasoned deep-tech investors from Inflexor and Exfinity, Awiros will benefit heavily from their extensive experience in technology, international business and scalable GTM.”
Jatin Desai, Managing Partner at Inflexor Ventures added, “We are very excited to partner with Vikram, Yatin and the team at Awiros as they take their patented deeptech/AI-based Computer Vision operating system and app store to global markets and continue to grow in the domestic market. As cameras become even more ubiquitous globally there will be a huge addressable market for their products. Awiros investment fits very well with Inflexor’s deeptech/tech IP theme and backing solid founders in this space”.
Chinnu Senthilkumar, Managing Partner at Exfinity Venture Partners added, “In the backdrop of data explosion happening in the video domain, we are thrilled to join Awiros’ journey in building a unified video intelligence platform that derives actionable insights for its customers. Awiros’ approach is analogous to Android O/S which enables and empowers the customer to design and deploy AI-based solutions for their business needs quickly. Awiros has excellent business synergy with our portfolio company Kinara (erstwhile Deepvision) wherein they will be able to co-develop solutions in domains such as retail automation, smart buildings, Industry 4.0 etc. for Fortune 500 clients.”
About Inflexor Ventures
Inflexor Ventures is a sector-agnostic VC firm that invests in deep and emerging technology startups from Pre-Series A to Series B stages. The team at Inflexor Ventures brings decades of experience in fund management and investments, serial entrepreneurship and global technology and operational roles. Inflexor past investments include Atomberg, Playshifu, Kale Logistics, GramCover, SecureThings, Bellatrix, Vitra.ai, and recently exited Steradian. From their earlier fund Parampara, they had also invested in Entropik, CloudSEK, SCube, and SecurAx.
About Exfinity Venture Partners
Exfinity Venture Partners is an early-stage technology-focused fund investing in the domains of deep technology, SaaS and platforms. Exfinity’s core founding principles are to focus on B2B-sector investments with a practitioner-driven approach, and they are the pioneer fund in India in these aspects. Exfinity is uniquely positioned to enable the scaling of cross-border startups building world-class enterprise solutions for customers across the globe, and also facilitate growth stage investments for their portfolio companies. Their other investments include Pixis, Log 9 Materials, MoEngage, Kinara, Locus, Skit, Ati Motors, AiPalette, Credilio, Mad Street Den and CloudSEK.
Green Check Verified | November 07, 2022
Green Check Verified (GCV), the leading fintech provider of compliant cannabis banking solutions and services, today announced a partnership with The Home Savings and Loan Company of Kenton, Ohio (HSLC). Through this partnership, HSLC will launch its newly formed cannabis banking program, with plans to offer a full suite of products and services to the entire supply chain of businesses within the cannabis industry ecosystem.
As the cannabis industry continues to expand in Ohio and legalization efforts on the federal level carry on, the perception of cannabis banking is evolving. Not only are more financial institutions (FIs) finding their way in this space, the financial offerings being provided to the legal cannabis businesses continue to expand as well. In spite of this forward momentum, these legal businesses still have considerable financial services needs that have not been met.
This partnership aims to improve integrated compliance for financial institutions and cannabis-related businesses in Kenton and the greater Ohio area. GCV will extend key components of monitoring for marijuana-related business and workflow solutions to automate license verification and monitoring for violations, negative news, and other compliance red flags.
“The cannabis industry is growing at an exponential rate in Ohio, and FIs like HSLC are paving the way for these businesses to be successful through new banking services, This is another major step towards improved compliance for cannabis-related businesses, and Green Check Verified is thrilled to be an integral part of the journey.”
-Paul Chesek, Chief Growth Officer at GCV
We understand the challenges faced by cannabis related businesses when it comes to banking, that’s why we’ve established a Special Accounts Team, We’ve hired the best in class to help businesses navigate the complexities of the cannabis industry. Our team is made up of our BSA Analyst, Crystal Curry, and Ross Richards who serves as our Special Accounts Officer. Crystal and Ross are focused on providing the services businesses need,says Chris Jones, CEO at HSLC.
HSLC is paving the way by introducing a cannabis banking program that offers all of the features of its serviced-based way of community banking to these legal businesses. The program includes deposit and lending products for businesses and owners, as well as their employees. HSLC also offers PIN debit merchant services to help facilitate payments by debit cards for cannabis related retail businesses.
About Green Check Verified
Green Check Verified (GCV) is a regulatory software and services company founded in 2017 by a team of technology, banking, and regulatory experts. GCV focuses on the intersection between community banking and the emerging legal cannabis industry and aims to provide the services and tools needed to connect these two industries in compliant and profitable ways.
The Home Savings and Loan Company of Kenton, Ohio is a state chartered, full-service community bank, headquartered in Kenton, OH with locations in Lexington, KY. Founded in 1888, HSLC’s focus has always been to serve communities, businesses and individuals with full service lending, banking and merchant services products.
PayUp and nFusion Capital | November 23, 2022
Peter Rex, founder and Executive Chairman of Rex, announced that PayUp, a Rex company, has partnered with Austin-based nFusion Capital. PayUp is a technologized early payment solution for small and medium-sized businesses ensuring convenient and affordable access to capital. nFusion Capital is a private working capital finance company delivering customized financing solutions to small and medium-sized businesses.
"Labor and materials prices are expected to continue to rise due to inflation and shortages, and 87% of vendors don't qualify for traditional lending, PayUp is building technology to manage the arbitrage in credit worthiness between these vendors and customers. A line of credit from a partner like nFusion Capital is only going to help PayUp meet that rising demand,"
PayUp partners with businesses and their customers to expedite payments providing a fully integrated experience that seamlessly fits into existing invoicing workflows and provides instant verification and early, predictable payouts.
We are excited to partner with PayUp and provide the capital they need to continue to grow their market, In a world where many companies hide behind jargon and fake tech, PayUp is the real deal. It is fin-tech that has developed a truly one-of-kind platform built with technology that solves a real-world problem and we look forward to their continued success,said Jason Lippman, CEO of nFusion Capital.
This line of credit will allow PayUp to factor $50M+ in invoices & achieve a multi-million dollar ARR, As we partner with high credit quality customers, we expect to raise larger debt facilities at lower costs of capital, thereby generating margin expansion for our current investors,said Denver Lobo, co-founder and CEO of PayUp.
Since its May 2022 launch, PayUp has processed thousands of invoices totaling well over $1.5M in payments. Over the next 6-12 months PayUp will be focused on accelerating growth of their customer base and hiring key personnel.
Rex is a technology, investment and real estate company whose mission is to empower the billions of people who use real estate to live, work, and play. Rex has launched Tech Ventures Real Estate (TVRE), a single venture to disrupt real estate - the world's largest asset class. TVRE leverages Rex's access to 10k+ apartments, an in-house startup studio and elite tech team that conceives of, launches, and scales revenue generating businesses at an industry leading pace. Founded by Peter Rex and headquartered in Austin, Texas, Rex has been named a Forbes "Best Place to Work."
PayUp is a fintech company serving small and medium-sized businesses with early payment solutions. PayUp's technology allows vendors to get paid early on their timeline.
About nFusion Capital
nFusion Capital brings a unique approach to the world of business finance – as optimists we start from a position of "yes we can" and aggressively work on behalf of our customers to ensure their success.