Synctera Signs on CheckAlt and Socure as Latest Partners to Continue Building out FinTech-as-a-Service Offerings
The partnership banking solution also unveils new ACH and Ledger as-a-Service capabilities
Synctera, a new solution for partnership banking at scale, announced partnership agreements with CheckAlt, the largest independent lockbox and electronic payments provider in the country, and Socure, the leader in 100% digital identity trust, to bring mobile remote deposit capture (MRDC) and identity verification capabilities to clients. Alongside the partnership news, Synctera is also announcing two new product offerings for its FinTech and community banking partners: ACH-as-a-Service, enabling community banks to execute ACH payment instructions on behalf of their FinTech partners, and Ledger-as-a-Service, allowing FinTechs to outsource ledger functionality to Synctera.
“Our approach to identity verification is designed to drive the growth that makes partnership banking successful, and Socure is looking forward to powering Synctera’s new offering.”
On the heels of the two provider partnerships as well as the new product offerings, Synctera has further cemented itself as a leader in the rising Banking-as-a-Service and embedded finance categories. The promise of automation is an enticing one: most FinTechs only have so many team-members dedicated to compliance, and without a technology partner, their time is often spent manually reviewing customer applications and profiles that need attention. Their community bank partner also reaps the benefits—not only with peace of mind but also the added visibility into their FinTech’s risk portfolio.
“KYC, ACH, Ledger—these are the frameworks that are most in demand from our first community banking and FinTech partners,” said Peter Hazlehurst, CEO and co-founder of Synctera. “Our vision since founding in early 2020 was to enable FinTechs to offer a wide range of banking products and services to their end customers. We’re excited to keep the momentum going with our new offerings and partnerships that have been pre-configured specifically for the needs of community banks.”
As a result of Synctera’s partnership with CheckAlt, Synctera will be able to help community banks simplify their stack while also offering a more streamlined go-to-market pipeline for FinTechs as well. In the current marketplace, FinTechs have to set up individual partnerships with MRDC providers and then build the tech into their infrastructure, which is not only time intensive and costly, but requires internal staffing and skills that startup FinTechs often don’t have. With this new CheckAlt partnership, Synctera’s FinTech clients will be able to get industry-standard MRDC directly from their banking partner and access the technology through Synctera APIs.
“Simply put: Community banks want to offer more to their FinTech partners,” said Shai Stern, Co-Chairman and CEO of CheckAlt. “Synctera is a great partnership for us because they’re easing the barrier of access to a lot of tech dev and programming that is essential in getting FinTechs and community bank partnerships up and running. We are looking forward to joining forces.”
Synctera also signed on Socure as an integrated partner for identity verification to help its community bank and FinTech clients, no matter the size, safely identify and onboard more customers without introducing friction. Socure’s Sigma Fraud Suite and Intelligent KYC solutions passively assess prospective customers online to achieve auto-approval rates of up to 94% while significantly reducing manual reviews, enabling FinTechs to offer a best-in-class user experience and onboarding as well as efficient growth at scale. The fraud suite and KYC products are part of Socure’s digital-first ID+ platform offered by Synctera that also includes physical document verification, a compliance suite, and modules for device, email, phone, and address risk.
“Synctera delivers a much-needed service by fostering mutually beneficial partnerships for community banks and FinTechs, along with streamlined integrations that accelerate time to market in a highly competitive environment,” said Evan Rabinowitz, Vice President of Business Development at Socure. “Our approach to identity verification is designed to drive the growth that makes partnership banking successful, and Socure is looking forward to powering Synctera’s new offering.”
This news comes just four months after Synctera’s launch and seed funding in December 2020, where it also debuted its first community bank and FinTech partners Coastal Community Bank and ONE Finance. In March 2021, Synctera also signed on four new team members to build out its leadership team, including its CCO and VP of Finance Kirsten Muetzel, who previously held positions at The Federal Reserve Banks of New York and San Francisco. Community partner banks and FinTechs are encouraged to reach out via Synctera’s website to learn more about how to work together.
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