First Fidelity Bank, Episode Six Announce BaaS Solution with Launch Client Unifimoney

First Fidelity Bank (FFB), a 100-year-old community bank headquartered in Oklahoma City, announced the launch of its next-gen Banking as a Service (BaaS) solution.

The solution was “developed with Episode Six (E6), a global payments and banking infrastructure provider that provides a simple, flexible platform that meets a critical need for any company looking to offer next-generation payments.”

FFB and E6’s BaaS solution is now “live with its first customer, Unifimoney, a multi-asset digital wealth management platform that enables community banks and credit unions to offer investment services to their customers through online banking.”

As a market that proves to be in demand, there are “an estimated 100 or so sponsor banks offering BaaS-type solutions and a large number of intermediary platforms that sit between the bank and the client companies.”

The market has “struggled with undifferentiated offerings, poor payments infrastructure and often legacy and conflicting approaches to compliance, especially around blockchain and cryptocurrencies.”

The FFB and E6 solution is “designed to support the next generation of embedded finance with a low-cost, quick-to-deploy architecture; real-time payments including RTP and OCT; card issuing and processing; and modern, sophisticated digital KYC/AML/IDV and fraud detection, and controls including Astra Finance, Sardine and Prove. E6 has great experience in this market with more than three million user accounts live on its platform already.”

John Symcox, Chief Innovation Officer, First Fidelity Bank, said:

“Open banking is as much if not more of an opportunity for community banks than a threat. It allows us to bring best-in-market solutions to clients and customers at high speed and low cost. The future of money is, we believe, going to be banking+ other services offered as a bundle. We want to be a part of enabling this and core to this ecosystem of new money services. To this end, we needed a trusted partner with extensive payments experience in this market, and we’ve found that with Episode Six.”

John Mitchell, CEO and Co-Founder of E6 said:

“FFB has some of the most sophisticated payments infrastructure in the market and can enable compelling customer experiences with real time, secure money movement. Our platform provides the virtual ledger that has been tested at scale with some of the world’s leading financial institutions. We’ve heard first-hand that this combination creates an incredibly compelling platform for fintechs.”

Ben Soppitt, CEO of Unifimoney, said:

“There are many BaaS solutions in the market now. They promise the world, but actually launching can be painful, slow and expensive. FFB and E6 have solved this with a platform and process built for the future, not the past. And they’ve done it in a way that makes launching a BaaS solution much easier, allowing us to get to market quickly.”

As noted in the update, Episode Six is “a payments technology company that gives banks, fintechs and brands the freedom to design and bring leading digital payment propositions to market with unmatched speed.”

From issuer processing to digital wallets – across deposits, credit, savings, and loyalty rewards – and account management, they power clients’ payments journeys “with the most flexible and adaptable platform on the market today, providing highly configurable products with user-driven tools and technology to stay ahead of, and respond to, customer demand and market shifts.”

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