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Salt Bank taps Engine by Starling to power digital banking in Romania

By Gloria Methri

November 16, 2023

  • Banca Transilvania Financial Group
  • Cloud Banking Platform
  • Engine by Starling

Starling Bank, Engine by Starling, FinTech, Salt Bank, Retail Bank, Digital Banking, SaaS, Cloud Banking, Mobile Banking, FinTech, RomaniaSalt Bank, Romania’s digitally native bank, has selected Engine by Starling to power its new retail bank. Previously known as Idea Bank, Salt Bank is based in Bucharest and is a subsidiary of Banca Transilvania Financial Group, the largest bank in Southeastern Europe.

It has ambitions to disrupt banking in Romania by bringing a seamless digital user experience to customers who prefer mobile banking. Its app, which is expected to go live in 2024, will be available to individuals and businesses.

Engine by Starling’s cloud-based banking platform will enable Salt Bank to serve the Romanian market with a wide range of digital banking services. The Engine technology was built to power Starling Bank, which has amassed more than 3.6 million customer accounts in the UK as of March 2023.

Using Engine’s SaaS capabilities, the partnership will give Salt Bank the ability to:

  • onboard customers digitally, manage accounts, and provide savings products.
  • process payments and card transactions and manage and grow a portfolio of unsecured lending products.
  • manage operations via Engine’s proprietary operational portal, including functionality to support customer services, financial crime monitoring and prevention, payment operations, card operations, loan servicing, and collections.

Gabriela Nistor, CEO of Salt Bank said, “We have strong ambitions to disrupt the banking market in Romania by offering customers simple and seamless digital experiences. Engine provides a best-in-class platform that will fit into our digital strategy. We were impressed by Engine’s success with Starling Bank in the UK, which has 3.6 million customer accounts and regularly tops the tables for providing the best customer experience.”

Sam Everington, CEO of Engine by Starling added, “With Engine, our goal is to bring our modern banking platform to financial services firms around the world. Our first client, Salt Bank, shares our vision for better banking. Together we plan to create the best user experiences for customers in Romania – just like Starling has done in the UK.”

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