Fintech platform Identitii (ASX: ID8) has signed up to a selling agreement with Microsoft.

The deal will make Identitii a “co-sell ready” partner, which in turn gives it access to the tech giant’s huge base of financial services customers.

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  • ID8 said it can then leverage that network to get exposure for Overlay+, its private blockchain product used to facilitate B2B and B2C banking transactions.

    For listed Aussie fintechs, announcing the words “deal” and “Microsoft” in the same sentence has been the catalyst for some huge share price rallies this year.

    Shares in 9Spokes (ASX: 9SP) rose more than 240 per cent in early March, while Gooroo Ventures (ASX:GOO) almost doubled a month later.

    The market had a cooler reaction to this morning’s announcement, with shares in ID8 unchanged at 45 cents, down from 60 cents at the start of May.

    Broadening the blockchain horizons

    Identitii describes its Overlay+ service as a “secure and auditable platform, that uses a private blockchain and unique identifiers called Identitii Tokens to enable a faster, more transparent corporate banking ecosystem using existing technology infrastructure”.

    The company developed the product in response to market demand for faster payment processes within an improved security framework.

    The service already includes Microsoft Outlook email functionality, and Identitii says the deal will provide an opportunity to include the platform with the rest of the Microsoft Office product suite.

    “Achieving ‘Co-Sell Ready’ status with Microsoft is an important step along the path of delivering our Overlay+ go-to-market strategy,” CEO Nick Armstrong said.

    “Identitii has already demonstrated initial success in our direct sales approach however, to truly achieve global sales we plan to leverage larger partners.”

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