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  The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), part of the CARES Act, has emerged as an exceptionally popular policy program by the US government in its efforts to support a faltering economy. In brief, the PPP provides a loan for 2.5X times monthly payroll for struggling… Read More

Open Banking Platform Yapily Partners Fintech Firm Ordo to Launch Neighbour2Neighbour Project to Help COVID-19 Volunteers

UK-based Yapily, an established enterprise connectivity platform, has confirmed that it will be teaming up with Fintech firm Ordo, in order to launch a new payments service. The payments platform was officially launched last month. It allows users to issue invoices in a  simple, quick… Read More

UK Fintech Flagstone, a Cash Deposit Marketplace, Secures $15 Million in Capital via Round led by OMERS Ventures

UK-based Fintech firm Flagstone, a developer of one of the largest cash deposit marketplaces in the country, has secured $15 million (appr. £12 million) in venture capital through a funding round led by OMERS Ventures. Existing investors Kindred Capital and Moneysupermarket Group plc also took… Read More

Hungary’s Reserve Bank Says Fintech Adoption Is Relatively Slow, as Most Consumers Still Using Cash

Magyar Nemzeti Bank (MNB), the reserve bank of Hungary, has released its very first Fintech and Digitalization Report, which looks into the state of financial technology adoption and the level of digitalization across the nation’s banking ecosystem. The report revealed that there are at least… Read More

CipherTrace Announces New Feature “Armada” to Provide Financial Institutions Critical Visibility Into High-Risk Cryptocurrency Payment Blind Spots

Blockchain security company CipherTrace announced this week the launch of its new feature, Armada. According to CipherTrace, Armada was created to support banks and financial institutions in achieving AML compliance by providing critical visibility into risky cryptocurrency blind spots so know your customer (KYC) processes… Read More

Bengaluru-based Digital Bank RazorPay Reports “Tremendous Adoption” of Fintech and Virtual Payments Due to COVID-19

Bengaluru-based Digital Bank RazorPay reports that there has been a significant increase in the number of digital payments, following the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. RazorPay notes in its recent report that only a month into the nationwide lockdown in India, there has been a noticeable shift… Read More

Fintech: The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Region May Experience Significant Increase in the Use of Financial Technology Platforms Due to COVID-19

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), an intergovernmental political and economic union consisting of the Arab states of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, is expected to experience a significant increase in the use of Fintech platforms and services. The anticipated… Read More

U.S. Fintech Wise Secures $5.7 Million Through Seed Funding Round Led By Base10 Partners’ Rexhi Dollaku

Wise, a U.S.-based fintech, announced this week it secured $5.7 million through its latest seed funding round, which was led by Base10 Partners’ Principal, Rexhi Dollaku, with participation from Abstract Ventures, Backend Capital, The Fund, Two Culture Capital, and notable angels such as Michael Vaughan,… Read More

Morgan Bierschenk: CEO at Geoship, a Regenerative Village Building Platform, Explains why His Firm Chose Equity Crowdfunding to Raise Capital

We recently caught up with Morgan Bierschenk, the founder and CEO at Geoship, a Washington-based regenerative village building platform, “owned by the people, in service to the Earth.” Geoship aims to transform the housing industry by “building the future of home.” The company designs and… Read More

Cayman Islands Proposes New Legislation to Regulate Firms Dealing in Cryptocurrencies, Particularly Exchanges

The legislative assembly of the Cayman Islands has introduced five new pieces of legislation that may be used to regulate local firms dealing in cryptocurrencies. The proposed rules have mainly been created to monitor the operations of digital asset exchanges. The Virtual Asset Service Provider… Read More

StartEngine Files New Reg A+ and Concurrent Reg CF, Seeks $41+ Million

StartEngine, a leading US-based investment crowdfunding platform offering securities under the full stack of available exemptions (Reg CF, Reg A+, Reg D) has filed for another funding round Filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), StartEngine has posted a Reg A+ offering seeking $41… Read More


Uruguay-based Fintech dLocal Adds Google Pay as a New Payment Option

Uruguay-based dLocal, a Fintech firm focused on facilitating international transactions, has reportedly added Google Pay as one of its local payment options. As mentioned on dLocal’s official website: “dLocal [aims] to close the payments innovation gap that exists between developed countries and emerging economies. We… Read More

Since January, the French Autorité des Marchés Financiers Has Whitelisted Just ONE ICO

France has been recognized as quickly crafting a digital asset friendly regulatory environment while some other jurisdictions struggled to move. The concept of digital securities and non-security crypto assets found support from policymakers and a law was enacted to create a structure for initial coin… Read More

Royal Bank of Scotland Shuts Down Mobile App Bank Bó Six Months After Launching to the Public

Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has reportedly shut down its mobile-app banking group Bó just six months after launching to the public. Bó is described as a small business with big ambitions. “We’re an app, a card, but most importantly a small change in your… Read More

Regtech: European Trade Repository REGIS-TR Partners Sensiple to Offer Interoperable, Automated Reporting Software

European trade repository REGIS-TR, which is a joint initiative established by the Clearstream (Deutsche Börse Group) and Iberclear (BME Group), will partner with Sensiple, a company offering regulatory technology (Regtech) for making repurchase agreements and facilitating secure lending. Through the partnership, REGIS-TR and Sensiple plan… Read More

Monese Rolls Out Desktop Online Banking Services

Digital banking group Monese recently announced its users may now log into their Monese accounts from their desktop with the new Monese for Web services. Monese reported that it designed the web version of its banking services to provide users with more tools and “better”… Read More

Amsterdam-based Banking Challenger Finom Secures €6.5 Million in Seed Funding via Round led by Target Global

Amsterdam-based banking challenger Finom, which aims to serve entrepreneurs and SMEs, has secured €6.5 million in seed funding through an investment round led by Target Global. General Catalyst, FJlabs, the Raisin founders Frank Freund, Tamaz Georgadze, and Michael Stephan also took part in Finom’s funding… Read More

Santander Completes 50.1% Stake in UK Fintech Ebury After £350 million Investment

Spain-based Banco Santander (Santander Group), a multinational commercial bank and financial services company, announced this week it has completed its purchase of a 50.1% stake in Ebury, a UK-based Fintech firm that offers corporate banking services to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that trade internationally,… Read More

Swipe Launches Samsung Pay For Swipe Visa Cardholders

Swipe, a UK-based multi-asset digital wallet and Visa debit card platform designed to let users buy, sell and spend their cryptocurrencies, announced on Friday that Swipe Android users can now add their Swipe Visa Debit cards directly to their Samsung Pay Wallets. Founded in 2018,… Read More

Andreessen Horowitz Secures Over Half a Billion Dollars for its Second Digital Asset Fund

Giant venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) has finalized its second crypto asset fund which is valued at over half a billion dollars. Established in 2009 by Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz in 2009, the VC firm confirmed the news on April 30, 2020. The… Read More

Bitcoin Bull Run. Is the Halving and Massive Government Stimulus Fueling Bitcoin’s Rise?

May is here meaning spring is emerging for parts of the world. For all of the world, it also means that Bitcoin is on the cusp of the next Halving (or the Halvening). The Bitcoin Halving takes place every four years. This is when the… Read More

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