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Asian Development Bank Launches ADB Ventures to Support Initiatives for Achieving UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has launched the ADB Ventures platform in order to channel investments and extend support to Asian firms that are creating platforms for achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). ADB’s investment fund is taking contributions from several different partners… Read More

Automated Platform Astra Joins Visa’s US Fintech Fast Track Program

Astra, an automation platform, recently revealed that it had joined payments giant Visa’s US-based Fintech Fast Track Program. Astra has a mobile app that assists US customers in improving their cash flow and helps them save time using established rules that automatically transfer funds between… Read More

Interest-Free Buy Now, Pay Later Platform Laybuy Partners UK’s WHSmith to Offer Convenient Payment Plans

Laybuy, an interest-free “buy now, pay later” payment solutions provider, is teaming up with UK’s WHSmith, in order to provide users the option to buy now and pay later through the WHSmith.co.uk website. Customers will be able to buy products now, and will receive their… Read More

European Central Bank Partners with Digital Innovation Platform Reply to Offer AI and Machine Learning Coding Marathon

The European Central Bank (ECB) has partnered with Reply, a platform focused on digital innovation, in order to offer a 48-hour coding marathon, which will focus on teaching participants how to apply the latest artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) algorithms. The marathon is… Read More

Rabobank Spins Off Fintech Startup Sure Pay, as Company Prepares to Establish Operations in the UK

After successfully offering IBAN check-ups in the Netherlands, Rabobank has reportedly spun off Fintech startup SurePay as it gets ready to establish business operations in the United Kingdom, ahead of the launch of the newly developed Confirmation of Payee rules. SurePay presently offers Confirmation of… Read More

UAE’s Ministry of Health and Prevention Teams Up with Other Local Agencies to Launch Blockchain Platform for Managing Healthcare Records

The United Arab Emirates’s (UAE) Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has teamed up with the nation’s Ministry of Presidential Affairs, Dubai Healthcare City and several other local government agencies in order to launch a blockchain-enabled health data storage platform. The Emirates News Agency reported… Read More

Myanmar’s Digital Commerce Platform Get to Acquire Fintech Daung Capital

Myanmar’s online commerce platform Get is set to acquire Fintech Daung Capital, which focuses on offering a digital platform for education finance, cash advance distribution, and a rent-to-own option for personal and commercial automobiles. The transaction reportedly includes all of Daung’s assets, which comprise all… Read More

Public Sector Lender, Bank of Maharashtra, Tops List of Indian Banks for Most Digital Transactions in December 2019

Bank of Maharashtra (BoM), a small public sector Indian bank and lender, reportedly topped the list of all the country’s banking institutions for digital transactions performed in December of last year. This, according to India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (Meity). Meity data shows… Read More

Former Trump Advisor Jason Greenblatt to Speak at OurCrowd Global Summit

Former advisor to President Trump Jason Greenblatt will be speaking at the OurCrowd Global Summit taking place on  February 13th. Greenblatt is the Former U.S. Special Envoy to the Middle East and architect of President Trump’s Peace to Prosperity plan . This will be Greenblatt’s… Read More

Blockchain-based Supply Chain and Trade Finance Firm, Envoy Group, Acquires $13 Million in Funding

Blockchain-enabled supply chain and trade finance firm Envoy Group is reportedly planning to expand its operations beyond Latin America. This, after recently acquiring $13 million in funding from Alcedo Digital Ventures. Developed on R3’s Corda platform, Envoy aims to enhance the existing $17 trillion annual… Read More

Regulation Advisory Council Created in the UK to Boost Innovation via Regulatory Reform

According to the UK government, Cathryn Ross has been appointed as the first Chair of the new Regulatory Horizon Council, a government-supported committee to make certain UK regulation keeps pace with innovation and enables it to thrive while safeguarding the public. Ross is currently the… Read More

Online Lenders Twino and Via SMS Partner to Enter Asia Pacific Market

Twino and Via SMS, two Latvia based online lending platforms, are joining forces to enter the Asia-Pacific market, according to a release. The two companies are launching a consumer lending platform names Vamo in Vietnam as their first step in the new venture. The two… Read More

UK’s Starling Bank Adds Molo, Underpinned, Paystream to its Business Marketplace with Over 100,000 Customers

The addition of Molo, UK’s first, all-digital mortgage lender, Underpinned, a career management platform for freelance workers, and accounting services provider Paystream to the Starling Business Marketplace will take the digital bank’s business integrations count to 14. The integrations aim to build on services that… Read More

Regtech Firm Encompass Acquires £2 Million Grant from Scottish Enterprise to Build AI Engine to Complement KYC Offering

Regulatory technology (Regtech) firm Encompass has reportedly won a £2 million grant from the Scottish Enterprise, in order to create an artificial intelligence (AI)-enhanced engine to complement its existing know-your-customer (KYC) product offering. The latest funding is part of an initiative with a total value… Read More

Digital Asset, Developer of DAML Smart Contract Language, Acquires Investments from Salesforce Ventures, Samsung Investment Corp.

Digital Asset, the firm behind the open-source DAML smart contract programming language, has reportedly acquired investments from Salesforce Ventures and Samsung Venture Investment Corp, as part of the second closing of its Series C financing round. As mentioned on Digital Asset’s official website, the company… Read More

Barclaycard Confirms Deal to Become Preferred Payments Partner for 60,000 E-Commerce Retailers Hosted on BigCommerce’s SaaS Platform

Barclaycard, a major brand for credit cards at Barclays, a leading London-based multinational investment bank and financial services company, has confirmed a deal in which it will reportedly become the preferred payments partner for 60,000 e-commerce retailers hosted on BigCommerce’s software-as-a-service (SaaS) online platform. The… Read More

BitPay CEO Stephen Pair Confirms Giant Crypto Payments Processor to Add Support for More Digital Assets

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Stephen Pair, CEO at BitPay, a leading cryptocurrency payments processor, recently revealed that the platform will begin supporting additional digital assets. Pai confirmed that BitPay was also looking into integrating the Lighting Network (LN), a protocol for a layer-two payments network aimed at expediting Bitcoin… Read More

Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance AI Report: Financial Services are Undergoing Profound Digital Transformation Underpinned by Artificial Intelligence

The Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF), at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School, has published a new report on artificial intelligence (AI) and the future of financial services. CCAF is the leading research entity covering the global ecosystem of Fintech from online capital… Read More

University of Oxford: Tokenization Offers Exciting Possibilities for Real Estate but Cautious on Single Assets, Smartlands Counters Thesis

Security Tokens and Real Estate. Recently the University of Oxford published a paper on digital assets and real estate. Entitled, “Tokenization: the Future of Real Estate Investment?“, the document believes there is potential in tokenizing the popular asset class but also sees certain challenges. For… Read More

Enterprise-grade DLT Platform Insolar Launches Mainnet, Introduces Native Insolar Coin (XNS)

Enterprise-grade distributed ledger tech (DLT) platform Insolar is launching its own main network (mainnet), while introducing its native Insolar Coin (XNS), in order to replace its previously used Ethereum-based digital token INS. Following the successful trial period of its testnet last year, Insolar has introduced… Read More

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