Tagged: financial inclusion

Singapore’s SME Financing Platform Validus has Financed SGD 1 Billion in Small Business Loans

This month in August 2021, five years after issuing their very first loan to an SME borrower in Singapore, the Validus team reports reaching a notable milestone of cumulatively having financed over SGD 1 billion in SME loans via the Validus marketplace. As they look… Read More

BNPL Pay, a Decentralized Lending Protocol, to Enable Financial Inclusion

BNPL Pay, a “decentralized” lending protocol that “puts credit in the hands of those who need it the most (users without capital), says that it aims to address the problems presented by uncollateralized borrowing through their “novel” design of “a decentralized network of banking nodes.”… Read More

Digital Transformation: HSBC Qatar Introduces Mobile Payments and Seamless Collections Services

HSBC Qatar has introduced mobile payments and collections services for its personal and corporate clients, as part of its ongoing investment into digitizing banking services. These recent updates will aim to enable greater financial inclusion for the unbanked sector and  visitors in Qatar, which is… Read More

Fintech Sokin Introduces Subscription-based International Payments Service in the UK and Europe

Sokin has introduced its “new generation” fixed fee payment service for “cost-effective” currency exchange without any hidden fees in order to make payments “more open” and transparent, according to a release. At present, consumers are being taken advantage of “when it comes to the total… Read More

Ximena Alemán: Co-CEO at Prometeo, the LatAm Fintech Leading Open Banking Adoption, Reveals how They’re Enabling Financial Inclusion

Ximena Alemán, Co-CEO at Prometeo, the Latin American (LatAm) Fintech firm that’s leading Open Banking adoption throughout the region, recently shared key industry insights with Crowdfund Insider. Prometeo recently announced the launch of Spark, which is a free-of-cost program for high-potential startups, Fintechs, as well… Read More

FDIC Announces that Teams Will Be Chosen to Explore Technology to Address Needs of Unbanked Consumers

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) recently revealed that eight teams have been chosen to take part in a “tech sprint” designed “to explore new technologies and techniques” to assist banking institutions with meeting the requirements of unbanked consumers. The FDIC’s technology lab, FDITECH, introduced… Read More

Neil Bergquist: CEO at Coinme Explains How their Company Makes Bitcoin (BTC) Accessible for Everyone

We recently connected with Neil Bergquist, CEO at Coinme, a crypto firm that’s focused on serving retail investors. Coinme offers on-the-ground access to purchase/sell Bitcoin (BTC) with cash through the Coinstar and MoneyGram. During our conversation, Neil talked about what people should consider when looking… Read More

Alternative Credit Solution Provider FinScore Partners SB Finance to Enhance Credit Scoring Process in Philippines

To serve residents in the Philippines that don’t have an established financial history, consumer lending firm SB Finance has teamed up with FinScore to enhance its credit scoring process using alternative data. By leveraging FinScore’s Telco Credit Scoring solution, SB Finance can reliably predict the… Read More

Fintech dopay Receives Banking Agent License via the Arab Banking Corporation or Bank ABC in Egypt

Fintech firm dopay has received a banking agent license via the Arab Banking Corporation Egypt (Bank ABC Egypt). As noted by its management: “Dopay is the Fintech innovator driving financial inclusion by making access to cashless payment solutions simple, secure, and super-fast. Today, 1.7 billion… Read More

Real Estate Investment Platform Fundrise to Lower Entry Barrier for New Class of Investors

Real estate investment platform Fundrise recently revealed that it’s lowering the entry barrier for a new class of investors, which means “higher potential for the next generation.” Fundrise CEO Ben Miller notes that the platform has remained committed to making the world’s “best alternative investments”… Read More

YieldStreet Reveals that Regular Investors, Not Just High Net Worth Clients, Can Access $3T Structured Notes Market

YieldStreet, an investment crowdfunding platform for alternative assets, which recently reported topping $2 billion in deals funded while returning more than $1 billion to investors, notes that the company was founded on the “premise of narrowing the income and opportunity gap.” The YieldStreet team writes… Read More

Latvia based P2P Lender Sun Finance Exceeds €1B in Loans Issued with €95M Net Portfolio

Latvia-based P2P lending platform Sun Finance has exceeded the €1 billion (appr £851.7 million) milestone in the total loans provided. The company reveals that it’s on track to end 2021 with €200 million in earnings. Established in January 2017, the Sun Finance platform has managed… Read More

Payments Council of India Welcomes RBI’s Move to Permit Approved Non Bank Payment Providers to Participate in Centralized Payment Systems

Welcoming the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) move to permit authorized or approved non-bank payment system providers to take part in centralized payment systems (CPS), the Payments Council of India (PCI), the nation’s largest industry body for the non-banking digital payments ecosystem, has confirmed that… Read More

Inclusive Fintech 50, Supported by Visa and Organized by Center for Financial Inclusion, Shares Updates

There’s a digital revolution that is taking place in the financial inclusion space, according to an update from Visa (NYSE: V). The Visa team writes in a blog post that emerging Fintech firms continue to develop innovative solutions “to barriers to access — access to… Read More

Digital Banking: Union Bank of Philippines to Launch Fourth Virtual Bank in Southeast Asian Nation

The Union Bank of the Philippines, which is part of a conglomerate that is led by Aboitiz Equity Ventures, will be launching the fourth all-digital banking platform in the Southeast Asian country. This, according to a Philstar Global report. The UnionBank’s virtual bank application has… Read More

LOQBOX Partners with ClearScore to Assist UK Consumers with Establishing Good Credit History

Financial exclusion is negatively affecting billions of consumers across the globe, including the younger generations who do not have established credit histories. As the United Kingdom‘s economy tries to recover from the COVID-19 crisis, the nation’s lending platforms are expecting an increase in unsecured lending…. Read More

PensionTech pinBox Raises Seed Funding to Provide Micro-Pension for Needy

pinBox, a global PensionTech working towards providing digital micro-pension and social security inclusion, has raised $ 1 million in funding from Venture Catalysts (Vcats), an integrated incubator, along with accelerator fund 9unicorns. Founded in 2016 by industry veterans Parul Seth Khanna and Gautam Bhardwaj, pinBox… Read More

Southeast Asian Workforce Management Platform Workmate Secures Debt Financing of up to $10 Million from Lendable

Workmate, a Southeast Asian Workforce Management Platform and marketplace for informal workers, has reportedly acquired a senior secured loan of “up to $10 million” from Lendable Inc., a provider of debt to Fintechs in emerging and frontier markets. As mentioned in the announcement: “A committed… Read More

CBDCs: Monetary Authority of Singapore Introduces International Challenge for Developing CBDC Solutions

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) reveals that it has introduced an international challenge for retail central bank digital currency (CBDC) solutions. The Global CBDC Challenge from the MAS will aim to find innovative retail CBDC solutions to improve existing payment processes while promoting greater… Read More

New Digital Transformation Initiative Introduced by RCBC and Rural Bankers Association of the Philippines

The Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) has introduced a digital transformation initiative with assistance from the Rural Bankers Association of the Philippines (RBAP). The new project will be supporting the SynerFi Open Finance Network. This development has come shortly after the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas… Read More

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