Samantha Hurst

BBVA Launches Blank Credit Card “Aqua” in Spain

BBVA announced on Wednesday it has launched Aqua, a new line of “blank” credit cards, in Spain. According to BBVA, Aqua features a CVV code but does not contain card numbers (PAN) or expiration dates printed on them. BBVA noted that this concept reinforces security… Read More

Line Corporation Launches Social Banking Platform “LINK BK” in Thailand

LINE Corporation announced on Tuesday the launch of LINE BK, which is a “social banking” platform in Thailand. According to Line, LINE BK will connect Thailand’s “most popular” social media platform and one of Thailand’s leading banks. LINE BK was launched under the Wallet Tab… Read More

Celsius Network Announces Decrease of Crypto Loan Minimums to $500 & Pre-Approves 200,000 Customers

  Celsius Network, a cryptocurrency lending and borrowing platform, announced on Wednesday it has reduced its minimum loan amount to $500, making Celsius one of the most accessible crypto-lenders in the space. Celsius reported that the latest decrease comes less than a year after it… Read More

U.S. Neobank Unifimoney Teams Up With Nium to Provide International Remittance Capability

Nium, a global fintech infrastructure platform, announced on Tuesday it has formed a partnership with U.S. neobank Unifimoney to enhance the outbound money transfer experience for Unifimoney users. Nium further revealed that the collaboration will expand Unifimoney’s capabilities, as well as introduce real-time global payment… Read More

Wirex Announces Multicurrency Mastercard Card Waitlist

Following the closing of its highly successful Crowdcube campaign, payments platform Wirex has announced the waitlist for its Wirex multicurrency card. Wirex reported that the card is part of its plan to become the ultimate cryptocurrency platform. The waitlist also comes just a few months… Read More

German Digital Bank Insha Attracts €2.5 Million in Seed Funding From Payment Provider Param

  Insha, a Germany-based online banking startup, announced on Tuesday it secured €2.5 million in seed funding from payments provider, Param. Founded in 2018, Insha states it offers an innovative and fully digital account based on the principles and does not engage in interest-based transactions… Read More

Mexico-Based Challenger Bank Klar Secures $15 Million Through Series A Funding Round Led By Prosus Ventures

Klar, a Mexico-based challenger bank, announced on Monday it secured $15 million through its Series A funding round, which was led by Prosus Ventures with participation from new investor International Finance Corporation and former investors Quona capital, who led Klar’s seed round, Mouro Capital (formerly Santander… Read More

Pie Insurance Announces Expansion of Service to Florida & Wisconsin

  U.S.-based insurtech startup Pie Insurance announced on Tuesday it has expanded its service to both Florida and Wisconsin.  The expansion comes just days after Pie announced it has exceeded $100 million in cumulative written premium and surpassed $100 million in annualized run rate premium. As previously reported, Pie describes… Read More

U.S. Fintech Possible Secures $11 Million Through Series B Funding Round Led By Union Square Ventures

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  Possible, a U.S.-based fintech startup, announced on Tuesday it secured $11 million through its Series B funding round, which was led by Union Square Ventures with participation from existing investors Canvas Ventures, Unlock Venture Partners, Columbia Pacific Advisors, Union Bay Partners, Tom Williams, and FJ… Read More

Fifth Third Bank Selects nCino For Digital Transformation Acceleration

nCino (NASDAQ:NCNO), a U.S.-based Fintech that offers a cloud banking platform built on the Salesforce platform, announced on Tuesday Fifth Third Bank, National Association, has selected the nCino Bank Operating System as a foundational technology platform to help the Bank accelerate its digital transformation. The… Read More

AvidXChange Continues Growth With Additional New Leaders Across product, Treasury, & Operations Teams

AvidXchange, a U.S. fintech that provides accounts payable and automated payment solutions to midsize businesses, announced on Tuesday it has continued its growth and development by appointing four new leaders across its product, treasury and operations teams. AvidXchange shared that John Feldman joins as Senior Vice… Read More

Buy Now Pay Later Provider Klarna Announces Partnership With Etsy

Payment processing platform Klarna announced on Tuesday it has formed a new partnership with crafts and creative goods marketplace Etsy to launch its Buy Now, Pay Later solution. Klarna reported that U.S. Etsy buyers will now be able to use the flexible payment option to shop…. Read More

Monzo Launches Premium With First Metal Card

UK based digital bank Monzo announced on Tuesday the launch of its Monzo Premium account. The new account will feature Monzo’s first metal card, which is made from a single 16g sheet of steel, complete with a “precision-engraved” logo and a white finish.” The account… Read More

U.S. Fintech FirstClose Launches Digital Lending Platform

U.S.-based fintech FirstClose announced on Tuesday it has officially launched its digital lending platform (DLP), FirstClose ONE. According to FirstClose, FirstClose One is a home equity and refi tool that offers everything from application to servicing (credit score, valuation, title, tax, flood, closing, and recording)… Read More

PeoplesBank Goes Live With NYMBUS SmartLaunch to Outsource Technology & Remote Full-Service Operations For Digital-Only Bank ZYNLO

NYMBUS, a U.S. financial service platform provider, announced on Monday that PeoplesBank has gone live with NYMBUS SmartLaunch to outsource the technology and remote full-service operations of its digital-only bank, ZYNLO. As previously reported, ZYNLO describes itself as a digital-only bank designed to make banking… Read More

Integrated Payment Processing & Marketing Platform Fivestars Raises $52.5 Million Through Combined Series D Equity & Debt Financing

Fivestars, a U.S.-based integrated payment processing and marketing platform, recently announced it raised $52.5 million in a combination of Series D equity and debt financing. Founded in 2011, Fivestars claims to be a leading payment and customer loyalty platform for small local businesses. The company… Read More

Global SME Invoice Discounting Platform Accelerated Payments Attracts €20 million Senior Debt Line Financing Arranged By Channel Capital Advisors

SME funding provider Accelerated Payments  (AP) announced on Monday it secured a €20 million senior debt line from leading asset manager Channel Capital Advisors to expand AP’s receivables financing capability. Founded in 2017, AP provides finance to businesses with an immediate need for working capital… Read More

Billtrust Set to Become a Publicly Traded company Through Combination With South Mountain Merger Corp

Billtrust, a fintech firm focused on B2B payment cycle management, announced on Monday it has entered into a definitive business combination agreement with South Mountain Merger Corporation. Billtrust reported that the combined company will continue as a publicly listed entity and have an implied estimated… Read More

U.S. Insurtech SageSure Unveils New Line of Small Commercial Insurance Products Specifically for Coastal Businesses

SageSure, a U.S.-based homeowner insurtech, recently announced the launch of its new line of commercial insurance products specifically for coastal businesses. Founded in 2005, SageSure describes itself as an innovation-focused insurance and technology company specializing in underserved property markets. “As the leading homeowners insurtech organization… Read More

Digital Insurance Agency Matic Secures $24 Million Through Latest Investment Round Led By IA Capital

  Matic, a U.S.-based digital insurance agency, recently announced it secured $24 million through its latest investment round, which was led by IA Capital with participation from Cultivation Capital, Clocktower Technology Ventures, MTech Capital, The K Fund, Protection America, Nationwide Ventures, Anthemis Group, ManchesterStory, Franklin… Read More

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