Samantha Hurst

Monzo Launches First 100 Business Accounts

UK challenger bank Monzo announced on Monday the launch of its first 100 business accounts. This news comes just a few months after Monzo revealed it was considered business banking, with Founder and CEO, Tom Blomfield, stating 2019 plans included business accounts. Speaking about the new… Read More

Scotiabank Teams Up With Tecnológico de Monterrey For New Fintech Accelerator Factory A in Mexico City

Scotiabank and The Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), commonly referred to as Tec de Monterrey, announced last week they have teamed up to launch Factory A in Mexico City, which is the bank’s first fintech accelerator program. According to the duo, 10 fintechs will be selected… Read More

Insurtech Platform Coverhound Secures $58 Million Through Series D Funding Round Led By Specialist Insurer Hiscox

CoverHound, the property and casualty (P&C) insurance platform for digital distribution, announced last week it secured $58 million through its Series D funding round, which was led by specialist insurer Hiscox, with participation from insurance providers Chubb, Aflac Ventures and Japan-based MS&AD. Founded in 2010, Coverhound offers digital shoppers instant quotes… Read More

Beehive Forms New Partnership With Thanachart Bank to Launch SME Financing Program in Asia

Peer to peer lender Beehive announced on Saturday it has formed a partnership with Thanachart Bank to launch a new SME value chain financing program in Asia. Beehive reported this was its first bank collaboration in Asia and the digitalized supply chain will provide improved liquidity… Read More

Lloyds Bank & Halifax Customers Now Able to Experience New Open Banking Feature on Mobile Banking App

Lloyds Bank announced last week that it and Halifax customers are now able to see their personal current accounts from different banks through the Lloyds Bank mobile banking app. According to Lloyds Bank, the new open bank feature now enables customers to safely and securely… Read More

Canadian Credit Union Meridian Announces Plans to Launch Digital Banking Platform “motusbank”

Meridian, a Canada-based credit union, announced last week the launch of its new digital platform, motusbank. According to Meridian, motusbank has already received the official go-ahead from the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) and will open for business this spring. Its description reads: “motusbank… Read More

Starling Bank Rolls Out Euro Accounts

UK challenger bank Starling Bank announced earlier this week it has launched its Euro Account. According to Starling Bank, the Euro Account has been designed for UK residents who are the following: Are European expats living in the UK and sending money back home Work… Read More

Dragon Den Alum GripIt Returns to Crowdcube; Now Seeking £1 Million

Less than two years after securing more than £2 million through its second Crowdcube campaign, Dragon Den alum GripIt has returned to the equity crowdfunding platform to raise £1 million.  As previously reported, GripIt describes itself as the World’s Ultimate Plasterboard Fixing. The company’s products hold… Read More

LATTICE80 Lists KAYA Token Futues on Delta Exchange; Seeking to Offer a Crypto Volatility Free Platform To Fintech Startups

Fintech hub LATTICE80 announced on it is listing KAYA Token Futures on Delta Exchange. According to LATTICE80, the KAYA Token Futures was launched to offer a “crypto volatility free platform” to fintech startups and the KAYA network is part of the company’s vision to connect the… Read More

Apple Pay Finally Arrives to BNP Paribas & Hello Bank! Customers in France

BNP Paribas announced earlier this week that it is now offering Apple Pay to its customers, as well as Hello bank! customers in France. This news comes just a couple of months after BNP Paribas announced it was bringing Apple Pay to its customers in Belgium. … Read More

RateSetter Expands Property Development Finance Team in South West England; Appoints Ian Granger as New Business Development Manager

UK based peer-to-peer lender RateSetter announced on Friday it is expanding its Property Development Finance Team in South West England with the appointment of Ian Granger as its new Business Development Manager. Granger will reportedly oversee client management and business development in Somerset, Devon, and Cornwall as… Read More

Update: Wealth Migrate Completes Seedrs Round With Nearly £1.7 Million in Funding

Wealth Migrate, a UK-based real estate crowdfunding platform, has completed its equity crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs with £1,687,965 secured. The funding round was launched in November, originally seeking a minimum of £750,000. As previously reported, Wealth Migrate was established in 2010 and describes itself as a leading… Read More

UK Fintech OakNorth Secures $440 Million Through Latest Investment Round Led By Japan’s SoftBank

OakNorth, a UK-based fintech startup, has successfully secured $440 million through its latest investment round, which was led by Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp.  Launched in 2015 by Rich Khosla and Joel Perlman, OakNorth claims to be Europe’s fastest-growing fintech company by assets and valuation. The company… Read More

OnDeck Completes $85 Million Corporate Revolving Credit Facility

OnDeck (NYSE: ONDK), a small business online lending platform, announced on Thursday the closing of its $85 million corporate revolving credit facility with a lender group, which included four banks. According to OnDeck, the new committed facility can be used for general corporate purposes and replaces OnDeck’s prior $30… Read More

BitBounce Surpasses One Billion Emails Through Free Cryptocurrency Spam Solution

Tim Draper backed and attention monetization company Bitbounce announced on Thursday it has processed more than one billion emails through its free cryptocurrency spam solution that enables its members to earn compensation for receiving paid email messages from senders they do not know.  BitBounce reported that its global footprint… Read More

Ripple Announces University Blockchain Research Initiative Partners

Ripple, a provider of enterprise blockchain solutions for payments, announced on Thursday new partners for its University Blockchain Research Initiative (UBRI). According to Ripple, the initiative was launched in 2018 and now supports 29 partners to further accelerate research as well as technical development innovation in blockchain,… Read More

CoinPayments’ Cryptocurrency Payment Platform Now Supporting BitTorrent (BTT)

BitTorrent, Inc., a peer-to-peer protocols and products firm, announced on Thursday CoinPayments now supports BitTorrent (BTT). According to BitTorrent, the support will now enable millions of customers to use BitTorrent (BTT) to purchase goods and services from hundreds of online merchants. BitTorrent reported it is already working… Read More

U.S. Insurtech Jetty Secures $25 Million Through Series B Funding Round Led By Khosla Ventures

Jetty, a U.S.-based insurtech startup, announced on Wednesday it secured $25 million through its Series B funding round led by Keith Rabois of Khosla Ventures with participation from Valar Ventures and Ribbit Capital. Founded by Mike Rudoy and Luke Cohler, Jetty states it offers insurance that is designed to help… Read More

Issuance Completes Acquisition of CrowdfundX

Issuance, Inc., a marketing platform for digital securities, announced on Thursday it has completed the acquisition of financial marketing firm CrowdfundX. The acquisition was announced at the beginning of November and the transaction closed successfully on February 1, 2019, following receipt of company approvals and execution… Read More

Yoyo Announces Launch of Omnichannel Platform

Yoyo announced on Thursday the launch of its new omnichannel platform. Yoyo reported that it has combined its in-store digital payments and loyalty experience with an e-commerce solution to enable retailers to created the channel.  According to Yoyo, the omnichannel platform provides the following: Multichannel one-click checkout:… Read More

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