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Qatar Development Bank CEO Reveals that SMEs and Fintech Startups in the Middle East Don’t have Access to Many VC Investment Opportunities

Abdulaziz Bin Nasser Al Khalifa, the CEO at Qatar Development Bank (QDB), which offers financial services, banking, and loans to support the development of the nation’s economy, has said that changing mindsets regarding entrepreneurship is “critical to growth.” QDB plans to help both government employees… Read More

Singapore’s SeedIn, a P2P Investment Platform, has Rebranded to BRDGE to Better Reflect its Mission and Business Objectives

Singapore-based SeedIn, a peer to peer (P2P) investment platform, has announced that it will be rebranding to BRDGE. The company stated that the new name (BRDGE) aims to better reflect the organization’s mission and objectives. The P2P platform is mainly intended for local SMEs. BRDGE… Read More

PAG, a Major Asian Investment Group, has Selected Broadridge as Cloud enabled Portfolio Management Solution Provider

Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. (NYSE:BR), an established provider of investor communications and tech-driven solutions to banks and asset managers, has announced that PAG, a major Asia-focused investment group, has selected Broadridge as a Cloud-enabled portfolio management solution provider. As confirmed in a release, the enhancement… Read More

India’s Tata Consultancy Services Partners Australian Neobank Volt to Power New Banking as a Service Platform

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), an Indian multinational IT services and consulting firm based in Mumbai, has reportedly partnered with Australian neobank Volt. Both companies will work together to power Volt 2.0, which is the digital bank’s new Banking as a Service (BaaS) platform. Volt 2.0… Read More

Digital Asset Security Solution Providers SignKeys and Satoshi Labs Explain Why You Shouldn’t Use PayPal for Cryptocurrency Transactions

SignKeys, a Singapore-based digital asset solutions provider, notes that recent positive news for Bitcoin (PayPal adding support for BTC and other cryptos) may have led to a 15% increase in its price (around $13,000 at the time of writing). SignKeys points out that Bitcoin still… Read More

India’s New Fintech Sandbox Program will be Managed by Recently Established International Financial Services Centres Authority

Indian regulatory authorities have introduced the framework for establishing a Fintech regulatory sandbox that will help local startups with experimenting or testing out their ideas in a live environment. The Fintech sandbox program will allow established industry participants and startups to work cooperatively in order… Read More

Central Bank of Bahrain Launches FinHub 973, a Virtual Fintech Platform for the MENA Region

The Central Bank of Bahrain has introduced FinHub 973, which aims to serve as a virtual Fintech platform for the MENA region. The platform has been launched with the help of the Economic Development Board, Bank ABC, ila Bank, Benefit, National Bank of Bahrain, and… Read More

VeChain, Renji Hospital and DNV GL to Introduce World’s First Blockchain based “Intelligent” Tumor Treatment Center

VeChain, the developer of blockchain-based solutions for enhancing supply chain management processes (among other use cases), will be involved in the launch of the first blockchain-based “intelligent” tumor treatment center. VeChain will be working cooperatively with Renji Hospital and DNV GL in order to introduce… Read More

Dr. Amrit Kumar: President at Zilliqa Explains How Platform’s Scilla Smart Contract Language Is Used to Develop Secure Applications

We recently caught up with Dr. Amrit Kumar, President and Chief Scientific Officer of Zilliqa, an enterprise-grade blockchain development platform. Many of the more popular iterations of blockchain are not sufficiently robust to handle the high transaction rates needed today – not to mention what… Read More

Ant Group Is “Most Interesting” Fintech of All Time Because it Provides Blueprint for how Unbanked Will Come Online, Industry Exec Explains

Benjamin Quinlan, CEO and Managing Partner at Quinlan & Associates, notes that there’s now an “army” of advisors being engaged to support the initial public offering (IPO) of Ant Group, which was previously known as Ant Financial, the world’s most valuable Fintech firm and a… Read More

More Use Cases Outside of Finance Will Make Crypto Industry “Really Take Off,” OKCoin CEO Says

Hong Fang, CEO at San Francisco-based OKCoin, a regulated cryptocurrency exchange, says she first heard about Bitcoin (BTC) in 2012. But it wasn’t until 2016 that she began to realize Bitcoin’s potential as a globally accessible medium of exchange or store of value. Hong noted… Read More

Fintech Firms are Now a “Critical Constituent” of Indian Financial Services Sector: Report

India is now home to more than 2,000 Fintech companies and has become one of the world’s largest financial technology markets (after the US, China and UK), according to a report from McKinsey & Company that was released earlier this month. The report notes that… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

PBC Digital Currency Research Institute and Rural Credit Bank Fund Clearing Center Sign a Strategic Cooperation Agreement On October 20th, the Digital Currency Research Institute of the People’s Bank of China (hereinafter referred to as the Institute of Digital Currency Research) and the Rural Credit… Read More

Indonesian Fintech Investor, BRI Ventures’ CIO Says Company will Use $250 Million Fund to Create “Real Value,” Not Just High Valuations

Indonesia is one of Southeast Asia’s largest markets for digital platforms and services. The country offers an attractive business environment and opportunities for investors who are interested in projects that aim to take advantage of fast-growing economies. BRI Ventures, the investment division of Indonesia’s oldest… Read More

Chinese Fintech Firm Lufax Is Reportedly Planning to Secure Up to $2.36 Billion through US IPO

Chinese Fintech firm Lufax is reportedly planning to secure $2.36 billion through its US initial public offering (IPO). Lufax was once a top peer to peer lending platform but has since shifted into other areas of Fintech as well as online lending. Lufax’s management noted… Read More

Vietnam Maritime Commercial Joint Stock Bank to Offer a Truly Digital Onboarding Experience

Vietnam Maritime Commercial Joint Stock Bank (MSB) aims to offer a truly digital onboarding experience to all its clients. MSB plans to offer seamless online banking services so that customers don’t have to visit a physical branch location to manage their finances. MSB is also… Read More

Indian Consumer Lending Fintech ZestMoney to Offer Affordable Payment Options to Consumers Buying Apple Products

Lizzie Chapman, CEO and Co-Founder at ZestMoney, which claims to be one of India’s fastest-growing Fintech businesses, has confirmed that the company has teamed up with Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL)  to “drive affordability” in India. Chapman noted: “Until now Apple products were relatively unaffordable for the mass… Read More

Bengaluru based Fintech Startup Walrus Is Launching Personalized Debit Card for Teenagers to Encourage Better Money Management

Bengaluru based Fintech startup Walrus is launching a personalized debit card for teenagers. The company says it wants to help teens become financially “smart” from a young age so that they are able to effectively manage their finances as they get older and have more… Read More

Mastercard Says its AI and Machine Learning Solutions Aim to Stop Fraudulent Activites which have Increased Significantly due to COVID

Ajay Bhalla, President, Cyber and Intelligence Solutions, Mastercard, notes that artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms are part of the payment company’s “first line of defense” in protecting over 75 billion transactions that Mastercard processes on its network every year. Bhalia recently revealed the different ways that… Read More

Enterprise Blockchain based Trade Finance, Food Safety, Medical Records Software Now Managed by Bank and Tech Firm led Consortiums, Nexia TS Explains

Nexia TS, a Singapore-based accounting firm, notes that the use of blockchain or distributed ledger tech (DLT)-based solutions can potentially “improve compliance” and “decrease risks” typically associated with digital transformation processes. DLT-enabled solutions might also improve the overall efficiency of a company’s operations. The Nexia… Read More

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