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UK Fintech VitraCash Secures £330,000 via CrowdCube with Nearly 1,000 Investors, Initial Product Launch Expected in Summer 2021

UK-based Fintech firm VitraCash recently finalized its pre-seed funding round with £330,000 in capital coming from nearly 1,000 different investors. The company is now planning to introduce its “first-of-its-kind” smart debit card during Q3 2021. As mentioned in an update shared with CI: “With their… Read More

Germany-Based Open Banking Solution Provider OptioPay Increases Series B Funding Round to €11 Million Secured

  OptioPay, a Germany-based open banking solution provider, recently announced it has increased its Series B round, originally closed in September 2020, going from €5.75 million to €11 million.  Eos Venture Partners, AB Ventures, and Seed X Liechtenstein are new investors in the round, joining existing backers… Read More

Global Fintech Ibanera Teams Up With BitAML For Crypto Compliance Advisory

Ibanera, a global fintech, announced on Thursday it has teamed up with BitAML, an international compliant advisory firm for bitcoin and cryptocurrency market, for compliance advisory services. Through the collaboration, BitAML will be providing digital asset compliance consulting for Ibanera cryptocurrency-related activities. According to Ibanera, BitAML… Read More

Airwallex Receives Electronic Money Institution License from Dutch Central Bank

  Airwallex, an Australia-based fintech company, announced earlier this week it received its Electronic Money Institution (EMI) licence from the Dutch Central Bank (De Nederlandsche Bank, DNB). Airwallex reported that the license, which was obtained on April 30th, gives it access to the European single market…. Read More

UK Finance Reports that 70% of Automated Push Payment Scams Originated via Online Platforms

UK Finance, a trade association for the UK banking and financial services sector (representing around 300 local companies offering credit, banking, markets and payment-related services), has shared an analysis of almost 7,000 authorized push payment (APP) scam incidents. The analysis reveals that around 70% of… Read More


UK Fintech Sharegain Launches Securities Lending Product “BetterLend”

    Sharegain, a UK-based fintech, announced earlier this week it has launched BetterLend. According to Sharegain, BetterLend allows clients to deliver social and environmental change through their securities lending actives. “Through BetterLend, Sharegain clients are using their lending activity to create positive change across four… Read More

German Digital Bank N26 Scrutinized for Lax AML Compliance, BaFin Appoints Special Monitor

N26, a leading digital bank based in Germany, has garnered additional scrutiny by federal regulators for apparent shortcomings went it comes to anti-money laundering (AML) compliance. Earlier this week it was announced that N26 has been assigned a “special monitor” by the German financial services… Read More

PayPal Acquires U.S. Startup Happy Returns

    Happy Returns, a U.S.-based returning product startup, announced on Friday it has been acquired by PayPal Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:PYPL). Founded in 2015, Happy Returns seeks to retain revenue, reduce cost, give shoppers choice, and make supply chains sustainable by making returns “beautiful” for… Read More

Guru Capital Set to Acquire UK Fintech Oval Money

    Guru Capital announced on Friday it is set to acquire UK-based fintech, Oval Money. According to Guru Capital, Oval Money will be integrated into its portfolio company, CFD Broker ETX Capital. As previously reported, Oval Money provides easy to read, readily available information… Read More

UK Fintech Startup ilumoni Acquires £1.2M in Seed Funding, Receives FCA Authorization

ilumoni, a Fintech app that aims to assist consumers with borrowing, has secured £1.2 million in an over-subscribed seed funding round. ilumoni has finalized its round after introducing the Beta version of its app earlier this year. ilumoni is a “purpose-led,” AI-enhanced Fintech solution provider… Read More

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