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Singapore Fintech Festival Reports Over 60,000 Participants this Year

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) sponsored Singapore Fintech Festival attracted over 60,000 participants this year. The week-long event that recently ended saw registrations from 140 different countries along with 569 different speakers, 1000 exhibitors, and 41 international pavilions. This is according to MAS. Singapore… Read More

Mintos Recognized as Alternative Finance Platform of the Year

Mintos, a marketplace for investing in loans that has facilitated nearly €4 billion, has been recognized as the Alternative Finance Platform of The Year and People’s Choice during AltFi Awards 2019. The recognition took place on the 18 November during the annual AltFi Berlin Summit. Mintos… Read More

Scotiabank Introduces New Program for Senior Employees to Understand Ethical Principles for Using Artificial Intelligence

The Bank of Nova Scotia (Scotiabank), the third-largest bank in Canada in terms of market capitalization and deposits, is introducing a new program that will give the institution’s senior workers an opportunity to understand the ethical principles and guidelines involved in using artificial intelligence (AI)-based… Read More

Report: Brazilian Digital Bank Neon Raises $95 Million

Brazilian Digital bank Neon has reportedly raised $95.27 million in a funding round led by Banco Votorantim and the General Atlantic fund. This is according to a write up in Estado. Neon claims a customer base of 2 million users. The additional funding will help… Read More

Q3 Fintech Deals Near $9 Billion, Year to Date $24.6 Billion Has Been Raised Topping All of 2017

Fintech funding for the 3rd quarter of 2019 surpassed $8.9 billion – a new quarterly record if you factor out Ant Financial’s whopping $14. billion investment in Q2 of 2018. Fintech, and its various subcategories remains a hot sector of venture financing as the year… Read More

Credit Card Payment Processor Evalon Agrees to Acquire Sage Pay, a UK-based Payments Processing Business

Elavon, a credit card payment processing service and subsidiary of US Bancorp (NYSE: USB), has reportedly committed to acquiring Sage Pay, an established payments processing business based in the UK and Ireland. Sage Pay operates as a division of The Sage Group plc (SGE), a… Read More

Crowd2Fund Seeks Up to £1.2 Million in EIS Approved Crowdfunding Round

Investment crowdfunding platform Crowd2Fund is raising capital in a self-crowdfunding round seeking up to £1.2 million in an EIS approved offering. Shares in the company are being offered at a pre-money valuation of £35.8 million. Crowd2Fund says this round is in advance of a future… Read More

Switzerland’s Stock Exchange Operator SIX Group Makes All-Cash Offer for Bolsas y Mercados Espanoles, a Spanish Stock Exchange Operator

Zürich-based Swiss Infrastructure and Exchange (SIX) Group AG, the operator of Switzerland’s stock exchange, recently revealed that it has made an all-cash offer for Bolsas y Mercados Espanoles, a Spanish stock exchange operator. The deal would reportedly establish the third-largest financial market infrastructure group in… Read More

Business Loans Marketplace Funding Xchange Raises $10.4 Million via Round Led By Downing Ventures, Gresham House Ventures

Funding Xchange (FXE), a company that helps people and organizations find suitable business loans and funding options from its marketplace of more than 45 established lenders, has raised £8 million (appr. $10.4 million) through an investment round. FXE’s decisioning platform is used by UK-based Monzo, a… Read More

Smart Lenders AM Launches New Investment Fund Specialized in Marketplace Lending

Smart Lenders AM announces the upcoming launch of a new fund dedicated to financing loans to European SMEs issued through marketplace lending platforms (crowdlending). Smart Lenders AM is an asset management firm that specializes exclusively in financing loans issued by online marketplace lenders. Established in… Read More

Payments Platform NIUM Partners with Brazilian Foreign Exchange Broker Frente Corretora de Câmbio

NIUM, a digital payments platform based in Singapore formerly operating as InstaReM, has partnered with Frente Corretora de Câmbio, a leading foreign exchange broker in Brazil. NIUM will power Frente’s cross border payments, according to a release. The move as a significant step for NIUMs… Read More

“Lord of the Fries” Seeks $2 Million on PledgeMe

Besides having a very witty name, plant-based fast-food chain, Lord of the Fries, is planning an expansion in New Zealand by raising growth capital on PledgeMe. The company is seeking up to NZ $2 million with a minimal hurdle of $1 million. If the company… Read More

Peer to Peer Crypto Exchange LocalBitcoins Registers with Finnish Financial Supervisory Authority

Peer-to-peer (P2P) bitcoin exchange LocalBitcoins has registered with the Finnish Financial Supervisory Authority, FIN-FSA, the financial regulatory authority of the Finnish government. Earlier this month, Crowdfund Insider reported that five different virtual asset service providers (VASPs) had been approved and LocalBitcoins was in the mix… Read More

Nestlé and French Multinational Retailer Carrefour Apply Blockchain Technology to Infant Nutrition “for the First Time”

Switzerland-based Nestlé, a food and drink processing conglomerate, has teamed up with Carrefour, a French multinational retailer, in order to “apply blockchain technology to infant nutrition for the first time.” According to a recent press release: “After being the first to apply blockchain technology to… Read More

Report: US-based VC Firms Continue to Increasingly Invest in London-headquartered Fintech Startups

According to a new report, US-based venture capital firms have been increasingly investing in London-headquartered companies this year. New data shows that UK-based Fintech firms continue to attract a large number of investors. US investors have reportedly contributed around in $4.4 billion (appr. £3.4 billion)… Read More

New Milestone: More than 6,000 Bitcoin (BTC) ATMs Have Been Installed Globally

The number of Bitcoin ATMs installed globally has now hit a new milestone by exceeding 6,000 machines. According to CoinATMRadar, which tracks the number of Bitcoin ATMs worldwide, there are currently 6,003 cryptocurrency ATM machines installed globally. The majority, or more than 65%, of these… Read More

HSBC Says there’s No Need for a Virtual Bank License to Provide Digital Banking Services

HSBC has been focusing on improving its digital banking platform in order to attract more tech-savvy clients, as the giant financial institution continues to face competition from Fintech firms and new payment services companies. There are reportedly eight new virtual banks that are expected to… Read More

Cashless Payments Have Become Popular, But Demand for Cash Still Strong in Rural and Unbanked Communities: Report

Cashless or digital payments have become increasingly popular, however, cash still remains a widely-used payment method in most nations, especially in rural communities and jurisdictions with a large unbanked population. Following many years of steady growth, the total number of cash withdrawals made via ATMs… Read More

The Fintech 100: Ant Financial Takes Top Spot, Payments & Transfers Dominate the List

The annual Fintech100 report has recently been released quantifying the diverse universe of Fintechs that are leading in the various sectors of digital finance. The report has been published since 2014 in partnership with KPMG and H2 Ventures. Some names remain consistent year over year,… Read More

Dr. Lesley Czuma: Director of Sales Development at Insolar Explains How the Company’s Blockchain Platform can be Integrated with Legacy Systems

We recently caught up with Dr. Lesley Czuma, director of sales development and media relations at Insolar, a Swiss enterprise blockchain development firm that counts Microsoft, Oracle and AT Kearney amongst its business partners and clients. Czuma, who earned her Ph.D. in political science and… Read More

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