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We find crowdfunding news from around the world and share it with you here. Some content is translated by our rather worldly in-house staff.

Autorité des Marchés Financiers Launches Fintech Lab

In an attempt to enhance their understanding of the Fintech industry, the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF) in Quebec, Canada, has announced the creation of a Fintech Lab. The Fintech Lab, which will be accessible to all AMF employees contributing to the projects of the Fintech… Read More

Ireland is Considering Bespoke Crowdfunding Regulation

  Last week, the government of Ireland announced a Public Consultation on the Regulation of Crowdfunding. Currently, crowdfunding is not a regulated activity in Ireland. The Irish Minister for finance, Michael Noonan T.D. commented on the consultation; “Ensuring that the development of this exciting and… Read More

Two New Partnerships Announced Involving Singapore Fintech

This week, two separate partnerships involving Fintech education were announced in Singapore. Visa announced it has partnered with the Singapore Fintech Association and five local polytechnic schools to nurture future talent through a series of engagements with students from the schools. IBM also announced this week… Read More

Assetz Capital Expansion Continues with New Hire for South Wales

Peer-to-peer lender Assetz Capital has appointed former Handelsbanken Branch Manager and Barclays Business Development Director, Mark Standley, to oversee their South Wales operations. Prior to his roles at Handelsbanken Cardiff and Bridgend, Standley was with Barclays leading a mid and large corporate business development team… Read More

KPMG: $3.2 Billion in Fintech Deals During Q1 as 2017 “Starts Modestly”

KPMG has published their most recent Pulse of Fintech covering the global Fintech industry during Q1 of 2017. According to their numbers, global investment in Fintech topped $3.2 billion accross 260 deals the first three months of the year. KPMG says that Fintech investment got… Read More

China Credit FinTech Leads US$50M Series A in Singapore Life

Life insurance startup Singapore Life Pte Ltd announced it has raised over US$50 million in its Series A round of funding. The bulk of the investment came from a subsidiary of China Credit FinTech Holdings Limited, a Hong Kong Stock Exchange-listed company. UK-based investment firm… Read More

Now Available in China: Global Fintecher Payza Reveals New E-Wallet Options

Online payment platform Payza announced that its members in China can now utilize their Payza e-wallets using WeChat, UnionPay, and ePayLinks. Chinese Payza members may also now perform online transactions in Chinese Yuan Renminbi (CYR). The company has offered basic services in China since 2012, however, this is… Read More

Kudimoney Capital Now Offering Uncollateralized Loans in Nigeria

Nigerian Kudi Capital Management Ltd announced the public launch of Kudimoney, a fully licensed online lending platform offering unsecured personal loans to consumers in Nigeria. Kudimoney aims to differentiate itself from OneFinance, Kiakia, C24, Snapcredit and QuickCheck by offering uncollateralizedloans to individuals within one hour. The company platform counts over 5,000 registered… Read More

WorldRemit Announces Partnership With Tigo Money Subsidiaries for Mobile Money Transfers Services to El Salvador and Guatemala

Digital money transfer service WorldRemit announced on Thursday it has formed a partnership with Millicom’s subsidiaries Tigo Money to open up new remittance routes to El Salvador and Guatemala. This new collaboration will notably enable Salvadorans and  Guatemalans abroad to send money transfers instantly to… Read More

Germany: Lawmakers Must Strengthen Market for Investment Crowdfunding

Jamal El Mallouki, CrowdDesk CEO and current Chair of the German Crowdfunding Association (Bundesverband Crowdfunding), wants to boost the German crowdfunding market and affiliated regulatory framework. To improve the crowdfunding ecosystem, El Mallouki and the Association have published three concrete proposals for policymakers to pursue. In… Read More

Insurtech, Fintech, & Big Data Trends To Be Addressed At FutureTech Congress in Warsaw Next Month

Business summit FutureTech Congress is set to be held on May 24th and 25th in the city of Warsaw. According to its organizers, the event is set to address various trends in the insurtech, fintech, and big data industries, along with host experts from all over… Read More

South Korean Life Insurance Company Kyobo Life Tests Blockchain

Last week, the South Korean government selected life insurance company, Kyobo Life, to pioneer blockchain technology for the money payments of commercial insurance. This new project aims to create a foundation for promoting the Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructure in South Korea. This government sponsored… Read More

GOKey: Details Revealed on Collapse of High Profile Indiegogo Hardware Campaign

This is a cautionary tale not just for backers of ostensible promising hardware presales campaigns but for hardware creators with little to no experience on manufacturing and shipping hardware from Asia. GOKey, a rewards based project posted on Indiegogo in 2014, raised over $1.2 million… Read More

Certua Says it Will Provide Real-Time Personal Financial Solutions Using Fintech

Certua is described as a Fintech platform that utilizes data to allow both individuals and advisers to benefit from financial planning solutions that automatically adjust as people’s lives change. The robo-life insurance service, expected to be the first service launched by the company, is intended… Read More

P2PFA Publishes Q1 Peer to Peer Lending Data: “Impressive Expansion in Lending Volumes”

The UK Peer to Peer Finance Association (P2PFA) has published its first quarter peer to peer lending data from its nine member platforms. The P2PFA reports that cumulative levels of lending neared £8.5 billion with loan originations in excess of £1 billion during the first… Read More

Lykke Adds Seamus Donoghue as Head of Singapore

Switzerland-based Fintech firm Lykke has announced it is “accelerating growth” by appointing Seamus Donoghue as Director of its Singapore office.  Lykke now has a presence in Switzerland, the UK, Cyprus, Vanuatu, the US and now Singapore.  Lykke is in the process of building a global… Read More

NextTech Aims To Be Vietnam’s Alibaba

E-commerce company NextTech, which is based out of Hanoi, Vietnam, is aiming to become its country’s version of Alibaba. Alibaba, of course, is China’s e-commerce and technology (including Fintech) juggernaut that helped the country surpass the US in mobile payments by more than 50 times. Can… Read More

Hong Kong Eyeing to Overtake Singapore as Asia’s Premier Fintech Hub

According to several reports, fintech in Asia reached record numbers in 2016. Singapore, in particular, has seen huge growth the last few years and has long proclaimed itself as the premier fintech hub in Asia. Some of the reasons why Singapore has been able to establish itself… Read More

Symbid Files for Reverse Stock Split & Name Change in SEC Documents

Symbid (OTCMKTS:SBID) has filed an 8-K Amendment to enact a reverse split of its shares and a name change to “Sincerity Applied Materials Holdings Corp” – thus ending its chapter as a publicly traded security. Symbid, the first crowdfunding company to publicly trade shares on… Read More

KeyBank, Progressive, & Other Ohio Industry Giants Team Up To Launch New Global Fintech Accelerator

On Tuesday, Ohio-based companies KeyBank, Progressive, The Kroger Co., Grange Insurance, Huntington, FifthThird, First Federal Lakewood, Root Insurance, and Safelite announced the launch of their new global fintech accelerator program, Fintech71. JPMorgan Chase will also be lending its thought leadership and industry expertise to the… Read More