Tagged: asean

The Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance, Asian Development Bank Institute, and FinTechSpace Launch ASEAN Fintech Industry Survey

The Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School,  Asian Development Bank Institute and FinTechSpace have formed a partnership to launch the ASEAN Fintech Industry Survey – the first study of its kind. According to CCAF, the research will focus… Read More

Robocash Report Says ASEAN is Best Market for Near Term Fintech Development

Online lending platform Robocash says that the ASEAN market is the best region for Fintech development during the next year. A report completed in partnership with Deloitte by Robocash states that Fintech investments in Southeast Asia will increase by more than 20-30% in 2018 compared… Read More

CIMB Group Joins RippleNet to Power Instant Payments Across ASEAN

CIMB Group (CIMB or the Group), ASEAN’s fifth largest bank, announced last week it has joined forces with Ripple to enable instant cross-border payments across its markets. The duo reported that through this new partnership CIMB will join RippleNet and connect with other Ripple customers, which reportedly has more than… Read More

MAS Reports Investors Attending the Singapore FinTech Festival will Dedicate USD $12 Billion to ASEAN Firms

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) is reporting that investors attending the Singapore FinTech Festival have committed to investing $12 billion into ASEAN firms over the next two years. The 380 investors plan to dedicate USD $6.2 billion over the next year and an additional… Read More

CFTE Teams Up With MAS to Expand Fintech Education Initiative Into Singapore & ASEAN

The Centre for Finance, Technology, and Entrepreneurship (CFTE) announced on Tuesday it has formed a partnership with the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) to formalize plans to expand its education initiative to ASEAN. According to the organization, the prime objective is to train finance professionals in… Read More

The Monetary Authority of Singapore & the International Finance Corporation Join in Fintech Cooperation

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), part of the World Bank, and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) have signed a “Memorandum of Cooperation” agreeing to establish and develop the ASEAN Financial Innovation Network (AFIN). AFIN will strive to increase the adoption of Fintech innovation and… Read More

National Bank of Canada Invests in Myanmar Fintech Company ONGO

Last week, ONGO, a mobile payments platform based in Myanmar, announced a strategic partnership with the National Bank of Canada (NBC). According to ONGO’s announcement, NBC acquired a 22% stake in ONGO. The company declined to disclose any other terms of the deal. ONGO is… Read More

Monetary Authority of Singapore & United Nations Capital Development Fund Look to Boost Digital Financial Services in ASEAN Region

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) under the ongoing UNCDF’s SHIFT (Shaping Inclusive Finance Transformations) have partnered on a program to increase digital financial services across the ASEAN region. According to MAS, the two entities will explore opportunities… Read More

Bangkok Bank Partners with Nest to Introduce FinTech Accelerator InnoHub

Bangkok Bank Public Company Limited announced its international FinTech accelerator program, Bangkok Bank InnoHub in partnership with corporate innovation partner Nest. The 12-week intensive program will take place in Bangkok, Thailand, aiming to exemplify the bank’s drive to inspire innovation and solidify its commitment to innovative new technologies. As the country’s leading… Read More

Myanmar Implements UnionPay Chip Cards in Continued Banking Modernization

While the Western world and other parts of Asia surge forward with fintech innovations, from blockchain technology to digital banking features and services, Myanmar celebrates other banking development wins as the country continues to modernize. Earlier this week, Enterprise Innovation reported that Myanmar — formerly known… Read More

Grab Turns to Indonesia with $700M to Invest in Mobile & Payments

Singapore-based company Grab, self-described as “Southeast Asia’s Leading Ride-Hailing Platform”, is investing $700 million in Indonesia to make the country ASEAN’s most digital economy.  Grab’s project will focus on mobile fintech features in the country, and in particular, on mobile payment. According to the company, the… Read More

Malaysia: ASEAN’s First Country to Regulate P2P Financing

Malaysia’s Securities Commission (SC) announced last month that six P2P platforms were registered and would continue to be overseen by the Government of Malaysia, making Malaysia the first ASEAN country to regulate P2P financing.  The six platforms include B2B FinPAL, Ethis Kapital, FundedByMe Malaysia, ManagePay Services, Modalku Ventures,… Read More

Malaysian Curren$eek Smartphone App Wins Visa/AIBIM Asean Fintech Challenge

Curren$eek, a smartphone app that tells users where to find the best money-changer rates, won the Visa and Association of Islamic Banking Institutions Malaysia (AIBIM)’s Asean Fintech Challenge. The challenge was held in conjunction with the Global Islamic Finance Forum 5.0, to allow start-ups to… Read More

Investec Invests in Fintech Accelerator H2 Ventures

International Financial firm Investec, a publicly traded company, has invested in H2 Ventures, a fintech accelerator based in Australia.  In a blog post on the H2 site the company explained; “At risk of blowing our own trumpet, we are delighted to announce today an investment… Read More

United Overseas Bank Talks Partnership with OurCrowd (Video)

Last week global equity crowdfunding platform OurCrowd announced a significant partnership with United Overseas Bank (UOB).  The OurCrowd arrangement is part of the platforms deeper push into Asia and the robust startup scene. UOB is the third largest bank in Southeast Asia by total assets…. Read More

Singapore’s Largest SME Bank UOB Forms Partnership with OurCrowd

  United Overseas Bank (UOB) has formed a partnership with OurCrowd to provide equity crowdfunding in Southeast Asia. UOB is a leading Asian banking with over 500 offices in 19 different countries and territories around the world. Incorporated in 1935, UOB is based in Singapore… Read More

UK Fintech Group Hello Soda Taps into South East Asian Market, Targets ASEAN Economies

UK FinTech firm Hello Soda, headquartered in Manchester, has launched ‘Hello Soda Asia’, its new South East Asian venture. The new FinTech venture which gives the firm a strategic foothold in South East Asia, will operate out of Bangkok, Thailand and Singapore, and will specifically… Read More

Fundnel Goes Big. Investment Crowdfunding Platform Provides Access to Capital for ASEAN SMEs

  Fundnel (pronounced like Funnel) is one of several investment crowdfunding platforms that have launched in Singapore over the past year. But even though there are a growing number of sites entering the internet finance space, Fundnel claims the title of Asia’s first collaborative fundraising platform… Read More

CrowdPlus.Asia Claims First ASEAN Equity Crowdfunding Platform

CrowdPlus.Asia is the first, of the approved platforms, to launch in Malaysia – and across multiple Asian markets. CrowdPlus.asia will focus on the ASEAN market, having established a presence in Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam, as well as mainland China and Hong Kong where there is a number… Read More

Accenture: Asia-Pacific Fintech Investments Have Skyrocketed; New Focus on Blockchain, Cloud and Cybersecurity

“Major non-traditional financial services companies have been investing in fintech payments in China for the past year.” According to Accenture, fintech investments across Asia-Pacific experienced a boom in 2015 – from about $880 million in 2014 to nearly $3.5 billion in just the first nine months… Read More

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