Tagged: challenger bank

N26 Announces Apple Pay Support in Spain, Italy, & Finland

On Tuesday, German digital-only challenger bank N26 announced it was launching Apple Pay support in Spain, Italy, and Finland. This news comes just after the bank launched the payment method’s support in France. “What if there were a way to pay without your card that is… Read More

Revolut Pursues Mission to Become First Global Banking App, Files for European Banking License

Digital only challenger bank Revolut is rattling the cage of old finance once again by filing for a European Banking License. The Fintech firm has shared that their application is expected to be approved by the first half of 2018 as it pursues its mission… Read More

Huge: Mobile Lending Company WeLab Raises $220 Million with Backing from Alibaba

One of the fastest growing Fintech’s in China has raised USD $220 million. WeLab, a Hong Kong-based mobile lending platform founded in 2013, has closed funding round of $220 million including both strategic debt and equity funding with the backing of Alibaba Hong Kong Entrepreneurs Fund,… Read More

European Fintech N26 to Launch in the UK in Early 2018

N26, a digital-only challenger bank based in Germany, announced on Friday it is launching its services in the UK in early 2018. This news comes after the fintech startup announced plans to launch in the U.S. next year. UK customers may now get early access by signing… Read More

Wells Fargo Announces Mobile First Bank GreenHouse, Digital Bank Varo Says it Will Cause Internal Strife as Bricks & Mortar Branches Stumble

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC)  has launched a mobile first, digital bank branded as Greenhouse by Wells Fargo. The traditional bank predicted Greenhouse “will appeal to a broad base of consumers, many of whom have several income sources or are paid infrequently, which can make… Read More

16,000 Businesses Sign up For Digital Bank Revolut in Just 4 Months

Digital only challenger bank Revolut is reporting solid interest in its online banking business. According to the company, 16,0000 business customers have signed up for its service in just 4 months. Revolut estimates this has saved these business over £1 million in fees in aggregate…. Read More

WorldFirst Launches International Payment Platform Putting Traditional Banks on Notice

WorldFirst has announced the launch of a multi-currency payment platform that makes international banking that much easier. The new World Account is available now to UK corporate customers. The new service seeks to help SMEs trading internationally that struggle to accomplish their goals using traditional… Read More

Digital Challenger Bank Varo Money Adds Features, Awaits Approval of National Bank Charter

Varo Money, Inc., a digital banking app has announced an expansion to its digital banking app: Varo Forecast, a tool to help customers understand their real cash flow situation and calibrate their spending. Varo says it has also expanded its core product offering to include… Read More

Monzo Announces New Abroad ATM Fee Amounts

Just one month after asking its Community to decide on ATM fee pricing, challenger bank Monzo announced the new prices for abroad ATM fees. The company shared in a post on Tuesday: “Last month we announced that we needed to explore charging for withdrawing cash from international… Read More

Digital Bank Revolut Pushes Into Insurtech with Mobile Device Coverage

Digital only challenger bank Revolut will now enable users to insure their mobile phone for as little as £1.00 per week as the Fintech firm launches the first phase of its insurance offering. The key term here is first phase, of course, as Revolut’s push… Read More

European Central Bank Publishes Guide for Fintech Bank Applications

The European Central Bank (ECB) has published a “Guide to assessments of Fintech credit institution licence applications.” The purpose of the Guide is described as seeking to enhance transparency for potential Fintech bank applicants and increase their understanding of the procedures and criteria applied by… Read More

Monzo Asks Community to Decide on ATM Fee Pricing

Earlier this week, Crowdcube alum and challenger bank Monzo announced it was asking the Monzo Community to decide on ATM fee pricing. It was revealed: “We launched the Monzo Alpha back in October 2015 to a few hundred people. At the time, we said ‘we’re committed to launching… Read More

Digital Challenger Bank Tandem to Acquire 100% of Harrods Bank

This is an interesting twist in the digital only challenger bank space, Tandem, one of the leading online banks, announced it will acquire 100% of Harrods Bank.  If the deal is approved by regulators, this will bring £80 million of capital into the combined business…. Read More

auxmoney & Digital Challenger Bank N26 Partner to Provide Credit to Users

N26, a digital only challenger bank, has expanded its range of consumer loans through a partnership with auxmoney, an online lender serving Continental Europe.  As with all other products of N26 customers can access credit with just a few clicks directly on the N26. In… Read More

£18 Million is Pledged to Revolut on Seedrs as 40,000+ Rush to Participate in £4 Million Crowdfunding Offer

  Revolut, a fast growing digital only challenger bank, has claimed a new crowdfunding record as over 38,000 customers have have pledged £18 million + in a crowdfunding round on Seedrs. According to information provided by the company, investors from 55 different countries pledged to… Read More

Digital Challenger Bank Banco BNI Europa Reaches Profitability in 2017

Banco BNI Europa, a digital challenger bank based in Portugal, has announced it has reached profitability in the first half of 2017, its third year in operation. Banco BNI Europa said its total assets grew 36.7% reaching almost €500 million in June this year. Total… Read More

New Era in Banking? Digital Only Varo Bank Files for National Bank Charter

Varo Money has applied for a national bank charter from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) for federal deposit insurance. This is the next step in creating a digital only challenger bank (Varo Bank) that… Read More

Digital-Only Challenger Bank Starling Bank Now Offers Apple Pay Support (Video)

On Tuesday, digital-only challenger bank, Starling Bank, announced it is now offering Apple Pay support, which will give customers to opportunity to add their Starling Bank debit card to their Apple Wallet.  Starling Bank claims it will be the first bank in the UK to offer… Read More

Digital Challenger Bank Revolut Raises $66 Million in Series B Funding

Revolut has announced a $66 million Series B funding round to fuel an “aggressive expansion across Asia and North America”. The funding was described as a clear demonstration of strength for the UK based digital bank as a clear alternative to more traditional banking providers…. Read More

Crowdcube Success Monzo Releases 2017 Annual Report

This week, Crowdcube success and challenger bank, Monzo, released it’s 2017 Annual Report, which was sent to Companies House, with the year ending on February 28, 2017.  According to the company, every company throughout the UK submits their yearly financial accounts to Companies House and consists… Read More