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Fintech Ecosystem in Egypt being Supported by Strong MENA Region VC Investments, but Well Behind Global Standards: Report

Egypt’s venture capital investment ecosystem has become one of the most fast-evolving markets in the MENA region. It’s been expanding at a 100% CAGR during the last 5 years, according to the 2020 Egypt Venture Investment Report released by Magnitt in collaboration with Egypt’s IT… Read More

Arab Monetary Fund Releases Fintech Index, a Measure of Financial Tech Adoption in Middle East

The Arab Monetary Fund, which aims to establish policies of Arab monetary cooperation and promote the development of Arab financial markets, has launched “Finxar,” which is a regional Fintech index for tracking the development of the financial technology industry in Arab nations. The United Arab… Read More

Fintech Funding: MENA Region’s Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt Raised Substantial Amounts in Q1 2021, but UK Remains a Global Leader in Fintech

MENA region startups secured $170 million in capital during March 2021, which is reportedly a 6% increase month-over-month, across 43 different deals, according to local sources. This notably takes the total funds raised during Q1 2021 to $396 million across 125 different deals, which is… Read More

Egyptian Fintech Paymob Raises $18.5 Million Series A Funding Round

  Paymob, a Egypt-based payment platform, has raised $18.5 million through its Series A funding round, which was reportedly led by India-based VC firm Global Ventures with participation from Egyptian investment fund A15 and Dutch development bank FMO. The investment round notably comes less than a… Read More

Egyptian Fintech Association Partners International Finance Corporation to Support Local Businesses

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), which is a member of the World Bank Group, and the Egyptian Fintech Association recently teamed up in order to support entrepreneurship in the financial technology sector. Both organizations intend to offer support to the MENA region naton’s private sector… Read More

Dayra, an Egyptian Credit Solutions Fintech for Gig Workers, Secures $3M in Funding, Joins Y Combinator

Egyptian Fintech firm Dayra has reportedly joined Y Combinator and has also acquired $3M in pre-seed funding. Dayra is a Cairo-headquartered Fintech company offering modern financial services to the nation’s unbanked gig economy workers and micro-businesses. Darya has reportedly joined Y Combinator’s Winter 21 batch,… Read More

Egyptian Salary Advance Fintech NowPay Signs MoU with Export Development Bank of Egypt

Egypt’s Fintech firm NowPay, which offers financial wellness solutions, has entered into an MoU with the Export Development Bank of Egypt (EBE). Established in 2019, NowPay has been launched to help reduce workers’ financial stress by improving the key pillars of financial wellness for employees:… Read More

Digital Financial Services in Egypt are Still Not Widely Adopted but May Grow Steadily, Fintech Entrepreneur Reveals

Many more Egyptians are now using online or all-digital platforms and services, and the nation’s government is planning to support the Fintech sector so that it can enhance the local economy. Saeed Talaat, an Egyptian citizen who had been working at a bank in Dubai,… Read More

Egyptian Central Bank Provides New Guidelines for Opening Bank Accounts for Individuals and SMEs, Aimed at Enabling Financial Inclusion

The Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) has reportedly issued updated guidelines and instructions that will allow local residents and small businesses to open certain types of bank accounts under various terms and conditions. The CBE sent a letter to local banks in which it noted… Read More

Banque Misr, a Major Egyptian Commercial Bank, to Launch Standalone Digital Banking Platform in 2021

Egypt’s Banque Misr, which is the nation’s second-largest commercial bank, is reportedly planning to launch an all-digital or digital-only bank during the third quarter of 2021. Akef El Maghraby, the Vice Chairman of Banque Misr, confirmed that the digital banking platform would go live next… Read More

Egypt’s Financial Regulatory Authority Approves Draft of Laws to Regulate Fintech in Non-Banking Financial Sector

The Financial Regulatory Authority’s (FRA) Board of Directors in Egypt has reportedly approved a draft law that aims to regulate and support the use of Fintech services in the non-banking financial sector. Mohamed Omran, Chairman at the FRA, noted that the approval will aim to… Read More

Egyptian Digital Payments Provider, Fawry, Experiences Record Growth Following COVID-19 Outbreak

Fawry for Banking & Payment Technology Services SAE, an Egyptian digital payments provider, was listed on Cairo’s exchange about a year back. The company recently experienced a 300% increase in its market value to 20 billion Egyptian pounds (appr. $1.3 billion). The payments firm confirmed… Read More

Digital Transformation: Egypt’s Largest Bank Inroduces New Services to Support Virtual Banking following COVID-19 Outbreak

The National Bank of Egypt (NBE), the country’s largest banking institution in terms of total assets, number of branches and employees, has introduced several services via its Al Ahly Net and NBE mobile app, in order to support its digital banking strategy. Hisham Okasha, chairman… Read More

Cairo Fintech Paymob Allows SMEs to Launch E-Commerce Sites, Add Online Payments via Digital and Offline Channels

Cairo-headquartered payment company, Paymob has acquired $3.5 million in capital through an investment round that was led by Dubai’s Global Ventures and the Dutch Entrepreneurial Development Bank FMO. Existing investor A15 also took part in the round. Established in 2015 by Islam Shawky, Alain El… Read More

Fintech Expert Mohamed Okasha from Egypt Says Country Needs More Specialized Funds Specifically for Financial Tech Development

Cashless transactions continue to rise globally due to the COVID-19 outbreak, which has forced many world governments to enforce lockdowns and introduce safe distancing measures. Fintech expert Mohamed Okasha, co-founder and ex-managing director of Egypt-based Fawry Banking and Payment Technology Services, introduced a $25-million “Disruptech”… Read More

Cairo based Fintech MoneyFellows Secures $4 Million in Capital via Series A led by Partech, Sawari Ventures

Egyptian Fintech firm MoneyFellows has secured $4 million in capital through a Series A round from Paris-based global VC company Partech and Sawari Ventures, an international VC investor. The investment has come after MoneyFellows acquired more than $1 million in funding via a pre-series A… Read More

Dubai’s Tpay Mobile Acquires Payguru, a Turkish Payments Company that Supports Mobile Transactions

Dubai-based Tpay Mobile, a mobile payment provider, has reportedly acquired Payguru, a Turkish payments company. The amount paid for the acquisition has not been disclosed. Payguru supports mobile payments, ATM cash payments, and standard bank transfer services. The company has integrated its platform with three… Read More

Buy Now Pay Later Fintech Shahry Acquires $650,000 in Seed Funding from Egyptian Gulf Holding for Financial Investments

Egypt-based online lending firm Shahry has acquired $650,000 in capital through a pre-seed investment round, in order to grow its existing loan portfolio and further expand its operations. The funding was provided by Egyptian Gulf Holding for Financial Investments, the investment division of the Egyptian… Read More

Banking Software Developer Temenos Reveals that the Egyptian National Post Organization will be Using its Technology

Banking software developer Temenos (SIX: TEMN) revealed on December 3 that the Egyptian National Post Organization (ENPO) has chosen its cloud-native, cloud-agnostic Temenos T24 Transact, which is described as “the next generation in core banking.” ENPO has also selected Temenos Infinity, an omnichannel online banking… Read More

Egyptian Central Bank Introduces Legislation to Replace Ban and Require Licensing of Cryptocurrency Enterprises

The Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) has drafted a bill to allow its Board of Directors to create rules that would require all individuals, companies and/or platforms dealing in or issuing cryptocurrencies to be licensed, The Egyptian Independent reports. The rules would supplant a “fatwa”… Read More

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