Tagged: financial inclusion

Fast Pace of Cryptocurrency Adoption in Latin America May be due to Dramatic Rise in Smartphone Users, Bitso Executive Reveals

Bitso, one of Latin America’s largest digital asset exchanges, has reportedly reached 1 million users before its planned launch in Brazil. Santiago Alvarado, director of international payments at Bitso, recently talked about how cryptocurrencies might help with settling cross-border transactions in Latin America. Alvarado, whose… Read More

Denmark’s CreditStretcher, UK’s Elfinity, and 9 Other Fintechs to Participate in Village Capital’s Finance Forward Europe Accelerator

Village Capital helps company founders and business owners through its accelerator program. There are 11 early-stage Fintech firms that will be taking part in Village Capital’s investment-readiness program, called Finance Forward Europe. The initiative is part of Finance Forward, which is a multi-year global coalition… Read More

University of Indonesia Study Reveals that Borrowers Using Local P2P Lender Investree Were Able to Generate More Revenue

Borrowers that use Indonesia’s peer to peer (P2P) lending platform Investree, which mainly includes local SMEs, had reported a considerable increase in their earnings. They were also able to better scale their business operations after obtaining loans from Investree, according to a recent study conducted… Read More

European Innovation Council Prize on Blockchains for Social Good Awards €5 million to Six Winners Focused on Financial Inclusion, Renewable Energy, Other Projects

The European Innovation Council (EIC) Prize on Blockchains for Social Good has reportedly awarded €5 million to six winners, who were chosen based on their potential to develop scalable, “deployable” and “high-impact” blockchain or distributed ledger tech (DLT) solutions for addressing societal challenges. As noted… Read More

Digital Payments Services are “Evolving” into Marketplace Lending Platforms: Report

The global COVID-19 outbreak has created many challenges as individuals and businesses have to get used to observing safe distancing measures and make changes to their lifestyle – which may include working from home. According to a recent blog post published by the International Monetary… Read More

India’s Department of Economic Affairs, the Reserve Bank (RBI), and Securities and Exchange Board of India Continue to Support Country’s Fintech Sector

K. Rajaraman, Additional Secretary, Investment and IER (International Economic Relations), in the Department of Economic Affairs, India, says that the country’s private sector should work cooperatively with the government to further improve and expand the Fintech ecosystem. Rajaraman said Fintech has enabled greater financial inclusion… Read More

Ezra, a Project that Supports Global Aid Initiatives via its Partner Network through Fintech and Emerging Tech, has Launched

Ezra, a project that leverages its partner network to support global aid initiatives through Fintech and other emerging technologies, is planning to work cooperatively with mobile operators, NGOs, and various foundations and organizations in order to enable greater financial inclusion through digital platforms. Allan Green,… Read More

The Fintechs Promoting Financial Education For All in Latin America

Increasing financial inclusion is a high-priority goal of many countries because it has a widespread positive impact. Studies show that expanding financial inclusion enables seven of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, with more financial stability leading to improved social conditions, community development, and economic growth…. Read More

P2P Bitcoin (BTC) Marketplaces in India Report Increased Activity, as Local Blockchain Job Market Begins to Take Off

Centralized digital asset exchanges such as CoinDCX and WazirX in India have been aggressively marketing their services to the nation’s residents, after the Supreme Court of India struck down the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) blanket ban on crypto-asset businesses in March 2020. Peer to… Read More

Philippines based Digital Financial Services Firm Ayannah Merges with Indian Payments Company Equity Capital Advisors

Philippines based Ayannah, an online financial services provider, and India’s payments firm Equity Capital Advisors (ECAPS) have merged their operations in order to provide cost-effective and more accessible financial services to South Asia and Southeast Asia’s growing middle-class population. The merged entity will aim to… Read More

Shariah-Compliant Canadian Fintech Manzil to Give Public a Chance to Invest in its Operations via Crowdfunding Platform FrontFundr

Toronto-based Manzil, a Fintech firm that provides halal (permissible for Muslims) financial services and solutions including mortgages, wants to give the public an opportunity to invest in the firm via a private placement conducted on FrontFundr, a Canada based crowdfunding platform. Manzil’s management noted that… Read More

New York and Toronto Stock Exchange listed Scotiabank Introduces “Bank Your Way” Solution for Seniors to Learn Digital Banking Basics

Scotiabank (TSX: BNS), the third-largest bank in Canada, which has been exploring ways to upgrade its systems to make them quantum-resistant, has launched a new information portal for seniors, known as “Bank Your Way,” which will serve as a tool to help clients navigate all… Read More

Welcome Technologies to Use Green Dot’s Banking as a Service (BaaS) Platform to offer New Digital Bank Accounts to Hispanic Immigrants

Welcome Technologies has launched a new bank account through a partnership with Green Dot [NYSE: GDOT]. The new bank accounts and Visa card, PODERcard, are mainly for the unbanked immigrant US Hispanic population. Welcome Technologies is using Green Dot’s Banking as a Service (BaaS) platform… Read More

Current Economic Situation Due to COVID-19 Is Good Opportunity for Developing Decentralized Finance Services, Fintech Entrepneur Felix Mago Says

Businesses throughout the world are looking for ways to cope with the adverse effects of the COVID-19 outbreak. Governments across the globe have enforced lockdowns and recommended that people observe safe distancing measures to avoid the further spread of the Coronavirus. There are now over… Read More

Here’s Why Indonesia could be Ideal for Fintech Lending Platforms as Many Residents are Underbanked, and within Working Age

Indonesia’s Fintech sector has been growing steadily, however, the majority or over 70% of the country’s adult population is unbanked or underbanked, according to the latest e-Conomy SEA Report. This suggests that Fintech businesses in Indonesia have a good opportunity to provide modern financial services… Read More

Barcelona’s Fintech Belvo Secures $10 Million in Capital to Recruit 40 New Developers, Will Launch in Sao Paulo, Brazil

  Barcelona’s Fintech firm Belvo has secured $10 million in capital, in order to recruit between 40-50 new project developers. Belvo is also planning to establish business offices in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Y Combinator-backed Belvo maintains its second major hub and primary market in Mexico… Read More

London’s Micropayments Fintech SatoshiPay Acquires $550,000 Investment in XLM Cryptocurrency from Stellar Development Foundation

London-based SatoshiPay, a Fintech firm that aims to provide fast and affordable payment solutions, has teamed up with the San Francisco-headquartered Stellar Development Foundation (SDF). According to a release, SatoshiPay has received a $550,000 investment from SDF’s Enterprise Fund. The funds will be used to… Read More

Global Impact Fintech (GIFT), a Multinational Think Tank for Blockchain and Financial Technology, Expands its International Presence

Global Impact Fintech (GIFT), a multinational non-profit think tank of government, regulatory, industry, technology and financial technology professionals from over 35 countries (including India and Singapore), continues to expand its presence across the globe. GIFT is a forum that brings together policymakers and Fintech, general… Read More

Brazil’s Largest Retailer Via Varejo Acquires Boston-based Fintech AirFox for Undisclosed Amount

Via Varejo, the largest retail company in Brazil, has confirmed that it will be acquiring AirFox, a US-based Fintech firm. The amount involved in the transaction has not been disclosed. AirFox will maintain its Boston head offices and will also operate as a Fintech “innovation… Read More

Fintech Firm Ant Financial Partners Myanmar’s Wave Money to Promote Financial Inclusion for the Underbanked

Ant Financial, the Fintech division of Chinese multinational e-commerce giant Alibaba Group (NYSE:BABA), has teamed up with Digital Money Myanmar (Wave Money), in order to promote financial inclusion and help the country’s unbanked and underbanked population. Ant Financial will offer its expertise in mobile and… Read More

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