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Insurtech: Lloyd’s Lab Announces 6th Cohort of Insurance Tech Startups with Focus on Climate, Product Simplification

Lloyd’s Lab has announced its sixth cohort with a special focus on “product simplification” and climate. Lloyd’s revealed on April 15, 2021 that the next eleven insurance technology (Insurtech) startups joining the sixth cohort of the Lloyd’s Lab innovation accelerator program will aim to develop… Read More

Fintech Adoption: India and the UK are Global Leaders when Adopting Latest Financial Tech, According to Lord Mayor of the City of London

The United Kingdom and India may be considered global leaders when it comes to adopting the latest financial technologies which aim to benefit both individuals and businesses, according to Alderman William Russell, the Lord Mayor of the City of London. Fintech is transforming the traditional… Read More

10 High-Potential Fintech Firms Chosen for 11th Annual Fintech Innovation Lab New York

Ten high-potential technology firms have reportedly been chosen for 11th Annual Fintech Innovation Lab New York. As noted in the announcement (published on April 7, 2021), Fintech solutions aim to leverage AI and advanced data analytics to “address key industry challenges including sustainability.” As mentioned… Read More

Early Crowdfunding Investors in UK Fintech Freetrade have Seen their Initial £18k Investments Surge to Over £1M: Report

Six early investors in UK stock trading app Freetrade have seen their stakes in the firm surge to be valued at around £1 million after the business saw its valuation increase to over £265 million, according to a report in the Telegraph. The reported returns… Read More

Circular Economy Fintech Diem Secures $5.5M via Seed Round led by Fasanara Capital

UK-based Diem, a startup that aims to combine traditional banking with a service that allows users to sell their unwanted items to the company, has secured $5.5 million in capital via a seed round that was led by Fasanara Capital. Diem provides a user account,… Read More

Overfunding: London Fintech Platform DMALINK Secures £146,252 (or 146% of its target) from 273 Investors, 16 Days Left Until Sale Ends

DMALINK, which develops technology for creating an open, transparent and accessible currency market for banks, funds, corporations, had planned to raise £100,013 via Seedrs. There are 16 days left to invest in DMALINK’s operations and the company has already secured £146,252 (or 146% of its… Read More

UK’s Invoice Financing Platform MarketFinance Reports Reaching Profitablity, Kicks Off 2021 with Considerable Increase in Lending

UK-based MarketFinance, one of the world’s largest peer-to-peer (P2P) invoice finance platforms, has reported reaching profitability as it returns a record start to the year. The Fintech business lender has reportedly started the year off with a considerable increase in lending volumes. MarketFinance has disbursed… Read More

New UK Fintech Visas May Create Problems Unless they’re Properly Designed to Support Controlled Migration, Legal Experts Claim

A new United Kingdom Visa to attract Fintech experts might lead to undesirable results unless the government figures out how to effectively deal with some of the potential issues, according to analysts. Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor of the Exchequor, noted in Wednesday’s (March 3, 2021)… Read More

SPACs: New UK Proposals for Rule Changes for London Special Purpose Acquisition Companies Could Help Attract More Tech Firms

The United Kingdom might reportedly consider making several key changes to London’s current listing rules post-Brexit. The country aims to remove a barrier that has prevented special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) from choosing the European nation. The updates are meant to attract technology-focused public offerings…. Read More

London based SETL, a Transaction Settlement Firm, Hires Former Ripple Exec Marjan Delatinne as New Head of Payments

London-headquartered SETL, a settlement and payments infrastructure provider, has reportedly hired Marjan Delatinne to serve on its executive management team as the company’s Head of Payments. Marjan will be responsible for further expanding SETL’s payments business, and also its market infrastructure and asset management products…. Read More

Venture Capital Funding Secured by UK Firms Reached Highest Level During Q4 2020: Report

The total value of venture capital secured by UK-based firms surged to the highest level in Q4 2020 according to estimates from Refinitiv Deals Intelligence. UK firms secured £2.4 billion in capital from 137 different deals during the last three months of 2020, which is… Read More

London’s Element Ventures Invests in Swedish Fintech Billhop, which Makes Invoices and Bills Payable with Cards

Billhop, a Swedish Fintech firm that makes invoices and bills payable by card payments, has acquired €4 million in capital through a Series A round from financial technology VC Element Ventures. Billhop’s services aim to address the issue of low card acceptance in supplier payments… Read More

Amsterdam Overtakes London as Europe’s Largest Stock Trading Center, Reports €9.2 Billion in Trading Volume in Jan 2021

Amsterdam has reportedly managed to overtake London as the largest share trading center in Europe. Industry analysts have noted that the symbolic blow may be followed by London losing many more jobs and business opportunities due to Brexit. Amsterdam, which was once the sixth-largest European… Read More

UK Banks Say they Need to be “Liberated” to Invest in IT to Defend Against Fintech Challengers, Big Tech, US Banks

The Bank of England (BoE) is getting ready for its first major break from European Union regulations with a new proposal that might make bank capital rules a lot more strict in the UK (when compared to other jurisdictions). The European Banking Authority had noted… Read More

UK’s Prime Property Lending Platform CapitalRise has Reportedly Completed £6.7 Million Facility for Holborn Office Conversion

CapitalRise, a UK-based prime property lending platform, has reportedly advanced a £6.7 million loan to local property developer Elleric. The loan was provided for the acquisition and development of an office building into eight luxury residential apartments located at Breams Buildings in Holborn (in central… Read More

Lending as a Service Provider Trade Ledger Secures £13.5M in Capital via Series A led by Point72 Ventures

Trade Ledger, which provides a Lending-as-a-Service (LaaS) platform, has secured £13.5 million in capital through a Series A round that was led by Point72 Ventures. Foundation Capital, Court Lorenzini, and Hambro Perks also took part in the round. Trade Ledger aims to assist lenders with… Read More

Flash Loans Worth $2B Processed via Leading DeFi Platform Aave (AAVE) in 2020, Potential for More Growth but Major Risks Involved

Aave (AAVE), an open-source and non-custodial protocol to earn interest on deposits and borrow assets, handled $2 billion in flash loans in 2020. Aave is basically a borrowing and lending platform that supports flash loans, which are “rapidly executed loans borrowed that are paid back… Read More

Frontline Ventures, which backs B2B SaaS Firms with Dublin, London, San Francisco Offices, Launches New €70M Fund

Frontline Ventures, which supports several different Fintech companies including alternative lending platform Linked Finance, has introduced a €70 million fund. Frontline has also been backing Fintechs such as Clearbanc and Currencyfair. Frontline Ventures’ new fund includes strategic investments from the European Investment Fund, the Ireland… Read More

London Stock Exchange Group Partner Platform to Add Decentralized Capital Market, AllianceBlock

AllianceBlock, the first “globally compliant” decentralized capital market, has entered into an agreement to join the London Stock Exchange Group’s (LSEG) Partner Platform. According to a release shared with CI, the Partner Platform will provide institutional members “the ability to have direct market access” to… Read More

Fintech Funding: 13 $100 Million+ Mega-Rounds worth $2.7 Billion (in total) Completed by Fintechs so far in 2021

This month (January 2021) has already been huge in terms of Fintech fundraising, with notably 13 mega-rounds valued at $100 million (or more) having been completed to start off the new year. These companies have acquired approximately $2.746 billion in capital. This figure does not… Read More

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