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Biz2Credit Analysis of COVID-19 Effects on Small Businesses Reveals: Revenues Dropped 52% and Payrolls Declined 54%

Small business funding platform Biz2Credit announced on Tuesday its new Small Business Financial Health Survey, a study of primary data from 300 small business owners who received funding through the U.S. government’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), revealed year-over-year second quarter revenues of small business owners… Read More

Nextfin Launches “Free Our Startups” Campaign to Protect UK Startups Using Private Equity; Pens Letter to HM Treasury Calling for Signifiant Short Term Changes to the EIS & SEIS

Nextfin, a UK-based investment aggregation platform, announced on Thursday it has launched its “Free Our Startups” campaign to help entrepreneurs and startups that are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Along with the “Free Our Starups” campaign, Nextfin also revealed it penned an open letter to… Read More

U.S. Insurtech Breeze Joins Forces With Assurity Life to Launch Online Disability Insurance to Consumers During COVID-19 Pandemic

Breeze announced on Tuesday it has teamed up with Assurity Life to launch an API-driven disability insurance product with a digital application and underwriting process. Through the new service, individuals may request a personalized disability insurance quote and complete a secure application process online in 10-15… Read More

Tencent WeSure CEO Observes: COVID-19 Spurs Insurance Demands in China

 Alan Lau, CEO of Tencent’s insurance platform WeSure, recently announced that research has revealed the COVID-19 pandemic unexpectedly raised the sense of urgency in insurance purchase in China. Lau notably referred to the latest research Tencent WeSure conducted in partnership with Shanghai-based Fudan University, which showed a string… Read More

Former Westpac Executives Secure $33 Million For Home Loan Fintech Startup Verteva

Former Westpac executives, Andrew Walker and Chris Lumby, has reportedly raised $33 million for their new home loan fintech startup, Verteva. Verteva is described as an ambitious financial technology start-up building a transformative digital alternative for customers in the home lending space. The Australia-based startup… Read More

German Insurtech Getsafe Reportedly Delays Expansion Into Other European Markets Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Getsafe, a Germany-based insurtech startup, is reportedly delaying expansion into other European markets due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This news comes just a few months after Getsafe announced its expansion into the UK. As previously reported, Getsafe claims it is looking to reinvent insurtech and is… Read More

RateSetter Reduces Interest Rate Paid to Investors, Sends Balance to Provision Fund

UK-based peer-to-peer lender RateSetter announced on Monday it is making changes to its provision fund as well as reducing interest rates. This course of action was caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to RateSetter, investors will receive only 50% of their interest with the other… Read More

Fintech Funding Declined Sharply During Q1 2020, Many Firms Could Get Acquired by Incumbents, Due to COVID-19 Crisis: Report

Fintech funding has declined significantly during the first quarter of this year, mainly due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and resulting social and economic challenges. A recent report from Forrester has cautioned that many companies could be forced to shut down as the effects of… Read More

Barlcays Opens CLBILS to Support Large Corporate Banking Clients Impacted By COVID-19 in the UK

Barclays announced on Monday it has opened up the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) to help large corporate banking clients that are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Barclays reported that through the program, which is backed by a UK Government guarantee, it will… Read More

BitMEX Operator Announces COVID-19 Response Fund; Granting $2.5 million Towards Global Effort

HDR Global Trading Limited, operator of the BitMEX cryptocurrency trading platform, announced on Monday the launch of its COVID-19 Response Fund. The company reported that it has granted US$2.5 million towards the global effort to respond to the pandemic. The HDR Global Trading COVID-19 Response… Read More

U.S. Fintech BillGO Launches Bill Pay Relief Hub For Americans Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic

BillGO, a U.S.-based bill pay and real-time payment systems provider, announced on Monday it has launched a bill pay relief hub specifically for Americans who are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to BillGO, the payment relief can come in a variety of forms, including:… Read More

Funding Circle Receives Approval to Issue Paycheck Protection Program Loans

Funding Circle (LSE: FCH), an SME lender that facilitates loans in both the US and parts of Europe, announced on Wednesday it has received approval to issue Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans through its online lending platform. As previously reported, the PPP is part of… Read More

Customers Bank Partners With Digital Bank OakNorth to Increase Paycheck Protection Program Commitment to $500 Million

Customers Bank (NYSE:CUBI) announced on Friday it has increased its Paycheck Protection Program commitment to $500 million by using digital banking OakNorth to help support American small and medium-sized businesses during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  As previously reported, the Paycheck Protection Program is part of… Read More

Biz2Credit’s SBA Platform Biz2X Now Offering Free Access to Community Banks & Credit Unions

Small business funding platform Biz2Credit announced on Friday its Biz2X platform is now being offered free of charge to banks and credit unions with assets under $10 billion that are offering CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. As previously reported, the Biz2X platform enables… Read More

Ethereum Development Studio ConsenSys and Fundraising Platform Gitcoin to Launch Digital Hackathon to Find Solutions to Prevent Further Spread of Coronavirus

New York-based ConsenSys, a leading Ethereum (ETH) development studio, and Gitcoin, a fundraising platform, are supporting a digital hackathon event that aims to find solutions for the deadly Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. As noted in a blog post published by ConsenSys, the hackathon event aims to… Read More

Tencent Announces Expansion of Collaboration with World Health Organization to Fight COVID-19 Outbreak

Tencent Holdings Limited, a leading provider of Internet value-added services based in China, announced on Friday it is deepening its collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) through a $10 million donation to WHO’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, as well as an agreement to open… Read More

Biz2Credit Introduces Biz2X Accelerate SBA Platform For Banks & Credit Unions to Start Lending Under CARES Act

Small business funding platform Biz2Credit announced on Monday the launch of Biz2X Accelerate SBA, a platform that enables banks and other financial institutions to efficiently respond to the influx of loan requests from small businesses seeking to take advantage of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)… Read More

 Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Announces $3 Million Donation to Support Those Affected By COVID-19

  Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG) announced on Friday it is donating $3 million to support communities in which it serves across the U.S. Latin America and Canada, as well as clients and colleagues, that are affected by the coronavirus pandemic.  MUFG reported that in… Read More

American Express Launches Matching Donations Program to Raise Up to $1 Million For Communities Impacted By the Coronavirus Pandemic

American Express (NYSE: AXP) announced on Wednesday it is continuing its support of organizations combatting COVID-19 with the launch of a donation matching program to help feed local communities impacted in the U.S. The credit card giant reported that the program is part of its… Read More

Lendio Joins Lending Companies Around the U.S. to Request U.S. Senate & House of Representative Leaders to Approve $500 Billion Discretionary Funding For Small Businesses Suffering From Coronavirus Pandemic

Online lending platform Lendio announced on Tuesday it has joined companies through the U.S., including Biz2Credit, Credibly, Fundbox, Homebase, Kabbage, Funding Circle, Plaid, LendingTree, and Wisely, to send a letter to the U.S. Senate and House of Representative leaders to approve $500 billion in discretionary… Read More

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