Tagged: small businesses

SoftBank backed Challenger Bank OakNorth Claims it’s been Lending to UK SMEs at Record Levels During COVID

SoftBank-backed Fintech firm OakNorth claims that it has been issuing loans at record levels following the COVID-19 outbreak. Established in 2015, OakNorth was recently valued at $2.8 billion and has managed to achieve profitability. This is not too common for many of the firms or… Read More

Indian Fintech U GRO Capital, an Online Lending Platform for SMEs, Reports Over $2 Million in Net Profit for Current FY

Indian Fintech U GRO Capital, an online lending platform for SMEs, has released its Q2 FY21 financial results and posted a (profit after tax) PAT of INR 17.2 Crores (appr. $2.28 million). The BSE (formerly called Bombay Stock Exchange) stock exchange-listed, technology-focused platform noted that… Read More

Blockchain Platform Sikoba Partners with Horizen to Bring “Transparency” to Decentralized Credit Market

Horizen, a tech platform that allows businesses and developers to launch their own public or private blockchains, has partnered with Sikoba, a “decentralized” blockchain-enabled system for peer-to-peer IOUs. According to a release shared with CI, Horizen and Sikoba will offer their users “the ability to… Read More

Prashant Fuloria: CEO at Fundbox Explains how Fintech Platforms Can Leverage Machine Learning to “Democratize” Access to Funding

  We recently connected with Prashant Fuloria, CEO at Fundbox,  an AI-driven credit platform for B2B commerce. Fundbox focuses on “disrupting” the $21 trillion B2B commerce market by developing the first B2B payment and credit network. Sellers (of all sizes) are able to use Fundbox’s… Read More

Funding Societies’ Direct Lending Entity Approved to Become Participating Finance Institution

Singapore based peer to peer finance platform Funding Societies notes that after several years of laying the groundwork with ESG, they’re proud to confirm that their direct lending entity, FS Capital Pte Ltd (which is part of Funding Societies), was approved in October 2020 to… Read More

Ride Hailing Firm Grab, a Diversified Business that Includes Financial Services, Leads $100 Million Round for Indonesia’s LinkAja

Ride-hailing service Grab, which has diversified its business and includes Grab Financial Services, has reportedly led a $100 million Series B investment round in Indonesia-based e-money institution LinkAja. LinkAja’s digital wallet and merchant services businesses are notably the flagship product of PT Fintek Karya Nusantara… Read More

Indonesia’s Social Security Program Provider, KMSB, Partners Logiq to Offer Microlending Services to Local Residents

Logiq, Inc., a multinational provider of digital commerce and Fintech solutions, has been chosen to offer mobile micro-lending services to 48 million Indonesian residents. The loan services will be provided through a partnership between Logiq and Koperasi Mona Santoso Berjaya (KMSB), which is Indonesia’s social… Read More

Biz2Credit Small Business’ Latest Lending Index Reveals: Small Business Loan Approval Rates at Banks Declined in October 2020

Small business funding platform Biz2Credit announced on Tuesday its latest lending index revealed that small business loan approval percentages at big banks ($10 billion+ in assets) dropped slightly from 13.5% in September to 13.3% in October. Biz2Credit reported that during the month of October small… Read More

Pie Insurance Debuts Partner API on Insurtech Platform

U.S.-based insurtech startup Pie Insurance announced on Tuesday it has launched its API for partners. Pie reported by using the program partners who serve small businesses may get a quote without leaving their platform or website. They may also customize their integration as well a connect… Read More

Qatar Development Bank CEO Says Country will Work with US Firms to Diversify its Economy, Supported by Fintech and Digital Technologies

Qatar’s private sector is now ready to work cooperatively with US-based companies and businesses, according to Qatar Development Bank CEO Abdulaziz Bin Nasser Al Khalifa. As previously reported, the Qatar Development Bank (QDB) offers financial services, banking, and loans to support the development of the… Read More

Online SME Lender Funding Circle Acquires £30 Million from British Business Investments

Funding Circle (LSE: FCH), an SME lender that facilitates loans in both the US and parts of Europe, has acquired £30 million in capital from British Business Investments. British Business Investments operates as a commercial subsidiary of the British Business Bank. Funding Circle plans to… Read More

Hong Kong’s Statrys, a Digital Payment Services Provider, Secures $5 Million to Expand Operations into Southeast Asia

Hong Kong-based Statrys, a digital payment services provider, has reportedly secured $5 million through an investment round from an angel investor. Established in 2018, Statrys offers digital payment solutions for SMEs and startups. The Fintech firm noted that its platform makes it a lot easier… Read More

NerdWallet to Acquire Fundera, the Go-to Financial Resource for 28 Million US based SMBs

NerdWallet, a U.S.-based website and app that offers financial guidance to over 160 million consumers each year, has reportedly acquired Fundera, which serves as the “go-to” financial resource for the 28 million SMBs based in the United States. The acquisition will allow NerdWallet to expand… Read More

Underserved Singapore based SMEs are Now Considering Switching to Digital Banks: Visa Survey

  Payments giant Visa recently published a study on Digital Banking and SMEs in Singapore. According to the report, 88% of Singapore’s SMEs are now considering switching over to an all-digital banking platform. These findings of the study have been released at a time when the… Read More

Digital Bank NorthOne Launches New Desktop Banking Feature

NorthOne, an established digital bank for US-based small businesses, notes that they’ve launched a new desktop mobile banking feature that allows customers to manage their finances on a computer as well as from their mobile devices. NorthOne has partnered with Radius Bank to offer banking… Read More

Banks Should Lean on Digital Footprint as Much as Physical Presence to Effectively Serve More Clients, BBVA Exec Explains

Jose Luis Elechiguerra, Head of Client Solutions at BBVA US (NYSE:BBVA), which is originally a Spanish multinational financial services company based in Madrid and Bilbao, Spain with nearly €700 billion in assets, suggests that banks should “lean on a digital footprint as much as a… Read More

Qatar Development Bank CEO Reveals that SMEs and Fintech Startups in the Middle East Don’t have Access to Many VC Investment Opportunities

Abdulaziz Bin Nasser Al Khalifa, the CEO at Qatar Development Bank (QDB), which offers financial services, banking, and loans to support the development of the nation’s economy, has said that changing mindsets regarding entrepreneurship is “critical to growth.” QDB plans to help both government employees… Read More

Singapore’s SeedIn, a P2P Investment Platform, has Rebranded to BRDGE to Better Reflect its Mission and Business Objectives

Singapore-based SeedIn, a peer to peer (P2P) investment platform, has announced that it will be rebranding to BRDGE. The company stated that the new name (BRDGE) aims to better reflect the organization’s mission and objectives. The P2P platform is mainly intended for local SMEs. BRDGE… Read More

Business Insurtech Coterie Announces Partnership Intuit Quickbooks

Coterie, a U.S.-based commercial insurtech, recently announced it has formed a new partnership with Intuit QuickBooks to deliver business insurance to QuickBooks customers through the QuickBooks Online small business platform. This news comes right now after Intuit Quickbook announced its collaboration with Next Insurance. Coterie… Read More

Melbourne based Fintech Archa, which Provides Business Credit Cards, was Granted Prinicipal Issuing Membership by Mastercard

Melbourne-based Archa, a company providing a corporate credit card that’s “built around your business, keeping you in control,” has revealed that it was granted principal issuing membership of Mastercard. The Archa team notes: “This is a significant, mission-critical milestone for us as we continue to… Read More

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