Tagged: SME

Nearly 50K Users Strong, Blockchain-Powered Colu Introduces Local Pound Currency

Colu, a blockchain-powered platform for creating digitized, localized currencies, launched its second currency in the UK – the Local Pound, East London. Founded in 2014, Colu’s digital wallet application supports buying local, offering an easy and convenient way to pay instantly from a smartphone while empowering… Read More

Secure Growth: PayU & iwoca Team Up to Provide SMEs Quicker Financing

The international lending firm iwoca and payment service provider PayU launched an innovative collaboration aimed at making it easier for SME entrepreneurs, particularly those in the eCommerce and eService industries, to obtain financing for growth. The new solution enables the entire lending process to take place online,… Read More

CEO Abraham Viktor: Indonesian P2P Lender Taralite’s Multimillion Dollar Funding Round

Indonesian P2P lender Taralite announced that it has a raised a US$6.3 million funding round from Japanese fintech conglomerate SBI Group, the valuation of the round was undisclosed, according to multiple news sources. Begun as as a lending platform that finances celebratory events such as weddings and Hajj… Read More

UAE Invoice Bazaar Receives Guidance & Investment from Shirish Apte

Invoice Bazaar, a UAE Fintech supply chain finance platform announced an investment from Shirish Apte, former CEO and Chairman Asia Pacific of Citigroup. Founded last year in Dubai, Invoice Bazaar has now expanded into India and Singapore. “Having seen the business model of many FinTech… Read More

Brief: UK P2P Lender Growth Street on the Move with New Cash Flow Tool

Growth Street, an alternative business finance platform, has launched its free “How to Improve Cash Flow” tool. Designed for SME owners, the tool aims to understand the ‘pain points’ for UK SMEs when cash flow becomes an issue while providing insight about how to tackle these cash flow challenges. “We want… Read More

Crossflow Payments CEO Duggan: £266 billion of SME Turnover Delayed by Late Supplier Payments

The growth prospects of SMEs are being potentially stalled due to late payments, according to new research of over 1,000 SMEs commissioned by Crossflow Payments, the Fintech platform delivering supply chain finance solutions. “Brexit is increasing the issue of late payments and reducing investment by… Read More

Flender Brief: Irish P2P Lender FCA Authorized, Plans for UK Launch

Irish P2P lending platform Flender, which secured £501,700 from more than 230 investors during its Seedrs equity crowdfunding round this past January (reportedly the first Irish Fintech platform to successfully complete an equity crowdfunding round), is authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority under Registration Number… Read More

Fintechers Tungsten Network & BlueVine Align Forces to Address SMBs’ Financing Needs

Tungsten Network, a leading global business transaction network, and BlueVine, a leading provider of online working capital financing, unveiled a new partnership today that aims to better meet the financing needs of small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) on Tungsten’s Network. By linking with Tungsten Network,… Read More

InstaReM Partners to Provide Services for SMEs

The Fintech firm InstaReM has recently entered a partnership with Goldfield Money. The two plan to assist migrants by providing them with banking services, along with serving overseas small and medium sized corporations based in Asia. InstaReM, based in Singapore, and Goldfield Money, which is listed… Read More

Kabbage Co-Founder & Head Fintecher Kathryn Petralia: Power Lending, Predictions & Progress

  “Fintech, online lending, AI and privacy are complicated issues, so we’ve created innovative solutions and approaches that D.C. embraces once they understand them. Our message to Washington is: call us! We have someone to translate tech speak and “bureaucratese” for all of Washington’s questions.”… Read More

ApplePie Capital CEO & Co-Founder Denise Thomas Makes Marketplace Lending Success Look Easy

“We have gained a foothold within the industry by partnering with 42 brands to date. Moving forward we will continue to innovate…” Having spent more than 20 years as a corporate executive in companies backed by prosperous VC firms including Kleiner Perkins, Mohr Davidow and Sequoia Capital, ApplePie Capital CEO… Read More

Fintecher Fundbox Syncs with Zoho: Minding Cash Flow Gaps

Fundbox, a leading cash flow optimization platform for small businesses, and Zoho, a cloud-based business operating system, today announced a partnership in which Zoho will offer Fundbox to its user base in the U.S. Under the partnership, Zoho will provide access to Fundbox’s technology to streamline and automate the business… Read More

Funding Circle Receives Additional $100 Million From CIM Through U.S. Business Multi-Year Agreement

SME lender Funding Circle announced on Wednesday that Community Investment Management (CIM), an investment firm focused on marketplace lending, will finance an additional $100 million in loans to businesses originated through Funding Circle in the U.S. According to the online lending platform, the multi-year agreement… Read More

Maven Capital Partners £57.5 Million for the Northern Powerhouse Investment SME Fund

UK-based private equity firm Maven Capital Partners announced on Wednesday it was appointed by the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF) to manage the £57.5 million NPIF Maven Equity Finance fund as part of NPIF’s £400 million of capital available to support growing SMEs.  According to… Read More

The Invest in America Act: Supporting Entrepreneurs & Innovation While Empowering Everyday Americans

  First off, we all owe Tony a debt of gratitude for actually drafting this set of regulations. Legislative drafting is yeoman’s work especially when it comes to tax law. This new legislation solves for two extremely important problems in the U.S. economy and society…. Read More

Update: Fintechers Walnut, Artoo & CreditVidya Comment on Founders of the Union Budget 2017

CEO and founders from India-based fintech platforms Walnut, Artoo and CreditVidya weighed in to comment on yesterday’s Founders of the Union Budget 2017 given by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, noting its potential impact in increasing access of digital services and  building a more inclusive economy: “The Budget announcements are… Read More

UK Fintecher Platform Black Rebrands as Sancus Finance Limited

UK-headquartered Platform Black Limited announced that it has rebranded as Sancus Finance Limited with immediate effect. The move comes as part of a strategic review of operations by Platform Black’s owners, GLI Finance Limited. The strategic review, designed to simplify GLI’s structure, included a transfer of its holdings… Read More

Barclays Mobile Banking App Approves SME Loans in Less Than an Hour

Barclays has unveiled a new mobile service for SMEs in the UK that provides almost instant loans.  Barclays Mobile Banking app touts that it will approve loans in under an hour, significantly reducing general wait times that can take weeks.  The company states that SMEs… Read More

World Bank Invests in Myanmar’s Financial Inclusion, $100M in Credit

The World Bank established the Financial Sector Development Project to support Myanmar’s SMEs — the latest sign of progress in the country’s economy.  The five-year project includes $100 million in credit, which will be used to allow SMEs increased access to financial services.  The project will… Read More

Fintech Investment in India Picks Up After Demonetization Move

Over 25 startups in the online lending space have rapidly emerged over the past two years, according to TechCircle analysis.  Despite signs that global fintech investment was slowing in 2016, VCCircle‘s analysis for 2017 suggests that such investment may pick up again. Arti Singh and… Read More