Tagged: southeast asia

CIMB Group Joins RippleNet to Power Instant Payments Across ASEAN

CIMB Group (CIMB or the Group), ASEAN’s fifth largest bank, announced last week it has joined forces with Ripple to enable instant cross-border payments across its markets. The duo reported that through this new partnership CIMB will join RippleNet and connect with other Ripple customers, which reportedly has more than… Read More

Ping An’s OnConnect Set to Open New Singapore Office; Announces Plans to Expand Within Southeast Asian Region

OneConnect, a subsidiary of China’s insurance giant, Ping An, announced on Monday it officially opens in Singapore this month and is set to expand within the region at a rapid pace. The company reported that while it is the early days for OneConnect Singapore, the new office have already received overwhelming regional customer… Read More

United Overseas Bank Set to Deploy Digital Banking in Southeast Asian Markets

United Overseas Bank Limited (UOB) is set to introduce its own digital bank, UOB’s Digital Bank, which will be deployed in the bank’s key Southeast Asian markets as the Group accelerates and broadens the growth of its regional customer franchise. According to UOB, the Digital Bank… Read More

Ride-Hailing Company Grab Teams Up With Credit Saison to Launch Financial Services: Looks to Expand Access to Credit for Southeast Asia’s Unbanked

Grab Inc. (Grab), an on-demand transportation and fintech platform in Southeast Asia, announced on Tuesday it has teamed up with Credit Saison Co., Ltd. (Credit Saison), one of Japan’s largest consumer financing companies, to provide loans and lending services to millions of unbanked and underbanked consumers, micro-entrepreneurs… Read More

Hong Kong Fintech WeLab Announces Upcoming SE Asia Expansion

Hong Kong-based fintech startup WeLab has revealed it is set to launch in Southeast Asia within the next year. According to Dealstreet Asia, the mobile lending platform is currently looking into strategic partnerships in the region and is expected to roll out products by 2018’s first… Read More

PawnHero Announces Partnership With PLDT Fintech Arm FINTQ

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PawnHero, Southeast Asia’s first online pawn shop, has reportedly formed a partnership with the fintech arm of PLDT, FINTQ. This news comes just after the platform announced it secured $9.7 million through a financing deal with a Philippine investment bank. According to DealStreetAsia, FINTQ runs… Read More

Kasikorn Bank Creates $30 million Fintech Fund

Kasikorn Bank has opened up a $30 million fund to invest in to Fintech startups, thus exemplifying the banks attitude to embrace disruptive technologies. The rapid technological developments within the financial industry has opened up new dimensions in the market, changing how customers think. People… Read More

Malaysia Fintech Firm Soft Space Raises US $5 Million From Japan’s Transcosmos

Malaysia Fintech firm Soft Space, which offers mobile payment solutions, announced it has secured US $5 million in funding from Japanese e-commerce company Transcosmos Inc. Mobile POS and E-Commerce Soft Space offers mobile point-of-sale services for small and large merchants in Malaysia and other parts of Southeast Asia…. Read More

SE Asia Blockchain Mobile Payments Platform Coins Raises $5 Million from Naspers

Coins, a Philippines-based blockchain mobile payments platform that services Southeast Asia, announced it had secured US $5 million in funding from Naspers, according to an article on Techcrunch. Naspers, which is based in South Africa, is one of the world’s largest investors in tech. The… Read More

NextTech Aims To Be Vietnam’s Alibaba

E-commerce company NextTech, which is based out of Hanoi, Vietnam, is aiming to become its country’s version of Alibaba. Alibaba, of course, is China’s e-commerce and technology (including Fintech) juggernaut that helped the country surpass the US in mobile payments by more than 50 times. Can… Read More

Myanmar Implements UnionPay Chip Cards in Continued Banking Modernization

While the Western world and other parts of Asia surge forward with fintech innovations, from blockchain technology to digital banking features and services, Myanmar celebrates other banking development wins as the country continues to modernize. Earlier this week, Enterprise Innovation reported that Myanmar — formerly known… Read More

Grab Turns to Indonesia with $700M to Invest in Mobile & Payments

Singapore-based company Grab, self-described as “Southeast Asia’s Leading Ride-Hailing Platform”, is investing $700 million in Indonesia to make the country ASEAN’s most digital economy.  Grab’s project will focus on mobile fintech features in the country, and in particular, on mobile payment. According to the company, the… Read More

Australian Fintech Startup Unkapt Launches in S.E. Asia

Unkapt, an Australia-based fintech startup, announced this week it is launching in Southeast Asia. The company stated it is an alternative lending, cross-border capital raising platform offering APAC small and lower middle market issuers (SMEs) the opportunity to use innovative financing to raise capital among a network… Read More

Malaysia: ASEAN’s First Country to Regulate P2P Financing

Malaysia’s Securities Commission (SC) announced last month that six P2P platforms were registered and would continue to be overseen by the Government of Malaysia, making Malaysia the first ASEAN country to regulate P2P financing.  The six platforms include B2B FinPAL, Ethis Kapital, FundedByMe Malaysia, ManagePay Services, Modalku Ventures,… Read More

Southeast Asia Fintecher Jirnexu Raises $3M Series A Funding

Jirnexu, a bank and insurance company tech solution provider formally known as Saving Plus, raised $3M in Series A funding, according to a release. Funding will be used to drive product development, geographic expansion and recruitment across Southeast Asia, with Malaysia and Indonesia as priority… Read More

Startupbootcamp Holds First Singapore Fintech Demo Day: Blockchain and Wealth Management Seen Trending

Startupbootcamp FinTech, a global accelerator focusing on financial innovation, hosted its first Demo Day in Singapore on 29 July for the top 11 FinTech teams selected out of 300 applications earlier this year. “Startupbootcamp FinTech is the first FinTech accelerator in Singapore and the only… Read More

Singapore P2P Lender Capital Match Launches: Targets SMEs

The Singapore-based peer-to-peer (P2P) lending platform Capital Match which targets Singapore SMEs obtain loans financed by individual investors has launched. The company stated that its are two-fold, to provide business borrowers with the next best interest rates after banks and to give investors access to an attractive yield… Read More

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