Tagged: southeast asia

There are Now 123 Fintech Startups in Vietnam and Over 4.2 Million Digital Wallet Users: Report

Vietnam’s Fintech startup ecosystem has grown significantly between 2017 and 2020, according to a new report. There were 44 Fintech-related startups in the country in 2017 and now there are at least 123 financial technology firms, Fintech News Singapore confirmed. The number of Fintechs operating… Read More

Thailand Is Now Home to 96 Fintech Startups including Crowdfunding, Insurtech, Remittance Payments Services: Report

During the past few years, the Fintech sector in Thailand has grown significantly. The country is now home to at least 96 Fintech startups. Thailand’s Fintech ecosystem includes companies and businesses operating in the digital payments space, blockchain or distributed ledger tech (DLT). There are… Read More

Online Lender IN Financial’s Cash-IN-Asia Unit Secures $3.7 Million+ via Round led by DeClout Ventures

Online lender IN Financial through its subsidiary Cash-IN-Asia has secured S$5 million (appr. $3.74 million) in capital via an investment round that was led by Singapore’s VC venture firm DeClout Ventures. IN Financial is a Singapore-headquartered financing platform that’s enhanced by artificial intelligence (AI) and… Read More

TransferWise Customers in Indonesia Can Now Send Remittance Payments to 80 Different Countries

Fintech firm TransferWise recently announced that Indonesians and ex-pat workers will now be able to send money from Indonesia to 80 different countries, which includes Australia, Singapore, Japan, US, UK, China (Alipay) — and across Europe as well. TransferWise users are now able to send… Read More

Fintech Platforms in Indonesia to Support Expected Rise in Investments, especially from Young Investors following COVID Outbreak

The Indonesian Central Securities Depository (KSEI) has noted that Fintech platforms are expected to support the rise in the number of Indonesia’s retail investors in the foreseeable future, especially as the country’s younger consumers begin to seriously explore investment options after the COVID-19 outbreak. As… Read More

Indonesian President Joko Widodo Says Local Fintechs Must Adopt Good Governance Practices to Support Rapid Tech Developments

Indoensian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo recently requested Fintech firms in the country to adopt good governance practices and become more accountable so that they can reduce the risks associated with rapid tech developments in the financial services sector. President Widodo noted during the recently-held Indonesia… 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

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

Southeast Asia has Emerged as Fintech Hotspot with CAGR of 55% in Equity Funding: Report

  Digital challenger banks have adopted several different business models in order to establish operations in the Fintech and banking sector. They’ve experienced a threefold growth (over 300% growth) during the past five years, according to a new report from the Singapore Fintech Association (SFA)…. 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

Indonesian Fintech Investor, BRI Ventures’ CIO Says Company will Use $250 Million Fund to Create “Real Value,” Not Just High Valuations

Indonesia is one of Southeast Asia’s largest markets for digital platforms and services. The country offers an attractive business environment and opportunities for investors who are interested in projects that aim to take advantage of fast-growing economies. BRI Ventures, the investment division of Indonesia’s oldest… Read More

Vietnam Maritime Commercial Joint Stock Bank to Offer a Truly Digital Onboarding Experience

Vietnam Maritime Commercial Joint Stock Bank (MSB) aims to offer a truly digital onboarding experience to all its clients. MSB plans to offer seamless online banking services so that customers don’t have to visit a physical branch location to manage their finances. MSB is also… Read More

Triyono Gani, Head of Digital Finance Innovation at Indonesia’s Financial Services Authority, Compares Fintech with Traditional Banking

Triyono Gani, the head of digital finance innovation at Indonesia’s Financial Services Authority (OJK), notes that it may have taken a long time for people to understand one of Bill Gates’ quotes, “Banking is necessary, but banks are not.”  Gani points out that Gates actually… Read More

ING Bank and UNICEF to Support Fintechs in the Philippines that Aim to Improve Financial Lives of Underprivileged Children and Local Residents

ING Bank, which is part of the ING Group (AMS: INGA), a Dutch multinational banking and financial services corporation headquartered in Amsterdam, has confirmed that it will continue supporting startups focused on Fintech solutions. ING and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) will be working… Read More

Philippine National Bank May Consider Launching a Digital Bank as a Standalone Business or Subsidiary

The Philippine National Bank (PNB), one of the largest financial institutions in the country, is reportedly considering the possibility of launching a digital bank as one of its subsidiaries. Jose Arnulfo “Wick” Veloso, president and CEO at PNB, stated: “We’re discussing internally with the principals…. Read More

AngelList India Launches New Fund, iSeed Southeast Asia, the First Regional Fund Backed by Naval Ravikant and Other Top Investors

Utsav Somani, partner at AngelList India, has revealed that they’re launching a new fund, called iSeed Southeast Asia. Somani notes that the project is being led by Wing Vasiksiri and it’s reportedly backed by Naval Ravikant, the co-founder, chairman and former CEO of AngelList, and… Read More

Indonesia based Digital Commerce Marketplace Provider Tokopedia Wins “Best Companies to Work for in Asia” Award

Indonesia based Tokopedia, an e-commerce marketplace that had announced a $1.5 billion funding round from Softbank, Alibaba, Temasek back in January 2020, has reportedly won the HR Asia Award 2020. The tech firm has been recognized as one of “The Best Companies to Work for… Read More

Financial Inclusion Rate in Indonesia Reaches Record Highs, but Over 2,500 Illegal Fintech Businesses have been Shut Down

The role of Fintech platforms and services in supporting public services in Indonesia has become more prominent and relevant due to the global COVID-19 outbreak. Fintech service providers are now offering more digital payments options which allow Indonesians to pay for everyday expenses, instead of… Read More

Southeast Asian Countries are Increasingly Adopting Digital Payments, but Regulatory Issues May Slow Adoption, Fintech Exec Argues

Fady Abdel-Nour, Head of Global M&A and Investments at PayU, a Fintech firm that provides payment technology to online merchants, has noted that regulators in Southeast Asia are working hard to ensure that digital payments are adopted by consumers. Abdel-Nour has pointed out that UPI,… Read More

Indonesian Fintech Lenders Association Establishes Task Force to Help P2P Lending Firms Deal with Rising Number of Bad Loans

The Indonesian Fintech Lenders Association (AFPI) has reportedly decided to establish a special task force to assist peer-to-peer (P2P) Fintech companies with the significant increase in bad loans – which may have resulted from the socioeconomic challenges created due to the Coronavirus crisis. Adrian Gunadi,… Read More

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