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Denmark’s CreditStretcher, UK’s Elfinity, and 9 Other Fintechs to Participate in Village Capital’s Finance Forward Europe Accelerator

Village Capital helps company founders and business owners through its accelerator program. There are 11 early-stage Fintech firms that will be taking part in Village Capital’s investment-readiness program, called Finance Forward Europe. The initiative is part of Finance Forward, which is a multi-year global coalition… Read More

European Online Lender October has Now Closed Financing for its 100th Spanish Company

October, a leading European online lender, notes that it was launched after the global financial crisis of 2008-2009 with the goal of providing more financing options or alternatives to European SMEs. The October team wrote in a blog post published on July 1, 2020: “We… Read More

Spain-Based Fintech Strands Receives AISP License to Expand PSD2 Services Offering

Strands, a Spain-based fintech that specializes in advanced digital banking solutions, announced on Tuesday it has been granted an AISP license as it prepares to expand its PSD2 services offering. According to Strands, an AISP is a payment institution which, under the revised Payment Services… Read More

Barça Fan Token Offered by Football Club FC Barcelona, Sells Out in Under 2 Hours

FC Barcelona, the legendary football club, held its first “flash sale” in partnership with the club’s partner Chiliz who is issuing the digital asset using blockchain. According to FC Barcelona, 600,000 Barça Fan Tokens ($BAR) were purchased in under 2 hours. Tokens were sold at… Read More

Open Banking: European Countries Need to “Harmonize” their Approach to Open Finance, Andréa Toucinho from Partelya Consulting Suggests

Andréa Toucinho, the Director of Studies, Prospective and Training of Partelya Consulting and Country Ambassador for France of European Women Payments Network (EWPN), notes that it’s necessary to develop a European vision or roadmap for adopting Open Banking and Open Finance platforms. She suggests that… Read More

Square Announces Acquisition of Spanish P2P Payments App Verse

Payments platform Square announced on Monday it has acquired Spain-based P2P payments app, Verse. Founded in 2015, Verse describes itself as a mobile app that allows users to share payments easily, instantly, and with no hidden fees. “Not only can you pay and receive money… Read More

UK Fintech Payhawk, a Corporate Expense Management Solution Provider, Partners Visa and Wirecard to Issue Business Cards

UK-based Fintech Payhawk, a corporate expense management solution provider that secured €3 million in seed funding in March 2020, has teamed up with Visa in order to issue business cards that offer 0.50% exchange rates. The Payhawk team says that by working with the payments… Read More

Fintech Firms Must Properly Manage Cash Flow, as COVID-19 Is Making it Challenging to Assess Credit Risk, Monedo CEO Says

David Chan, CEO at Monedo (previously Kreditech), a point of sale (PoS) lender that claims to have more than one million customers who have reportedly received over 2 million loans (as of March 2020), says that the online lender has a global addressable market of… Read More

BBVA’s Entire Branch Network in Spain Now Fully Operational Following COVID-19 Pandemic

BBVA announced on Thursday its entire branch network in Spain is now operational after the bank reopened the last of the branches that were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. BBVA reported that the branches will follow strict safety measures, and the banking group is… Read More

Spain’s Retail Banking Group, Caixabank, Introduces Facial Recognition for ATM Withdrawals instead of Manual PIN Code Entry

Caixabank, a retail banking group in Spain, will be introducing facial recognition technology at 100 ATM locations across the country. The bank’s customers will be able to make withdrawals without having to enter their PIN codes. Facial recognition tech is also being used at the… Read More

Mobile Commerce Platform Button Names Spainsh Neobank Bnext As First Partner in Southern Europe

Button, a mobile commerce technology company, announced on Monday it has formed a partnership with Bnext, a mobile-first neobank of Spain. Button reported through the partnership, Bnext users can seamlessly shop and save money with various brands, including AliExpress, Groupon, and Black Limba, powered by Button’s technology…. Read More

CaixaBank Joins Forces with IBM Services to Accelerate Cloud Transformation & Innovation in the Financial Services Industry

CaixaBank, a retail banking group based in Spain, announced on Thursday it has reached an agreement with IBM Services (NYSE:IBM) to accelerate its “hybrid cloud journey” and increase the bank’s capability to develop innovative, digital-first solutions to enhance client experiences. According to CaixaBank, IBM has… Read More

Jack Dorsey’s Square Crypto Awards Grant to Talaia, Developer of FOSS Lightning Network Watchtower, called Eye of Satoshi

Square Crypto, a Bitcoin (BTC) focused initiative launched by Jack Dorsey’s payments company Square (NYSE:SQ), has awarded a grant to Talaia (pronounced “Talaia”), a project-based in Spain and developed by Sergi Delgado, a distributed networks specialist from Barcelona. Square Crypto noted via Twitter: “Talaia is… Read More

Barcelona’s Fintech Belvo Secures $10 Million in Capital to Recruit 40 New Developers, Will Launch in Sao Paulo, Brazil

  Barcelona’s Fintech firm Belvo has secured $10 million in capital, in order to recruit between 40-50 new project developers. Belvo is also planning to establish business offices in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Y Combinator-backed Belvo maintains its second major hub and primary market in Mexico… Read More

European Regulators Only Issued 34 Payment Institution and E-Money Licenses During First 5 Months of 2020, and 131 Such Permits During Same Period in 2019

The global economy has slowed down considerably during the past few months due to COVID-19. Many businesses and industries have been negatively affected, including financial services providers. The pandemic has destabilized private capital markets. Investments in new initiatives and early-stage companies have decreased significantly. During… Read More

Spanish Financial Giant BBVA Teams Up with IMDEA Software Institution to Conduct Research on Zero-Knowledge Proofs to Enhance Financial Privacy

The Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA), a Spanish multinational financial services company based in Madrid and Bilbao, Spain with around €700 billion in total assets, has teamed up with a local research center, called the IMDEA Software Institution. The BBVA noted in a release that it… Read More

Santander Completes 50.1% Stake in UK Fintech Ebury After £350 million Investment

Spain-based Banco Santander (Santander Group), a multinational commercial bank and financial services company, announced this week it has completed its purchase of a 50.1% stake in Ebury, a UK-based Fintech firm that offers corporate banking services to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that trade internationally,… Read More

Quantum Computing: CaixaBank, a Spanish Financial Services Firm, Is Developing Machine Learning Algorithms for Classifying Customers Based on Credit Risk

CaixaBank S.A., a Spanish financial services firm based in Valencia and Barcelona in Spain, is moving forward with its experimental application of quantum computing to its financial products and services. CaixaBank, the third-largest lender by market cap in Spain (after Banco Santander and the BBVA),… Read More

Crypto Taxes: Spain’s Tax Authorities Sends Warning Letters to 66,000 Digital Asset Investors

Spain’s tax authorities have begun sending warning letters to around 66,000 digital asset investors. The Spanish tax agency aims to remind cryptocurrency holders of their tax obligations. The Agencia Estatal de Administración Tributaria (AEAT) reportedly began its crypto-related tax collection campaign on April 1, 2020…. Read More

Open Banking: Tink Acquires Eurobits Technologies for €15.5 million

Tink has acquired Eurobits Technologies, a provider of account aggregation services working with various banks and Fintechs. Current clients are said to include BBVA, Santander, La Banque Postale, and others. The purchase of Eurobits is expected to strengthen Tink’s bank connectivity coverage and buttress its… Read More

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