Tagged: startups

$50M MENA Region Fintech Fund I Launched by Early-Stage VC Firm VenturesSouq

GCC-headquartered early-stage VC company VentureSouq has introduced a $50 million MENA region Fintech Fund I. As mentioned in the announcement, the MENA Fintech Fund I is the first sector-wide Fintech-focused fund to be introduced across the Middle East area and Pakistan. The new Fund is… Read More

Hatu Sheikh of DAO Maker Says Blockchain Can Power the New Dawn of Venture Capital

Blockchain or distributed ledger technology (DLT) has disrupted many industries since its launch and now it could be the turn for venture capital. We recently had the chance to connect with Hatu Sheikh, a founding member at DAO Maker — a platform opening up the… Read More

Fintech Funding Report: Over $31B in Global Funding was Acquired by Financial Technology Initiatives During Q3 2021

A report from CBInsights reveals that $31.1B in global funding was acquired by Fintech startups during Q3 2021—which is the “second-highest quarter ever.” Despite falling around 16% when compared to the past quarter’s record levels, financing remains elevated in the Fintech venture space. This last… Read More

Qatar Fintech Hub Shares List of Fintechs that will Join Wave 3 of its Incubator, Accelerator Program

The Qatar Fintech Hub (QFTH) recently shared the list of 16 Fintech firms that will be joining Wave 3 of its incubator and accelerator program. Established by the Qatar Development Bank (QDB), the QFTH is responsible for running an incubator and an accelerator program in… Read More

10 Startups Chosen for the Second F10 Incubation Program for Fintech, Insurtech in Spain

F10 Spain has announced 10 high-potential startups that are joining the second cohort of its Incubation Program in Barcelona. Chosen from over 180 national and global applications, this batch aims to bring innovative business models and trends, includes more female founders and “a good mix… Read More

BBVA and 500 Global to Identify High-Potential Startups for Financial Services

BBVA and 500 Global have entered an agreement for 500 Global to implement an Intelligence Platform that would support BBVA’s ability to “identify new startups, technologies and emerging trends with the potential to impact the future of the most innovative industries, and by extension, the… Read More

Morgan Stanley Is Expanding its Multicultural Innovation Lab across EMEA Region

Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) has reportedly agreed to a £1 million investment in order to further expand its Multicultural Innovation Lab across Europe, Middle East and other areas. Initially introduced in the US back in 2017, the Lab aims to serve as an accelerator program… Read More

UK Fintech Maydan Capital Ltd. Introduces Equity Crowdfunding Platform

Maydan Capital Ltd., a UK-based Fintech firm, is announcing the launch of its equity crowdfunding platform that reportedly provides vetted, early-stage, ethical and halal investment opportunities that are focused on tech-related accredited investors internationally. Maydan’s fundraising platform, which is presently open for applicants, assists with… Read More

Fintech Australia Introduces Tool for Early-Stage Fintechs Planning to Expand Operations in the Country

Fintech Australia has released a tool for early-stage Fintechs and international financial tech platforms expanding into Australia, providing guidance on financial services licensing in Australia and “which government bodies are responsible for managing them.” Created with assistance from law firm K&L Gates and Austrade, the… Read More

Derek Lau: Game Director at Guild of Guardians Explains how They Use NFTs to Provide Real Value-Driven Tangibility of In-Game Items

We recently caught up with Derek Lau, Game Director at Guild of Guardians, which is one of the partner games of Yield Guild Games (YGG). Guild of Guardians is a blockchain or distributed ledger tech (DLT)-based mobile role-playing game (RPG) that has been published by… Read More

Steven Weinstein: CEO at Seismic Capital Co. Says they’re Interested in High-Potential Fintech, Edtech, Process Improvement Startups

We recently connected with Steven Weinstein, the CEO of Seismic Capital Company, an early-stage growth investor that’s focused on identifying, guiding and nurturing firms that are looking meaningfully disrupt the space or industry they work in. Weinstein has reportedly been involved in the capital markets,… Read More

Switzerland based Digital Identity Firm fidentity Acquires Funding from Spicehaus Venture Fund

Spicehaus says they are pleased to confirm the 10th investment of the Spicehaus Swiss Venture Fund. Fidentity offers automatic online identification of customers (KYC). The software can automatically match a live image or “selfie” with “the corresponding identification document.” Unlike other solutions in the market,… Read More

Pascal Wealthtech Chosen for NextSteps Program, which Supports Early-Stage Canadian Tech Firms

Pascal Wealthtech reveals that after “careful” consideration by the Selection Committee, they’ve been accepted into the NextSteps Program & Pitch Competition by BCF Ventures and MNP. An “exclusive” program meant to assist early-stage Canadian tech firms with achieving their growth objectives, the selection to participate… Read More

Swiss VC Firm btov Partners Finalizes $135M Fund for Early-Stage Investments in European Digital Tech Startups

VC firm btov Partners recently revealed that it has finalized the closing of its new digital technologies early-stage fund “with a volume of $135M.” It’s reportedly the second fund that focuses on digital technologies, and the ninth for btov Partners, to date. Investments in earlier… Read More

Egypt based Fintech Kashat, a Micro Loan Provider, Acquires $1.75M in Capital

Egypt-based Kashat, a microloan services platform, has acquired $1.75 million in capital as part of a bridge round, according to a report from Magnitt. Kashat’s investment round has been led by VC fund Launch Africa Ventures, and also included contributions from regional investors, the report… Read More

Global Open Finance Challenge Being Launched by NatWest Group and Other Leading Financial Institutions

NatWest Group, National Australia Bank, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, and Itaú Unibanco will reportedly be conducting the Global Open Finance Challenge, which will aim to promote innovation and the development of new services for a globally accessible, Open Finance ecosystem. The four banking institutions… Read More

Fintech-focused Corporate Accelerator Program Launched in Egypt by Arab Bank

The Arab Bank, one of the largest financial institutions in the Middle East, has launched its Fintech-focused corporate accelerator program, called “AB Accelerator,” in Egypt, after its successful launch in Jordan in 2018. The launch of this Fintech-related program in Egypt comes as part of… Read More

New Fintech Abu Dhabi Innovation Challenge Introduced by ADGM for Supporting High-Potential Startups

The Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) has introduced the 5th edition of its flagship project,  Fintech Abu Dhabi Innovation Challenge. The challenge is reportedly a part of the upcoming Fintech Abu Dhabi festival – which is scheduled to take place in November 2021. The ADGM… Read More

Ximena Alemán: Co-CEO at Prometeo, the LatAm Fintech Leading Open Banking Adoption, Reveals how They’re Enabling Financial Inclusion

Ximena Alemán, Co-CEO at Prometeo, the Latin American (LatAm) Fintech firm that’s leading Open Banking adoption throughout the region, recently shared key industry insights with Crowdfund Insider. Prometeo recently announced the launch of Spark, which is a free-of-cost program for high-potential startups, Fintechs, as well… Read More

Fintech Startups Finmod, Flourish Savings, GenEQTY, Karri, KeyChain Pay, Others Being Supported via Mastercard Start Path

Global startup engagement program Mastercard Start Path is welcoming 11 Fintechs to receive dedicated support, access to clients and product development teams, and opportunities to engage in innovative projects. Finmod, Flourish Savings, GenEQTY, Karri, KeyChain Pay, Kwara, Layer, Osper, Swap, upSWOT and Wellthi have reportedly… Read More

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