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Open Banking Firm Tink Acquires OpenWrks Aggregation Service in Move to Solidify UK Market Position

Tink, a leading Open Banking platform, has acquired an aggregation platform operated by OpenWrks. Tink is making the move to strengthen its position in the UK while buttressing its European expansion. The acquisition is also part of a strategic partnership where OpenWrks will power its… Read More

World’s “Smartest” Cities: Singapore, Helsinki, Zurich, According to Smart City Index Report for 2020

Singapore, Helsinki (in Finland) and Zurich (in Switzerland) have been named as the world’s “smartest” cities during this year. They’ve managed to outperform other major European and global financial hubs, according to the Smart City Index Report for 2020. Geneva is another Swiss city that… Read More

Sweden’s Buy Now Pay Later Fintech Klarna Reportedly Planning to Raise $500 Million at $10 Billion Valuation and Potential US IPO

Sweden’s Buy Now, Pay Later firm Klarna is reportedly planning to secure $500 million in capital via an investment round which could double its valuation to around $10 billion, according to a recent report from Reuters (which cited sources familiar with the matter). Klarna had… Read More

Sweden-Based Fintech Open Payments Secures €3 Million Through Seed Funding Round Led By Industrifonden

Open Payments, a Sweden-based fintech, announced on Monday it secured €3 million through its seed funding round, which was led by Industrifonden, with participation from existing investors Brightly Ventures, Luminar Ventures, and angel investors. Founded in 2017, Open Payments states it provides the groundbreaking market… Read More

Assetz Capital and Aros Kapital Partner on CBILS

Peer to peer lender Assetz Capital has announced a partnership with Aros Kapital to assist with lending under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS). Assetz Capital was approved for accreditation as a CBILS lender in May. Gustav Rocklinger, CEO at Aros Kapital Limited, stated:… Read More

Dubai’s Department of Economic Development Launches UAE KYC Blockchain Platform

Dubai Economy (Dubai Department of Economic Development or DED) and Emirates NBD, a leading banking group in the MENAT region (Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey), have announced the go-live of the UAE KYC Blockchain Platform. The project is described as an initiative that facilitates… Read More

Consumers Might Shift Financial Holdings to Stablecoin Denominated Assets if Existing Payments Systems aren’t Improved, Sweden’s Riksbank Says

In February 2020, Sweden began piloting an electronic version of its national currency, the e-krona. The European nation’s government had confirmed at that time that the e-krona was a step closer to its official launch as a central bank digital currency (CBDC). Riksbank, the central… Read More

Digital Transformation: Australia Might Be On Track to Become a Cashless Economy like Sweden due to COVID-19

Bank branches and ATMs might continue to disappear across Australia as the COVID-19 outbreak is expected to accelerate the shift towards a cashless economy. Local news outlet 7NEWS Sydney reports that the use of cash has been reduced by over 50% due to the Coronavirus… Read More

Slam. Report States that Swedbank and SEB Enabled Fraud Networks Including Failed P2P Lender Envestio

A new report claims that established banks Swedbank and SEB enabled “suspected fraud networks” to operate in the Baltics and mentions bankrupt peer to peer lending platform Envestio by name. Envestio, and similar platform Kuetzal, recently filed for bankruptcy in Estonia. Earlier this year, both… Read More

Open Banking Platform Tink Debuts Business Account Aggregation Service

Tink, a Sweden-based fintech that provides APIs to create next-generation banking services, recently announced the launch of its new business account aggregation service. Tink revealed that by fetching real-time business data that was not easily accessible before, aggregation improves company efficiency and productivity, as well… Read More

Singapore’s Silverlake Symmetri Becomes Distribution Partner of Swedish Fintech Dreams’ Savings and Investment Platform in Asia, Middle East

Stockholm-based Dreams is a Fintech firm that focuses on providing a consumer-based app to help people live sustainably by developing good savings habits. The company’s app and services aim to help users make better use of their income, make smart investments, pay off debts, and… Read More

Sweden Fintech Anyfin Secures $30 Million Through Series B Funding Round Led By EQT Ventures

Anyfin , a Sweden-based fintech startup that enables consumers to refinance their existing loans with a picture, announced on Thursday it secured $30 million through its Series B funding round, which was led by EQT Ventures with participation from Accel, Northzone, Fintech Collective and Global… Read More

Sweden-based Banking Challenger Rocker Chooses Finnish Fintech Enfuce as Official Card Issuing and Payment Processing Partner

Sweden-based banking challenger Rocker has reportedly chosen Enfuce, a Finland-headquartered Fintech firm, as its official card issuing and payment processing partner. The move should streamline processes involving the issuance of Visa prepaid cards. The news has come after Rocker (previously operating as Bynk) introduced a… Read More

Swedish Fintech Bokio, a Provider of AI-based Accounting Tools for Small Businesses, Secures €7.4 Million in Capital

Swedish Fintech firm Bokio, which provides an artificial intelligence (AI)-enhanced accounting tool for small businesses and freelance workers, has acquired €7.4 million in capital from existing investors. Bokio has also reportedly merged its business with Stockholm-headquartered competitor Red Flag. Bokio’s latest investment round received contributions… Read More

Tink Announces New Partnership With Sweden-Based Payments Platform Kivra

Tink, a Sweden-based fintech that provides APIs to create next-generation banking services, announced on Friday it has joined forces with digital mailbox provider Kivra to make it “easier” to pay bills and invoices. According to Tink,  Kivra’s digital mailbox to more than 3.7 million users… Read More

Nordic-Baltic Banking Group, Swedbank, to Sponsor Global Hackathon to Find Solutions to Prevent Further Spread of Coronavirus

Swedbank AB, a Nordic-Baltic banking group headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, is reportedly sponsoring a global hackathon, which will try to find solutions to deal with the  deadly Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The event, which is scheduled to take place between April 9-12, 2020, aims to be… 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

ePassi Payments Oy Acquires ActiWay Growing User Base to Over One Million Active Users

ePassi Payments Oy, a mobile payment solution for employee benefits based in Finland, has acquired its Swedish counterpart ActiWay Ab, according to a release. ActiWay is said to be the market leader for wellness allowance systems in Sweden. ePassi claims to be one of the fastest… Read More

Point of Sale: Klarna Reports Growth Alongside Annual Loss

Klarna, a point of sale financing platform, has posted its financial report for full year 2019. According to the numbers, top line revenue rose to SEK 7.1 billion versus year prior of SEK 5.5 billion. The increase in revenue was joined by a net income… Read More

First Equity Crowdfunding Offer for a Film Launched in Southeast Asia, Listed on FundedByMe

Stranger Pictures has launched the first equity crowdfunding offering for a film in Southeast Asia according to a note from the issuer. The securities offering is listed on global platform FundedByMe in Malaysia. FundedByMe is based in Sweden and is a publicly-traded company. The company… Read More

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