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Unbanked, a Neobank Built Using Blockchain, Raises Growth Capital on Republic

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Traditional banks, the brick and mortar operations that pepper the landscape as they have for hundreds of years, have been slow to upgrade and migrate to a digital-first (or only) service. This has created an opportunity for agile Fintechs to move in and Hoover up… Read More

Fintech Hazel Announces Merger Agreements with Even and ONE so they can Improve Consumers’ Financial Lives

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Hazel, the independent Fintech launched in partnership with Walmart (NYSE: WMT) and investment company Ribbit Capital, has announced that it has entered into definitive agreements to “acquire fintech platforms Even and ONE, marking the startup’s emergence from stealth mode.” The transactions, which are set to… Read More

2021 Saw Growing Appetite for Digital Payments Across Latin America: Report

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Rapyd, a Fintech-as-a-Service firm, shared the results of a survey exploring the adoption of digital finance tools and e-commerce in Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, and Brazil. Even though the region has a fairly large unbanked population, the survey revealed that among those with active bank accounts,… Read More

Spanish Fintech Ibancar Secures Credit Facility Of Up to €10M led By Knuru Capital

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Ibancar, the asset based consumer credit platform, has signed its first institutional debt facility “up to an amount of €10m.” The business is scaling quickly in Spain and intends to expand its activity to Mexico as well as introduce other auto-related credit products, according to… Read More

Asian Fintech Platform WeLab Announces Acquisition of PT Bank Jasa Jakarta

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WeLab, a pan-Asian Fintech platform, has announced the acquisition of PT Bank Jasa Jakarta (BJJ), which is a commercial banking institution based in Indonesia, with plans to introduce its second digital bank in Asia “further to the successful launch of WeLab Bank in Hong Kong.”… Read More

Fintech Service Provider Menta Chooses Agora Services to Introduce Credit Builder Loan Platform

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Menta, a Fintech service provider streamlining access to credit for the underbanked consumers, has reportedly chosen Agora Services to introduce its credit builder loan platform. The underbanked segment represents over 100 million US residents who are considered disadvantaged because of the shortcomings of the traditional… Read More

Stellar Development Foundation Reveals that Flutterwave has Introduced New Remittance Corridors

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The Stellar Development Foundation (SDF) reveals that Flutterwave, an international payments tech firm, has introduced new remittance corridors between Europe and the MENA region on the Stellar network. Working with TEMPO, Flutterwave is focused on leveraging the Stellar network and Stellar USDC to simplify the… Read More

Fintech Is Increasingly being Embedded where Financial Info, Money Is Involved: Report

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Plaid and The Harris Poll have released a report, titled The Fintech Effect: Fintech’s Mass Adoption Moment. The report noted that as Fintech adoption approaches “parity” with traditional banking (95% of consumers are banked), it’s also become the main way that most consumers manage their… Read More

Amir Hemmat: CEO at Welcome Tech Explains How His Firm Assists Hispanic Population with Accessing Financial Services

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Immigrants have been neglected by traditional banking and financial institutions. Our financial systems and related practices have been developed for a consumer who has been raised in the US or has a considerable amount of financial knowledge. Our systems tend to make many assumptions as… Read More

Latvia based Fintech Jeff App Finalizes $1.5M Seed Extension Led by J12 Ventures

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Jeff App, the Latvian Fintech company offering a data-powered loan brokerage platform for unbanked or financially underserved consumers in Asia, has finalized a $1.5 million seed extension round, which was led by J12 Ventures. Jeff App has now secured a total of $2.5 million. Other… Read More

FDIC Announces that Teams Will Be Chosen to Explore Technology to Address Needs of Unbanked Consumers

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The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) recently revealed that eight teams have been chosen to take part in a “tech sprint” designed “to explore new technologies and techniques” to assist banking institutions with meeting the requirements of unbanked consumers. The FDIC’s technology lab, FDITECH, introduced… Read More

New Whitepaper Charts Digital Wallet Growth in Africa, Beyond

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A new Omdia whitepaper commissioned by fintech solutions provider CR2 discusses the rise of digital wallets and their influence on the unbanked and underbanked and offers recommendations on how incumbent banks can embrace digital wallets to engage with new and existing customers. It cites key… Read More

Payments Fintech Paysafe Extends its Partnership with IntelliPay, an Intelligent Cloud Payment Service

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Paysafe (NYSE: PSFE), a specialized payments platform, recently revealed that it has extended its partnership with Utah-based IntelliPay, a provider of an “intelligent” Cloud-enabled payment service (including alternative payment models). IntelliPay, which utilizes Paysafe’s payment processing platform, will reportedly be adding the Paysafecash online cash… Read More

Indonesia’s BRI Argo Partners Fintech PayFazz to Expand Digital Banking Services

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PT. Bank Rakyat Indonesia Agroniaga (BRI Agro) has teamed up with local agent-based Fintech firm Payfazz. Using the API of its digital lending app Pinang, BRI Agro’s online savings and lending solutions will be offered to 250,000+ Payfazz agents. Agents can provide the same service… Read More

Indian Fintech Jai Kisan, which Aims to Offer Credit to Financially Underserved, Secures $30M via Series A

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India-based Jai Kisan, a Fintech startup that is focused on bringing modern financial services to the country’s rural areas, where commercial banking institutions have very low penetration rates, revealed on Monday (May 31, 2021) that it had acquired $30 million in capital through a new… Read More

Monetary Authority of Singapore and Mojaloop Foundation to Support the Financially Underserved with Digital Currency Settlement Systems

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The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the Mojaloop Foundation revealed on Wednesday (May 26, 2021) that MAS will be joining the Mojaloop Foundation as a Sponsor-level member in order to collaborate on offering the underserved access to “affordable” financial services via digital currency based settlement… Read More

Instant Money Transfer Fintech Spoko.app Partners Sumsub, an ID Verification Firm

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Instant money transfer Fintech Spoko.app reveals that it has teamed up with Sumsub, an ID verification firm that claims to offer bank-grade security. Through their partnership, Spoko.app will aim to enhance fraud protection and lower average user verification time down to a minute, in order… Read More

Wells Fargo Unveils Banking Inclusion Initiative; Seeks to Accelerate Access of Affordable Transactional Accounts For Unbanked Households

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  Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC) announced on Monday the launch of its Banking Inclusion Initiative, which is described as a 10-year commitment to help unbanked individuals gain access to affordable, mainstream, digitally-enabled transactional accounts. According to Wells Fargo, the initiative will focus on reaching unbanked communities and,… Read More

BNPL Fintech Graviti Founder Explains how his Firm Helps Unbanked Mexico Residents Make Flexible Payments on Basic Appliances

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Yusef Jacobs, the 28-year-old Founder and Chief Executive at Graviti, aims to transform microfinance by allowing consumers to gain access to essential appliances. Jacobs believes that people who might not have a lot of funds will still pay for items they really need. Jacobs has… Read More

South African Fintech Adumo Secures R225 Million from International Finance Corp., IFC Financial Growth Fund

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South Africa based Fintech group Adumo has secured R225 million (appr. $14.9 million) in capital from the International Finance Corporation (IFC), which is a member of the World Bank Group. The IFC Financial Institutions Growth Fund also contributed investments in order to expand access to… Read More

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