Tagged: venture capital

Noted Fintech VC QED Investors Expands into Southeast Asia

Prominent Fintech venture capital firm QED Investors has announced an expansion into Southeast Asia. It already invests in early-stage Fintechs in the U.S., U.K. and Latin America. Fintech in Asia has experienced a boom in early-stage ventures and while investments may ebb and rise it… Read More

Fintech M&A Market Appears to be Recovering After Struggling in H1 2020 due to COVID

  The Fintech mergers and acquisitions (M&As) market appears to be rebounding from the COVID-19 pandemic. As reported by Financial Planning, the Wealthtech sector seems to be recovering after the Coronavirus crisis had put many deals on pause. RightSize Solutions, a company offering cybersecurity and… Read More

Portugal based VC Firm Faber Closes €20.5 Million Round for its AI and Machine Learning focused Fund for European Startups

Portugal-based VC firm Faber has revealed that it has closed a €20.5 million round for Faber Tech II, which is a fund that will primarily focus on supporting early-stage initiatives. Faber plans to commit €30 million to the fund that will offer assistance to startups… Read More

Fintech Sector in China was Unable to Secure Major Venture Capital Deals during Q3 2020: Report

The Fintech sector in China didn’t close any major venture capital investment deals for the third consecutive quarter, according to a report from Forrester. This suggests that investors may not be confident about allocating capital towards Chinese Fintech projects because of the socioeconomic uncertainty due… Read More

PayPal Announces $50 Million Investment in Black & Latinx-Led Venture Capital Funds

PayPal (NASDAQ: PYPL) recently announced it will invest $50 million in eight early-stage, Black and Latinx-led venture capital funds, which are Chingona Ventures; Fearless Fund; Harlem Capital; Precursor Ventures; Slauson & Co.; VamosVentures; Zeal Capital Partners; and one additional fund. According to PayPal, the investments are part of the payment platform’s mission to… Read More

Japanese Asset Manager Aristagora Advisors Launches $60 Million VC Fund for Early-Stage Israeli Firms Including Deep Tech Startups

Aristagora Advisors, a Japanese asset management company, recently launched a $60 million VC fund, called Aristagora VC, which is focused on early-stage Israeli startups. Aristagora VC aims to focus on deep tech firms and will be investing anywhere between $500,000 to $1.5 million as an… Read More

Publicly Traded VC Draper Esprit Posts Half Year Update

Draper Esprit (LSE: GROW, Euronext Growth: GRW), a venture capital firm that invests in a variety of digital businesses including Fintechs, has posted a mid-year update regarding its portfolio ahead of results scheduled for release on November 30, 2020. According to Draper Esprit, it has… Read More

Qatar Development Bank CEO Reveals that SMEs and Fintech Startups in the Middle East Don’t have Access to Many VC Investment Opportunities

Abdulaziz Bin Nasser Al Khalifa, the CEO at Qatar Development Bank (QDB), which offers financial services, banking, and loans to support the development of the nation’s economy, has said that changing mindsets regarding entrepreneurship is “critical to growth.” QDB plans to help both government employees… Read More

Partner at Canapi Ventures Says Company to Invest in Identity, Governance Risk & Compliance Solutions, and Digitizing Loans, Payments

Canapi Ventures, a company that aims to invest in early to growth-stage Fintech firms offering “disruptive” alternatives to outdated business models and technologies, has been making substantial investments in the financial tech sector, especially since August of this year. Headquartered in Wilmington, North Carolina and… 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

Scotland’s Digital and Fintech Job Market Might Be Recovering after Experiencing Issues due to COVID-19

The digital technology sector in Scotland has reportedly been growing as fast (if not faster) than that of London and the South East for the past few years. E-commerce giant Amazon is now planning to create new jobs for the residents of Dundee and Fife…. Read More

Fintech Veteran Says Most Disturbing Trend Is Early-Stage Firms Raising Back-to-Back Rounds with Minimal Progress or Product Development, Revenue Growth

Frank Rotman, who claims to be a 20+ year Fintech veteran, says that the “most disturbing” trend he’s seeing in the early-stage financial technology ecosystem is businesses or companies raising between two to three back-to-back investment rounds with minimal or not enough progress in-between.  … Read More

Brazil’s Fuse Capital to Allocate Funds to Startups Focused on Big Data, AI, Machine Learning, Credit Card Firm to Assist Wealthy Investors

Fuse Capital, a company established by experienced VCs and business owners based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, recently revealed that it’s raising its first overseas fund for investors looking for long-term, but high-risk investment opportunities. Launched in November 2019, Fuse Capital aims to assist Brazilian… Read More

Fintech Australia CEO Rebecca Schot-Guppy Says that Government Should Introduce Low-Interest Loans for Financial Tech Firms

Rebecca Schot-Guppy, the CEO at Fintech Australia, a member-driven organization that’s focused on supporting the financial technology ecosystem in the country, has argued that the success of Fintech outliers such as Afterpay and Airwallex during the COVID-19 outbreak should serve as a reminder that the… Read More

Fintech will Drive Some of the Largest Venture Capital Exits in the Next 5 Years, Steve Sloane from Menlo Ventures Predicts

Steve Sloane, a Principal at Menlo Ventures who focuses on investing in SaaS applications, marketplaces, and robotics, points out that Fintech has dominated the news cycle during 2020. He notes that there were some large exits this year, including those involving Credit Karma, Personal Capital,… Read More

Draper Goren Holm Announces Blacks On The Blockchain Initiative & $100,000 Pitch Competition to Promote Racial Equity

Draper Goren Holm, a blockchain and Fintech venture firm, announced on Tuesday it signed the Equity.District’s #RacialEquityEcosystem pledge, which is led by Techstars Co-Founder Brad Feld, and Draper Goren Holm Venture Partner and Opportunity Hub (OHUB) Chairman and CEO Rodney Sampson. Along with signing the… Read More

Irish Fintech Firms to Receive More Support after Enterprise Ireland Awards €10 Million Grant to VC Firm MiddleGame Ventures

VC firm MiddleGame Ventures (MGV) has reportedly received a €10 million grant from Enterprise Ireland, in order to establish a pool of funding of up to €20m for Fintech businesses operating on the island. As noted on MGV’s official website: “Middlegame Ventures is a venture… Read More

Digital Banking Platform Tonik Acquires $21 Million in Capital for Q3 2020 Launch in the Philippines

Tonik Financial Pte Ltd, a company planning to launch a digital bank in the Philippines, has reportedly secured $21 million in capital through a Series A equity funding round.  The round was led by major blue-chip venture capital investors, including Sequoia India and Point72 Ventures…. Read More

Fintech Investments Surge in 2020 while Venture Capital Investments have More than Doubled Since 2014: Report

Venture capital investments have been increasing steadily in Latin and South America, Southeast Asia, and India. Last year was particularly notable because of considerably more venture investments allocated towards emerging private capital markets, including Southeast Asia, Latin and South America, India, Central Eastern Europe, and… Read More

Andreessen Horowitz: Growth in the Cryptocurrency Sector has been “Choppy Yet Consistent”

Giant VC firm Andreessen Horowitz is arguing that the growth of social media, application developers, digital asset prices, and the rise of blockchain startups may eventually lead to the development of a more stable cryptocurrency industry. The US-based firm published a report on May 15,… Read More

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