Finovate Global: Fintech News from Around the World

As Finovate goes increasingly global, so does our coverage of financial technology. Finovate Global: Fintech News from Around the World is our weekly look at fintech innovation in developing economies in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and Central and Eastern Europe.

Africa

  • Block Commodities, Walla, Dala, and FinComEco partner in new initiative to leverage cryptocurrencies to fund loans to African farmers.
  • Standard Chartered opens fully licensed bank in Côte d’Ivoire.
  • Nigerian fintech startups to compete for annual mCash Prize for Innovation in Fintech, sponsored by the Nigeria Interbank Settlement System (NBSS).

LATAM

  • Santander unveils new blockchain-based international wire transfer service for Brazilian consumers.
  • Digital bank Wanap goes live in Argentina (in Spanish).
  • El Financiero looks at the potential impact of a Mexico-like fintech law on fintech innovation in Costa Rica (in Spanish).

CEE

  • OTP Bank in Hungary partners with ACI Worldwide to power its digital transformation.
  • Sberbank and SAP team up to complete cloud-based digital transformation project.
  • Efigence powers concept, UX, and design for BGŻOptima Bank’s new portal.

Asia

  • Fintech Malaysia lists its 14 Names You Should Know to “highlight some of the movers and shakers within the fintech space in Malaysia.”
  • Ernest & Young executive predicts sharp rise in number of Vietnamese fintechs and “heightened investor interest.”
  • Research agency BMI says infrastructure, growing affluence, and high mobile and broadband use suggest Malaysia could be world leader in Islamic financial technology.

MENA

  • MENA Research Partners estimates the value of the MENA Fintech market at $2 billion, with an annual growth of $125 million over the next four years.
  • Daily News Egypt discussed Egypt’s commitment to digitize its economy with Visa CEO Alfred Kelly.
  • Emirates NBD integrates blockchain technology into cheques to fight fraud and forgery.

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Finovate Global: Fintech News from the Periphery

As Finovate goes increasingly global, so does our coverage of financial technology. Finovate Global: Fintech News from the Periphery is our weekly look at fintech innovation in developing economies in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and Central and Eastern Europe.

MENA

  • Abu Dhabi Financial Group (ADFG) invests “substantial capital” in U.S. VC firm, 500 Startups.
  • Madfooat.com raises $2.3 million in Series B funding.
  • Saudi Arabia Monetary Authority introduces online payments service via the Saudi Payment Network.

Africa

  • nanopay CEO Laurence Cooke discusses the role of mobile money payment platforms will play in the transformation of Africa’s banking system.
  • South African Reserve Bank establishes division to build proof of concept for distributed ledger technology-based interbank clearing and settlement.
  • South African software company Finteq will collaborate with Zimbabwe’s Zimswitch EFT switch and clearing house to build an automated clearing house.

LATAM

  • Banks in Chile shut down accounts of local cryptocurrency exchanges.
  • Brazil’s leading consumer loan marketplace FinanZero raises $3.6 million in Series A funding.
  • Deutsche Welle looks at Spain’s “under the radar” rise as a digital leader.

CEE

  • Romania’s first factoring fintech platform, Instant Factoring, goes live.
  • Sberbank partners with systems integrator I-Teco to develop joint cloud platform, SberCloud.
  • PKO Bank Polski teams up with blockchain company Coinfirm to log and store client transactions and agreements.

Asia

  • China and Singapore complete first all-blockchain commodity trade.
  • Is it time for a fintech revolution in the Philippines?
  • Bank Indonesia announces 15 fintech companies as official payment system providers.

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Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Ripple Joins Hyperledger Project, Launches Hyperledger Quilt Project.
  • Moxtra Collaborates with OCBC Bank to Help Pilot New Mobile App.
  • MicroStrategy Powering Kasasa’s New Insight Solution.

Around the web

  • ThePaypers interviews BioCatch VP Frances Zelazny.
  • Charlotte Business Journal recognizes LendingTree Senior Talent Development Manager Tess Ausman in its 40 Under 40 for 2018 roster.
  • PYMNTS.com talks with Socure CEO Sunil Madhu on Facebook’s challenges with user data.
  • Park Plymouth in Plymouth, Massachusetts deploys Passport’s mobile parking app, PassportParking.
  • IdentityMind Global named to Disruptor Daily’s 10 RegTech Companies Making Waves in the Industry list.
  • Josh Glover, EVP of the Americas for nCino talks with PYMNTS.com about the importance of the customer experience in corporate banking and lending.
  • InfoQ interviews Eric Horesnyi, CEO at streamdata.io.
  • Check Point Software Technologies teams with TrapX Security to launch real-time visibility, threat detection, and rapid threat containment solution.
  • VM Blog interviews Arvin Hsu, Senior Director of Data Science and Machine Learning at GoodData.
  • Spacequant earns finalist spot in PitchIt competition at Lendit Fintech conference.
  • Sberbank Enters Cloud Products Market.
  • ITSector launches ITSCredit spinoff (news in Portugese).

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Nubank Challenges Brazil’s Big Banks in Wake of $150 Million Funding Round.

Around the web

  • West Virginia city Beckley introduces mobile parking app, Passport Parking, powered by Passport.
  • Diginomica features Temenos CTO Dharmesh Mistry in discussion on the importance of core banking renewal.
  • Darwinex launches new performance fee structure, Darwinian Dividends.
  • Lendio opens franchise in Charlotte, North Carolina.
  • The Paypers interviews BioCatch VP, Frances Zelazny.
  • Business News Daily profiles Palo Alto Software’s LivePlan.
  • Enveil wins Cybersecurity Innovator of the Year and Best of Howard County at Maryland Cyber Awards 2018.
  • Sberbank acquires 60% stake in dialog enterprise corporate messenger developer, Dialog.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Finovate Alumni News

Around the web

  • Opentech ranked third in the Mastercard’s worldwide Directory of Digital Wallet providers. Come see Opentech’s live demo at FinovateEurope next week.
  • Yoyo named Best Mobile Payment Solution at MPE Awards. Come see Yoyo’s demo at FinovateEurope next week in London.
  • CapitaWorld launches smart loan disintermediation ecosystem for micro, small, and medium (MSM) enterprises.
  • Unison launches 5% down payment program in conjunction with an 80% LTV mortgage.
  • Sberbank adds Google Pay and Samsung Pay services for the customers using its business cards.
  • Railsbank partners with Carta Worldwide.
  • Lendio Franchise Announced in Clemson Region.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Dream Payments Speeds Up Insurance Payouts with Mastercard Partnership.

Around the web

  • NCR Launches Omni-Commerce Payment Solution for European Retailers and Restaurants.
  • InComm Partners with Kapsch TrafficCom on RiverLink.
  • Sberbank hires robot Anna to answer calls about location of ATMs and Sberbank offices.
  • Baker Hill releases the latest developments for Baker Hill NextGen.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • AlphaPoint Teams with Intel to Launch Secure Smart Contracts Solution.

Around the web

  • Finextra: Sberbank joins Enterprise Ethereum Alliance.
  • Aerospike announces upcoming new version of its database — Aerospike 4.0 Enterprise Edition.
  • Checkpoint Systems wins Asia Business Achiever Awards.
  • Kony unveils its next generation digital banking platform and suite of applications.
  • FIS to provide cash management and payment solutions for Citi’s corporate treasury customers in new partnership.
  • iSignthis to integrate its Paydentity UBO Service with Web Shield’s InvestiGate platform.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  •  Luxoft Acquires UNAFORTIS to Broaden Client Base within Financial Services.
  • EVRY Announces Five-Year, $18.7 Million Deal with Finland’s Aktia Bank.
  • OurCrowd Opens Office in Spain, Lays Down Roots with Strategic Partnership.

Around the web

  • Trulioo launches its Global Business Verification service.
  • Diebold partnership with Transguard to expand service and technology offerings in the UAE.
  • Ethiopia’s Cooperative Bank of Oromia goes live with core banking solution from Temenos.
  • Pindrop Security leverages machine learning and a “customer consortium of shared fraudsters” to introduce Pindrop Protect 4.0.
  • Quovo unveils new account authentication solution, Autoverified Micro-deposits.
  • Xero partners with UK fintech Curve to automate expense management.
  • Zopa searches for new borrowers through Saffron Building Society loan partnership.
  • Sberbank, Russia’s Largest Bank, Announces Payment Solution.
  • DefenseStorm Renews SOC 2 Compliance.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • NuCypher and Sureify Earn Finalist Spots at Startup Battlefield, MetLife’s Collab.

Around the web

  • Mobile identity scoring innovator Juvo appoints Prosper president Ron Suber as strategic advisor.
  • BBVA unveils new chatbot providing basic financial information over Facebook and Telegram.
  • IBM opens the doors on its Blockchain Founder Accelerator program for blockchain startups.
  • Spanish tax agency, AEAT, certifies Comarch’s Accounts Payable solution.
  • Puget Sound Business Journal Features Lighter Capital.
  • NuCypher wins finalist spot at Disrupt NY 2017’s Startup Battlefield.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Forecasting Fintech for 2017

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It takes more than just one crystal ball to discern which trends will drive fintech innovation in 2017. To this end, here’s a roundup of predictions and prognostications on what the new year will bring in everything from artificial intelligence and the blockchain to payments and banking for the underbanked.

  • Banking ‘Disappears’ and Other Fintech Predictions for ’17 – American Banker
    • Hot Take: “Whether it’s through IoT devices, fintech platforms, virtual assistants or chatbots, people will likely spend more time connecting to their money through such channels and less time directly interacting with their banks.”
  • 3 Key Fintech Predictions for 2017 – Banking.com
    • Hot Take: “As much as 80 percent of the (African) continent is unbanked and up to 90 percent of retail payments are made using cash. This opens the door for fintech players to target consumers and workers who do not have access to traditional banking. Because of this banking gap, it is likely that some countries will entirely skip one generation of payment types (e.g. cards and start building a more innovative, mobile-drive(n) payments infrastructure.”
  • 11 Fintech Trends You Need to Follow – The Finanser
    • Hot Take: “According to EY, China has now taken the lead as the #1 fintech market in the world. Organizations should be looking east for business model innovations that can drive new revenues and sources of profit. New business models, such as Ant Financial and WeBank services, will start influencing fintech in the U.S. and Europe, as they are driven by mobile money services.”
  • Top 10 Fintech Predictions for 2017 – Daily Fintech
    • Hot Take: “Bitcoin moves from its Darknet phase (illegal) to the early adopter Clearnet phase. This is when legitimate people charge in Bitcoin for legal transactions. This will start with cross border digital products. Because this brings new bitcoins into ‘circulation’ with owners who also then want to pay in bitcoin, this starts a sustainable move to mainstream use which supports the price.”
  • Five fintech trends for 2017 – bobsguide
    • Hot Take: “Innovation in artificial intelligence is set to increase in 2017. AI will provide business users with access to powerful insights before they are available to them. This will be done through the use of cognitive interfaces in complex systems, advanced analytics, and machine learning technology.”
  • Top Ten Fintech Predictions for 2017 – Crowdfund Insider
    • Hot Take: “The rebirth of trust is upon us with the advent of distributed ledger. Many issues such as fraud, verification of true ownership, clearance of multi-party transactions and chain-of-events are easily solvable. Insiders have been calling the distributed database, ‘The New Internet.'”
  • Fintech Predictions for 2017 – TechCrunch
    • Hot Take: “2016 brought rocky times for some FinTech lenders, especially in the first half of the year, but through the tumult came maturity. The complexity and challenges of running capital intensive businesses in a highly regulated industry was never more real than 2016, but the top platform weathered the storm, and most are long-term stronger for it. 2017 will continue to be the year where the top players pull away from the pack. At the beginning of 2016, there were an estimated 400+ fintech lenders in the U.S. – in 2017, I expected the supermajority of the lending to come from just 10 or so platforms.”

Fintech 2017 – The Roundtables

  • Fintech: What’s Next? – Breaking Banks
    • Brett King, Moven (F16); Chris Skinner, The Finanser; Jim Marous, The Financial Brand; Dave Birch, Consult Hyperion; Ghela Boscovich, FemTech Leaders; and Penny Crosman, American Banker
  • Fintech Predictions for 2017 – Fintech Insider
    • David M. Brear, 11FS; Chris Skinner; Jason Bates, 11FS; Simon Taylor, 11FS; David Birch; Ben Brabyn, Level3
  • Top 10 Retail Banking Trends and Predictions for 2017 – The Financial Brand
    • Last, but not least, this 90+ page report features insights from a panel of more than 100 global financial service leaders from around the world. Includes Don Bergal, Avoka (F16, FD16); Mike Carter, D3 Banking (F15); Scarlett Sieber, Shamir Karkal, Teppo Paavola, Maria Jose Jorda Garcia, BBVA (F13, FD16); Jon Ogden, MX (F16, FD16); Frank Schwab, Sberbank (F16); Sophie Guibaud, Fidor (F11, FD16); Matthew Wilcox and Deva Annamalai, Fiserv (F16); Bob Legters, FIS (F16); John Waupsh; Kasasa (as BancVue F09); Jelmer de Jong, Backbase (F16).

“F” refers to the company’s most recent Finovate conference appearance. “FD” refers to the company’s most recent presentation at our developer’s conference, FinDEVr. Find out more about our upcoming events FinovateEurope in February and FinDEVR New York in March.