Paper.id Lands Funding to Power Digital Invoicing for SMEs in Indonesia

Invoice and accounting SaaS solution Paper.id announced a fresh round of funding this week, closing a Series A investment from Golden Gate Ventures and Modalku.

The exact amount of the round was undisclosed, though the company mentioned the funds total “billions of Rupiah” (one billion Rupiah equals just under $71,500). Paper.id will use the funds to expand its SME client base within Indonesia.

“The pervasive problem of collecting and slow cash flow may not be solvable in the short term. In this digital era, however, SME’s need to be educated to understand their cash flow and business performance with a system that is easy to use,” said Paper.id CEO Jeremy Limman. “With Paper.id, business owners can create an electronic invoice with their favorite device…”

Jeremy Limman and Yosia Sugialam co-founded Paper.id in 2017 to help Indonesia-based SMEs manage their business finances by moving their invoicing processes to the digital realm. Using the freemium product, business owners can keep track of receivables, generate cash flow reports, and receive payments digitally.

“Modalku and Paper.id have the same vision where we want to help SMEs to grow through having a seamless flow,” said Iwan Kurniawan, Modalku COO and cofounder. “Furthermore, Paper.id’s business model is in-line with one of Modalku’s products where the usage of invoice is used as the main document to propose [a] loan fund. Through this collaboration, we hope that we can reach more potential SMEs to have funding access without collaterals.”

Limman and Sugialam demoed Paper.id at FinovateFall 2018 in New York, showing how the company’s Supply Chain Financing helps banks offer businesses invoice financing in real time. Paper.id’s users, which number in “the thousands,” have sent more than 30,000 invoices digitally using Paper.id’s platform.

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Backbase and Payveris Sign Digital Banking Partnership

Digital banking firms Backbase and Payveris have signed a partnership deal which will see the creation of an integrated digital payments solution, reports Alex Hamilton of Fintech Futures, Finovate’s sister publication.

According to the two firms, their combined offering will enable financial institutions “of all sizes” to deliver “next generation” payment and money movement services.

“The banking industry’s legacy payment infrastructures are increasingly fragmented, inflexible, costly, and difficult to integrate with,” the companies write in a press release.

“Backbase’s raison d’être is clear: to develop and deliver efficient, effective tools that help financial institutions accelerate their digital transformation and provide superior digital experiences for customers,” said Jouk Pleiter, Backbase CEO. “By integrating the Payveris solution into our own, we are solving yet another pain point for the industry. Banks and credit unions have been crying out for a way to modernize and simplify their payments operating environments.”

Marcell King, chief innovation officer at Payveris, added, “By combining the power of Backbase’s progressive digital banking platform with the flexibility of Payveris’ open API MoveMoney Platform, you end up with a real wow-factor for a user interface, with functionality that delivers low friction digital money movement and management.”

At FinovateEurope 2018, Backbase unveiled the Customer OS in a demo that won the Amsterdam-based company Best of Show honors for the fourth time. Last July, the company teamed up with Jumio to deliver online ID verification services and in December the company partnered with Polish bank BGŻ BNP Paribas Bank.

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PayPal Launches Business Loans in Canada

After making inroads into China at the beginning of this month, PayPal announced another international move today– this time with the U.S.’s friendly neighbors to the north.

The San Francisco-based company has made the PayPal Business Loan for small business owners available in Canada. This isn’t the first time PayPal has launched financing products outside of the U.S. The company also offers loans in the U.K., Australia, Germany, and Mexico.

With this launch, Canada-based small business owners can access from $5,000 to $100,000 in working capital at competitive borrowing rates from terms ranging from 13 to 52 weeks. Businesses can apply online and will receive approval in minutes. Once approved, merchants can receive funds in their business bank account within one to two days.

Before accepting the loan, borrowers can see the transparent cost and fee structure of the loan, including the fixed fee. There are no hidden, origination, late payment, early repayment, or application fees.

“Applying for a traditional loan takes time and isn’t always favorable to small business owners,” said President of PayPal Canada, Paul Parisi. “We’re launching the PayPal Business Loan to offer our merchants easy access to financing, something they desperately need. We look forward to helping more small business owners achieve their dreams to grow locally and globally.”

This news comes almost six years after PayPal began offering business financing solutions. Since that time the company– which was founded in 1998– has provided $10+ billion in funding to nearly a quarter of a million business owners around the world. PayPal reports that historically, the most common uses of the loans include managing cash-flow (44%), purchasing inventory (37%) and investing in marketing (31%).

The loans are currently available to select Canadian business owners by invitation only. PayPal will make the loans available to all Canadian PayPal business account holders next year.

PayPal showcased its Instant Account Creation feature at FinovateFall 2012. The company, which made its 19th acquisition earlier this month, has a market capitalization of $116 billion.

Fintonic Becomes Latest Challenger Bank to Receive Banking License

After receiving its banking license from the Bank of Spain last week, personal finance platform Fintonic has become Spain’s newest challenger bank. Having passed all of the certifications, Fintonic is now a payment initiation service provider (PISP) and PSD2 compliant account aggregation service provider (AISP).

“We are very pleased to be pioneers in receiving this license, because it supports our value proposition to always be next to our users helping them with total transparency,” said Lupina Iturriaga, founder and co-CEO of Fintonic.

By becoming a PISP and AISP, the company anticipates it will be able to launch products and services that offer its 800,000 users a better way to manage their money. “Our ambition is to offer an ideal financial service with a platform that integrates different entities while maintaining the standards of independence and transparency promoted by Fintonic,” added Iturriaga.

Fintonic’s flagship offerings include financial management tools, insurance, and lending, which allows customers to take out loans of up to $45,000 (€40,000). The company recently revealed other plans in the works– including account-to-account transfers that happen in near-real time. By the end of this year, Fintonic’s goal is to amass one million users.

At FinovateSpring 2016, Fintonic debuted its alerts and inbox system to help users act in a timely manner on their financial needs and recommendations. The company, which recently received a $21.4 million investment, has $51 million in total funding and, earlier this year, was valued at $180 million.

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OnDeck’s ODX to Power Digital Loan Origination for Investors Bank

Alternative lending platform OnDeck landed a new client for ODX, its digital loan origination platform. Investors Bank, with $27 billion in assets and 147 branches in New York and New Jersey, has become ODX’s newest partner.

ODX, an OnDeck subsidiary, is a platform-as-a-service that leverages software, insights, and human input to enable banks to automate small business lending. The offering, which launched a year ago, is as much about supporting banks to reach small business clients as it is about helping small businesses interact with their bank. ODX bank clients can offer small businesses a fully digital loan application and underwriting process that provides funding within 24 hours.

“As a leading small business [loan originations] platform, ODX provides proven technology and professional services that enables bank clients like Investors to offer credit to small businesses faster and more efficiently,” said Brian Geary, President of ODX. “That combination is mutually advantageous for the bank lender and the small business owner.”

Investors Bank joins PNC Bank and others as ODX clients. One of ODX’s original bank partners, JP Morgan Chase, made fintech headlines this summer when the bank announced plans to rescind the partnership.

OnDeck was founded in 2007 and has loaned more than $12 billion to small businesses in 700 different industries across the United States, Canada, and Australia since launch. The company demoed at FinovateSpring 2012 and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange with a market capitalization of $280 million.

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Currencycloud and Bottomline Join Forces

International payments platform Currencycloud and business payment automation company Bottomline Technologies announced they have teamed up to provide Hargenant Group with a cross-border payments solution.

Bottomline’s payments platform leveraged Currencycloud’s open APIs to give Hargenant, a company that specializes in accounting and payroll for the entertainment industry, the tools it needs to pay suppliers and employees abroad.

Greg Barrow, founder and chairman of Hargenant Global said that the company chose the solution to create efficiencies. “We needed to pay film crews around the world, sometimes on irregular schedules and in various currencies,” he said. “This SaaS-based international payments service helps our team do this from one easy-to-use, controlled payment platform.”

Currencycloud, which debuted its Payment Engine at its most recent Finovate appearance, offers a modular approach to cross-border payments that allows companies to collect, convert, pay, and manage international payment solutions. The company can make domestic and international payments in 38 currencies to 180+ countries and counts Klarna, Azimo, and Travelex among its clients.

This summer, Currencycloud landed a $12.2 million (£10 million) grant as a part of the Banking Competition Remedies (BCR) program. The new investment boosted Currencycloud’s total investment to more than $80 million.