ACI Invests in Indian Payments; Brazilian Fintech Picks Up $200M from Japan

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.

Central and Southern Asia

  • ACI Worldwide invests in Mumbai, India-based payments innovator, Mindgate Solutions.
  • Pakistan’s Bank of Khyber to deploy new core banking system from Temenos.
  • Infosys earns recognition as a ‘leader’ in the IDC MarketSpace: Worldwide IT Service Management (ITSM) Implementation Services 2019 Vendor Assessment.

Latin America and the Caribbean

  • Brazilian fintech Creditas picks up $200 million investment from Japan’s Softbank, boosting the company’s valuation to $700 million.
  • Crowdfund Insider reveals the 3 Biggest Fintech Trends Shaping Latin America.
  • Amero-Isatek to open its first brick and mortar cryptocurrency exchange in Mexico’s Nuevo Leon, Monterrey.

Asia-Pacific

  • Splitit partners with EFTPay to bring installment payments to merchants in Hong Kong and Macau.
  • Vietnam’s MSB (Maritime Bank) picks SunTec for its customer centricity system.
  • Morocco-based BMCE Bank of Africa to leverage technology from Temenos to drive new corporate banking and trade finance operation in China.

Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Global Finance investigates the rise of Africa’s entrepreneurial class in the private banking industry.
  • Finextra looks at three reasons why fintech is driving change in Africa.
  • Standard Bank introduces new Mastercard-powered ditital trade solution, SimplyBlu, for SMEs in South Africa.

Central and Eastern Europe

  • Wallet, the PFM app from Prague-based fintech BudgetBakers, earns license from Czech National Bank to join the bank’s APIs.
  • New lending platform for “multi-credit” services, Omnicredit, goes live in Romania.
  • Global Finance interviews Alexey Krgulov, Acting Director of Digital Business Platform with Sberbank.

Middle East and Northern Africa

  • Turkey’s Isbank partners with Russian PSP Yandex.Checkout to support e-commerce between the two companies.
  • Disrupt Africa features MerQ, an Egyptian startup that leverages AI to promote financial literacy.
  • AMEinfo publishes its report on banking and fintech in the Middle East and Africa.

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Brazil-Mexico Fintech Bromance Continues; Iran to Build Blockchain Network

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.

Central and Eastern Europe

  • FintechOS of Romania raises $1.23 million (€1.1 million) in post-seed funding.
  • Elvira Nabiullina, head of the Central Bank of Russia, talks about the state of Russian fintech.
  • Lithuania’s Evarest to launch a stock trading app in the second half of the year.

Middle East and Northern Africa

  • B.R. Shetty’s BRS Ventures Investment backs Dubai-based NewBridge Fintech Solutions.
  • A partnership between Alipay and Turkish payment platform ininal will help Chinese shoppers transact with Turkish merchants.
  • Iran to develop national blockchain network based on IBM Hyperledger Fabric.

Central and Southern Asia

  • Indian B2B payments firm PayMate announces plans to expand to the Middle East
  • Nepal Rastra Bank, the central bank of Nepal, bans Chinese digital wallet Alipay and WeChat Pay over foreign currency earnings concerns.
  • Myanmar’s Global Treasure Bank (GTB) implements Infosys Finacle’s core banking solution.

Latin America and the Caribbean

  • The fintech relationship between Mexico and Brazil grows stronger as Startup Mexico opens its first overseas campus in Sao Paulo.
  • The Association of Fintech Companies of Chile (FinteChile) reports on the “four pillars” of Chilean fintech: Talent, Capital, Regulation, and Demand.
  • The Financial Times looks at Brazil’s Nubank and its efforts to grow in the Mexican market.

Asia-Pacific

  • Temenos partners with UBX to bring digital banking to underserved communities in the Philippines.
  • Singapore-based cross-border payments firm Instarem teams up with Thailand’s KBank.
  • Bank of Shanghai and OCBC deepen strategic partnership.
  • Boku integrates with digital payments solution Grab in order to expand payment options in Southeast Asia.

Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Equities.com features Flutterwave, the company that designed the payments platform for newly-public African e-commerce startup Jumia.
  • Nigeria’s OPay Mobile Money solution reaches 20,000 agents.
  • Safaricom teams up with Vodacom to acquire intellectual property rights to M-Pesa’s mobile financial service platform.

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Infosys to Power GTB’s Digital Strategy in Myanmar

Global Treasure Bank (GTB) in Myanmar has implemented Infosys Finacle’s core banking solution to power its retail and corporate operations, reports Jane Connolly of Fintech Futures, Finovate’s sister publication.

Finacle is understood to have replaced the Kastle core banking system from another India-based vendor, 3i Infotech.

Since the implementation, the bank says it has signed up nearly 75,000 new accounts of various types, with each onboarding process taking just minutes. It has also seen improved control and productivity in its 163 branches, thanks to built-in workflow engines.

GTB is now processing an average 300,000 mixed transactions per day and is benefiting from the “360-degree view of customer relationships and transactions” that Finacle provides.

“For over two decades, GTB has stayed true to our mission of comprehensive economic development of Myanmar through reliable, inclusive and convenient banking services,” said U KoKo Aung, CEO of GTB. “Today, to continue to abide by this commitment in an increasingly complex regulatory and competitive environment, we felt the need for a modern platform to power our banking strategy.”

Venkatramana Gosavi, senior vice-president and global head of sales at Infosys Finacle stated that the Myanmar banking industry is undergoing a transformation.

He added, “With Finacle, GTB has gained a strong foundation to boost agility and efficiency of operations, and significantly improve customer experience across channels.”

The implementation process was aided by ACE Data Systems, Finacle’s business partner in Myanmar.

Finacle, part of EdgeVerve Systems, a subsidiary of Infosys, showcased EdgeVerve Blockchain Framework for Financial Services at FinovateEurope 2017. At the start of 2018 Infosys teamed up with Tradeshift to help clients digitize supply chain management. At the start of this year, the company partnered with Qatar National Bank.

Finovate Alumni News

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  • Infosys to Power GTB’s Digital Strategy in Myanmar.
  • UBX and Temenos to Deliver Inclusive Digital Banking to Philippines.
  • Fortress Identity Teams with Visa.

Around the web

  • Chain.de interviews Bitbond CEO Radoslav Albrecht.
  • Persistent Systems recognized as an Innovator in Avasant’s Internet of Things Services RadarView Report.
  • Daily Entrepreneur interviews NestReady’s CRO Marcos Carvalho.

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

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  • What’s in a Name? New Mastercard Logo Embraces Icon Age.
  • LendingFront Locks in $4 Million in Series A.

Around the web

  • Ledger introduces its Bluetooth-enabled hardware wallet, Ledger Nano X.
  • Matthijs Aler appointed as the new CEO of Ohpen.
  • PaySend launches new money transfer service, PaySendLink.
  • QNB Group to deploy digital cash management solution from iGTB.
  • Klarna teams up with Stripe and Poq to enhance Missguided’s U.K. app.
  • Oliver Weber takes the helm as the new VP of Digital Banking, Switzerland, for Crealogix.
  • Infosys Finacle announces partnership with Qatar National Bank.
  • Benedigo and Adelaide Bank deploys regtech reporting solution from Wolters Kluwer.

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

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  • Europe Bets on Bug Bounties, HackerOne to Fight Fraud.

Around the web

  • The Fintech Times reviews identity verification innovator Onfido in the wake of its “strongest year to date.”
  • Infosys Finacle to partner with Santander U.K., facilitating the integration of cash management solutions into existing ERP systems.
  • Diebold Nixdorf names Jeffrey Rutherford as its new permanent Chief Financial Officer, Julian Sparkes as SVP and Chief Digital Officer, and Hermann Wimmer as SVP, Global Retail.
  • Cloud Wars with Bob Evans interviews Q2 CIO Lou Senko.
  • Chesapeake Bank’s alternative lending division, Cash Flow, adds the Commercial Lending Center Suite from Jack Henry & Associates‘ ProfitStars division.

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

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  • MoneyHub Secures Investment from Nationwide.
  • Lighter Capital Increases Funding Limit to $3 Million.
  • Prosper Plans HELOC Product Launch in 2019.
  • Nvstr Brings Brokerage Optimized Investing to the Masses.

Around the web

  • Kasasa partners with rateGenius to offer Kasasa Loans on behalf of Kasasa’s community financial institution network.
  • Infosys to open technology and innovation hub in Texas and hire 500 American workers by 2020.
  • Xero announces new integrations with Tide, Starling Bank, TransferWise, Revolut, and Soldo.
  • Javelin names OneSpan ‘Best in Class’ provider, honoring it with the 2018 Mobile Biometrics Platform Award.
  • Emailage announces Tom Miller as new Chief Revenue Officer.
  • Quovo becomes the first U.S.-based financial data provider granted registration in the Open Banking Directory.
  • Javelin Strategy & Research names Daon a 2018 Mobile Biometrics Platform Awards Leader in the Functional category.

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 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.

Central and South Asia

  • InstaREM reports facilitating no-fee money transfers of almost $2 million to the flood-stricken southern Indian state of Kerala.
  • Infosys announces plans to open tech hub in Arizona and hire 1,000 Americans by 2023.
  • Qbera of Bengaluru, India raises $3 million in funding from Essel Group.

Latin America and the Caribbean

  • Uruguay’s Prisma Campaigns partners with Tyfone to bring new personalized, automated marketing solutions to banks and credit unions.
  • Brazil’s biggest independent brokerage, Grupo X, to offer a platform exchange for Bitcoin and Ethereum.
  • Forbes profiles Brazilian online payments startup, EBANX.

Asia-Pacific

  • Taiwan to begin testing of its first regulatory sandbox in December.
  • SBI Ripple Asia wins license to launch blockchain-based payments app in Japan.
  • Hong Kong goes live with Faster Payment System (FPS).
  • Indonesia’s Bank Central Asia goes live on iGTB’s digital transaction banking platform.
  • Coinbase teams up with Hong Kong-based crypto trading and risk management platform Caspian to promote institutional use of cryptocurrencies.

Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Ugandan Orient Bank to deploy Acumen from Profile Software to manage treasury operations.
  • Bourse Régionale des Valeurs Mobilières (BRVM), a stock exchange based in the Ivory Coast, encourages West African fintech startups to join its innovation lab.
  • MTN Uganda teams up with MasterCard and United Bank for Africa (UBA) launch new mobile money service.

Central and Eastern Europe

  • Tinkoff Bank offers access to more than 10,000 global securities via its Tinkoff Investments Premium solution.
  • Braintri awarded the Polish Innovation Award 2018 for its creation of Jiffee, a bluetooth-based mobile payment and loyalty technology, and Biffee, a core banking system offloading engine.
  • ING Bank Romania to abandon physical cash desks this fall in favor of ATMs and its mobile banking app.
  • Slovenian fintech Eligma launches cryptocurrency payment app.

Middle East and Northern Africa

  • Commercial Bank of Dubai inks agreement with PwC to assist in its digital transformation.
  • Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) signs strategic Memorandum of Understanding with Abu Dhabi Smart Solutions and Services Authority (ADSSSA).
  • Central Bank of Kuwait pledges major investment in big data and AI.

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Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Onfido to Help Crowdfunding Platform Indiegogo Fight Fraud.

Around the web

  • The Technology Transformation Service of the U.S. General Services Administration awards $2 million bug bounty contract to HackerOne.
  • Mortgage Cadence integrates LoanBean’s income calculation solution into its end-to-end loan origination platform.
  • Minnesota-based Glenwood State Bank ($289 million in assets) to deploy Jack Henry SilverLake core banking platform.
  • Avaloq taps former Credit Suisse executive Michael Pahlke as Chief Service Delivery Officer (CSDO).
  • ID.me founder and CEO Blake Hall earns spot on Washingtonian’s Tech Titans 2018: Washington’s Top Tech Leaders.
  • Infosys announces plans to open tech hub in Arizona and hire 1,000 Americans by 2023.
  • PromonTech integrates its POS platform, Borrower Wallet, with GSF Mortgage.
  • Forbes features Tina Hsiao is COO at WePay.
  • Fenergo doubles revenue for 2nd year & expands into new market segments.
  • ISARA partners with DigiCert and Gemalto to develop digital certificates and secure key management for connected devices.
  • Flywire partners with Allianz Global Assistance to enable families to purchase Allianz’s GradGuard Tuition Protection Plan.
  • Trustly’s Pay N Play solution to power Gaming Innovation Group fast-registration and withdrawal feature.

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 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.

Middle East and Northern Africa

  • Personality Biometrics Specialist Neener Analytics Partners with American Express as part of Accelerate Middle East initiative.
  • Abu Dhabi Global Markets (ADGM) launches its digital sandbox.
  • Ithmaar Bank of Bahrain and Eazy Financial Services partner to launch biometric payment network.
  • Al Salam Bank Bahrain (ASBB) leverages technology from Clayton to launch new mobile banking solution.
  • Saudi Arabia’s National Commercial Bank partners with Ripple for instant settlement of cross-border money transfers.

Central and South Asia

  • Infosys to Acquire Fluido for $76 Million.
  • TPS and DigInc partner to support mircofinancing in Pakistan.
  • Bengaluru’s SlicePay, which provides credit to millennial consumers, announces Series A investment led by China’s FinUp Finance Technology Group.

Latin America and the Caribbean

  • Argentina-based digital financial services startup MONI raises $4.5 million in funding. In Spanish.
  • Mexico’s much-anticipated Fintech Law goes live.
  • Euromoney profiles Brazilian data management fintech, Quod.

Asia-Pacific

  • Vietnam Prosperity Bank (VPBank) launches its digital brand, Yolo.
  • Indonesia’s B2B marketplace Ralali raises $7 million in new funding.
  • Singapore introduces the first unified payment QR code.
  • ASEAN Financial Innovation Network (AFIN) launches its API Exchange.
  • Moka, a business payments management startup from Indonesia, picks up $24 million in round led by Sequoia India and Southeast Asia.

Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Jumo, a fintech startup from South Africa that helps provide financing to the underbanked, raises $52 million in round led by Goldman Sachs.
  • Central Bank of Kenya to consider new regulations for the country’s digital lenders.
  • South Africa’s Click2Sure and Finovate alum Entersekt chosen to participate in AlphaCode’s accelerator program.

Central and Eastern Europe

  • Nordigen, a credit risk assessment solution provider based in Latvia, announces $800,000 in new funding.
  • Forbes looks at the collaboration between IBM, PwC, and the Czech Republic’s Blockchain Connect Association.
  • Hackernoon makes the case for “developing your fintech solution in Poland.”
  • Which Eastern European country is making the biggest strides when it comes to innovating with blockchain technology? Bitnews Today shares its review of the region.

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