African Unicorn Jumia Opens on NYSE; UAE’s Finablr Eyes $200M IPO

Finovate Global 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

  • UAE-based payments company Finablr prepares for a $200 million IPO.
  • Emirates NBD launches its WhatsApp Business Solution.
  • Awok.com, a mass market ecommerce platform based in the UAE, raised $30 million in Series A funding.

Central and South Asia

  • Indian fintech BharatPe secures $15.5 million in Series A round to help provide UPI QR codes to merchants.
  • TechCrunch: PayU’s $70 million acquisition of Wibmo signals the company’s interest in the Indian market.
  • Entrepreneur India takes a look at what investors like about Indian fintech.

Latin America and the Caribbean

  • Brazilian SME lender Weel raises $30 million courtesy of investment from Franklin Templeton.
  • Mexico’s Banco BASE partners with Volante Technologies for end-to-end payment processing solutions.
  • PaymentsJournal reviews the surge in the number of new unicorns among Latin American fintech startups.

Asia-Pacific

  • TurnKey Lender receives accreditation from the Singapore government’s IMDA, a certification that enables companies to expand into international markets easier.
  • WeLab, a Hong Kong based mobile lender, earns virtual banking license.
  • Fintech Singapore features its list of the top 10 fintech firms in Thailand for 2019.

Sub-Saharan Africa

  • The ecommerce marketplace known as the “African Amazon,” Jumia, begins trading on the New York Stock Exchange.
  • Top African finance app Branch lands $170 million in financing led by Foundation Capital and Visa.
  • Nigeria-based bank agent network Kudi raises $5 million in Series A.

Central and Eastern Europe

  • Microblink introduces new document scanning app, BlinkCard.
  • Estonia to bid for developing national ID system, PhilSys, in the Philippines.
  • Fiserv helps Hellenic Bank streamline payments.

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  • NIIT Technologies to Acquire WHISHWORKS IT Consulting.
  • How Flywire Uses Machine Learning.

Around the web

  • NetGuardians partners with the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Western Switzerland to improve ML and AI software for financial fraud detection and prevention.
  • Brewin Dolphin, one of the U.K.’s largest wealth managers, selects Avaloq’s software as a service solution for its back office infrastructure.
  • The Paypers: Worldline rolls out payment solution for online marketplaces.
  • Payjo relaunches as Interface.ai with a new interface, a new brand, and a platform for intelligent virtual assistants.
  • TurnKey Lender receives accreditation from the Singapore government’s IMDA, a certification that enables companies to expand into international markets easier.
  • Mambu to open a second North American-based office this year.
  • Authority Magazine interviews Ed O’Brien, CEO of eMoney Advisor.

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  • Capsilon and Blue Sage Drive Automation in MortgageTech.
  • Tandem Chooses Token as PSD2, Open Banking Partner.
  • Yes, Banks Can Compete with Apple’s New Credit Card.

Around the web

  • TurnKey Lender launches psychometrics for credit decisioning.
  • Xero partners with Aussie government’s digital change project.
  • Avaloq 2018 revenues rise to $582 million, a 6% YoY rise.
  • HarborOne Bank selects Baker Hill to provide direct and digital marketing services
  • Affinity FCU selects Digital Onboarding for automated new account activation.
  • Zillow’s Mortech partners with Roostify to improve the digital mortgage experience.

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.

Instarem Raises Capital; TurnKey Lender Goes Live in Malaysia

Finovate Global is our weekly look at fintech innovation in developing economies in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and Central and Eastern Europe.

Asia-Pacific

  • TurnKey Lender opens new office in Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur.
  • Instarem raises $41 million to fund global expansion.
  • Singapore FinTech Association and FinTech Australia ink Memorandum of Understanding.

Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Nigerian online lender OneFi to acquire Nigerian payment solutions company Amplify.
  • Finextra features its list of the top South African fintech startups to look out for in 2019.
  • Born2Invest highlights the fintechs in Africa’s emerging startup industry.

Central and Eastern Europe

  • Tinkoff Mobile, a subsidiary of Tinkoff Bank, announces service in six new regions.
  • CEE fintech watchers are keeping an eye on the pending launch of the “first bank for the Russian Internet” VR_Bank.
  • Vienna, Austria-based fintech Bitpanda adds its first stablecoin, Tether, introducing the new asset class on its trading platform.

Middle East and Northern Africa

  • Egypt’s central bank sets aside $58 million to fund fintech startups in the country.
  • Arabian Business looks at the continued dominance of cash in Saudi Arabia, despite the growth of the country’s fintech sector.
  • ZDNet reviews how new technologies like AI and automation represent challenge and opportunity for countries in the MENA region.

Central and South Asia

  • Wipro launches its AI and machine learning-powered accounts payable, KYC, and other solutions on Amazon Web Services.
  • Sri Lanka’s Bank of Ceylon goes live with Clari5 Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Solution to address money laundering threats.
  • Fintech Futures looks at Indian micro lending startup, Spoon, as it prepares to go live.
  • PakWired reviews the likelihood that Pakistan will legalize cryptocurrencies by the end of the year.

Latin America and the Caribbean

  • Analysts cast a wary eye at new cryptocurrency regulations from the Bank of Mexico.
  • Bob’s Guide features a deep dive into the evolving Brazilian payments market.
  • New Cayman Islands-based fintech consulting firm, Cartan Group, opens for business.

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  • ACI Worldwide Partners with Solutions by Text.
  • Envestnet to Acquire PIEtech for $500 Million.

Around the web

  • Prepaid Technologies Acquires Dash from Karmic Labs.
  • Switch launches its issuer-branded CardUpdatr app.
  • Kinetica unveils its active analytics platform that makes it easier to deliver smart analytics applications at scale.
  • Forbes interviews co-founder and CEO of Onfido, Husayn Kassai.
  • Tinkoff Mobile, a subsidiary of Tinkoff Bank, announces service in six new regions.
  • DocuSign launches its DocuSign Agreement Cloud to help companies better manage business agreements digitally.
  • Capsilon announces the beta launch of its digital underwriter solution.
  • AlphaPoint adds DiamondBack stablecoin to its crypto exchange.
  • Sri Lanka’s Bank of Ceylon goes live with Clari5 Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Solution to address money laundering threats.
  • PYMNTS: Amazon and Worldpay team up on one-click commerce.
  • NetGuardians‘ AI fraud-prevention software available on Microsoft Azure.
  • TurnKey Lender signs partnership agreement with Refinitiv.
  • MX and Personetics partner to bring AI-driven insights to financial institution customers.
  • ICBA and Jack Henry’s ProfitStars expand preferred service provider program with remote deposit capture solutions.
  • Insuritas and Oregon Mutual announce partnership to offer auto and home insurance solutions through meta-agency 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.

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  • Alternative Data Platform Thinknum Raises $11.6 Million.
  • SigFig Appoints Anne Morrissey as its First CFO.

Around the web

  • Modo taps Matt McBride as its new Chief Information Security Officer.
  • eToro to end commissions for U.K. customers trading on its platform.
  • Avaloq joins Enterprise Ethereum Alliance.
  • Kofax launches its Robotic Process Automation (RPA) 10.4 solution.
  • Vymo wins FICCI (The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce) Award for Innovation in Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics.
  • TurnKey Lender opens new office in Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur.

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: Jumio Lands in Brazil; TurnKey Lender Raises Capital

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

  • Pakistan-based payment system operator and PSP Mobi Direct selects Worldline for its digital infrastructure platform.
  • State Bank of India partners with Hitachi Payment Services on joint venture to support digital payments in India. SBI also picked Financial Software and Systems to implement its “One Nation, One Card” digital payments program.
  • Inc42 lists 5 Trends in Fintech You Will See in 2019.

Latin America and the Caribbean

  • Jumio opens office in Brazil and operations center in Barranquilla, Colombia, as part of expansion into Latin America.
  • Mexico’s central bank turns to Amazon for public mobile payment system.
  • Banco Bolivariano of Ecuador deploys mobile banking technology from Diebold Nixdorf.

Asia-Pacific

  • TurnKey Lender locks in new investment from OSK Ventures.
  • United Overseas Bank (UOB) of Singapore launches its Smart Business Transformation Programme for SMEs in Thailand.
  • Malaysia’s Maybank introduces its e-wallet service for cashless payments.

Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Veridium teams up with Blue Turtle Technologies to drive deployment of biometric technology in Africa.
  • Nigeria’s United Bank for Africa (UBA) goes live in the U.K.
  • People’s Bank of Zanzibar launches new core banking system with technology from ICSFS.

Central and Eastern Europe

  • Russia’s Alfa-Bank joins Marco Polo Network to offer blockchain-based trade and supply chain finance services to its clients.
  • Kontomatik earns license from Bank of Lithuania to operate as an AISP in 11 EU countries.
  • Palestine Islamic Bank to deploy Temenos Infinity and Temenos T24 systems as part of its digital transformation efforts.

Middle East and Northern Africa

  • Al Taif Islamic Bank to deploy Sharia-compliant, core banking technology from Finastra, Fusion Islamic.
  • Working group supported by TheCityUK and Turkish stock exchange Borsa Istanbul launch joint effort to promote Islamic fintech solutions.
  • Scoop Empire looks at the UAE’s role in foster innovation in fintech, especially with AI.

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  • Jack Henry & Associates Inks Deal with First State Community Bank.
  • Salt Edge Teams Up with UK-Based PFM App Emma.

Around the web

  • Fintech solution provider Ninth Wave announces full support for FDX API within its Ninth Wave Platform.
  • Global investment platform OurCrowd marks $1 billion raised milestone.
  • Optimove launches Optimove Streams to give markets insight into campaign performance testing.
  • Former Cisco Systems CEO John Chambers joins Averon’s advisory board.

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.

TurnKey Lender Locks in New Investment from OSK Ventures

TurnKey Lender, a Singapore-based digital solution provider for non-bank lenders, just closed a Series A1 round led by Malaysian private equity firm, OSK Ventures International. The amount of the investment was not disclosed.

The company plans to use the capital to support growth objectives in the U.S., Europe, and Southeast Asia. Vertex Ventures, who led the company’s previous $2 million funding round in 2017, and Western NIS Enterprise Fund also participated in the Series A1.

Company CEO Dmitry Voronenko called the funding a “vote of confidence” in TurnKey Lender and its momentum over the past year. Calling technology access the key factor in credit access, Voronenko said the goal of the company was to make it easier for “banks, non-bank lenders, and alternative lending companies around the globe” to access AI-powered digital lending technology.

Founded in 2014, TurnKey Lender demonstrated its SaaS solution at FinovateSpring 2017. The technology supports the complete loan lifecycle, from application processing to collection and reporting, fully automating the process for lenders. The platform readily integrates with both internal and external data sources and services, and leverages advanced scoring of applicants to reduce credit risk.

TurnKey Lender won Best SME FinTech SaaS Software Company in Singapore at Acquisition International’s Business Excellence Awards earlier this year. The company was also named a top auto loan origination platform by HCCResearch. Last month, TurnKey Lender co-founder and Head of Business Development Elena Ionenko was shortlisted for the Women in Credit Awards sponsored by Credit Strategy.

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  • nCino Lands New Customers from Stockholm to Sydney.
  • TurnKey Lender Locks in New Investment from OSK Ventures.
  • CREALOGIX Helps Launch Mobile Banking for Hampden & Co.

Around the web

  • Fiserv inks partnerships with HealthCare First Credit Union and Portland Local 8 Federal Credit Union.
  • Kontomatik earns license from Bank of Lithuania to operate as an AISP in 11 EU countries.
  • Palestine Islamic Bank to deploy Temenos Infinity and Temenos T24 systems as part of its digital transformation efforts.
  • ThetaRay and HackerOne named to Network World’s 10 Security Startups to Watch.
  • Retail finance technology provider Deko teams up with Featurespace to enhance security on its lending platform.
  • Onfido announces partnership with INTERPOL to help the international police organization better spot fraudulent IDs.
  • CAP Services chooses Baker Hill to support its lending initiatives for small businesses and low-income individuals.

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.