PayPal Goes to China; Dubai Named Top Ten Global Financial Center

Join us next week as our annual Asia-Pacific fintech conference returns to Singapore! FinovateAsia is one of the best ways for fintech startups and innovative industry veterans from the region and around the world to showcase their latest technologies before an audience of C-level decision-makers, venture capitalists, all-star analysts, and more.

FinovateAsia runs from October 14 through October 15, with an additional Summit Day on October 16. Visit our registration page and pick up your ticket today.

Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Finovate alums Hydrogen, Sedicii, Strands, and Wealth Migrate earn finalist spots in the South African Reserve Bank’s Fintech Demo Day.
  • Carbon CEO Chijioke Dozie offers Five Lessons Global Banks Can Learn from African Fintechs.
  • Business Tech highlights 12 of the hottest fintechs in South Africa according to the country’s biggest banks.

Central and Eastern Europe

  • Alior Bank’s Alior Kantor to deploy Efigence’s EFI4 Digital Banking Platform.
  • Deloitte Romania and FintechOS partner to offer banks digital transformation and automation solutions.
  • Sberbank unveils new “Apply for Mortgage” feature on its Sberbank Online mobile app.

Middle East and Northern Africa

  • Dubai earns top ten ranking in the Global Financial Centres Index (GFCI).
  • Boubyan Bank of Kuwait and Zain Telecom team up to launch a digital Islamic bank.
  • Saudi Capital Market Authority (CMA) authorizes financial technology experimental permits enabling three companies to build an equity crowdfunding platform.

Central and Southern Asia

  • Khatabook, an Indian fintech that helps SMEs track and record businesses transactions, raises $25 million.
  • Varanium Capital launches $28 million venture fund focused on Indian fintech.
  • Indian fintechs await regulatory guidelines for deployment of Video KYC technology.

Latin America and the Caribbean

  • OurCrowd to open its 13th global office in São Paulo, Brazil.
  • Colombian small business lender Sempli raises $8 million in Series A funding.
  • EBANX will process payments for Uber in Brazil and other countries in Latin America.

Asia-Pacific

  • PayPal’s Move into China is a Big Deal.
  • Fintech in Asia: From Payments and Lending to the Challenge of Financial Inclusion.
  • InComm partners with Mizuho Bank to expand J-Coin Pay in Japan.

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Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • SuperMoney Teams Up with Lending Platform Best Egg.

Around the web

  • Wealth Migrate nears £1.35 million in its equity crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs.
  • Trulioo announces its ID verification services are now available in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
  • More than a dozen Finovate alums shortlisted for the 2019 FS Tech Awards to be announced in late March.
  • PaySend inks payments partnership with Vietcombank.

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.

FinovateMiddleEast Sneak Peek: Wealth Migrate

A look at the companies demoing live at FinovateMiddleEast on 26 and 27 of February in Dubai, U.A.E. Pick up your tickets today and save your spot.

Wealth Migrate is a KPMG award-winning, global online investment marketplace that offers global investors direct access to commercial real estate investments from only $1 in premier global markets.

Features

  • Investors in developing nations can invest in a stable currency with real assets with real yield
  • Transactions recorded using the blockchain to eliminate fraud issues
  • Partners with best-in-class operators

Why it’s great
Most of the developing world does not have access to direct investments that would help them with currency swings which can wipe out wealth. Fraud is a challenge and it is hard to find trusted partners.

Presenters

Scott Picken, Founder and CEO of Wealth Migrate
Picken is a serial global entrepreneur and investor who is passionate about helping people create global wealth. He is an authority on fintech, crowdfunding, collaborative social investing, and the intersection with real estate.
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Jaco Maritz, Chief Information Officer
Maritz leads the technology team, bringing decades of experience in financial services IT management. He is additionally a seasoned global real estate investor.
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Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • TransferWise to Power Payroll for Crowdfunding Platform Seedrs.
  • Behalf Lands Equity Funding and Secures $150 Million in Debt Financing.
  • Blockchain Appoints New President and Chief Legal Officer.

Around the web

  • Challenger bank Tandem to leverage Personetics Cognitive Banking Brain to provide personalized financial guidance for customers.
  • Equifax introduces commercial credit data sharing solution for SME lenders.
  • Bluefin Payment Systems partners with EDC Corporation to improve security for credit card transactions.

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.