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Neo Bank Juno Raises $3Mn Seed Funding From Sequoia, Polychain

via Inc42 Media

Founded in July 2019, Juno  has been built using Ethereum blockchain and Nuo protocol. The platform aims to decentralise lending and borrowing of digital assets. With the new funding the company wants to expand its team in Singapore and India and apply for a license in select markets. (more…)

Banks, Blockchain, Deals, India, InspirAsia

October 10, 2019

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Namaste Credit becomes neobank

via FinTech Futures 

Indian online lending marketplace Namaste Credit announced it is becoming a “fully-fledged digital-only bank” for micro small and medium businesses (MSMEs).

The neobank will have a “foundational software-as-a-service (SaaS) play” and aims to offer the first one-stop-shop for MSMEs. It will include automated credit, banking and accounting solutions.

Soon-to-be-launched app ‘Namaste Biz’ will centralise MSME’s cash flow and banking and credit management. (more…)

Banks, India, InspirAsia, SME

September 5, 2019

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Neobank Yelo raises funding from Matrix Partners, Omidyar, others

via DEALSTREETASIA

Personalized neobanking service Yelo said on Wednesday it has raised seed round funding from Matrix Partners India, Omidyar Network India, Flourish and current investor, Better Capital.

Yelo describes itself as a digital-only mobile-first neobank with a custom-made suite of financial products for remittance, healthcare, education, e-commerce, and day-to-day cash flow management. (more…)

Banks, Deals, India, InspirAsia, Mobile-first banks

September 5, 2019

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Bengaluru-based neo-banking startup NiYO raises $35 million in series B round

via The Indian Wire

NiYO Solutions, a Benglauru-based neo-banking startup has raised $35 million in a Series B funding round. The round was led by Horizons Ventures and Tencent. While, the company’s existing investor JS Capital also participated in the funding round.

The company plans to use the funding to accelerate the development and rollout of new product offerings. It will also use funds to amplify distribution and marketing. (more…)

Banks, Deals, India, InspirAsia

July 10, 2019

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New Indian challenger Payzello launches

via FinTech Futures written by

Payzello is a new challenger bank in India, focusing on the retail market that offers a wide variety of products, with a specific focus on personal finance management.

In its list of offerings, the firm includes a single card for both debit and credit, app-based loans, money transfer and request, end to end expense management, Bharat QR, three minutes’ account opening, among others – and all this with zero paperwork.

A chatbot is included in the app, called Ello. It was made for conversations regarding users’ finances and provides suggestions. (more…)

Banks, India, InspirAsia, Mobile-first banks

June 10, 2019

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Banks can use Aadhaar for KYC with customer’s consent: RBI

via The Economic Times

Banks can use Aadhaar for KYC verification with the customer’s consent, the Reserve Bank said Wednesday as it updated its list of documents eligible for identification of individuals.

The RBI specifies Know Your Customer (KYC) norms to be followed by banks and other entities regulated by it for various customer services, including opening of bank accounts. (more…)

Banks, India, InspirAsia

May 29, 2019

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India’s Cashfree raises $5.5M from Korea’s Smilegate, Y Combinator and others

via TechCrunch 

Cashfree, an India-based startup that specializes in making corporate banking services more accessible and easier to use, has closed a $5.5 million Series A round to double down on its banking services and build up its presence in Delhi and Bombay. Cashfree helps its customers connect their corporate banking services via a single interface and allows business intelligence that would take hours of manual work using corporate bank services. In the future Cashfree might emerge as a challenger bank.

(more…)

Fintech news, India, InspirAsia, Open Source/ API

April 11, 2019

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Experian opens Singapore incubator

via Finextra

Experian, the world leader in information services, is further expanding and investing in its innovation facility, Experian X Labs based in Singapore.

The facility serves as Experian’s first incubator and collaboration centre for cutting-edge solutions, aimed at addressing pressing economic and societal issues in India, such as financial inclusion. The Experian X Labs team, comprises of data scientists, product architects and industry innovators.
(more…)

Accelerators/Incubators/Labs, Credit scoring, India, InspirAsia, Singapore

March 8, 2019

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5 rising startups in India – April 4, 2017

By Malavika Velayanikal for Tech in Asia

In 2015, we would have a handful of startups announcing funding from VCs and angel investors almost everyday. This year, it’s been quiet compared to then. Now investors seem to have become more cautious and that shows in the quality of the startups who bag any funding. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends, India, InspirAsia

April 5, 2017

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Of 29 Indian startups that got funded this quarter, real estate gets top investment

By Lyra Reyes for E27.com

Funding received by three real estate startups made up 58 per cent of total funds raised. (more…)

Deals, Global trends, India, InspirAsia

March 30, 2017

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The seven Indian startups that made it to Y Combinator’s demo-day event this March

To get noticed by Silicon Valley’s startup machine Y Combinator is every budding entrepreneur’s dream. One of the world’s most influential and renowned accelerators, which now also engages in seed funding, it has backed successful startups such as AirBnB, Dropbox, and Reddit. Its screening of startups is said to be “nerve-wracking.” (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews, India, InspirAsia

March 27, 2017

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Icici unveils mobile app for rural Indians

By Finextra

Icici has unveiled a mobile app specifically designed for India’s huge rural population, providing a host of banking services as well as useful information such as crop prices. (more…)

Banks, India

March 21, 2017

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India-based Flipkart secures US$1B funding, to raise US$1B more: Report

By Sainul Abudheen for e27

Indian e-commerce giant Flipkart has closed a US$1 billion funding round, with plans to raise an equal amount over the next few months, says a Bloomberg report quoting unidentified sources. Investors who have contributed to this round include Microsoft, eBay, and Tencent Holdings. (more…)

Deals, India

March 21, 2017

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Indian FinTech Investments Decline in 2016

By CryptoCoins News

A new report has found that India’s investments in FinTech dropped significantly in 2016 from 2015, indicating what impact a lack of mega-deals can have on a country even though actual deals in India remained steady over the same period. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, India

February 23, 2017

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Capital Float to disburse $746.5m in SME loans in FY18

By DealStreetAsia

SME lending platform, Capital Float, disbursed Rs1,000 crore in loans during the 10 months ended January 2017, and it expects to disburse Rs5,000 crore in the next one year, said top executives of the company. (more…)

Fintech news, India, p2p/online lending, SME

February 21, 2017

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Paytm wants to pull an Alipay, will spend $90m on expanding QR code network

By TechInAsia

Paytm, India’s largest digital wallet, is going to spend US$89.6 million to help merchants across India accept digital payments using QR codes. (more…)

eWallets, Fintech news, India

February 20, 2017

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India Utilizing Citizens’ Biometrics

The Indian government is moving forward with the world’s largest biometric identity database, which will be available for use by tech companies, health care providers and app developers, The Wall Street Journal reported. (more…)

India, Insurance

February 20, 2017

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Is Paytm merging with Snapdeal?

By Sainul Abudheen K for e27

Paytm and Snapdeal, two behemoths in the online retail segment, reportedly had merger talks in January this year (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, India

February 19, 2017

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More than 750 startups apply to join YES Bank’s inaugural accelerator programme

By Finextra

The first cohort of YES FINTECH has received phenomenal response from the global community of Fintechs, with 753 applicants around the world.  (more…)

Accelerators/Incubators/Labs, Banks, Fintech news, India

February 18, 2017

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Bitcoin Investor Tim Draper Re-Enters India VC, Praises Modi’s Reforms

By the CoinTelegraph

Tim Draper, a Bitcoin entrepreneur and investor, has returned to the Indian market, backing startups through Mumbai-based Blume Ventures.

(more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, India, People of fintech

February 14, 2017

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India: Capital Float raises $2.5m from IFMR, AdStringO to get $5m

Online credit platform Capital Float which is run by Zen Lefin Pvt. Ltd, has raised $2.5 million (Rs 17 crore) from IFMR Capital Finance and its alternative investment fund through non-convertible debentures (NCDs). (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, India, p2p/online lending

February 6, 2017

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How Indian FinTechs Are Collaborating With Banks – Bangalore FinTech Meetup 2017

By LTP

LTP has been organizing monthly FinTech meetups in Bangalore and Mumbai to nurture a dialogue in the FinTech startup ecosystem in India. For the latest meetup organized in Bangalore, the topic was perhaps one of the most important FinTech topics currently — Value of partnerships between banks and FinTechs: What does true collaboration mean? What is a good partnership strategy? And how do you foster innovation through partnerships? (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Global trends, India

February 3, 2017

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Digital payments get huge leg-up in India’s new budget. Here’s the low-down.

By  for TechInAsia

India is getting super serious about promoting a cashless economy. (more…)

Cashless, Fintech news, Government activities, India

February 1, 2017

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Ingenico to acquire Indian payment processor TechProcess

By Finextra

Ingenico Group announced today it has reached an agreement in principle to acquire 100% of TechProcess Payment Services Ltd (“TechProcess”), a leading Indian electronic payments services provider from its current shareholders (major global and Indian investors).  (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, India, Payment processors/providers/gateways

January 31, 2017

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Five Reasons Why PayTM Is Miles Ahead Of Its Rivals

By Ketharaman Swaminathan for Finextra

With over 100 million users a year ago, PayTM was already ahead of its digital payment competitors before the Nov. 2016 demonetization of high value currency notes in India. (more…)

Analytics, Cashless, eWallets, India

January 21, 2017

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Relationship of Indian Banks and FinTech Startups Strengthening in 2017

By LTP

The digital revolution currently underway in financial services –colloquially called FinTech – has raised some questions on the nimbleness and relevance of the banking fraternity in India. There have been apprehensions about banks being able to create faster, cheaper and better services to become an omnipresent part of their customer’s daily lives. (more…)

About, Banks, Fintech news, India

January 18, 2017

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Malaysian Firm Belfrics Launches Bitcoin Exchange in India

By CryptoCoins News

Belfrics, which refers to itself as a Malaysian ‘blockchain technology’ firm, has announced the launch of its bitcoin exchange operations in India.

(more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, India, Malaysia

January 17, 2017

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YES Bank introduces chat bot for instant loan offering

By Finextra

India’s YES Bank has partnered with Silicon valley-based Gupshup to develop a banking chat bot for its loan product. (more…)

Banks, Bots, Fintech news, India, Mobile payments/banking

January 13, 2017

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PhonePe digital wallet has big goals beyond parent Flipkart

By  for TechInAsia

Mobile payments startup PhonePe, which Flipkart bought last year, has set its sights high this year.

In the process of launching the country’s first Unified Payments Interface-supported wallet for iOS, the startup is already aiming for a 100 million downloads by the end of 2017. (more…)

eWallets, Fintech news, India, Mobile payments/banking

January 11, 2017