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Azimo Updates Remit Service, Adding Instant Bank Transfers to Existing Lightning-Fast Philippines Service

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Azimo, the digital money transfer service operating in Europe, announced a complete overhaul of money transfer services to the Philippines, with a lightning fast instant service via bank transfer. (more…)

Fintech news, Philippines, Remittances

March 3, 2017

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The Startup That Wants To Build A Cashless Economy In The Philippines

By Casey Hynes for Forbes

Sixty-nine percent of Filipinos were underbanked as of 2015. But the country also has the fastest-growing smartphone market in ASEAN–not to mention that it’s home to the selfie capital of the world. The combination creates an interesting opportunity for fintech entrepreneurs, and Mark Vernon has taken advantage of it.  (more…)

Fintech news, p2p-payments, Philippines

February 28, 2017

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Ayannah launches an AI-powered Credit Scoring Service for the Unbanked

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Ayannah, a provider of affordable and accessible digital financial services for emerging markets, has partnered with Bayad Center, the bills payment subsidiary of Meralco, the Philippines’ largest electric utility to launch Juan Credit™, the first artificial intelligence-powered credit scoring system for the unbanked in emerging markets. (more…)

Credit scoring, Deals, Fintech news, Hotnews, Mobile payments/banking, Philippines, Remittances

February 21, 2017

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Alibaba’s Ant Financial extends global reach with first investment in the Philippines

By TechCrunch

Alibaba affiliate Ant Financial has again extended its global reach after it completed its maiden investment in the Philippines. (more…)

China, Deals, eWallets, Fintech news, Philippines

February 20, 2017

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Jack Ma’s Ant Financial makes first investment in the Philippines

By TechInAsia

Just over three months after Ant Financial first made a move into Southeast Asia with an investment in Thailand, the Chinese web giant has taken a stake in a fintech company in the Philippines. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Mobile payments/banking, Philippines

February 18, 2017

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After surge in transactions, Philippine central bank regulates Bitcoin

By  for TechInAsia

The Philippine central bank has decided to regulate virtual currencies, particularly Bitcoin, with more and more people using it to transfer money across borders. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Government activities, Japan, Philippines

February 11, 2017

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Philippines Considers Bitcoin Regulation amid Remittance Increase

By Rebecca Campbell for CryptocoinsNews

he Philippines government is discussing whether to regulate digital currencies like bitcoin in the country to improve protection for its citizens as the number of Filipinos abroad using bitcoin to send money back home increases. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Government activities, Philippines, Remittances, Security

December 21, 2016

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6 fintech startups from Asia that excited us in 2016

By  for TechInAsia

Fintech is going strong in Asia as the year draws to a close. According to the Pulse of Fintech Q3 2016 report by global audit and advisory firm KPMG, venture capital funding in Asian financial technology companies increased, reaching US$1.2 billion – outpacing even the US, where VC investment totaled US$0.9 billion. (more…)

About, AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, China, eWallets, Fintech news, India, Japan, p2p/online lending, Payment processors/providers/gateways, Philippines, POS/mPOS and online acquiring, Remittances, Singapore

December 17, 2016

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The Filipino Startup Disrupting The Pawn Shop Industry

By Casey Hynes for Forbes

When David Margendorff arrived in the Philippines several years ago, the country’s financial system piqued his interest almost immediately. While working with a fintech startup, he became aware of the high percentage of unbanked people and what he calls the “weak consumer banks.” As an entrepreneur, he was keenly aware of the Philippines’ potential for fintech innovations and he soon found an opportunity to disrupt one of the oldest industries on the books – pawn shops. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, p2p/online lending, Philippines

November 29, 2016

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The China century: Ant Financial tops global fintech innovation list

By Anisa Menur A. Maulani for e27

Alibaba Group’s fintech arm Ant Financial has been announced as the number one company in the Top 50 Established list of the Fintech100 2016, an annual list of the world’s “most successful, exciting and high impact” fintech companies published as a collaboration between H2 Ventures and KPMG Fintech. (more…)

About, China, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews, InspirAsia, Philippines

October 25, 2016

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Payments startup Coins.ph just raised $5m from some familiar names

By  for TechInAsia

Online payments startup Coins.ph has landed a series A funding round worth US$5 million, the company announced today. The round is led by Accion Frontier Inclusion Fund, a global emerging markets fintech fund focused on financial inclusion, which is managed by similarly-minded investment firm Quona Capital. (more…)

Blockchain, Deals, Mobile payments/banking, p2p-payments, Philippines, Remittances, Thailand

October 24, 2016

Fintech group C88 raises undisclosed Series B round led by Telstra Ventures

By Anisa Menur for e27

Existing investors Monk’s Hill Ventures and Kejora Ventures also took part in the round, with many others participating (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Indonesia, Philippines

October 1, 2016

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Golden Gate Ventures: the upcoming rise of M&A in ASEAN

By Liz Lee for DealstreetAsia Magazine,

Singapore-based early-stage venture capital firm Golden Gate Ventures foresees the pace of mergers and acquisitions (M&As) in Southeast Asia catapulting, as more institutional funds, protectionists economic policies and global funds look to expand their footprint in the region. (more…)

Analytics, Fintech news, Hong Kong, Indonesia, InspirAsia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam

March 1, 2016

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India’s online financial marketplace BankBazaar expands into Singapore

By Sainul Abudheen K for e27.com

It is also looking at other growth markets in Asia, including Malaysia, the Philippines and the UAE (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, India, Malaysia, p2p/online lending, Philippines, Singapore

February 23, 2016

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Portal lets maid take control of earnings sent home to Philippines

By Joanna Seow,

Remitting money home is sometimes a frustrating exercise for Filipino maid Nilda Sesaldo, 37.

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Fintech news, p2p-payments, Philippines

January 24, 2016

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PH fintech firm Ayannah raising $3m capital

DealStreetAsia: Philippine financial technology (fintech) company Ayannah is in the process of raising $3 million in its Series A round led by 500 Startups and Life.SREDA, and other fintech tech investors have already participated in the financing round.

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Fintech news, news, Philippines

December 30, 2015

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Uber For Banking? Coins.ph Turns People Into ATMs

TechInAsia: Philippine Bitcoin startup Coins.ph has come up with a way for you to move money without having to deal with a bank. A new service on its Bitcoin wallet called “Teller” turns anyone with a smartphone into an ATM, where you can deposit your money. Think Uber for banking. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, InspirAsia, news, Philippines

July 21, 2015

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Unbanked Stories: Thai, Myanmar, Mexico, Bangladesh, and the Philippines

E27.CO: Philippines-based fin-tech startup LoanSolutions has raised an undisclosed round of funding from a group of international investors led by KK Fund, with participation from other venture capitalist funds and angel investors, including Kickstart Ventures and John Dang, CEO of Zipmatch. (more…)

InspirAsia, Myanmar, Philippines

July 6, 2015

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15 Southeast Asian Fintech Startups Worth Looking At

TECHINASIA: Vladislav Solodkiy, Life.SREDA VC: It has been almost 2 months since I relocated to Singapore. During this time I saw about 100 fintech projects at different stages. My last article was dedicated to 5 most promising mPOS-acquiring startups, and now I’d like to introduce 15 more projects. (more…)

Hotnews, InspirAsia, Malaysia, news, Philippines, Singapore

July 5, 2015

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PH Startup PawnHero Wins The Judges’ Choice Award at Echelon Asia Summit 2015

DEALSTREETASIA: Philippine fintech startup PawnHero has won the Echelon Asia Summit 2015 Judges’ Choice Award in Singapore Wednesday night, beating nine other finalists out of the original 500 applications from around Asia. (more…)

InspirAsia, Philippines

June 25, 2015

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Philippines Growth Racing Ahead of Neighbors

The Wall Street Journal: The Philippines’ economy is shedding its reputation as a laggard and outpacing others in the region—with the fastest growth rate among major economies in East Asia after China. The country notched growth last year of just over 6%, and the central bank targets growth of 7% to 8% in 2015. That compares with 0.9% in Thailand and 5% in Indonesia in 2014. For years, the Philippines was viewed as a sluggish economy marred by graft and bureaucratic inefficiencies. (more…)

InspirAsia, Philippines

May 18, 2015

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PLDT To Invest $100m In Big Data Services

DEALSTREETASIA: The Philippine Long Distance and Telephone Co (PLDT) is planning to invest around $100 million in its Big Data business, meant to help companies and government agencies develop more effective products, services, and programs for their target markets, a top company executive said. (more…)

Fintech news, InspirAsia, news, Philippines

May 14, 2015

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PawnHero, LoanSolutions Partner To Provide Lending Options To Filipinos

E27.CO: The move is aimed at giving Filipinos easier access to loans and enabling more financial power (more…)

InspirAsia, Philippines

May 8, 2015

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Philippines Pushing For Cashless Society, But It’s A Long Way Off

TECHINASIA: Imagine the day when scanning your face, waving your phone, or using some kind of a wearable are the new norms of paying for goods and services. The transactions could be anything – from buying a train ticket to sending money to a relative, buying clothes in the mall, or riding a jeepney. (more…)

InspirAsia, Philippines

April 27, 2015

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Philippine Startup Satoshi Citadel Industries Acquires BuyBitcoin.ph

E27.CO: Philippine startup Satoshi Citadel Industries (SCI) has acquired BuyBitcoin.ph, the first Philippine Bitcoin exchange in the country. Founded by Sam Kaddoura, Lasse Birk Olesen, James Florentino and Dan Walton in January 2014, BuyBitcoin.ph is a peso to Bitcoin ‘over-the-counter’ exchange which allows Filipinos direct access to buying and selling of the cryptocurrency. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Deals, Fintech news, InspirAsia, news, Philippines

April 14, 2015

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Startup Pawnhero to represent PH in Echelon Asia Summit 2015

DEALSTREETASIA: Startup company Pawnhero will be representing the Philippines in the upcoming Echelon Asia Summit 2015, after winning the main award in the first-ever Echelon Top 100 Philippines Qualifiers. (more…)

Fintech news, InspirAsia, news, Philippines

March 27, 2015

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BeamAndGo Is A Remittance Service For Filipinos That Guards Against Misspent Funds

TECHINASIA: Cash remittances from overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) have proven to be a crucial lifeline for their families back home. Yet BeamAndGo founder Mariliese Tan believes there’s a better way to support these families other than cash: digital gift certificates.

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Fintech news, InspirAsia, news, p2p-payments, Philippines, Remittances

March 13, 2015