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RegTech, AI Fuel Strong B2B FinTech Numbers

BY PYMNTS

Good news emerged from the U.S. venture capital sphere this week: VC funding for FinTech startups in Q1 alone hit $1.2 billion, found a new report from KPMG. Analysts said the industry has seen its highest venture capital activity since Q1 of 2016, fueled by focus on late-stage investment rounds. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Global trends, SME

April 28, 2017

130

Getting The SME Crowdfunding Model Off The Ground

By PYMNTS

Regulation A+ has made a mostly quiet splash on the market. Years in the making, the regulation was born from the JOBS Act, which was signed into law in 2012, with Title IV of the act — also known as Regulation A+ — enabling average joes to invest in companies seeking capital. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews, p2p/online lending, SME

April 12, 2017

124

Capital Float Tops Up Capital Raise

By PYMNTS,

India-based SME lender Capital Float has added a bit of funding to its books thanks to a $2.3 million raise announced Monday (April 10). (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews, InspirAsia, p2p/online lending, SME

April 11, 2017

144

Indonesia’s Pawoon app for small businesses raises series A

By Nadine Freischlad for Tech in Asia, 

Pawoon, one of the point-of-sales startups targeting Indonesia’s millions of small and medium businesses, has raised a series A round of funding. (more…)

Fintech news, POS/mPOS and online acquiring, SME

March 21, 2017

117

Industry 4.0: The Five Steps Towards A Digital Supply Chain

by Stefan Schrauf, Philipp Berttram and Morten Grunwald

If the vision of Industry 4.0 is to be realized, most enterprise processes — manufacturing, product development, customer relations, and the workplace itself — must become fully digitized. A critical element will be the arrival of the digital supply chain. (more…)

Hotnews, SME

March 21, 2017

107

‘Father Of P2P’ Giles Andrews Now Leads Two Alt Lenders

By PYMNTS

Alternative SME lending platform MarketInvoice has named Giles Andrews as its first chairman, and according to reports, that means Andrews will chair the board of not one, but two alternative lending platforms. (more…)

Fintech news, Hotnews, p2p/online lending, SME

March 21, 2017

207

German fintech software firm Bexio raises €7 million

By TechEU

The German startup Bexio, a provider of cloud-based software for SMEs, has raised €7 million. The funding comes from Swisscom Ventures and existing investors Redalpine Venture Partners AG and Armada Investment AG.  (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, SME

February 23, 2017

257

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

238

A Banking Revolution For Small Business – UK’s Nesta Challenges Fin Tech To Step Up To The Plate

By Forbes

Small business banking in the United Kingdom is about to undergo a radical shake-up, driven in part by pressure from the competition regulator. (more…)

About, Banks, Fintech news, Government activities, SME

February 18, 2017

240

Mastercard Partnership Automates AP For UAE Firms

Mastercard struck a deal to help automate the accounts payable process for businesses in the United Arab Emirates, reports said Sunday (Feb. 12). (more…)

Fintech news, Payment systems, SME

February 14, 2017

385

Former DBS bankers back fintech remittance start-up

By The Business Times

FORMER DBS bankers are backing a fintech remittance payments start-up.

Singapore financial technology start-up SingX on Thursday said it has launched a cheaper, faster and more convenient online remittance platform which charges consumers a fraction of what they typically pay for overseas money transfers. (more…)

Fintech news, Remittances, Singapore, SME

February 9, 2017

213

Fundbox Navigates SME FinTech Innovation

Small business finance is one of the most competitive, innovative and challenging markets in which to operate. 2016 was a big year for the industry, with some of the largest names in alternative finance faltering, the industry as a whole taking a wait-and-see approach to regulation and its ongoing expansion as new market entrants continued to filter in. (more…)

Fintech news, p2p/online lending, SME

February 9, 2017

241

Square launches dedicated point-of-sale app and service for retail merchants

By  for VentureBeat

Square has always wanted to be a part of the success of small businesses, but as a growing public company, it needs to develop products that will cater to bigger clients. Today, the commerce company announced it is launching dedicated tools for retailers to help manage inventory in multiple locations and across unlimited employees, all through the Square experience. (more…)

Fintech news, POS/mPOS and online acquiring, SME

February 8, 2017

217

Klarna agrees £60 million deal to acquire Wonga’s BillPay

By Finextra

Fast-growing Swedish payments startup Klarna has acquired Germany’s BillPay, a Berlin-based consumer financing outfit owned by UK payday lender Wonga. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, p2p/online lending, POS/mPOS and online acquiring, SME

February 6, 2017

291

LendMart Opens For SME Lending Business In Canada

By PYMNTS

A new alternative lending service for SMEs is launching in Canada.

LendMart announced Tuesday (Jan. 31) that it is rolling out its small business financing services in the country to help businesses find a loan from somewhere other than a traditional bank. (more…)

Fintech news, p2p/online lending, SME

February 1, 2017

Spotcap Launches in New Zealand with A$20M from Heartland

By FinSMEs

spotcapBerlin, Germany-based online lender Spotcap is launching New Zealand operations in Auckland and received A$20m in financing. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, p2p/online lending, SME

January 31, 2017

288

Square to save sellers $350 in processing fees if they use Apple Pay

By  for VentureBeat

Square wants to encourage more usage of Apple Pay, and to do so, it’s cutting some of its fees. The cuts will save businesses up to $350 so they can process more than $12,000 in payments through the mobile payment technology — but only for a limited time. (more…)

Fintech news, Mobile payments/banking, POS/mPOS and online acquiring, SME

January 31, 2017

Currency Capital Receives Growth Capital Investment

By FinSMEs

131Currency Capital, a Los Angeles, CA-based online equipment financing exchange serving owners of small- and medium-sized companies, raised a growth capital funding. 

Lovell Minnick Partners made the investment, which will support Currency Capital’s growth strategies. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, p2p/online lending, SME

January 31, 2017

309

‘Unified commerce’ can drive user payment experience and merchant sales

By Melissa Gonzalez for PaymentsSource

The payments ecosystem is vast and the complexity is only heightening, but with the right integration of hardware and software solutions providers can empower retailers to not only improve in-store experiences but enhance data collection and the ability to analyze customer behaviors.

(more…)

Analytics, Marketing Report, Mobile payments/banking, POS/mPOS and online acquiring, SME

January 29, 2017

393

Making a Difference with FinTech – Three Examples

By Elena Mesropyan for LTP

There is enough said about the scale of the FinTech industry, its inclusive agenda and massive surrounding ecosystem, but the real value of this industry is not in millions that are moving around in funding, expansion and acquisition deals. The value is measured in micro-processes, in the real, everyday difference FinTech startups make for small businesses and individuals. (more…)

Analytics, Government activities, Mobile payments/banking, p2p-payments, RegTech, SME

January 29, 2017

274

Deeper into China: CoAssets invests US$145K in a Chinese product crowdfunding platform

By Anisa Menur A. Maulani for e27

Australian Stock Exchange (ASX)-listed startup CoAssets today announced that it has made a RMB1 million (US$145,000) strategic investment in Fujian-based crowdfunding startup Da Xian Bing, for 10 per cent of the company, with 60 per cent to be recouped from CoAssets’ joint venture partner Fujian Yaosheng. (more…)

China, Crowdfunding/investing, Deals, Fintech news, SME

January 23, 2017

372

Top Business-to-Business Wealth Tech Players

By Julie Muhn for Finovate Blog

If you’ve been following our series on wealth tech, you’ve seen our analysis of the industry as a whole, a review of the top trends, and an examination of B2C wealth tech players. (more…)

About, Financial Markets / Trading, SME

January 21, 2017

214

Corporates need a ‘consumer style’ invoice experience

By Prabhat Vira for PaymentsSource

 Any CFO with a smartphone has grown accustomed to the ways in which fintech has removed the friction from their daily lives.

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Analytics, Marketing Report, SME

January 21, 2017

332

WEX, OnDeck Double-Team Against SME Funding Gaps

The alternative finance industry may have emerged as competition to the banks, but today, it’s commonplace for traditional FIs to partner with alt-lenders. That partnership trend appears to be permeating other areas of SME financial services, with the latest tie-up to be between OnDeck Capital and WEX. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, p2p/online lending, SME

January 18, 2017

266

Thiel backs French biz banking startup Qonto

By Finextra

With a slate of stellar investors onboard, Qonto, a French digital business banking service for entrepreneurs and startups, is gearing up for launch. (more…)

Fintech news, Mobile payments/banking, SME

January 17, 2017

355

Banks will suffer for using consumer platforms for small biz bill pay

By Sanjeev Kriplani for PaymentsSource

For banks that serve small and medium-sized businesses, the opportunity is especially great. But to realize it, banks must deploy easy to use, SMB-specific, mobile-friendly business banking experiences – an undertaking that’s not as simple as it may seem.

(more…)

Analytics, Banks, Mobile payments/banking, SME

January 13, 2017

417

293

Alternative, Traditional SME Finance Spheres See Growth

The past few years have seen some of the largest changes in the history of small business lending, and that evolution hasn’t been stifled by borders. Across the globe this week, new small business lenders emerged, new data on SME lending rates surfaced and new initiatives to provide small business with access to capital launched — in both the traditional and alternative spheres. (more…)

Analytics, Fintech news, Global trends, p2p/online lending, SME

January 9, 2017

398

How Mobile Banking Wins the Loyalty of Small Businesses

By LTP

Personal mobile banking has already created a stir, reaching 43% of active users in 2015 (FED). While customers have warmly welcomed this new convenient way of handling daily banking operations, little emphasis is actually made on small businesses. It seems the mobile revolution has yet to reach this market segment. (more…)

About, Global trends, SME

January 8, 2017

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Alternative SME Finance Just Might Survive In 2017

Earlier this month, marketplace lending site Biz2Credit released the findings of its most recent small business lending index. The data revealed that SME loan approval rates at big banks were at an all-time high, hitting 23.7 percent in November. Small banks saw their loan approval rates tick up, too, to 48.8 percent. Meanwhile, approval rates among alternative lenders sunk down, a finding that Biz2Credit CEO Rohit Arora said could be a sign of negative times ahead. (more…)

Fintech news, p2p/online lending, SME

December 28, 2016