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Icici takes the paperwork out of PPF account opening

ICICI Bank, India’s largest private sector bank by consolidated assets, today announced the launch of a digital service that enables customers to open a Public Provident Fund (PPF) account instantly and in a completely online and paperless manner. (more…)

Banks, SME

December 8, 2017

213

Nordea brings e-invoicing to Facebook Messenger

Nordea has collaborated with Nordic payments processor Nets on a service which enables consumers to post invoices and pay their bills via Facebook Messenger. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews, SME

November 29, 2017

203

Ant Financial bans high interest loans

Ant Financial has banned consumer loans with annual interest rates above 24% from its Alipay platform. (more…)

Global trends, Hotnews, SME

November 24, 2017

Japanese pawn shop app Cash acquired for $62.2M by DMM

DMM, one of Japan’s largest Internet and e-commerce conglomerates, announced today that it will pay 7 billion yen (about $62.2 million) for pawn shop app Cash. Launched this summer, Cash’s software automatically appraises an item’s value based on user photos and offers a cash advance with it as collateral. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Global trends, InspirAsia, SME

November 21, 2017

169

BNP Paribas buys stake in SME credit specialist Caple

BNP Paribas Asset Management (BNPP AM) has bought a 10% stake in a new alternative SME credit specialist called Caple as part of a wider strategic alliance. (more…)

Banks, p2p/online lending, SME

November 18, 2017

187

Kabbage Announces New $200 Million Asset-Backed Revolving Credit Facility With Global Financial Institution Credit Suisse

By Samantha Hurst for Crowdfundinsider

Kabbage Inc., a global financial services, technology and data platform serving small businesses, announced on Thursday its new $200 million asset-backed revolving credit facility with Credit Suisse, a global financial institution. This news comes less than a month after Kabbage announced it and ING were extending its strategic partnership with Italy and France. (more…)

Global trends, p2p/online lending, SME

November 18, 2017

217

Allset raises $5M to help restaurants deliver a more efficient dining experience

By Anthony Ha for TechCrunch

Allset has raised $5 million in Series A funding led by Greycroft. (more…)

Deals, Global trends, Hotnews, SME

October 18, 2017

198

MarketInvoice Celebrates New Varengold Partnership & £1.5B Funding Milestone

By Erin Hobey for Crowdfundinsider

Big news for business finance company MarketInvoice who not only is celebrating a £1.5b funding milestone but has also signed an agreement with Varengold Bank AGto provide £45m funding annually on its invoice finance platform, funding working capital solutions for businesses across the UK. (more…)

Hotnews, SME

September 20, 2017

343

Xero and Santander team on SME banking service

By Xero

Today, Xero, the UK’s leading online accounting software, and Santander, announce an integrated service for SMEs. (more…)

Banks, SME

September 15, 2017

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At $3 Billion in Loans, Amazon is Quickly Becoming a Huge SME Lender

By Crowdfund Insider

Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) announced today that it had originated over $3 billion in loans to more than 20,000 small businesses since 2011. One billion of those loans came in the past 12 months. Peyush Nahar, VP for Amazon Marketplace, released a statement on the milestone; (more…)

Global trends, p2p/online lending, SME

June 9, 2017

503

Here’s how likely your startup is to get acquired at any stage

By Jason Rowley for Techcrunch.com

Let’s say you randomly selected 1,000 seed-stage startups based in the United States. How many of those would go on to raise a Series A? Of companies that go on to raise a Series A, how many would go on to raise a Series B? You could keep this process going until only a few companies remain. (more…)

Global trends, Hotnews, SME

May 24, 2017

435

CreditHero wants to help fix credit scores for those afraid to even look

By Matthew Lynley for Techcrunch

With apps like Robinhood and services like Wealthfront for investing, and Credit Karma to check your credit score regularly, it might seem like financial services are finally getting more palatable and mainstream. But to Nicole Sanchez, people still need to have decent credit to get to the point where they’ll use those services — and that’s a huge hurdle to cross. (more…)

Credit scoring, SME

May 16, 2017

MarketInvoice Receives £45 Million to Lend from BNI Europe

MarketInvoice, a UK based invoice financing platform, has received a £45 million lending commitment from Portuguese bank BNI Europa. (more…)

Deals, p2p/online lending, SME

May 15, 2017

Tungsten Targets Procure-to-Pay Friction With New Partner

Electronic invoicing company Tungsten has teamed up with the Institute of Finance and Management (IOFM) to help educate its business customers on how to streamline supply chain management. (more…)

p2p/online lending, SME

May 9, 2017

382

Intuit Taps Machine Learning For Freelancer Expense Management

As TechCrunch put it in its Tuesday (May 2) report, expense management for the self-employed “sucks.” (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends, Mobile payments/banking, SME

May 4, 2017

464

Australia Tries Its Hand At E-Invoicing

Electronic invoicing within government entities is a proven way to reduce fraud and wasted federal funds. Research shows countries in South America are leading the charge, while Europe and the United States have lagged behind. (more…)

Global trends, InspirAsia, SME

May 2, 2017

611

PayPal launches Business in a Box service for SMBs

PayPal has unveiled a new service, called Business in a Box, which brings together a host of tools designed to help small firms start and run their online operations. (more…)

Banks, p2p/online lending, SME

May 2, 2017

827

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

505

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

512

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

549

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

611

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

471

‘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

540

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

831

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

552

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

602

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

798

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

559

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