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2019 SME banking innovations in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Financial institutions operating in Eastern Europe and Central Asia were active in providing innovative services and solutions for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in 2019. In fact, financial institutions in these regions implemented 20% more such services and solutions than in 2018, with more than 40 financial institutions distinguishing in …

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COVID-19 likely to accelerate the push for digital payments

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has brought about difficult times for many businesses, many FinTech startups are starting to see a possible silver lining in its aftermath. The pandemic has pushed consumers to increase their use of contactless payment methods as well as their use of online platforms for making purchases. …

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Biz2Credit launches disaster loan resources for small businesses

Biz2Credit, a leading provider of small business financing online, has announced the launch of a new set of resources to help small businesses facing economic hardships caused by the COVID-19 crisis. Via a new dedicated website (SBADisasterLoans.info), small businesses can get advice from a Biz2Credit specialist and learn how to …

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Capitalise.com launches coronavirus platform for small businesses

Capitalise.com, a FinTech based in the United Kingdom, has launched a centralized application platform to help small businesses amid the COVID-19 crisis. The platform aims to provide small businesses with access to affordable funding (loans provided via approved lenders under the United Kingdom government’s Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme) that …

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A quick glance at Asia’s FinTech prospects

Asia, driven by fierce competition, has been a global leader in terms of FinTech adoption. Let’s take a look at 3 key trends expected to define FinTech in Asia over the coming years: China continues to be a leader. China is still the market setting the pace for FinTech innovation …

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7 developments awaiting the Russian banking sector in 2020

Russia’s banking market has already proven itself to be very dynamic. But with changing regulations, new business models and new innovations coming to market, 2020 promises to be an interesting year for banking in Russia. Here are 7 trends expected to define banking in Russia this year: Ecosystems and super-apps …

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FinTech bridging USD 2 trillion small business funding gap

Financing for small businesses is lacking throughout the world, even when ample funding is available and ready to be used. To close this USD 2 trillion funding gap, FinTech disruptors have set themselves up to play a key role by stepping in where traditional financial institutions and other investors won’t. …

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Q-Lana: a new tool to bolster MSMEs in emerging economies

Q-Lana, a U.S.-based FinTech company, was founded to develop the concept of knowledge-based lending as a way to help financial institutions overcome the challenges associated with broader MSME lending and, thereby, spur economic development. Q-Lana is an integrated platform that offers fully-digitized operations and allows other providers to connect to …

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SmartPay financial inclusion wallet launched in Vietnam

FinTech startup SmartPay has launched a financial inclusion wallet in Vietnam, targeting 25 million unbanked/underbanked consumers and 6 million small- and medium-sized merchants. SmartPay ensures a better payment and finance management experience for retail customers by offering them digital payments, loans, savings, loyalty programs, bill payments, money transfers and data-driven …

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5 ecosystem and B2B solutions for FinTech startups in Southeast Asia

The platform-based business model has taken hold in the digital economy, and the concept is quickly spreading to banking and financial services. This has resulted in companies springing up to offer extensive ecosystems and business-to-business (B2B) solutions. Here are five of the most popular in Southeast Asia: Ancileo – this …

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The state of small business lending in Russia

Russia has seen a boom in the number of smaller businesses in the last few years. Unfortunately for them, traditional lenders are, by and large, still focused on providing services to medium- and large-sized businesses. While some smaller businesses are able to find financing through traditional lenders thanks to special …

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Tinkoff launches free financial accounting service for entrepreneurs

Tinkoff has launched a free financial accounting service for entrepreneurs to analyze and monitor the state of their business. The service allows users to: plan, group and analyze cash flows, calculate the payback period of investments, calculate loan repayment periods, determine salary levels a business can afford analyze unprofitable business …

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