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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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Video: B2B versus B2C

When marketing a product or service, it is crucial to have a clear understanding of the difference between business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-customer (B2C) products and services. Explore the key elements that differentiate these two segments in this illuminating video based on a compilation of various MBA course sources. Joint bank …

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Video: how FinTech can push small businesses to the next level

Karen Mills, former director at Small Business Administration, discusses the influence of smaller financial technology companies on big banks in this insightful video. What is the difference between Bitcoin and blockchain? How events from 2018 will impact FinTech in 2019 FinTech success goes beyond a revenue model

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Video: what to look for in FinTechs

FinTechs are leading the charge in using advancements in technology to fundamentally change the landscapes of e-commerce, payment networks, online lending, money transfers, business-to-business (B2B) payments, personal finance and banking. Gain some insight into what is likely to drive a FinTech toward success and make is a smart investment choice. …

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Open banking in the UK: one year out

In January 2018, the United Kingdom (UK) launched open banking to improve the way finances in the UK are managed, borrowed, saved and invested. Now, more than one year on, the UK has set a gold standard for open banking. Despite the fact open banking is still a relatively new …

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73% of British SMEs don’t understand what open banking is

A survey of 1,000 small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) carried out on behalf of iwoca (a leading British FinTech) found that nearly three quarters (73%) were unable to identify what open banking is, indicating a severe lack of public awareness surrounding open banking and its benefits. iwoca announced that it …

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New open API to usher Malaysian FinTech into a new era

Bank Negara Malaysia has released a proposed guideline for open APIs in Malaysia and is currently seeking feedback from the public. Three areas of focus for the open APIs have been established as: automobile insurance, credit cards and SME financing. The main goals of this initiative are to improve access …

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Sberbank, Yandex launch instantaneous B2B payment platform

Small- and medium-sized businesses will soon be given the opportunity to quickly execute payments via a new business-to-business (B2B) payment platform launched by Sberbank and Yandex. Traditionally, B2B payments need to go through more stages than do payments from private individuals. This process can last 1-3 days. The new platform, …

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