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World Bank's Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi) Launched with Ivanka Trump, Donors

Just three months ago, at the G20 leaders’ summit in Hamburg, Germany,the creation of We-Fi, an innovative new facility to advance women’s entrepreneurship and help women in developing countries increase their access to the finance, markets, technology, and networks necessary to start and grow a business, was announced.

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TEB Invests in Capacity Building for Turkish Women Entrepreneurs
Türk Ekonomi Bankası (TEB) Women Banking recently expanded its strong non-financial services offering to include two capacity building programs for Turkish women SME owners: TEB Star Cluster and TEB Grow-up Academy. With TEB Star Cluster, its Women Banking program is partnering with a coaching firm to train branch managers on business coaching...
Opportunity Network And SME Finance Forum Announce Partnership
The partnership will accelerate the growth of small and medium businesses worldwide. IFC's SME Finance Forum and Opportunity Network (ON) have agreed to collaborate to help small businesses form B2B partnerships, grow their business and expand to new markets. The SME Finance Forum will invite its member banks catering to small businesses to join...
Facebook's #SheMeansBusiness Launched in Vietnam
Facebook has launched #SheMeansBusiness in Vietnam. The initiative will run in partnership with the Vietnam Women Entrepreneur’s Council (VWEC) and the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), which supports women entrepreneurs through investment and technology development, training and capacity building. Through a series of workshops,...
Unkapt - Capital Mobilisation Challenge 2017
The Capital Mobilisation Challenge (Challenge) is a competition targeting small to medium size enterprises (SMEs) with a strong sustainable development focus and located in Cambodia, Indonesia, Philippines, Myanmar or Vietnam. The Challenge, which opens in September 2017, is being organised by SME Finance Forum member Unkapt in partnership with...
Brazil's Central Bank Proposes Rules for Fintechs, Peer-to-Peer Lending
Brazil’s central bank recently proposed allowing fintechs to lend money, without taking deposits as commercial banks do, as part of new rules for the fast-growing fintech industry in Latin America’s largest economy, according to reports. The rules, which will be assessed in public hearings over the next two months, should not require congressional...
PayPal to Acquire Swift Financial
PayPal has agreed to acquire Swift Financial, a leading provider of working capital solutions to small businesses in the U.S. Headquartered in Wilmington, Del., Swift Financial was established in 2006 to provide funding in order to support businesses. Since then, Swift has provided funding to thousands of growing companies in the U.S. through a...
EUR 820 Million for SMEs as EIF and ProCredit Double Support
The European Investment Fund (EIF) and ProCredit Group are providing an additional EUR 450 million to innovative small and medium-sized companies (SMEs). This brings a total of EUR 820 million to companies in eleven countries. The EIF-backed financing is now available through ProCredit banks and targets companies using new technologies and...
Member News: IDLC Offers Innovative Products for Small Investors
SME Finance Forum member, IDLC Finance Ltd., has launched its first open end mutual fund named IDLC Balanced Fund. IDLC plan is to offer 10 innovative products such as venture capital and private equity and a similar one for small investors. IDLC Balanced Fund offers fund management through skilled Fund Managers mitigating investment risk...
Member News: BNP Paribas Forms Blockchain Consortium
SME Finance Forum member, BNP Paribas along with others, has launched Liquidshare, a venture aimed at exploring distributed ledger technology and its potential to disrupt small business lending. CASEIS, Caisse des Depots, Euroclear, Euronext and S2iEM are also part of the initiative, while Paris Europlace is reportedly providing support. The...
Member News: Intesa Sanpaolo Launches Credit Partnership
SME Finance Forum member Intesa Sanpaolo, has partnered with SME lender iwoca to provide clients with credit products that will help SMEs obtain financing. The partnership coincides with an investment in iwoca by Neva Finventures, Intesa Sanpaolo’s fintech venture capital arm. Maurizio Montagnese, chief innovation officer at Intesa Sanpaolo, says...