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Beyond Fintech: A Pragmatic Assessment of Disruptive Potential in Financial Services
This report from the World Economic Forum and Deloitte studies the transformative role of fintech and other disruptive forces on the financial services industry. This is the third report Deloitte and the Forum have developed on this topic. The report uncovers eight disruptive forces that have the potential to shift the competitive landscape of the...
Q1 2019 Diversity Report: Female Founders Own 17 Percent Of Venture Dollars
Crunchbase has released a report on the amount of funding that flowed to companies with at least one female founder in the first quarter of 2019. The author says that 17 percent of venture dollars representing $8.1 billion in the first quarter went to companies with at least one female founder. Of that, two percent was invested in only female...
OECD Report: Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurs 2019
The 2019 edition of the OECD Scoreboard on Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurs was launched in Washington D.C. by Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General and Mario Marcel Cullell, Governor of the Central Bank of Chile. Sufficient and affordable access to different sources of finance is crucial to allow SMEs and entrepreneurs to reach their full...
Terrence Teoh, SME Banking Head at Hong Leong Bank, Said SMEs Should Expand Search for Funding
Interview with Terrence Teoh, SME banking head at Hong Leong Bank, recently named the best SME bank in Malaysia by The Asian Banker. “For SMEs to expand, it is not only funding that is important,” said Terrence Teoh, the head of group SME banking at Hong Leong Bank Bhd (HLB). “Of course funding matters, but on top of that, how you collect your...
Member News: CreditEase Invests in Qupital, Hong Kong's Largest SME Financing Platform
CreditEase, a SME Finance Forum member, announced that its direct investment arm, CreditEase FinTech Investment Fund (CEFIF), led the investment of Qupital's Series A capital raise of USD 15 million, with additional capital injections from the Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund and MindWorks Ventures following their initial investments in the seed round...
SME Finance Forum CEO Talks Financial Inclusion for SMEs at the WBAF Ministerial Roundtable
SME Finance Forum CEO, Matthew Gamser, recently explained why the G20 cares about financial inclusion (and has since its inception), and why SME access to finance always has been included in its work on inclusion. Gamser offered these insights at a plenary talk at the World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF) Ministerial Roundtable this week...
Study Talks Women and Venture Capital
IFC’s latest study shows that a more diverse panel of asset managers may be the key to bigger profits. Henriette Kolb, Head of IFC’s Gender Secretariat, said an ideal mix of at least 30 percent of women in an investment team can lead to substantially bigger yields for the company. BusinessWorld reports. “The median gender balanced fund...
2018 Survey on the Access to Finance of Enterprises
Having sufficient access to finance is an important determinant for the development of an enterprise. It is a well-known phenomenon that SMEs face different challenges when accessing finance than large scale enterprises (LSEs). LSE’s for instance, have direct access to capital markets whereas for SMEs this holds to a lesser extent or they have no...
UK VC & Female Founders Report
Female start-up founders are missing out on billions of pounds of investment, new research published today finds. The UK VC & Female Founders report found that for every £1 of venture capital (VC) investment in the UK, all-female founder teams get less than 1p. By comparison, all-male founder teams get 89p and mixed-gender teams get the...
Private Equity and Venture Capital’s Role in Catalyzing Sustainable Investment
This paper focuses on key aspects of sustainable PE/VC market development and deployment.3 It discusses (1) why sustainable PE/VC is a useful tool to catalyze other types of capital to achieve sustainability objectives, (2) best practices and lessons learned from the experiences of knowledge partners, (3) the main barriers to further developing...