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10+ Innovative Fintechs to Demo the Africa SME Finance Forum 2018

The Africa SME Finance Forum 2018 will examine the key challenges faced by MSMEs in Africa, and explore innovative local and global best practice solutions to promote youth entrepreneurship and enhance access to financing for MSMEs.

 

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50 Start-ups Participate in the World Economic Forum in Brazil in the framework of a New IFC and WEF Initiative
The World Economic Forum and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) selected 50 leading start-ups from Latin America, to be part of a special program during the annual regional meeting of said forum in Brazil. During the Forum, you will be able to take advantage of a wide network made up of investors and business leaders from all over the...
Member News: Mastercard to Expand Technology Hub in New York City
Mastercard jointly announced with Governor Andrew Cuomo that it will add to its New York state operations with the expansion of its New York City Technology Hub. The company will relocate its current tech hub operations to a new Flatiron location at 150 Fifth Avenue and nearly triple its work force through the creation of over 470 new jobs by 2024...
Member News: Standard Chartered Bank Launches 'Women For Tech’
SME Finance Forum member Standard Chartered Bank has launched an Incubation program that seeks to finance women entrepreneurs in the ICT sector. According to reports, the program is a part of a joint partnership with iLab Africa, a division of Strathmore University. The incubation hub, called ‘Women For Tech’ is targeting women entrepreneurs who...
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...
British Business Bank Supports Tech-Focused SME Fund
British Business Bank Investments, BBB’s commercial arm, has committed €40m (£35m) to the Harbert European Growth Capital Fund II. The fund focuses on fast-growing technology SMEs, particularly those backed by venture capital firms. The Harbert fund expects to make its first investment soon. Transactions from venture capital, equity crowdfunding,...
Member News: Ripple Unveils Expanded Suite of Offerings
SME Finance Forum member Ripple has unveiled a new name for its global payments network and new solutions. RippleNet, the global payments network, has more than 90 customers and is undergoing more than 75 commercial deployments. The network’s digital asset, XRP, was listed by five new exchanges in the second quarter of this year, which resulted in...
Fern Software
SME Finance Forum Member Fern Software, is serving a new client. Abacus core banking system which is provided by Fern, has signed with Ruby Hill Microfinance, a new microfinance entity in Myanmar. Ruby Hill was established earlier this year as a joint venture between Myanmar’s Loi Hein Group and Dragon Capital Group, a Vietnam-based asset manager...
New payment solution developed in partnership between Visa and fintech Validus helps SMEs resolve capital crunch
Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) will be able to receive payments faster through a virtual credit card solution which facilitates cash flow to businesses. Developed in partnership between credit card company Visa and FinTech developer Validus, the payment solution is the first of its kind in Singapore, and seeks to unlock capital for SMEs to...
Member News: How Ant Financial, Part of Alibaba, Will Dominate Finance
Alibaba has been a trailblazer in many ways. One area that Alibaba wants to dominate is finance for both consumers and SMEs and they are well on their way. Ant Financial , their financial services subsidiary, is executing on this vision and last week Eric Jing, CEO of Ant Financial, delivered a presentation explaining their approach. To put the...
Awareness key barrier to SME lending growth
While tighter banking restrictions have forced more small and medium enterprise (SME) borrowers towards non-bank lenders, a lack of awareness is still hindering real growth within the sector. The Disruption Index, which has been jointly developed by small business lender Moula and research and consulting firm Digital Finance Analytics (DFA), puts...