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Ebury, one of the UK and Europe’s largest fintechs, has entered into a partnership with Spain’s seventh largest bank, Unicaja Banco
The agreement will enable Unicaja to offer international payments and cash management services through Ebury’s global transaction banking platform to its 400,000 SME customers and 3 million retail customers. Using Ebury’s regulated and future-proofed capabilities, Unicaja will significantly enhance its offering, particularly to its SME customer-...
UnionBank to Launch a Blockhain Powered SME Financing Platform with OneConnect
OneConnect announced their partnership with Union Bank’s wholly-owned fintech subsidiary UBX to build what they claim to be the country’s first blockchain enabled platform geared towards meeting the banking needs of MSMEs in the Philippines. According to their press release, the blockchain enabled platform will be operational by 2019 and will be...
 4 Way to Propel Tech SMEs and Internet of Things in Latin America and the Caribbean
Tech Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) have a significant role to play in the IoT value chain by designing, integrating and adapting IoT solutions that respond to the realities, ecosystem and needs of the region.
Member News: Mastercard and Zoho Expand Partnership to Benefit Small Businesses
The expansion of the partnership between Mastercard and Zoho will benefit smes. According to Mastercard, small businesses around the world will have access to a comprehensive array of products and services. The goal of this initiative is to enable simpler business operations for SMBs globally. When fully integrated, businesses can run their...
US Department of Energy Announces $121 Million for Small Business Research and Development Grants
U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry today announced that the Department of Energy will award 113 grants totaling $121 million to 103 small businesses in 29 states. Funded through DOE’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, small businesses that demonstrated technical feasibility for...
Hans van Grieken, Research Director from Deloitte will share his views in our Global SMEFF19 in Amsterdam
As a Keynote Speaker of the #SMEFF19, Hans van Grieken will be sharing examples of best practices on how technologies and innovation accelerate convergence of real and financial sector in SME finance. He will be presenting cases of companies that are moving towards platform financial services.
Research: Micro-entrepreneurs in the Platform Era
This research, by The Mastercard Foundation Partnership for Finance in a Digital Africa, collected information from 27 micro-entrepreneurs in Kenya about how they use platforms (from social media sites to ecommerce marketplaces and online freelancing websites) in their day-to-day business. The platform practices these conversations revealed...
Working Paper: The EIF SME Access to Finance Index June 2019 update
SME access to finance conditions improved considerably in Slovenia, Estonia, Czech Republic and Croatia and also in Belgium and Portugal as per the European Investment Fund (EIF) SME Access to Finance Index June 2019 update. #eifsmes
Bitbond, a Fintech Lender and Security Token Issuer, Looks to Partner with Gibraltar Stock Exchange
Bitbond, a Fintech Lender and Security Token Issuer, Looks to Partner with Gibraltar Stock Exchange. Bitbond said the two companies are “in discussions regarding a future cooperation.” Recently, GSX announced it would list digital debt as well as derivatives, thus enabling what could become the largest sector of their business as debt markets are...
Member News: Access Bank has concluded the first phase of a Facebook programme to empower women in SMEs
Member News: Access Bank, in partnership with She Leads Africa, has concluded the first phase of a Facebook programme aimed at empowering women in SMEs on how to leverage digital platforms to drive growth in their businesses. The training, aimed at scaling up the skills of small business owners to take advantage of the captive market on social...