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SME Finance Virtual Marketplace - Special focus on Digital Banks

03 July 2024
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SME Finance Virtual Marketplace - Special focus on Digital Banks






Each month we are running pitch sessions featuring leading small business lenders and SME growth facilitators who present their MSMEs offerings in a 7-minute pitch to an audience of potential financial institution clients and partners looking for impactful fintech solutions.   

Through those sessions - run by the SME Finance Forum and powered by IFC - we foster collaboration between financial institutions, fintech companies, development finance institutions and investors.   

We have featured 130+ companies active in many different markets, attracted +2000 participants and generated many business leads, leading to investments, partnerships, and innovation advancement.   

This upcoming Marketplace session, scheduled on Wednesday, June 26th from 8 am to 9 am EDT, will focus on Digital Banks.

Companies invited to pitch will help us better understand:

  • How digital banks serve SMEs successfully.
  • What are the secrets of a compelling, successful SME proposition: digital and data analytics talent, cross-selling, hybrid channel and processes.
  • What SME clients want and how digital tools can help serve them better.


WeBank is the first digital bank in China launched in 2014. WeBank provides more convenient financial services to MSMEs and the general public, and continuously improves the quality of services in response to customers’ specific needs. 

Maya Bank, the #1 digital bank in the Philippines with services integrated into Maya, the only all-in-one money platform with the most extensive digital financial services ecosystem in the country serving consumers, small & micro enterprises in the country. Since its launch in April 2022, Maya Bank has disbursed more than PHP 30bn in loans,  to about a million borrowers with  about 59% as first time borrowers in the formal banking system.

Tyme Group is a multi-country digital banking group, focused on serving consumers and SMEs in emerging markets. Headquartered in Singapore, with a technology and product development hub in Vietnam, Tyme designs, builds, and operates digital banks for the mass market, providing access to affordable, quality financial services for consumers and small businesses across the economic spectrum.  Across TymeBank in South Africa and GoTyme Bank in the Philippines, Tyme now serves over 13 million retail customers and 65,000 SMEs.  Tyme recently expanded its successful merchant cash advance operation to Vietnam, following GoTyme Bank’s SME lending launch in November 2023. 


Dr. Vincent Zheng - Deputy General Manager of MSME Marketing - WeBank

Deputy General Manager of MSME Marketing in WeBank. Data and AI specialist for digital MSME banking. Experienced in technology-driven MSME marketing, including online marketing, large-scale advertising, tele-marketing, etc.



John Kane - Chief Innovation Officer - Tyme

John Kane is the Chief Innovation Officer of Tyme.  Tyme is the technology and solutions firm powering Tyme Bank, the first digital bank in South Africa now with 9.5 million customers, and GoTyme Bank in the Philippines with 3.5 million customers.   John Kane is an experienced and internationally recognized financial expert, particularly in the areas of innovative financial technologies, financial products distribution and alternate lending products.   John is a founding member of the Tyme team, having been within the Tyme business group since its formation in 2012. John led the team which developed the kiosk based distribution model employed by Tyme in the consumer business and leads SME lending expansion across South East Asia.  John is the chairman of Tyme Digital, Tyme’s technology delivery arm based out of Vietnam.

Manu Panda - Chief Operating Officer - Maya Bank

Manu is the Chief Operating Officer of Maya Bank, the #1 digital bank in the Philippines with services integrated into Maya, the only all-in-one money platform with the most extensive digital financial services ecosystem in the country. Manu has a track record of building and managing credit portfolios and developing teams of diverse skills and sizes across Asia Pacific, Europe, and the Americas. Before joining Maya Bank, Manu was the Managing Director and Chief Risk Officer of Standard Chartered Bank-nexus (a fully digital Banking as a Service business incubated in SC Ventures) based in Singapore. He also served as the Group Chief Risk Officer at 4Finance-Europe’s largest online Lender; Regional Head – Information Services, Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa at Mastercard; Managing Director – Asia Pacific at Experian in Singapore & held several leadership roles in Barclays, Citibank & GE across various geographies. Manu has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business.



Fangfang Jiang - Principal Operations Officer - International Finance Corporation





Qamar Saleem - Global Head​ - SME FINANCE FORUM

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