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Member News: Fidor Recognized for New E-commerce Inspired Marketplace, Efficient Scale
SME Finance Forum member Fidor has been recognised by Celent as a winner of a “Model Bank of the Year” for its novel marketplace, Efficient Scale. The award was presented at a formal awards ceremony during the annual Innovation and Insight Day in New York. Celent, the global research and advisory firm for the financial services industry, was...
Sathapana Bank Joins 150 Other Financial Institutions to Promote SME Finance
Washington, D.C. April 16, 2019 – Sathapana Bank became the newest member of the SME Finance Forum, a global membership network that brings together financial institutions, technology companies, and development finance institutions to share knowledge, spur innovation, and promote the growth of SMEs. “200 million businesses worldwide need financing...
Member News: Equity Bank of Kenya Gets Lending Support from IFC
IFC has announced a $100 million (Sh10 billion) subordinated loan to SME Finance Forum member Equity Bank Kenya to grow its lending operations Kenya. IFC’s loan facility will assist Equity Bank increase its capital base and expand its lending program to small and medium enterprises and climate finance operations that support renewable energy,...
Member News: Caple Gains New Partner and Offers Loans Through Member BNP Paribas Asset Management’s SME Alternative Financing Lending Platform
Caple, an alternative credit specialist and BTG Advisory are partnering to help SMEs obtain unsecured lending. According to the article, the loans Caple facilitates are part of BNP Paribas Asset Management’s SME Alternative Financing direct lending platform. BNP Paribas is a SME Finance Forum member. SMEs will benefit from unsecured debt finance...
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: Qatar Development Bank completes the 4th edition of Bank's Retirees Entrepreneurship Program "Khutwa"
In keeping up its momentum of providing immense opportunities to Qatari entrepreneurs, Qatar Development Bank (QDB), a SME Finance Forum member, successfully hosted the 4th edition of its Retirees Entrepreneurship Program ‘Khutwa’, which was organized in collaboration with the General Retirement and Social Insurance Authority. The event was held...
Member News: Ecobank Speaks on Their Female Entrepreneurs Initiative
SME Finance Forum member Ecobank recently shared information about their Female Entrepreneurs Initiative. Managing Director Ecobank Nigeria, Patrick Akinwuntan said, “Increasingly, we are seeing the change in the attitudes of women, and their economic viability as individuals and leaders in their fields. Their banking and financial services as a...
José González-Páramo, Executive Board Director for BBVA Says ‘New Competitors in the SME Finance Space Make Banks Better’ During the SME Finance Forum 2018
During the Global SME Finance Forum 2018, José González-Páramo, Executive Board Director for BBVA, shares why BBVA is focusing their activities around SMEs and the changes happening within supply and demand. Páramo shared, “Bank funding is the main source of external financing for SMEs. We focus on what makes it difficult for them [SMEs] to access...
Q-Lana Joins 150 Other Financial Institutions to Promote SME Finance
Washington, D.C. March 19, 2019 –  Q-Lana became the newest member of the SME Finance Forum, a global membership network that brings together financial institutions, technology companies, and development finance institutions to share knowledge, spur innovation, and promote the growth of SMEs. “200 million businesses worldwide need financing to...
World FinTech Report 2018
Capgemini and LinkedIn, in collaboration with Efma, developed the World FinTech Report 2018 based on a global survey encompassing responses from traditional financial services firms and FinTech firms including banking and lending, payments and transfers, investment management, and insurance. Questions sought to yield perspectives from both FinTech...