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Basware Joins 140 Other Financial Institutions to Promote SME Finance

Washington, D.C., August 14, 2018 – Basware 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. 

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Topicus Finance SME Finance Forum member
Washington, D.C., July 24, 2018 – Topicus Finance 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...
SME Finance Forum Launches the Global SME Finance Awards
The SME Finance Forum is proud to announce the launch of the Global SME Finance Awards, a program celebrating outstanding achievements of financial institutions and fintech companies in serving MSME clients. Award Categories Product Innovation of the Year SME Bank of the Year Responsible Digital Innovator of the Year Winners will be recognized on...
Member News: Standard Chartered to Jointly Launch a Trade Finance Platform
According to Reuters , Hong Kong’s banking regulator and seven banks, including SME Finance Forum member Standard Chartered PLC said they will jointly launch a trade finance platform in September using blockchain technology. Reuters says the platform will be one of the largest examples globally of a government-led, cross-bank effort to reform the...
Member News: Mastercard Partners with Unilever on SME Lending in Kenya
MSMEs need loans and grants to thrive in emerging economies. Mastercard's and Unilever's CEOs have a solution. SME Finance Forum member Mastercard is working with Unilever on new lending models for micro merchants in Kenya. Ajay Banga is the president and CEO of Mastercard. Paul Polman is the CEO of Unilever. Their Fortune piece highlights they...
Member News: OPIC Explores Opportunities to Link American Investors with Zambian Entrepreneurs, Including Women.
SME Finance Forum member, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) President and Chief Executive Officer Ray W. Washburne traveled to Zambia where he toured Zambia’s first utility scale solar power facility which is being supported by a $13 million OPIC loan and a $26 million loan from the International Finance Corporation to Neoen and...
CEB Joins 140 Other Financial Institutions to Promote SME Finance
Washington, D.C., July 11, 2018 – The Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) 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...
Fintechs Wanted: Invitation to the Fintech Marketplace at the MFC-EMN Annual Conference
Fintech companies and tech providers working in the field of innovative solutions for financial institutions are invited to participate in the Fintech Marketplace during the MFC-EMN Annual Conference . The Fintech Marketplace will provide an opportunity to present its business and services and facilitate networking with financial institutions,...
Member News: StanChart Eyes SMEs Loans with Asia Tour
SME customers of Standard Chartered Bank, a SME Finance Forum member, will explore Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand on a 10-tour. The tour sponsored by StanChart in partnership with Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM), Kenya Investment Authority (KenInvest) and Strathmore Business School will target SMEs with a minimum annual turnover of Sh10...
Member News: Mastercard And Strands Collaborate To Empower SME Banking With AI And Cutting-edge Payment Technology
Mastercard is partnering with fintech startup, Strands Finance to offer issuing banks digital cash management tools aimed at SME customers. Strands will tap into Mastercard’s BFM (business financial management) offering, which helps small firms manage accounts payables, receivables, budges and provisions. “SMEs are the backbone of the global...
Member News: Diamond Bank Rewards Five Entrepreneurs with N15m to Strengthen SMEs Development
Leading retail bank, Diamond Bank Plc has once again demonstrated its passion for supporting small businesses by rewarding finalists of the seventh season of the Building Entrepreneurs Today (BET) programme with N15million grant. Ikenna Ubah, Tope Alake, Jumoke Dada, Bayo Ojelabi and Osagie Azeta emerged winners of the grants having displayed...