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Advisory Programme Will Increase SMEs Access to Finance
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and European Union (EU) launched the Advice for Small Businesses (ASB) Programme to support SMEs in Lebanon. The programme will help foster private sector growth, job creation, innovation, competitiveness, and increase SMEs’ access to finance. According to the article, SMEs in Lebanon...
Partnerships with Fintechs Boost Competitiveness in Lending
Fintechs understand the importance of access to finance for SMEs and so do companies. With about 95 percent of SMEs contributing as much as 30 percent of the country’s gross domestic product and are employing about 60 percent of the country’s workforce, companies like First Circle are rising to the occasion. The company, which provides business...
10+ Innovative Fintechs to Demo the Global SME Finance Forum 2018
The Global SME Finance Forum 2018 will explore how innovation in technology, regulation and partnerships can help overcome various informality problems, and open up a far larger market for profitable, sustainable, responsible financial services. The TechPitch will be held in the afternoon of November 6, and will provide an opportunity for...
First Look at the Global SME Finance Forum 2018 Marketplace
The Global SME Finance Forum 2018 will explore how innovation in technology, regulation and partnerships can help overcome various informality problems, and open up a far larger market for profitable, sustainable, responsible financial services. The Marketplace, an exclusive opportunity for B2B introductory meetings, had over 100 participants at...
Member News: FINCA International Launches FINCA Ventures
SME Finance Forum member, FINCA International will help social enterprises by providing patient capital, and pre and post investment support through its program, FINCA Ventures. The impact investing platform is focused on financial inclusion for the unbanked and underbanked. Ami Dalal, Vice President and Managing Director for FINCA Ventures shared...
Interview with Kelvin Teo & Reynold Wijaya Co-Founders of Funding Societies | Modalku, a Company Supporting SMEs
Kelvin Teo, Top 200 FinTech Influencers in Asia recipient, and Reynold Wijaya, Forbes 30 under 30 recipient are both Harvard Business School graduates and co-founders for the company Funding Societies | Modalku. Funding Societies | Modalku is Southeast Asia’s largest peer-to-peer financing platform geared towards supporting SMEs grow their...
DBS Joins 140 Other Financial Institutions to Promote SME Finance
Washington, D.C., August 7, 2018 – DBS 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 invest...
Financial World: Finance-As-A-Service API PlayBook
Data exchange through Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) has become increasingly popular as it facilitates industry wide innovation and increases business agility. This API-oriented approach towards technology architecture has generated a lot of attention. Banks and financial institutions are adapting quickly to rapid changes in consumer...
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...
Guide to Assessments of Fintech Credit Institution Licence Applications 2018
The purpose of this Guide is to enhance transparency for potential fintech bank applicants and increase their understanding of the procedure and criteria applied by the ECB in its assessment of licence applications. This transparency is also intended to facilitate the application process. The Guide is technology-neutral and seeks neither to...