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Global SME Finance Forum 2018 - Meet Our Study Visit Hosts
Join the Global SME Finance Forum 2018 on November 5 to access study visits to financial institutions and fintechs that have best in class, innovative ways of serving SMEs clients. The conference will showcase unique perspectives of industry leaders, rich experiences of successful practitioners, and the impactful financial innovations that...
Member News: CreditEase Product ShangTongDai Wins Award at The Asian Banker China Country Awards 2018
SME Finance Forum member CreditEase, a Beijing-based leading FinTech conglomerate in China, announced that its product ShangTongDai won “The Best API Product Initiative, Application or Programme” award and became the only non-bank financial services company winning The Asian Banker Transaction Award. The fellow winners of The Asian Banker Awards...
Disrupting Systems: Financing Africa’s Youth Entrepreneurs
On May 15-16, in the heart of Nairobi, Kenya, 300 plus individuals from more than 175 institutions and 50 countries gathered at the Africa SME Finance Forum to discuss innovative solutions to promote access to finance for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Africa. As a key supporter of the Forum, the Mastercard Foundation hosted a panel titled...
Highlights from the Speech of Dr. Patrick Njoroge to the Africa SME Finance Forum
In Kenya, SMEs are the mainstay of the economy and are expected to play a permanent role in realizing the Vision 2030, Kenya's evolvement group blueprint. Central Bank Governor Dr. Patrick Njoroge was the keynote speaker for the opening remarks at the Africa SME Finance Forum in Nairobi, which took place May 15-16. The event had 370 people from...
Future of Trade Says Alternative Trade Finance is on the Rise for SMEs
According to DMCC global Future of Trade research, technology could bridge the current $1.5 trillion trade finance gap, unlocking new opportunities for trade across borders. They examine the impact of blockchain and fintechs on trade as well as reveal business sectors making the most progress in terms of digitalisation. The report states that 50%...
Five Highlights from the Africa SME Finance Forum: Day 1
Through the first Africa SME Finance Forum, IFC, financial institutions and entrepreneurs are seeking to find solutions to close the $331 billion SME finance gap across the continent. The conference on May 15-16 explores local and global best practice SME banking solutions to harness digital technology, e-commerce and blockchain, to promote youth...
Creditease Supported Fintech Firms Succeed in Making Finance Accessible
SME Finance Forum member, Creditease Fintech VC Fund, has invested in 25 U.S. and Chinese companies since its founding in March 2016. The P2P and wealth management, China-based firm invests in spaces that are underfunded, particularly those in SME lending. In this Forbes interview, managing director of Creditease, Anju Patwardham, shares details...
SMEs: Smallish Misunderstood Enterprise Report
With many consumer markets saturated and fiercely competitive, where's your next frontier for growth? Adaptive Lab's, a consulting firm, research shows that UK's small and medium enterprises are an audience ripe for change. Dissatisfied, under-served and undervalued, they're looking for services to help them grow, and are willing to pay for it...
Report: Demystifying Digital Lending
Digital lending can be a powerful force for financial inclusion. Innovations in digital lending are enabling financial service providers (FSPs) to offer better products to more underserved clients in faster, more cost-efficient, and engaging ways. Governments are increasingly incentivizing the growth of digital lending models as a way to promote...
10+ Innovative Fintechs to Demo the Africa SME Finance Forum 2018
The Africa SME Finance Forum 2018 will examine the key challenges faced by MSMEs in Africa, and explore innovative local and global best practice solutions to promote youth entrepreneurship and enhance access to financing for MSMEs. The TechPitch will be held in the afternoon of May 15, and will provide an opportunity for innovative fintechs to...