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The Ideal SME Finance Deal
Tips and tools are revealed on how SMEs should approach seeking finance along with strategies to improve their success with gaining finance. Utilizing online resources and guides can help SMEs learn more about alternative finance options. “Industry associations such as the Federation of Small Businesses and Enterprise Nation, as well as local...
ABC’s of Blockchain
FinDev Gateway compiled a guide to help individuals better understand what blockchain is and how it contributes to financial inclusion and development. According to the article, blockchain is a digital ledger which keeps records of all transactions taking place on a peer to peer network. A four step infographic, listing: digital ledger, encrypted...
Tool: New Digital Ecosystem Helps Foster Financial Inclusion in India
With the growth of digital divide rising, a new ecosystem developing in India features three “interrelated and mutually-reinforcing components” that will help support financial inclusion. These elements, according to the article include: National ID, bank accounts, and mobile phones provide the foundational layers and channels for people to enter...
Small Business Community Impact
In this report, Peak B examines the impact SMEs have on communities. According to the report, 90 percent of small businesses believe small businesses should support community organizations. The report highlights the value of SMEs and their support towards: charities, schools, special interest groups, sports clubs, the homeless and food banks. Key...
Survey Finds Funding Gap is Stifling Small Business Growth in Australia
Research from SME Finance Forum member Xero revealed, that SMEs in Australia would borrow $80 billion over the next year, if funding was available. According to the research, SMEs reasoning for difficulty borrowing from a lender include: 55 percent finding an affordable loan 41 percent manually providing financials to a lender 40 percent finding a...
2018 Women Business Owner Spotlight
Bank of America launched their third annual study, focused on the goals and challenges of women entrepreneurs across the country. The publication examines: rising business and economic confidence, leading the digital transformation and progress towards equal access to capital. Key points highlighted in the publication included: Women business...
UK Government Spends Nearly Half on SMEs
The Minister for Implementation Oliver Dowden revealed that SMEs have access to almost half of public sector spend in the following areas: digital, data and technology services. According to the article,“Over £1.9bn has been spent with SMEs since 2012, the equivalent of £1.35 out of every £3 spent by government.” The government is supportive of...
Fintech for Social Good
A special report, Fintech for Social Good, has been released as a follow-up to the Financial Inclusion in the Developing World 2018 Q2 report by Deep Knowledge Analytics. The report is focusesd on the following key elements as it relates to non-commercial activities: The work being done by non-profits, governmental organizations, NGOs and...
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...
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...