This Week in Fintech - Asia | 04th June, 2022

Fintech news, updates and fund raise announcements from Asia for the week ending 04th June, 2022.

This Week in Fintech - Asia | 04th June, 2022

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🦉🏆 Tweets of the Week


🇮🇳 India

📰 Market Updates

  • PayMate, a B2B payments startup, filed it's draft IPO prospectus to raise ~$200mm.
  • India's Economic Affairs Secretary said the ministry is expected to release a consultation paper on cryptocurrencies.
  • RBI, India's central bank, has raised questions regarding Equitas Small Finance Bank's partnership with Google Pay for fixed deposit product. Equitas has decided to discontinue the product.
  • Clear, previously ClearTax, claimed that it's Clear Compliance Add on is SAP-certified and can be integrated on SAP NetWeaver.
  • The Chairman of SBI Bank, the largest bank in India, said that the bank will accelerate its partnerships and investments in fintech startups.
  • As per a report, India's digital payment industry is expected to grow to $10tn by 2026.

🚀 Product Launches

  • SlayPay partnered with RuPay to launch a credit-booster credit card.
  • Vyapar, an SMB accounting SaaS startup, partnered with FinBox to launch business loans for SMB's.
  • EasyPay, a digital payments startup, launched a small business neobanking platform.
  • EnKash, a corporate card issuance startup, launched CardX, a card issuance API product.
  • Clix Capital partnered with Tezzract to launch a SMB liability marketplace.
  • Coinswitch launched CRE8, a crypto rupee index - a benchmark index to measure the performance of the rupee-based crypto market.

📝 Regulatory Updates

  • RBI (central bank): Reduced the minimum net worth requirement from INR 100 cr ($13.3mm) to INR 25 cr ($3.3mm) for non-bank entities launching Bharat Bill Payment System payments. Released the list of winners for its first global hackathon - HaRBInger.
  • IRDAI (insurance): Introduced a "use and file" system for Health and General Insurance companies to launch new insurance products and then file those products with the regulator.

💰 Financing Announcements

  1. Slice*, a consumer credit startup, raised $50mm at a valuation of $1.5-1.8bn.
  2. StrideOne, the digital lending platform of venture debt fund Stride Ventures, raised $32mm (equity & debt)
  3. GoSats, a bitcoin rewards app, raised $4mm.
  4. Dvara E-Dairy, an agri fintech startup, raised $2mm.
  5. Decimal, a micro investing startup, raised $1mm.

ACQUISITION:

  1. Vyapar, a SMB accounting SaaS startup, acquired NeoDove, a SMB marketing automation startup.

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🌏 Asia

📰 Market Updates

  • MAS, Singapore's central bank, launched Project Guardian to pilot DeFi projects for B2B use cases.
  • MAS imposed additional capital requirements of SGD 330mm on OCBC Bank because of phishing scams that affected the bank's users.
  • Indepay, a one-click checkout startup, partnered with Domino's Indonesia to launch it's one-click check solution.
  • Stripe launched its Payment Terminal in Singapore.
  • DBS completed its first live transaction on the Singapore Trade Data Exchange (SGTraDex), a digital data exchange that facilitates trusted and secure sharing of data between supply chain ecosystem partners.
  • GCash, the Philippine mobile payment arm of Mynt, claimed to have 60mm registered users and 5mm merchant network.
  • Green Link Digital Bank (GLDB), a Singaporean wholesale bank, is the first digital bank to commence operations after MAS issued licenses.
  • The Bank for International Settlements (BIS), has recommended built-in regulatory framework for DeFi blockchain projects.
  • MAS plans to introduce an Emergency, Selfservice "kill switch" to suspend a bank account if it is compromised. This Kill Switch is among other measures being launched to combat fraud.
  • Stripe's South East Asia expansion plan.

💰 Financing Announcements

  • Bibit, an Indonesian robo-advisory startup, raised $80mm.
  • HitPay, a Singaporean payments startup, raised $15.8mm.
  • Ringkas, a digital mortgage startup, raised $2.3mm.
  • Digital Asset, a "smart yen" project, raised an undisclosed amount from SBI Holdings.
  • Artpedia, an Indonesian NFT marketplace, raised an undisclosed amount.

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