This Week in Fintech - Asia | 11th June, 2022

Fintech news, updates and fund raise announcements from Asia for the week ending 11th June, 2022.

This Week in Fintech - Asia | 11th June, 2022

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🦉🏆 Tweets of the Week


🇮🇳 India

📰 Market Updates

  • Credit Card sends declined 1.5% MoM in April, 2022.
  • India's Enforcement Directorate has frozen the accounts of 100 fintech firms.
  • Uni, a credit card startup, raised $6.7mm in debt from Stride Ventures.
  • Indian fintech sector could reach $150bn in valuation by 2025, according to India's Minister of State for Finance.
  • Amazon Pay claimed that it has an acceptance network of 8.5mm small businesses and 4mm retail outlets.
  • RBI claimed that there are 11.8mm payment acceptance devices across India, including 411K POS devices and 11.4mm QR based POS.

🚀 Product Launches

  • Kiya.ai launched banking services in its own metaverse - Kiyaverse.
  • Cashfree partnered with EasyTransfer for cross border education payments.
  • KredX partnered with Tradewind Finance to provide working capital finance for international businesses.
  • The Indian government launched a marketplace of the governments credit schemes for users - 13 schemes and 125 lending institutions are on the platform.
  • ZestMoney partnered with ICICI Bank to launch card-less EMI (paylater) for ICICI Bank customers.

📝 Regulatory Updates

  • RBI (central bank): Released the list of eight entities shortlisted to be in the RBI Regulatory Sandbox for MSME Lending. Recommended that UPI be linked to credit cards starting with RuPay. Increased the e-mandate limit for recurring transactions from INR 5,000 ($66.7) to INR 15,000 ($200.0). Expected to roll out regulations for digital lending startups.

💰 Financing Announcements

  1. CRED, a credit card bill payment startup, raised $80mm at $6.4bn valuation.
  2. Kissht, a consumer credit startup, raised $80mm.
  3. FlexiLoans, a SMB finance startup, raised $28mm.
  4. Jiraaf, an alternate investment startup, raised $7.5mm.
  5. Moneyboxx, a listed NBFC company, raised $3mm through private placements.
  6. Arth, a micro merchant financing startup, raised $2.5mm.
  7. Aeldra, an immigrant neobanking startup, raised an undisclosed amount.
  8. MoneyyApp, a fintech for creators, raised an undisclosed amount.

ACQUISITION:

  1. Carta, a US based ESOP management startup, acquired ZenEquity, an Indian ESOP management startup.

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🌏 Asia

📰 Market Updates

  • Malaysian Banks are warning users of crybercrimes specifically targeting android users.
  • Akulaku, an Indonesian fintech company, is raising its stake in Bank Neo Commerce, an Indonesian digital bank.
  • Binance is expanding to Philippines.
  • South Korea's ruling party is urging crypto exchanges to develop industry guidelines for listing and delisting digital tokens.
  • ANT Group launched ANext Bank, its digital wholesale bank, in Singapore.
  • Binance Pay partnered with TripleA to launch global cryptocurrency payments.

💰 Financing Announcements

  1. Pintu, an Indonesian crypto trading startup, raised $113mm.
  2. Capital C, a Singaporean lending startup, raised $54mm.
  3. Salary Hero, a Thai earned wage access startup, raised $2.8mm.
  4. Zipmex, a Singaporean crypto exchange, raised an undisclosed amount.

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