This Week in Fintech - Asia | 16th July, 2022

Fintech news, updates and fund raise announcements from Asia for the week ending 16th July, 2022.

This Week in Fintech - Asia | 16th July, 2022

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🦉🏆 Tweets of the Week


🇮🇳 India

📰 Market Updates

  • WhatsApp Pay reportedly is seeing 2-3mm transactions per day after a cashback promo, compared to a few hundred thousand transactions before.
  • Vauld said it has $330mm in assets and $400mm in liabilities, disclosing a shortfall of $70mm in funds.
  • A PwC report highlighted that startup funding in India declined by 40% in April to June quarter.
  • A survey of 2,899 Indian adults revealed that 26% Indians own a digital only bank account, up from 22% in 2020 and is expected to grow to 26% by 2027.
  • The government released data of its street vendor financing program stating that loans were disbursed to 3.32mm street vendors totaling $460mm with 10-12% NPAs.
  • The Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) has shut its Blockchain and Crypto Assets Council (BACC).

🚀 Product Launches

  • TradeIndia, a catalog and marketplace of Indian small businesses, launched TI Lending, its financing unit.

📝 Regulatory Updates

  • NPCI (retail payments): Mandated that UPI apps must seek user consent before collecting location data.
  • RBI (central bank): Unveiled a new rupee settlement system for international trade. Penalised Ola Financial Services for flouting KYC norms.

💰 Financing Announcements

  1. OneCard, a credit card startup, raised $100mm at $1.4bn valuation.
  2. Sewa Grih Rin, a housing finance company, raised $20mm.
  3. Hyperface, a credit card infrastructure startup, raised $9mm.
  4. Homexchange, a retail property marketplace, raised $4mm.
  5. Aerem, a solar financing startup, raised $2.5mm.
  6. Swadesh, a cross border fintech startup, raised $2.25mm.
  7. Wonderlend Hub, a low code credit SaaS startup, raised $1.6mm.

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🌏 Asia

📰 Market Updates

  • Vietnam's banking association called for an open banking framework.
  • OJK, an Indonesian financial regulator, prohibited capital markets firms from marketing, promoting and advertising non-regulated products.
  • Kasikornbank (KBank), a Thai bank, announced $~2.73mm (BHT 100mm) strategic funding to boost financial inclusion.
  • Line Bank, a JV between Indonesian Unit of Hana Bank and Japan's Line, launched quick credit and unsecured loan products.
  • Bank Islam Malaysia, a Malaysian listed bank, is launching Be U, its digital banking app.
  • Huobi, the Chinese crypto trading startup, applied for trading license in Hong Kong.
  • MUFG, a Japanese bank, is considering a bid to acquire PT Bank Panin, an Indonesian bank.
  • Fasset, a London based, GCC crypto startup, partnered with Mastercard to expand into Indonesia for financial inclusion.
  • ShopBack, a Singaporean rewards startup, launched BNPL services in Singapore and Malaysia.

💰 Financing Announcements

  1. SmartBank, a Japanese personal finance startup, raised $20mm.
  2. Kini, an Indonesian on-demand payroll SaaS startup, raised $4.3mm.
  3. Hugosave, a Singaorean wealth management startup, raised $4mm.
  4. Ancileo, a Singaporean insurance SaaS startup, raised $3mm.

ACQUISITION:

  1. Doku, an Indonesian payments company, acquired Senang Pay, a Malaysian payments startup, for $7.5mm.

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