This Week in Fintech - Asia | 19th Nov, 2022

Fintech news, updates and fund raise announcements from Asia for the week ending 19th Nov, 2022.

This Week in Fintech - Asia | 19th Nov, 2022

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Note: This week’s digest includes news up to Thurs, 17th Nov, 2022.

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🦉🏆 Tweets of the Week


🇮🇳 India

📰 Market Updates

  1. Open received an in-principle approval for its payment aggregator license.
  2. RBI shortlisted SBI Bank, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, IDFC First Bank to be part of RBI's retail CBDC pilot.
  3. RBI approved nine Indian banks to open "vostro" accounts, to facilitate trade in rupees.
  4. HDFC Capital launched H@ART, Housing and Affordable Real Estate and Technology, fund to invest in 15 startups.

🚀 Product Launches

  1. Actvy.AI, a B2B supply chain management startup, partnered with mSwipe, a payments company, to launch better payments solutions for merchants.
  2. Google Play launched UPI Auto Pay features for subscription based apps.
  3. KaleidoFin, a fintech startup for under-banked users, partnered with SBM Bank to launch Ki Cash a digital banking account product.

📝 Regulatory Updates

💰 Financing Announcements

  1. Lentra, a banking and lending SaaS startup, raised $60mm.
  2. Aye Finance, a small business lending startup, raised $10.6mm in debt.

Note: $1 = INR 82

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🌏 Asia

📰 Market Updates

  1. MAS partnered with New York's Fed to explore wholesale CBDC's.
  2. BigPay, the fintech arm of Air Asia group, crossed RM 1bn ($218mm) in gross throughput.
  3. Visa partnered with Google in Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand to launch Google Wallet storage and payment features for Hong Leong bank and other banks' customers.
  4. TripleA, a crypto payments company, partnered with Bigo, a live streaming platform, to launch crypto payment acceptance in-stream.
  5. Funding Societies partnered with Proton to provide dealer financing for used car dealers.
  6. Tranglo, a Malaysian cross border payments startup, launched its payments platform.
  7. OJK, Indonesia's financial regulator, announced a regulation for banks to invest in fintech startups.

💰 Financing Announcements

  1. Privy, an Indonesian digital KYC startup, raised $48mm.
  2. ADDX, a Singaporean private market exchange, raised $20mm.
  3. SmartNet, a Vietnamese payments company, raised $9.3mm.
  4. Rootopia, a Vietnamese education-based fintech startup, raised $1mm.

ACQUISITION:

  1. Opn, a Japanese payments company, acquired MerchantE, a US-based payments company, for $357mm to launch payments operations in US.

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