This Week in Fintech - Asia | 20th Aug, 2022

Fintech news, updates and fund raise announcements from Asia for the week ending 20th Aug, 2022.

This Week in Fintech - Asia | 20th Aug, 2022

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🦉🏆 Tweets of the Week


🇮🇳 India

📰 Market Updates

  • Digit General Insurance filed its draft IPO prospectus.
  • Yubi, a wholesale credit marketplace, grew to INR 153 cr ($19.1mm) in revenues in FY22.
  • Paytm partnered with Samsung to launch in-store payments and BNPL for Samsung users.
  • Zerodha, in its 12th anniversary blog post, claimed that the broking industry is seeing activity plateau with a 40% drop in new user additions.
  • PhonePe, Walmart owned payments company in India, plans to launch a consumer commerce app that is integrated with India's Open Network for Digital Commerce (ONDC).
  • PhonePe claimed it processed $830bn in annualised Total Payments Value (TPV) in the quarter ended June-22 processing 3.1bn transactions per month.
  • SBM Bank disallowed its fintech partners from onboarding new users for credit on PPI card programs.

🚀 Product Launches

  • Clinikk* launched an all inclusive health subscription product.

📝 Regulatory Updates

  • RBI (central bank): Released a discussion paper on charges in payment systems.

💰 Financing Announcements

  1. Aditya Birla Health Insurance raised $83.5mm for 9.99% shareholding from ADIA.
  2. Jar*, a GenZ savings and investment startup, raised $22.6mm.
  3. Mool Finance, a payroll management startup, raised an undisclosed amount.
  4. Finverv, a lending as a service startup, raised an undisclosed amount.

ACQUISITION:

  1. Razorpay acquired 80% of Ezetap, an offline payment startup, valuing it at $200mm.

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🌏 Asia

📰 Market Updates

  • GCash, a Philippine payments startup, claimed to have 66mm registered users.
  • Funding Societies launched BizFund, an enhanced SME-focused term financing.
  • SafePay, a Pakistani payments startup, received a license from SBP (Pakistan's central bank) to pilot its payments systems. This is the second approval to receive its final full service payments operator license.
  • Xendit, a payments startup, is aggressively expanding its presence in Philippines and other Southeast Asian countries.
  • Korea Financial Intelligence Unit (KoFIU) notified the authorities of 16 unregistered Virtual Asset Service Providers operating in the domestic market.

💰 Financing Announcements

  1. Fomo Pay, a Singaporean payments company, raised $13mm.
  2. Majoo, a small business SaaS and payments startup, raised $10mm.
  3. RootAnt, a banking as a service startup, raised $4.5mm.

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