This Week in Fintech - Asia | 22nd Oct, 2022

Fintech news, updates and fund raise announcements from Asia for the week ending 22nd Oct, 2022.

This Week in Fintech - Asia | 22nd Oct, 2022

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🇮🇳 India

📰 Market Updates

  • The Indian Government claimed that banks launched 75 Digital Banking Units (DBU's) for financial inclusion in remote areas.
  • PhonePe claimed to have grown revenue by 2.4x YoY to $200mm (INR 1646Cr) with EBTIDA loss at $82mm (INR 671Cr).
  • Bain and Co. released a report claiming that Indian fintech startups account for 7% of India's 1.4tn enterprise valuation in the financial sector which is set to rise to 15% by 2026.
  • Bain and Co. released a report that claimed BNPL startups disbursed credit to 15mm borrowers in FY21 (ended Mar-21).
  • RBI released a report stating that although personal loans as a % of total household loans has increased YoY, the total financial liabilities of Indian households remains sustainable.
  • India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) and Reserve Bank Innovation Hub (RBIH) partnered to collaborate for innovations in financial services.
  • LenDenClub launched Alpha, a program to invest in startups building for rural India.
  • PhonePe is in talks with investors to raise $400-500mm at $12bn valuation. Razorpay is in talks with investors to raise funding at higher valuation.
  • India's Enforcement Directorate froze $9.8mm in deposits of lending apps held at payment gateways as part of a money-laundering probe.

🚀 Product Launches

  • MyShubhLife partnered with Repute to launch financial solutions for blue collar workforce.
  • Clear, a small business accounting and taxation startup, launched Clear Capture, an AI-based accounts payable automation tool.
  • Raise Financial partnered with TATA Capital to launch and distribute financial products.
  • Razorpay launched Digital Lending 2.0 platform for lenders to comply with RBI's latest digital lending regulations.
  • Cashfree Payments launched a card issuance stack.

💰 Financing Announcements

  • Drivetrain AI, a financial planning SaaS startup, raised $15mm.
  • RevFin, an electric vehicle financing startup, raised $10mm.
  • Investmint, a signal-based stock trading startup, raised $2mm.
  • Snapmint, a BNPL startup, raised $21mm in debt.

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🌏 Asia

📰 Market Updates

  • Brankas partnered with CRIF to launch an open banking credit score product.
  • Swiss Re partnered with Indonesia Re, to provide access to its analytics and risk consulting services.
  • Super Apps, a Malaysian payments company, intends to go public through a merger with a SPAC at an enterprise value of $1.1Bn.
  • MoneySmart, a Singaporean consumer credit marketplace, launched Bubblegum, a digital insurance subsidiary.
  • BigPay, a Southeast Asian fintech company, added three new services to its major payment institution (MPI) license issued by the Monetary Authority of Singapore for account issuance service, domestic money transfer, and e-money issuance service in Singapore.
  • Singapore’s Fintech Association (SFA), partnered with Banks Foundation for Young Entrepreneurs, to create 80RR, a co-working space for Korean fintech companies in Singapore.
  • Singaporean BNPL startups launched a code-of-conduct to self regulate their operations.

💰 Financing Announcements

  • Oona Insurance, a new Indonesian digital insurance startup, raised $350mm.
  • Fundiin, a Vietnamese BNPL startup, raised $5mm.

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