This Week in Fintech - Asia | 30th July, 2022

Fintech news, updates and fund raise announcements from Asia for the week ending 30th July, 2022.

This Week in Fintech - Asia | 30th July, 2022

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🦉🏆 Tweets of the Week


🇮🇳 India

📰 Market Updates

  • Dilip Asbe, CEO of NPCI, said at an event that RuPay Credit Cards on UPI could be launched within two months.
  • PolicyBazaar reported that its IT systems were breached but no customer data was exposed.
  • Innoviti received approval from RBI for its Payment Aggregator license.
  • Indifi claimed to register 120% YoY growth in new loan disbursals with NPAs below 2%. In FY22 (ended Mar-22), it had ~13mm in annual revenue with 48K lifetime loans disbursed.
  • Carlyle and Advent will purchase $1.15bn worth of shares of YES Bank.
  • NPCI is reportedly working on setting RuPay credit card MDR at 2% in anticipation of launching credit cards on UPI.
  • CoinSwitch, a crypto trading startup, launched zero-fee bitcoin trading fest.
  • OfBusiness invested $2.5mm in Tracecost, a digital, real-time construction cost tracking software.

🚀 Product Launches

  • Uber partnered with Moove, its largest vehicle supplier globally, to launch alternate credit scoring for its fleet.

📝 Regulatory Updates

  • RBI (central bank): Released the Digital Payments Index for March, 2022. Granted an extension to apply for Payment Aggregator licenses till 30th Sept.

💰 Financing Announcements

  • Fi, a neo banking startup, raised $45mm.
  • Jai Kisan, an agri finance startup, raised $18mm (total $50mm equity and debt).
  • Crypso, a crypto social investing startup, raised $3mm.
  • Better Opinions, an events trading startup, raised $2.5mm.
  • Spare8, a micro investing startup, raised $770K.

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🌏 Asia

📰 Market Updates

  • ATRAM, a Philippine asset and wealth manager, partnered with Additiv, a wealth tech platform, to launch a new digital wealth management offering.
  • Zipmex resumed withdrawals from its crypto exchange and written off a $5mm loan to Celsius.
  • OJK, Indonesia's financial regulator, introduced stringent regulations for online lenders.
  • Luno, a London-HQ crypto startup, launched debit, credit payments for token purchases.
  • Zipmex, a Singaporean crypto exchange, filed for bankruptcy protection in Singapore.
  • Stripe partnered with Saison Capital to launch an insights platform for SEA.
  • Fave partnered with CIMB in Malaysia to provide BNPL to CIMB’s customers.
  • SDAX, a Singaporean platform that provides capital market and digital asset exchange services, launched its platform.
  • ABLR, a BNPL startup, launched its platform in Malaysia.

💰 Financing Announcements

  • SuperAtom, a fintech super app, raised $22mm.
  • DBank, a Pakistani digital bank, raised $17.6mm.
  • RabbitCare, a Thai financial platform, raised an undisclosed amount.
  • Maxi, an Indonesian employee assistance startup, raised an undisclosed amount.

ACQUISITION:

  1. Qapita, a Singaporean cap table management startup, acquired ESOP Direct, an Indian ESOP management startup.

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