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Fintech国际资讯速递

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Fintech国际资讯速递

Fintech World News Roundup

1. 格鲁吉亚将推出区块链平台以加强房地产交易安全

近日,格鲁吉亚政府宣布,未来一年将在房地产领域打造区块链平台。有关负责人表示,市民的住房信息将通过区块链平台存储在分布式账本中,增强信息的安全性和可靠性,同时,市民也可以通过平台随时对住房信息进行查询。

格鲁吉亚司法部长Tea Tsulukiani上个月对外宣称,区块链平台将在2017年正式投入使用。

2. 越南P2P网络借贷平台Tima获得百万美元A轮融资

近日,越南P2P网络借贷平台Tima宣布获得百万美元A轮融资。投资方为一家新加坡公司,目前,该公司的具体信息尚未透露。Tima有关负责人称,本轮融资涉及金额为"7位数"美元,对平台未来的发展具有重要意义。

Tima成立于2015年,目前已发展成为越南最大的网络借贷平台。

3. Cactus Advisors宣布对两家非洲互联网金融公司进行投资

随着新年的到来,著名商务咨询公司Cactus Advisora宣布,将对两家非洲互联网金融公司Flutterwave和E-Factor进行投资,为2016年画上完满的句号。

Flutter是一家专注于移动支付的互联网金融公司。公司由众多非洲企业家组成,总部在美国旧金山。目前专注于移动支付终端相关的计算机技术研发。

E-Factor是一家总部在南非的互联网金融公司,致力于打造一个全新的应收账款保理平台。持有应收账款发票的公司将可以在平台上对发票进行竞拍。

4. 为应对区块链狂潮 俄罗斯银行宣布成立互联网金融协会

近日,俄罗斯银行宣布,为了促进互联网金融在俄罗斯的进一步发展,将成立互联网金融协会。2016年12月28日,俄罗斯银行代表与金融市场相关负责人进行了重要会谈。会议明确了协会的相关成员以及监事会,同时还对首席执行官进行了任命。

5. 印度网络借贷平台获得高盛和KKR支持

据《华尔街日报》报道,随着高盛和KKR等国际资本的涌入,众多的网络借贷平台扎堆出现,印度的网络借贷市场再起波澜。目前来看,尽管这些平台提供的贷款数量还远远少于传统的大银行,但不少数据表明这个行业仍在飞速发展中。

印度Ratings & Research研究表明,在过去两年,印度的非银行贷款数量上涨40%,总额达到2000亿美元。

6. 印度无现金化继续推动 支付应用Aadhaar发展受阻

在印度总理Narendra Modi倡议建立无现金化社会的推动下,支付应用Aadhaar于近期在印度市场推出,客户可以通过安卓移动设备,借助生物识别系统,在不花费任何手续费的情况下进行银行间的转账以及收款。

但是《福布斯》杂志的Tim Worstall却表示,Aadhaar的未来发展还有许多障碍,而目前的最大问题就是印度还有很多人都没有银行账户,因此Aadhaar从理论上来说根本就不能得到推广。

7. All By Mama宣布在Crowdcube众筹获得7.6万英镑

All By Mama是一家致力于家长业务的电商公司。近日,All By Mama宣布结束其在Crowcube的股权众筹活动。有关负责人表示,公司获得了将近7.65万英镑的资金,超过预期的7.5万英镑。

8. 香港金管局与应用科技研究院合作推出"加快互金行业就业计划"

近日,香港金融管理局(金管局)宣布与应用科技研究院合作,推出"加快互金行业就业计划",以培育人才,满足香港金融科技日益增长的需求

本次就业计划旨在为香港的本科生和研究生提供在互联网金融行业的实习机会。 该项目得到中国银行(香港),东亚银行,法国巴黎银行香港,花旗银行(香港),星展银行(香港)等11家银行的支持,其中还包括了香港城市大学,香港浸会大学,香港树仁大学,岭南大学等9所高校。

9. 2016年共获2500万欧元众筹投资 Invesdor喜迎里程碑

近日股权众筹平台Invesdor宣布,2016年通过平台共获2500万欧元众筹投资。Invesdor于2012年成立,发展至今已覆盖多种产品和市场。目前,Invesdor为国内外公司提供资产以及债务方面的众筹服务。

1. Republic of Georgia to Introduce Blockchain Platform for Real Estate Documents

The country of Georgia is set to introduce and implement a blockchain platform that will enable citizens to receive information about real estate digitally from documents stored on the distributed ledger.

Announced last month by Georgia's Minister of Justice Tea Tsulukiani, the blockchain platform will be put to use this year, in 2017. (Source: Cryptcoins news)

2. Vietnamese fintech startup Tima closes Series A funding from Singaporean investor

Vietnamese peer-to-peer (P2P) lending fintech platform Tima announced that it has secured Series A funding from an anonymous Singaporean investor.

Launched in 2015, the company stated that the deal was closed at a seven-figure US dollars and the amount raised will be utilized to boost the company's growth in Vietnam.

Tima claims to be the first fintech startup to successfully operate P2P lending in Vietnam. (Source: EconoTimes)

3. Cactus Advisors invest in two African fintech firms

Cactus Advisors, a multi-disciplinary business advisory firm, announced the closing of its second and third investments of CY 2016 into African fintech startups - Flutterwave and E-Factor.

Flutterwave is a San Francisco-based team of African entrepreneurs, fintech and mobile payment experts that provides end-to-end payments technology and infrastructure with single API integration.

E-Factor is a South African-based Fintech company that has created a digital factoring platform where companies can sell their receivable invoices through an auction to investors with the highest bid. (Source: EconoTimes)

4. Bank of Russia to set up Fintech Association amid blockchain push

The Bank of Russia has announced that its representatives, along with financial market participants, have approved the decision to set up an Association for Financial Technologies Development (Fintech Association).

The meeting, held on 28 December 2016, approved the Association's charter, the composition of its founding members and the Supervisory Board. A chief executive officer has also been appointed. (Source: EconoTimes)

5. Indian Alt Lending Backed By Goldman, KKR

According to the Wall Street Journal, India is seeing a surge in alternative lending from global players such as KKR and Goldman Sachs. While the amount of the loans being offered is still much smaller than those distributed by the big banks, the sector is still growing quickly.

Research from India Ratings & Research revealed that lending by nonbank finance companies increased 40 percent to an estimated $200 billion within India's economy over the last two years. (Source: PYMNTS)

6. Aadhaar Payment App Not Without Issues

The Aadhaar payment app, another part of India Prime Minister Narendra Modi's initiative to establish a cashless society, was launched this week and allows customers to make free transactions across the banking system via Android mobile devices.

Merchants are enabled to accept payment from any customers registered into the system with the use of a biometric reader, which allows them to avoid the charges that banks or card networks normally impose.

But with the new launch have arisen some issues with the new payment method.

The biggest, Forbes contributor Tim Worstall explained, is the fact that much of India's population is unbanked and therefore cannot participate in the Aadhaar payments system at all. (Source: PYMNTS)

7. All By Mama Set to Close Crowdcube Campaign With Over£76,000 in Funds

All By Mama, an online marketplace that's dedicated to parent-run businesses, is set to close its equity crowdfunding campaign on Crowcube, later today. The company has successfully secured its initial £75,000 funding target and is now nearing £76,500. (Source: Crowdfund Insider)

8. HKMA and ASTRI launch 'Fintech Career Accelerator Scheme' to offer fintech intership

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) announced that it has collaborated with the Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) and launched the Fintech Career Accelerator Scheme (FCAS) in order to nurture talents and meet the growing needs of fintech in Hong Kong.

The FCAS aims to offer practical internships for undergraduate and postgraduate students who are interested in developing their careers in the fintech industry. The project is being supported by 11 banks including Bank of China (Hong Kong), The Bank of East Asia, BNP Paribas Hong Kong, Citibank (Hong Kong), DBS Bank (Hong Kong), among others and nine universities including City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong Shue Yan University, Lingnan University, among others. (Source: EconoTimes)

9. Invesdor Milestone: Hits €25 Million Invested on Equity Crowdfunding Platform Before 2016 Ended

On Monday, equity crowdfunding platform Invesdor announced €25 million has been invested through its equity crowdfunding platform. This milestone was achieved just before 2016 came to a close.

The funding portal was founded in 2012 and has since expanded into other products and markets. It currently offers both debt and equity for domestic and international issuing firms.

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