Fintech News Daily 2019 October 07-13

Fintech News Daily 2019: 07-13 October

Top fintech news and insights from the global financial services industry

Top fintech news daily 2019 from 07-13 October curated by the team with the help of our fintech community.

In this series, we aim to curate only the very best, most insightful fintech news from all over the world.

We also invite you to check out our other series covering some of the most insightful and relevant fintech insights, new or slightly older, shared recently on twitter by trusted fintech influencers.

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Fintech News Daily: 07-13 October 2019

#1 The European Fintech Discovery Program

"As the name of this Program indicates it, you will then visit 3 additional hubs spread over Europe where, again, 5 to 8 start-ups will welcome you. In total, you will get to meet 20+ start-ups and scale-ups, all active in the fields of AI, cybersecurity, regtech, insurtech and, of course, fintech."

Source: B-HIVE

submitted by Christophe Langlois

#2 Tide secures £44.1m in ‘one of the largest ever’ fintech series B funding rounds

"Fintech company Tide has raised £44.1m in its first round of Series B equity funding in a bid to increase its business banking market share.  The company, which provides digital business banking, said its goal was to increase its business banking market share to 8 per cent by 2023."

Source: CITY A.M.

submitted by Christophe Langlois

#3 Meet the most ‘influential’ person in Hong Kong fintech

"If you work in Hong Kong fintech (or if you plan to), you should probably get to know Helene Li. She’s not a front-office banker or a technologist, but she’s now at the forefront of the fintech startup scene in Hong Kong."


submitted by Christophe Langlois

#4 Anne Boden, Starling CEO, on how she went from banker to fintech entrepreneur in midlife

"When Anne Boden sat with an adviser at a high street bank in Maidenhead, opening an account to pay staff at her fledgling business – a brand new bank – he didn’t bat an eyelid. “If I’d said I wanted to start a new country I think he’d have just typed it in,” she laughs. “It was all dull routine and endless bureaucracy.”"

Source: The Telegraph

submitted by Christophe Langlois

#5 Victoria Cleland, executive director for banking, payments and innovation at Bank of England

"Ahead of the IMF/World Bank meetings in Washington, Victoria Cleland, executive director for banking, payments and innovation at Bank of England (BoE), talks to The Banker’s Joy Macknight about how the BoE is modernising its payments infrastructure and the role central banks can play in fostering innovation."

Source: The Banker

submitted by Christophe Langlois

#6 Next Insurance raises $250M from Munich Re, becomes a unicorn

"Next Insurance, a three-year-old U.S.-based firm that sells insurance products to small businesses, has become the latest unicorn in the nation after bagging $250 million in a new financing round"

Source: TechCrunch

submitted by Christophe Langlois

#7 Stripe surges past fintech giant Square with $35 billion valuation

"CNBC's Deirdre Bosa reports on a new valuation for fintech firm Stripe that pushes it past big name players like Square."

Source: CNBC

submitted by Christophe Langlois

#8 Meet Africa’s most valued fintech start-up

"Flutterwave is a fintech company which is the key enabler of payments between companies in Africa. The tech company is originally from Nigeria and has offices in California.  Earlier in 2019, Fast Company magazine listed the tech start-up among 10 innovative companies in Africa."


submitted by Christophe Langlois

#9 #IFGS2019 Panel – How Is RegTech Impacting the Future of Financial Services

"RegTech is one of the fastest growing areas in FinTech innovation but can it deliver on its potential to improve service and customer protection? This panel will explore the latest innovation strategies developed by regulators to ensure it can truly benefit customers and businesses. Can regulatory risk be viewed as just another data issue to be solved by technology?"

Source: Innovate Finance

submitted by Christophe Langlois

#10 Hong Kong Monetary Authority’s ‘regtech’ push raises transparency concerns at financial institutions

"Hong Kong’s financial services industry has raised concerns about the use of technology such as machine learning and artificial intelligence as part of regulatory compliance efforts, as these measures will have the effect of reducing the ability of these institutions to meet their accountability commitments, to customers as well as regulators."

Source: South China Morning Post

submitted by Christophe Langlois

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Written by Christophe Langlois

Based in London for almost a decade, Christophe is an entertaining fintech marketing keynote speaker and a trusted advisor to the global financial services industry on the topics of digital marketing, innovation and B2B social media.

Christophe has contributed to over 140 events in 18 countries.

Currently, Christophe is advising a number of fintech startups on marketing and growth hacking and he is the Chief Marketing Officer of The Fintech Power 50, an exclusive annual programme helping fintech scale-ups to accelerate their growth globally.

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