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Kinara Capital Wins Global Recognition With Gold Award as Bank of the Year-Asia

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Kinara Capital, a fintech leader driving financial inclusion of small business entrepreneurs in India, today won the Gold award in the Bank of the Year-Asia category, and received an Honorable Mention in the Women-owned SME Bank of the Year category, at the Global SME Finance Awards ceremony held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Organized by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, and the SME Finance Forum, and endorsed by the G20’s Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI), the Global SME Finance Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of financial institutions and fintech companies in delivering exceptional products and services to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) around the world. Kinara Capital was nominated by the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) for this prestigious honor.

Kinara Capital pioneered small business lending without land or property collateral in India. The company offers fast and flexible loans to small businesses in the INR 2-25 lakhs range. Kinara Capital has disbursed INR 1400 crores across 40,000 loans for Asset Purchase and Working Capital needs of small businesses in the Manufacturing and Trading sectors.

Hardika Shah, Founder & CEO, Kinara Capital, said, “On behalf of my entire team, our partners and well-wishers, we are highly honored to win the Gold award for Bank of the Year-Asia category. It has been a labor of love and hardwork to build Kinara Capital and we remain motivated by our mission of transforming lives and livelihoods. Today, we are even further encouraged with the support and recognition by the IFC, World Bank Group, and the SME Finance Forum. We especially thank the OPIC team for nominating Kinara Capital.”

Kinara Capital won the distinction from a competitive pool of 144 international applicants. The company was recognized for innovating on financial inclusion techniques and thus impacting over half a million lives in India with income generation, new job creation, and job sustenance.

Approximately 90% of Kinara’s customers are new to business credit. In a 2019 report by IFC-Intellecap, the credit gap in India is valued at USD$240 billion where capital needs of more than 80% of SMEs are not served by traditional sources of formal lending. This is the ‘missing middle’ that Kinara Capital is effectively serving.

A panel of independent judges chose this year’s winners based on their Reach, Uniqueness and Innovation, Effectiveness and Impact, and Dynamism and Scalability.

The judges recognized Kinara’s credit risk management practice as a good combination of the old and the new – combining technology with personalized face-to-face interactions. Kinara Capital held a valuable distinction for building proprietary technology-enabled processes such as digitized underwriting, risk assessment, and the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in credit monitoring. The judges cited Kinara Capital’s ability to make longer-term loans to SMEs as a major breakthrough.

Attendees at this year’s Global SME Finance Forum in Amsterdam represented 80+ countries and over 250 companies.

Words From The Organizers

Paulo de Bolle, Senior Director, Global Industry, Financial Markets, Global Financial Institutions Group at the International Finance Corporation said: “The Global SME Finance Awards recognize and reward innovation in small business lending that can improve financing for SMEs, helping small businesses grow and create jobs. Innovations in lending technology and business models, can significantly reduce the cost of serving SMEs.”

Matthew Gamser, CEO of the SME Finance Forum said: “We hope the winners of the Global SME Finance Awards will inspire SME financiers all over the world to learn from their good practices. The Awards provide the winners an opportunity to showcase good practices on the global stage and foster learning amongst their peers.”

Natascha Beinker, Deputy Head of Division at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and Co-Chair of the SME Finance Subgroup of G20 GPFI said: “The Global SME Finance Awards put the spotlight on two key issues – responsible innovation and responsible financing, which are an integral part of the financial inclusion agenda. As demonstrated by this year’s and last year’s Awards winners, product innovations can lower costs and allow SME financiers to better serve previously underserved and unserved SMEs, particularly women-owned SMEs.”

 

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DNA Behavior International Takes its API to the Next Level by Enabling it with AI

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For some time now DNA Behavior has been using its API to help a variety of organizations quickly “plug in” its behavioral chip to discover and leverage behavioral insights already within their people and systems. Now, DNA Behavior is taking that effort to the next level, by leveraging a suite of enterprise-ready AI services, applications, and toolsets to accelerate the adoption of behavioral insights across large financial services enterprises.

“Banks and large wealth management firms are leveraging behavioral finance to gain a competitive edge,” says Hugh Massie, CEO of DNA Behavior International. “To date, behavioral finance initiatives have been pinpointed and targeted toward specific client and employee groups. By utilizing AI and additional apps and toolsets, DNA Behavior is poised to implement the worlds’ largest behavioral finance initiatives for banks and wealth management firms. In short, rapid application of BeFi across larger organizations.”

DNA Behavior’s focus and specialty is revealing 200+ behavioral insights and the action steps needed to aid employees and clients in investing, working, spending and living smarter. Leveraging these additional technologies in addition to DNA’s API help meet industry demands to create rich omnichannel experiences by applying behavioral insights to enterprise-wide datasets.

“We’re using linguistic analytics to deepen our – and our clients’ – understanding of individual’s personality characteristics,” Massie says. “The linguistic and tone patterns individuals use in their speech or written communication have inherent connections to their instinctive behaviors. Revealing these linguistic and tone patterns will aid in DNA Behavior’s core offering, which is validated, robust, consistent and practical behavioral insights and customized experiences they can “plugin” to their own systems. These latest additions amp up that offering, expanding the possibilities, both in terms of speed and volume,”

As examples of its new AI-enabled API, Massie offers three scenarios:

  • Use natural language recognition capabilities to discern the intent of what a user is saying, to respond to inquiries and requests. The problem is, most chatbots and automated support systems use a one-size-fits-all approach to respond to inquiries. DNA is powering current technologies to customize these existing engagements at scale.
  • Measure emotions, fears and excitement for investors and relaying this intelligence to advice teams along with the communication steps and a playbook to behaviorally manage clients.
  • Use linguistic analytics to infer individuals’ personality characteristics, from digital communications such as email, blogs, tweets, and forum posts. This enables an organization to better parse a user’s inclination to create a customized marketing playbook for each client. Organizations armed with this information will optimize their marketing spend for steak dinners, theater tickets, gifts and professional sporting events.

 

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Post-fundraising update: YouTrip Secures Principal Licence From Mastercard To Fuel Rapid Growth in Singapore

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YouTripSingapore’s first multi-currency mobile wallet with a prepaid Mastercard, has announced that it has secured a Principal Licence from Mastercard and will be assuming the primary role of issuer and stored value facility holder of YouTrip accounts. This will allow YouTrip to deliver improved and additional features directly to its users, as well as enable it to provide a more robust and dedicated payment security setup in anticipation of The Payment Services Act targeted to commence in 2020.

Having partnered with Mastercard and EZ-Link to launch in Singapore in August 2018, YouTrip will be taking over the role of issuer and holder of stored value accounts from EZ-Link while continuing the current brand partnership. This is part of YouTrip’s wider ambitions to develop its platform and new features for its users, as it readies itself for expansion. Since YouTrip announced its record pre-Series A fundraise earlier this year, it has doubled the number of app downloads to over 400,000 from 200,000 in May and grown its team beyond 100 people across its offices in Singapore and Hong Kong.

Caecilia Chu, co-founder and CEO of YouTrip said, “We have come a long way since we launched a year ago. The tremendous support we have received from our users is truly humbling, and also a testament to their belief and confidence in our mission to transform overseas travel spending. Securing a Principal Licence from Mastercard marks another significant milestone in our growth journey as it will allow us to operate and deliver additional features directly to our users, as well as accommodate more sign-ups. As the regional fintech space continues to develop dynamically, this licence will provide the ideal springboard for the development and expansion plans we have in the pipeline.”

YouTrip also recently obtained a remittance licence from MAS to cater for future product development. This will be key to its expansion plans as more regulators identify fintech as a major growth area and introduce progressive policy measures to facilitate innovation and the broadening usage of such services.

 

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POS Terminal Market to Soar Owing to Massive Demand for Cost-Effective Technologies to Manage Payment Systems by 2023: Radiant Insights, Inc.

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Global POS Terminal Market is anticipated that the market will witness a higher CAGR during the forecast period. Retail payment systems account for an essential position in the smooth functioning of any economy. In the past years the growing popularity of the device across different verticals is enabling the industry growth. Inception of cloud technology and related benefits are more likely to deliver robust technology for payment systems in the near future. Further, major development in the POS device such as size and technology compatibility for small-scale business, and greater flexibility.

Driving factors comprise massive demand for cost-effective technologies to manage payment systems within different verticals. POS terminal offers convenience and features in various application segments. In addition, the proliferation of smartphones and modernization of app technology provide payment service to customers in the consumer market is adding more.

In addition, inception of big data backed by software which is integrated with other software systems is contributing more to the utility value. Hence, greater CRM functionality aligned with customer relations and the use of predictive analysis for client and customers in the B2C space accounts for a massive growth during the forecast period.

Download PDF to know more details about “Global POS Terminal Market” Report 2023.

Fixed and wireless POS form as product segments while hardware and software form the component category for POS terminal market. The Asia Pacific dominates the global scenario owing to the vast presence of customer base and digitalization of payment technologies at large. In addition, inception of start-up technology in India and China acts as a catalyst in strengthening the industry growth in APAC.

The key players are Mswipe Technologies Pvt Ltd, Shenzhen Xinguodu Technology Co Ltd, SMIT Fintech Co Ltd, Fuijan Newland Payment Technology Co Ltd, SZZT Electronics Shenzhen Co Ltd and VeriFone Holdings Inc.

The ‘Global POS Terminal Market Outlook 2018-2023’ offers detailed coverage of POS terminal industry and presents main market trends. The market research gives historical and forecast market size, demand, end-use details, price trends, and company shares of the leading POS terminal producers to provide exhaustive coverage of the market for POS terminal. The report segments the market and forecasts its size, by volume and value, on the basis of application, by products, and by geography.

The report has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from key industry participants. The global POS terminal market has been segmented into five major regions, namely, North America (U.S., Canada, and others), Europe (U.K., FranceGermanyRussia, and others), Asia-Pacific (ChinaJapanIndiaAustralia, and others), South America (BrazilArgentina, and others), and Middle East & Africa (South AfricaSaudi Arabia, and others). Furthermore, the report also includes an in-depth competitive analysis of the key vendors operating in this market.

Access 143 page research report with TOC on “Global POS Terminal Market” available with Radiant Insights, Inc. @: https://www.radiantinsights.com/research/global-pos-terminal-market-outlook-2018-2023

Market Segmentation:

  • Key Regions
    • North America
    • Europe
    • Asia Pacific
    • Middle East & Africa
    • South America
  • Key Vendors
    • Fujian Newland Payment Technology Co., Ltd.
    • Mswipe Technologies Pvt Ltd
    • Shenzhen Xinguodu Technology Co., Ltd.
    • SMIT Fintech Co., Ltd.
    • SZZT Electronics Shenzhen Co., Ltd.
    • VeriFone Holdings, Inc.
  • Key Questions Answered in This Report
    • Analysis of the POS terminal market including revenues, future growth, market outlook
    • Historical data and forecast
    • Regional analysis including growth estimates
    • Analyzes the end user markets including growth estimates.
    • Profiles on POS terminal including products, sales/revenues, and market position
    • Market structure, market drivers and restraints.

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