The Singapore FinTech Festival (SFF) and the Singapore Week of Innovation and TeCHnology (SWITCH) concluded its combined week-long event on 15 November 2019, which attracted more than 60,000 participants from 140 countries. The event also saw a record 569 speakers, close to 1,000 exhibitors and 41 international pavilions.
SFF x SWITCH will return next year from 9 to 13 November 2020. It will build on the energy, ideas and partnerships established this year, to further strengthen the ecosystem for FinTech and deep tech in Singapore and the region.
In line with the theme of Sustainability and Climate Change, Minister Ong Ye Kung unveiled the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS)’s green finance action plan to strengthen green financing capabilities in Singapore and announced the launch of a US$2 billion Green Investments Programme, among other initiatives under the action plan.
DPM Heng Swee Keat unveiled Singapore’s National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Strategy in his keynote speech, and highlighted a new framework, Veritas, introduced by MAS to promote the responsible adoption of AI in the financial sector. He also announced the expansion of the Global Innovation Alliance (GIA) network to include London, and the launch of the Open Innovation Network (OIN) by Enterprise Singapore and Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) to promote open innovation across sectors.
Under the GIA, Enterprise Singapore signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with UK-based accelerator IoT Tribe, to facilitate two-way innovation and business partnerships.
It also inked MOUs with three new partners — DayDayUp (Beijing), Plug and Play Asia Pacific (Jakarta) and Leave a Nest (Tokyo) — to run GIA programmes in their respective markets.
MAS and the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) jointly launched the BIS Innovation Hub Centre in Singapore, to foster innovation and greater collaboration among the central banking community globally. The opening of the BIS Innovation Hub Centre in Singapore marks BIS’ first expansion of its global footprint in 17 years.
MAS also established partnerships with financial authorities in Canada and France, to strengthen cooperation in FinTech and cybersecurity respectively, and welcomed Banque de France (BDF)’s opening of an overseas office in Singapore in early 2020.
SFF x SWITCH 2019 saw new partnerships as well as progress in ongoing initiatives with the industry.
- Project Ubin Phase 5, a collaboration among MAS, the financial industry, and the blockchain ecosystem, saw the successful development of a blockchain-based prototype that enables payments to be carried out in different currencies on the same network.
- Business sans Borders (BSB), which was launched by MAS and IMDA in 2018, has successfully completed its Phase One Proof of Concept and will proceed with the Phase Two Pilot in 1H 2020.
- MAS, Deloitte and S&P Global Market Intelligence have jointly developed a prototype for an industry-wide FinTech Research Platform to help investors and financial institutions connect with FinTech start-ups that they can partner with or invest in.
- Enterprise Singapore launched the inaugural Sustainability Open Innovation Challenge in partnership with corporates and government agencies to tackle problem statements spanning sustainability themes in resource efficiency, zero waste, green transport and sustainable built environment.
- As part of efforts towards sustainable growth, the National Research Foundation launched the Singapore Battery Consortium to support industry-academia collaboration in cutting-edge battery technologies, bringing companies and researchers together to develop better battery products that serve market needs.
2019 Event Highlights
SFF x SWITCH celebrated the winning solutions of the Global FinTech Hackcelerator, FinTech Awards and SLINGSHOT 2019 respectively. Following vibrant demo and pitching sessions where FinTech and tech startups presented their solutions to industry panels of judges, three winners emerged from the Global FinTech Hackcelerator, while there were 12 winners each from the FinTech Awards and SLINGSHOT 2019.
SFF x SWITCH concluded the week with the Innovation Lab Crawl and Industry Events (14-15 November), which saw over 20,000 visitors across over 50 innovation labs and more than 30 workshops and networking events held around Singapore. The SFF x SWITCH organising team thanks all our partners and attendees for making this year’s event a big success. We look forward to continued collaboration with the industry to bring about an even more exciting and impactful event next year.
SOURCE Monetary Authority of Singapore
InfraRisk Expands Auto Financing Cooperation with Toyota Finance, Taurus Motor Finance
InfraRisk Pty Ltd. (InfraRisk), a leading supplier of credit management solutions in Australia, today announced it has expanded cooperation in auto financing with Toyota Financial Services to Germany and Austria to facilitate its credit process when lending to dealerships and large fleet customers.
Toyota Financial Services is a wholly owned subsidiary of the world’s largest carmaker Toyota Motor Corp, specializing in offering a comprehensive financial services lineup that caters to customers’ diverse needs while strengthening the core auto sales finance operation.
Nicholas Davies, founder and CEO of InfraRisk, said, “These two new European deployments complement existing ones in Europe and Australia demonstrating our platform’s ability to operate across multiple geographies catering to a range of country specific factors including policies and languages, with modularity being the key architectural design.”
InfraRisk has been in partnership with the car loan provider since 2016, offering them a fully featured credit management platform – Credit Value Maximiser, or CVX, to Toyota’s broad base of customers.
The modularized tool is built around key origination functionalities, from profile to pricing, with each module connecting via defined APIs. By harnessing the power of big data analytics, cloud computing and artificial intelligence, InfraRisk’s auto financing solution will enable a more efficient and effective, as well as regulatory compliant credit process.
Meanwhile, InfraRisk announced today a new partnership with Taurus Motor Finance, a start-up car loans provider based in Australia with a digital, automated and real-time credit assessment and approval process. The lender is implementing InfraRisk’s cloud-based and intelligent CVX platform to facilitate its commercial lending business as it looks to scale up operations.
“InfraRisk’s deep experience in the auto finance sector along with the system readiness to manage the capture of industry specific data fields has grown us into a leading provider of auto finance SaaS solutions,” said Victor Li, head of Pintec International Business. “We will continue to invest in the ongoing research and development with committed efforts and build the platform into a smarter and more advanced tool catering to particular ecosystems.”
InfraRisk is a wholly owned subsidiary of Pintec Technology Holdings Limited (“Pintec”, Nasdaq: PT), a leading fintech solutions provider that specializes in intelligent retail finance covering point-of-sale installment loans, personal loans, SME loans, corporate and commercial segments, wealth management and insurance services.
Montreal Fintech FlexPay Raises $6M from Impression Ventures and BMO Capital Partners
FlexPay—which uses AI and machine-learning to help merchants recover lost revenues from declined transactions—is proud to announce they raised $6 million dollars, led by Impression Ventures, with participation from BMO Capital Partners, Anges Québec and strategic partners.
Credit card issuers report that 24% of recurring credit card transactions are falsely declined, costing online and telephone merchants $300 billion in lost sales and customers in the US alone. A false decline is a transaction that should have been approved, but wasn’t, for reasons out of the customers and merchants control. As the economy continues to shift to online and subscription-based revenue, this problem for customers and merchants is only getting bigger.
Using AI and machine-learning, FlexPay analyzes billions of transaction records to reverse-engineer exactly why risk-mitigation systems are falsely declining transactions. FlexPay then uses this real-time data to optimize credit card recovery and get valid transactions approved.
“Before learning about FlexPay, we didn’t know decline-salvage firms existed, to be honest. When we learned FlexPay’s fees are only charged on additional recovered customers, it was an easy decision for us at Masivo,” explains President Noam Egosi of Masivo Media. Following FlexPay’s integration, Masivo’s salvage rate rose from 10.0% to a staggering 42.4% average since March 2019, representing a 324% performance improvement. As a subscription business, this notable spike in recovery has also produced a 12% jump in precious LTV (Lifetime Value), and increased Masivo’s bottom-line profitability by 50%. “I tell everybody that will listen to us, to use FlexPay,” Egosi enthusiastically beams. “We’re big fans.”
“2019 was a year of significant in-roads,” reflects Darryl Hicks, CEO of FlexPay. “We surpassed the 2 million declines-processed mark and multiplied our integration points 8-fold, giving us access to a pool of 4 billion dollars in annual declines, 40,000 merchants and 80 million end-customers. The next logical step was to invite venture partners to join us and add their capital and expertise to accelerate us to help billions of end-customers get their transactions approved.”
Impression Ventures, based in Toronto and Montreal, led the round, marking their first investment in Montreal. “We believe FlexPay to be the best-in-class solution in a massively underserved market,” reflects Maor Amar, Managing Partner, “The company’s AI powered systems provide a solution to the large and rapidly growing problem of false credit card declines. FlexPay’s management team has an impressive entrepreneurial track record, in depth knowledge of this market and the passion and energy required to succeed. We are thrilled to join them on this journey.”
BMO Capital Partners added: “we are happy to support a talented team, committed to solving a real problem in the e-commerce space with state-of-the-art technology.”
“We thank our advisors, investors and board members for their ongoing help with FlexPay’s vision and traction,” adds CFO Laurent Binda. “Securing this specialized group of institutional investors gives us the capital, experience and network we need to accelerate our progress in solving falsely declined credit card transactions.”
35 Innovative Products, Services and Organizations Honoured International Innovation Awards 2019 in Singapore
Enterprise Asia announced the winners of the International Innovation Awards 2019 in Singapore. Thirty five products, services and organizations are named as award winners from over 160 submissions.
Among the notable recipients of the InnoCube are AIA Malaysia, Taiwan’s HIWIN Technologies Corp., Singapore’s Olam International Ltd., Philippines’ Unilever, Indonesia’s PT MRT Jakarta, and United Arab Emirates’ Roads and Transport Authority.
“There are not conventional ‘innovations’. When we set out to identify winners of the IIA, our goal is to present a broad spectrum of innovations that could spur greater innovation in the recipients’ respective countries and industries. Just as innovation itself is continuously self-redefining, the awards are meant to promote continuity in innovation,” said Dato’ William Ng, president of Enterprise Asia.
“Innovation is moving faster than at any other point in history. Organizations cannot afford to rely on current practices and hope that they will work in the future. Organizations that fail to innovate are setting themselves up for failure,” Ng added.
“The award recipients also receive the InnoMark, the global certification for innovation. The InnoMark, like the International Innovation Awards, adopts our proprietary 8-Dimension of Innovation – which includes areas such as defendability and enforceability, impact and measurability as well as ideation and creativity. This will not only help define the best practice in innovation but provide a platform through which companies could showcase the results of their innovation,” shared Ng.
Organized annually by Enterprise Asia, the International Innovation Awards is among the most coveted global awards for innovation, and aims to recognize best innovations in the categories of Product, Service & Solution, and Organization & Culture. This year’s judging panel include Martin Daffner, founder of Innobrix, Professor Nadia Thalmann of Nanyang Technological University, Professor Natcha Thawesaengskulthai of Chulalongkorn University, Makoto Shibata of FINOLAB, The FinTech Center of Tokyo and Anna Simpson of Flux Compass.
In conjunction with International Innovation Awards 2019, Enterprise Asia also organized the International Innovation Summit 2019, themed “Innovation Trailblazers: Creating for Disruption”, the summit convened over 400 innovation experts, industry leaders and policy makers over three days. Following two successful editions in Shanghai and Macau, the Summit is held in Singapore and supported by the Singapore government this year.
At the opening of the Summit, organizing chairman and former minister of human resources of Malaysia, Dr. Fong Chan Onn said that the Asian economy need to reduce its reliance on foreign technology and develop its own in order to insulate its economies against global events such as the on-going US-China trade spat.
According to Dr. Fong, “Companies wedded to the old business model lose ground, and some are pushed out of business. Challengers that embrace innovation gain advantage and will take a dominant position in the market. The goal of this year’s International Innovation Summit is not only to discuss what to expect from the future of disruption in innovation, but also in defining the innovation culture that we must adopt for our organizations to compete in this revolution.”
“More importantly, governments must urgently work with the private sector to define the innovation agenda for their respective economy, and to work with other countries for a regional framework to advance the culture of innovation in each country,” Dr. Fong said.
This year’s keynote speakers include Koert Breebaart, vice president of SAP Asia; Ken Ding, head of product innovation of Samsung Electronics; Yat Siu, founder and CEO of Outblaze and Animoca Brands; Ajay Mohan of Intel Corporation and Jing Jang of Haier Group Corporation.
The International Innovation Awards 2019 is supported by Singapore Tourism Board through Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau, Eastern European Chamber of Commerce (Singapore), The Coordinating Secretariat for Science, Technology and Innovation (COSTI) under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Research, Sri Lanka, Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA), Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment & Climate Change (MESTECC), Malaysia, Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC), National Institute of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (NIEI), Royal of Cambodia, Singapore Malay Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SMCCI) and Singapore-Thai Chamber of Commerce; Singapore Airlines as official airlines; Resorts World Sentosa as official venue partner; PR Newswire as news release distribution partner; and BusinessWorld, Commercial Times, Kumparan, SME Magazine, Techsauce, The Nation and Tuoi Tre News as the official media partners.
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