Mobile money holds key to financial inclusion in Africa, experts say

More than 10% of adults in sub-Saharan Africa have a mobile money account, the highest in the world, and it is spreading to West Africa and beyond.

Call for Applications: 2019 GrowthAfrica Business Scaleup Accelerator in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Zambia

The GrowthAfrica Acceleration Programme is designed to help you scale your venture, make it investment ready and develop your entrepreneurial leadership with the aim of unlocking significant growth in your business.
Applications are closed

The Bali Fintech Agenda: A Blueprint for Successfully Harnessing Fintech’s Opportunities

In response to the Bali Fintech Agenda, the World Bank will focus on using fintech to deepen financial markets, enhance responsible access to financial services, and improve cross-border payments and remittance transfer systems.

EU Call for Proposals: Blockchains for Social Good

The challenge is to develop scalable, efficient and high-impact decentralised solutions to social innovation challenges leveraging Distributed Ledger Technology (DLTs), such as the one used in blockchains.
Application Deadline in 9 months
7 months ago

Singapore to strengthen the Artificial Intelligence Ecosystem in Financial Sector

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) is collaborating with the Economic Development Board (EDB), Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and Institute of Banking and Finance (IBF) to accelerate the adoption of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Singapore’s financial sector.
7 months ago

Holt Fintech Accelerator launched a new program for Fintech startups from all over the world

The Holt Accelerator is currently engaged in a global search for the next 400 rising stars in fintech to take part in the program, and it encourages all interested candidates to submit their applications through the Holt Accelerator website by July 29th for a chance to participate.
Applications are closed
8 months ago

Call for Applications: Ecobank Fintech Challenge 2018 for African Start-ups

Ecobank is looking for solutions that improve international trade and eCommerce processes by facilitating KYC and AML requirements. The solutions may reduce document management processes without compromising regulatory requirements, increase ease of payment, provide reduced charges and decrease reliance on FX.
Applications are closed
8 months ago

The European Commission unveiled an Action Plan on how to harness the opportunities presented by technology-enabled innovation in FinTech

Today's Action Plan envisages to enable the financial sector to make use of the rapid advances in new technologies, such as blockchain, artificial intelligence and cloud services. At the same time, it seeks to make markets safer and easier to access for new players. This will benefit consumers, investors, banks and new market players alike. In addition, the Commission is proposing a pan-European label for platforms, so that a platform licensed in one country can operate across the EU.
9 months ago

Cambodia May Issue Its Legal Cryptocurrency, Following Venezuela

This summit is believed to be the establishment of an international platform for cooperation and communication on the application of blockchain technology, to boost innovation of blockchain technology and its application in different scenarios and promote the blockchain fin-tech in both Southeast Asia and internationally.
9 months ago

Call for Applications: VentureClash 2018 - Digital Health, Fintech, Insurtech and Internet of Things

VentureClash is Connecticut's $5 millionglobal venture challenge for early-stage digital health, financial technology, insurance technology and Internet of Things companies.
Applications are closed
10 months ago

Off to the Races: The 4 Coins Competing for Crypto’s Top Spot

To date, there are well over 1000 cryptocurrencies in the market attempting to change every industry from bananas to finance. However, a few coins have consistently been on top in a race to be named the world’s number one cryptocurrency.
10 months ago

Advanced Technologies, Digitisation, and Changing Consumer Demands are Driving the FinTech Sector

The use of advanced technologies - which include cloud, platforms, Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), Blockchain, and application programming interfaces (APIs) - impact operations of companies and customer experience.
10 months ago

EU Call for Proposals: Fintech: Support to experimentation frameworks and regulatory compliance

"Fintech" is at the confluence of various digital technologies, financial areas and the entrepreneurial landscape, with many startups and scaleups proposing disrupting services. The challenge is to increase the role Europe play in Fintech so that EU startups can better scale-up across Europe and at global level. Facilitating the interactions between innovators, supervisors and regulators is particularly relevant in this context.
Applications are closed
10 months ago

Frost & Sullivan Explores Five Different Applications for Blockchain in the US Digital Grid Sector

This potential disruption is forecast to make the grid more reliable and efficient, reduce utilities' capital expenditure on renewable energy generation, and allow consumers to participate in peer-to-peer (P2P) trading.
10 months ago

Dispelling the myths of the cryptocurrency world

The cryptocurrency world is evolving at a speed that leaves many newcomers lost in a haze of uncertainty. The following graphic will help dispell some of the most popular myths and help get you on track to a better and more complete understanding.
10 months ago

Asia-Pacific Fintech Market to reach US$72 billion by 2020, finds Frost & Sullivan

The Fintech industry in the Asia-Pacific region is expected to grow at a CAGR of 72.5% from 2015 to 2020, reaching US$72 billion. The positive outlook is fuelled by growth in digital payments such as increasing adoption of cashless payments by small and medium sized enterprises.
10 months ago

KrisFlyer To Launch World's First Blockchain-Based Airline Loyalty Digital Wallet

The SIA Group’s KrisFlyer frequent-flyer programme is to launch a world-first blockchain-based airline loyalty digital wallet capability that will help unlock the value of KrisFlyer miles to enable everyday spending at retail partners.
10 months ago

European Commission launches the EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum

The Blockchain Observatory and Forum will highlight key developments of the blockchain technology, promote European actors and reinforce European engagement with multiple stakeholders involved in blockchain activities.
a year ago

Call for Applications: Mobility Startup Accelerator Program for startups in Fintech, IoT, Insurtech and Mobility areas

Plug and Play Japan K.K (Tokyo, Japan) is announcing Mobility as a new genre for its startup accelerator program in addition to Fintech, IoT, Insurtech for the Batch 1 program. This new Mobility program is being launched in partnership with Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. as a leading partner. From February 1st, startups from around the globe can apply for this Batch 1 program in Japan.
Applications are closed
a year ago

UNICEF Funding Opportunity for Blockchain Start-ups

The UNICEF Innovation Fund is looking to make $50-90K equity-free investments to provide early stage (seed) finance to for-profit technology start-ups that have the potential to benefit humanity.
Applications are closed
a year ago

EU Call for Proposals: Internet of Things

Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and applications are bringing fundamental changes to all sectors of activity and are therefore an essential element of the Next Generation Internet. The challenge is to leverage EU technological strength to develop the next generation of IoT devices and systems that build on enhanced sensing/actuating, reasoning capabilities and computational power to the edges, but also new capabilities on the backend, such as artificial intelligence, deep semantic interoperability and novel contractual arrangements like Blockchains.
Applications are closed
a year ago

Crypto-Currencies See Short-Term Bubble and Likely Long-Term Staying Power

Bitcoin’s price has increase more than 12-fold in the past four years, and the combined market of crypto-assets is now valued at more than $500 billion. Such valuations have caused many to think that the market is overheated.
a year ago

Louis Dreyfus Company, ING, Societe Generale and ABN Amro complete the first agricultural commodity trade through blockchain

The enhanced Easy Trading Connect (ETC) blockchain prototype reduces time spent on processing documents and data from hours to minutes, and allows for a larger trading scope.
a year ago

Government of Canada exploring the potential of Blockchain technology

Through Catena, NRC IRAP is conducting a live trial to explore the use of public blockchains in the transparent administration of government grants and contributions.
a year ago

Orange Digital Investment launches a new investment initiative of 50 million euros devoted to start-ups in Africa

With Orange Digital Ventures Africa, the Group is acquiring an investment vehicle dedicated to innovative early stage African projects in the fields of new connectivity, fintech, the Internet of Things, energy and e-health. The objective is to target start-ups offering answers to the fundamental challenges of Africa while leveraging the operator's strengths on the continent.
a year ago

Cryptocurrency, Cannabis, Virtual Reality and Alternative Travel Businesses among Hottest New Industries for Startups this year

Cryptocurrency, cannabis, VR and "alternative travel:" these are among the hottest emerging industries for startup entrepreneurs in 2018, according to data culled from online graphic design marketplace 99designs released this week.
a year ago

The Best Places in The World to Mine Bitcoin

Deep in China's Sichuan mountains, miners are chipping away at complex mathematical puzzles in hopes of unlocking one of today's most prized assets, bitcoin. Currently, more than 60 percent of all bitcoin is mined in China, and these miners have picked their location wisely. The remote Sichuan mountains enjoy a cool year-round temperature and cheap electricity provided by small-scale hydro-electric facilities, averaging from $0.05 to $0.08-cents per kWh.
a year ago

Maersk and IBM to Form Joint Venture Applying Blockchain to Improve Global Trade and Digitize Supply Chains

Maersk, a global leader in container logistics, and IBM, a leading provider of blockchain, supply chain visibility and interoperability solutions for the enterprise, will use blockchain technology to power the new platform, as well as employ other cloud-based open source technologies including artificial intelligence (AI), IoT and analytics, delivered via IBM Services, in order to help companies move and track goods digitally across international borders.
a year ago

The Rise of the ICO

Cryptocurrency ICOs are now being produced in a conveyor belt fashion, as shown by our ICO countdown, there are many going on at any one time. They are also beginning to spread to countries all over the world, originally in the US, lots of countries have begun to jump on the initial coin offering list.
a year ago

The Bank of Lithuania to launch blockchain sandbox platform-service

Domestic and foreign companies will be able to develop and test one of the most prospective FinTech innovations, blockchain-based solutions, in the regulatory and technological sandbox platform-service codenamed LBChain to be created by the Bank of Lithuania.
a year ago

Call for Applications: Sandcastle Startups Challenge

World Tokenomic Forum, the leading international organization enabling public-private cooperation, multi-chain interoperability, and innovation will begin accepting applications to compete in its Sandcastle Startups Challenge from around the globe today on its website.
Applications are closed
a year ago

Zebi Chain™, a Blockchain based Big Data solution for Governments and Enterprises

Zebi’s solution aims to secure high value and sensitive data elements such as land registry, employee and salary records, pension payments, education and other qualification documents and certificates. It offers an array of products for data security that eliminates all the ambiguity associated with fake transaction, fake documents as block chain based records are time stamped and any alteration made to it are also securely recorded.
a year ago

Bottos: Where Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence And Big Data Meet

Bottos will take Blockchain technology to the next level by applying it to AI and big data field.
a year ago

Distributed Ledger Technologies for Developing Asia

This paper takes a first pass at assessing feasible areas of practical implementation for DLTs mainly in the context of development finance. It takes a closer look at five use cases, digital identity, trade finance, project aid monitoring, smart energy, and supply chain management, to assess their implementation limits and potential.
a year ago

Blockchain, A technology with great potential for the global trade in goods

For the logistics sector, blockchain is less threatening than it is attractive: A transport chain could be documented without any gaps and the genuineness of the shipped object could be guaranteed.
a year ago

Paris the First Financial Center in Europe to legally allow the Transfer of Ownership of Financial Securities by Blockchain

Blockchain technology is likely to allow a faster, safer and cheaper transmission of securities. The development of this technology should thus be an asset for the Paris market. The French authorities will continue to support resolutely the opportunities that arise from this technology for the financing of the economy.
a year ago

Walmart, JD.com, IBM and Tsinghua University Launch a Blockchain Food Safety Alliance in China

The four companies will work together to create a standards-based method of collecting data about the origin, safety and authenticity of food, using blockchain technology to provide real-time traceability throughout the supply chain. This will encourage accountability and give suppliers, regulators and consumers greater insight and transparency into how food is handled, from the farm to consumers.
a year ago

BriefTrace Selected by Mentfield to Deliver Blockchain-first Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Monitoring Solution

BriefTrace, provider of blockchain-first IoT infrastructure, announced the company’s blockchain gateway technology has been integrated into Mentfield’s pharmaceutical supply chain solution.
a year ago

Ads.txt Plus, Open Source Blockchain Decentralized Applications for Digital Advertising

MetaX, a blockchain technology company driving development and adoption of open platforms for digital advertising and the creator of the adChain protocol and adToken (ADT), has brought the existing IAB Tech Lab ads.txt utility to the Ethereum blockchain, resulting in Ads.txt Plus, one of the first open source decentralized applications (DApps) for digital advertising.
a year ago

iExec Announces Partnership With Flixxo To Create The Decentralized Video-Sharing Platform

The Flixxo is a video sharing platform that enables users to upload videos, share them with the community, and get rewarded with Flixx tokens (FLX). It is based on a peer-to-peer (p2p) distributed content storage system from which the actual videos will be transferred via BitTorrent and stored locally on the viewers’ devices.
a year ago