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Russian banks and Mastercard launch fintech accelerator

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Four Russian banks, Ak Bars, VTB 24, Bank Saint Petersburg and Home Credit Bank have teamed with Mastercard to launch the “first collaborative” acceleration programme for fintech in Russia. Strategic consultancy will be done by Accenture, and representatives of the Central Bank of Russia (aka the Bank of Russia), the Ministry of Communications, the Association […]

IAG to launch insurtech hub in Singapore

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Insurance Australia Group (IAG) is looking to build an insurtech hub in Singapore. The new unit, Firemark Labs, will act as an incubator for IAG and help teamwork between start-ups and research and tech partners for new products and services across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. Julie Batch, chief customer officer, IAG, says “customer lifestyles […]

Traity collaborates with Suncorp to launch a micro-insurance platform

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Kevin, Traity’s new chatbot, provides micro-insurance for P2P transactions online. Created in collaboration with Australia’s financial services conglomerate, Suncorp, Kevin protects buyers on online marketplaces such as Gumtree, Facebook and Craigslist.

Nordea Liv and Spiff collaborate for a new social savings app

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Nordea Liv, a life insurance arm of Nordea, has worked with Norwegian fintech start-up Spiff to create a new app that will motivate customers to save money to reach goals.

Joy for Bankjoy as three credit unions sign contracts

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Fintech start-up Bankjoy has signed three credit unions for its digital banking software: CommunityWide Federal Credit Union in Indiana; Advantage Plus Federal Credit Union in Idaho, and One Detroit Credit Union in Illinois.

Fintech accelerator round-up: 14 February 2017

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You can read about fintech accelerators quickly with our latest round-up. Featuring RBS, BNP Paribas, Ben Franklin Technology Partners and the info on how to apply. Scotland has got its “first” fintech accelerator with the launch set for May. The new hub will be based in Royal Bank of Scotland’s (RBS) Entrepreneurial Spark business centre […]

Blockchain and Bitcoin round-up: 13 February 2017

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Being quick does the trick. A round-up of key blockchain and Bitcoin events. Berlin-based blockchain start-up, Bit Trust Services, has opened its Bitcoin-Bank in Vienna, Austria. The bank’s ATMs exchange Bitcoin for euro, and vice versa. Vienna is no stranger to the virtual currency as three years ago it got its first bitcoin ATM and […]

Start-up DiPocket looks to rock it in mobile banking app launch

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Start-up DiPocket has unveiled its new mobile banking app, which is not dependent on third party IT systems but built on its own platform. As well as “challenging” the traditional high street banks with its technology, DiPocket thinks it “has a thing or two to teach other ‘neo-banking’ start-ups”. Fedele Di Maggio, CEO and co-founder […]

US start-up Zikher launches online lending platform

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San Francisco-based fintech start-up Zikher has unveiled its Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform for online lending as it targets small banks’ and credit unions’ business. Mortgage and loan applications are done online and take 15 minutes to fill out. Customers can access their application to get real-time information about their loan or mortgage and talk to a […]

Revolut rolls out Rita the chatbot greeter

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UK-based payments start-up Revolut has unveiled its “human-like” chatbot, Rita, to answer customer queries. Rita – which stands for “Revolut’s Intelligent Troubleshooting Assistant” – is accessible via the mobile app’s messenger support service. Customers can open the app, send Rita a message and get an instant reply. During the pilot scheme, Rita resolved 20% of […]

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