Member Spotlight: InDebted, the model company for a post-Covid-19 market.

For many, the Covid-19 pandemic has slowed business growth and, for some, it may mean that they will have to shut their doors. It has been an unprecedented time of economic downturn, that the International Monetary Fund has tipped as potentially triggering a global recession worse than the recession triggered by the GFC. However, for some in the fintech industry, this has been a period of prosperity. Despite the economic downturn, many fintechs have seen continued investor support. In April, Xinja raised $433 million from a fund in the United Arab Emirates, and AirWallex gained unicorn status with a $252 million raise. More recently, Nium and Moneytree have completed successful raisings, and Joust has merged with Loan Dolphin.

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Five FinTechs on Friday 4

Innovation is the name of the game here in Australia. Today’s series covers an electronic payments solutions provider, real-time payment specialists, a unique banking app to help Australians save on their home loan, a marketplace for third-party fintech payment services and a global privacy enhancing, data exchange technology service.
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Industry Updates June 4, 2020

 




We hope that everyone has been well over the past couple of weeks. On the policy front, we are continuing to strongly advocate for the fintech ecosystem with respect to the budget to support you all on your recovery post-Covid-19. We have made our submission to the Inquiry into the Future Directions for the Consumer Data Right, and are currently drafting our submission to the ASIC ePayments Review (details below).

Industry Updates

Last week was particularly exciting, with the new Regulatory Sandbox legislation receiving royal assent. We also successfully lobbied for the removal of the directive that the AOFM must only distribute the SFSF 15 Billion Fund to companies that have 50M assets/loans under management. This change will allow more lenders to access the scheme.

New memberships and community initiatives

Before we launch into our community initiatives, we would like to welcome Scantek, Yodlee and Identitii as our newest members!

Since our last newsletter we have run two weeks of Five Fintechs on Fridays (with incredible enthusiasm from the community). These entries have featured BTC Markets, Data Republic, Assembly Payments, Tanggram, Ingenico, TradeLedger, OpenSparkz, Radium Capital, Pinch and Relay Pay. Stay tuned for this Friday’s latest FFoF.

In last week’s Member Spotlight we spoke with Caroline Bowler, CEO of BTC Markets about the opportunities that the current market presents for cryptocurrency adoption and, in particular, Central Bank Digital Currencies. This week we spoke with InDebted’s Lachlan Heussler about what the company is doing in the debt collection space, their unique use of technology, and their future plans.

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Five FinTechs on Friday 3

In today’s series we cover unique fast growing fintechs. A digital currency banking platform, automated bank account direct debit and credit card payments solution, Lending-as-a-Service, a global enablement platform powering rewards and offers programs, and an R&D tax incentives financing service.

Also don’t miss registering for our upcoming events this week. Details below.

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Member Spotlight: BTC Markets, Cryptocurrency and CBDCs in Australia

In last week’s spotlight, we discussed Covid-19’s acceleration effect regarding the adoption of new technologies. Continuing that trend, this week we spoke with CEO of BTC Markets, Caroline Bowler about the opportunities that the current market presents for cryptocurrency adoption and, in particular, Central Bank Digital Currencies.

During the past few months, the cryptocurrency markets, with Bitcoin in particular, experienced significant movement. This can potentially be attributed to uncertainty in traditional markets and the recent Bitcoin halving. Despite prices slumping in recent weeks since the halving, investor activity in Bitcoin derivatives is at record levels. “The pandemic has amplified digital asset’s presence on the global financial stage,” says Ms Bowler, “we see an opportunity for investors adopting digital assets to cushion against the economic effects of Covid-19. For example, bitcoin as a potential deflationary hedge against inflation brought on by quantitative easing. Evidence of investor activity can be seen by looking at the asset’s derivative markets.” (more…)

Five FinTechs on Friday 2

In today’s series we cover Australia’s leading digital asset exchange and a payment technology company that is offering a special rate for FA paid members. We also put the spotlight on a governance platform for data sharing, smart mobile wealth creation app, and payment terminals software and services.

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Member Spotlight: Frollo, paving the way for fintech in CDR

The advent of Covid-19 has accelerated the adoption of technologies such as videoconferencing at the workplace and in court, and the signing of documents electronically, both at a federal and state level. One other area of fintech innovation that will likely benefit greatly from this rapid adoption is the Consumer Data Right.

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Five FinTechs on Friday

The fintech industry is continuing to innovate and we’ve had exceptional startups launch in Australia. In this new series, we will be highlighting five fintechs every friday to put a spotlight on the amazing solutions the companies are developing (more…)

Industry Updates, May 7 2020

 




We hope that everyone is staying safe at this time. We are continuing to strongly advocate for you all in respect of recent Covid-19 measures, including the expansion of JobKeeper, its application to SME lenders, and AOFM funding to non-bank lenders. We are also currently drafting submissions to the Inquiry into the Future Directions for the Consumer Data Right, and the ASIC ePayments Review (details below). We have also launched a talent marketplace on Linkedin in partnership with Tier One People.

The Finnies and Intersekt

We wanted to share a quick update with you with regard to the Intersekt Fintech Festival and The Finnie Awards. In such uncertain times, we are working hard to ensure Intersekt Fintech Festival 2020 will proceed as planned from the 26 to 27 October 2020 and The Finnie awards which have been rescheduled for November 27, 2020. With networking an integral part of coming together for these events, our first preference is to run live events as normal.

New partnership with Vocus

We have also partnered with Vocus, a leading Tier 1 telco and network solutions provider, connecting people, businesses, and governments across Australia and the world. They offer customised solutions to some of Australia’s largest and most promising financial services organizations, and are looking forward to enabling the fintech industry to innovate and grow further. (more…)

FinTech Australia partners with Vocus

FinTech Australia has partnered with specialist fibre and network solutions provider Vocus.

Vocus has signed up as an ecosystem corporate partner of FinTech Australia, in addition to supporting its major events. The partnership will see Vocus become a major partner at The Finnie Awards, as well as a supporter of Intersekt – Australia’s FinTech Festival.

Vocus joins AWS, VISA, Bank of Queensland, NAB, EY and BDO as a corporate partner of FinTech Australia. (more…)