As Finovate goes increasingly global, so does our coverage of financial technology. Finovate Global: Fintech News from Around the World is our weekly look at fintech innovation in developing economies in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and Central and Eastern Europe.

LATAM

  • Startupbootcamp FinTech Mexico City scouts for promising fintech startups in Latin America for next incoming cohort.
  • HID Global to support biometrics adoption throughout Latin America.
  • Partnership with Itaú Unibanco brings Apple Pay to consumers in Brazil.

CEE

  • Digital gaming marketplace Kinguin and mobile operator Play launch direct carrier billing in Poland via Fortumo.
  • Revolut announces plans to expand its services to Romania in May.
  • Kyiv Post celebrates diversity and achievement in fintech with its 8 Ukranian Women in Fintech: The Stories of Success feature.

Asia

  • Singapore-based peer to peer lending marketplace Funding Societies scores $25 million in Series C, the largest amount raised by a P2P lender from Southeast Asia.
  • South Korea’s third-largest cryptocurrency exchange slated to go live in Indonesia in June.
  • Singapore startup Silot raises $2.8 million in Pre-Series A funding.

MENA

  • Is the decline in correspondent banking activity hurting Islamic financial institutions? A report from the General Council for Islamic Banks and Financial Institutions says “yes.”
  • BBVA-backed Garanti Bank sponsors the first blockchain workshop in Turkey.
  • ADGM and Plug and Play open for business with new office in Abu Dhabi.
  • Checkout becomes the first PSP to accept payments via Saudi Arabia’s billion-transactions per year domestic network, mada.

Africa

  • Fintech Futures profiles Nigeria’s first loan marketplace, Fint.
  • German fintech MyBucks partners with Finsbury Investments to open fully-operational bank branch in Malawaian refugee camp, Dzaleka.
  • Africa Outlook examines factors accelerating banking transformation in Africa.

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