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Underserved fintech fund raises $141 million

Underserved fintech fund raises $141 million

06 March 2017  |  6471 views  |  0 comments | 7 tweets | 3 linkedin

US non-profit group Accion International and VC Quona Capital have raised $141 million from an array of institutional investors to support fintech startups that improve the quality and availability of financial services for the underserved.

IBM and Maersk advance blockchain project for global trade

IBM and Maersk advance blockchain project for global trade

06 March 2017  |  8237 views  |  0 comments | 14 tweets | 7 linkedin

IBM and transport and logistics outfit Maersk have unveiled a blockchain-based cross-border supply chain programme to manage and track the paper trail of tens of millions of shipping containers across the world.

Deutsche Bourse fintech venture fund targets blockchain and AI

Deutsche Bourse fintech venture fund targets blockchain and AI

03 March 2017  |  45608 views  |  0 comments | 20 tweets | 11 linkedin

Deutsche Bourse's new dedicated fintech venture fund, DB1, is hoping to make up to five investments this year, focusing on startups that use technologies such as blockchain and machine learning to rebuild the rails on which financial markets are built.

Scotiabank trials AlphaPoint blockchain tech for trade reports

Scotiabank trials AlphaPoint blockchain tech for trade reports

02 March 2017  |  12995 views  |  0 comments | 10 tweets | 6 linkedin

Canada's Scotiabank has spent the last few months testing a distributed ledger platform from tech firm AlphaPoint.

Bank of Japan exec warns FS firms against leaving DLT expertise to tech providers

Bank of Japan exec warns FS firms against leaving DLT expertise to tech providers

02 March 2017  |  13533 views  |  0 comments | 12 tweets | 8 linkedin

Distributed ledger technology has huge potential but has not yet reached the stage where it can fully replace current centralised systems, says a senior Bank of Japan official, who also warns FS firms against leaving the development and understanding of the tech to outside vendors.

Thai stock exchange uses blockchain for new startup marketplace

Thai stock exchange uses blockchain for new startup marketplace

01 March 2017  |  13119 views  |  0 comments | 11 tweets | 7 linkedin

The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) is planning to launch a blockchain-based marketplace for startups later this year.

Switzerland's Crypto Valley Association draws blue chip support

Switzerland's Crypto Valley Association draws blue chip support

01 March 2017  |  11223 views  |  0 comments | 7 tweets | 5 linkedin

Former UBS and Sap CIO Oliver Bussmann is leading a Government-backed initiative to position Switzerland as a global hub for blockchain and cryptographic development with the support of multiple blue chip partners, including UBS, Thomson Thomson Reuters, PwC, Consensys and Luxoft.

Banco Sabadell highlights commitment to startup ecosystem

Banco Sabadell highlights commitment to startup ecosystem

28 February 2017  |  10032 views  |  0 comments | 3 tweets | 5 linkedin

Reflecting the growing trend for banks to partner with young technology companies, Spain's Banco Sabadell is highlighting its activity in the entrepreneurial ecosystem over the past three years, supplying funding for 2300 growth companies and investing EUR96 million in startups.

DTCC moves ahead with project to use distributed ledger tech for repo market

DTCC moves ahead with project to use distributed ledger tech for repo market

27 February 2017  |  12102 views  |  0 comments | 11 tweets | 13 linkedin

Following a successful proof-of-concept, the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) is pushing ahead with plans for a distributed ledger-based system for the clearing and settlement of US repurchase agreements (repos).

Mizuho carries out blockchain document sharing and digital currency trial

Mizuho carries out blockchain document sharing and digital currency trial

24 February 2017  |  12906 views  |  0 comments | 7 tweets | 4 linkedin

Japan's Mizuho says it has successfully completed trials that used distributed ledger technology for cross-border document sharing and a custom digital currency.

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