Author: Fintechnews Nordics

Dreams, a Swedish provider of behavioural and engagement banking solutions, announced the launch of its financial wellbeing platform in partnership with Ukrainian commercial bank UKRSIBBANK BNP Paribas Group. The company’s financial wellbeing platform is now embedded into UKRSIBBANK’s mobile banking app, giving its 2 million customers across Ukraine access to a full range of additional functionalities from which they can set and achieve money-saving goals through clever, automated saving features, in addition to nudges and hacks. The integration will help UKRSIBBANK to revamp its digital banking offering with a more personalised and engaging user experience, which will drive customer satisfaction…

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The central bank of Sweden Riksbank pilots phase two of its e-krona project with Swedish bank Handelsbanken and TietoEVRY, a Finnish IT software and service company providing IT and product engineering services. The pilot project run by the Riksbank aims to assess the possibilities of introducing a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC). The e-krona pilot is therefore moving on from only having simulated participants to cooperation with external participants in the test environment. In this second phase, one aspect the Riksbank hopes to investigate is how well the e-krona’s technical platform works when integrated with the internal systems of a…

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Sweden’s open banking platform Tink continues its expansion across Europe with the acquisition of FinTecSystems, a German open banking infrastructure fintech, powering over 150 banks and fintechs in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The acquisition of FinTecSystems is conditional upon approval from the national competent authorities. Tink said in a statement that this acquisition builds on the €175 million investment that it had secured through two funding rounds in 2020, and complements its organic growth strategy to enhance its platform, increase connectivity and expand its product offering across Europe. Following the acquisition, FinTecSystems will continue to serve new and existing customers…

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Home to one of the largest and best-known tech ecosystems in Europe, Sweden is now emerging as a fintech powerhouse, counting nearly 400 companies that use technology and digital platforms to support, enable or innovate banking and financial services, according to data from Invest Stockholm, the official investment promotion agency of the city. Some of these companies are now world leaders in their own industry, while others are rapidly expanding overseas. To get a sense of the Sweden’s most innovative and successful fintech companies, we look today at seven fast-growing Swedish fintech companies and their recent developments. For this list,…

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Financial Software and Systems (FSS), a global provider of integrated payment products and a payment processor, is partnering with Zwipe, a Norway-based paymets fintech, to bring biometrics payment cards to issuers globally. Both entities will collaborate closely, offering greater value to customers by combining FSS’s Unified Issuance Platform and Zwipe Pay One biometric card capabilities, supported by Zwipe’s fast-growing global network of card manufacturing partners. As part of this collaboration, FSS will offer Zwipe Pay ONE biometric payment cards globally. The initial focus will be in those markets where contactless is bringing considerable benefits in the area of financial inclusion…

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HIPS Payment Group, an Ireland-based provider of e-commerce and mobile payment solutions, and The Payment House, a Nordic payment processor for taxi companies in Scandinavia, announced their partnership to enable payment with crypto currency in over 20,000 taxis in Scandinavia and 10,000 taxis in the UK. The two companies will leverage each other’s technologies so that consumers can easily use crypto payments at real-time transaction speeds, offering a convenient payment method not currently in use. The solution, which is planned to roll out in beta November 2021, will use the Hips Merchant Protocol (HMP) and Hips Merchant Gateway (HMP-gateway) over…

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Norges Bank, the central bank of Norway, announced that it will test various technical solutions for a central bank digital currency (CBDC) over the next two years in line with the recommendations of an internal working group. The working group is of the opinion that the motivation for research into CBDCs has been strengthened. Many central banks are in the process of carrying out similar research, and several are already under way with technical testing. At the same time, payment technologies have evolved at a rapid pace, and cash usage has fallen further. The share of cash payments in Norway…

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Norway is home to over 120 fintech companies with the vast majority of solutions available right now focusing on mobile payments and online banking, though other segments such as data and analytics, insurtech, data and analytics, and wealthtech, are also represented, data from TheFactor, a fintech and proptech incubator and accelerator, show. Several Norwegian fintechs have grown to notable size, attracting the interest of foreign investors and expanding overseas. To get a sense of Norway’s biggest, most successful fintech companies, we’ve compiled a list of six Norwegian fintechs that have recorded strong growth, made notable strides this past year, and…

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Finland is home to more than 200 fintech companies, which have raised a combined EUR 450 million in funding, and generated EUR 1.3 billion in revenue in 2019, data from industry trade group Fintech Farm Helsinki show. These fintechs have grown tremendously over the past years, with several of them expanding overseas and reaching global recognition. To get a sense of Finland’s biggest, most successful fintech companies, we’ve compiled a list of nine Finnish fintechs that have demonstrated strong growth and which deserve to be followed very closely. For this list, we’ve selected independent, private Finnish fintech companies and excluded…

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Returpack, a Swedish privately owned company that aims to increase recycling, has selected fintech startup Payer to develop a new IoT technology with the aim to create an easy digital payout experience for consumers. Payer was chosen to develop the core engine, a machine-to-consumer, digital payout solution directly to the consumers’ bank account that was built using Payer’s modular API payments platform. The digital solution is now being rolled out across Sweden. In the first roll-out phase are 57 machines, designed to receive bulk deposits. The solution works in a combination of the machine, the cloud and a mobile app.…

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Finland-based mobile payments platform ePassi has launched a unique collaboration with Finnair where members of their frequent flyer program can now pay for services with Finnair Plus points at the former’s merchant sites around Finland. ePassi, operating in Finland and Sweden, currently has 1.5 million users and 35,000 merchant sites in the Nordic countries. Payments can be made using the ePassi mobile app at the checkout of the chosen site. The collaboration will be further expanded to include thousands of restaurants towards the summer of 2021. ePassi and Finnair expect the service to gain popularity among a vast group of…

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Meniga, a provider of digital banking solutions founded in Iceland, announced that it has closed a €10 million strategic investment round. The round was led by institutional investors, Velocity Capital Fintech Ventures, and Frumtak Ventures. Other participants in the round include Industrifonden, the UK Government’s Future Fund, and existing customers UniCredit, Swedbank, Groupe BPCE, and Íslandsbanki. Meniga said that the funding will be used for continued investment in Meniga’s R&D activities, and in particular the development of innovative green banking products. Additionally, the new injection of investment will help strengthen Meniga’s sales and service teams. In 2020, Meniga said that…

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Nordic-based card issuing and payment processing services provider Enfuce has raised €7 million in Series B funding led by Tencent who had invested €5 million in the company. Meanwhile, Enfuce’s prior investors Maki.vc invested the other €2 million, bringing the total amount raised by the company to €15 million so far. With the investment, Enfuce is set to gain more growth in Europe as well as globally, and explore the opportunities of company acquisitions to speed up growth. Enfuce reportedly has a global customer base spanning 16 countries to provide innovative payment, open banking, and sustainability services for corporates and…

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Opera Limited, a browser provider headquartered in Oslo, announced that it has hired PayPal veteran Allen Hu as the new Executive Vice President (EVP) of Dify, which is the browser’s fintech arm. An expert in financial technology and payments, Allen Hu will lead the Dify business. He brings a wealth of experience from nearly ten years at PayPal, where he was Regional Head of Global Core Payments, based in California. Hu gained expertise in fintech as a Venture Partner in Sequoia Capital China, where he focused on investments in the fintech sector. Prior to that, he was the General Manager…

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The Danish fintech startup scene has grown significantly over the last few years, rising from only 70 fintech companies in 2015 to more than 250 in 2021, according to numbers from industry trade group Copenhagen Fintech. In 2020, Danish fintechs raised a record of 2.588 billion DKK (US$427 million), up 82.25% from the previous year at 1.42 billion DKK (US$234 million). The 2020 Tradeshift deal (1.650 billion DKK or US$272 million) alone accounted for more than half of all funding raised by Danish fintech companies that year. As the sector continues to grow and mature, the number of partnerships between…

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Iceland’s financial services industry has changed rapidly over the past couple of years with fintech solutions at the forefront of these changes. Innovative fintech solutions are provided by the three largest commercial banks in the country, namely Landsbankinn, Íslandsbanki, and Arion Bank, but also by a growing list of independent businesses and startups which are leveraging cutting-edge technologies including artificial intelligence and blockchain to reinvent the sector. The following are 9 fintech startups in Iceland to keep a close eye on. Meniga Founded in 2009, Meniga provides white-label digital banking solutions. Its award-winning products enable the world’s largest financial…

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