COVID-10 Dataset USA

At Risk: The Geography of America’s Senior Population (Jenna Ross, visualcapitalist.com)

At Risk: The U.S. Senior Population The U.S. now has the largest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases globally, and modelling predicts that the country could see about 100,000 to 200,000 total deaths. Unfortunately, adults aged 65 or older—about 16% of the U.S. population—are at much higher risk of both severe illness and death. Today’s chart uses U.S. Census Bureau data to […]

COVID-19 Europe

Startups developing tech to combat COVID-19 urged to apply for fast-track EU funding (Natasha Lomas, TechCrunch)

The European Commission  put out a call Friday for startups and small businesses which are developing technologies that could help combat the COVID-19 outbreak to apply for fast-track EU funding. The push is related to a €164M pot of money that’s being made available for R&D via the European Innovation Council (EIC) — a European Union  funding vehicle which […]

Fintech Open Banking UK

Barclays invests in Open Banking-based utility switching app Youtility (Finextra)

Youtility, a London-based startup tapping into Open Banking to help people track their household expenses and switch utility suppliers, has raised £4.5 million in a funding round joined by Barclays.Barclays was joined by Icap founder Michael Spencer and Ascension Ventures’ Fair By Design Fund, which focuses on firms targeting low-income households. The free Youtility app […]

AI & ML Europe

Commission adds AI research ‘lighthouse’ to innovation priorities amid budget wrangle

MEPs warn the European Commission’s ambitious agenda in artificial intelligence and greening the economy are stretching limited resources thin The AI lighthouse is part of broader ambitions to pull in up to €20 billion every year for the next decade from private and public funds for AI research. To stimulate the private investments, the commission […]

Europe Fintech PropTech

Europe’s A/O PropTech is a new €250M fund dedicated to companies disrupting real estate (Steve O’Hear, techcrunch.com)

A/O PropTech is a new European VC officially launching today, after raising €250 million of so-called “permanent capital” to invest in technology companies disrupting real estate. It’s this “permanent” approach—seeing the firm structured more like a corporate with various shareholders, rather than a traditional venture capital fund that typically has a life cycle of 2-5 years—which […]

Australia Fintech Payments

Australia’s Central Bank Calls For Switch From Visa, Mastercard To Cheaper EFTPOS (PYMNTS.com)

Australian regulators are considering whether it is necessary to stop banks from automatically routing “tap and go” card payments through Visa and Mastercard, when retailers could be using EFTPOS, which is a local payment network that is cheaper, according to a report by Reuters. Visa and Mastercard, as well as the four major banks, control all of […]

Fintech India

Personalising customer experience, topmost priority in any domain: Rahul Sekar, CTO, Shubh Loans

With technology in place for reaching out the fintech space will continue to expand its footprint, with many players in the foray. This means that personalising customer experience is the topmost priority for any fintech player to compete in any domain says Rahul Sekar, Cofounder & CTO, Shubh Loans in an interview with Rashi Aditi Ghosh of Elets […]

Lithuania

10 promising Lithuanian-based startups to watch in 2020 (Charlotte Tucker, eu-startups.com)

Lithuania is hitting the spotlight as one of the startup ‘stars’ of the Baltics. Fast becoming known as a hotspot for fintech, game tech, ICT and blockchain, the capital Vilnius is a nucleus of activity with the futuristic looking Blockchain Center Vilnius, fintech hub Rise by Barclays and annual FinTech Inn, the largest fintech event in the Baltics. What’s […]

AI & ML Fintech Mexico

Fintech Kueski uses AI for an end-to-end loan solution (Mariana Lopez, contxto.com)

Contxto – Many people when requesting a loan for the first time, have no prior credit history. So what usually happens is they’re rejected by traditional banking agents. This is one pain point Mexican startup Kueski seeks to relieve via artificial intelligence (AI). Related article: Mexican startup Kueski raises Series B in equity and debt combo AI-powered credit assessments […]

Canada Open Banking Open Finance

FDATA North America Statement on Department of Finance Canada Open Banking Report

January 31, 2020, Washington, DC – The Department of Finance Canada today released Consumer-Directed Finance: The Future of Financial Services, which is the result of more than nine months of consultation with stakeholders in the financial services and financial technology sectors. Financial Data and Technology Association (FDATA) of North America Executive Director Steve Boms issued the following […]