The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has received $12.6 million of funding for 2018 to 2020 from the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi) to generate more resources for Sri Lankan women-led businesses. The grant—one of three awarded under the inaugural call for proposals—enhances ADB’s support...
In a bid to provide a higher level of security to customers, Singapore’s DBS Bank has launched digital tokens for more than 200,000 of its corporate and SME customers on DBS IDEAL, the bank’s online banking platform for corporate and SME customers.  According to...
Enterprise Singapore is focusing on strengthening the startup ecosystem in Singapore by working with global and local partners. This supports the national Research, Innovation and Enterprise 2020 Plan to build a strong core of innovative enterprises and startups to capture global opportunities and create high value jobs...
Singapore's InsurTech startup PolicyPal has rolled out an Employee Benefits digital portal, PolicyPal Business dedicated to offering direct group insurance online. The digital portal aims to mitigate the shortcomings of traditional Employee Benefits processes. More than 1,500 employees in small and medium Enterprises (SMEs) and startups are...
Singapore-based peer-to-business (P2B) lending platform Validus Capital has set up shop in Indonesia through its subsidiary Batumbu, in partnership with Indonesia’s Triputra Group.  Validus targets small and medium enterprises (SMEs) while Batumbu connects SMEs in Indonesia with accredited, institutional, and high net worth investors to provide loans...
Xero, the global small business platform, has teamed up with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) Singapore to support their mission to empower accountants. Through this partnership, accountants will learn how to leverage technology to grow their practices and that of their small business clients through...
Enterprise Singapore has initiated a comprehensive review of its strategies to ensure that its enterprise development efforts keep pace with the evolving and increasingly complex business landscape locally and globally. To achieve stronger, more impactful outcomes, Enterprise Singapore will sharpen its supporting approaches through...
Southeast Asian fintech player Grab Financial Group, has launched its SME lending and micro-insurance for drivers in Singapore. The ‘Grow with Grab’ roadmap aims to provide a comprehensive portfolio of financial services in Southeast Asia for micro-entrepreneurs and small businesses. The services include micro-insurance products, post-paid and...
PIVOT Fintech Pte Ltd, a digital wealth management technology services venture has been granted a Capital Markets Services (CMS) license by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). PIVOT’s CMS license, which comes after the recently published MAS Guidelines on the Provision of Digital Advisory...
SingSaver, a Singapore-based financial comparison platform, has identified cashback as the number one reward women look for when choosing a credit card. The survey of women aged 21-55, which includes millennials, also sheds light on women’s changing attitudes to personal finance and indicates a shift towards greater...