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B2B marketplace Solv launches in Kenya to unlock MSMEs’ growth potential

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Nairobi, October 19, 2022 – Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Kenya will now be able to access working capital financing and a wide range of other business solutions following today’s launch of Solv in Kenya. In addition to providing access to multiple financial institutions, the full-stack platform promises to be a growth partner, […]

We’ll be at Singapore FinTech Festival & Hong Kong FinTech Week 2022

As a corporate sponsor of Singapore Fintech Festival 2022 and Hong Kong Fintech Week 2022, Standard Chartered will be hosting an entire week of events between 31st October and 4th November. Against the backdrop of profound global challenges, there lies the opportunity for businesses to be a force for good. Join our panels and visit […]

Bukalapak and Standard Chartered launch BukaTabungan

A digital banking service that combines the reach of Bukalapak’s all-commerce platform and the technology of Standard Chartered’s Banking-as-a-Service solution to offer users greater convenience, security; and drive financial inclusion. BukaTabungan, the first digital banking service from Bukalapak in partnership with Standard Chartered, provides digital banking access to Bukalapak’s ecosystem of more than 110 million […]

Zodia Custody becomes the first dedicated cryptoasset custodian registered in Ireland

Dublin – Wednesday, 3rd August 2022 – Zodia Custody (Ireland) Limited has been added to the Central Bank of Ireland’s Virtual Asset Service Provider Register, becoming the first dedicated cryptoasset custodian to be registered to provide commercial services to clients in Ireland. Zodia Custody, an institutional cryptoasset servicing company headquartered in London, established its Irish […]

SC Ventures launches Appro to streamline and simplify retail banking application processes

Dubai-based fintech offers bank-agnostic digital onboarding platform which reduces processing time to just three minutes. 2 August 2022, Dubai, UAE – SC Ventures today announced the launch of Appro, a fintech startup that digitises, streamlines and simplifies the retail banking user journey. Backed by SC Ventures, Standard Chartered’s innovation, fintech investment and ventures arm, the […]

Standard Chartered-Backed Zodia Markets Receives FCA Crypto Registration

Standard Chartered-Backed Zodia Markets Receives FCA Crypto Registration, Launches Institutional Exchange and Brokerage in UK and EU London, 28 July 2022 – Zodia Markets, a UK-based cryptoasset exchange and brokerage for institutional clients backed by Standard Chartered, today announced that it has received cryptoasset registration from the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and officially launched […]

Solv raises US$40 MN to deepen operations in India and expand globally

27 June 2022, Singapore – Solv, a trusted B2B digital marketplace for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), raised US$40 million in Series A funding led by marquee investor, SBI Holdings, with participation from SC Ventures, Standard Chartered Bank’s innovation, fintech investment and ventures arm. SC Ventures has played a leading role in building and incubating the Solv franchise.  Solv […]

Panel: Do you need a Chief Metaverse Officer?

What is the metaverse? A huge thank you to our speakers Kevin Brisebois, Victoria Wells, Mathew Sweezey and Simon Figures for a really educational and fun conversation where we discussed the metaverse vs. web3, whether the time to dive in is now, and how companies can start thinking about their metaverse strategies. Some key takeaways: 👾  What is the […]

Zodia Custody wins Digital Assets Initiative of the Year!

Zodia Custody, our institutional-grade digital asset custodian, was named Digital Assets Initiative of the Year at the Global Custodian’s Leaders in Custody awards. This well-deserved win is a testament to the hard work of the entire Zodia Custody team and is recognition of the truly innovative work they do towards changing the digital asset landscape. […]

Bambu’s WealthTech Unwrapped: Featuring Alex Manson

Source In Bambu’s podcast series, WealthTech Unwrapped, host Ned Phillips speaks to SC Ventures’ Alex Manson to discuss topics from endurance sports to the role of financial institutions in ensuring the wealth management field is sustainable and relevant. Listen to the full podcast Spotify: Apple: Key takeaways Purpose is a far more powerful driver of […]

Thank you for 4 wins at the Digital CX Awards 2022

Thank you The Digital Banker for the wins! At SC Ventures, we believe that digital disruption goes beyond the digitization of channels. It’s about revamping business models & working in and outside of existing institutions to create new kinds of partnerships and explore new ways of working to serve clients. We are both thrilled and humbled to […]

White Paper: The Metaverse – An Overview

Written by: Simon Figures, SC Ventures San Francisco Email | LinkedIn In Brief The metaverse is best described as a future version of the Internet where people interact socially and professionally in persistent, shared, and immersive virtual worlds. Numerous analysts are predicting a multi-trillion-dollar opportunity with far reaching implications for a broad range of industry […]

Standard Chartered partners with The Sandbox to create metaverse experience

25 April 2022, Hong Kong – Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Limited (“SCBHK”) today announced a new partnership with The Sandbox, a leading decentralised gaming virtual world, to create innovative experiences for our clients and the community. SCBHK is the first bank to acquire virtual land at The Sandbox metaverse’s Mega City district, a culture […]

StanChart eyes a share of Kenya’s rising e-commerce

Source: TUESDAY MARCH 01 2022 Standard Chartered Plc  is set to enter the local e-commerce business through Solv, a technology firm it first launched in India in December 2020. The multinational’s local subsidiary, Standard Chartered Bank Kenya, is expected to be among the financial partners of the platform which offers small businesses an online marketplace, […]

Silent Eight Raises $40m in Series B Round

Source: AI platform enforces economic sanctions and investigates all other financial crime risks Capital will support technology functions globally, headcount to double by end of 2022 Valuation quadrupled since last funding round in 2020 [Singapore, 10 March 2022] Silent Eight, a pioneer in the field of AI enhanced economic sanctions enforcement and financial crime […]

Standard Chartered and Shenzhen Angel FoF announce strategic partnership to jointly support FinTech enterprise and promote innovation in GBA

24 February 2022, Shanghai – Standard Chartered Bank (China) Limited today announced that it became the first international bank to have signed a strategic partnership agreement with Shenzhen Angel FoF Management Co., Ltd. (“Shenzhen Angel FoF”) to jointly support the development of FinTech companies, especially the small and medium-sized enterprises, in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater […]

The Business Secrets Held in India’s Nutella Jars

Small retailers in India have always been neglected by banks. Standard Chartered is taking a granular approach to helping them get credit. A case of Dove bars, a couple of dozen Lay’s packets, six jars of Nutella. To the owner of a tiny mom-and-pop store, these may just be the humdrum weekly sales figures for soap, chips and bread spread. […]