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Asia-Pacific likely to become the World’s Largest Fintech Market by 2030

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Asia-Pacific Is Poised to Outpace the US, Becoming the World’s Largest Fintech Market by 2030, According to New Report

NEW YORK, May 3, 2023 — Financial technology revenues are projected to grow sixfold from $245 billion to $1.5 trillion by 2030, according to a new report released today by Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and QED Investors. The fintech sector, which currently holds a 2% share of the $12.5 trillion in global financial services revenue, is estimated to grow up to 7%, of which banking fintechs are expected to constitute almost 25% of all banking valuations worldwide by 2030.

The report, Global Fintech 2023: Reimagining the Future of Finance, provides a comprehensive overview of fintech’s future landscape globally and explores the latest trends and opportunities in the global fintech market. It also examines the regulatory environment for fintech companies and the impact of emerging technologies. In 2022, fintechs on average lost more than half of their market value, but according to the research, this plunge was merely a short-term correction in an otherwise long-term positive trajectory.

“The fintech journey is still in its early stages and will continue to revolutionize the financial services industry as we know it,” says Deepak Goyal, BCG managing director and senior partner and co-author of the report. “Customer experience remains poor. More than half the world’s population remains unbanked or underbanked, and technology continues to unlock new use cases in leaps and bounds. All stakeholders must therefore seize the moment. Regulators need to be proactive and lead from the front. Incumbents should partner with fintechs to accelerate their own digital journeys.”

“This report highlights clearly something that, anecdotally, QED has witnessed firsthand: that fintech’s story is in Chapter 2, not Chapter 8, and that much of this powerful narrative is still to be written,” says Nigel Morris, QED Investors managing partner and coauthor of the report. “Fintech sits within financial services which is a massive, profitable industry, and the opportunity ahead of us to democratize access to these services on a global scale is tremendous. We expect to see continued growth not only in developed markets in the US and Europe, but also in developing fintech markets in LatAm, Asia, and Africa, where the inertia and friction is even greater. QED remains more bullish than ever about the future of fintech and its promise to improve the lives of billions of people across the world.”

APAC to Become the Largest Fintech Market, Led by Emerging Countries

Historically an underpenetrated market with nearly $4 trillion in financial services revenue pools, Asia-Pacific (APAC) is poised to outpace the US and become the world’s top fintech market by 2030, with a projected compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 27%. This growth will be driven primarily by Emerging APAC (e.g. China, India, and Indonesia), as it has the largest fintechs, voluminous underbanked populations, a high number of small and medium-sized enterprises, and a rising tech-savvy youth and middle class. North America, which currently has the world’s largest financial-services industry, will remain a critical fintech market and innovation hub, projected to grow fourfold to $520 billion in 2030, with the US accounting for a projected 32% of global fintech revenue growth (a CAGR of 17%).

The UK and European Union combined represent the world’s third-largest financial institution market and are expected to witness major fintech growth through 2030, estimated at more than fivefold over 2021 and led by the payments sector. Similarly, Latin American markets, led by Brazil and Mexico, which have established fintech landscapes, are projected to show a revenue CAGR of 29% over the same time frame. The report projects a fintech revenue CAGR of 32% until 2030 in Africa, with South Africa, Nigeria, Egypt, and Kenya being the key markets.

While Payments Led the Last Era, B2B2X and B2b Will Lead the Next Era of Fintech Growth

The first part of the fintech journey was led by payments, accounting for roughly 25% of cumulative equity funding ($120 billion) since 2000. And according to the report, the sector will grow fivefold to $520 billion, driven by cross-border payments, “payment-plus” models (bill pay and payment apps offering adjacent services such as wallet services), and the proliferation of use cases driven by real-time payments.

While payments led the last era, B2B2X and B2b (serving small businesses) will lead the next. B2B2X is made up of B2B2C (enabling other players to better serve consumers), B2B2B (enabling other players to better serve businesses), and financial infrastructure players. The B2B2X market is expected to grow at a 25% CAGR to reach $440 billion in annual revenues by 2030, supported by growth in embedded finance and financial infrastructure; while the B2b fintech market is expected to grow at a 32% CAGR to reach $285 billion in annual revenue by providing solutions to credit-starved and poorly served small businesses.

Spread Businesses in the Developed World Will Face Challenges While Playing a Critical Role in Emerging Markets

Spread businesses in developed markets (which include banks and neobanks, lending platforms, mortgage lenders, and credit unions) will face challenges scaling up profitably and will need to start lending on their own balance sheet while accessing lower-cost funds, one method of which is by acquiring a banking license. One significant challenge is incumbent banks are investing heavily in technology to improve their customer experience and value chains, making it difficult for neobanks to differentiate themselves.

With roughly 2.8 billion underbanked (50% of which reside in emerging economies) and an additional 1.5 billion unbanked (75% of which reside in emerging economies) adults in the world, neobanks will play a key role in expanding financial access.

Regulators Must Be Proactive, Not Indifferent

Regulation of fintechs has traditionally been relatively light, non-proactive, fragmented, and, in some cases, even lagging behind. While recent bank crises have made them more sensitive to asset/liability management, in addition to creating guardrails, regulators must ensure they are not overregulating the industry and thereby stifling innovation.

Regulators should consider leveling the playing field via such actions as enabling faster pathways for banking and payment institution licenses, supporting digital public infrastructure, and facilitating an open banking ecosystem.

Fintechs Need to Focus on Fundamentals and Play Offense; Incumbents Should Accelerate Their Own Digital Journeys by Embracing Fintechs

The landscape today is much different than it was in 2021 and early 2022 when so many fintechs were able to attract higher funding. Today, fintechs need to conserve cash and stretch their runways to get through the “funding winter” without resorting to raising money at lower valuations. They should therefore consider strengthening their competitiveness and pursuing aggressive strategies such as talent acquisition, gaining market share by entering new geographies/markets, and exploring M&A opportunities—while also taking an active role in shaping and embracing forward-looking regulations that enhance customer confidence and drive higher valuations.

Historically, incumbents have tried to buy capabilities by acquiring fintechs. To avoid failed acquisitions and shorten fintechs’ time to market, incumbents and fintechs should form “Value-based Partnerships,” which allow the fintechs to remain independent but with a clear commercial arrangement that is to the benefit of both partners.

Download the publication here: https://www.bcg.com/publications/2023/future-of-fintech-and-banking

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About QED Investors

QED Investors is a global leading venture capital firm based in Alexandria, Va. Founded by Nigel Morris and Frank Rotman in 2007, QED Investors is focused on investing in disruptive financial services companies worldwide. QED Investors is dedicated to building great businesses and uses a unique, hands-on approach that leverages its partners’ decades of entrepreneurial and operational experience, helping companies achieve breakthrough growth. Notable investments include AvidXchange, Betterfly, Bitso, Caribou, ClearScore, Current, Creditas, Credit Karma, Flywire, Kavak, Klarna, Konfio, Loft, Mission Lane, Nubank, QuintoAndar, Remitly, SoFi, Wagestream and Wayflyer.

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Internet Service Provider Omni Fiber announces $150 Million in financing from Stonepeak Credit to continue rapid expansion in the Midwest

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Omni Fiber, a regional Fiber Internet Service Provider with operations in over 25 markets in Ohio and Pennsylvania backed by Oak Hill Capital, today announced the closing of $150 million in debt financing from Stonepeak Credit.

Founded in 2022 by management and Oak Hill, Omni Fiber has invested over $250 million in building an XGS-PON fiber network and is on track to reach approximately 200,000 locations by the end of the year. The financing from Stonepeak Credit will fund rapid expansion into more communities in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Michigan.

Omni Fiber launched its service in late 2022 and now serves residential and business customers in over 25 small and mid-size communities. Construction is in progress in over 15 additional communities, and network design and engineering activities are ongoing in many others.

Omni Fiber’s founding CEO, Darrick Zucco said, “We are excited about the additional opportunities this financing enables. The company’s network expansion not only brings choice to communities with limited options for reliable, ultra-high-speed Internet service but also creates hundreds of new jobs at Omni Fiber and local contractors. The halo effect on economic development for the impacted towns is significant.”

Scott Baker, Managing Partner at Oak Hill Capital, added “It has been a uniquely rewarding experience to partner with Darrick and his talented leadership team. We are thrilled by the rapid growth of Omni Fiber and are committed to continuing investing behind the team as they expand their fiber services to underserved markets in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Michigan.”

Ryan Roberge, Senior Managing Director at Stonepeak, added “We are proud to partner with Omni Fiber and Oak Hill Capital to support Omni’s next phase of growth. Our team was thoroughly impressed with Darrick and the rest of Omni’s management team and their plans to expand Omni’s next generation fiber network to additional communities in the Midwest. We look forward to continuing our partnership with Omni and Oak Hill Capital over the long-term.”

With the additional funding, Omni Fiber expects to accelerate the pace of expansion and announce more communities in the next few months.

About Omni Fiber
Omni Fiber was founded in 2022 and is backed by Oak Hill Capital, one of the largest investment firms in the telecommunications industry. Based in Ohio, Omni Fiber is led by a leadership team with 100+ years of combined industry experience and provides 100% fiber-optic broadband Internet, TV, and Phone services to residential and business customers in the Midwestern United States. Omni Fiber offers symmetrical speeds of up to 10 Gbps, no hidden fees, no data caps, Premium Wi-Fi included, local customer service, and competitive pricing.

About Oak Hill Capital
Oak Hill is a longstanding private equity firm focused on the North America middle-market. Oak Hill applies a specialized, theme-based approach to investing in the following dedicated industry sectors: Media & Communications, Industrials, Services, and Consumer. The Firm implements a highly systematic approach to theme development, proactive origination, and value creation in partnership with management to build franchises of lasting value. Over the past 35+ years, Oak Hill and its predecessors have raised approximately $20 billion of initial capital commitments and co-investments, invested in approximately 100 companies, and completed more than 300 add-on acquisitions representing an aggregate enterprise value at acquisition of over $60 billion.

About Stonepeak
Stonepeak is a leading alternative investment firm specializing in infrastructure and real assets with approximately $71.2 billion of assets under management. Through its investment in defensive, hard-asset businesses globally, Stonepeak aims to create value for its investors and portfolio companies, with a focus on downside protection and strong risk-adjusted returns. Stonepeak provides capital, operational support, and committed partnership to grow investments in its target sectors, which include communications, energy and energy transition, transport and logistics, and real estate.

Stonepeak is a sponsor of private equity and credit investment vehicles. Stonepeak Credit provides credit solutions to infrastructure sponsors and companies.

Stonepeak is headquartered in New York with offices in Hong Kong, Houston, London, Singapore, and Sydney.

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Schoox Partners with learning content aggregator Go1 to Offer Content for Every Learning Style

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Schoox customers gain access to Go1’s diverse content formats available in 14 languages.

Learning management and talent development software provider Schoox announced a new partnership with Go1, the most diverse learning content aggregator, to seamlessly integrate Go1’s library within the Schoox platform. Meticulously curated by a team of experts, Go1’s learning content features courses from more than 250 industry-leading providers, bolstering Schoox’s LMS offering.

“We are excited to provide our customers with access to Go1’s content library. This will enable their employees to engage with a variety of styles, formats, and languages that cater to their learning preferences.” —Lefteris Ntouanoglou, Schoox

Go1’s high-quality education and training options span a global array of industries and topics across compliance and upskilling. Organizations can offer their employees the skills and training most relevant to them in various formats, from text-based content to video and audio courses. Content can be curated into skill-boosting playlists designed to tackle any learning challenge head-on.

“We are proud to offer learning opportunities that allow our customers to reimagine learning and development,” said Chris Eigeland, CEO of Go1. “Our content powers learning programs with the most diverse learning and compliance training content and enables employees to take learning into their own hands for personal and professional growth.”

“Every individual learner is unique,” said Lefteris Ntouanoglou, founder and CEO of Schoox. “We are excited to provide our customers with access to Go1’s content library. This will enable their employees to engage with a variety of styles, formats, and languages that cater to their learning preferences.”

Go1’s formats include micro-learning, immersive courses, podcasts, practice labs, and more. Together, Go1 and Schoox serve up essential content solutions that learning and development teams worldwide need to flourish.

About Go1

Go1 is the most diverse learning content aggregator. With expertly curated content spanning more than 80,000 courses from hundreds of industry-leading providers, Go1 delivers a seamless experience for both L&D leaders and employees in a single subscription. The company has raised over $400 million in funding from investors AirTree Ventures, Blue Cloud Ventures, Five Sigma, Insight Partners, Madrona, Salesforce Ventures, SEEK Investments, SoftBank Vision Fund 2 and Y Combinator. Go1 is a Y Combinator 2023 Top Company that provides a seamless learning experience in over 70 learning platforms.

About Schoox

Schoox is workplace learning software with a people-first twist. People aren’t cogs, and Schoox was designed for how humans actually learn. We keep learners curious by letting you deliver more kinds of content wherever they are, from the front line to the corporate office. And by making learning easy, accessible, rewarding, and fun, we help you get everyone more excited about their career development. Learners can “up” their skills, grow on the job, and get more done—and you can measure the impact of their awesome accomplishments. Schoox powers people-focused learning experiences for organizations around the world, including Subway, Celebrity Cruises, Phillips 66, and Sonesta Hotels.

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StockGro Teams Up with Dubai Financial Market, Eyes UAE Debut with Enhanced Market Data Access

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To boost financial literacy in the UAE, StockGro, India’s largest stock market experiential learning platform, has partnered with Dubai Financial Market (DFM) to integrate a live data feed. This collaboration aims to enhance retail investor participation by fostering stock market literacy across the region.

StockGro’s community-based learning platform features over 100 licensed financial experts educating millennials about the financial markets. With DFM’s live data feed implemented on StockGro’s risk-free education platform, the partnership aims to propagate financial awareness in the UAE region.

Ajay Lakhotia, Founder and CEO of StockGro, commented on the expansion, saying, “Launching in UAE marks a significant milestone in our journey to make financial education accessible globally. With DFM’s support, we are excited to empower lakhs of UAE-based investors to become financially free.”

StockGro is India’s premier experiential social learning platform for trading and investments. With over 35 million users nationwide, StockGro is the trusted destination for individuals seeking to learn and master the art of trading and investments. StockGro has successfully empowered financial enthusiasts across 1000+ prestigious educational institutions, offering a unique and immersive learning experience.

Dubai Financial Market (DFM) is the UAE’s premier stock exchange, facilitating financial growth for investors and market participants by offering innovative products in an efficient, transparent and liquid environment. Dubai Financial Market (DFM) was established as a public institution with independent corporate bodies. DFM operates as a secondary market for the trading of securities issued by public shareholding companies, bonds issued by the Federal Government or any of the local Governments and public institutions in the country, units of investment funds and any other financial instruments, local or foreign, which are accepted by the market.

The DFM commenced operations on March 26, 2000, and became the 1st Islamic Shari’a-compliant exchange globally since 2007. Following its IPO in November 2006, when DFM offered 1.6 billion shares, representing 20% of its paid-up capital of AED 8 billion, DFM became a public joint stock company, and its shares were listed on 7 March 2007 with the trading symbol (DFM). Following the IPO, the Government of Dubai retained the remaining 80% of DFM Company through Borse Dubai Limited.

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