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The Shape of The SME: 5 Expert Predictions for SME Banking in 2018

During 2017, we have seen numerous advances in technology and the introduction of new regulatory policies that are reshaping SME Banking. Despite still being an underserved segment of sorts, digitalisation, machine learning and open APIs have opened up previously unimaginable opportunities for banks to get closer to the SME customer.

While no one can see the future, we asked SME Banking experts to share their predictions with us. Here’s a preview of what the best in Fintech have to say about the coming year in SME Finance Management.

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Topics: BFM, business banking, SME Finance Forum, SME banking, small business, business finance, Financial Management for Small Business (BFM)

Author: Vaida Pakulyte on Feb 8, 2018

SME Finance Forum Interview Series: Guga Stocco on Banking innovation

Brazilian Guga Stocco is an advisor and board member of companies like B3, the biggest stock market in the world. He co-founded Domo Invest, a fund that raised R$ 100 million for investments in Internet and Fintech. Guga was also responsible for the creation of the first fully digital bank in Brazil with more than 300,000 clients and projects such as online bank account opening and open banking platform, allowing fintechs to access APIs easily and explore Brazilian Market.

As the fourth part of our SME Finance Forum interview series, we asked Guga about the key initiatives in the digital transformation taking place in Brazil, and how banks or financial institutions can take advantage of this opportunity.

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Topics: digital banking, SME banking, business banking, business finance, SME Finance Forum, SMEs

Author: Vaida Pakulyte on Jan 24, 2018

SME Finance Forum Interview Series: Lav Odorovic on Penta Success Story

Lav Odorovic is the co-founder and CEO of Penta. Odorovic is a serial entrepreneur, having set up and exited his first startup by the tender age of 21. After working several corporate jobs, he, together with several entrepreneurial friends, launched Penta, a Berlin-based neobank, offering banking services to early-stage technology companies.

As the last part of our SME Finance Forum interview series, we wanted to talk not only to banks to understand their views on innovation, but with Fintechs as well. As Europe enters into a world of open APIs, many startups are looking to seize the opportunity. Penta neobank is one of them, offering a new type of business banking services. We wanted to understand their journey, vision and future business goals.

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Topics: digital banking, SME banking, business banking, business finance, SME Finance Forum, SMEs

Author: Vaida Pakulyte on Jan 16, 2018

SME Finance Forum CEO Matt Gamser on the FinTech opportunity in emerging economies

Matthew Gamser is the CEO of the SME Finance Forum. For the past 11 years, he has worked for the International Finance Corporation in a variety of roles, including leading its advisory work for the financial sector in the East Asia-Pacific region.

With over 30 years of experience in private enterprise and financial sector development, Matt has worked with commercial banks and non-bank financial institutions in broadening and deepening services to households and enterprises previously lacking formal finance.

Matt is a supporter of Strands Finance, which recently joined the SME Finance Forum as a member. Our Marketing Director Victoria Yasinetskaya sat down with Matt to find out more... 

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Topics: Financial Management for Small Business (BFM), BFM, business finance, financial inclusion, SME banking, Africa fintech, CBA, business banking, SME Finance Forum

Author: Nicole Harper, Content Manager on Jun 3, 2016

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