Tag: Dubai International Financial Centre

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Dubai International Financial Centre’s FinTech Hive accelerator opens
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Dubai issues loan-based crowdfunding consultation paper
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Dubai International Financial Centre launches region’s first FinTech accelerator

Dubai International Financial Centre’s FinTech Hive accelerator opens

By Jonathan Lawrence

The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) has formally opened its call for applicants to its ‘FinTech Hive at DIFC’ accelerator programme, following registered interest from over 200 companies since its launch in January 2017. The 12-week programme is aiming to help early and growth-stage FinTech companies accelerate product and business development by gaining exposure to help from financial institution executives. Successful applicants will be offered the opportunity to develop, test and modify their innovations in collaboration with senior representatives from DIFC Authority, Accenture, and financial institutions such as Citi, HSBC, Standard Chartered, Visa, Emirates NBD, and Mashreq.

The programme also aims to provide access to mentorship from technology partners such as Facebook and Envestnet | Yodlee. Facebook will run an independent mentorship workshop for startups, providing advice on monetisation, growth and engagement, development and marketing tools, and analytics. Envestnet | Yodlee will provide developers with access to Application Program Interfaces (APIs) to build innovative financial applications and services.

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Dubai issues loan-based crowdfunding consultation paper

By Jonathan Lawrence

The Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) issued a consultation paper “Crowdfunding: SME Financing Though Lending” on 31 January 2017. The paper proposes a regulatory framework for anyone looking to operate a loan-based crowdfunding platform in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). It is the first in a series of papers which will set out the DFSA’s approach to the regulation of FinTech more generally.

The key proposals include:

  • A tailored regime of rules specifically designed for loan-based crowdfunding platform operators.
  • Minimum standards for systems and controls.
  • Operational transparency and adequate disclosure to all participants – borrowers and lenders – on the platform.
  • Suitable checks on platform participants.
  • Appropriate safeguarding and segregation of client money.
  • The development of business cessation plans.
  • Enabling the transfer of rights or obligations between lenders.

The rules are benchmarked against the regimes in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, France, Netherlands and Spain, being those jurisdictions that create an individual regime for these types of platforms.

The DFSA is seeking comments from anyone who is interested in operating, investing in, or providing services to crowdfunding platforms in the DIFC. This can be done via email consultation@dfsa.ae with “CP109″ in the subject line.  Comments should be submitted by 2 March 2017.

Dubai International Financial Centre launches region’s first FinTech accelerator

By Jonathan Lawrence

Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), the federal financial free zone situated in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, announced on 10 January 2017 the launch of the region’s first FinTech accelerator.

The FinTech Hive at DIFC accelerator aims to create a platform that will provide selected companies the opportunity to test and modify their FinTech advances. It will identify leading technology entrepreneurs and companies through a competitive process and offer them the opportunity to collaborate with executives from DIFC and regional and international financial institutions. Accenture has been chosen to set up and operate the accelerator

About 150–200 companies are expected to take part in the FinTech Hive over a five-year period, and no specific funding amount has been provided. The FinTech Hive is also interested in growing companies that have a product currently deployed outside of financial services but that are interested in entering this sector.

For the FinTech Hive at DIFC website, please click here.

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