The Singapore FinTech Festival (SFF) and the Singapore Week of Innovation and TeCHnology (SWITCH) concluded its combined week-long event on 15 November 2019, which attracted more than 60,000 participants from 140 countries. SFF x SWITCH will return next year from 9 to 13 November 2020.
New industry-wide research platform to support FinTech investments
Singapore, 12 November 2019… The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), Deloitte and S&P Global Market Intelligence have collaborated to develop a prototype for an industry-wide FinTech Research Platform to help investors and financial institutions connect with FinTech start-ups that they can partner with or invest in.
2 Deloitte’s internal analysis discovered that investors and financial institutions currently do not have access to reliable and up-to-date company information of FinTech start-ups and have to rely on informal networks to source investment opportunities. This limits their view of all the companies in which they might deploy capital.
3 The digital FinTech Research Platform is designed to help:
- Increase transparency by providing a comprehensive view of FinTech companies, including their attributes on business models, use cases, funding, and technology stack.
- Enhance investors’ confidence in FinTech companies through transparency of aggregated third-party and self-reported data, clearly showing the source of each data point.
- Accelerate decision-making by allowing users to compare FinTech companies easily on one platform and prioritise the FinTech firms that they can potentially work with based on parameters that matter most to the users.
MAS, Deloitte, and S&P Global Market Intelligence will continue to explore opportunities to develop the platform further.
4 Sopnendu Mohanty, Chief FinTech Officer, MAS, said, “We believe that the deployment of capital in start-ups, particularly those offering business-to-business solutions, can be vastly improved by enhancing transparency and increasing the confidence in data on early-stage companies. We are keen to leverage this platform, and create synergy with the API Exchange
5 “We are proud to be part of the MAS’ efforts to improve and accelerate investment in the FinTech sector in the region. The ASEAN region presents ample opportunity for FinTechs to make an impact with their innovative financial solutions. This platform can help to make the investment process more effective so that the countries and their societies can benefit from the progress made,” said Bob Contri, Deloitte Global Financial Services Industry Leader.
6 Thomas Yagel, Managing Director, Corporates and Governments Segments at S&P Global Market Intelligence added, “Technology and data are fundamental to the financial industry and capital markets. We are very excited to be working with MAS and Deloitte to design a solution that meets a growing market need, and help FinTech companies to unlock opportunities in the ASEAN region.”
About the Monetary Authority of Singapore
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) is Singapore’s central bank and integrated financial regulator. As central bank, MAS promotes sustained, non-inflationary economic growth through the conduct of monetary policy and close macroeconomic surveillance and analysis. It manages Singapore’s exchange rate, official foreign reserves, and liquidity in the banking sector. As an integrated financial supervisor, MAS fosters a sound financial services sector through its prudential oversight of all financial institutions in Singapore – banks, insurers, capital market intermediaries, financial advisors, and stock exchanges. It is also responsible for well-functioning financial markets, sound conduct, and investor education. MAS also works with the financial industry to promote Singapore as a dynamic international financial centre. It facilitates the development of infrastructure, adoption of technology, and upgrading of skills in the financial industry.
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