It’s not even over but 2016’s Fintech scene has already had a roller-coaster of a ride. Square’s IPO ride went through some tough periods, Powa Technologies collapsed in the most ignominious of circumstances and now Brexit is putting big question marks over a lot of regulation and businesses’ futures.
With that in mind, the infographic below, made by Savvybeaver and Call Levels, breaks down the state of fintech around the world, identifying key industry players, top unicorns and top performing stocks.
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Funding Circle has perhaps started 2017 in a better way than most. The London-based lending platform that connects small businesses with investors has raised $100m (£82m) in equity investment.
IZettle, Square's European rival, has raised €60m ($63.4m) in new funding and has also appointed a new CFO, Maria Hedengren.
ING has partnered with Dutch startup, Whydonate, to create a contactless charity collection box to help keep the charity sector innovative in a time when cash is being used less frequently.
University of Strathclyde has launched, what it claims to be the first Financial Technology focused course in the UK. The degree will be an intensive 12-month Masters that will start from September 2017.