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Wealthsimple Raises Money at $4 Billion Value; Drake Buys In

Bloomberg | Kevin Orland | May 3, 2021

Drake invests in wealthsimple - Wealthsimple Raises Money at $4 Billion Value; Drake Buys InPower Corp. of Canada’s Wealthsimple online brokerage raised C$750 million ($610 million) in a funding round that valued it about $4 billion, more than triple what it was worth in October.

The round was led by existing investors Meritech Capital Partners and Greylock Partners, the Toronto-based company said Monday. Also participating are Canadian celebrities including rapper Drake, actors Ryan Reynolds and Michael J. Fox and basketball player Kelly Olynyk.

Wealthsimple, which has more than 2 million users, is benefiting from surging valuations for tech companies and an increase in online trading that has fueled rivals like Robinhood Markets Inc. Wealthsimple offers commission-free stock trading as well as automated investing, cryptocurrency trading and tax services.

See:  Wealthsimple CEO Michael Katchen on his not-so-simple mission: to help people — especially youth — build the foundations of financial freedom

The financing announcement confirmed a Bloomberg report on April 30 that the company was in talks to raise money at a valuation of at least C$4.3 billion. Wealthsimple raised C$114 million at a C$1.5 billion post-money valuation in October, giving it unicorn status.

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NCFA Jan 2018 resize - Wealthsimple Raises Money at $4 Billion Value; Drake Buys In The National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association (NCFA Canada) is a financial innovation ecosystem that provides education, market intelligence, industry stewardship, networking and funding opportunities and services to thousands of community members and works closely with industry, government, partners and affiliates to create a vibrant and innovative fintech and funding industry in Canada. Decentralized and distributed, NCFA is engaged with global stakeholders and helps incubate projects and investment in fintech, alternative finance, crowdfunding, peer-to-peer finance, payments, digital assets and tokens, blockchain, cryptocurrency, regtech, and insurtech sectors. Join Canada's Fintech & Funding Community today FREE! Or become a contributing member and get perks. For more information, please visit: www.ncfacanada.org

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#FFCON21 Brings Canada’s Tech Hub to the Web for 3 Days of Fintech Insights, Business Building

Investor Wire | Jonathan Keim | April 10, 2021

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  • The 2021 Fintech & Financing Conference and Expo (#FFCON21) is scheduled May 11-13
  • Global virtual conference streamed from Toronto, the hub of Canada’s developing fintech ecosystem, but presented online due to pandemic concerns
  • 50-plus speakers with expert insights planned
  • Networking opportunities to connect one-to-one with peers and experts
  • Draft pitching competition to gain attention for business brand (as well as prizes)

The 7th Fintech & Financing Conference and Expo will be held for global participants virtually from May 11-13, 2021.  Originating in Toronto, FFCON21 has grown from a basic collaboration between entrepreneurs and big businesses intent on driving change into a thriving gathering of fintech, blockchain, crypto, digital banking, AI, payments, wealthtech, regtech, alternative finance stakeholders and global participants with a love for Canada’s fintech ecosystem.

In its seventh year, the 2021 gathering (#FFCON21) has been adapted to the health security needs of attendees during the present global pandemic, offering exclusive online access to a three-day collection of educational courses, networking opportunities, pitch competitions, e-booth demos and an auction for charity. 

The conference will take place May 11 to 13, still celebrating its place within Canada’s rising fintech and financial sector even as it extends its reach to a global audience through a virtual platform. Tickets, including early bird rates at present and a special startups-only package, are available at https://ibn.fm/3Ov1h.

Conference organizers anticipate bringing attendees to the table with some 50 speakers ranging from Main Street executives such as the president and CEO of public-private partnership Toronto Finance International to enterprising up-and-comers such as the founder-partner of startup builder Borderless Ventures and its CryptoAssets Institute.

See:  Showcase your products/services: Secure a DEMO Speaker spot at FFCON21: May 11-1

The second annual draft pitching and demo competition follows a sports league model geared toward identifying and featuring emerging and high growth fintech startups and scaleups. The “Breaking Barriers” theme of the conference is particularly appropriate here as draft participants compete for exposure and prizes, including promotion to investors, media, prospective buyers and partners.

The online access format driven by the pandemic proved advantageous last year following a scheduling delay necessary to reimagine the presentation of the spring conference. The digital venue and interactive platform allows for increased participation on a global scale because of the elimination of travel expenses from the plan. Networking and file sharing are able to occur naturally and easily using integrated online text and video chat features.

Additionally, the online platform makes it simple to access all digital content to catch up on anything attendees may have missed at a time when it is more convenient. Networking and e-booth displays present attendees with the potential to make connections with a future business mentor, investor or a prospective employee to help build their companies.

And at the heart of it all is the class schedule with insights from thought leaders on the direction of fintech solutions and emerging fintech trends. Presentations will explore topics that address the latest innovations, emerging industry regulation and the impact of government activity on financial technology markets.

For more information, visit the conference’s web portal at https://fintechandfunding.com.

 


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Forget Unicorns. Zebras are (more sustainable) and the future!

Proptech For Good | June 2020

Zebra - Forget Unicorns. Zebras are (more sustainable) and the future!Business-as-usual is no longer adequate for the challenges of the 21st century. Capitalism is beginning to lose its 'licence to operate' and the Unicorn mindset of 'Move fast and break things' is about to break. Purpose-driven companies today will play a key role in achieving ambitious sustainable development goals. That is why it is time to welcome a new animal to the PropTech zoo, the Zebra.

Taking responsibility for the future

Over-ambitious tech start-ups that paint convincing images of growth do not always translate into business success. The most powerful illustration of this was Wework's planned IPO in September 2019. The $47 billion valuation had already been widely questioned and by the time the IPO was officially withdrawn, the value had fallen by more than $30 billion in just a few days. Since the collapse of WeWork, investors have become more cautious about investing in 'hyped' Proptech startups and scale-ups. The era of 'Move fast and break things' is over.

See:  Stop hunting unicorns and start aiming at Zebras

More and more entrepreneurs and (their) employees find the current way of doing business (focused on hyper growth and move fast and break things) not future-proof. They don't want to continue on the track of individualism, competition and the extraction of value. Customers, employees and even investors are increasingly urging companies to reconsider their view of the world and take a closer look at their place in it. Changing societal values, climate change, depletion of natural resources, and economic and political instability are beginning to call into question long-held beliefs - including the idea that growth is acceptable at any cost.

Capitalism and animal extinction

Capitalism is in the middle of the autumn of its existence. And by capitalism I mean a group of legal entities with the aim of competing for resources and 'profit maximization' for the shareholders. Capitalism is based on financial capital. However, there is also social and ecological capital. Changing social values and people's pressure force companies to reconsider their focus on a narrow definition of growth.

"It's time for a new capitalism - a more fair, equal and sustainable capitalism that actually works for everyone and where businesses, including tech companies, don't just take from society but truly give back and have a positive impact" - Marc Benioff, CEO Salesforce. Source: NYTimes, 14 October 2019.

The Business Roundtable, (an influential association of nearly 200 CEOs of North America's leading companies), redefined a company's mission (from shareholders to stakeholders focus) in 2019, marking an important turning point. Blackrock, the world's largest hedge fund, has also recently made a number of additional strides into the sustainable pouch. In the future, they will only invest in purpose-driven organisations and will put sustainability at the heart of how they invest.

These developments also include new words and storylines. Shouldn't we also look for an alternative to the Unicorn? Because if we carry on like this, all the animals will die out.

Zebras are welcome at PropTech zoo

Today I am planning the seed for a solution and I want to encourage PropTech founders, investors, real estate companies and their stakeholders to organise themselves. This movement requires a new symbol, so we claim a new animal for the PropTech zoo: the zebra. The zebra company is not really new, but it is new to the PropTech storylines we are going to develop. In 2019, others started communicating about zebra companies in the New York Times, Harvard Business Review, PC Magazine, The New Yorker and others.

See:  State of Fair Banking 2020

What is a zebra company? A zebra company is a company whose business model is aimed at realizing a social goal with as a result the creation of profit. Zebra companies are characterized by sustainable progress and development, not aimed at disrupting current markets, exponential growth and striving for its rapid exit. Zebra companies work together to create shared value and are not in the position of winners and losers and more, more, more. Unlike inflated unicorns, zebras are real animals.

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Revolut leaving Canadian market

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Revolut leaving canada - Revolut leaving Canadian marketUnited Kingdom-based FinTech startup Revolut is pulling out of Canada, BetaKit has learned, more than a year and a half after launching a beta version of its offering locally.

In an email shared with Revolut Canada beta users and obtained by BetaKit, the company stated it is “discontinuing [the] Revolut Canadian beta from March 15, 2021.” A Twitter comment from the company confirmed Revolut is closing its Canadian operations.

“This has been a difficult decision, but we’ll do everything we can to make this process as smooth as possible for you,” the email stated. “We really appreciate your support and trust as we work on our global expansion and we hope to be able to return to Canada in the future.”

“We’re very sorry to be announcing this today but have taken the difficult decision to discontinue our Canadian beta for now,” a spokesperson for Revolut Canada said in a statement to BetaKit when reached for comment.

“We very much hope to be able to return to Canada in the future but we’re sorry to be saying au revoir until then,” they added.

See: Nov 20, 2017: NCFA Canada Welcomes Competition Bureau’s recommendations to encourage competition and innovation in Canada’s financial services sector

According to the email sent to Revolut users, account top-ups will no longer be available as of March 29; physical card ordering will no longer be available as of April 12; and account access will no longer be available as of May 15. The company stated that if customers are not able to use their remaining balance before this date Revolut will reimburse them in full.

Revolut has been working to launch a full-fledged Canadian service since 2019. In November of that year, the company began providing early access to accounts for Canadian users ahead of an official launch within the country. However, that launch never came to fruition outside of the beta offering.

Revolut’s Canadian head of strategy and operations manager, Saud Aziz, spoke with BetaKit in 2019 about some of the challenges Revolut and fellow challenger banks face in Canada.

He noted at the time that regulators need to understand that Canada shouldn’t have a binary framework between existing as only either a bank or not a bank. He added that regulatory change is necessary but only likely to come from Canadian consumers demanding change.

The spokesperson pushed aware concerns around competition and regulation, stating “we’ve no issues with competition or regulation. Those things exist in every market we’re in and we think both are good for customers.”

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NCFA Jan 2018 resize - Revolut leaving Canadian market The National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association (NCFA Canada) is a financial innovation ecosystem that provides education, market intelligence, industry stewardship, networking and funding opportunities and services to thousands of community members and works closely with industry, government, partners and affiliates to create a vibrant and innovative fintech and funding industry in Canada. Decentralized and distributed, NCFA is engaged with global stakeholders and helps incubate projects and investment in fintech, alternative finance, crowdfunding, peer-to-peer finance, payments, digital assets and tokens, blockchain, cryptocurrency, regtech, and insurtech sectors. Join Canada's Fintech & Funding Community today FREE! Or become a contributing member and get perks. For more information, please visit: www.ncfacanada.org

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Advancing a more resilient and proportional banking regulatory framework in Canada

OSFI | March 11 2021

OSFI - Advancing a more resilient and proportional banking regulatory framework in CanadaOSFI launches consultations on Basel III implementation and a new tailored approach to capital and liquidity requirements for smaller, less complex banks

OTTAWA ─ March 11, 2021 Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions

The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) plays an essential role in building and preserving resiliency in Canada’s financial system. OSFI’s commitment to implementing the international Basel III Framework has strengthened Canadian banks and improved their ability to handle financial shocks, so they can continue to support economic growth while remaining competitive.

Today OSFI launched an industry consultation on proposed regulatory changes to introduce the latest and final round of Basel III reforms into its capital, leverage and related disclosure guidelines for banks. OSFI’s proposals are in line with the international standards set by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS), while reflecting the Canadian market. Along with these updates, OSFI is proposing changes to enhance proportionality in its capital and liquidity regimes so they remain appropriate for smaller, less-complex banks.

See:  Review: Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC) submission to Advisory Committee on Open Banking

Enhancing transparency and improving comparability in disclosure requirements

In addition, OSFI is consulting on updates to its Pillar 3 Disclosure Guideline. These proposed changes enhance transparency surrounding the capital, leverage and liquidity positions of Canada’s largest banks while ensuring comparability and consistency with the disclosures of their global peers. Similar but proportional updates are being developed for Canada’s smaller, less-complex banks.

Tailoring capital and liquidity expectations for small- and medium-sized banks (SMSBs)

OSFI is unveiling the SMSB Capital and Liquidity Requirements Guideline, a new guideline that outlines revisions to the capital and liquidity frameworks for SMSBs which are more tailored to reflect the unique attributes of these institutions. OSFI used input from its January 2020 consultative document: Advancing Proportionality to design the new framework.

Questions for SMSBs:

  1. For Category I, II and III SMSBs, if OSFI were to adopt Pillar 3 disclosures from the Basel Framework Disclosure Requirements, which disclosures would be particularly challenging to prepare among the following risk categories:
    • Credit risk
    • Counterparty credit risk
    • Securitisation
    • Operational Risk
    • Remuneration
    • Comparison of modelled and standardised RWA (A-IRB approved SMSBs only)?

    Please provide your rationale.

    OSFI is seeking input on its proposals until June 4, 2021, while consultation on changes to its disclosure guideline is open until July 2, 2021. OSFI will publish a summary of comments with the release of its final guidance in late 2021.

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NCFA Announces 7th Annual FFCON21 Digital ‘Breaking Barriers’ FinTech Conference

NCFA Canada | FFCON21 Team | March 11, 2021

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FFCON21 to connect HR talent and explore accelerated Fintech trends and innovations paving the way to mass adoption and scale

TORONTO — March 11, 2021 — The National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association (NCFA), organisers of Canada’ foremost Fintech conference, is pleased to announce the return of FFCON for its 7th consecutive year. The annual FFCON Digital Event, held in association with Toronto Finance International (TFI), will take place May 11-13, 2021.

Building on the success of previous conferences, this year’s event -- titled ‘Breaking Barriers’ -- will bring together an international community of leading voices in fintech, digital banking, tokenization, blockchain, CBDCs, digital identity, AI, capital markets innovation, EDI (equality, diversity and inclusion) and sustainable, open, and alternative finance.

“Fintech is evolving quickly and breaking barriers,” said Craig Asano, Founder and CEO of the National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association of Canada. “Fintech is no longer niche -- it is a permanent technological evolution that is changing the world of finance by high growth fintech companies and incumbent financial institutions. It’s rewiring financial services for the new economy and setting new standards that also demand new regulations. Most importantly, it’s about improving access and delivering better financial products, services and outcomes for everyone especially consumers and small to midsize enterprises (SMEs).”

The theme of FFCON21 reflects the growth and challenges that the Canadian Fintech industry has had to navigate through to foster scalability and mainstream adoption, made all the more complicated through the disruption caused by Covid-19.

“Our Fintech ecosystem has become a great strength in the greater Canadian innovation landscape. COVID-19 has accelerated the pace of change in the industry and highlighted the important role digital innovation plays in the competitiveness of the financial services sector. Rapidly changing consumer habits and ways of delivering products and services offers a significant opportunity for Canadian Fintechs" Jennifer Reynolds, President & CEO, Toronto Finance International

Beyond covering important fintech topics, FFCON21 will offer an engaging and fast-paced interactive agenda, including investor speed dating, sports-inspired Fintech Draft pitching and demo competitions designed to identity and feature emerging fintech stars, debates, round table discussions, digital ebooths and virtual expo, 1-on-1 networking opportunities and unique experiences.  Delegates and partners can build their knowledge base, launch or scale an idea or collaborate digitally with visionary entrepreneurs and investors.

New to FFON21 this year, organizers are adding an HR fintech talent marketplace to connect anyone seeking new opportunities with high growth companies, and a ‘deep dive’ masterclass series on the topic of decentralized finance as part of its quarterly Global Fintech Now program for VIP passholders.

The multi-day event will run from May 11-13 inclusive with daily content to span feature themes of Digital Innovation and Breaking Barriers, Creation & Growth and Global Future Forward. Updates to the evolving programme and speaker lineup can be found on the FFCON21 website.

Registration Now Open

Registration for FFCON21 Breaking Barriers is now open with special early bird rates for delegates, exhibitors and startup packages available for a limited time. Tickets can be purchased at https://fintechandfunding.com/tickets/.

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About the NCFA

The National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association (NCFA) is a financial innovation ecosystem that provides education, market intelligence, industry stewardship, networking and funding opportunities and services to thousands of community members and works closely with industry, government, partners and affiliates to create a vibrant and innovative fintech and funding industry in Canada. Decentralized and distributed, NCFA is engaged with global stakeholders and helps incubate projects and investment in fintech, alternative finance, crowdfunding, peer-to-peer finance, payments, digital assets and tokens, blockchain and cryptocurrency, Regtech, and Insurtech sectors. To learn more about NCFA visit www.ncfacanada.org

 

About Toronto Finance International

Toronto Finance International (TFI) is a public-private partnership between Canada’s three levels of government, the financial services sector and academia. TFI’s mission is to lead collective action that drives the competitiveness and growth of Toronto’s financial sector and establishes its prominence as a leading international financial centre. For more information, please visit: www.tfi.ca

 

About FFCON

FFCON21 (Fintech and Financing Conference) is an annual conference hosted by Canada’s National Crowdfunding and Fintech Association (NCFA). Now in its seventh year, FFCON21, held in association with Toronto Finance International, will bring together professionals and innovators in fintech, open banking, digital identity, blockchain, cryptocurrency, AI, capital markets innovation, sustainable and alternative finance.

Further information about the conference can be found at www.fintechandfunding.com

FFCON21 Contacts

Craig Asano
Founder and CEO, NCFA
casano@ncfacanada.org
(416) 618-0254

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Lauren Linton
Advisor, NCFA
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Koho secures $70 million Series C to scale adoption of its digital banking services

Betakit | | Mar 11, 2021

KOHO branding - Koho secures $70 million Series C to scale adoption of its digital banking servicesKoho has secured $70 million CAD in Series C financing, which sources estimate put its post-money valuation at $300 million. The Toronto FinTech startup raised the capital from TTV Capital, Drive Capital, and Portag3 Ventures as it aims to increase the utility and adoption of its alternative financial service offerings.

The round was led by new investor TTV Capital, a United States firm focused on FinTech and claiming an unparalleled network of major banks, processors, and other payment ecosystem participants. TTV invested in Koho through its $127 million USD early-stage FinTech fund, which closed last year.

Longtime Koho investor Portag3 Ventures followed-on for the Series C round, as did Drive Capital, which led Koho’s Series B extension in November 2019. The latter firm committed the largest portion of capital to this latest round.

See:  Public and Private Cloud AI Digital Banking

The $70 million is all primary capital, $50 million of which is equity and $20 million venture debt. Eberhard told BetaKit the round also included secondary financing on top of the $70 million but declined to disclose the amount. The CEO did confirm, however, the deal did not change Koho’s board of directors, which has five members: two Portag3 seats, one seat for Drive, one independent, and one founder seat held by Eberhard.

With Koho feeling it has found product-market fit, the $70 million will act as fuel to reach what founder and CEO Dan Eberhard called the macro adoption of its financial service offerings.

Koho has turned its focus to scaling as the COVID-19 pandemic “dramatically accelerated” the company’s timelines, given its focus on digital-first products for a digital-first generation. Koho has nearly doubled its customer base since the beginning of 2019, garnering more than 350,000 users. The startup handles $2 billion a year in transaction volume and Eberhard claimed Koho is set to triple its revenue again this year.

“Folks who offer a great online virtual-first experience make a lot of sense in an increasingly remote world and so we’ve continued to see acceleration,” said Eberhard. The CEO pointed to both the ongoing digital transformation and Koho’s direct deposits offer for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) as reasons why the startup saw growth during the pandemic.

The Toronto-based FinTech startup, which first launched to market four years ago, has noticeably been building out its product offerings over the last couple of years. In addition to a spending account, Koho recently launched a savings account and a credit building product, giving it the core services consumers expect to see from a traditional financial institution and setting it up to be more competitive in the market.

See:  Fintech Canada Directory Category: Digital Banking | Analytics | Infrastructure

Awareness and adoption represent key areas of focus, as well as challenges, for Canadian neobank or challenger bank startups like Koho.

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented an opportunity for such digital-first offerings, having significantly changed the Canadian banking industry. Many Canadian banks have increased their focus on digital-first, with reports noting rapid acceleration and changes in consumer expectations. However, it is still too early to tell the exact effect the digital transformation of the past year will have on the sector and what it will mean for challenger banks.

“Consumers today have high expectations for the banking experience,” said Drive Capital partner Chris Olsen. “They’re looking to challenger banks to provide an elegant, mobile-first solution. Canadians are already turning to KOHO for their financial services and we expect this to accelerate going forward.”

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7th Annual Fintech & Financing Conference and Expo (FFCON21): Breaking Barriers May 11-13 (Digital)
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David Lucatch, Advisor

David Lucatch, Advisor

David Lucatch Chair, KABN David has spent more almost 35 years in the international marketing ar[...]
Sherwood Neiss, Advisor, Global Crowdfunding Markets

Sherwood Neiss, Advisor, Global Crowdfunding Markets

Mr. Sherwood Neiss co-authored the “Crowdfunding Exemption Framework” which became the basis of Titl[...]