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API and Open Banking Landscape – 3rd Edition

 

Welcome to our third edition of API Landscape where we have collated interesting insights from the world of APIs and Open Banking.

Going Global: Partnerships & Collaborations

APIs are going global fast as large, established companies continue establish partnerships to further their capabilities and availabilities across the world. Moving across and into all continents there is a clear influx of multinational contracts to make payments easier and better for businesses.
 

AirPay Financial Technologies, an Australian based start-up, is collaborating with AsiaPay to facilitate payments through Alipay, WeChat and Union Pay. Merchants can now accept payments and drive sales as they gain access to a 1million+ Chinese market.

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MoneyGram International signed a remittance payment with Airtel Africa, giving millions of Airtel customers access to the platform.

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NatWest customers are now able to see enhanced credit score information due to their new partnership with TransUnion.

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Yalipay has collaborated with American Express to deliver American Express’ Pay with Bank Transfer payment initiation service across Europe.

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FinTech Phos has extended their partnership with Mastercard to introduce a new mobile payment solution where Android users will be able to accept payments across 12 European countries.

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TrueLayer, a financial API provider, and sync., a banking app, have partnered to launch sync’s smart banking app in Spain.

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Making businesses move

Start-ups and challengers have been a formidable force in finance in recent years, and this trend doesn’t appear to be letting up anytime soon. A number of alternative finance firms are launching products specifically for businesses as they establish themselves as competitors.

Xero has acquired Waddle, an invoice financing firm, to allow them to expand into business lending.

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UK based VibePay launches business accounts.

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Digital bank Lunar, based in Norway, has opened its business and premium subscription service.

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Would you invest in Beyoncé?

Companies are consistently finding new, innovative ways to utilise APIs. AmplifyX is an LA based start up with the aim of bringing fans into the music industry as investors, with the aim of making investment decisions more transparent and brings a new approach to royalties.

AmplifyX’s platform, due to launch soon, allows investors to build a portfolio and monitor specific artist’s real-time data.

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