13 Sep 2017
BANGKOK, September 14th, 2017 – IDC Financial Insights today unveiled a list of 10 fast growing fintechs in Thailand, part of the broader FinTech 101 list for Asia/Pacific, at the FinTech Innovation Summit 2017 held at Siam Kempinski, Bangkok. “IDC’s FinTech Fast 101” refers to the fast-growing fintech players in Asia/Pacific based on extensive on-ground analysis of the dominant fintech players in the region.
IDC’s FinTech list makes a reference to the "Triple U" framework — ubiquity, utility, and usability. This is an efficient global framework, which evaluates data from many key metrics such as addressable market, customer adoption, investments, chance of survival, innovation, and marketing. IDC Financial Insights believes that newer categories that are gaining traction include digital identity and authentication, bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies exchanges, robo-advisory, credit analytics and scoring, and usage-based insurance.
"In Thailand, we are witnessing success in many diverse categories of fintech companies especially in payments including remittance and money transfers, wealth management (including robo-advisory), accounting solutions, financial aggregators, insurance, and marketplace categories. For the next level of growth, we expect players in payments to expand into m-commerce as a viable strategy," remarked Michael Araneta, Associate Vice-President for IDC Financial Insights.
Michael Araneta , Associate Vice-President for IDC Financial Insights delivering keynote on the top 10 fast growing fintechs at the FinTech Innovation Summit 2017 held at Siam Kempinski, Bangkok,Thailand.
"Strong support from Bank of Thailand and National Innovation Agency with the launch of regulatory sandbox, national e-payment initiative - PromptPay, and global acceleration programmes have been very encouraging for fintech entrepreneurs and investors," added Araneta.
IDC also pointed to a positive change in outlook for majority of financial services institutions that now view fintech as possible collaborators or acquisition targets. This is quite an improvement from how traditional industry players initially viewed fintech as pure disruptors. Banks, insurers, and other financial service institutions are already leveraging and monetizing fintech solutions to serve the unmet needs of their customers and ultimately, delivering excellent customer experience.
"Fintechs in Thailand need to quickly accelerate their customer adoption and partnerships to successfully compete with their ASEAN neighbors. IDC Financial Insights expects that 2018 will be a banner year for Asia/Pacific fintechs to regionalize – similar to the journeys of Alipay and Grab – and the ones who will be able to achieve scale and ubiquity,” added Sneha Kapoor, Senior Research Manager at IDC Financial Insights.
This FinTech 101 list is published in continuation of IDC Financial Insights’ 2017 fintech report series, which helps investment groups, financial services institutions, and technology players in understanding the fintech landscape and identify potential fintech players for investment and collaboration. For this research, IDC's definition intentionally excludes licensed banks and other licensed financial institutions that are using new technologies to radically change financial services, even to the point of launching their own fintech companies and brands. The idea is to look at the fintech players outside of traditional services.
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