Research Press Release (Doc #prAP43149117 / Oct 11, 2017)
IDC Financial Insights Unveils 101 Fast Growing FinTechs for Asia Pacific in 2017


SINGAPORE, October 12th, 2017 – IDC Financial Insights today unveiled a list of 101 fast growing fintechs in Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) from 10 major markets – China, Australia and New Zealand, South Korea, India, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, and Thailand. “IDC’s FinTech Fast 101” refers to the fast-growing fintech players based on extensive on-ground analysis of the dominant fintech players within the region. This list also identifies 10 fast growing fintech’s for Singapore.

IDC’s Fintech Fast 101 are detailed in full in the infographic

IDC’s fintech list makes a reference to the Financial Insights’ Triple U framework — ubiquity, utility, and usability. This is a framework that evaluates fintech data across key metrics such as addressable market, customer adoption, investments, chance of survival, innovation, and marketing. IDC Financial Insights believes that newer categories of fintechs are gaining traction, including those focused on digital identity and authentication, blockchain, cryptocurrencies, robo-advisory, credit analytics and scoring, and usage-based insurance.

Key highlights of this research include:

• China dwarfs the rest of the world, especially when it comes to addressable market, customer adoption, and investments into new technologies. A total of 11 Chinese fintechs are featured in our list.

• Ant Financial merits special mention – we have considered it first among all fintechs in the region. It is clearly following a very strategic, concerted approach of expanding and investing into many exciting fintech companies in the region, including Paytm in India, Mynt in Philippines, kakaopay in South Korea, and Ascend Money in Thailand.

• There is a new level of commitment from traditional financial services institutions towards collaborating and partnering with fintechs or investing in them to build their own innovation competencies. All three regional banks in Singapore - DBS Bank, OCBC Bank and UOB have launched their own accelerator programmes to provide mentorship and funding support, as well as accelerate fintech innovation. The launch of Open API libraries show commitment to involving more trusted third parties in transforming financial services.

This year we have also seen regulators and government agencies focusing on creating a fintech-friendly environment. For Singapore, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) is noted by IDC to be working most aggressively among all regulatory bodies in the region to build the country as a fintech hub for the region.

Michael Araneta, Associate Vice President for IDC Financial Insights remarked, "Singapore, with unprecedented support from the Government and business, has offered a favorable environment for fintech innovation and growth. Digital technologies have triggered disruption mostly in payments including remittance and money transfers and peer-to-peer payments, wealth management, and marketplace and aggregator categories. We are also witnessing a new area of growth in fintechs – robo-advisory, which is changing the modus operandi of wealth management and financial advisory by using the latest technologies in Cognitive but also advanced analytics to deal with huge data sets on trading and financial information. Robo-advisory is one area of fintech where Singapore can truly lead in terms of adoption and innovation."

We are also seeing payment players expanding into m-commerce as a viable growth strategy. Having utilized local ecosystem as a test bed for innovation and experimentation, fintechs in Singapore need to expeditiously focus on growth in the rest of Asia and eventually, the world. 

Sneha Kapoor, senior research manager adds, “IDC Financial Insights expects that 2018 will be a banner year for Asia/Pacific fintechs to regionalize – similar to the journey of Alipay and Grab – and the ones who do will be able to achieve scale and ubiquity.” Recent MAS' bilateral agreements with the UK’s Financial Authority Conduct (FCA), the Danish Financial Supervisory Authority (Danish FSA), and the Association of Supervisors of Banks of the Americas (ASBA) are truly aligned to this view and will provide landing pads for international expansion.

This FinTech 101 list is published as part 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.

For more information on this research, please contact Michael Araneta at, Sneha Kapoor at, or your IDC account manager.


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