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- TechInAsia onOctober 14, 2019

Indonesian firm Finmas has officially obtained a business license as a fintech lending platform from the country’s Financial Services Authority (OJK).

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- KR-Asia onOctober 10, 2019

Indonesia has seen a boom of online lending companies in the past three years and has had its share of controversies with irresponsible lenders and borrowers.

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- Asia Blockchain Review onAugust 30, 2019

Asia Blockchain Review recently spoke to Geoffrey Prentice, Co-Founder of Oriente, an innovative technology and data science company committed to unlocking financial inclusion for underserved communities in emerging Asia through digital and O2O (online-to-offline) financial solutions built around mobile technology.

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- iMoney onAugust 30, 2019

近年金融科技發展得如火如荼,Skype 創辦人Geoffrey Prentice也乘這個大趨勢,於2017年夥拍陸金所前高層戴修憲及私募基金創辦人諸承譽,建立金融科技初創公司Oriente,旨在解決東南亞的信貸困難問題。

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- Forbes onAugust 21, 2019

Skype is widely regarded as one of the most successful tech companies to come out of Europe, but who are the people that built the company and where are they now?

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- GMA Network onAugust 20, 2019

Budget carrier Cebu Pacific and mobile lending platform Cashalo have teamed up to launch a “Fly Now, Pay Later” program.

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- Business Inquirer onAugust 19, 2019

Financial technology (fintech) platform Cashalo has rolled out “Cash Academy,” a national financial literacy program that aims to develop a “more financially knowledgeable, responsible and empowered” generation of Filipinos.

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- The Asean Post onJuly 18, 2019

With Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam alone hosting over 10 percent of the world’s unbanked population, providing the right infrastructure to bridge this gap is key to ASEAN’s sustained growth.

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- Business World onJuly 18, 2019

MOBILE LENDING platform Cashalo breached its target to hit a million clients in the first half of the year as the firm moves into the credit business.

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- China Daily onJuly 12, 2019

HONG KONG – A growing number of startups from the Chinese mainland are expanding their footprints globally, particularly in Southeast Asia, leveraging the region’s robust demand and a growing online consumer pool, according to fund experts.

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- Pioneers.io onJune 25, 2019

“Almost nobody has a new or novel idea,” declares Geoffrey Prentice. “If you have a novel idea then you are probably insane! Also, it’s probably not a very good idea.”

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- Philstar onJune 24, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — Cashalo, the fintech joint venture of Gokongwei-owned JG Summit Holdings Inc. and Hong Kong-based Oriente, is targeting to help more Filipinos after already breaching the one million client mark.

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- Business Inquirer onJune 20, 2019

Gokongwei-affiliated fintech Cashalo has helped over a million unbanked Filipinos build financial identity after one year of operations, harnessing proprietary technology to promote financial inclusion.

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- BusinessWorld onMay 28, 2019

MOBILE LENDING platform Cashalo launched an in-app feature granting clients pre-approved digital credit, in line with its push for responsible financial behavior among Filipinos.

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- 150sec onMay 15, 2019

With millions of people around the world remaining unbanked, are any inroads being made to bring about financial inclusion? After last week’s Pioneers conference, 150sec spoke with Geoff Prentice of fintech startup, Oriente to consider the possibilities.

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- Pioneers.io onApril 25, 2019

“97% of shopping in our markets is offline,” says Oriente Co-Founder Geoffrey Prentice. “70% of people have no bank accounts and only 2% have credit cards.”

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- The Business Times onApril 24, 2019

ACROSS South-east Asia, governments, organisations and banks are increasingly trying to bring the unbanked into the global economy. It stands to benefit both people and businesses alike.

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- EJ Insight onApril 15, 2019

The financial technology (fintech) industry has not even scratched the surface of opportunities across Southeast Asia, says Geoff Prentice, co-founder of Hong Kong-based micro-lending startup Oriente.

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- Dealstreet Asia onMarch 26, 2019

Prentice asserts that Oriente is turning out to be bigger than anything he has worked on in Silicon Valley or China. Its ventures in the Philippines (Cashalo) and Indonesia (Finmas) are already growing faster than Skype during its initial months of launch. In six months, Oriente went from dispersing 1,000 to 85,000 credit lines per month.

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- finews.asia onMarch 25, 2019

Geoff Prentice, currently co-founder of Oriente, wants to put credit into the hands of millions of consumers in Southeast Asia despite their lack of credit history. The Hong Kong-based financial services and technology company Oriente has already managed to raise $105 million (S$144.7 million) in its initial funding and does not plan to stop there.

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- KR-Asia onFebruary 14, 2019

Indonesian conglomerate Sinar Mas joined forces with Asia-focused financial services and technology startup Oriente to build a new platform, Finmas, in Indonesia. The platform aims to provide credit to the unbanked in Indonesia, especially to those who live in rural areas. In its press launch in Indonesia today, Peter Lydian, the president director of Finmas, said that the firm’s mission is to “accelerate financial inclusion to all Indonesian people”.

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- e27 onFebruary 15, 2019

Sinar Mas, a conglomerate from Indonesia, banded together with Oriente, a Hong Kong-based financial service startup to launch Finmas. Finmas is a mobile app that seeks to support financial literacy and inclusion in the country, simultaneously support Otoritas Jasa Keuangan (OJK), the Financial Services Authority in Indonesia. It is specifically designed to give access to people with no traditional banking and formal financial services (including bank accounts, credit rating, or credit) history using mobile technology.

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- Jakarta Globe onFebruary 15, 2019

Asia-focused financial services startup Oriente, in a collaboration with Indonesian conglomerate Sinar Mas, have launched a new fintech platform called Finmas to cater to loan demand from Indonesia’s large unbanked population.

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- Silicon Republic onJanuary 17, 2019

Oriente is focused on providing financial services to the underserved, underbanked communities of south-east Asia. Powered by AI, the company is building a whole new digital financial services infrastructure to support millions of people. Founded in 2017 by Geoffrey Prentice, Hubert Tai and Lawrence Chu, it has raised $105m in funding from investors that include members of the Berjaya Group, JG Summit Holdings, Inc and Sinar Mas Group.

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- The Business Times onNovember 28, 2018

Hong Kong-based financial services and technology company Oriente announced on Wednesday that it has completed a US$105 million initial funding round, with investments from the founders and a group of family offices including members of the Berjaya Group, JG Summit Holdings, and Sinar Mas.

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- TechCrunch onNovember 28, 2018

A fintech whale quietly going about its business in Southeast Asia has come out from under the radar after Oriente, a Hong Kong-based business headed by Skype’s first employee, announced that it has raised a whopping $105 million.

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- Bloomberg onNovember 28, 2018

Geoffrey Prentice, co-founder of Oriente, discusses his banking services company targeting Southeast Asia, why investors are investing in his company, why he’s targeting unbanked communities in Southeast Asia, his app-based ventures and latest funding round. He speaks on “Bloomberg Daybreak: Asia.”

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- Bloomberg onNovember 28, 2018

A Hong Kong startup called Oriente raised $105 million as it expands online lending operations in Southeast Asia and develops new products and technologies for markets like Indonesia and the Philippines.

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- Nikkei Asian Review onNovember 28, 2018

Skype co-founder Geoffrey Prentice has raised $105 million in the first significant funding round for his latest venture, a microlending business in Southeast Asia, intensifying the battle for the region’s vast unbanked population.

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- The Straits Times onNovember 28, 2018

Hong Kong-based financial services and technology company Oriente announced on Wednesday (Nov 28) that it has completed a US$105 million (S$144.7 million) initial funding round, with investments from the founders and a group of family offices including members of the Berjaya Group, JG Summit Holdings and Sinar Mas.

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- Dealstreet Asia onNovember 28, 2018

Hong Kong-based fintech company Oriente has completed its first funding round of $105 million, one of the largest initial rounds in the industry.

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- KR-Asia onNovember 28, 2018

Hong Kong-based online lender Oriente today announced a US$105 million initial round of financing to scale its business across Southeast Asia. The fintech startup already runs lending platforms in the Philippines and Indonesia and will launch in Vietnam soon.

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- Tech in Asia onNovember 28, 2018

Southeast Asia’s 600 million-strong market is one of the most rapidly growing in the world. Despite this, only 27 percent of its population have bank accounts, data from professional services firm KPMG shows. In poorer countries like Cambodia, the numbers go even lower at 5 percent.

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- Finextra onNovember 28, 2018

Oriente, the Hong Kong-based financial services and technology company committed to unlocking financial inclusion in emerging Asia, announced today that it had completed a US$105 million initial funding round.

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- Fintechnews.hk onNovember 28, 2018

Oriente, the Hong Kong-based financial services and technology company announced today that it had completed a US$ 105 million initial funding round. This included investment from the founders and a group of family offices including members of the Berjaya Group, JG Summit Holdings, Inc., and Sinar Mas.

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- Markets Insider onNovember 27, 2018

– One of the largest initial funding rounds in Fintech globally

– Financing set to develop technology, strategic partnerships, and further regional expansion

– Focused on accelerating financial inclusion for Southeast Asia’s underserved and unbanked

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- Brink Asia onNovember 28, 2018

More than a third of the world’s adult population, or some 1.7 billion people, have little or no access to formal financial services. In Southeast Asia, the problem is even greater, with more than 70 percent of the region’s estimated 640-million population remaining unbanked and a majority of them being from low- and middle-income segments.

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- The Business Times onNovember 27, 2018

Today, FinTech innovations are reshaping the global financial landscape. Many of these solutions open financial access specifically for underserved and unbanked populations, helping to drive the issue further into public consciousness. Southeast Asia is one region where, if done right, financial inclusion can unlock long-term socio-economic impact.

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- The Business Times onNovember 26, 2018

Fintech has the potential to be the silver bullet to solve for financial inclusion, but it requires every stakeholder to take a collaborative and responsible approach. Recent issues within the P2P-lending industry in China and subsequently in Indonesia are both cause for concern, but also an indication of how some solutions presented by FinTech are often unviable or short-sighted.

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- The Manila Times onNovember 15, 2018

Cashalo, the Filipino technology and financial services company committed to unlocking financial inclusion, launched its standalone mobile app to media and key stakeholders, which was supported by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).

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- Tech In Asia onNovember 7, 2018

Oriente’s mission is to allow the unbanked and underbanked communities in Southeast Asia – specifically, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Vietnam – to tap into financial services. According to a report by professional services firm KPMG, around 438 million people around the region have no access to formal financial services.

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- Manila Bulletin onOctober 30, 2018

Cashalo, a Filipino technology and financial services company committed to accelerating financial inclusion, officially launched its standalone mobile app that delivers access to affordable and secure credit for millions of underbanked consumers and MSMEs in the Philippines who need access to reliable and trusted financing options.

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- The Manila Bulletin onOctober 23, 2018

Mobile app Cashalo, a joint venture between JG Summit subsidiary Express Holdings and Oriente (who’s founders are behind Skype and LU.com), is scouting for more partners to boost its fintech business and to become one of the biggest in the country.

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- The Manila Bulletin onOctober 30, 2018

Cashalo, a Filipino technology and financial services company committed to accelerating financial inclusion, officially launched its standalone mobile app that delivers access to affordable and secure credit for millions of underbanked consumers and MSMEs in the Philippines who need access to reliable and trusted financing options.

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- The Philippine Star onOctober 24, 2018

Financial technology firm Cashalo yesterday launched its stand-alone mobile app as part of its commitment to initially invest P10 billion over three years to help boost financial inclusion in the country.

Oriente co-founder Geoffrey Prentice said Cashalo is developing a new infrastructure that addresses the needs of underbanked Filipinos that do not have access to essential financial services.

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- The Manila Bulletin onOctober 23, 2018

Mobile app Cashalo, a joint venture between JG Summit subsidiary Express Holdings and Oriente (who’s founders are behind Skype and LU.com), is scouting for more partners to boost its fintech business and to become one of the biggest in the country.

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- Digfin onOctober 22, 2018

Oriente, a Hong Kong-based fintech providing data-driven consumer finance in Southeast Asia, is now rolling out in Indonesia after having launched in the Philippines, with Vietnam next, says Geoffrey Prentice, co-founder and head global business strategy.

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- South China Morning Post onOctober 17, 2018

Geoff Prentice is now co-founder of financial solutions tech start-up Oriente, which offers purpose-based loans of between US$40 and US$150 to underserved consumers and MSMEs in emerging Asia’s fastest growing markets.

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- Business Next onJuly 27, 2018

Geoffrey Prentice co-founded Skype over a decade ago. He’s now a seasoned venture capitalist with nearly 20 years of experience founding and investing in technology companies across the globe. His latest venture is Oriente, a Hong Kong-based regional financial technology company, which he founded last year.

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- Vulcan Post onJune 08, 2018

Many Filipinos are already familiar with tycoon John Gokongwei, Jr: one of the richest men in the Philippines, and serial entrepreneur that has a hand in Cebu Pacific Airlines, a food and beverage empire, and a plethora of other ventures.

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- ImpactAlpha onJune 11, 2018

Only about 30% of Filipinos have a bank account and to access credit, they often have to resort to predatory lenders and pay punishingly high interest rates.

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- Bloomberg onJune 06, 2018

Billionaire John Gokongwei, owner of the Philippines’ largest snack maker and budget airline, and a Skype Inc. founder will invest as much as $200 million over three years to lend to millions of unbanked Filipinos.

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- Philippine Daily Inquirer onJune 07, 2018

Gokongwei-led JG Summit Holdings and Hong Kong-based global financial services and technology firm Oriente are jointly investing at least P10 billion in rolling out Cashalo, a new mobile lending platform that offers cheaper credit to people who are not served by the formal banking system.

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- The Philippine Star onJune 07, 2018

Gokongwei-owned JG Summit Holdings Inc. and Hong Kong-based Oriente are pouring in P10 billion over the next three years to build and expand the reach of Cashalo, a mobile application that provides on-demand access to loans to Filipinos.

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- Inquirer.net onAugust 01, 2017

Greater China-based Oriente and Express Holdings, Inc. (a subsidiary of JG Summit Holdings, Inc.), through an exclusive partnership, will address the financial exclusion problem of underbanked consumers and MSMEs in the Philippines.

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- Nikkei Asian Review onAugust 02, 2017

Philippine conglomerate and Hong Kong-based partner to tap underserved markets

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- ccn.com onAugust 04, 2017

The Philippines and Hong Kong are joining forces in a fintech partnership to tap into the unbanked market in the region.

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- The Straits Times onAugust 12, 2017

JG Summit Holdings, a leading conglomerate founded in 1957 by Mr John Gokongwei, has been continuing its expansion spree in Asean and beyond.

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- Philstar onAugust 02, 2017

A subsidiary of JG Summit Holdings Inc. has formed a joint venture with China-based Oriente to set up a digital financial service company to serve underbanked consumers and micro, small and medium enterprises in the Philippines.

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- BusinessMirror onJanuary 31, 2018

Oriente Express has come together with other digital finance companies to establish FinTechAlliance.ph.

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- Inquirer.net onAugust 03, 2017

A unit of conglomerate JG Summit Holdings Inc. has set up a financial technology (fintech) venture that offers a digital credit marketplace for Filipinos with immediate funding needs, including payments for tuition, unexpected medical expenses or even small business financing.

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- Entrepreneur PH onAugust 01, 2017

Oriente-Express aims to boost credit for consumers and SMEs at “attractive interest rates”

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- The Nation onOctober 10, 2017

JG SUMMIT HOLDINGS, the group behind Cebu Air in the Philippines, aims to expand its pioneering petrochemical business and financial services.

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