Collaboration of Startup and Digital Bank to Ramp up Innovation and Financial Inclusion
Understanding the phenomenon, of Gojek investment to Bank Jago, Akulaku to Bank Neo Commerce, and Sea Group to BKE
There was a time when corporations saw startups as a challenge. However, as years passed by, this assumption is getting hazier when the two parties are now collaborating with each other, to complete each other out in winning the market.
In the banking sector, a new phenomenon has occurred, that large startups have started to invest and become majority shareholders in banks that have just transformed into digital banks. For example, Akulaku joined Bank Neo Commerce (BNC), then Gojek invested in Bank Jago, and Sea Group, Shopee's holding company, which reportedly entered the Bank Kesejahteraan Ekonomi (BKE).
Currently, Akulaku, through PT Akulaku Silvrr Indonesia, is trying to extend ownership in BNC through the rights issue scheme. Therefore, Akulaku's ownership is to increase from 24.98% to 27.25%. Akulaku has been a shareholder of BNC since 2019.
Moreover, in mid-December 2020, Gojek Group through its subsidiary GoPay (PT Dompet Anak Karya Bangsa) has invested into Bank Jago in the form of 22% equity at the end of 2020.
Meanwhile, there has not been any confirmation regarding the involvement of Sea Group in BKE. However, there is already strong evidence based on information from the recruitment website which says there is a new placement at "Sea Money-Bank BKE".
Overseas, the dynamics of digital banks are escalated quickly. For instance, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has issued digital bank operating licenses to four corporate groups. The four companies receiving these licenses are (1) Ant Group, a subsidiary of Alibaba Group, (2) the Grab-Singapore Telecommunication Limited (Singtel) consortium, (3) the parent Sea Group of Shopee, and (4) a consortium consisting of companies from China, including Greenland Financial Holdings.
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