Kelvin Teo (Co-founder, Funding Societies), Lee Li Meng (CEO, Razer Fintech)
Singapore, 29 September 2020 – Funding Societies, the largest digital financing platform in Southeast Asia, and Razer Fintech, the fintech arm of Razer and a leading offline-to-online (O2O) digital payment network, have jointly announced their partnership to offer short-term business financing to merchants under Razer Merchant Services (RMS).
More than 20,000 micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Malaysia first and subsequently across the region will be connected to Funding Societies’ financing solutions via Razer Merchant Services (RMS), Razer Fintech’s B2B (business-to-business) platform. With Malaysian retailers, F&B vendors, and online sellers registered under the RMS platform to be among the first beneficiaries, this partnership is a reflection of both platforms’ mutual commitment to empower Southeast Asia’s enterprises particularly in their recovery post COVID-19.
An Ernst & Young survey published in June detailed the impact of the pandemic and the Movement Control Order (MCO) on Malaysian businesses. It found that nearly half of the 670 surveyed SMEs urged the need for loan reliefs to cope with operations costs, while 84% of them highlighted difficulty in their online communication and connectivity with customers and suppliers. The survey also made clear that financial relief and technology solutions are crucial areas of intervention to help companies survive, both of which are gaps that the two FinTech firms are well-positioned to fill.
The two leading digital players within the financial services industry have acknowledged the value of combining their expertise to provide RMS merchants across the region with business financing via a single platform.
Kelvin Teo, Co-founder and Group CEO of Funding Societies, said, “We’re excited to partner with Razer Fintech in allowing greater financial access to their merchants in Southeast Asia. As applicants of different digital bank licenses in Singapore, we share the conviction for digital banking and see synergies working together, for the arduous but meaningful mission of financially enabling SMEs.”
Eligible merchants will have access to quick and tailor-made short-term financing to help them meet common business operations needs such as cyclical cash flow gaps, urgent project expenses, unforeseen one-off expenses, and to overcome seasonal revenue fluctuations. The benefits include:
Waiver of retention sum
Fast disbursement with approval as fast as within 3 to 5 working days
Flexible tenure between 6 to 18 months
No collateral requirement
Minimal documentation requirement
“Having worked very closely with our merchants, via our RMS network, we understand the challenges MSMEs face, especially so during these pandemic times. We found a great partner in Funding Societies with their capabilities of allowing financial access to small businesses in the region,” said Lee Li Meng, Chief Executive Officer at Razer Fintech. “With the combined ambition to supporting the needs of the underserved MSMEs, we look forward to growing together with Funding Societies in our bid for our respective digital banking licenses.”
This collaboration is expected to propel economic growth for MSMEs, the most underserved, yet reportedly the hardest hit by the pandemic – and through it, short-term business financing will first be extended to merchants in Malaysia before it gets potentially rolled out in other markets in the region.
For more information about this partnership, please visit: https://fundingsocieties.com.my/sme-micro-financing/razer
Interested merchants may contact firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire.
About Funding Societies
Funding Societies | Modalku is the largest SME digital financing platform in Southeast Asia. It is licensed in Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia, and backed by Sequoia India and Softbank Ventures Asia Corp amongst many others. It provides business financing to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which is crowdfunded by individual and institutional investors. In 5 years, it has helped finance over 2.8 million business loans with over S$1.6 billion in funding. It was given the MAS FinTech Award in 2016, the Global SME Excellence Award at the United Nations’ ITU Telecom World in 2017, Brands for Good in 2019, recognised by IDC as amongst the 5 fastest growing FinTechs in Singapore, and the Stevie® Award in 2020.
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About Razer Fintech
Backed by the leading global lifestyle brand for gamers synonymous with the youth and millennials, Razer Fintech is the financial technology arm of Razer Inc (1337: Hong Kong). Established in April 2018, Razer Fintech has grown to become one of the largest O2O (offline to online) digital payment networks in emerging markets and has processed over billions of dollars in total payment value. Razer Fintech operates two verticals, Razer Merchant Services (“RMS”) and Razer Pay.
Razer Merchant Services is a leading B2B (business-to-business) solution encompassing:
RMS Online: Card processing gateway supporting global scheme cards and over 110
payment methods, powering online payments for global blue-chip merchants in
RMS Offline: SEA’s largest offline payment network of over 1 million physical
acceptance points across SEA. RMS Offline also extends point-of-sale services
(such as bill payments and telco reloads), cash-over-counter services
(including Razer Pay top-ups and fulfilment of e-commerce purchases),
distribution of third-party point-of-sale activation (POSA) cards, and merchant
acquiring services for Razer Pay and other third-party e-wallets.
Razer Pay is a B2C (business-to-consumer) solution comprising an all-encompassing e-wallet focused on offering a plethora of compelling use cases targeted at the youths, millennials, and underbanked.
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Funding Societies is the leading peer-to-peer lending platform in Southeast Asia. We specialize in all forms of short-term financing for SMEs, crowdfunded by individual and institutional investors. We pride ourselves with speed and flexibility, offering the widest range of term loan, trade finance and micro loan products. Back by SoftBank Ventures Asia Corp. and Sequoia India, Funding Societies has helped to finance over S$1 billion business loans regionally. It is dedicated to the vision of enabling SMEs through equitable financial access, ultimately making a positive impact for our societies in Southeast Asia.
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