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The financial services sector is no exception to the digital revolution, with an emerging financial technology segment (“FinTech”) creating substantial demand for digital financial services. Various consulting firms estimate investments in FinTechs globally at USD 25 billion in 2015, still largely focused on the U.S., with an increase in Asia and Europe over the past two years suggesting they are catching up.
There is still very little money that goes into actual seed investments (approximately 10 percent of investment spending), with the bulk going into venture capital (VC) buildup and private equity (PE) style opportunities. In fact, public statistics indicate that global FinTech financing has increased by approximately 1.5 times over the last five years, of which more than half has been backed by VC.