TiE Mumbai and Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Help Indian FinTechs Scale Their Business Across Middle East, Africa and South Asia Region

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Over the years, TiE Mumbai has played a significant role in promoting, mentoring, helping and funding startups in this region. TiE Mumbai represents over 2,500 startups in the Greater Mumbai Region. It has successfully connected and mentored over 2,000 entrepreneurs and startups over the last few years; over 1,000 startups have been successfully connected to investors.

As a part of its ongoing endeavour to assist startups with new opportunities and help foray into different geographies, TiE Mumbai and Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) – the leading financial hub for the Middle EastAfrica and South Asia (MEASA) — organized a two-day programme to help FinTech startups to scale their business across the region through Dubai. DIFC met with 17 FinTech startups from Mumbai to understand their business models and provide tailored solutions to support their growth in the fast-growing emerging markets.

The comprehensive DIFC FinTech ecosystem includes two highly successful accelerator programmes run by DIFC FinTech Hive and Startupbootcamp, a USD 100 million FinTech fund, subsidised licensing options, fit-for-purpose regulation and access to a financial community of over 2,100 regional and global institutions, of which more than 80 are FinTech-related companies. Since the startups were from different parts of the funding spectrum – Bootstrapped, Pre-Series A, & well-funded – Series A & B, each with their own set of requirements, the DIFC team was able to help each firm better understand how best they could utilise the Centre as a platform for growth.

“As a part of our global connect program, TiE Mumbai has partnered with DIFC to create an access to knowledge, markets, funds and talent in those regions. These partnerships present excellent growth opportunities for Mumbaistartups. Dubai and India have deeply embedded commercial, trade and cultural ties and today this relationship goes from strength to strength,” said Atul Nishar, President, TiE Mumbai.

Salmaan Jaffery, Chief Business Development Officer, DIFC Authority, commented: “It’s a pleasure to be partnering with TiE Mumbai and to engage directly with a number of promising and innovative Indian FinTech firms. Our meetings have allowed us to highlight the opportunities within the MEASA region and the ways in which they can capitalise on these to scale their business. Since our establishment in 2004, we have attracted a number of Indian banks and financial institutions to the DIFC, and in recent years we see similar interest from Indian FinTechs, which account for approximately 10 per cent of our FinTech ecosystem. We expect this number will grow, as demonstrated by the incredibly positive interest we are already witnessing and as we continue to strengthen our ties with the Indian market.”

 

SOURCE The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE)