Singapore FinTechs GoBear and CredoLab partner to bridge divide between banks and more than 110M underbanked in key emerging SEA markets
- 31.10.2018 06:54 am
Personal finance comparison website GoBear and smartphone - based alternative credit scoring provider CredoLab announced today the launch of Easy Apply, a smartphone app that enables banks, financial institutions and lenders to extend credit to a larger pool of customers while keeping risks in check. The partnership signifies an important headway in making financial services accessible to more than 110M1 underbanked people in emerging Southeast Asian (SEA) markets.
The Easy Apply app will be launched across four of the largest underbanked markets in SEA – Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam – where around 65 to 75 per cent of the population2, of whom many are creditworthy consumers, are without access to credit.
The app will utilise CredoLab’s AI based proprietary algorithms that extract and analyse over tens of thousands of data points from applicants’ smartphones, turning these completely anonymised ‘digital footprints’ into predictive credit scorecards to be used in their credit card, loan or insurance applications. The use of non-traditional smartphone data for credit scoring provides applicants from all demographics - including the underbanked who have little to no traditional credit history – greater access to financial services such as credit cards, personal loans, and other forms of unsecured credit.
Adrian Chng, CEO, GoBear, said, “There is a massive market opportunity here in Southeast Asia to continue improving financial inclusion by constantly innovating solutions. Our partnership with CredoLab will bridge the divide between the underbanked and financial institutions by giving both parties access to the right technology at the right moment to create better outcomes.”
Peter Barcak, co-founder & CEO, CredoLab, said, “We are excited to be partnering with GoBear to help banks profitably serve their customers including the underbanked. Since our launch in 2016, through our use of non-traditional alternative data points, we have seen a significant drop in cost of risk, helped reduced the time-to-yes to a few seconds, and achieved almost 45% increase in approval rates. I am optimistic that we can achieve similar results through this partnership.”