Financial Supermarket GoBear Announces US$80 Million in Funding
● Funding to rapidly grow its product, technology and people capabilities
● Seeking to make investments into Asia-based technology innovators
● Expanding the platform to search, match and transact consumer financial services
Hong Kong, 8 May 2019 – Asian financial supermarket GoBear has announced US$80 million in funding to date. GoBear will use the funds to drive growth through product and technology enhancements, expand its partner network, and fill key roles. Improvements to the platform’s search and match functionality will also include two strategic approaches: partnerships with, and investments into other technology companies, to acquire access to additional key technology.
This funding was furnished by Walvis Participaties, a Dutch venture capital fund, and Aegon N.V, a leading financial services provider.
GoBear is a financial supermarket whose purpose is to improve Asia’s financial health by making financial literacy, financial inclusion, and financial security attainable for everyone. GoBear has served more than 40 million users across Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. GoBear’s partners are leading financial institutions, banks and insurance providers, including Allianz Worldwide Partners, Citibank, FWD Insurance and Standard Chartered Bank.
Adrian Chng, CEO of GoBear said “Our latest round of funding will be invested in our priority areas of product, technology, senior management and technical talent. We are also very interested in partnering with and/or investing in other technology companies who have developed exciting new technologies that will enhance our ecosystem and our ability to improve people’s financial health. Specific areas include customer onboarding and fulfilment solutions, personal financial management, alternative credit scoring, financial education, and investment platforms”.
Opportunities in the region are being driven by several large, interconnected developments: world-beating economic growth, rapid urbanisation, a fast-growing middle class and mobile everywhere; the region’s digital economy alone is projected to reach S$270 billion by 2025 .
At the same time, many consumer products and services remain ill-suited to this mobile generation, and cash transactions are the norm. The prevalence of a cash-based economy limits consumers’ financial access, because without a personal financial profile financial institutions cannot assess and price customers’ risk and evaluate product suitability.
“GoBear’s purpose is to improve your financial health. We enable consumers to make informed choices across 14 personal financial product areas, including travel insurance, health insurance, personal loans, credit cards, and fixed deposits in a simple and transparent way. Our product, technology and financial partners allow users to search for financial products and find the best match for their personal objectives,” said Adrian.
GoBear Hong Kong carries financial products from over 29 key local and regional financial institutions. With an aging population and rising medical costs, demand for protection and savings will continue to grow, with that increases the need for platforms like GoBear to help consumers understand the options available to them.
The Hong Kong Monetary Authority’s recent formulation of the Open API Framework for Hong Kong’s banking sectors, as well as the granting of virtual bank and insurer licenses to facilitate the provision of low-cost financial products in Hong Kong further underpin GoBear Hong Kong’s growth prospects in the market.
GoBear is excited by the opportunity to create the infrastructure and ecosystem to improve financial health for hundreds of millions of customers across Asia. It will utilise its product, technology and data capabilities as key enablers in assessing and pricing risk, which will help partners better understand consumer preferences based on digital personas and journeys. It is also on these journeys that consumers undergo a more efficient and superior digital experience whilst being matched to the most relevant products for their needs.
GoBear is Asia’s leading financial supermarket whose purpose is to improve your financial health. GoBear empowers consumers with the know-how, tools, and financial products to meet their needs. We believe financial health leads to secure, stable, and sustainable communities across Asia, which is why we make it our mission to improve your financial health by making financial literacy, financial inclusion, and financial security attainable for everyone.
Our financial supermarket is rapidly growing its capabilities, product offerings, and customer base. We’re a fintech leader that’s bringing innovative solutions to address important local market challenges. Our data and insights mean we can build better products, better assess and price risk, work with partners to improve access to financial products, and identify consumer knowledge gaps.
Having commenced in Singapore since early 2015, we’re now in 7 countries: Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. To date, we have served over 40 million users searching for more than 1,800 personal finance products.
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