Sweden is the famous home to several infamous tech giants and unicorns such as iZettle, Bambora and Spotify. It is also very well known for ranking very highly when it comes to gender equality. Yet, for some reason, there is a mismatch between these two facts and in fields such as FinTech women are still greatly under-represented. A 2018 FinTech report by Stockholm School of Economics found only 38% of employees in the FinTech sector in Stockholm are women.
The financial services landscape has been radically evolving for the past decade, and credit scoring is no exception. Once the domain of a small number of credit bureaus, alternative credit scoring is democratising the credit underwriting process for banks and other lenders. This global trend shows no signs of slowing down, especially with the rise of digital-only banks and as more and more people use banking in unconventional ways, e.g. applying for a mortgage online.
Here at Instantor, we’re all about making our service (even) easier for our customers. Over the last 8 years, we’ve been lucky to grow to different parts of the world. And while we’re humbled by the customers who’ve chosen to join us over the years, we are always on the lookout for how we can make the Instantor experience even better.
AI has been gaining popularity in recent years, particularly as it’s been improving in leaps and bounds for a whole range of tasks: from predicting the risk of child abuse in a given family to beating world champion Go players.
However, one critical problem with using it for decision making in business is that the machine learning models can't explain the predictions they make: a customer might, reasonably, want to know why their cred it card or home loan application was denied.
Recent developments, such as the European Union’s 4th AML Directive, highlight the challenges faced by financial institutions in ensuring KYC compliance in a continuously evolving regulatory landscape. It is now required that European companies disclose information regarding the beneficial owners. However, it’s extremely difficult to create best practices that multinational financial institutions can follow.
The recent announcement by Santander to partner with nCino to support its business banking activities comes as no great surprise. Although nCino claims its platform offers benefits across the entire commercial banking model, it is the improvements in loan origination — a reduction of 40% in the time taken for loan decisions — that’s driving Santander’s initial implementation activities.
2018 has been a fantastic year for Swedish startups. In the past 8 months alone, Stockholm has given birth to 3 new unicorns, and has been home to some of the world's biggest tech exits, including the $29B IPO of home-grown Spotify in April.