Singapore based United Overseas Bank Limited (UOB) today announced Asia’s first strategic partnership with a leading global equity crowdfunding platform Israel's OurCrowd. The partnership pairs the bank’s strengths and depth of experience in serving entrepreneurs as well as small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across the region with Jerusalem-based OurCrowd’s expertise in investing in some of the world’s most promising startups through equity crowdfunding. UOB will invest $10 million in OurCrowd.
Through this collaboration, innovative Asian companies with differentiated and highly scalable technology products and services will now get access to another source of funding through OurCrowd’s equity crowdfunding platform. Through equity crowdfunding, they can seek relatively small investments from a large number of investors in return for equity or shares in their startup company. It provides them with the funding needed to develop their concepts, products and services into viable business models. Moreover, they can also tap into OurCrowd’s global investor network to jumpstart their international expansion and business development.
UOB head of Group Channels and Digitalization Janet Young said, “As Singapore’s largest SME bank, UOB has deep experience from its long-standing support of entrepreneurs, startups, and SMEs. This collaboration with OurCrowd is a natural extension of our interest in nurturing the growth of small businesses. SMEs are the foundation of Asian economies, providing high levels of employment. However, it can be challenging for small businesses to obtain financing, particularly equity financing, in the early stages of growth. Because of this, UOB has partnered with OurCrowd, to connect smart ideas with smart money.”
OurCrowd founder and CEO Jon Medved said, "The UOB OurCrowd partnership represents a huge step forward for OurCrowd and the Asian tech ecosystem. Together, we will empower scores of new entrepreneurs and match them with global investors and mentor networks. The beauty of crowdfunding OurCrowd style is that the investor in Asia can now access quality deal flow in Israel, Silicon Valley, and beyond, while a Singapore entrepreneur can easily gain top notch global backing."
Sassoon Investment Corporation (SassCorp), the private investment holding company of the Singapore-based Sassoon family, is also partnering and investing in the first leg of OurCrowd's Asian expansion.
Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - www.globes-online.com - on March 3, 2016
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