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Nigeria’s PalmPay And Kuda Make CNBC’s Top 250 Companies For 2024

Nigeria’s PalmPay And Kuda Make CNBC’s Top 250 Companies For 2024

Nigeria’s fintech sector has received significant recognition as PalmPay and Kuda have debuted on CNBC’s top 250 fintech companies globally for 2024.

This prestigious list, curated by CNBC in collaboration with market research firm Statista, highlights the world’s most innovative and impactful fintech companies across the globe.

The report showcases a diverse range of companies across various market segments. Unlike traditional rankings, this year’s report lists companies alphabetically within each segment, providing a comprehensive view of the industry’s leading players without implying any hierarchical superiority.

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This year, despite the challenges faced by the fintech sector, innovation continues to thrive, with artificial intelligence emerging as a key theme. Fueled by technological advancements, expanding global markets, and collaborative leadership, fintech companies are shaping the future of financial services.

Notably, Fintech companies considered for the report included those that nominated themselves via an application form published by CNBC, as well as through analysis conducted by Statista. The selection process identified companies across eight different categories, based on a detailed analysis of overarching general KPIs and segment-specific KPIs focused on individual categories.

These categories include;

Payments: The “Payments” segment includes providers of payment services, gateways, and solutions facilitating online purchases/point-of-sale (POS) transactions via mobile devices or digital money transfers between individuals or companies.

Neobanking: The “Neobanking” segment refers to digital-only financial institutions, known as neo banks, operating without physical branches, providing services accessible via mobile and desktop devices.

Alternate Finance: The “Alternate Finance” segment encompasses companies providing digital funding and brick-and-mortar bank-independent lending solutions for both companies and individuals.

Wealth Technology: The “Wealth Technology” segment comprises companies providing digital trading, investment, and portfolio management options, along with technological platforms and tools supporting various aspects of the wealth management ecosystem.

Financial Planning: The “Financial Planning” segment consists of providers of personal finance management software/apps and financial comparison platforms, assisting individuals in managing expenses, establishing personal budgets or spending plans, and comparing/selecting financial products.

Digital Assets: The “Digital Assets” segment encompasses companies offering platform solutions and tools that streamline the utilization, development, and oversight of blockchain-based applications and digital assets, including cryptocurrencies and non-fungible tokens (NFTs).

Business Process Solutions: The “Business Process Solutions” segment includes offering finance-related and technology-based products and solutions aimed at assisting businesses in enhancing and automating their processes and financial workflows,

Banking Solutions: The “Banking Solutions” segment companies offer technological innovations and services to modernize and enhance banking processes. This includes Banking-as-a-Services (BaaS), Open Banking Solutions, Digital Identity, and KYC solutions.

Recognized in the Neobank section, Kuda’s inclusion highlights its rapid growth, innovative approach, and increasing influence in the global digital banking sector. Often referred to as “the bank of the free”, Kuda has been at the forefront of transforming digital banking in Nigeria since its inception.

By leveraging technology to offer seamless, customer-centric banking services, Kuda has quickly gained a substantial user base and attracted significant investor interest. Unlike traditional banks, Kuda operates entirely online, offering users a range of banking services without the need for physical branches. The Neobank provides a comprehensive suite of services, including savings accounts, personal loans, and budgeting tools, all accessible through a mobile app.

On the other hand, Palmpay was recognized in the payments section, highlighting its remarkable growth, innovative solutions, and increasing impact on the global payments landscape. Since its launch in 2019, Palmpay has rapidly established itself as a leading player in the digital payments space in Nigeria and beyond.

The company offers a wide range of services, including mobile payments, money transfers, and bill payments, all accessible through a user-friendly mobile app. By providing secure, fast, and convenient payment solutions, Palmpay has gained a significant customer base and become a key driver of financial inclusion in the region.

The Fintech company rise is significant in the context of financial inclusion in Africa. With a large portion of the population unbanked or underbaked, digital payment platforms like Palmpay play a crucial role in bridging the gap. By providing accessible financial services, it has helped to bring more people into the formal financial system, promoting economic participation and growth.

The inclusion of PalmPay and Kuda in CNBC’s, Top 250 Fintech Companies for 2024 underscores the growing influence and innovation of Nigeria’s fintech landscape. Their recognition no doubt reflects the dynamic growth and potential of African fintech companies on the global stage.

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