Australia’s biggest bank will take on fintech powerhouses such as Afterpay, Zip and Sezzle by launching its own Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) product within months. The Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) will offer its own BNPL product to CBA customers from mid-2021 to use anywhere Mastercard payments are accepted. The move will be CBA’s… Read more »
The Commonwealth Bank is launching a CommBank Green Loan for its home loan customers to purchase and install renewable technology, offering an interest rate of just 0.99%. CBA Group Executive Angus Sullivan said the move was part of the bank’s commitment to net zero emissions by 2050. “The CommBank Green Loan offers an historically low… Read more »
The Commonwealth Bank venture scaling entity, x15ventures, has made its fifth acquisition in the 12 months since launching, adding hospitality platform Doshii to its portfolio. The cloud-based startup connects food apps with a venue’s point of sale system. The acquisition was announced at CBA’s 2021 technology update at the bank’s new tech hub at South Eveleigh,… Read more »
Commonwealth Bank’s venture scaling entity, x15ventures, has made two key appointments, including its first non-executive, independent chairman in Ben Heap, while Jane Martino will become x15’s first external portfolio adviser. Heap is prominent in startups and investment, as founder of fintech VC fund H2 Ventures, having invested in more than 50 fintech start-ups over the… Read more »
An app to maximise your tax refund and a startup that wants to turn renters into homeowners are among four startups pitching for a $150,000 investment today as part of the x15ventures Xccelerate program. x15ventures is the Commonwealth Bank’s venture building entity and this is the second Xccelerate program following on from two sisters Frances… Read more »
The Commonwealth Bank has launched a near-identical “no interest” credit card just a day after NAB announced it was launching its flat fee StraightUp Card on Thursday. Aside from slightly different monthly fee rates, the only other key difference is that while NAB partnered with Visa, CBA’s “CommBank Neo” is a Mastercard product. Like StraightUp,… Read more »
CBA’s x15 Ventures is offering $150,000 in funding for a fintech startup helping young people with their finances
The Commonwealth Bank’s VC fund, x15 ventures, is holding a second Xccelerate fintech pitch event, with the winning idea landing $150,000 from CBA. The virtual pitch on November 3-4, and applications for Xccelerate are open until September 27. You can apply here. The shortlisted startups will be notified by October 23. x15 ventures is running Xccelerate… Read more »
The Commonwealth Bank (CBA) is using venture capital firms Square Peg Capital and Zetta Venture Partners to invest in startups, putting US$10 million (A$14m) each into the latest funds from the two VCs. Zetta is a US-based fund investing in artificial intelligence. In an update on the bank’s innovation program this week, CBA CEO Matt… Read more »
A small business startup building relationships with corporates has won the $300,000 prize from CBA’s new accelerator program
Two sisters connecting small companies with corporate buyers have won the inaugural Xccelerate2020 venture program hosted by the Commonwealth Bank’s X15 Ventures, landing a prize worth more than $300,000 from CBA and Microsoft. Frances Atkins and Naomi Vowel co-founded givvable, a platform that helps companies find and source sustainable suppliers. On top of $150,000 in… Read more »
Digital receipts startup Slyp has added the last of the big four banks to its investor list with the Commonwealth Bank signing up as a minority stakeholder. That makes it the first fintech to bag investments from the big 4 banks with Westpac (via Reinventure), NAB and ANZ already on the books with minority stakes… Read more »
The Commonwealth Bank has taken the fight to buy-now-pay-later (BNPL) fintechs such as Afterpay and Zip, bringing Swedish rival Klarna to Australia. Klarna Australia launched today and is available through the CBA’s app for online shopping. The BNPL is also available to non-CBA consumers via the Klarna app. CBA announced last year that it was… Read more »
Here’s an astonishing number about Australia’s $2 trillion sharemarket: just 4% of people trade online annually, despite the fact that it’s 22 years since the CBA launched CommSec, now the country’s largest online stockbroking firm. So the Commonwealth’s broking arm has taken matters into its own hands try make online trading easier and also… Read more »
Former Commonwealth Bank executive Angela Clark has been appointed CEO of Beem It, the P2P payments app launched by a handful of banks earlier this year.
This will allow any vendor using the point-of-sale system to essentially become a delivery-ready store, with GetSwift automatically queueing, batching, routing, and dispatching the delivery of any products purchased through an Albert POS.
The Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) has today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Ant Financial Services Group’s mobile and online payment platform, Alipay.