The “SME Finance Virtual Marketplace” is an online match-making platform that promotes partnership and collaboration between members of the SME Finance Forum, especially financial institutions, fintech companies and development finance institutions/ investors. The virtual Marketplace is powered by GlobalLinker, an AI powered ‘Digital Ecosystem’ offering SMEs a range of services to build digital presence including e-commerce.
How does the Marketplace operate?
To participate in the marketplace session, each member of the SME Finance Forum must have 1) an institutional profile (company profile) and personal profiles (individuals representing the companies) set up on the marketplace. Institutional profile shall also include products/services being offered by the members. With institutional profile and personal profile, representatives of member institutions will be able to explore different offerings by other members such as investment products, advisory services, technology solutions...etc. The virtual platform will enable members to reach out to one another to discuss potential collaboration and partnership at their own convenience.
Fifth Marketplace Session
This fifth marketplace session, scheduled on Thursday, November 11th from 8 am - 9:00 EDT, will feature a series of fintechs who will present their products/services. Following the presentations, participants will have the opportunities to reach out directly to the presenting fintech to make inquiries or explore partnership opportunities based on their interests.
Meet the Fintech Presenters
is the Co-Founder and COO of LNDDO Digital Lending Limited. Adham Azzam is a highly experienced and personable leader who boasts over 20 years’ experience in financing and investment. Fluent in Arabic, French, German, and English, his career has seen him work across Europe and the MENA region. Prior to launching LNDDO with his partner Ashraf Ghazaly, he spent a number of successful years working as a Senior Investment Officer at the International Finance Cooperation (IFC) in Egypt. This saw him advise governments across the region on structuring and implementing PPP projects, and soon after he also launched his own renewable energy company, EgySolar. Meanwhile, he started his illustrious career by spending 15 years’ working across various prosperous European corporations, and he holds degrees in Engineering from the respected French educational institution INSA, and an MBA from INSEAD business school. Described by his colleagues as a team player who brings strong leadership and analytic skills, plus creativity, natural enthusiasm and energy, he is now pouring all his passion and knowledge into helping SMEs across the region grow and prosper with the support of LNDDO’s digital lending solutions.
Alberto García is a Research and Operations Analyst at Inbonis Rating. He has a strong formation in international economics, with experience both in the academic world (researcher at the University of Sevilla) and the business environment (economic analyst at the Spanish Embassy in the United States). He holds a double degree in Law and Economics from the University of Sevilla and a Master’s in International Business Administration from ICEX-CECO School of Business.
is Co-Founder and CEO of Marco - the first tech-enabled trade finance platform designed to provide working capital to SME exporters across LatAm. Since founding Marco in 2020 Jacob has raised in excess of $100MM in funding across debt/equity and grown Marco to 30 full-time employees across offices in Miami, New York, and Montevideo. Year-to-day Marco has processed over $50MM of GMV across thousands of trade receivables. Prior to Marco Jacob had over 9 years of Enterprise Sales, Strategic Business Development, and Management experience. He was one of the first 40 employees at Yelp’s New York Office and was a Sales & BD leader at public companies Yelp, Groupon, and tech unicorn Taboola. Jacob has executed strategic enterprise partnerships with companies such as CBS Interactive, The Atlantic, The Economist, News Corp, The Enthusiast Network, Time Inc/Meredith, Index Exchange, Outbrain and others. Led North America/Latin America publisher sales team driving ~$80MM in revenue for Series C computer vision AI technology company GumGum.
Jacob holds a Hon. B.Mus in Classical Music Performance from the University of Toronto.
Winston Damarillo is the Founder and CEO of Talino Venture Labs, a global venture studio of inclusive fintech that bridges the financial inclusion gap for underserved, underrepresented groups around the world. He is also the CEO of Talino’s portfolio startups that include BayaniPay, a cross-border financial platform for global professionals; Saphron, an award-winning startup that makes insurance radically accessible to drive financial inclusion; Asenso, another award-winning startup that accelerates economic recovery for small business in the United States; NeoTech, a pioneering SME lending platform for the Middle East; and UNAWA, a pioneering and award-winning regulatory tech (regtech) startup unlocking ease of doing business in the Philippines. He is also the Executive Chairman of Amihan Global Strategies, a leader in digital transformation in Southeast Asia, as well as Founder of DEVCON Philippines, the largest community of tech professionals in the Philippines. Winston is a Silicon Valley veteran with three successful startup exits, a venture capitalist, and a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum (WEF), and a member of the Board of Governors of the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC).
is the General Manager Assistant for Operation at National Cash Transfer. He holds a Bachelor degree holder , bilingual, worked in microfinance bank one of his positions was Senior projects manager to manage nationwide projects related to vulnerable people assistants (poor people – IDPS) in all the Yemeni regions including the very remote rural areas, duties including participating in proposals writing , developing the implementation plan , recruiting the required staff in all the regions , training the staff ,coordinating the relations with the partners, following up the activities achievement level monitoring the performance and ensuring the quality and the criteria awareness , resolving the problems and facilitate the challenges, providing the required advices, and recommendations, reporting and led the steering committees, representing the entity in the official arrangements, motivating the team, time controlling, prompt responding to the partner inquiries and requests, managing the data flow among the teams (office and field teams) .
Fares Al Najjar
is a business development expert, holds bachelor degree in English Language and Literature, pre-master business development courses, and the publisher of Chaos Oriented Management academic paper. Fares have over 13 years experiences business development, project management, humanitarian responses management, programs development and quality. Business Development Director at YSys and head of business development committee YCASH Group. Previous War Child UK Programs Manager, and Save the Children Advisor of Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning. Progressio Organization short terms expert and development advisor of Capacities building and good governance. International expert in the humanitarian responses management (including Iraq and Syria responses). With High level expertise and long experiences in businesses development, start-up MSMEs, community development, partnerships and international relationships, Fares is currently the Business Development Director at YSys for FinTech and Smart Humanitarian Solutions, and a founder of YSys. In the current position, I drive more on the sustainable financial growth of YSys by boosting sales and building strong relationships with clients and partners. I lead the development of strategies, exploration of partnerships, products development, assessment of investment opportunities. and researches and studies.
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Core Features & Capabilities of the SME Finance Marketplace
Access the Marketplace Platform: As representatives from member institutions, you can access the Marketplace via your personal LinkedIn or Google accounts or simply by signing up via your work email address here> smeff-marketplace.globallinker.com/
Onboarding: Once the personal account is created, you will be guided through an onboarding process to set up the company profile.
Overview: Company Name, selecting head office from Google Maps, selecting member type, uploading logo.
Company Profile: to have a rich company profile, it’s recommended that you provide a brief description about the company. It’d be helpful to indicate what your company offers or what it’s looking for from potential partner institutions. It’s advisable to add digital addresses like website, company’s LinkedIn profile or FB business page links if available.
Marketplace Offerings/Listings: Creating service listings across 8 categories, adding a brochure, video links, cover image etc., if available.
Individual User Profile: as representatives of your institution, you shall have your personal profiles on the marketplace platform to enhance networking opportunities. It’s important to add your designation, job role/designation, time zone to schedule meetings, digital addresses like personal LinkedIn profile, profile photo etc. *Company profile set up is a one-time exercise and any colleague joining from the same company thereafter can simply select the company name and all the details will be prepopulated.
Marketplace: All listings on the marketplace are classified under 8 categories. You can choose to view all listings, or a particular category based on your interests/needs. You could send enquiries directly to companies that you’re interested in or schedule meetings with the key contacts/representatives of the company
Enquiries: Interested members can send enquiries directly to the company by clicking on the "Send Enquiry" button on the listing and the enquiry is sent via direct message and an email notification.
Member Directory: You can browse through the member directory to learn about their work or products/services they offer. You can filter members by their types, review offerings & requirements, visit company profiles, user profiles or listings pages to know more about the company.
Schedule meetings: You can send request for meetings on the platform by selecting the participants you wish to invite. You can upload attachments if helpful.
Messages: Members can send instant messages to other members on the platform to network or explore opportunities. If a specific member is online, their profiles will be carrying a green "Online" tag.
Invite Colleagues: you could invite your colleagues to create their profiles so to expand your company’s presence on the marketplace. While creating their profiles, they have to simply select the company they belong to and all the details set up by you will be pre-filled.
If you have any questions or to learn more, read the User Manual in this link.