Amidst the demonetization shakeup, the Indian Fintech companies like Paytm experienced skyrocketing growth figures with 700% increase in their overall traffic, 300% growth at offline retail stores in just 6 days and 1,000% growth in the amount of money added to the Paytm wallets. They’re also offering the users to buy Digital Gold. Another Paytm wallet competitor named Mobikwik said to have got 7,000% increase in money being transferred from its wallet into bank accounts and also recorded 40% jump in their app downloads. Other digital finance platforms have also sprung up in various niches, like FlexiLoans that offer fast, flexible and paperless loans without any collateral; Chillr app, which offers peer-to-peer money transfer without using bank account details; Ping Pay that allows you to share money from your mobile device to anyone at anytime.
NASSCOM estimates 50% of travel transactions in India will be made online by 2020. Also, according to Worldpay’s projections, the Indian e-commerce market is predicted to reach $63.7 Billion by 2020 and overtake the US by 2034, becoming the world’s second largest e-commerce market. According to the Reserve Bank of India report, there were 1.46 Million PoS (Point of Sales) machines in use in India, which means 856 machines per million people. To incentivize banks and manufacturers of PoS terminals, the government has waived-off some percentage excise duties on these machines. More availability of PoS across offline retail stores will encourage the merchants to accept digital payments through debit and credit cards and increase the cashless transactions across urban and rural regions of India.
India’s Fintech market is expected to grow by 1.7 times between 2015 and 2020, according to this report. According to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), at present, the financial inclusion in India is low, where 145 Million households still do not have access to banking services. RBI has come up with a plan for financial inclusion, which aims to set the path for 90% financial inclusion in India by 2021. In a report by Statista, the transaction value for the Indian Fintech sector is estimated to be approximately $33 Billion in 2016 and is forecasted to reach $73 Billion in 2020 growing at a five-year CAGR of 22%. As per KPMG, the Fintech investments in India increased mani-fold from $247 Million in 2014 to more than $1.5 Billion in 2015. Some Fintech startups in India are seeing positive adoption from the market, a few examples being: FundsIndia, an online automated advisory service, is able to garner more than 800,000 customers and they also claim to be the No. 1 mutual fund distributor in the country. Robo advisory firm ArthaYantra, using analytics tool for customized advice, is serving 75,000 users with a target of acquiring 1 Million users over the next 24 months.
With the reducing costs of internet data plans and smartphone prices, and with the Digital India and Smart Cities initiatives by the Government to promote digital infrastructure development in the country, the driving force behind adopting a cashless economy looks promising in the coming years. Crowd Valley is committed to transform the financial services landscape with its API framework and is keenly interested in helping the Indian Fintech ecosystem grow.
Neeraj is a Digital Marketer who has worked with startups belonging to various industries. He has also managed a digital agency in the past. He was born and brought up in India and has an educational background in Polymer Engineering. You can connect with him on Twitter here @NeerajT4.