Hong Kong and Singapore have established themselves as large financial centers with a natural interest in FinTech. To this day, Singapore has lead the race of becoming the main fintech hub for new start-ups. This competition is won by legislation, funding, networks, knowledge & talent and demand for the solutions. The above attributes have helped Singapore in branding itself better among FinTech companies than any other region in Asia Pacific. Hong Kong has lacked a welcoming atmosphere towards new FinTech start-ups since Hong Kong banks traditionally have not been open for disruptive ideas and newcomers. The political situation in Hong Kong has also affected the reputation of the finance hub. Some also fear that in the future, China could expand its (banking and FinTech) legislation to Hong Kong. At the moment, political, social, economical and technological variables point towards Singapore having better conditions in keeping its leading position as a FinTech hub in Asia in the future. On the other hand, Hong Kong has awakened to the competition and issued several investment initiatives towards improving the ecosystems and attracting new start-ups.
When considering future business opportunities within FinTech in Singapore or Hong Kong, companies should take into consideration the following: