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Established in 1991, UK-headquartered International Banking Systems (IBS) Intelligence (IBSi) is the world’s only pure-play Financial Technology (traditional and new-age) research, advisory, and media firm, with global coverage, and a 360° portfolio of intelligence offerings.

For over 30 years, IBSi’s expert teams have delivered independent, in-depth, actionable insights, with a laser focus on everything from Financial Technology, to the global banking, consulting, technology, and institutional investor world.

As an Analyst firm, we take pride in covering 2,000+ FinTech vendors in-depth globally – the largest by any global research firm in this space. IBSi’s iconic annual Sales League Table has been the industry-acknowledged barometer of global Financial Technology vendor performance for 20+ years, covering 100+ leading technology participants from 150+ countries across 20 system types. Every year.

The Cedar-IBSi platform also runs the Cedar-IBSI FinTech Lab, a BankTech/B2B FinTech accelerator that has been home to 35+ successful FinTechs since 2017, and aims to become the go-to FinTech Lab in the region in the years to come.

Cedar’s independent Venture Capital fund (SEBI-registered trust, CAT II – AIF. Registration No. IN/AIF2/22-23/1185), announced in 2023, will leverage the strong knowledge and intelligence backbone of Cedar-IBSi’s 30+ year track record in global financial services and technology research and consulting. The $30-50 million fund will build a portfolio of 15-20 companies with a strong focus on the BankTech and B2B FinTech space, hoping to create value for founders in multiple strategic areas beyond capital.

IBSi’s group company, Cedar, is a 35-year-old global management consulting firm with deep expertise in formulating & executing a business strategies for financial services clients worldwide, with a significant focus on leading their technology and digital transformation.

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