- Indonesia’s leading open finance API platform Ayoconnect announced its strategic partnership with Indonesia’s largest bank by total assets Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI)
- This partnership enables Ayoconnect to provide its clients unique access to BRI’s digital financial services, among which are direct debit, bulk transfer, and flexible deposit
- Ayoconnect and BRI’s collaboration is set to drive the adoption of open finance to boost both companies’ growth, improve customers’ experience, and accelerate financial inclusion among Indonesia’s unbanked and underbanked population
- Established in 2016, Ayoconnect has raised a total of US$15 million in funding. Its pre-series B round was led by BRI Ventures, BRI’s venture capital arm
JAKARTA, Indonesia, Nov. 4, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Indonesia’s leading open finance API platform Ayoconnect announced its strategic partnership with Indonesia’s largest bank by total assets Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI). The partnership enables Ayoconnect to provide hundreds of its clients with seamless access to BRI’s digital financial services, such as direct debit, online account opening, and bulk transfer.
Left-right: Achmad Syarifuddin (Head of Synergy Ayoconnect), Jakob Rost (CEO & Founder Ayoconnect), Chiragh Kirpalani (COO & Founder Ayoconnect), Indra Utoyo (Director Digital & Information Technology BRI), Ilham Habibie (Commissioner of Ayoconnect), M Ghifary (Division Head Digital Banking BRI), and Yudhi Dwi Cahyono (Group head Digital Banking Division)
The collaboration between Ayoconnect and BRI gives a living example of the power of open finance. "Open finance is a system that enables interconnectivity between financial services providers with other service providers to enhance their customers’ experience using APIs," explained Ayoconnect’s COO and Founder Chiragh Kirpalani.
"Ayoconnect’s open finance is developed to build an ecosystem that allows consumer-facing businesses to quickly and seamlessly launch digital financial services to their customers, without having to build the necessary infrastructure on their own from scratch," he continued.
As reported by Accenture, open finance is expected to be the future of the financial services industry across the world, including in Indonesia. The study, which was published in June 2021, found that the implementation of open finance unlocks the potential of revenues of up to US$416 billion for the financial services industry globally, and that that 76% of banks worldwide expect open finance API usage to increase by 50% or more in the next three to five years.
Despite possessing an e-commerce market value of US$19 billion powered by its 277 million population, Indonesia’s card penetration remains low at 0.64 debit cards per capita and just 0.06 credit cards per capita. Consequently, the majority of Indonesian consumers who would like to shop virtually have to go through a series of steps before completing their purchase, or pay for the goods and services using cash. With open finance, Indonesian consumers will have greater flexibility, lower cost, and accelerated process to any financial services that they need.
As illustrated by BRI’s Head Digital Banking Development and Operations, Muhammad Ghifary, "Ayoconnect’s strategic partnership through BRIAPI enables BRI’s customers to experience new and easier way of transacting through direct debit in any retail platforms that have partnered with Ayoconnect. This collaboration is set to enable a seamless banking experience for hundreds of millions of BRI customers throughout Indonesia."
Ghifary also expresses his enthusiasm for the collaboration between BRI and Ayoconnect. "BRI will continue to support Indonesia’s open finance ecosystem by establishing BRIAPI as the partnership gateway with various digital and non-digital platforms to expand our ecosystem beyond banking. We aim to provide embedded financial services in various platforms through strategic partnerships, similar to what we have with Ayoconnect," he stated.
Chiragh Kirpalani added, "Ayoconnect is proud and grateful to have the opportunity to work closely with BRI. Together, we are going to make our shared vision of building the technology infrastructure to connect the entire Indonesia’s population a reality for everyone."
Established in 2016, Ayoconnect has raised a total of US$15 million from leading local and international institutional investors, one of which being BRI’s venture capital arm BRI Ventures. The fintech company has also recently appointed Indonesia’s renowned technopreneur Ilham Habibie as their commissioner.
Ayoconnect is Indonesia’s largest API platform. It enables developers to choose from a wide range of financial white-label products and quickly launch them to their users. Ayoconnect remains in the background, focused on building and operating the necessary infrastructure while allowing their clients to monetize and expand their business in a fast and scalable way.
Founded in 2016, Ayoconnect’s API stack has seen rapid adoption. It is trusted by more than 150+ Indonesian companies as clients, including leading banks, retailers, e-commerce, fintechs, and e-wallets—such as Bank BRI, DANA, Indomaret, Bukalapak, Home Credit, and Pegadaian—and connects more than 1,000 institutions through its network of APIs. Ayoconnect’s APIs process more than 300 million API hits annually.
Ayoconnect has raised a total of US$15 million from leading local and international institutional investors. Ayoconnect’s investors include Mandiri Capital Indonesia, Bank Mandiri’s corporate venture capital unit; BRI Ventures, Bank BRI’s corporate venture capital unit; Indonesia’s AC Ventures, headed by Chairman of the Indonesian Fintech Association Pandu Sjahrir; Patamar Capital, Southeast Asia’s leading impact venture capital; Kakaku, a public company listed on the Tokyo Exchange (TYO); and Finch Capital among others. Ayoconnect continues expanding its ecosystem to accelerate financial inclusion and adoption of embedded finance throughout Indonesia.