Brankas launches Asia Pacific’s first multi-bank API for instant account opening

Brankas’ Account Opening API is integrated with four banks in Indonesia and the Philippines, enabling an “embedded finance” experience in any app.

JAKARTA, Indonesia, Feb. 29, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Open finance leader Brankas has today announced a new feature enabling instant bank account opening as an “embedded finance” experience on third-party applications. The API is the first of its kind in the region, launched first in Indonesia and the Philippines. As a bundle with Brankas’ market-leading data and payment solutions, any merchant or consumer app can provide fintech experiences to their users.

Using the new Account Opening API as part of Brankas’ wider banking API suite, businesses such as Personal Finance Management apps can help their users to create and move funds into high-interest accounts. HRIS platforms and lenders can also allow users to create specific bank accounts quickly to disburse salary and loan payouts. In addition, Brankas sees this as a new revenue stream for businesses that sell through micro-merchants by onboarding customers in rural areas, which unlocks the use of e-wallets and BNPL.

Brankas expects banks and merchants to partner up to offer attractive sign-up bonuses, while consumers and corporate customers can enjoy a fast, rewarding sign-up experience. Most businesses will be able to test the API and go live in less than a week.

In Indonesia, more than 50% of the population are unbanked, defined as not having access to the services of a bank or similar financial organization. This denies them access to basic financial services including loans, credit cards, and interest savings accounts.

“As a Bank Indonesia (BI) licensed financial services provider, Brankas sees tremendous potential in reaching out to the unbanked and underserved population across the region to get access to modern financial services. Banking-as-a-Service helps to power everyday financial services relevant to communities as diverse as fisheries, farms, drivers, accounting, and HRMS. We are excited to see our new Account Opening API being used to give consumers and SME/UMKM access to loans, investments, and a wide range of payment methods.” said Husni Fuad, Country Manager, Brankas Indonesia.

At present, Brankas’ Account Opening APIs supports account creation for OCBC NISP, Danamon, and BNC in Indonesia. Brankas also offers retail and corporate account creation in the Philippines, powered by Netbank. With an established network across the Asia-Pacific region, Brankas is integrated with over 100 enterprise partners to enable broader financial inclusion, and just recently announced a partnership with Arab Financial Services to strengthen the open finance infrastructure in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

“We are continuously expanding our menu of embedded finance offerings to support our customers across Asia-Pacific. Our Account Opening API provides a single integration across multiple banks that enables access to the unbanked and provides essential infrastructure for the next generation of fintech solutions.” said Todd Schweitzer, CEO and Co-founder of Brankas. “Increasing financial inclusion can only be made possible with the alignment of multiple stakeholders. That’s why Brankas partners with the region’s leading financial institutions today to make bank account opening a seamless process.”

About Brankas

Brankas is a leading global open finance technology provider. We provide API-based solutions, data and payments solutions for financial service providers (like banks, lenders and e-wallets) and online businesses. Brankas partners with banks to build and manage their open finance infrastructure, producing APIs for real-time payments, identity and data, new account opening, remittances, and more. With Brankas’ secure open banking technology, online businesses, fintech companies and digital banks can use Brankas APIs to create new digital experiences for their users.