Bancolombia gets into Crypto & Apple is All-In on Embedded Finance

Bancolombia gets into Crypto & Apple is All-In on Embedded Finance
Apple is All-In on Embedded Finance

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Bancolombia is venturing into Cryptocurrencies with a new platform set to compete with Binance and Bitso, called Wenia.

Wenia aims to engage over 60,000 clients in its first year of operations, aligning with Colombia's potential as the third-highest country in Latin America in terms of crypto adoption.

The Bancolombia Group is entering the cryptocurrency market with Wenia, a new company within the group that will allow users to buy, convert, receive, send, and sell cryptocurrencies, challenging established platforms like Binance and Bitso. Additionally, the platform is introducing a new stable cryptocurrency: the COPW, a crypto asset that promises a 1:1 parity with the Colombian peso.

"With the launch of Wenia, developed to high-security standards and industry best practices, we begin to realize this journey where we aim to offer our clients a reliable experience and a new way to use their money," stated Pablo Arboleda, CEO of Wenia.

"Our goal is to help people connect with the crypto side in a more accessible, inclusive, and efficient manner."

Colombia is ranked as the third country in Latin America for crypto asset adoption, according to the Global Crypto Adoption Index 2023.

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🇨🇴 Bancolombia is venturing into cryptocurrencies with a new platform set to compete with Binance and Bitso, called Wenia, which aims to engage over 60,000 clients in its first year of operations, aligning with Colombia's potential as the third-highest country in Latin America in terms of crypto adoption. 

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