As Neo-banks like Revolut and N26 make news headlines with multi-billion-dollar valuations, the world of digital banking seems very lucrative. In 2021, there were over 250 digital banks globally, and COVID-19 has driven a global surge in use of digital banking; 76% of adults globally now have an account either at a bank, other financial institution or with a mobile money provider, up from 68% in 2017. On top of this, two-thirds of the world’s adult population now receive or make digital payments, with the share in developing economies growing very quickly.
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