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Uttar Pradesh Initiates Bidding for a 100-Acre Fintech Park in Noida to Propel Financial Services Development

In a bid to bolster the state’s economic standing and establish itself as a prominent financial services hub, the Uttar Pradesh government has initiated the bidding process for a sprawling 100-acre fintech park in Noida. The Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) has released a request for proposal (RfP) document, soliciting a feasibility study and a detailed project report (DPR) for this ambitious endeavor.

With a submission deadline for bids set on January 2, as announced by YEIDA’s Additional Chief Executive Officer, Vipin Kumar Jain, the fintech park is strategically positioned in Noida Sector 13. Its prime objective is to provide a conducive infrastructure for the growth of financial services companies across the entire financial and allied value chain.

Situated near the upcoming Jewar International Airport, slated to commence operations in September 2024, the fintech park aims to accommodate a wide range of financial activities, including stock exchanges, stock brokerage, crowdfunding, angel funding, banking, insurance, digital currency, digital economy, financial research and development, capital markets, and more. The facility will also feature auxiliary amenities such as hospitality services, commercial spaces, data centers, shopping arcades, and other conveniences.

The Noida-Greater Noida region currently hosts approximately 240 operational fintech startups, specializing in digital lending, payments, blockchain, and digital wealth management. Recognizable names among these startups include Pine Labs, Spice Money, Paytm Payments Bank, Advisorymandi.com, and others.

The attractiveness of the region to startups and fintech companies is attributed by the UP government to its world-class infrastructure, robust power supply, internet connectivity, and a skilled workforce. Notably, the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Lucknow, has joined forces with the CFA Institute’s University Affiliation Program (UAP) to cater to the demands of the fintech and investment sectors in the region. This collaboration aims to enhance students’ competencies in financial and investment realms through high-caliber management education.

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