This Week in Fintech (10/16)

Hello Fintech Friends,

Fintech startups raised $4.5 billion in combined equity this week.

This doesn’t even include the CRED, Flutterwave, and Slice $100mm+ rounds in which the final amount is still undisclosed. There were 42 total equity raise announcements.

Elsewhere and much less excitingly, I did an AMA with the team at Heyday.

Please find another week of fintech financings and exits below.


Editor’s Note: If you’re an early-stage startup founder raising equity or debt, I may be able to help - reach out to nik@thisweekinfintech.com.


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💸 Venture Financing

  • GoodLeap, a solar roof and green home financing platform, raised $1 billion.

  • MoonPay, a payments on-ramp for cryptocurrency investing, is raising $400 million at a $3.4 billion valuation.

  • Celsius Network, a decentralized earning and lending protocol, raised $400 million.

  • Bolt, an online one-click checkout provider, raised $389 million at a $6 billion valuation.

  • Global Processing Services, an API-based payments and embedded finance platform, raised $300 million.

  • TradingView, a financial information API, platform, and social network, raised $298 million at a $3 billion valuation.

  • Tripactions, a corporate employee expense management startup, raised $275 million at a $7.25 billion valuation.

  • Trumid, an electronic credit trading platform, raised $208 million.

  • Swile, a French payment card for employee benefits, raised a $200 million Series D at a $1 billion+ valuation.

  • Interfirst Mortgage, a mortgage originator, raised $175 million in a superheated homebuying market.

  • Tala, an emerging markets microlender, raised a $145 million Series E from backers including Upstart and Stellar.

  • Halo Investing, an investing platform for structured notes, annuities, and buffered ETFs, raised a $100 million Series C.

  • Open, an Indian neobank, raised a $100 million Series C.

  • ZoneBilling, a NetSuite billing technology provider, raised a $76 million growth investment.

  • Alviere, an embedded finance startup, raised $70 million (a $20 million Series A and $50 million Series B).

  • Beacon, a custom trading and risk management solution, raised a $56 million Series C.

  • Juni, a Swedish e-commerce banking provider, raised a $52 million Series A.

  • M2P Fintech, an Asian financial API infrastructure provider, raised a $35 million Series C.

  • Fount, a South Korean roboadvisory investor, raised $33.4 million.

  • Ramp, (the other ramp) a Polish fiat to crypto on-ramp, raised a $30 million Series A at a $300 million valuation.

  • Atomic, a payroll API, raised $22 million in Series A funding.

  • Nelo, a Mexican buy-now-pay-later company, raised $20 million.

  • Productfy, an embedded financial services platform for fintechs, raised a $16 million Series A.

  • FrankieOne, an ID and fraud management service for fintechs, raised A$20 million ($16 million).

  • Xpansiv, an ESG commodities marketplace, raised $15 million from Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

  • Mono, an African open banking API provider, raised a $15 million Series A.

  • MagicCube, a chip replacement provider for mobile payment terminals, raised $15 million.

  • Mondu, a German B2B payments company, raised $14 million in seed funding.

  • Lendflow, an embedded small and medium business lender, raised a $10.8 million Series A.

  • Pagos, a payments intelligence infrastructure, raised $10 million in seed funding.

  • Chari, a Moroccan business-to-business payment and commerce startup, raised a $5 million seed.

  • Niro, an Indian consumer lending startup, raised $3.5 million in seed funding.

  • Sparkle, a Nigerian neobank, raised $3.1 million.

  • Klasha, a Nigerian cross-border commerce and payments API, raised $2.4 million in seed funding.

  • Ejara, a Cameroonian investing and crypto trading platform, raised $2 million.

  • SUMA Wealth, a financial management app for young Latino users, raised a $2 million pre-seed.

  • Perch, a Canadian real estate investing platform, raised a $1 million seed round.

  • Payday, a “PayPal for Africa,” raised a $1 million pre-seed.

  • CRED, an Indian credit card rewards startup, is raising a new round of funding at a $5.5 billion valuation.

  • Flutterwave, a Nigerian financial infrastructure provider, is raising funds at a $3 billion valuation.

  • Slice, an Indian credit card issuer, is reportedly raising over $100 million.

  • Finbourne, a UK financial data management startup, raised strategic funding from the London Stock Exchange.

Forge Global Inc. also launched a new fund, D/XYZ, which raised $100 million for its first investment portfolio and aims to list it publicly as a closed-end exchange-traded fund for retail investors.

💵 Debt Financing

  • Atome, an Asian buy-now-pay-later platform, raised $500 million in (committed) lending capital from Standard Chartered.

  • Ampla, an embedded lender for consumer brands, raised a $250 million credit facility from Atalaya Capital Management.

  • Lendable, which provides debt financing to fintech startups across emerging markets, is raising a further $100 million.

☯️ Exits

💻 IPOs
  • Personal financial advice and product marketplace NerdWallet filed for a US IPO on the back of strong earnings (including a 32% jump in revenue).

  • AvidXchange successfully raised $660 million in its IPO.

  • Australian neobank Judo Bank is looking to raise A$653 million in its IPO at a valuation around A$2.3 billion.

  • Enfusion, an investment management software provider, set terms for a $300 million IPO that would value it around $1.9 billion.

  • AvidXchange, 

  • P10, an alternative asset investment management software provider, began its IPO roadshow.

📈 SPACs
  • Green Visor Financial Technology Acquisition, a fintech SPAC, filed for a $150 million IPO.

  • Finnovate Acquisition, an Israeli fintech SPAC, filed for a $150 million IPO.

🤝 M&A - Fintech
  • SumUp, a European point of sale provider, acquired customer loyalty startup Fivestars for $317 million in cash and stock.

  • Vroom, a UK car-buying e-commerce platform, acquired auto lender United Auto Credit Corporation for $300 million in cash.

  • finova, a UK core banking solutions provider, acquired mortgage and savings software BEP.

  • Danish neobank Lunar acquired payments gateway provider Paylike.

  • Goodlord, a UK property tech firm, acquired acasa, a fintech platform for tenant household bills.

  • Financial data platform FactSet acquired portfolio monitoring provider Cobalt Software.

  • European blockchain company R3 acquired stablecoin issuance platform Invo.

🏦 M&A - Bank

Bank mergers are on-track to hit their highest level since (ominously) the financial crisis.

  • American banks Umpqua and Columbia Banking are combining in a merger valuing the combined bank at $5.1 billion.

  • Capital One is acquiring boutique investment bank TripleTree.


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