This Week in Fintech (8/13)
Hello Fintech Friends,
We’re excited to share our investment from The Fintech Fund into Modern Life. Life insurance brokerage is a complex and broken business, and Modern Life is improving it for everyone with a simple UI for financial advisors.
Elsewhere, I joined the Bain & Company fintech team on their Deciphered Podcast this week to talk about neobank revenues.
Please find another week of fintech financing events below.
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😱 Yikes. “About $400 million was invested into fintechs founded or co-founded by women across 20 deals through June, according to an analysis compiled by Innovate Finance. That compares with $1.1 billion invested across 32 deals in the first half of 2021. The amount invested into UK fintechs founded by men rose 40% in the first six months of this year.” (Source)
💸 Venture Financing
TeamApt, a Nigerian business banking and payments firm, raised $50 million.
Truework, an income and employment verification platform, raised a $50 million Series C.
Injective, a smart contracts platform for financial use cases, raised $40 million.
Ageras, a Danish marketplace for SMB accountants, raised €35 million from CIBC Innovation Banking earmarked specifically for acquisition.
Finix, a payfac-as-a-service company, raised $30 million in new capital.
Central Payment, a payments and card issuing provider, raised $30 million in growth equity.
DD360, a Mexican real estate financing platform, raised $25 million.
Forage, a payments processor for accepting SNAP EBT (food stamp) payments online, raised a $22 million Series A.
Modern Life *, a life insurance brokerage for financial advisors, raised a $15 million seed round.
Farther, a wealth technology provider for high-net-worth individuals, raised a $15 million Series A at a $50 million valuation.
The Sweat Economy, a “walk to earn” app, raised $13 million.
Founderpath, a revenue-based financing provider for startups, raised $10 million in equity and $135 million in new debt.
Zeepay, a UK cross-border payments company, raised a $10 million Series A.5 (?)
Halliday, a buy-now-pay-later provider for NFTs, raised a $6 million seed round.
FinanZero, a Brazilian online credit marketplace, raised $4 million.
Stackwell, a digital investment platform for the black community, raised a $3.5 million seed round.
Ivella, a savings and investment app for couples, raised a $3 million seed round.
Old Street Digital, an institutional asset manager, raised £2.8 million in seed funding.
Appital, a liquidity and price discovery-focused equity marketplace, raised £1.7 million.
Uellbee, a Mexican personal debt management provider, raised $350,000 in equity and $2 million in lending debt.
Weltio, an investment marketplace for LatAm, raised funding.
💵 Debt Financing
Specialist lender to small businesses Capify created a £40 million debt fund for small businesses.
💰 Venture Funds
A group of UK politicians and fintech operators are forming a £1 billion fintech fund.
Upper90, an investor that provides credit and equity investments into fintech, raised a $180 million fund.