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It may have been a bad week for European neobanks — with mass layoffs at Monzo and tales of forced firings at Revolut — but at least the public markets are positive that financial technology companies are going to do well coming out of lockdown.
We’ve seen challenger banks for teens; we’ve seen pocket money apps for tweens; and now, Europe’s youngsters are getting a “messenger bank” — an encrypted chatbot that manages users’ finances and sends money via Facebook, WhatsApp, Telegram and Viber.
Today M1 Finance, a Chicago-based fintech startup focused on consumer finance, announced that it has closed a $33 million Series B. Left Lane Capital led the round, with participation from Clocktower Technology Ventures and Jump Capital. The firm has raised around $54.5 million to date.
Brussels-based fintech startup iBanFirst has raised a €21 million Series C round, led by Elaia and Bpifrance Large Venture, to expand its financial services platform for SMEs. Specifically the platform enables B2B payments in multiple currencies.
In India, it’s Google and Walmart-owned PhonePe that are racing neck-and-neck to be the top player in the mobile payments market, while Facebook remains mired in a regulatory maze for WhatsApp Pay’s rollout.
Over the next 15 months, Africa is set to receive a total of $50bn towards its economic recovery from the World Bank, which has identified the protection of the region’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as essential to its economic bounce-back from the coronavirus. Financial technology has a key role to play in this.
Alessandro Ravanetti- Freelance content writer and copywriter. Working in the fintech industry since 2011, I built and managed digital companies with distributed teams and international partners, gaining experience with both startups and large corporations. I am an independent expert with the European Commission, FundingBox and the Eureka Network, and an advisory board member of SXSW. firstname.lastname@example.org
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