Clik, a Cambodia-based fintech delivering mobile payment solutions to enterprises, merchants and consumers, has landed $3.7 million funding.
It marks the largest ever seed round in Southeast Asia to date, according to Crunchbase.
The round was led by strategic investors Openway – a Belgian digital payment software – and POEMS, a Singapore-based online trading platform. The funding also includes $2 million of commitments announced at the end of 2018.
Funding and partner network
Click intends to use the new capital to flesh out its product engineering and customer service teams.
Yet to formerly launch, the capital will also underpin its launch in Cambodia sometime later this year.
Since its founding in 2016, Clik has focused on building its partner network. It now has around 2,500 merchants on its books, alongside five financial institutions. These partnerships provide it with access to more than 56,000 merchants across Cambodia.
Some of its heavyweight partners include Ucare Pharmacy, Kiwimart and conglomerate Chip Mong Retail.
“After two years of scaling up and defining the fundamentals of our regional market strategy, we’re ready to accelerate our growth with the closure of our seed round,” says CEO and co-founder Matthew Tippetts.
The CEO thinks the round proves “investors are eager to back future proof platforms for the ‘new normal’ that will inevitably exist post-covid”.
He also thinks it nods to the attractive opportunities for investment in Cambodia, “especially in start-ups with robust regional potential”.
What does Clik do?
The start-up claims to be the first Southeast Asian provider of PCI-certified mobile point of sale (PoS) and software PoS merchant acquiring payment solutions.
The fintech is currently developing a platform which helps merchants build consumer loyalty and boost profits.
Having developed its own Know Your Customer (KYC) solution, Clik claims it can onboard consumers and merchants “in minutes”.
The new capital arrives as Clik announces a series new hires. They include its chief operating officer, Patrice Vignes, who previous served as chief financial officer of Amret, a Cambodia-based micro-finance provider.
Olivier Mermet is also welcomed into the fold. Having worked at Procter & Gamble for more than seven year, Mermet will now serve as Clik’s chief design and strategy officer.
Venture capital helps ‘buy now, pay later’ fintech business Affirm to $500m investment round
Affirm, a buy-now-pay-later tech startup, has closed its Series G round on $500m.
The investment was led by GIC and Dura
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Here’s how Nasdaq-listed MicroStrategy went about buying $175m in Bitcoin
MicroStrategy has become the poster child of mainstream Bitcoin adoption amongst corporations. It is the only publicly listed company to turn towards BTC as a reserve asset to store their capital in.
Their announcement last month regarding their decision to ditch the US Dollar in favor of BTC to store their capital was a big one, because it showed that the benchmark digital asset is gaining utility as a store of value.
For a company with hundreds of millions of dollars in cash, the decision makes sense, as the crypto’s scarcity allows them to avoid the massive losses that would otherwise be incurred due to inflation.
Acquiring this much BTC without going through over the counter (OTC) venues is no easy task, however, and the company’s CEO explained in a recent tweet how they went about doing this.
MicroStrategy now holds 38,250 Bitcoin
Earlier this week, Microstrategy CEO Michael Saylor announced that his company had doubled down on their Bitcoin bet, adding $175m worth of the digital asset to their holdings.
This massive purchase came about just weeks after the company had revealed its plans to switch to an alternative Bitcoin-focused financial strategy. They now intend to hold their entire capital reserves in BTC to avoid inflation and devaluation of the US Dollar, which is being printed at unprecedented rates.
This strategy is unprecedented and was kicked off by the purchase of a whopping $250m worth of the digital asset.
The company revealed on September 15th that they were buying even more BTC, conducting a $175 million purchase via the spot retail markets. This may have caused Bitcoin’s price to rally to $10,900 while the rest of the market trended lower.
Their total holdings now stack up to 38,250 Bitcoin, with an aggregated purchase price of $425 million.
Here’s how MicroStrategy market-bought 16,796 BTC
During their latest bout of purchasing, MicroStrategy used the retail market to acquire their crypto, with the company’s CEO explaining that they purchased 16,796 BTC throughout 74 hours of continuous trading.
“To acquire 16,796 BTC (disclosed 9/14/20), we traded continuously 74 hours, executing 88,617 trades ~0.19 BTC each 3 seconds. ~$39,414 in BTC per minute, but at all times we were ready to purchase $30-50 million in a few seconds if we got lucky with a 1-2% downward spike.”
The massive amount of capital that was introduced into the market as a result of these 74 hours of continuous trading likely had lasting impacts that may still be influencing Bitcoin.
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EU to see comprehensive crypto regulation by 2024
The European Union, or EU, plans to incorporate crypto and blockchain technology into its main processes by 2024.
Over the next four years, the economic union aims to firm up fresh regulations that will promote blockchain and digital asset usage for international money transfers, according to internal documents that Reuters reported on Friday.
The documents detailed:
“By 2024, the EU should put in place a comprehensive framework enabling the uptake of distributed ledger technology (DLT) and crypto-assets in the financial sector […] It should also address the risks associated with these technologies.”
Finding that almost 80% of its population transacts in paper money, the European Commission, the union’s governing entity, wants to see digital payments become more common, while aiming for immediate transaction times, Reuters explained.
The commission’s reported aims include a desire for increased data access, financial activities availability — all while aiming for increased efficiency. “By 2024, the principle of passporting and a one-stop shop licensing should apply in all areas which hold strong potential for digital finance,” the documents noted. Over the next year, fast transaction avenues will likely take over, Reuters added.
Although the COVID-19 pandemic may have expedited the desire for digital payments across the globe, blockchain and crypto assets have been the talk of the regulatory town, with many countries looking toward central bank digital currencies to streamline their payments infrastructures.
UPDATE Sept. 18, 21:00 UTC: This article has been updated.
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