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Canadian Digital Banking Platform Relay Secures $19.4 Million

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Relay, a Canada-based digital banking platform for small businesses, announced on Thursday it raised US$19.4 million in funding, which includes US$15 million through its Series A funding round that was led by Bain Capital Ventures and seed round of $4.4 million led by Better Tomorrow Ventures, Garage Capital, Tribe Capital, Panache, and Amaranthine.

Founded in 2018, Relay is looking to fully automate the finance function for small businesses through banking that deeply integrates into the back-office systems business owners rely on. The company’s product increases financial visibility and security while significantly reducing time spent on administration. Relay also noted that it is “building banking that is tailor-made” for employer SMBs, offering more customized functionality and support than a traditional bank. Relay Co-Founder and CEO, Yoseph West, further explained:

“Eighty-two percent of businesses fail due to cash flow issues, and traditional banking doesn’t help — business banking is often confusing, expensive, and siloed from other systems. We’re building a challenger bank that helps businesses succeed by offering powerful tools to increase cash flow visibility and streamline time-consuming financial processes — in addition to being affordable and easy to use.”

Relay is on track to have processed $1 billion worth of transactions by the end of 2021. The company went on to add that the funds will be used to accelerate its mission to increase the success rate of small businesses by automating financial management for business owners.

Relay will use this funding to increase customer acquisition, grow the engineering and product teams, and further integrate its platform into the small business back office.”

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Source: https://www.crowdfundinsider.com/2021/05/175335-canadian-digital-banking-platform-relay-secures-19-4-million/

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French Fintech Pennylane, which Provides Bookkeeping Solutions, Secures Investment from Sequoia Capital

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French Fintech firm Pennylane has acquired €15 million in capital in order to expand its bookkeeping and financial management services.

The Pennylane platform has been designed to allow SME owners to view all of their real-time financial data from a single dashboard.

Established in 2020, Pennylane has been able to generate $2.4 million in revenue. The company’s management has also hired around 30 accountants and 15 application developers. The Fintech firm currently supports over 1000 SME clients on a daily basis.

The investment round notably marks the very first investment by Sequoia Capital in France. it has come after the firm finalized a $18.4 million round in January of this year.

Luciana Lixandru, Partner at Sequoia Capital, stated:

“We have met a lot of companies in the fintech sector in Europe. We are delighted to make Pennylane our first investment in France and to rely on this exceptional team so that all start-ups, VSEs and SMEs, can improve their collaboration with their accountant.”

Sequoia Capital has been quite active in the Fintech sector this year.

As covered in April 2021, Indian Fintech Razorpay secured $160 million in funding from GIC, Sequoia Capital, Ribbit Capital, Matrix Partners, among others.

In February 2021, event outcome trading platform Kalshi acquired $30 million in capital via a Series A investment round led by Sequoia.

As noted by its management:

“Sequoia helps daring founders build legendary companies from idea to IPO and beyond. We spur founders to push the boundaries of what’s possible. In partnering with Sequoia, companies benefit from 48 years of tribal knowledge from working with founders like Steve Jobs, Larry Ellison, Larry Page, Jan Koum, Brian Chesky, Drew Houston, Adi Tatarko, Julia Hartz and Jack Dorsey.”

Sequoia-backed companies account for over 25% of NASDAQ’s total value, the company reports. From the beginning, the “vast majority” of money the firm invests has been “on behalf of non-profits and schools like the Ford Foundation, Mayo Clinic, and MIT, which means founders’ accomplishments make a meaningful difference.”

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Source: https://www.crowdfundinsider.com/2021/06/176635-french-fintech-pennylane-which-provides-bookkeeping-solutions-secures-investment-from-sequoia-capital/

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French Fintech Pennylane, which Provides Bookkeeping Solutions, Secures Investment from Sequoia Capital

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French Fintech firm Pennylane has acquired €15 million in capital in order to expand its bookkeeping and financial management services.

The Pennylane platform has been designed to allow SME owners to view all of their real-time financial data from a single dashboard.

Established in 2020, Pennylane has been able to generate $2.4 million in revenue. The company’s management has also hired around 30 accountants and 15 application developers. The Fintech firm currently supports over 1000 SME clients on a daily basis.

The investment round notably marks the very first investment by Sequoia Capital in France. it has come after the firm finalized a $18.4 million round in January of this year.

Luciana Lixandru, Partner at Sequoia Capital, stated:

“We have met a lot of companies in the fintech sector in Europe. We are delighted to make Pennylane our first investment in France and to rely on this exceptional team so that all start-ups, VSEs and SMEs, can improve their collaboration with their accountant.”

Sequoia Capital has been quite active in the Fintech sector this year.

As covered in April 2021, Indian Fintech Razorpay secured $160 million in funding from GIC, Sequoia Capital, Ribbit Capital, Matrix Partners, among others.

In February 2021, event outcome trading platform Kalshi acquired $30 million in capital via a Series A investment round led by Sequoia.

As noted by its management:

“Sequoia helps daring founders build legendary companies from idea to IPO and beyond. We spur founders to push the boundaries of what’s possible. In partnering with Sequoia, companies benefit from 48 years of tribal knowledge from working with founders like Steve Jobs, Larry Ellison, Larry Page, Jan Koum, Brian Chesky, Drew Houston, Adi Tatarko, Julia Hartz and Jack Dorsey.”

Sequoia-backed companies account for over 25% of NASDAQ’s total value, the company reports. From the beginning, the “vast majority” of money the firm invests has been “on behalf of non-profits and schools like the Ford Foundation, Mayo Clinic, and MIT, which means founders’ accomplishments make a meaningful difference.”

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Source: https://www.crowdfundinsider.com/2021/06/176635-french-fintech-pennylane-which-provides-bookkeeping-solutions-secures-investment-from-sequoia-capital/

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Crypto Investment Platform Change Closes £3.7 Million Crowdfunding Round at Post Money Valuation of £175 Million

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Crypto exchange Change is reporting having closed a £3.7 million securities crowdfunding at a post-money valuation of £175 million.

According to the company’s website, investors had three options to participate in the firm:

  • a securities offering on Funderbeam
  • Purchase CNG tokens that gives you equity exposure through a convertible note agreement; For every 792,000 CNG tokens, you receive 1% ownership when converted to Change shares. CNGs can be bought via their app
  • A CAG token that can be used to purchase services through Change

Change said that 50 private investors backed the digital asset investing platform as it plans international expansion following trading volumes reaching $1 billion. Change said that it currently has approximately 85,000 verified customers an increase of 190% from May 2020. Change said the growth has come from retail investors.

Change said it will use the funding to grow the team, develop its platform further and expand into European and Asian markets.

Reportedly, interest from Change’s existing investment community resulted in the round being over-subscribed within 48 hours.

Investors are said to be primarily composed of Change’s original crowdfunding members from an earlier funding round, who have continued to be involved in the project since 2017, as well as existing shareholders.

Change notes that it is one of the few trading platforms which doesn’t charge fees on Bitcoin trades. It also has a minimum deposit of just €10.

Kristjan Kangro, founder and CEO of Change, commented:

“We started with a mission to empower everyone everywhere to benefit from investing – be it with cryptos or more traditional trading instruments. Not only did this mean creating a platform that was simple to use, but it also meant being independently funded and driven by our community. To see so many of our original investors from back in 2017 continuing to believe in and support us is incredibly inspiring. Together we’ve achieved tremendous growth over the past year especially, and our ambitious expansion plans aren’t showing any signs of slowing down.”

Change was founded in 2016 by Kangro and Gustav Liblik (CPO). Change is backed by Roger Cook, former Global CEO of DHL, and Hans van der Noordaa, former CEO of the Retail Division of ING Bank and Chairman of Deloitte.

Change claims over 7,000 private investors and has raised more than $21 million in funding to date.

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Source: https://www.crowdfundinsider.com/2021/06/176602-crypto-investment-platform-change-closes-3-7-million-crowdfunding-round-at-post-money-valuation-of-175-million/

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Basel Committee on Banking Supervision Initiates Consultation on Proposals for Treatment of Banks’ Digital Asset Exposures

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The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, the main international standard-setter for the prudential regulation of banks and provides a forum for regular cooperation on banking supervisory matters (with 45 members comprising central banks and bank supervisors from 28 jurisdictions), has initiated a public consultation on preliminary proposals for the prudential treatment of banks’ crypto-asset exposures.

Although banking institutions’ exposures to digital assets are presently quite limited, the ongoing growth and innovation in cryptocurrency, blockchain/DLT, and various other related services, along with the increased interest of certain banks, might increase financial stability concerns and risks to the traditional banking sector in the absence of prudential treatment.

Due to the rapidly-evolving nature of this nascent asset class, the Basel Committee thinks that appropriate policy development for crypto-asset exposures should involve more than just a single consultation.

This first public consultation, which comes after a discussion paper released in December 2019, will allow further research and related work to continue with the added benefit of incorporating meaningful feedback from external stakeholders.

The suggested prudential treatment specified in the consultation categorizes crypto-assets into two main groups:

  • Group 1 crypto-assets: these satisfy a set of classification requirements and as such are eligible for treatment under the current Basel Framework (with a few changes/modifications and additional guidance). These may include various tokenized traditional assets and stablecoins.
  • Group 2 crypto-assets: are those, like Bitcoin (BTC), which don’t satisfy the classification conditions. Since these assets may pose additional and greater risks, they may be subject to a new and more conservative prudential treatment.

According to the statement, central bank digital currencies or CBDCs do not fall within the scope of this particular consultation.

The Basel Committee says it is seeking feedback on the proposals, which may be submitted by September 10, 2021 where all submissions will be shared on the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) official website (unless a respondent actually requests confidential treatment on the consultation).

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Source: https://www.crowdfundinsider.com/2021/06/176557-basel-committee-on-banking-supervision-initiates-consultation-on-proposals-for-treatment-of-banks-digital-asset-exposures/

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