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MNT-Halan in Egypt and Zopa in the UK join the unicorn club (TWIF 2/5)

MNT-Halan in Egypt and Zopa in the UK join the unicorn club (TWIF 2/5)
Jahan-E-Khusrau In Jaipur

Hello Fintech Friends,

A few highlights from this week:

💡 Power, one of our Fintech Fund syndicate portfolio companies, was acquired by Marqeta in a $275 million all-cash deal (Marqeta’s first acquisition).

🕵️ Our portfolio company TrueBiz, a one-stop shop for KYB, announced their seed round (where we invested alongside our friends at Flourish, Homebrew, and Y Combinator).

👛 We partnered with Portabl founder Nate Soffio to write a deep-dive on open banking and ID wallets.

🌊 I sat down with friends Ronit Ghose and Gaurav Dhar of the MENA Fintech Association to talk about exploring the next wave of fintech.

👍👎 Have feedback for us? Let us know!

Please find another week of fintech financing events below.

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If you’re an early-stage startup founder raising equity or debt, we may be able to help - come check out our fund, The Fintech Fund (including a link to pitch us). Are you a fintech angel investor? Come join our syndicate.

💸 Venture Financing
  1. MNT-Halan, an Egyptian microlending fintech, raised $260 million in equity and $140 million in debt at a $1 billion valuation.
  2. Zopa, the UK neobank that pivoted from peer-to-peer lending, raised £75 million at a £1 billion+ valuation.
  3. Moov, an embedded payments processor, raised a $45 million Series B.
  4. Treasury Prime, a banking-as-a-service provider, raised a $40 million Series C and grew revenues by close to 400%.
  5. Hnry, a New Zealand accounting platform, raised an A$35 million Series B.
  6. Lulalend, a South African digital lender, raised a $35 million Series B.
  7. Sunstone Credit, a solar financing startup for businesses, raised a $20 million Series A.
  8. Finley, a private credit documentation management platform and CRM, raised a $17 million Series A.
  9. Passthrough, a fund workflow automation platform for investors, raised a $10 million Series A.
  10. BridgeWise, an Israeli machine learning-powered equity research platform, raised a $13 million seed round.
  11. TigerBeetle, a financial accounting infrastructure platform, raised a $6.4 million seed round.
  12. Archimedes, a defi lending and borrowing marketplace, raised a $4.9 million seed round.
  13. Alaan, a UAE-based spend management platform, raised a $4.5 million pre-Series A.
  14. Wink, a biometric ID and payments platform, raised a $3 million seed round.
  15. TrueBiz*, a comprehensive KYB solution to help startups and financial services providers avoid fraud, raised a $2.4 million seed round.
  16. SunFi, a Nigerian solar financing app, raised $2.3 million.
  17. Bean, a digital accounting marketplace startup, raised $1.7 million.
  18. Stripe, the global online payments processor, is reportedly raising $2.5 billion from existing investors at a lower $65 billion valuation (it last raised at $95 billion in 2021).
Events PSA

🤝 We’re looking for great fintech people to help us host events this year in Berlin, Paris, and other European fintech hubs! If that’s you, please reach out to us at

🏋️ In New York, we’re partnering with our good friends at Founder League to host our first Fintech Fitness Friday at Rumble Boxing on Feb 24th.

🍹 On Feb 17th, we’re coming back to Kenya for our annual Nairobi Fintech Happy Hour, organized by fintech celebrity Wiza Jalakasi and in partnership with our great sponsors, Turaco, Kwara, Paystack & Power.
💵 Debt Financing
  • DailyPay, a provider of real-time earned wage access, received a new $260 million lending facility.
  • Raylo, a circular economy (reusables) startup, raised a £110 million debt facility from NatWest and Quilam Capital.
  • Embedded business fintech Liberis raised a €30 million debt line from Silicon Valley Bank to expand into Germany and Poland and the Nordics.
  • Medsi, a Mexican medical care financing startup, raised $10 million in debt.
💰 Venture Funds
  • The University of Utah announced the Stena Center for Financial Technology. The foundation has orchestrated total funds of up to $65 million over the next 10 years, including industry-sponsored labs, a start-up incubator, venture funds and fintech-focused degrees and certificates.

☯️ Exits
🤝 M&A - Fintech
  • Marqeta, the provider of an open API platform for card issuing and transaction processing, announced its first acquisition in its 13-year history, buying credit issuing infrastructure provider Power for $275 million in an all-cash deal.
  • Dubai Investments acquired 9% of UK startup Monument, a neobank targeting the UK's mass affluent market.
  • Autonomous checkout technology provider Standard AI announced its acquisition of Skip, a self-checkout point of sale provider.
  • Wealth management and RIA rollup firm Focus Financial Partners received a $4.1 billion take-private offer from private equity firm CD&R.
🏦 M&A - Bank and FinServ
  • Private equity investor Brookfield is reportedly eyeing Deutsche Bank’s secondaries business.
  • Spanish bank Santander denied reports that it is interested in acquiring Orange Bank, the mobile banking unit of telco Orange.
  • Blackstone acquired AIG's CLO business for $3.6 billion.

As a reminder, you can always nominate someone to be profiled by us here!

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