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韩国区块链外汇企业Streami斩获200万美元种子轮融资

近日,区块链技术支付创新公司Streami 成功收获了一笔200万美元的种子轮融资。

尽管这家创业公司才初出茅庐,但是它背后的支持者新韩银行却是来头不小。新韩银行是韩国最大的金融服务提供商之一,本次新韩银行承诺将向Streami投资5亿韩元(约合42.7万美元)。

Streami此番种子轮融资的投资方还包括新韩数据库(即新韩的一个IT实体)、ICB(一家为亚洲电子商务巨头阿里巴巴服务的支付公司)、风险投资公司Bluepoint Partners和一群天使投资人。

Streami主要目标锁定韩国向中国的汇款市场,菲律宾、印度尼西亚、新加坡、香港和泰国等亚洲市场也有涉及。Streami希望帮助这一区域内的用户避开非法资金转移路径。

Streami首席执行官和创始人Junhaeng Lee表示:

“目前Streami的竞争对手主要是传统的汇款服务提供商,而非法汇款在韩国境外汇款市场中的比例也不容小视。而Streami希望借此机会增加加密网络的可信度和流动性规范度。”

这笔投资将被用于在汉城以外的城市中开设分支机构以及招募新的人才。

Streami目前运营主要依靠天使资金,但是它表示将在之后通过向机构客户收取服务费来实现盈利。

ICB首席执行官韩勇表示:“ICB参加这轮融资是希望通过数据区块链基础的外币金融服务提供更好的服务,我们对Streami的潜力充满信心。”

Blockchain remittance startup Streami has closed a $2m seed funding round.

Despite the startup's newcomer status, however, its backers to date include Shinhan Bank, one of South Korea's largest financial services providers. The bank committed ?500m (roughly $427,000) to the funding round.

Streami also drew support from Shinhan Data Systems, an IT entity within Shinhan; ICB, a payments firm known for working with Asian e-commerce giant Alibaba; venture firm Bluepoint Partners, and a group of angel investors.

By targeting the Asian remittance market from South Korea to China, including markets such as Philippines, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand, Streami seeks to help people bypass illegal money transmission services in the area.

Junhaeng Lee, CEO and founder, told CoinDesk via email:

"Streami's main competitors, as of now, are traditional remittance service providers in general and illegal money transmitters that are estimated to take up significant Korea-outbound remittances market share."

"Streami will bring trusted, regulated liquidity into the crypto networks," he added.

The funding, Lee told CoinDesk, will be used to open branches in cities beyond Seoul and recruit new talent.

Although the startup is pre-revenue, it said it plans to eventually do so by taking service fees from institutional clients.

ICB CEO Han Yong Lee told CoinDesk that his firm took part in the round to facilitate further exploration of the technology.

"We hope to provide better services with blockchain-based foreign currency remittance FinTech services and collaboration with Streami. Moreover, we made an investment in Streami because we believe in their potential," he said.


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