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巴黎数字银行Qonto获得2300万美元B轮融资

公共产品推出仅一年后,新创立的“中小企业和自由职业者数字银行”Qonto,刚又从其现有股东Valar和Alven Capital那里筹得2300万美元资金,并欢迎欧洲投资银行(EIB)集团成为新投资者。据悉,这是这家法国数字银行迄今为止最大的一轮融资。本次B轮融资将使Qonto向国际扩张的同事,加强其在本土的市场领先地位

该公司成立于2016年4月,目前已筹资3700万美元。

外媒Eu-Startups在去年1月份首次报道,当时该公司刚拿到种子资金。同年7月,Qonto完成了1000万欧元的融资。今年2月,Qonto联合创始人兼首席执行官Alexandre Prot接受了专访。

作为一家面向中小企业和自由职业者的新银行,Qonto提供支付服务和其它金融服务。这家年轻公司提供100%的在线和移动经常账户、流畅且现代的UI、一流的客户支持、以及公平透平的价格。

自2016年4月成立以来,Qonto已在巴黎拥有90名员工。自2017年7月公开发布以来,其商业客户已达2.5万,交易金额超过20亿美金。

未来三年内,金融科技行业将在这条超高速增长的道路上,开辟并吸引欧洲数十万家中小型企业。本轮融资后,Qonto计划在一年内、将员工规模增加到190人。

此外,Qonto将投资于主要产品和技术的开发,包括专有的核心支付平台,因为它在6月拿到了支付机构许可。

最后但同样重要的是,Qonto计划在欧洲扩张,于2019年杀入德国、意大利、西班牙市场。

Just a little more than a year after its public product launch, Qonto, the new digital bank for SMEs and freelancers, has just raised an additional $23 million in funding from its existing shareholders, Valar and Alven Capital, and welcomes European Investment Bank (EIB) Group as a new investor. This represents the largest round of funding for a French digital banking startup till date.

This Series B funding will allow Qonto to strengthen its leading market position in France while developing its offer and investing in its international expansion. The total amount of funds raised so far is $37 million, since the company was founded in April 2016. The first time we reported about Qonto was in January 2017 when the startup secured its seed funding. We also mentioned the company as a French startup to watch in 2017 and 2018. In July 2017 we covered their €10 million funding round, and in February of this year we interviewed Qonto Co-founder & CEO Alexandre Prot.

As the neobank for SMEs and freelancers, Qonto provides payment services and other financial services. The young company offers a 100% online and mobile current account, a smooth and modern interface, a stellar customer support, at a fair and transparent price. Founded in April 2016, the company now employs 90 talents, based in Paris. Since its public launch in July 2017, Qonto has reached the 25,000 business customers mark and the transaction volume has exceeded 2 billion dollars. The fintech plans to build on this hyper-growth path and attract hundreds of thousands of small and medium businesses in Europe in the next three years.

The additional funding will be used to grow the Paris-based team from 90 to 190 talents within a year. Also, Qonto will invest in major product and technical developments, including a proprietary core payments platform, as Qonto was granted a Payment Institution licence in June. Last but not least, Qonto plans to expand in Europe. The startup will launch in Germany, Italy, and Spain are planned in 2019.

“We are honoured by the renewed trust shown by our existing investors: Valar and Alven. We are also thrilled to receive funding from the European Investment Bank, as we deeply believe in what their mission has been in the past 60 years: supporting entrepreneurship, economic growth and employment. This new round of funding will allow us to accelerate our growth in order to become the best alternative to traditional banks, for all businesses in Europe”, says Alexandre Prot, co-founder and CEO of Qonto.

James Fitzgerald, Partner at Valar, stated: “Qonto’s addressable market is estimated at more than 35 billion dollars in Europe alone, and the team is moving as fast as any that we have seen. Similar to TransferWise, where we also led the Series A and Series B rounds, we were excited to double down in Qonto too.”

Qonto was born out of the frustration of its two co-founders, who previously co-founded a first company together. They were looking for a bank that would address their needs: transparency, great customer service, and connection to their day-to-day business management tools. For lack of finding such service, they started Qonto.


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