本周，小微投资应用平台Moneybox宣布获得1400万英镑B轮融资。本次融资由阿里巴巴与Eight Roads领投，现有投资者Oxford Capital Partners和Samos Investments跟投。
Moneybox联合创始人Ben Stanway表示，该公司可能计划推出高级版Moneybox Plus服务，建立一个SIPP或养老金产品，丰富现有的财务规划产品类别。
本次融资是Eight Roads首次投资Moneybox。此前，Eight Roads再英国还投资过Made.com、Notonthehighstreet.com和Treatwell等多家创企。
Spare change investment app Moneybox today announced the close of a ￡14m series B fundraising round, led by Alibaba investor Eight Roads.
Existing investors Oxford Capital Partners and Samos Investments, among others, also participated.
The fresh funding takes Moneybox’s total amount raised to date to ￡21.3m. City A.M. understands that the money will be used to fund new products and to expand the team from 30 to 60 staff, all based within the startup’s London base on Southbank.
The Moneybox app connects to a user’s bank account and automatically rounds up their payments, investing the spare change into an ISA of their choice with three different risk appetites from funds run by Vanguard, Henderson and Blackrock.
Users can also make extra deposits into their Moneybox ISA, with more than 80 per cent of Moneybox users setting up weekly deposits and 15 per cent utilising its pay-day boost feature.
Over the next year, co-founder Ben Stanway told City A.M. that the startup will pursue building out a Sipp or pensions product, meatier financial planning tools and more brand deals via its premium Moneybox Plus service.
The app has previously teamed up with flower delivery company Bloom & Wild, which Stanway also founded, and meal-kit startup Gousto, whereby each company made a one-off ￡15 investment into the user’s account on their first time using the service.
The series B round is the first time that Eight Roads has invested in Moneybox, coming off the back of previous investments in the UK to the likes of Made.com, Notonthehighstreet.com and Treatwell.
The app now has more customers in London than any other part of the country, which Stanway believes is a real “heartland” for the company.