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尼日利亚数字信贷创企Mines获1300万美元A轮融资

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尼日利亚数字信贷创企Mines获1300万美元A轮融资

近日,尼日利亚金融科技创企Mines宣布获得1300万美元A轮融资。

本次融资由TPG Growth管理的全球基金The Rise Fund领投,Velocity Capital、Western Technology Investments、First Ally Capital、X / Seed Capital、NYCA Partners、Persistent Capital、Singularity Investments、Trans Sahara Investments和Industry of Industry共同参与。

据悉,本次投资将主要用于人才队伍建设、非洲市场的持续增长和向南美和东南亚市场扩张。

Mines成立于2014年,提供信用及服务数字平台,让新兴市场的机构能够借此为客户提供信用产品。用户甚至无需智能手机也能享受其服务。

自正式推出以来,Mines的专利技术已经得到了100多万用户的使用,而Mines本身也成长为了尼日利亚领先的消费信贷服务提供商,其合作伙伴包括移动运营商9mobile和Airtel、支付处理器Interswitch和NIBSS以及几家银行。

作为本次融资合作的一部分,TPG Growth的Yemi Lalude和Velocity Capital的Willem Willemstein将加入Mines的董事会。

Nigerian fintech startup Mines, which builds digital credit products for underserved populations, has secured a US$13 million Series A funding round as it aims to expand into other emerging markets.

Founded in 2014, Mines provides a Credit-as-a-Service digital platform that enables institutions in emerging markets to offer credit products to their customers, with no smartphones required. Leveraging their own data sets, domestic institutions are able to serve loans to customers ignored by available credit systems and open up entirely new revenue opportunities.

The company’s proprietary technology has been used by over one million customers in Nigeria since it was launched last year. Mines is now the leading provider of consumer credit in the country, counting mobile operators 9mobile and Airtel, payment processors Interswitch and NIBSS, plus several banks, amongst its partners.

It has now closed a Series A round of US$13 million led by The Rise Fund, a global fund managed by TPG Growth. Also participating are Velocity Capital, Western Technology Investments, First Ally Capital, X/Seed Capital, NYCA Partners, Persistent Capital, Singularity Investments, Trans Sahara Investments and the Bank of Industry.

Mines plans to use the investment for talent acquisition, continued growth in Africa, and expansion to South America and South-East Asia.

“There are more than three billion adults globally without access to credit. Our vision is that every one of them will have instant access to credit in the next 10 years,” said Mines chief executive officer (CEO) Ekechi Nwokah.

“We believe the best way to realise this vision is to partner with banks, retailers and mobile operators and power digital credit products tailored to their markets so they can create the customers of tomorrow, today.”

The startup claims to have taken Silicon Valley technology and built it into a product that is robust enough for emerging markets like Nigeria.

“We can extend credit to all types of customers, including customers without smartphones or even bank accounts as these are the people who need credit the most,” said chief scientist Kunle Olukotun.

As part of the financing, Yemi Lalude from TPG Growth and Willem Willemstein from Velocity Capital have joined Mines’ board of directors.

“Mines combines world-class artificial intelligence and extensive use of data with a strong focus on local partnerships to build financial inclusion. We are excited to partner with them to drive financial access across the world,” said Lalude.

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