Banking startup Wise announces $12m Series A

Embedded banking fintech startup Wise, that offers business banking via partnerships has announced that it has closed a $12M Series A.

This funding round was led by e.ventures, with participation from Grishin Robotics, and with continued investment from seed investors – Base10 Partners and Techstars.

Six months after a $5.7 million seed round, Wise raised the Series A funding to accelerate growth and partnerships across several verticals and to extend its breakthrough technology to support a fully-managed, first-of-its-kind embedded banking experience. The fintech has raised $18 million to date.

“We built banking so our partners don’t have to,” said Arjun Thyagarajan, Co-Founder and CEO at Wise. “By embedding banking, Wise unlocks deep product offerings and better customer experiences for our partners. e.ventures built a thesis on exactly this, and we agree 100%.”

“Business banking has been broken for far too long. Poor user interfaces, payments delays, unnecessary fees, a lack of integrations, the list goes on and on,” said Brendan Wales, Partner at e.ventures.

“The team at Wise is bringing an Apple-like experience to the world of business banking with an embedded product that brings banking to where one’s business is managed.”

In addition to this round, Wise has also announced that it has signed new partnerships, with B2B companies that are greatly expanding the value to their business customers.

“In a world where more people are working remotely than ever before, it is important for RemoteTeam to provide its customers with a modern, instant payroll experience. Embedding banking solves a major pain point that makes RemoteTeam a standout offering in the payroll industry,” says Sahin Boydas, CEO at RemoteTeam and a Wise partner.

“Embedded experiences drive product engagement through the roof! It is a win-win-win proposition for everyone involved – Wise, its partner, and the small business that lives inside the partner ecosystem,” said Raghav Lal, President at Wise.

“We’re thrilled by Wise’s continued progress developing strategic partnerships with large SaaS partners,” added Rexhi Dollaku, Principal at Base10 Partners.

“This funding will accelerate Wise’s product and go-to-market efforts, so that they can continue to redefine the business banking experience for many more real economy businesses.”