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Fintech startup Lanistar raises £15m

Lanistar, the hassle free banking alternative set to revolutionise how customers streamline their money, has today announced that it has agreed terms in its latest funding round, raising £15 million.

Milaya Capital’s investment sees the VC value Lanistar at £150 million ahead of its winter 2020 launch, after agreeing terms to contribute £15 million in exchange for a 10% stake in the company.

The investment will help Lanistar grow its operational and customer support teams, and scale it towards its product launch, ensuring it will provide a smooth experience for its customers.

Lanistar was founded in 2019 by Gurhan Kiziloz. The company will use polymorphic technology to provide a customer-centric alternative to the personal finance offerings provided by the incumbents in the sector. Lanistar, which aims to become a £1 billion fintech company and challenge traditional banking services, hopes to tap into the millennial and Generation-Z market, attracting customers who seek aspirational and lifestyle brands to enrich their daily lives.

The Hammersmith-based company employs 45 full time staff, and has plans to grow a 150-person support team in Greece too. The company recently announced partnerships with organisations such as Mastercard and Jumio.

Gurhan Kiziloz, founder and CEO of Lanistar, stated:“For far too long, the customer has been an afterthought in the minds of the banks. Rather than being seen as a valued client, whose views are treated with the utmost respect, the modern customer has been seen as nothing more than a statistic on a balance sheet.

“We’re here to change that, and this investment through Milaya Capital will help us to do that, and brings us closer to my ambition of building a £1 billion fintech company.”

Yasam Ayavefe, founder and CEO of Milaya Capital added:“I am always on the lookout for the next big thing in the world of technology, but more importantly, we also want to support and invest in ideas that will simplify and benefit people’s lives.

“This is exactly what Lanistar will provide. The technology underpinning Lanistar’s product is the future of personal finance, and I believe that it will go on to change our lives forever, by letting us streamline our finances. We’ll support every step along the way, with high-class mentors and a strong community of founders in the fintech environment”