Nigerian digital bank, Kuda, secures $25m Series A, four months after raising $10m seed

by | Mar 18, 2021

Nigerian-based digital bank, Kuda, has announced a $25m Series A, led by Valar Ventures, a US-based venture capital firm. Target Global and other unnamed investors participated in the round.

Founded as Kudimoney in 2016 by Babs Ogundeyi and Mustapha Musty, the company started as a lending service, but it later transitioned into a challenger bank that helps consumers save and spend money.

Ogundeyi reportedly explains that the company plans to use these funds to expand on its credit offerings, build-out services for businesses, add more integrations, and expand to new markets.

This round comes just four months after a record-breaking $10m seed round in November 2020, and a year and six months after its $1.6m pre-seed investment in September 2019. This brings its total funds raised to $36.6m

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The Nigerian digital bank has reportedly more than doubled its customer base from 300,000 customers in November 2020, to 650,000 customers in March 2021.

Ogundeyi claims that it’s raking in $500 million transactions per month for services like bill payments, card transactions among others. Per Techcrunch, the company processed $2.2 billion in February 2021.

The startup also plans to expand outside the shores of Africa in order to serve Africans within and outside the continent.

Kuda’s latest round follows Flutterwave’s announcement of a PayPal partnership and its rise to unicorn status.

Recall that it announced its record-breaking $10m seed round following Stripe’s acquisition of Paystack, another notable move in the African startup space.

With a payments space that needs several solutions, Kuda’s model in Africa closely follows that of other Neobanks across the globe a la Nubank, Revolut, Chime, Eversend which are looking to revolutionise the banking system.

For Kuda, implementing a unique African model alongside could be a springboard to further growth for the company.

Emmanuel Paul
Emmanuel Paul

Writer and narrator of technology, business and policies in Africa . Looking to chat? Catch up with me (@eruskkii) on Twitter or send a mail to emmanuel@techpoint.africa

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