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Exclusive: Neobank Open Is Raising $100 Mn From SoftBank, Temasek, Google, Tiger Global, 3One4 Capital

Exclusive: Neobank Open Is Raising $100 Mn From SoftBank, Temasek, Google, Tiger Global, 3One4 Capital

Open has raised INR 456 Cr ($63 Mn) from Google, Temasek, Tiger Global, and 3One4 Capital, according to MCA filings

The neobanking startup will be receiving the remaining investment from SoftBank Investment Advisers

Open currently has over 5 Mn small businesses on its platform and has attracted over INR 1 Lakh Cr of deposits to its partner banks, according to a source

Bengaluru-based neobanking startup Open is raising $100 Mn at a valuation of around $500 Mn according to sources aware of the developments. SoftBank Investment Advisers is leading the Series C round, while Temasek, Google, Tiger Global, 3one4 Capital and Visa are also participating in the fundraise.

“The funding is happening on the basis of the tremendous growth that Open has achieved over the past year. Currently, it has over 5 Mn small businesses on its platform and about INR 1 Lakh Cr of deposits,” said an investment banker working on the deal who did not want to be named.

MCA filings accessed by Inc42 show that Temasek, 3one4 Capital, Google, Tiger Global have already invested about INR 456 Cr ($63 Mn). A source in the company, who did not want to be named, said that Open will be receiving the remaining amount (that is $37 Mn) in the coming days from SoftBank Investment Advisers. 

According to MCA filings, Temasek has invested INR 254 Cr, Tiger Global (Internet Fund V) has contributed INR 54 Cr, 3One4 chipped in with INR 35.7 Cr and Google backed the fintech company with INR 108 Cr in the round. 

Founded in 2017 by Anish Achuthan, Ajeesh Achuthan, Mabel Chacko and Deena Jacob, Open offers business banking, payments and expense management services to more than a million small and medium enterprises. 

It offers three types of accounts – starter, growth and enterprise – which cater to single-ownership companies, slightly larger partnership-based organisations and bigger private limited companies, respectively. 

Prior to this round of funding, the neobank had raised INR 275 Cr in total over its Series A and Series B rounds.

In December 2020, Open had said it had more than 500K SME customers across 15 partner banks. At the time, the fintech startup claimed to be processing over $24 Bn transactions annually and onboards 50,000 new small and medium enterprises every month.

The startup in June of 2019 had raised around $30 Mn in its Series B round that was led by Tiger Global. Tanglin Venture Partners Advisors. Existing investors 3one4 Capital, Speedinvest and BetterCapital AngelList Syndicate also participated in the round. It had raised $5 Mn Series A round funding from BeeNext Ventures, Europe-based venture capital fund Speedinvest and 3one4 Capital in 2019. 

According to few reports, the company was in talks of raising a $100 Mn- $200 Mn round which would have led to a 3x jump in its valuation to $600 Mn – $700 Mn. 

In August, neobanking startup Jupiter raised $44 Mn in its Series B round from Brazil-based neobank Nubank, Global Founders Capital, Sequoia Capital India, and Matrix Partners India at $300 Mn valuation. Prior to that, FamPay – India’s first neo-bank for teenagers raised $38 Mn Series A from Elevation Capital, Sequoia Capital India.

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