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Fintech Startup HighRadius Secures Funding From PNC, Citi Ventures

Fintech Startup HighRadius Secures Funding From PNC, Citi Ventures

HighRadius Has Also launched The Beta Version Of Its AI-Enabled Virtual Assistant Freda

AI-based fintech company HighRadius, which provides cloud-based integrated receivables software, has raised an undisclosed amount in a strategic funding round led by Citi Ventures and PNC.

As stated by HighRadius founder Sashi Narhari, “We plan to keep investing in our expansion across North America, Europe, and the Asia, while continually disrupting B2B payments by enabling frictionless payment processing.”

Earlier in September 2017, the US and the Hyderabad-based company also raised $50 Mn in a growth funding round from the US-based PE firm Susquehanna Growth Equity, after 11 years of bootstrapping.

HighRadius is a fintech company, focused on executing its ‘Receivables 2020’ vision. This implies enabling receivables functions to achieve 80% electronic payment adoption and 80% process automation, reducing paper-based processes and manual work to just 20% each.

Powered by the RivanaTM Artificial Intelligence Engine, the integrated receivables platform of the fintech company enables businesses as well as banks to leverage machine learning for accurate decision making and future outcomes. Another engine, the RadiusOne, B2B payment network allows suppliers to digitally connect with buyers, closing the loop from supplier receivable processes to buyer payable processes.

Apart from Rivana and RadiusOne, HighRadius has recently launched the beta version of AI-enabled virtual assistant for the entire credit-to-cash team, Freda. It answers more than 5,000 new inquiries on receivables management and analytics in a simple, easy-to-use chat interface.

“The digitisation, fragmentation, and atomisation of payments are growing rapidly and increasing in complexity. HighRadius’ platform is purpose-built to modernise the accounts receivable function for the enterprise,” said Luis Valdich, Managing Director of venture investing at Citi Ventures.

HighRadius has been solving these problems for a few of the world’s largest companies including Adidas, Cargill, Danone, Walmart, Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble, Starbucks, Sysco, Warner Bros. and Zurich. It also claimed in an official statement that customers save as much as $6 Mn recurring working capital costs using the solutions provided by HighRadius.

“If cars can drive themselves, why can’t receivables be processed automatically?” asks Sashi Narahari, Founder, and CEO of HighRadius. “With more than $500 Bn in receivables processed annually, our platform improves the efficiency of existing staff using intelligent bots while fully automating labor-intensive tasks such as cash application.”

Christopher Ward, Executive Vice President, Head of Product Management, PNC Treasury Management added further, “With HighRadius’ receivables-focused technology, we are able to automate cash application across all payment and remittance formats allowing them to achieve straight-through processing and capture high-quality data without human intervention.”

As per a report by integrated receivables firm WAUSAU, “Companies of all sizes spend in excess of $100B each year on their receivables processes. At the same time, more than 65% cannot reach straight-through processing rates for payments greater than 20%.” The adoption of Integrated Receivables technology is expected to match that of Accounts Payable automation by 2020 as per the analysts.

With the startups all over the world using new age technologies like blockchain, robotic process automation, machine learning, and advanced analytics to improve the degree of business process automation, it is high time for the companies like HighRadius to scale and innovate further.

Author

Meha Agarwal

Inc42 Staff

Meha has engineering and MBA degrees, but she has always been a writer at heart. It was the perfect combination of utilising her research and analytical skills and her enthusiasm for writing that sparked her interest in writing about the Indian startup ecosystem – the latest tech and gadgets and the startups that create them. She is always on the lookout for industry-specific stories in niche areas of interest such as ecommerce, fintech, greentech and more.

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