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Fintech Startup mewt Secures Funding To Launch Debit Card For MSMEs

Fintech Startup mewt Secures Funding To Launch Debit Card For MSMEs

mewt raised $4.6 Mn in its seed funding round led by Quona Capital

The round also saw participation from BEENEXT, DG Daiwa Ventures, Goodwater Capital and Allin Capital

mewt offers alternative business banking solutions to MSMEs

mewt, a banking app focused on the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), has raised $4.6 Mn in its seed funding round led by Quona Capital. 

The round also saw participation from BEENEXT, DG Daiwa Ventures, Goodwater Capital and Allin Capital.

mewt will deploy the funds to hire talent across product development and engineering, and launch its debit card for MSMEs. 

Founded by BITS Pilani alumni Rishabh Jain and Kushal Prakash, the 10-month-old startup offers alternative business banking solutions to MSMEs. Its app, which was launched in January this year, connects all bank accounts in one place, thereby facilitating small businesses in making swift transactions and eliminating any cash flow inconsistencies. 

“mewt is on its way to redefining merchant QR payments in India the same way Square in the US has done for point-of-sale terminals. We are also working towards making our application accessible in multiple regional languages for ease of access,” Rishabh Jain, cofounder and CEO of mewt, said.

In March, the app clocked 1 Mn transactions and has served over 200K small businesses across 600 cities of India. It aims to expand its user base to 1 Mn by the end of this year, the startup said in a statement.

In 2021, mewt secured over $600K as seed capital from BEENEXT and other angel investors. 

The startup competes with the likes of Revolut, Simple, and GoBank in the alternate banking segment. According to a report, the Indian alternative finance market was estimated at around $547 Mn in 2018. 

The round comes at a time when the fintech startups in the country are seeing the effect of the ‘funding winter’. According to an Inc42 report, the funding raised by fintech startups declined by 45% to $1.77 Bn in the January-March quarter of 2022 from $3.2 Bn in the preceding December quarter of 2021. 

In May, the funding raised by fintech startups plummeted 75% to $153.6 Mn from $624.5 Mn in April this year. 

Some of the recent funding in the sector include Siply’s funding round of $19 Mn, investment platform Jiraaf raising $7.5 Mn, wealth management platform AssetPlus raising $3.6 Mn, and Uni and slice bagging INR 50 Cr and $50 Mn, respectively.

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