Fintech startup Chillr, a peer-to-peer payments app, has closed its Series A round of funding with $7 Mn. The round saw participation of Blume Ventures, Uniqorn Ventures, Sequoia Capital and others. Chillr had raised $6 Mn of the money for this round in October this year and was looking to raise another $1-1.5 Mn before closing the round.
The company will use the funds to acquire customers and merchants as well as to strengthen its technology and team. The company had previously raised $1 Mn from MobMe Wireless – its parent company. Currently, the team size is 70 and the company plans to grow this number up to 150 by the end of current fiscal year.
Founded in December 2014, the Chillr app allows users to transfer money to any contact in their phone book. It is directly linked to the customer’s bank account and, hence, eliminates the need for a prepaid wallet. All transactions are authenticated by a four-digit MPIN issued by the bank. It claims that it allow users to send money to others near them, without knowing their phone number. From peer-to-peer transfers to bill payments and mobile recharges, the company now aims to tie up with 30,000 merchants, by the end of March 2016.
Chillr currently registers over 5000 transactions worth $76000 a day and aims is to achieve 1 lakh transactions per day by end of this year. It already has 3.5 lakh installs, with 2 lakh customers who have linked their bank accounts to the app in order to facilitate transactions. At the moment, it allows customers of HDFC Bank and Bank of Baroda to send and receive money, while customers of other banks can only receive money. It plans to partner with 15 more banks by the year end.
The fintech sector has many major players such as Paytm, Oxigen Wallet, MobiKwik Wallet, iKaaz’s MOWA, among others. The sector is witnessing a lot of developments. This month, mobile-based fintech company, Eko, has launched its semi-closed prepaid wallet service in partnership with National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) and RBL Bank Limited (formerly The Ratnakar Bank Limited). Similarly, Gurgaon-based mobile wallet company, MobiKwik, became the first payment option on IRCTC Connect Android App last week.
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