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UAE’s Pyypl raises $11 million series A round to scale its operations in the GCC & launch in Kenya & Mozambique

UAE’s Pyypl (pronounced “People”), a blockchain technology-based fintech providing digital payments and financial services for smartphone users to carry out online transactions, without the need for a bank account or credit card, has closed a US$ 11 million series A financing round to help the firm continue its rapid growth in its core GCC markets, and expand further in Africa – particularly Kenya and Mozambique.

Backed by a diverse group of investors from Europe, North America, Asia, and the Middle East – the funding round was over-subscribed. This follows significant investment in previous rounds from Global Ventures, an UAE-based, international venture capital firm.

According to Antti Arponen, Founder and CEO of Pyypl: “Pyypl is on a mission to serve MEA’s huge consumer base. Hundreds of millions of people, whilst having a mobile phone and internet connection, are either completely unbanked, or severely under-served in their daily financial services. The new capital will be deployed to scale our operations in the GCC and Africa – particularly Kenya and Mozambique. We welcome all our new investors to our financial inclusion journey, and we couldn’t be more excited to enter the next phase of our growth.”

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The Middle East and Africa region is ripe for FinTech sector growth, and Pyypl is carving out a niche position. The region has two billion people and it is the fastest-growing, with a high adoption rate of smartphones. Despite this, the majority are without access to essential financial services and there is no multi-billion-dollar FinTech company, such as Revolut (Europe), Chime (North America), Nubank (Latin America) or Ant Financial (Asia).

Pyypl’s card services have been used by its rapidly expanding customer base at thousands of merchants globally, in over a hundred different currencies, by customers from over a hundred nationalities.

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With connections to numerous global financial institutions facilitating cross-border money transfers, Pyypl’s solutions cover many key remittance corridors in the region, and the company is excited about expanding its availability of essential financial services including remittance products to further Middle East and African markets in 2022.

Headquartered in United Arab Emirates, Pyypl was awarded a prestigious “2021 Global Visionary” award by Ripple, and recently became the first-ever company in the Middle East to deploy a “Blockchain On-Demand Liquidity” solution for its customer cross-border transfers, in partnership with Ripple. Earlier in 2021, Visa and Pyypl announced a Middle East and Africa Strategic Partnership Agreement, further positioning Pyypl as a leader in the region’s FinTech sector.

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Pyypl’s 140 strong team is managed by experienced senior executives, who have held C-suite positions in the MEA region for companies such as Virgin, UBS, Sberbank, and Mastercard.

“Pyypl is in the right industry, in the right geographies, at the right time, evidenced by the 10x growth in business volumes we have generated in the last 12 months. We are very pleased to have a successful, over-subscribed investment round, and welcome our new investors,” said Paul Goldfinch, Pyypl CFO.

James Musoba
James Musoba
Studying Africa's startup and technology scene. I always look forward to discovering new exciting inventions and vibrant entrepreneurs.

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