… Targets Continued SME Support And Digital Transformation Aid
Africa’s fast-rising payments technology company, Flutterwave, has announced a $170 million fundraise, secured from a leading group of international investors.
This is part of a successful Series C round, led by growth-equity firms, Avenir Growth Capital and Tiger Global Management LLC, with participation from new and existing investors.
The funding is coming on the backdrop of their $35 million Series B funding raised in January 2020. This round of funding brings the total investment in Flutterwave to $225 million, making the firm one of the few African Fintech companies to have raised significant funds in a period of widespread disruption and economic uncertainty.
Flutterwave has recorded an exceptional revenue growth of 226% CAGR from 2018 to 2020, as a result of a favourable regulatory landscape, enabled by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
Founder and CEO of Flutterwave, Olugbenga Agboola, said: “Our successes would not be possible without our amazing people, who work tirelessly to achieve our goals, the trust and support we have received from our investors, partners and customers as well as regulatory bodies like the Central Bank of Nigeria which under the leadership of Governor Godwin Emefiele has created enabling environment for technology, innovation and financial inclusion.”
On the utilisation of the acquired funding, Agboola noted that Flutterwave will utilise the funding to continue its drive of empowering small businesses, which are the bedrock of the Nigerian economy, while facilitating smooth digital transformation for both Governmental and Non-Governmental organisations.
According to him, this will also help Flutterwave execute an audacious growth strategy to become a leading global payments company connecting the highly fragmented African digital payments landscape.
“As we look to the future, our focus remains the same, to support our over 290,000 merchants across Africa every day as they strive to build their businesses and grow the economy.
“We look forward to increasing our investments across the continent, deepening the impact our platform has on lives and livelihoods as we take more businesses in Africa to the World, and at the same time continue to bring more of the World to Africa.”
There are clear indications that Flutterwave will invest the new capital to accelerate customer acquisition in existing and international markets, as well as develop complementary and innovative products such as the newly launched Flutterwave Mobile, an app to help accelerate ecommerce growth as a result of the success of the Flutterwave Stores.
The company, which was founded with the mission to create endless possibilities for customers and businesses in Africa and the emerging markets, said it will also continue collaboration with the public sector in facilitating online payments for crucial projects and programs such as the Abuja-Kaduna online railway booking system, Covid test online booking system, Nigeria immigration services online payment portal, among others.