Jeff Bezos-Backed Chipper Cash Raises US$150m Series Cby Fintechnews Africa 2 November 2021
Pan-African cross-border payments company Chipper Cash has secured US$150 million in an extension to its Series C, TechCrunch reported.
The round was led by Bahamian-based cryptocurrency exchange FTX. This is FTX’s first investment play in Africa.
Participating investors included existing backers SVB Capital, Deciens Capital, Ribbit Capital, Bezos Expeditions, One Way Ventures and Tribe Capital.
New investors also took part in the round but were unnamed, the report said.
The Series C extension comes on the heels of the company’s US$100 million Series C fundraise in May this year, led by SVB Capital.
Chipper Cash becomes Africa’s sixth fintech unicorn
Founded in 2018 by CEO Ham Serunjogi and company President Majid Moujaled, Chipper Cash is headquartered in California.
The company was started as an app-based P2P cross-border payment service, the report said. It is currently available in seven African countries, namely Ghana, Uganda, Nigeria, Tanzania, Rwanda, South Africa and Kenya.
The company also started offering a UK-Africa payments corridor this year, as well as a US-Africa corridor (currently available in select markets). The US-Africa corridor was launched just about a month ago, while the UK service went live in August.
It also secured a partnership with social media network Twitter for its Tip Jar creator monetisation solution. Chipper Cash is Twitter’s chosen provider for Tip Jar in Africa, with plans in place for a Tip Jar integration for US users next year, the report said.
“In recent months, we’ve launched in South Africa, Ghana, and the UK. And we’ll be rolling Chipper Cash into other markets in the coming months. We’ve also launched the Chipper VISA card in Nigeria and will be expanding the product across the continent,”
Moujaled said in a company blog.
With the extension round, Chipper Cash’s total funding pool has crossed US$305 million, with a valuation of nearly 7x as much. The company is now valued at US$2 billion, TechCrunch reported.
This makes it the latest amongst a string of fintech unicorns that have been popping up in the continent. Other unicorns in Africa with a similar valuation include Senegal’s Wave and Nigeria’s OPay, both of which provide mobile money solutions.
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