“As a matter of fact, I went to the doctor and he said that I was above normal. Or, as he put it, ‘abnormal.'” Andrew “Squiggy” Squiggman, Laverne & Shirley, 1976.
Whether you consider yourself “above normal” or just another banking consumer with unique needs, Arival Bank, which launched in 2018 as a spin-off venture from Life.SREDA, has you covered. The bank announced today that it is launching its Arival beta account to provide banking services to “abnormal customers.”
“Too many clients today are rejected by traditional even digital banks because they are viewed as ‘abnormal’, ‘too risky,’ or ‘unusual,” Arival Bank COO Jeremy Berger noted in a blog post announcing the beta launch. “International startups, new tech ventures, crypto-related businesses, investment funds, e-residency businesses, freelancers, charities, expats, digital influencers, bloggers, gamers and streamers, and many others are rejected by traditional and even digital banks. It’s only a matter of time (before) the demand from abnormal customers will outgrow that of traditional customers.”
Arival is introducing an online bank account that is tailored to the needs of businesses and entrepreneurs like these. The company is opening the beta release to 3,000+ early signups from its waiting list. Arival will be adding a business bank account and an individual bank account soon, and said that it is already accepting applications for both accounts. Beta participants also will get an early look at Arival’s banking platform, ArivalOS, with no fees for the first 90 days.
A Best of Show winner in its Finovate debut at FinovateAsia in 2018, Arival was founded to help underbanked businesses maximize the opportunities of digital banking. Powered by open API fintech banking, the company’s ArivalOS provides a digital banking platform that integrates a comprehensive suite of third-party fintech solutions and services geared toward the needs of SMEs and entrepreneurs. Headquartered in Singapore and co-founded in 2017 by Vladislav Solodkiy (CEO) and Igor Pesin (CFO), Arival raised more than $2.3 million in its equity crowdfunding campaign last fall, earning a pre-money valuation north of $14.8 million.