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BBVA Acquires Holvi for Undisclosed Sum


Described by Wired magazine as one of the “hottest startups in Finland,” Holvi has just been acquired by Spanish bank BBVA, a fellow Finovate alum.

“We’re excited about Holvi as we share a vision about the benefit of technology for the customer,” BBVA’s Teppo Paavola said. Paavola, chief development officer and GM of new digital business for BBVA, also praised the way Holvi leveraged technology “to bring a new approach to small business banking, where services essential to a business’s future, such as invoicing, are built into their core offer.”


Pictured: Holvi co-founder Tuomas Toivonen demonstrating his company’s platform at FinovateEurope 2013 in London.

“We found the ideal owner in BBVA,” Holvi CEO Johan Lorenzen added in a statement on the Holvi blog. “A bank with the understanding of the digital world to give us the necessary room to grow, and then the scale and expertise to underpin that growth with sound foundations.”

Terms of the acquisition were not immediately available.

Calling itself “Banking for Makers and Doers,” Holvi provides SMEs, freelancers, and entrepreneurs with a business current account that features its own international bank account number (IBAN), as well as a suite of banking, accounting, and invoicing tools to make it easier to manage company finances. Holvi accounts provide automatic financial statements, including a real-time update of VAT balance, and can be used to send invoices and even set up an online store. As of April 2016, Holvi customers in Germany, Austria, and Finland will also get access to a Holvi Business MasterCard.

Last December, Holvi was featured in TheNextWeb’s look at “10 Finnish startups to watch in 2016.” That same month, Let’s Talk Payments included Holvi in a roundup of top Nordic fintech startups. Business Insider also recognized the company last fall, naming it among the “12 hottest” fintech startups in the region. And in September, Holvi launched its Supercharge feature to make it easier for customers to add money to their Holvi accounts.

Founded in 2011 and headquartered in Helsinki, Finland, Holvi demoed its technology at FinovateEurope 2013. The company is an authorized payment institution licensed and regulated by FIN-FSA (the Financial Supervisory Authority of Finland.)