International payments innovator Currencycloudrevealed a new solution this week that will help banks and fintechs go global. The new tool, Currencycloud Spark, will enable financial services companies to offer multi-currency accounts to their business customers. Using the multi-currency accounts, businesses can collect, store, convert, and pay in more than 35 currencies. Currencycloud will offer competitive foreign exchange rates and complete visibility of the entire payments process.
In a blog post, Currencycloud CEO Mike Laven explained the impetus behind the new launch. “Financial institutions have long struggled to help business customers compete on a global scale, relying on a patchwork of banking providers to carry out international transactions, as there was no credible alternative,” he said. “Currencycloud Spark levels the playing field and allows any financial institution to compete in an increasingly inter-connected world.”
Currencycloud Spark is in beta with select customers and will be generally available in the first half of 2020.
The new offering competes with Transferwise, which launched its Borderless Accounts in early 2018. And while it technically does not offer a multicurrency account, Revolut has a competitive offering that allows cardholders to spend in more than 150 currencies at the interbank exchange rate and make exchanges in more than 30 fiat currencies. Less well-known in this space is Spain-based Neo, which launched in 2017 to serve small businesses.
At its most recent Finovate appearance, Currencycloud debutedGlobal Collections, a tool that issues clients with local accounts to speed up payments in the U.S. and Eurozone. The company, which offers an API integration and white label access, has four flagship products: Collect, Convert, Pay, and Manage which help companies manage their cash flow and monetize their foreign exchange offerings.
International payments platform Currencycloud and business payment automation company Bottomline Technologies announced they have teamed up to provide Hargenant Group with a cross-border payments solution.
Bottomline’s payments platform leveraged Currencycloud’s open APIs to give Hargenant, a company that specializes in accounting and payroll for the entertainment industry, the tools it needs to pay suppliers and employees abroad.
Greg Barrow, founder and chairman of Hargenant Global said that the company chose the solution to create efficiencies. “We needed to pay film crews around the world, sometimes on irregular schedules and in various currencies,” he said. “This SaaS-based international payments service helps our team do this from one easy-to-use, controlled payment platform.”
Currencycloud, which debuted its Payment Engine at its most recent Finovate appearance, offers a modular approach to cross-border payments that allows companies to collect, convert, pay, and manage international payment solutions. The company can make domestic and international payments in 38 currencies to 180+ countries and counts Klarna, Azimo, and Travelex among its clients.
This summer, Currencycloud landed a $12.2 million (£10 million) grant as a part of the Banking Competition Remedies (BCR) program. The new investment boosted Currencycloud’s total investment to more than $80 million.
Just over a month after announcing a $40 million Series E funding round, international payments platform Currencycloudreceived another windfall. The company landed a $12.2 million (£10 million) grant as a part of the Banking Competition Remedies (BCR) program. This week’s funds bring Currencycloud’s total investment to more than $80 million.
Part of the BCR’s Capability and Innovation Fund Pool C, the award aims to include lending, international payments, and local payments services to SMEs in the U.K. The goal fits well with Currencycloud’s API offerings that help businesses accept, pay, and convert foreign currencies. The company’s tools also help businesses manage balances, send notifications, set permissions, and compile reports.
Currencycloud CEO Mike Laven said that the company plans to use the funds to “accelerate product development for SME’s, particularly in the area of collections.” He added, “We will also work on distribution partnerships that enhance our ability to deliver to SMEs. Our current U.K. eco-system of over 150 FX brokers, money transfer firms, payment service firms and banks service 1,000’s of U.K. SMEs with payment services today. Our intent is to widen access to affordable FX and international payments for U.K. SMEs, targeting 40,000 SMEs using our platform by 2024.”
Founded in 2012 and headquartered in London, Currencycloud counts fellow Finovate alums Azimo, Klarna, Revolut, and Fidor as clients. The company can make domestic and international payments in 38 currencies to 180+ countries. Currencycloud most recently appeared at FinovateFall 2016 where it debuted its Payment Engine.
Currencycloud is believed to have raised around $40 million (£32 million) in the first part of a Series E funding round, Jane Connolly writes in Fintech Futures (Finovate’s sister publication).
TechCrunchreported that the London-based company, which provides an API and service for cross-border payments, plans to follow tranche one with more funding in the next two or three months.
According to TechCrunch’s sources, Goldman Sachs is rumored to be taking part, along with other possible investors GV and Santander. Currencycloud has declined to comment.
Currencycloud undertook a Series A round in 2011. The company operates across Europe, the U.S. and Canada, and includes Visa, Starling Bank, Standard Bank South Africa, Travelex and Klarna among its clients.
With offices in Amsterdam and New York, Currencycloud demonstrated its technology most recently at FinovateSpring 2018.