In a round led by Sorenson Ventures, identity verification innovator Socure has locked in $35 million in new funding. The investment, which takes the company’s total capital to $96 million, featured the participation of three new funders: Citi Ventures, Wells Fargo Strategic Capital, and MVB Financial Corp, as well as existing investors Commerce Ventures, Scale Venture Partners, and Flint Capital. Socure said the additional funding will support the firm’s growth objectives and enable the company to add to its platform’s machine learning capabilities.
“We are grateful to have had significant investor interest despite the current economic environment, and are proud to have taken less money than was on the table,” Socure CEO Tom Thimot said. “As we continue to build on our position as the leader in Day Zero identity, we are prioritizing investment in new verticals, talent, products, and capabilities.”
The investment reflects a growing importance on identity verification at a time when more and more individuals and businesses are relying on digital channels. Companies with identity verification solutions that can quickly – i.e., in real-time – establish that individuals are who they say they are and do so with as few mistakes as possible will become increasingly valuable partners for businesses looking to maximize engagement and commerce via digital channels.
Socure’s funding news comes just a few months after the company unveiled its latest digital identity verification solution, Intelligent KYC. The company’s technology accelerates customer acquisition and boosts auto-approval rates by leveraging advanced graph analysis and machine learning to verify identity in real-time. With partners ranging from banks and lenders to telecommunications firms and insurance companies, Socure enables its clients to achieve 85% fraud capture rates, a 90% increase in auto enrollments, and up to 10x reduction in false positives.
Most recently demonstrating its technology at FinovateFall in 2017, Socure was founded five years earlier by Sunil Madhu and Johnny Ayers (SVP). Named one of Forbes’ Top 25 Machine Learning Startups to Watch, and recognized by Gartner as a Cool Vendor in AI for Banking and Investment Services this spring, the company added a document verification module, DocV, to its Socure ID+ platform earlier this month.
Socure is headquartered in New York, and maintains offices in San Diego, San Jose, and Chennai, India.