As a company, the only thing better than a customer that loves your services and solutions is a customer that wants a piece of the action as well. That’s the happy situation digital banking solution provider Meniga finds itself in; the multiple-time Finovate Best of Show winner has just secured a $9.4 million (€ 8.5 million) strategic investment from current customers Grupo Credíto Agrícola, UniCredit, and Groupe BPCE, which led the round.
The investment, which takes Meniga’s total equity funding to more than $43 million, will help fuel the company’s R&D activities, as well as bolster its sales and service teams. Also participating in the round were current investors Velocity Capital, Industrifonden, and Frumtak Ventures.
Having Groupe BPCE, the second largest banking group in France, as both a customer and an investor is no accident. “Partnering closely with our customers is a key part of our strategy to be the preferred digital innovation partner to our clients,” Meniga co-founder and CEO Georg Ludviksson explained. “An equity relationship is an excellent way to strengthen such partnerships and we appreciate the continued vote of confidence and growing business we have with our impressive global client base.”
Meniga’s funding announcement comes amid a flurry of activity worldwide from the London-based company. In April, Meniga partnered with UniCredit to offer an enhanced version of its smart banking app in the Czech Republic. Also that month, Meniga teamed up with payments and transaction services firm Worldline to help boost digital customer engagement via personalization. Opening a new office in Warsaw, Poland in March, Meniga began the year by receiving its AISP license from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in the U.K.
“The FCA license is an important milestone for Meniga,” Ludviksson said when the license was granted this February, “We will now be able to test new innovations against the Open Banking APIs and with real use cases, which will help us develop products of outstanding quality.”
Meniga’s technology is used by more than 90 million digital banking customers in +30 countries. Founded in 2009, the company most recently demonstrated its technology at FinovateFall in 2019.