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PayActiv Raises $9 Million in Series A

PayActiv Raises $9 Million in Series A


In a round led by SoftBank Capital, financial wellness specialist PayActiv has raised $9.2 million in new funding. The investment will help the company grow its suite of turnkey, workplace-based, financial wellness solutions.

Combined with a $4.35 million seed round from the summer of 2014, the Series A brings PayActiv’s total capital to more than $13 million.

PayActiv CEO and Founder Safwan Shah emphasized the potential for expansion when discussing both his company’s 2015 as well as the recent investment. “With this funding, we will continue to expand and enhance our innovative wellness programs that help all workers lead a better life with security, dignity, and savings,” Shah said.


Pictured: PayActiv CEO and founder Safwan Shah demonstrating the MyMo intelligent cash flow management app at FinovateSpring 2015.

PayActiv’s MyMo app is an intelligent, cash-flow management tool that gives workers the ability to get advances on future paychecks, as well as pay bills, transfer money, and top up prepaid mobile phones. PayActiv refers to this as helping close the “timing gap” between earning and spending, freeing earned income that is – from a cash-flow perspective – “stuck in traffic.” The app is available in both iOS and Android, and requires no changes in either incumbent IT or payroll systems. In addition to helping keep employees away from often predatory payday lenders, PayActiv’s MyMo can help workers build or rebuild credit, as well as help them manage their finances more efficiently.

Founded in January 2013 and headquartered in San Jose, California, PayActiv demonstrated MyMo at FinovateSpring 2015. The company was featured in an American Banker column on budgeting apps last November, the same month founder and CEO Shah was interviewed by TechnologyAdvice on the subject of income smoothing and real-time income access.