The creators of Swedish PFM app Tink, Daniel Kjellén and Fredrik Hedberg (pictured below), have just closed on $10 million to launch a virtual bank. The Series B round was led by Creades and SEB; ABN AMRO and Sunstone Capital also contributed. Combined with its Series A round in 2014, the company’s total funding is $14 million.
Tink will use the funds to expand internationally and launch a virtual bank, Tink 2.0. The virtual bank will allow users to transfer money, make payments, scan and approve bills, and manage their money across any account directly from within the Tink app. These new capabilities are made possible by Europe’s new Payment Service Directive (PSD2), approved in January, that opens Europe’s banking infrastructure by making their APIs available to third parties.
Fredrik Hedberg, founder and CTO of Tink, comments on the coming launch: “Ultimately, it’s about building a virtual bank, helping people with banking without being a bank. The consumer will not only get a better understanding, tips and advice on her finances, but also the ability to take action on it.” Founder and CEO Daniel Kjellén chimes says, “We think it should be easy to make smart financial decisions, and we want to contribute to a greater transparency in the industry, which will benefit both the consumer and the best banks. To get investors with such solid experience and the ability to develop partnerships with traditional banks is of course a huge asset for a company like Tink.”
Tink differentiates itself in the PFM space by collecting two years of historical account data across all of a user’s bank accounts and payment cards. The company uses hands-off spending categorization and simplifies the user’s view of their income and expenses. The app suggests budget options, sends alerts, and offers a feed of the user’s own personal finance highlights.
Since launching the app in Sweden at FinovateEurope 2014, Tink now boasts more than 300,000 users and is currently running beta tests in 10 different European markets to prepare for the international launch later this year.