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Varo Gets Moven: Transition to Enterprise Sends Customers to Digital Banking Upstart

When Moven announced a transition away from being a provider of consumer banking services and toward business partnerships, few questioned the company’s capacity to win with enterprise customers. Founded in 2010 by Brett King, Moven has secured partnerships with financial institutions around the world, including Westpac in New Zealand, BCA in Indonesia, TD Bank in Canada, and, most recently, STC Pay in Saudi Arabia.

But there was some question as to what would happen with Moven’s customer accounts, which the company announced it would close by April 30, 2020.

We now have our answer: Moven will transition its customers to San Francisco, California-based Varo Money, which is in the process of securing its status as a challenger bank in the U.S.

“Moven has been a pioneer in the digital banking space and a long-time inspiration,” Varo Money CEO Colin Walsh said. “We are excited to welcome their customers and deliver on the types of technology and features they have grown to love.”

Moven CEO Marek Forysiak said the decision to choose Varo stemmed in part from compatibility with the company’s commitment to fostering financial wellness. The two companies are also looking into ways that Varo can leverage not just Moven’s former customers but also the business’ current and future digital banking technology as Varo continues on the path toward full bankhood.

“We are excited to partner with Varo ahead of their official national charter,” Walsh said. “Our patented financial wellness technology aligns with Varo’s efforts to help everyday Americans gain access to better financial insights and opportunities.”

Founded in 2015, Varo Money offers a mobile banking app, products such as a high-yield savings account, and services including early direct deposit. Available on both iOS and Android platforms, and charging no fees, Varo Money earned regulatory approval from the FDIC in February, insuring the firm’s deposits and giving Varo a major boost in its effort to become a full-fledged bank. To this point, the company has leveraged its partnership with Bancorp as its custodian; Bancorp is slated to transfer those customer deposits to Varo this quarter.

Named one of the 9 Best Checking Accounts for April 2020 by NerdWallet, Varo has raised more than $178 million in funding from investors such as Warburg Pincus and The Rise Fund. The company has an estimated valuation of $418 million.