Utrecht/London, 1 September 2021 – SurePay, inventor and leading provider of Confirmation of Payee (CoP) in the UK and Benelux, raised a €12.2 million round led by Connected Capital with Iris Capital, joining Rabo Frontier Ventures to boost the company’s international expansion.
The funding will support the hiring of new business development teams in Germany, the UK, a cross border team and new IT experts to scale the technology platform and to further develop new solutions for their customers. The company plans to launch bulk payments related products, cross border payments as well as expand SurePay PayID, a Pay Your Contacts solution, to offer new methods of secure and seamless payment services to its customers. The CoP for Organisations solution, based on its best-in-class Confirmation of Payee algorithm, will thus be made accessible across Europe.
Four Billion Payment Checks
Since its launch in 2016, SurePay has carried out four billion payment checks. Its solution helps banks and organisations avoid misdirected payments and reduce payment fraud by giving greater assurance that their payments are going to the intended beneficiary. The company estimated that its solution reduces misdirected payments by 67%, fraud in payments by 81% and leads to 80% less fraudulent onboardings for the clients using the platform.
SurePay is already a leader in the UK and its Dutch home market, these being the first countries to implement a nationwide Confirmation of Payee approach to reducing payment fraud.
Both new investors are specialised at scaling B2B SaaS solutions internationally and will help SurePay extend its leading position as a multi-country technology platform focused on reducing payment fraud.
Payments across Europe have increasingly shifted to digital channels, leading to growth in fraud cases throughout Europe due to methods such as phishing, spoofing, APP Scam and CEO fraud. Now over 30 banks and more than 150 corporates are using SurePay’s service. The platform’s strong performance has helped drive +400% year-on-year growth among corporates, which together with bank clients, is expected to drive growth going forward.
Clients and partners include BNP Paribas, ING, ABN AMRO, Rabobank, NatWest Group, Atom bank, STRATO, BMW, Volvo leasing services and Deutsche Bank.
David Jan Janse, CEO and CO-Founder of SurePay, said: “We are on a mission to protect both our clients and their customers against the growing threat of fraud worldwide, giving them the reassurance that their payments are going to the intended recipient also cross-border and multi-domestic.”
“We are very excited to welcome Connected Capital and Iris Capital as our new shareholders. Together with Rabo Frontier Ventures, their knowledge and experience will position us on a scale-up trajectory in important growth markets across Europe and connect to global standards.” he continued.
Wim Haring, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Connected Capital: “We are excited to lead the investment and support SurePay’s mission to become a leader in paytech to optimise payment processes, whilst reducing fraud. We look forward to actively supporting the team as they continue to innovate and drive SurePay’s international growth.”
Thorben Rothe Partner at Iris Capital: “We are proud to invest in SurePay to assist and fuel their growth. Their work has been impressive as they built a world-leading Confirmation of Payee solution preventing payments fraud that already proved its industry leading position across the UK and Netherlands. We are confident that with our help they will lead a tremendous growth in new markets like Germany and France.”
Harrie Vollaard, Managing Director at Rabo Frontier Ventures: “SurePay has grown from an in-house start up to a solution that benefits millions of consumers daily. SurePay is well on its way to further unlock its enormous potential. We are proud to welcome the two renowned investors to join the journey. With this round SurePay will continue to add financial players to its European platform and further build out their digital ecosystem”.
About SurePay - Payments made personal, easy and more secure
SurePay is the inventor of Confirmation of Payee. Leveraging SurePays’ unique technology, a variety of solutions are offered to financial institutions, organisations and businesses across Europe. SurePay continues to develop innovative solutions, releases new services regularly and is well underway to become the leading European platform for account verification services in online banking and in business processes.
About Rabo Frontier Ventures
Rabo Frontier Ventures is a strategic investment arm of Rabobank, focusing globally on innovative Fintech and Agtech companies. RFV aims to invest directly in the early growth stage (series B) of companies like TreasurUp and Tide that are disrupting or influencing the current business of Rabobank and indirectly in leading general tech funds such as Holtzbrinck and Northzone.
About Iris Capital
Iris Capital is a European venture capital funds’ manager specialized in the digital economy. It fuels entrepreneurs at various stages of maturity, from early stage to growth equity. With its deep sector specialization and extensive experience acquired over 30+ years, as well as the backing of its corporate sponsors, Iris Capital provides active support to its portfolio companies, through its presence in Paris, Berlin, Munich, Tel Aviv, Dubai and Tokyo. Iris Capital investments include, among others, companies such as Adjust, Careem, Exotec, Compeon, Forto, Jedox, Kyriba, Monk, Netatmo, Open-Xchange, ReBuy, Scality, Shift Technology, Talon.One and Zeta.
About Connected Capital
Connected Capital is a growth and buyout focused investment firm based in Amsterdam, with a focus on investing in European companies offering differentiating SaaS solutions for the business market. They have a professional and complementary team of experienced professionals, with a background in private equity, strategy consulting, M&A as well as years of experience in accelerating growth for scale-ups. The portfolio consists of investments including Speakap, Foleon, Channelsight, UpCloud, Omnia, OneWelcome, Concentra and Brella.