epifi $13.2M to build neo-banking platform for millennials in India

by admin on Jan 13, 2020

Two founders of Google Pay in India are developing a neo-banking platform in the nation– and they have already secured backing from three top VC funds.

Sujith Narayanan, an experienced payments exec who co-founded Google Pay in India (previously referred to as Google Tez), said on Monday that his startup, epiFi, has increased $13.2 million in its Seed economic round led by Sequoia India and also Ribbit Capital. The rounded valued epiFi at regarding $50 million.

David Velez, the owner of Brazil-based neo-banking huge Nubank, Kunal Shah that is constructing his second settlements startup CRED in India. Also, VC fund Hillhouse Capital additionally took part in the round.

The eight-month-old start-up is dealing with a neo-banking platform that will undoubtedly concentrate on serving millennials in India, said Narayanan, in an interview with TechCrunch.

“When we were building Google Tez, we recognized that a customer’s monetary trip expands beyond electronic repayments. They desire insurance coverage, lending, financial investment opportunities, as well as numerous items,” he discussed.

The concept, partially, is likewise to assist customers better comprehend precisely how they are investing cash, and also direct them to make better investments and also boost their savings, he claimed.

Presently, it is uncertain what the convergence of all of these functions would undoubtedly resemble. Yet Narayanan claimed epiFi would release an app in a few months.

Collaborating with Narayanan on epiFi is Sumit Gwalani, that serves as the startup’s founder and also chief item and technology officer. Gwalani formerly functioned as a director of item management at Google India and helped conceptualize Google Tez. In a joint meeting, Gwalani claimed the startup currently has regarding two-dozen staff members, a few of whom have joined from Netflix, Flipkart, and also PayPal.

Shailesh Lakhani, Managing Director of Sequoia Capital India, stated some of the primary customer banking products, such as financial savings accounts, hadn’t seen real development in several years. “Their vision to reimagine consumer banking, by providing a modern banking product with epiFi, has the potential to bring a step function change in experience for digitally-savvy consumers,” he claimed.

Cash controls purchases in India today. Yet New Delhi’s move to revoke most paper costs inflow in late 2016 pressed 10s of numerous Indians to discover settlements app for the very first time.

Over the last few years, ratings of start-ups and Silicon Valley companies have tipped to aid Indians to pay electronically and also secure a variety of financial services. As well as all indicators suggest that a considerable variety of people are now comfortable with mobile repayments: More than 100 million customers together transformed 1 billion electronic repayments transaction in October last year– a turning point the country has maintained in the months considering that.

A handful of start-ups are likewise attempting to attend to some of the difficulties that small and also average sized companies face. Bangalore-based Open, NiYo, as well as RazorPay supply a series of attributes such as company credit cards, a single dashboard to take care of transactions, and also the capacity to automate persisting payouts that standard banks don’t currently offer. These systems are likewise called neo-bank or opposition financial institutions or different banks. Interestingly, most neo-banking systems in South Asia today offer start-ups as well as services– not people.