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Chilean fintech appears to be like for slice of big cash transfers market

Chilean fintech Global66 is tapping into the huge pool of remittances and cash transfers sloshing round Latin America, hoping a brand new wave of merchandise will give it an edge over a hoard of rivals.

The beginning-up that employs 200 individuals in eight totally different international locations plans to make use of its newest funding spherical to advertise a brand new app via which shoppers can ship cash immediately between accounts on its platform at low price, firm founder and chief government officer Tomas Bercovich stated in an interview. It already permits prospects to maneuver funds between business financial institution accounts.

Global66 CEO and Founder Tomas Bercovich, photograph by Bloomberg Mercury

Global66 is trying to take a slice of an enormous market. Mexicans working overseas despatched residence $4.44 billion in June alone, up 26% from a 12 months earlier, in response to Banco de Mexico. Remittances to Colombia additionally grew 25% year-on-year in June. However competitors is hard, with a search on the Google Play retailer in Spanish for “ship cash” developing with 249 totally different apps.

“I’m not involved about competing with different fintechs for funding or for shoppers,” Bercovich stated, referring to the broader marketplace for new monetary providers. “Really, there’s nonetheless too little competitors.”

Global66 is concentrating on center and lower-income segments and small corporations in international locations similar to Mexico, Peru, Argentina and Colombia, the place many individuals stay excluded from the banking system.

The rich “have entry to executives who may also help them get good charges to ship cash overseas,” Bercovich stated. “For the much less rich and SMEs all the pieces is way more durable.”

Global66 obtained $12 million in a stage A funding spherical in July led by Quona Capital and with participation of Magma Companions, Venrex Funding Administration, Clocktower Expertise Ventures and different traders. In complete the corporate has raised $20 million since its founding in 2018.

It can use a few of that cash to launch its personal pay as you go card in Chile and is working to do the identical in Colombia. Inside the subsequent few months, Global66 additionally plans to supply a multi-currency digital pockets.

The corporate is already rising quick, having transferred about $400 million to date in 2021, 5 occasions greater than within the first half of 2020. It’s concentrating on $1 billion by 12 months finish.

Bercovich declined to touch upon Global66’s present valuation after the funding spherical or how a lot it plans to lift sooner or later. “Our objective proper now could be to develop new merchandise,” he stated. “Sooner or later we might begin providing different issues, like loans.”

— Eduardo Thomson (Bloomberg Mercury)

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