Fintech investment has crashed. How can startups build their businesses?
05 Oct 2023
Editor's note: (Pictured from left to right: David Sola, CFO; Aran Brown, Co-Founder & CEO; Mike Southgate, Chief Compliance Officer; Eddie Harrison, Co-Founder & CPO; Ed Addario, CTO)
Paytrix, the London-headquartered fintech that simplifies global payments for high-growth businesses, announces that it has raised US$ 18.3 million in Series A funding to drive product development and international expansion.
Through one platform, one contract and one API, Paytrix’ payments curation solution provides access to the best payment infrastructure around the world — reducing the inefficiency, cost and complexity of international payments. In contrast, existing international payments solutions typically require businesses to source, negotiate and maintain a minimum of 10 to 15 partners, contracts and APIs.
Unusual Ventures, Motive Partners and Bain Capital Ventures co-led the Series A investment. Bain Capital Ventures participated in an earlier funding round in May 2022 with Fin Capital, Better Tomorrow Ventures, Hambro Perks, ClockTower Ventures, The Fintech Fund, D4 Ventures and a number of notable angel investors all also participating in both rounds.
Coming amid a global economic slowdown and a slump in investment into the fintech space, the size of the investment reflects confidence in the ability of the Paytrix solution to solve an acute business problem and underlines the scale of the opportunity.
Aran Brown, CEO and Co-Founder of Paytrix, said: “High-potential companies struggle to cope with large volumes of international payments and there is a huge gap in the market — at one end you have inefficient local solutions; at the other, you have the tier-one global providers, inaccessible to all but the world’s biggest businesses. Businesses have no option but to stitch together a costly and complex patchwork of service providers and this is the pain point that Paytrix is stepping in to solve.”
Brown continued: “People have been telling us that this is the worst time to raise funding in 20 years. Given that backdrop, we’re delighted to have attracted such high-calibre investors. They bring a wealth of experience in fintech and e-commerce, which will be invaluable as we build out the next phase of operations.”
Targeted at high-growth businesses, Paytrix’ global payments solution is of particular relevance to online marketplaces. Analysts predict that up to 70% of online sales will happen on marketplaces by 2025. But many marketplaces face a number of obstacles in seizing this opportunity — such as inadequate regulatory capabilities, a lack of internal expertise or the commercial relationships needed to evolve into a global platform from a regional one. By providing access to best-in-class payments providers around the world through one API, Paytrix’ curation layer eradicates these barriers.
Paytrix currently has a fully in-house engineering team across multiple locations and a growing team in Ireland, which includes customer support and heads of finance, IT and operations. To fuel expansion across Europe, Ireland will become Paytrix’s centre of global operations. Paytrix is actively hiring, particularly for business development roles, to ensure it can scale smoothly and quickly.
The Paytrix senior leadership team has deep industry experience in financial services, fintech and payments. Co-Founder and CEO Aran Brown contributed to the growth and sale of Travelex and Skrill to corporate buyers. Co-founder and CPO Eddie Harrison built market-leading global payment products at Western Union and Travelex. CFO David Sola previously served as Managing Director at firms including Houlihan Lokey and UBS, and was Partner at Softbank. The team also includes CTO Ed Addario, who held the same role at Currencycloud, and Chief Compliance Officer Mike Southgate, who previously served in a similar position at Google.
Lars Albright, General Partner at Unusual Ventures, said: "Paytrix has assembled a world-class team with deep expertise in payments, fintech and financial services. Not only does the team have a strong track record, they have a powerful vision for the future of global payments. We look forward to deeply supporting the Paytrix team as they build out their payments curation service to deliver on that compelling vision.”
Ramin Niroumand, Partner at Motive Ventures, said: "As ever more commerce moves online and businesses look to expand their global reach, we see a considerable market opportunity for Paytrix. There is a pressing need for best-in-class international payments infrastructure that can be easily integrated and managed without requiring huge specialist teams. Paytrix is forging something truly unique and we at Motive are thrilled to be part of their journey."
Matt Harris, Partner at Bain Capital Ventures, said: "Paytrix is addressing a critical need for businesses operating in an international marketplace. The complexity and cost of cross-border payments has long been a major pain point for companies looking to scale, and Paytrix’ solution neatly tackles these challenges. We believe there is a global need for this kind of payments infrastructure and we're excited to continue our support of Paytrix as they expand their solution to businesses around the world."
Headquartered in London, Paytrix is on a mission to help online businesses scale smoothly around the globe. Developing the world’s first payments curation layer, Paytrix turns the complex into simple — enabling businesses to access the best payment and banking infrastructure around the world, all through: One ecosystem. One contract. One API.
Unusual Ventures is a seed-stage venture capital firm designed from the ground up to give a distinct advantage to founders building infrastructure software and application-level companies. Unusual was founded in 2018 with the mission to reinvent the venture capital engagement model by serving entrepreneurs with an unprecedented level of hands-on services. Described as a partner versus a top-down stakeholder by its portfolio companies, Unusual is laser-focused on serving exceptional founders and teams building innovative products. With offices in Menlo Park, San Francisco, and Boston, Unusual has invested in category-defining companies like Arctic Wolf Networks, Carta, Robinhood, Harness, and Vivun. For more information, visit www.unusual.vc.
Motive Ventures is the early-stage investment arm of Motive Partners, focused on pre-seed through to Series A financial technology investments in North America and Europe. Motive Ventures is based in Berlin, London and New York. Motive Partners is a specialist investment firm focusing on venture, growth equity and buyout investments in technology-enabled financial and business services companies. Motive Partners brings differentiated expertise, connectivity, and capabilities to create long-term value in financial technology companies. More information on Motive Partners can be found at www.motivepartners.com.
Bain Capital Ventures is a multi-stage VC firm investing across four core domains—fintech, application software, infrastructure, and commerce-tech. Leveraging the unique resources of Bain Capital, we deploy targeted support at every stage of the company-building journey. For over 20 years, BCV has helped launch and commercialize more than 400 companies including Attentive, Bloomreach, Clari, Docker, DocuSign, Flywire, LinkedIn, Mirakl, and Redis. You can follow us on Twitter @BainCapVC.
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