Remitly Raises $220M to Expand From Money Transfers to Financial Services, Now at ~$1B Valuation
By Ingrid Lunden
When it comes to financial services in emerging markets, remittances — people sending money to each other across international borders, often not to established bank accounts — continues to be one of the biggest, with the World Bank estimating that $529 billion was sent in and out of lower-income countries in 2018, up 9% over 2017. And today, Remitly, one of the bigger startups providing these services, is announcing that it has raised $220 million in funding to ride that wave.
CEO and founder Matt Oppenheimer said in an interview that the startup will use the money both to help it continue to keep growing that money transfer business and to catch new opportunities as they appear, in the form of new financial services for the immigrants and migrants that make up the majority of its customer base.
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