Current raises $20 million in Series B, expands Visa partnership and surpasses 500,000 customers
Current, a leading U.S. financial technology platform serving Americans working to create a better future for themselves, announced $20 million in a Series B round, bringing its fundraising total to $45 million, and its rapid growth to over 500,000 accounts as its unique technology continues to power innovation in products that enable new ways to interact with money and offer affordable financial solutions to all Americans. In addition to these milestones, Current is also expanding its partnership with Visa, the world’s leader in digital payments.
Leveraging Visa's global acceptance, brand and scale, this exclusive partnership will help drive even greater expansion for Current in the digital financial market through an increased ability to reach even more customers of varying demographics with joint marketing efforts.
Wellington Management Company is a first-time investor, and also joining the round is Galaxy Digital EOS VC Fund. CMFG Ventures, the venture capital arm of CUNA Mutual Group, a mutual insurance company serving credit unions and their 120 million members, joined the fundraise. In addition, QED Investors, Expa and Elizabeth Street Ventures return to fund and support the company.
“We believe everyone should have access to affordable financial services that improve the chances for a better life,” said Stuart Sopp, Current Founder and CEO. “We have made this a reality through rebuilding financial infrastructure with the Current Core. It allows us to build more products that offer new ways to interact with money. Our rapid growth to half a million accounts serves as a testament to the ways our products and cost savings are bringing better financial outcomes and we anticipate bringing those benefits to over 1,000,000 customers by mid-2020.”
Current’s launch of its personal banking account product in early 2019 has fueled the tremendous growth. Its in-sourced Current Core technology offers stability, faster money and cost savings that are passed to customers through a modern, mobile-only experience that is improving the financial outcomes of more people.
Sam Englebardt, Co-Founder and Co-Head of Principal Investments at Galaxy Digital, said “In a competitive fintech market, Current stands out for its focus on delivering better outcomes for the modern family, by empowering them with the financial tools to meet their underserved needs. We are excited to support Stuart and his team as they enhance their product offering and accelerate into their next wave of expansion.”
After Current launched with an industry-changing teen banking product in 2017, it leveraged the same core banking technology to launch personal banking accounts with benefits like faster direct deposits, gas hold crediting and merchant blocking without charging overdraft fees, minimum balance fees or hidden fees.
“We have deep experience from Wall Street, gaming, fashion and fintech that has allowed us to approach banking in a new way to serve the majority of Americans,” Sopp said. “This funding will enable faster execution and growth on our company’s mission.”
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