ING open banking platform secures additional funding

10 iunie 2020

An ING spinout that helps international clients manage multiple bank accounts has raised €10 million in its first external funding round. Alongside ING Ventures as main shareholder, Cobase has welcomed Nordic bank Nordea and the French Crédit Agricole CIB as new investors and strategic partners. „The funding will support Cobase in developing its platform and expanding its network of banks.”, according to the press release.

The fintech’s multi-banking platform allows users to view all their balances and transactions in one place, initiate payments, and perform actions related to cash management or corporate treasury.

Currently, our clients are large corporates, mainly from Western Europe. Our strategy is to make Cobase a leading pan-European player in the coming years and then continue to roll out globally. We are already connected with more than one hundred banks from all over the world,” said Jorge Schafraad, founder and CEO of Cobase.

“Our platform helps them to manage their bank accounts efficiently, and we will continue to enhance its capabilities. Besides that, banks can choose to embed our technology into their systems and offer our solution to clients under their brand. It is a win-win situation.”

ING Ventures invested €7.5 million in Cobase after the fintech completed the bank’s accelerator programme, in which the concept was tested through prototyping, customer interviews and market research.

Cobase has all the makings of a fintech success story. They are a great example of how we innovate at ING and help the companies we invest in to become successful. Their multi-bank platform is a great concept. Cobase is now entering its scale-up phase. We very much welcome our new banking partners to accelerate together the promising growth of Cobase,” said Benoît Legrand, chief innovation officer and CEO of ING Ventures at ING”

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Gabriela Nistor – director general adjunct BT

Tendinţele pe care le-am remarcat înainte de începerea pandemiei s-au accelerat pe perioada stării de urgenţă. Am văzut acest lucru ca o oportunitate, un tipping point pentru bancă. Post-pandemie nu avem cum sa ne întoarcem la comportamentul financiar pe care îl aveam până în februarie a.c. Relaţia românilor cu online-ul s-a schimbat. In plus, cardul fizic se va dematerializa. Vom asista la o scădere a cererii pentru cardurile fizice, respectiv la o creştere a preferinţei pentru componenta digitală a acestora.”

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In 23 septembrie 2019, BNR a anuntat infiintarea unui Fintech Innovation Hub pentru a sustine inovatia in domeniul serviciilor financiare si de plata. In acest sens, care credeti ca ar trebui sa fie urmatorul pas al bancii centrale in 2020?