Moneybox has secured €15.9 million in Series B funding, in a round led by Eight Roads, to expand its service and help a generation invest for their future. Existing investors of the London-based fintech startup like Oxford Capital Partners and Samos Investments also participated.
Moneybox was founded in 2015 to address the fact a generation is growing up without the tools, information or confidence they need to build their financial future. This new round of funding, which brings the total amount raised by the company to over €24 million, will be used to build out the team and deliver a best-in-class customer experience, including new products and outstanding content.
Moneybox’s purpose is to offer people a simple way to take the first step on their investing journey, and then continue to build their financial future through easy-to-use tools and support. Moneybox is determined to break the inertia surrounding saving and investing, helping people to lay the foundations to achieve their financial goals – whether they are saving for a house deposit, a wedding or the trip of a lifetime. Since launching in August 2015, it has helped more than 100,000 people start their investing journey.
“The traditional wealth management industry is geared to those who already have wealth – a concept that is alien to many young people. It creates huge barriers – including impenetrable jargon – for those who want to start saving and investing. We are determined to break that mould and make investing clear, simple and easy to achieve. We are delighted that this new funding round will help us to further develop our service and empower many more customers to achieve their financial goals,” said Ben Stanway, co-founder of Moneybox.
Cyrus Jilla, President of Eight Roads said: “Moneybox demystifies savings and investments with a simple, engaging and intuitive product that fits seamlessly into the everyday lives of its users. Eight Roads’ looks forward to using its global network and financial services expertise to support Moneybox over the long-term, as it continues to grow its loyal customer base, expand its proposition and build out its team.”
The Moneybox app makes investing easily achievable – customers can sign up in a few minutes and get started with as little as £1. The popular round ups feature makes investing part of everyday life by helping customers set aside the spare change from their purchases. The average Moneybox customer invests £20 a week through a combination of round ups, weekly deposits, payday boosts and one-offs. Moneybox customers can choose from three simple starting options – cautious, balanced and adventurous – which invest in tracker funds run by Vanguard, Henderson and BlackRock.
In the beginning of the past year, we mentioned Moneybox as on of 10 UK-based startups to look out for in 2017.