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London-based Monese, a banking app for immigrants and expats across Europe, raises $1.8 million

The European acceleration fund Seedcamp today announced that Monese has raised $1.8 million and joined the Seedcamp family. Monese is a London-based fintech startup that allows you to open up a UK bank account in less than 3 minutes on your mobile.

Seedcamp participated in the $1.8 million seed round alongside early Spotify investor Shakil Khan, and a select group of other angel investors.

Monese has been licensed by the UK Financial Conduct Authority and will be launching in the UK in summer 2015. The startup offers a branchless and digital banking service that enables instant account opening via a mobile app, regardless of the customer’s missing utility bill. Helping expats, the company offers easy account opening, cheap payments and a debit card, taking the pain out of and putting the honesty back into banking. Monese’s modern technology, based on secure cloud technologies, removes many of the barriers that legacy banking systems impose.

Seedcamp Partner, Reshma Sohoni stated: “Opening a UK bank account is a common problem that many expats and immigrants face. Our own international founders, employees, mentors, and investors have faced this issue. So when we met Norris and the team, we immediately understood the scale of the problem Monese is solving. The global movement of labour is only going to get bigger so there’s plenty of opportunity for Monese to grow. We’re excited to join them at this early stage of their journey.”

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Thomas Ohr
Thomas Ohr
Thomas Ohr is the "Editor in Chief" of EU-Startups.com and started the blog in October 2010. He is excited about Europe's future, passionate about new business ideas and lives in Barcelona (Spain).

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