Ripjar, a leading UK-based data intelligence company, today announces that it has raised around €31 million in Series B funding from Long Ridge Equity Partners. With the latest investment, Ripjar has raised more than €51 million, with Long Ridge joining existing investors Winton Capital Ltd and Accenture plc.
This funding will accelerate new product development and facilitate the expansion of Ripjar’s ground-breaking data intelligence platform, Labyrinth. Ripjar will also expand its sales and marketing presence in Asia, North America, and Europe, and grow its employee base to support current and future clients.
Founded in 2013 by five former employees of the UK’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), Ripjar has grown rapidly to become a world-leading data intelligence provider. Ripjar’s technology helps leading institutions and government agencies address criminal threats, including money laundering, fraud and terrorism. Utilising proprietary artificial intelligence technology, Labyrinth uncovers new risks, and reduces false positives by over 90%. Labyrinth enables human analysts to make better informed decisions with speed and accuracy, saving significant cost and time for its clients.
During COVID-19, the business has doubled in size and significantly expanded its product offering. The pandemic has further accelerated the need for cutting-edge technology solutions to tackle systemic vulnerabilities that have become more evident as businesses and public sector organisations shift to remote digital working.
In a sign of the company’s growing momentum, Ripjar recently reached the 20,000 user mark and signed six new customers during the COVID-19 lockdown. During this period, the company also became profitable.
“We are excited to partner with Long Ridge who bring expertise and resources in scaling fast-growing software companies,” said Jeremy Annis, CEO of Ripjar. “This investment signals enormous confidence in our world-leading data intelligence technology and ability to protect companies and governments from criminal behaviour which threatens their assets and prosperity. With this funding, we will accelerate the expansion of Ripjar worldwide to provide our customers with the most advanced financial crime solutions, as well as creating new iterations of the Labyrinth platform.”
“Financial institutions, corporates and government agencies face ever-increasing risks associated with financial crime and cyber threats” said Kevin Bhatt, a Managing Partner at Long Ridge. “We believe Ripjar is well-positioned to provide artificial intelligence solutions that will allow its clients to reduce the cost of compliance, while uncovering new threats through automation. We are incredibly excited to partner with Ripjar to support their continued growth and look forward to working closely with the Ripjar team as they expand to new geographies, customers, and verticals.”