Railsbank continues growth with latest funding round


Embedded Finance platform, Railsbank has continued global growth with the raising of USD$70 million in its latest funding round.

Railsbank has confirmed it will use the funds to further expand its various Embedded Finance products across Europe, Asia Pacific and North America, to help its customers remodel and democratise access to the financial services industry. 

The latest fundraise was led by Anthos Capital and attracted a range of investors including Central Capital (VC arm of Indonesia’s largest privately held bank), Cohen and Company (the founder of Bancorp), and Chris Adelsbach’s new fund Outrun Ventures. Existing investors also participated.

Nigel Verdon, CEO and co-founder of Railsbank, commented: “Think of Railsbank as being the financial services layer of the Internet. We are transforming the finance industry in the same way that Apple did to the music industry when they created iTunes. 

“Too much of the current global financial services system is made up of aging legacy technology and operational processes, making it unnecessarily complicated, highly expensive and nearly impossible for innovators to create the ‘Spotify’ of financial services.

“We are changing that at Railsbank by combining our ‘zero legacy’ platform with deconstructing financial services into individual digital components. Because we have created these individual financial components, our customers can easily embed financial products directly into their own customer experiences at exactly the point where consumers and SMEs need financial services, not at the point when traditional providers forced them to. 

“This will finally make financial services customer centric and inclusive, rather than the situation today which is institution centric and exclusive.”

The firm maintains that many of the Embedded Finance and BaaS providers in the market today are just software layers sitting on top of legacy financial institutions. 

This means that although customers benefit from improved APIs, they still have to endure the underlying industry legacy infrastructure, operations, risk policies and ways of working.

Betsy Cohen, Chairman of Fintech Masala and founder of Bancorp, added: “The market has evolved so rapidly since we founded the world’s first BaaS business, the Bancorp. As we move into the $7 trillion embedded finance market, it has been great watching Railsbank’s growth story. With this investment, it’s a privilege to continue to be part of the journey with a global leader like Railsbank.”

Chris Adelsbach, Managing Partner of Outrun Ventures, also stated: “Outrun Ventures are thrilled to support Railsbank in their recent financing. I’ve had the benefit of being on the front-line of Railsbank as an early investor and Advisory Board member and have been incredibly impressed by their growth. 

“More importantly, as an early stage fintech investor, I’ve witnessed a remarkable change in the volume of companies that are building next generation businesses using Railsbank. I speak to dozens of founders every week and I’ve rarely gone through a week where a company doesn’t tell me that they are working with Railsbank. When I asked them ‘why’, their collective responses gave me the conviction to make a later stage investment. 

“Embedded finance makes financial services far more accessible for customers and Railsbank has a solution that is in a league of its own.”