This post is by Natasha Lomas from Fundings & Exits – TechCrunch
London-based Divido, a whitelabel platform for retail finance that integrates with ecommerce platforms (but can also support omni-channel) so retailers can offer consumers a ‘buy now, pay later’ option at the point of sale, has bagged a $30M Series B to fund international expansion.
The funding round is led by global banks HSBC and ING, with participation from Sony Innovation Fund by IGV*, SBI Investment, OCS, Global Brain and DG Daiwa Ventures along with existing investors DN Capital, Dawn Capital, IQ Capital and Amex Ventures.
The Series B follows a $15M Series A back in 2018 — when the fintech product was available in a handful of European markets and the U.S., with a goal of launching in 10 more countries by the end of 2019.
Evidently, that anticipated rapid-fire international expansion didn’t exactly pan out as planned, as Divido is only operating in ten markets across two continents now — a little under two years later. But, flush with Series B funding, it says it’s looking to fuel the pace of its international push.
The 2014-founded startup operates a marketplace model where lenders compete to offer the most suitable credit line to consumers to grease purchases — partnering with businesses such as banks, retailers and payment partners so they can offer a ‘Buy Now Pay Later’ to their users at the point of sale.
Divido claims its product leads to up to 20%-40% more sales for retailers — and it says it has (Read more...)