Ugandan startup Eversend, a digital-only finance platform providing cross-border money transfers among other services, has secured EUR634,000 (US$706,000) in investment through a Seedrs crowdfunding campaign.
Founded in 2017, Eversend also provides multi-currency wallets and currency exchange, and plans to offer personal loans, savings, group savings, merchant payments and investments in the future. Available on Android and iOS, the startup has over 40,000 registered users and is growing at around 30 per cent month-on-month.
The startup has acquired a money lending license in Uganda, and taken part in programmes such as the Google Launchpad Africa accelerator, CATAPULT: Inclusion Africa, the Westerwelle Young Founders Programme, and the Ecobank Fintech Challenge. In November 2019, competing against 1,700 companies, it was named winner of the Helsinki-based Slush startup competition.
Eversend launched its Seedrs campaign targeting a raise of EUR550,000 (US$613,000) in return for 7.67 per cent equity, but has already raised 115 per cent of that total with a few weeks of the campaign still to run. It has already secured EUR634,000 (US$706,000) in return for 8.74 per cent equity, valuing the business at EUR6,616,739 (US$7,373,065).
The startup’s founder and chief executive officer (CEO) Stone Atwine told Disrupt Africa the Seedrs campaign was part of a fundraising round that would also include institutional investors.
“It’s a great way to create a community of user investors. There’s nothing better than customers owning a part of the business,” he said.
Eversend will use the funds for product development, user acquisition, and regulatory compliance, while it also intends to expand its offering to Nigeria, Francophone Africa, and Europe. Some of the funds will remain in company accounts as working capital to beef up Eversend’s netting off reserves.