InstaReM announces the first close of one of the largest Series C rounds [US $45m] in Southeast Asian history

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  • The first close is led by high profile new investors MDI ventures (the venture capital arm of Telkom) and Beacon Venture Capital (the venture capital arm of KASIKORNBANK).
  • InstaReM’s Series C round (to be completed in January 2019) will be used to drive growth in new markets, and to support the launch of a new consumer and enterprise product in 2019.

SINGAPORE/LONDON, NOVEMBER 2018: InstaReM, a digital cross-border payments company, has announced one of the most significant Series C funding rounds in Southeast Asian history. The company’s spectacular growth has secured a first close of more than US$ 20 million, led by new investors MDI Ventures (the VC arm of Indonesia’s Telkom) and Beacon Venture Capital (the VC arm of Thailand’s KASIKORNBANK) and supported by existing investors Vertex Ventures, GSR Ventures Rocket Internet and SBI-FMO Fund.

The Series C round of US$ 45 million, which takes the remittance fintech’s overall funding to over US$ 63 million, is expected to close by January 2019, in advance of its expected IPO in 2021.

This historic Series C round, will accelerate growth in InstaReM’s existing markets and enable it to enter new markets in Japan and Indonesia, where it’s expected to receive licenses by the end of this year. This round will also enable InstaReM to launch a new consumer and enterprise product in 2019 for which the company has aggressive plans.

InstaReM’s customer promise, embodied in its unbeatable ‘Best Transfer Guarantee’ has led to exponential growth in every global market it has entered since its launch in 2014. With regulatory licenses and approvals in Singapore, Australia, India, Europe, United States, Hong Kong, Canada and Malaysia, and its extensive global banking partnerships, InstaReM is able to reach to over 3.21 billion consumer and business customers across 55+ countries worldwide. InstaReM already powers payments for three of the top ten Southeast Asian Banks. The new funding and the commitment of key partners like KASIKORNBANK and Telkom Indonesia would help InstaReM accelerate its growth across further.

Prajit Nanu, Co-founder & CEO of InstaReM said:

“The promise we’ve made to our customers, from day one, is that we’ll always be transparent, and we’ll forever give them the best value we can to help them #DoMore with their money. No matter where they are in the world, and no matter if they’re a business or an individual sending money overseas, it’s our mission to be their champion. That’s why we were one of the first Asian remittance providers to move outside of Asia, and that’s why we’ve been able to secure this historic round of funding. In less than 4 years, we have become the payment backbone for emerging markets for banks and other global financial institutions.”

Nicko Widjaja, CEO of MDI Ventures said:

“InstaReM’s unique strength in enabling cross-border payment and remittance between Indonesia and its international partners captured our imagination. By providing the lowest exchange rates among competing services, InstaReM provides significant value to both local and foreign migrant workers looking to transfer funds to their home countries and to local businesses looking to conduct trade with international parties with the hope that they can boost international trade exports. With Indonesia’s fintech sector experiencing peak levels of growth, we believe that now is the time for fintech companies, such as InstaReM, to focus on expansion throughout the country. As part of our thesis at MDI Ventures, we are keen to support InstaReM with their expansion in Indonesia and ASEAN through strategic partnership with Telkom business units across the region.”

Thanapong Na Ranong, Managing Director of Beacon Venture Capital (Beacon VC), added:

“We have been following InstaReM for some time, and are impressed with the way the company has been expanding globally, and scaling up its operations. As KASIKORNBANK becomes the digital bank of choice for customers, we have a strong commitment to working closely with category leaders in each sector and constantly improving our customer experience.”

InstaReM is a member of RippleNet, Ripple’s global network of banks and other financial institutions, and has recently bagged the Blockchain Innovator Award by Ripple for its innovations in the payments space.