29/09/2022

Press release

TOQIO SECURES €20M TO BE THE PLATFORM OF CHOICE FOR BUILDING NEW FINTECH SOLUTIONS

Fast-growing fintech SaaS provider Toqio announced today it has closed €20 million in funding to become the platform of choice for creating new fintech solutions. The €18.7M Series A investment was led by AlbionVC and includes Aldea Ventures, as well as previous investors Seaya, Speedinvest, SIX FinTech Ventures and angel investors, including Leandro Sigman, Board Member at Endeavor Spain.

The €20M in funding includes a €1.3M grant from The Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI) a public organisation for technology development in Spain.

With a proliferation of innovative fintechs and financial service providers pouring into the market over the past five years, Toqio has been built to help make these services more accessible through its low-code platform, designed to build and launch new banking and finance solutions quickly and easily.

The digitalisation of financial services is only getting started, and the majority of participants in this global market have not started this journey yet. There has been massive investment by incumbent banks and fintech unicorns operating in the space, but most companies don’t have access to this type of investment or don’t want to become tech companies in the process.

The success of Salesforce demonstrated that companies didn’t have to create their own CRM solutions. Toqio founders Eduardo Martinez and Michael Galvin realised that this SaaS model could be applied to fintech, thereby providing similar benefits to financial institutions, many of which are struggling to develop their own technology – and wasting time and money in the process.

Now, Toqio allows any business, not just banks, to launch embedded finance solutions for their business or consumer customers in a matter of days. It removes the need to build and manage complex software through its SaaS platform and its marketplace. Customers include Crealsa, Paysme, Blackstar Capital and MovePay.

Toqio’s Marketplace provides a place to incorporate curated fintech modules into a solution, offered by leading financial service providers. Partners that have become a part of the Toqio Marketplace include Clear.Bank, Currencycloud, Modulr, and Railsr.

Eduardo Martinez Garcia, CEO & Co-Founder of Toqio, said: “After rapidly growing our team and entering the Spanish market, we’ll now be broadening our focus within Europe, including expansion into France and Germany. This new funding round will enable us to keep evolving and delivering on our vision: we aim to become the world’s premier fintech SaaS platform, giving our clients the ability to create, customise, and launch bank-grade digital finance solutions, enriched by our Marketplace of reputable and trusted partners.”

Aristotelis Xenofontos, Partner at Seaya, said: “Having witnessed the outstanding execution of Eduardo and Michael, the business’ growth, and their ability to put together an exceptionally talented team, continuing our support was without question. Toqio have built the first true embedded finance platform, which puts them in a unique position to lead the category and make a considerable impact on the market, particularly as more and more businesses realise the time and cost to be saved by using low-code solutions.”

Jay Wilson, Investment Director at AlbionVC, said: “We have been incredibly impressed by Toqio’s growth to date and the exceptional quality of the SaaS business it is building. We are well aligned with the company’s vision of bridging the gap between financial services and financial outcomes. The digitisation of finance is only just beginning and Toqio has a massive market to go after. Mostly, we have been incredibly impressed with Eduardo and Mike and the team they have built around them and look forward to playing a small part to support them in delivering on their bold ambition.”

Alfonso Bassols, Managing Partner at Aldea Ventures, said: “Toqio is in an exceptional position to grow further as the market continues to mature and more businesses recognise they don’t need to build from scratch to deliver exceptional financial services to their customers. The business has accomplished a lot to date with clients across Europe, and we are eager to rally behind the Toqio team as they continue to scale in France and Germany.”

Toqio is headquartered in London with offices in Madrid and Nairobi. The company has grown rapidly since it was founded in 2019 by serial entrepreneurs Eduardo Martínez Garcia and Michael Galvin. The two previously built Geniac, a small business SaaS startup which was acquired by Grant Thornton. Toqio has grown from 17 people to over 100 in the past 18 months and recently expanded its services into the Spanish market. Toqio has secured more than 50 customers that have built numerous financial solutions throughout Europe.

Toqio is a fintech platform that gives companies the ability to create and launch fully branded banking or finance solutions as apps or on the web in weeks, not months. Founded in 2019 by Eduardo Martinez and Michael Galvin and based in London and Madrid, Toqio is swiftly becoming the dominant SaaS platform for developing innovative fintech solutions, supported by a comprehensive configuration and customization platform along with a Marketplace of trusted, reputable partners.

Seaya is a leading European and Latin American Venture Capital fund, with offices in Madrid and Mexico City, that invests in exceptional entrepreneurs who are building global technology companies.

Seaya raised its first funding in 2013 and currently manages over €600 million across five early-stage venture funds. Seaya accelerates the growth of startups by leveraging the founder’s strategic vision, providing them with Seaya’s global platform, its extensive network of founders, investors and multinational corporations, as well as all its experience in the global expansion of companies such as Glovo, Cabify, Wallbox (NYSE:WBX), Spotahome, Clarity AI, Clicars, Alma and RatedPower.

AlbionVC supports visionary founders with long-term capital and scale-up expertise. It partners with UK early-stage B2B software and healthcare companies. AlbionVC manages c. $1 billion of venture funds, currently invested in over 50 companies. AlbionVC is the technology investment arm of Albion Capital Group LLP, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Learn more www.albion.vc

Aldea Ventures is a pan-European venture capital platform based in Barcelona investing in the next generation of technology leaders. As the first of its kind in Europe, Aldea’s pioneering hybrid strategy is two-fold: back highly specialized emerging fund managers investing in early-stage companies and co-invest in growth-stage companies in their breakout paths. With a multi-specialist approach, rather than agnostic, Aldea has backed 50+ fund managers and growth companies since its inception in 2020 including companies like Qogita, Automata, Podimo or Sorare; and funds like Moonfire, Cocoa, Green Generation Fund and Semantic Ventures. Aldea’s mission is to invest in cutting-edge technologies and industries connecting VC talent and startup ecosystems across entrepreneurial hubs. Its diverse portfolio also provides the fund with deep knowledge and insights across the European tech landscape.

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