Fintech leaders raise almost $4 billion in Q2 amid pandemic


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Data gathered by Buy Shares indicates that fintech leaders managed to raise a total of $3.81 billion in the second quarter of this year.

The significant amount comes after the economic downturn in the first quarter.

Fintech funding impacted by coronavirus pandemic in Q1

Online payment processing platform Stripe raised $850 million followed by Robinhood at $430 million while Vero has raised $241 million.

Health insurance company Oscar raised $225 million with Carta closing the top five categories at $210 million.

The five fintech firms account for 51.34% of the total raised amount by the firms overviewed in our research.

Furthermore, Fundbox raised $200 million followed by Airwallex’s $160 million.

Checkout.com, Marqeta and Brex raised $150 million each. During the second quarter of this year, Aspiration raised $135 million followed by UK’s Starling Bank at $123 million.

Other notable fintech firms that raised significant amount include Stash ($112 million), N26 ($100 million), Onfido ($100 million), Bought By Many ($95 million), Monzo ($75 million), Trade Republic ($73 million), SolarisBank ($67 million), Taxfix ($64 million), Alan ($55 million), and Lunar ($50 million).

The funding comes as a step in the direction after a turbulent first quarter due to the coronavirus crisis. According to the research report:

“The coronavirus pandemic led to an economic downturn, presenting a perfect opportunity for the fintech sector to explore different opportunities for mass adoption. Most specifically, the pandemic resulted in a change in consumer behaviour that might stick around for a long time.”

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The research overviewed the market capitalisation of payment companies at the end of the first quarter and second quarter this year.

From the data, PayPal had a market capitalization of $112.3 billion on March 31 and three months later it stood at $92.3 billion totaling to $204.6 billion.

Shopify has the second-highest cap at $48.8 billion as of March 31, a figure that increased to $64.5 billion three months later. By the end of the first quarter, Adyen had a market cap of $25.5 billion droppings to $18.6 billion in the second quarter.

At the end of March, Square had a market capitalization of $22.8 billion and by the end of the second quarter, the figure stood at $23.3 billion. In the fifth spot, there is MarketAxess which had a cap of $12.6 billion which later increased to $19 billion at the end of the second quarter.


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