Volt raises $23.5m to build global instant payments network
• Volt to build global payments platform by unifying instant schemes around the world to a single point of access
• New funding round is the biggest Series A on record for the open banking industry
• The investment, led by EQT Ventures, will support Volt’s product development and international expansion activities
Volt, the leading open payments gateway, today announces that it has raised a $23.5 million Series A to fund expansion into new territories and build out its global instant payments footprint.
The investment round, the largest Series A on record for the Open Banking industry, was led by EQT Ventures. Existing investors Augmentum Fintech PLC and Fuel Ventures also participated in the round, alongside several angel investors with extensive payments industry experience and influence. These include: Robert Kraal as Chairman (co-founder of Adyen) and Gabriel de Montessus as Non-Executive Director (Group President at FIS Worldpay).
Founded in 2019, Volt has established itself as Europe’s leading open payments gateway. It offers seamless access to Open Banking payments in Europe, connecting over 5,000 banks across the UK and EU, and is forging the path by bringing together new generation account-to-account (A2A) payments infrastructure to a single point of access.
Across the globe, merchants and payment service providers (PSPs) are prioritising instant payments in their expansive ecosystems. There are 58 countries around the world rolling out their new instant payment schemes, with companies across the globe embracing a new more digital way of working.
Volt’s intelligent platform translates and operationalises the real-time payments infrastructure, creating a highly flexible and scalable solution, and delivering a unified experience for Merchants and Payment Service Providers.
Tom Greenwood, CEO of Volt, comments: “Instant payments are set to dominate the global payments landscape and will become the new normal. It’s an exciting time to be in payments, and we are delighted to have secured such a significant funding round, and the backing of an influential group of investors. We look forward to working with our new partners at EQT Ventures as we build out our global vision.”
Tom Mendoza, Partner at EQT Ventures, added: “The pandemic has created an inflection point in the payments sector; faced with unprecedented online demand, merchants and PSPs are re-assessing the technical infrastructure that underpins their business. Volt’s team of payments experts are creating meaningful change and building a new category in instant payments, forging the path by bringing new real-time networks to a single switch. We are delighted to be working with Tom and the team.”
Founded in 2019, Volt is building the infrastructure for global instant payments. Today, its open payments gateway allows merchants and PSPs to process transactions securely between accounts held at more than 5,000 banks in the UK and EU. Volt’s unique aggregation model provides unrivalled open payments reach and maximises the speed, security and resilience of transactions.
For further information, please visit: https://www.volt.io
About EQT Ventures
EQT Ventures is a multi-stage VC fund that partners with the most ambitious and boldest founders in Europe and the US. The fund is based in Luxembourg and has investment advisors stationed in Stockholm, Amsterdam, London, San Francisco, Berlin and Paris. Fuelled by some of Europe’s most experienced company builders and scalers, EQT Ventures helps the next generation of entrepreneurs with the capital and hands-on support needed to build global winners.
For further information, please visit https://eqtventures.com