It is not surprising that a Blockchain Fintech startup such as Abu Dhabi based Pyypl would raise $20 million in its Series B round from new and existing investors. Since its inception UAE based Pyypl with offices out of Hub71, has not only advocated financial inclusion but has built its technology to ensure it. It was name the one of the top 37 crypto startups to watch in 2022 by Techround UK.

About 22 per cent of the GCC’s population is unbanked, compared with 60 per cent in North Africa, according to a report by consultancy Strategy&.

Blockchain enabled Pyypl provides digital payments and financial services for all smartphone users to carry out online transactions, without the need for a bank account or credit card. 

Pyypl uses advanced Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) for regulatory compliance, Anti Money Laundering (AML) and Counter Terrorism Financing (CTF). They are a full blockchain-native financial services backend-platform, having developed the technology themselves.

Their platform conducts real-time Politically Exposed Persons (PEP) and sanctions (both country and individual) screening against latest and historical UNSC, USDT, FATF, OFAC, and EUCFSF records, as well as all local databases.

Initially Pyyple was regulated and operational in both Abu Dhabi ADGM in UAE as well as in Bahrain. On its website it states that it has received authorization in Kenya, Mozambique, Kazakhstan, and is in preparations to expand to other countries. On its website its posts that the company is currently preparing for operations in Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Tanzania, Oman, Qatar, Uganda, Namibia, Jordan and Kuwait. In previous months it began hiring in preparation for its Oman launch. Pyypl aims to be in 20+ markets within the next five years.

Through Pyypl’s platform, it is able to connect any smartphone owner into the formal financial system. Pyypl’s card services have been used by its rapidly expanding customer base at thousands of merchants globally, in over a hundred different currencies, by customers from over a hundred nationalities.

With connections to numerous global financial institutions facilitating cross-border money transfers, Pyypl’s solutions also cover many key remittance corridors in the region.

Pyypl recently became the first-ever company in the Middle East to deploy a “Blockchain On-Demand Liquidity” solution for its customer cross-border transfers, in partnership with Ripple, who also recently awarded the company with a prestigious “2021 Global Visionary” award . Earlier in 2021, Visa and Pyypl announced a Middle East and Africa Strategic Partnership Agreement, further positioning Pyypl as a leader in the region’s FinTech sector.  

With $78 billion in remittances in 2020 from Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates (UAE) combined, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is home to two of the top three remittance corridors in the world. The region is also undergoing a fast-moving shift to digital and boasts one of the world’s most progressive financial regulatory environments.

Prior to the recent $20 million Series B round, Pyypl had raised $18.5m in its Series A round from a diverse group of investors from Europe, the US, Asia and the Middle East, including UAE-based venture capital company Global Ventures. At the time, the Pyypl app had been downloaded 2 million times since its launch in 2021, with the company growing to 150 employees.

The latest round brings total investment to close to $40 million, the company said, and will enable it to expand across the Middle East and Africa (MEA) as well as product development and new features of the company’s proprietary technology.

LaraontheBlock had spoken to Antti Arponen, CEO of Pyypl on expansion plans in Oman. He noted, “Our latest fund raise from earlier this year is being used to turbocharge Pyypl’s growth in our core GCC markets and expand into new ones – including Oman. Oman and the GCC region in general, are very competent, top-grade jurisdictions globally. Yet the relatively high proportion of people who are financially underserved makes it ripe for FinTech innovation. Oman’s young, tech savvy population is demanding digital payment solutions that work globally, and Pyypl wishes to contribute to growing a financial ecosystem in the country that can meet these expectations.”

He added that ultimately Pyypl’s aim was to reach 1 billion smartphone users in the MEA region. He stated, “Pyypl’s fast and secure digital payments services are already available at the tap of a smartphone screen in multiple MEA markets. Ultimately, our aim is to reach the 1 billion smartphone users in the MEA region.”