European mobile payment services provider iZettle said Friday that it has raised $55.5 million in Series C funding. Zouk Capital led the round with participation from Dawn Capital, Intel Capital, Creandum, Greylock Partners, Index Ventures, Northzone and SEB Private Equity. In addition to the funding, Nathan Medlock of Zouk Capital will join the iZettle board.
STOCKHOLM, May 9, 2014 – iZettle, Europe’s No.1 provider of mobile payment services and apps, has closed a €40 million Series C funding. London-based growth investor Zouk Capital led the round, with participation from Dawn Capital and Intel Capital, and Series A and B investors Creandum, Greylock Partners, Index Ventures, Northzone and SEB Private Equity.
Investors in previous rounds included, American Express, MasterCard and Banco Santander. Nathan Medlock, a principal in Zouk’s Growth Capital Team will join the iZettle board.
iZettle will use the funding to continue growing in existing markets as well as identifying new potential territories for expansion.
“Using a card for payment is second nature to all of us, so it remains extraordinary that millions of small companies and traders are still locked out of this system by their size,” said Medlock. “iZettle gives this huge market the ability to accept card payments, helping smaller enterprises save time, paper and energy while professionalising their operations.”
iZettle started in 2011, offering an easy way to take card payments using mini credit card readers that transform smartphones and tablets into cash registers. Today, small businesses come to iZettle for tools to grow their business: from complete point of sale solutions, to free sales overview apps like reports and graphs to spot sales opportunities and identify loyal customers.
“Building on its early successes in Europe, we’re excited about iZettle’s growth plans, and believe this round will give them the fire power required to execute on the next phase of expansion,” Medlock added, “At the core of Zouk’s investment thesis is the emergence of what we call resource intelligence: recognising that not only should we be doing more with less, but that resources, process and systems are more connected than ever. iZettle is a great example of this concept in action.”
Said Jacob de Geer, iZettle co-founder and CEO: “Small businesses are the lifeblood of the global economy. Our mission from the start has been to democratize and simplify payments around the world to help small businesses grow their business.”
iZettle takes just minutes to set up, and works with all major payment cards. With iZettle there’s no subscription, set up fee, monthly fee or minimum. Instead, iZettle merchants pay a small percentage of each transaction. iZettle then electronically deposits payments in the seller’s bank account.
Sweden’s Financial Supervisory Authority regulates iZettle, whose services are EMV (Europay, MasterCard and Visa) approved and compliant with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS).
In addition to Mexico and Brazil, the iZettle app, Chip & PIN and Chip & Signature readers, and free business management software are now available in the U.K., Spain, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland.
In a recent Tech5 competition by technology focused media company The Next Web, iZettle was ranked one of the three fastest growing companies in Europe.
About Zouk Capital
Zouk Capital is a private equity and infrastructure fund manager investing in the clean economy. Zouk’s distinctive dual-track strategy of Growth Capital and Infrastructure capitalizes on the investment opportunities created by the global shift to greater resource efficiency. The Growth Capital funds invest in companies that enable a more intelligent use of resources across sectors such as IT and communications management, industrial goods and services, energy and transport and logistics. The Infrastructurefunds target capital gain returns by financing and constructing new assets from the late-stage of development in sectors such as distributed energy, energy efficiency, waste to energy and geothermal. Zouk has invested in the clean economy since 2000 and is one of the largest fund managers of its strategy in Europe. Zouk has €575m under management and offices in London and Singapore.
About Dawn Capital
The Dawn Capital team are institutional investors and experienced business builders that have previously collectively invested in over 100 companies and been involved in several high profile rapid growth technology businesses, such as Wonga.com, Mimecast and previously Advertising.com, Forbes.com and Self Trade. Dawn Capital backs outstanding companies seeking expansion capital in the TMT and FinTech sectors. www.dawncapital.com
About Intel Capital
Intel Capital, Intel’s global investment and M&A organization, makes equity investments in innovative technology start-ups and companies worldwide. Intel Capital invests in a broad range of companies offering hardware, software, and services targeting enterprise, mobility, consumer Internet, digital media and semiconductor manufacturing. Since 1991, Intel Capital has invested more than US$11 billion in over 1,351 companies in 55 countries. In that timeframe, 207 portfolio companies have gone public on various exchanges around the world and 349 were acquired or participated in a merger. In 2013, Intel Capital invested US$333 million in 146 investments with approximately 49 percent of funds invested outside North America. For more information on Intel Capital and its differentiated advantages, visit www.intelcapital.com or follow @Intelcapital.