Europe’s First Money Messaging App, Plynk, Secures €25 million Series A Raise

7th June 2017


The investment marks one of the largest Series A raises in Irish history

Plynk, Europe’s first money messaging app, today announces a Series A raise of €25 million. Led by private investment trust, Swiss Privée Ltd, the investment marks one of the largest ever Series A raises in Irish history. 

“Today marks a significant milestone for Plynk. From the beginning it has been our aim to remove the complexities and awkwardness of person-to-person payments. This funding brings us closer to fulfilling this goal; first within Ireland and across Europe before expanding worldwide,” said Charles Dowd, CEO and Co-Founder of Plynk. 

Headquartered in Dublin, Plynk was co-founded in 2015 by Charles Dowd and Clive Foley in response to the need for an easy-to-use consumer application enabling the instant, effortless and transparent transfer of money among friends. Linked to users’ Facebook accounts, Plynk users can send money as a message to a single contact or in group chats instantly and with no fees. Once a Plynk account is created, users receive a dedicated IBAN and virtual Mastercard for online payments. In addition, the application will integrate with both Apple and Android Pay, enabling users to spend their money across multiple outlets. 

Leading this round of funding is Swiss Privée Ltd, a private investment trust. The successful raise is one of the largest Series A investments to come out of Ireland. 

With over 6,000 users across Android and iOS, Plynk is currently available within the Irish market, however has plans to expand further into Europe with eyes on Spain and Portugal next. 

Dowd explains “our growth plan is simple: ‘become a verb, in every European language’. Over 2017, we will use this secured funding to expand into new markets as well as add GBP to our platform. Hiring will also be a priority, adding more team members to continue development on our core product and to build more features unique to the social payments industry.” 

“We are currently a team of eight, however we will have over 20 roles in engineering and growth to fill in the next 18 months”, said Clive Foley, Plynk CTO and Co-Founder. 

“Our headquarters here in Dublin will house all of our development team, then a number of business development and marketing staff hired in each location across Europe”, continued Foley. 

The Plynk app launched in January 2017 initially targeting the 18-25 market: “Today sending a photo, video, or chat to a friend has become second nature to students, graduates and young adults. This cohort have become accustomed to the free and instant transfer of data using purely their mobile phone. This is also the generation that can see when their friend is typing. No wonder they find it hard to fathom that a bank transfer can take days,” added Dowd, formerly of Facebook. 

Plynk was developed at the Bank of Ireland WorkBench in Dublin’s Silicon Docks in 2015. In October 2016, Plynk raised €725,000 in seed investment with backing from Bank of Ireland’s Start-Up and Emerging Sectors Equity Fund, managed by venture capital firm Delta Partners, Enterprise Ireland, the NDRC and a number of angel investors. 

Welcoming the announcement, Giles O’Neill, Manager of Fintech, Enterprise Ireland said, “A key role of Enterprise Ireland is to support early stage companies to start, innovate and scale their business in international markets. The ecosystem of Irish Fintech start-ups has grown exponentially in recent years. Plynk represents a coming together of key strengths from that ecosystem – strong social media and fintech capabilities, supported by indigenous banks and investors and the international finance community. Creating a funding landscape for start-ups to thrive is of critical importance to the success of our client companies.  We value the contribution of international investors in supporting high potential Irish start-ups. We are delighted to support Plynk to drive the growth of this key sector in international markets.” 

“The intersection between social and payments is an exciting area because there is still a customer need. There is an awkwardness around sharing expenses among peers, whether it is splitting a lunch bill, sending rent to a roommate or sharing costs of a holiday like a hotel or flights. With Plynk, users send money to a name, not an account number. This turns a normally formal and uncomfortable task into a transparent, instant, social interaction. This is the change we are looking to make,” concluded Dowd. 

Plynk is available for iOS and Android. For more information, visit www.plynk.me 

Plynk Co-Founders Charles Dowd(CEO) & Clive Foley(CTO) are available for interview

 

About Plynk:

Founded in 2015, Plynk is a European money messaging app offering instant person-to-person payments. Headquartered in Dublin, Plynk was co-founded by Charles Dowd and Clive Foley to remove the complexities of money transfers amongst family and friends, making it fun, fast and free. Linked to users’ social networks, Plynk users can send money as a message to a single contact or in group chats instantly and with no fees. Once an account is created, users receive a payment account with a dedicated IBAN and virtual Mastercard for online payments. 

In October 2016, Plynk raised €725,000 in seed investment with backing from Bank of Ireland, venture capital firm Delta Partners, Enterprise Ireland, the NDRC and a number of angel investors. 

Plynk is available for iOS and Android. For more information, visit www.plynk.me 

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