Vietnam digital bank Timo secures $20M fresh funding led by Square Peg

(ASEAN Startups) Timo, a Vietnam-based digital bank, has raised $20 million in fresh funding led by Square Peg, a global venture capital firm whose investments include unicorns such as Canva, FinAccel, and Airwallex.

Vietnam digital bank Timo secures $20M fresh funding led by Square Peg

Other participants are Jungle Ventures, Granite Oak, FinAccel, Phoenix Holdings (an existing investor), and other super angels, Timo said in a statement.

“This funding round is not only a signal that digital banking is the future in Vietnam, but It also demonstrates investors’ confidence that Timo is leading this important sector. We are deeply committed to our mission of setting the benchmark for modern banking in Vietnam while bringing greater financial inclusion and accessibility to the large majority of the population which remains unbanked.

“Timo aims to become the bank that is at the center of our customers’ financial lives. We are delighted to have world-class investors led by Square Peg joining us on our journey,” said Henry Nguyen, Chief Executive Officer of Timo Digital Bank.

Established in 2015, Timo is Vietnam’s first digital bank and has steadily evolved to become the country’s leader in digital banking. In 2019, the bank announced a strategic partnership with Viet Capital Bank, further accelerating its growth.

Timo – which stands for Time and Money – has consistently emphasized customer-centricity at its core. The company is widely recognized as being one of the first banks in Vietnam to offer eKYC services.

Operating in a country where the banking adoption rate is still relatively low, this helps customers save time during on-boarding and allows them to access other banking services online faster through its platform. More recently, the company has been accelerating its vision of social banking, recognizing that banking and financial services always are embedded in a broader context.

“We have been impressed by the Timo team’s vision to transform banking in Vietnam. In a market with almost no other independent, digital-native players – Timo stood out from the crowd,

“It is a mission-oriented team aligned around creating beautiful experiences for customers and bringing more people in Vietnam into the financial ecosystem. We are excited to support Timo on its journey,” said Tushar Roy, Square Peg Southeast Asia Partner.

Square Peg is a global investment firm on a mission to empower exceptional founders. With teams in Singapore, Israel, and Australia, Square Peg invests in emerging technology companies across the internet economy. Square Peg has over $1 billion in assets under management across multiple funds and has invested in category-defining companies including Fiverr, Canva, PropertyGuru, and Airwallex. Since 2013, Square Peg has invested over $200 million in Southeast Asia in companies including Pluang, Stashaway, DoctorAnywhere, and Neuron Mobility. In 2021, Square Peg expanded into global listed equities, with the launch of the Global Tech Fund.

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