The Pennylane platform has been designed to allow SME owners to view all of their real-time financial data from a single dashboard.
Established in 2020, Pennylane has been able to generate $2.4 million in revenue. The company’s management has also hired around 30 accountants and 15 application developers. The Fintech firm currently supports over 1000 SME clients on a daily basis.
The investment round notably marks the very first investment by Sequoia Capital in France. it has come after the firm finalized a $18.4 million round in January of this year.
Luciana Lixandru, Partner at Sequoia Capital, stated:
“We have met a lot of companies in the fintech sector in Europe. We are delighted to make Pennylane our first investment in France and to rely on this exceptional team so that all start-ups, VSEs and SMEs, can improve their collaboration with their accountant.”
Sequoia Capital has been quite active in the Fintech sector this year.
As covered in April 2021, Indian Fintech Razorpay secured $160 million in funding from GIC, Sequoia Capital, Ribbit Capital, Matrix Partners, among others.
In February 2021, event outcome trading platform Kalshi acquired $30 million in capital via a Series A investment round led by Sequoia.
As noted by its management:
“Sequoia helps daring founders build legendary companies from idea to IPO and beyond. We spur founders to push the boundaries of what’s possible. In partnering with Sequoia, companies benefit from 48 years of tribal knowledge from working with founders like Steve Jobs, Larry Ellison, Larry Page, Jan Koum, Brian Chesky, Drew Houston, Adi Tatarko, Julia Hartz and Jack Dorsey.”
Sequoia-backed companies account for over 25% of NASDAQ’s total value, the company reports. From the beginning, the “vast majority” of money the firm invests has been “on behalf of non-profits and schools like the Ford Foundation, Mayo Clinic, and MIT, which means founders’ accomplishments make a meaningful difference.”