Singapore-based Fintech Tazapay Secures $16.9M via Series A Round

Tazapay, a fintech company specializing in cross-border payments, announced that it has raised $16.9 million in its Series A funding round.

Sequoia Capital Southeast Asia led the investment round, “with EscapeVelocity (, PayPal Alumni Fund, as well as renowned angel investor Gokul Rajaram joining as new investors. Existing investors Foundamental, January Capital, RTP Global and Saison Capital also participated in this round.”

Tazapay plans “to use the funds to further scale its business across Asia and expand in other regions where the company is receiving strong demand for its services, such as the Middle East and Europe.”

This includes “the application of payment licenses in major markets that will broaden Tazapay’s payment network globally.” The company will also “be beefing up its core capabilities and adding more local payment methods to better serve the growing list of verticals that includes cross-border e-commerce, education technology (EdTech), Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), and travel.”

With the advent of open banking and maturing of real-time payment networks like the PayNow service in Singapore and Unified Payments Interface (UPI) in India, “there is an increase in expectations from businesses and end consumers for payments to be done in real-time and through a payment method they are familiar with.”

With Tazapay, businesses now “have access to the firm’s global network of over 170 markets for its card coverage and 85 markets for its local payments collection coverage through a single API integration, thereby allowing them to accept low cost and secure payments from their customers without having to create local entities everywhere.”

The company plans “to expand its real-time local collection channels to above 100 by the end of this year with this round of funding.”

Several of Tazapay’s global customers are already “reaping the benefits of this integration, including IndiaMART, India’s leading online B2B marketplace connecting more than 7.4 million sellers and 165 million buyers on its platform; BrightCHAMPS, a leading global live-learning platform with presence in over 30 countries; WTX, a used trucks marketplace platform; Rezlive, a global travel platform and Advantage Club, an employee engagement SaaS platform.”

In addition, Tazapay has also partnered “with Standard Chartered to offer innovative commerce-enabling payment solutions for enterprise marketplaces.”

Tazapay CEO and co-founder Rahul Shinghal. said:

“After Surge, we are thrilled to have Sequoia Capital Southeast Asia show faith and conviction in our business by leading and participating in this round. We also welcome EscapeVelocity and PayPal Alumni Fund who are joining us as new investors. These partners will help us realise our vision to be the foremost cross border infrastructure for global platforms as we double down on growing our market presence and consolidating every real-time banking network in the world under one API. We are grateful to both our new and existing investors for acknowledging the evolving needs of our ecosystem and supporting our aspirations.” 

Aakash Kapoor, Vice President, Sequoia Capital Southeast Asia, said:

“Tazapay is building the payments and compliance infrastructure for cross-border commerce and services. This is a large space which is seeing another inflection point. Buyers increasingly prefer to use local real-time payments over traditional networks and businesses are keen to expand globally without going through the hassle of a local set-up. The Tazapay team has unique insights and experience to leverage this tailwind, and Sequoia Capital Southeast Asia is excited to partner with them as they double down on the opportunity.”

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