Japan-based fintech Kyash raises USD 14 mln

Wednesday 3 July 2019 11:14 CET | News

Fintech Kyash, that visions on becoming Japan’s first challenger bank, has raised USD 14 mln to continue its expansion.

The USD 14 million investment is co-led by Goodwater Capital, a US investor that has backed fintech startups like Monzo, Stash and Toss in Korea, and Mitsubishi UFJ Capital, the investment arm of Japan’s largest bank.

Kyash is currently applying for a host of licenses in Japan that could allow it to offer banking-style features including checking accounts, ATM withdrawals and money remittance. Right now, it is a payment app that offers a connected Visa card in the style of Monzo, N26, Revolut (which has a Japan license) and others of that ilk.

The company took took two years before it released a consumer product, but it quickly tied up with Visa to offer a prepaid debit card that connects to the Kyash app. That provides benefits like instant payment notifications, clear balance and lower fees for overseas spending, while costs are born by merchants rather than users.

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Keywords: Kyash, Japan, Asia, APAC, challenger bank, fintech, financial technology, Goodwater Capital, Monzo, Stash and Toss in Korea, Mitsubishi UFJ Capital
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