E-payment app Kem secures US$1m to grow QR code transactions across the Gulf

E-payment app Kem secures US$1m to grow QR code transactions across the Gulf
Zane (L) and Seth Sadeq (R), Co-founders of Kem

The Kuwait-based P2P instant payment platform, Kem, announced it secured over US$1 million in funding for developing its e-payment application and expand its footprint across the Gulf region, according to a company statement.

The fintech start-up, operating under the name Kem Technologies, announced that the funding round was backed by a group of international investors led by Maqamees Holdings.

Millions of users across the Gulf still don’t have banking accounts and feel it is still not easy to transfer money between friends and family. 

The application is designed to provide the fintech solution to the user where he/she is, and there is with no need for payment links, and IBAN code’s usage.

The application uses QR-code technology to power in-app transactions secured on existing banking infrastructure. 

“We want to redefine the Gulf’s relationship with money,” says Seth Sadeq, CEO of Kem and co-founder, alongside his brother Zane and George Chichua. “So we built Kem to remove the pain from peer-to-peer payments by making them simple, instant, and accessible. We have already seen the impact Kem has made on people in Kuwait post-launch and we want more people to know about what we do.”

Guided by the mentorship of visionary financial entrepreneur Timothy Li in California, the Sadeq brothers returned to Kuwait to launch Kem Technologies and bring financial inclusion to their country. 

Kem’s vision to improve financial access in the Gulf market is being powered by its adoption of the latest AI and machine learning technologies. It blends this new tech with existing banking systems to guarantee secure and instant transactions, regardless of the user’s banking affiliation. 

State-of-the-art AI algorithms work alongside 256-bit encryption and FaceID verification to protect the platform against fraudulent activities, aligning with Kem’s core focus to develop security for instant payments 

“We have a close relationship with the Central Bank of Kuwait to ensure that we are fully compliant with all the necessary rules and regulations,” says Mr. Sadeq. “Our banking partnerships ensure that your money is backed and supported by the same banks you know and trust. We connect the dots so customers benefit from simple and instant transactions and established security systems.”

Kem’s unique mix of security and disruptive technology has helped them secure the seven-figure investment that will kick start its next development phase. 

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