FinTech Startup Fundbot Secures USD 1.5 Million for MENA Expansion

The region is home to 19 million SMEs, three quarters of which are suffering from delayed payments.
FinTech Startup Fundbot Secures USD 1.5 Million for MENA Expansion
Fundbot CEO, Karl Abou Zeid

Fundbot, a FinTech startup that automates corporate lending and payments between banks, buyers, and sellers, announced that it had raised a US$1.5 million seed-funding round led by MENA-based VC Hambro Perks Oryx Fund, according to a statement.

The funding witnessed participation from further support from Aditum Investment Management Limited, Flat6Labs, Middle East Venture Partners (MEVP), and PlusVC. 

The company targets significant expansion in the MENA region, initially in the UAE and Saudi Arabia, and later into Oman, Bahrain, and Egypt.

Created to address startup startup cash flow problems, Fundbot offers a fully automated, end-to-end embedded solution that enhances the efficiency of supply chain finance and helps banks, FinTechs, and B2B marketplaces embed, and rapidly launch financial services.

“We are thrilled to have the support of these seasoned investors whose role goes beyond capital infusion to facilitating introductions to potential partners and clients, which contributes significantly to our scalability and market connectivity,” said Fundbot CEO, Karl Abou Zeid. 

“The region is home to 19 million SMEs, three quarters of which are suffering from delayed payments, amounting to a regional cashflow gap of US$250 billion. Fundbot’s embedded supply-chain financing solution can support both large and small enterprises and contribute to sustained economic growth throughout the region,” Abou Zeid added.

With Fundbot, banks, telcos, FinTechs, and marketplaces can streamline and optimize workflows, reducing the need for manual intervention and minimizing the risk of errors. Fundbot can also enable these businesses to create new revenue streams by delivering faster, more efficient finance. 

Fundbot’s benefits to SMEs include gaining access to swift and flexible financing options, significantly enhancing purchasing power, and allowing smaller businesses to seize opportunities, address unexpected expenses, or capitalize on market trends. 

For these organizations, Fundbot brings improved cashflow management, reduced administrative overhead, and real-time visibility of financial transactions, leading to more informed decisions.

“We are thrilled to announce our strategic investment in Fundbot, an infrastructure solution that facilitates and streamlines SMEs’ access to banks’ credit products while avoiding any credit risk,” commented Syrine Ben Mansour, Principal at Hambro Perks Oryx Fund. 

“With a track record of supporting leading fintechs and a commitment to driving innovation in the fintech space, we look forward to collaborating with Fundbot to grow the business and contribute to their scaling efforts in the MENA region. Critical to Fundbot’s success has been its commitment to the FSI (Financial Service Institution) sector’s rigorous security requirements. 

“In addition to implementing market-leading security technologies and following industry best practices, the company runs an isolated customer infrastructure, subjecting it to internal and external penetration tests every six months, monthly internal network and application scans, and daily infrastructure scans.

“Fundbot also implements region-specific region-specific disaster-recovery protocols, “ensuring operational efficiency and compliance with local regulations,” Karl Abou Zeid said.

Fundbot has proven itself a boon to the FSI sector and SMEs everywhere with its ability to streamline aspects of cashflow,” said Ryaan Sharif, General Manager at Flat6Labs UAE

“Flat6Labs is proud to be a part of this company’s development journey and we look forward to seeing the bolstering effects it will have on the regional startup ecosystem to which we have committed ourselves,” Sharif said.

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