Investment from Cota Capital, TempoCap and others fuels European expansion for open banking platform, driving the shift from card to A2A payments
Friday 13th May, 2022 – Open banking payments platform, Token.io, today announces it has raised $40 million in a Series C funding round co-led by Cota Capital and TempoCap, with participation by Element Ventures, MissionOG, PostFinance and existing investors Octopus Ventures, Opera Tech Ventures and SBI Investment. Torch Partners advised on the financing.
The funding comes from a group of investors with deep expertise in fintech and payments, with track records of backing disruptive payments firms on rapid growth trajectories. This reinforces Token’s leadership position in Europe as the enabler of open banking payments for payment service providers (PSPs), banks and large merchants.
Token will use the capital to continue driving the shift from traditional payment methods like cards and wallets to open banking-enabled Account-to-Account (A2A) payments. It will do this by differentiating its purpose-built platform for existing payment providers and expanding open banking connectivity across Europe. Features of the Token platform that will be further enhanced at an accelerated pace include premium Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for Variable Recurring Payments and open finance functionality.
“In the next four years, the global value of open banking payments is expected to exceed $116 billion, with Europe accounting for 75% of all transactions,” comments Todd Clyde, CEO of Token.io. “Europe has become a world leader in open banking, open finance and real-time payments, and Token holds a unique position in the marketplace. With this investment, we will continue to expand open banking connectivity and push the boundaries of functionality beyond regulatory requirements to make A2A payments a mainstream payment method.”
”Token has enjoyed strong traction winning deals with major channel partners and some of the largest global merchant acquirers,” said Kevin Jacques, partner at Cota Capital. “We believe that payments present the biggest disruption and opportunity in open banking and that Token is well-positioned to benefit from the continued growth of low-cost, low-friction A2A payments. We are excited to work with the talented and experienced Token team as they scale.”
“Token’s A2A payments offering delivers faster and more secure payments than traditional methods while at a lower cost. Token’s technology is enabling an impressive set of payment providers to offer seamless experiences for their merchant customers and, in turn, end users,” comments Adam Shepherd, TempoCap Investment Partner. “Our previous investments at TempoCap have shown us the increasing importance of embedded finance, and we are delighted to support the Token team in this next phase of the company’s growth.”
Customers that plug and play, white-label or have used Token.io’s open banking infrastructure to build their own propositions include BNP Paribas, HSBC, Mastercard, Nuvei, Paysafe, Ecommpay, Rewire, Coingate, Sonae Universo, Volt and Vyne.
Token is an open banking platform driving the shift from card to account-to-account bank payments in Europe.
Since 2016, Token has pioneered innovation in payment initiation and data aggregation technology, making history by conducting the first end-to-end payment through a public bank API in the UK in 2018.
Today, Token offers best-in-class open payment and data connectivity in Europe, spanning 16 EU countries, representing over 210 million potential end-users of Open Banking services and over €13tn in customer deposits. All through a single API and interface.
Token’s focus on payments has enabled it to develop deep functionality that makes accepting direct bank payments elegant and simple, while its enterprise-first approach enables other players in the existing payment value chain to bring direct bank payments to their customers. Token processes tens of millions of open payments annually for over 80 payment service providers, gateways, banks and large merchants.
With Token’s complete open banking toolkit, businesses create new capabilities and revenue streams, blending API-based payments and data to reinvent financial experiences faster and more efficiently. Token also provides access to aggregated bank account and transaction data for smarter onboarding, deeper insights and instant authentication.
Based in London, Berlin, and San Francisco, Token’s global team of professionals have deep payment industry experience that its partners rely on to future-proof their payments strategies.
Regulated by the FCA and BaFin, and PCI-DSS Level 1 and ISO 27001:2013 Certified, Token is both bank- and developer-friendly, multi-standard, and channel ready by design.