London-based Venture Capital fund Futurecraft Ventures has announced its latest investment this week. The VC firm has invested in the latest seed round of Monerchy UAB, a European paytech and data analytics software company based in Lithuania. The startup is aiming to raise a total investment of $2 million in this ongoing seed round.
Monarchy provides a p2p open-banking payment solution for businesses, facilitating a one-click payment alternative for customers. Using its mobile app, businesses can obtain payments from customers via QR codes or direct bank transfers. This provides an easy and real-time alternative to card payments. By leveraging the solution, merchants can also obtain valuable data on their customers, allowing them to provide more personalised services.
Monerchy becomes the sixth investment in Futurecraft Ventures' growing portfolio. The crypto and fintech-focused VC fund has invested over $70 million in the last 12 months. The portfolio includes crypto management and analytics solution Unspent, and popular fintech startup Exfor.
The company has also recently invested in Trillion, an AR-based fashion-tech solution that allows users to virtually try on jewellery before purchasing. Their most notable investment was in Haqqex and Islamic Coin, an Islamic ethics-based ecosystem and Shariah-compliant cryptocurrency that has secured a total record-shattering investment of $200M during private sale.
Futurecraft Ventures aims to boost the already growing fintech and digital assets market of the Middle East and European region.
Europe makes up 17 per cent of the global cumulative valuation of the fintech industry. According to projections, the startup is set to take a 10 per cent share of the European fintech market. Investing in Monerchy will help the VC firm increase its economic position in this booming industry.
“Monerchy fits perfectly into our portfolio, providing revolutionary financial tools at the right time and in the right place,” says Kashan Rafique, partner at Futurecraft Ventures.
The startup's founder Anton Axentiuc, adds,:“ We are delighted to have found in Futurecraft what we were looking for: smart money that will give us not only financial opportunities, but also the network to expand our business in Europe and in emerging markets.”
Futurecraft’s global footprint and unique industry contacts offer portfolio companies a direct competitive edge — ensuring a faster path out of death valley and exciting exit opportunities for co-investors.
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