84 FinTech VC Firms to Consider If You Are a FinTech Startup Raising Money

January 21, 2016     By : Aboli

Let’s Talk Payments keeps a periodic track of FinTech investments in the industry. Our latest study found out that $4.5 billion worth of FinTech investments were made in five months from July 2015 to November 2015. Our analysis also revealed that the majority of the funding raised by the companies was to expand their services globally. The largest funding of $1 billion was raised by SoFi in its series E round; the investments were led by SoftBank Group and other investors, including Baseline Ventures, DCM Ventures, IVP, Renren Inc., Third Point Ventures and Wellington Management.

A research study by Accenture and CB Insights stated the fact that global investment in FinTech ventures tripled to $12.21 billion in 2014 in one year. The emerging trends for FinTech include lending, money transfer, APIs, machine learning, blockchain, bitcoin, risk & security, biometrics authentication, payment processing and more. FinTech is evolving rapidly not only in the US but also in countries like China, India, Singapore, the UK and Israel. Investors are continuously looking for the next big thing in the financial industry. While there are VC firms like Green Visor Capital and BBVA Ventures who are exclusively focused on investing in FinTech startups, there are big players like Accel Partners and KPCB who are increasingly investing in FinTech startups.

We’ve updated our previous listicle on FinTech VC firms and compiled this new list of 84 FinTech VC firms (in no particular order of ranking) who either have FinTech as one of their focus areas or who invest exclusively in FinTech. Needless to say, while we have researched investments carefully, this list may still not be exhaustive; so any feedback on inadvertent omissions or additions is always appreciated.
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Santander-innoventures-logo2Santander InnoVentures

Location: London

Portfolio: iZettle, MyCheck, Ripple, Kabbage, Cyanogen

In their own words: We launched our $100-million fund in July 2014 to get closer to the wave of disruptive innovation in the FinTech space. We aim to support the digital revolution to make sure Santander customers around the world benefit from the latest know-how and innovations across the banking group’s geographies.

Stage/Size of Investments: Small companies and startups

Segments: FinTech exclusive

oak-hcft-logo1Oak HC/FT & Oak Investment partners

Location: Connecticut, USA

Portfolio: Digital Currency Group, Fastpay, Feedzai, Insureon, Poynt

In their own words: Oak HC/FT is a premier venture growth equity fund that invests in healthcare information & services (“HC”) and financial services technology (“FT”). We’re focused on driving transformation in these industries by providing entrepreneurs and companies with strategic counsel, board-level participation and access to our extensive network of industry leaders. Oak HC/FT is peerless in delivering returns for investors and growing innovative businesses. Over the past decade, the partners at Oak HC/FT have had 20 realizations with six companies achieving valuations in excess of $1 billion.

Stage/Size of Investments: Early-stage startups

Segments: Healthcare information and FinTech (next-generation payments, data-driven solutions, and services that offer the following: efficiencies, cost savings, transparency, fraud reduction or risk mitigation.)

greathillGreat Hill Ventures

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Portfolio: PayChoice, Accelerated, Custom House, GTM Group, Billmatrix

In their own words: The principals of GHP have years of middle-market private equity experience, including more than 50 portfolio company investments, over 100 consolidating acquisitions and nearly $3 billion of arranged portfolio financings during their tenures at GHP. GHP investment professionals working with a portfolio company know the space as an insider would, with a deep knowledge and understanding of the competition, the threats, and the opportunities. GHP investment professionals turn knowledge into added value, delivering relationships with relevant executive recruiters and management candidates, actively profiling and pursuing acquisition targets, maintaining active discussions with effective investment bankers, understanding the debt and promoted equity options available to the company, and knowing the likely strategic acquirers. After all, your success is our success.

Stage/Size of Investments: All beyond early-stage; $25–$150 million investment size

Segments: E-commerce, IT Services, Media, Software, Cloud, Education, FinTech, Healthcare, Enterprise SaaS

Spectrum_Equity_LogoSpectrum Equity

Location: Boston, San Francisco

Portfolio: BATS, Ethoca, ExactBid, Ipay Technology, Netquote, Trintech, Seisint

In their own words: Spectrum Equity is a leading growth equity firm providing capital and strategic support to innovative Internet, software and information services companies. For over 20 years, we have partnered with high-growth companies across the information economy. We are currently investing the firm’s seventh fund with $1 billion in capital.

Stage/Size of Investments: All

Segments: Healthcare, Tech, Business Services, Education

F-PrimeSig1FPrime Capital

Location: Cambridge, MA

Portfolio: Receivables Exchange, TradeBlock, Tradier, Flywire

In their own words: Our roots are in one of America’s great entrepreneurial success stories. Fidelity Investments was founded in 1946 and grew from a single mutual fund into one of the largest asset management firms in the world, with over $2 trillion in assets under management. For the last 40 years, our venture capital group has had the privilege of backing other great entrepreneurs as they built ground-breaking companies in technology and life sciences, including Atari, MCI, ROLM Corp., Alibaba, Ironwood Pharmaceuticals and Ultragenyx.

Stage/Size of Investments: Early-stage companies, but also exceptional teams at any stage

Segments: Biopharmaceuticals, MedTech, Healthcare IT/Services, FinTech

Camden-PartnersCamden Partners

Location: Baltimore

Portfolio: Planet Payments, Network for Good, In Go, BlueFin Payments

In their own words: We are a Baltimore-based private equity firm providing growth and seed capital to companies in our targeted sectors of education, healthcare, technology and business services. We are also a provider of human capital. We leverage our financial and sector expertise and relationships to provide our partners in growth, the management teams, with the differentiated insight, networks and experience necessary to accelerate and execute their growth strategies.

Stage/Size of Investments: Seed- and growth-stage companies

Segments: Healthcare, Tech, Business Services, Education

mucker-capital-logoMucker Capital

Location: Santa Monica, California

Portfolio: Grand Intent, Emailage, Penango, Verifico

In their own words: We partner with exceptional entrepreneurs who have deep domain expertise, principally in the greater Los Angeles area, to provide their earliest institutional funding and work side-by-side to help launch and scale their new ventures. But it is our conviction that we must provide more than just capital. As operators and entrepreneurs ourselves, we roll up our sleeves and work with entrepreneurs in all parts of their businesses that need additional resources.

Stage/Size of Investments: Seed-stage companies

Segments: Internet Software and Media

Omidyar_Network_LogoOmdiyar

Location: Redwood City, California

Portfolio: Better Than Cash Alliance, Cignifi

In their own words: At Omidyar Network, we start from a fundamental belief: People are inherently capable, but they often lack opportunity. We believe if we invest in people, through opportunity, they will create positive returns for themselves, their families, and the world at large. We also believe that businesses can be a powerful force for good. Pierre Omidyar experienced this firsthand as the founder of eBay. Just as eBay created the opportunity for millions of people to start their own businesses, we believe market forces can be a potent driver for positive social change. That’s why we invest in both for-profit businesses and nonprofit organizations, whose complementary roles can advance entire sectors.

Stage/Size of Investments: All stages

Segments: Consumer Internet and Mobile, Education, Financial Inclusion, Governance & Citizen Engagement and Property Rights

Susquehanna Growth Equity, LLC logo. (PRNewsFoto/Susquehanna Growth Equity, LLC)

Susquehanna Growth Equity

Location: Bala Cynwyd, PA

Portfolio: 29 west, Ballista, CashEdge, Derivix, ESP, Plimus, Versafe

In their own words: Susquehanna Growth Equity was founded in 2006 to create a different kind of growth equity investor: a firm that itself is funded by entrepreneurs who understand the ups-and-downs of operating a business; a firm that has no fixed time horizons and is not subject to the vagaries of the private equity fundraising cycle; a firm that can be flexible in the types of deals it does, the securities it holds, and the risks it takes; and a firm which will help strategically without forcing its operational playbook on the operators we are backing.

Stage/Size of Investments: All stages

Segments: SaaS, FinTech, HealthTech, Internet, Info Services, Marketplaces

ReinventureReinventure

Location: Australia

Portfolio: SocietyOne, Coinbase

In their own words: Reinventure makes investments from seed through to Series A and up. For the right entrepreneur and the right idea, Reinventure is prepared to invest right at the company’s formation stage. Rather than look for ventures that complement a corporate strategy, we flip that approach on its head. Instead, we look for ventures that can be assisted by our largest investor, Westpac through knowledge sharing. In return, Westpac will gain deep insights into leading edge technologies, business models and great entrepreneurs.

Stage/Size of Investments: From seed to Series A and up

Segments: FinTech, Marketplaces, Software

Orange Growth CapitalOrange Growth Capital

Location: Amsterdam, London

Portfolio: Salviol global analytics, Zopa, Moni, BUX, Knip

In their own words: Orange Growth Capital (“OGC”) is a financial technology investment firm founded in the fall of 2013. Our team consists of eight professionals and 25 industry advisers who operate from our offices in London and Amsterdam

Stage/Size of Investments: All stages

Segments: FinTech

AXA Strategic VenturesAXA Strategic Ventures

Location: San Francisco, New York, London, Paris, Zurich, Berlin, HK

Portfolio: FundShop, WIDMEE, FLYR, Policy Genius

In their own words: Our commitment to founders and teams is to enhance value and maximize impact, therefore enabling you to engage individuals, customers and businesses. We maintain long-term, strategic focus. In other words, we want to help you become real players in the sharing economy—when you succeed, we succeed.

Stage/Size of Investments: All stages

Segments: Alternative Business Models, Big Data, Climate Change, Financial Inclusion and Health

Earlybird Venture CapitalEarlybird Venture Capital

Location: Berlin, Boston, Cambridge, Frankfurt, Istanbul, Marlborough, Munich, NY, Paris, Prague, San Francisco, Stockholm, Sofia, Targu, Vienna, Wurselen

Portfolio: Smava, Tapu.com, Traxpay

In their own words: Venture Capital is a product for entrepreneurs. We back nonlinear companies that create network effects, shorten value-chains, drive new economies or improve people’s lives. We back European companies that have a global profile, from a few hundred thousand up to $15M.

Stage/Size of Investments: All stages; investments ranging from €250K to €10M.

Segments: FinTech, E-commerce, Software, Media

smartfin-logoSmartFin Capital

Location: Belgium

Portfolio: ANCOA, NG DATA, Divitel

In their own words: SmartFin Capital is an anti-cyclical and long-term oriented investment vehicle managed by a strong team that combines financial, operational and entrepreneurial experience supporting its portfolio companies in their growth ambitions. We provide replacement and expansion capital to European companies that display the potential for significant value creation in fast-growing market segments in. We believe in building successful companies rather than setting up financially engineered transactions. We also look for opportunities where other investors hesitate to go, refusing pigeonholing that would limit our flexibility

Stage/Size of Investments: Growth technology companies

Segments: FinTech

Needham_&_Company_logoNeedham & Company

Location: New York, San Francisco

Portfolio: Capital SLI Group LLC

In their own words: Needham Capital Partners (NCP) manages funds that invest primarily in the equities of private growth companies. Focusing entirely on long-term capital appreciation, NCP seeks to partner with outstanding management teams as they attempt to build successful companies. We concentrate our investments in growth industries, where our individual Limited Partners, General Partners, and the professionals at our affiliate, Needham & Company, LLC, have significant expertise.

Stage/Size of Investments: Long-term equity capital appreciation

Segments: Clean Technology, Communications, Financial Services, Enterprise Infrastructure, Healthcare, Industrial & Diversified, Growth, Internet, Digital Media & Consumer, Semiconductors & Semiconductor Capital Equipment, Software & Services

Fenway SummerFenway Summer

Location: Washington, DC

Portfolio: Ethos Lending, FS Card Inc., Fenway Summer Ventures

In their own words: Fenway Summer invests in the future of consumer finance. We invest in existing businesses that we believe have the potential to have a profound impact in their market and on consumers. We also seed and build new consumer financial institutions from the ground up. To date, Fenway Summer has seeded three finance companies.

Stage/Size of Investments: Seed

Segments: Consumer Finance

Highland Capital PartnersHighland Capital Partners

Location: Palo Alto, Cambridge, Shanghai

Portfolio: Bitnet, LevelUp, WePay, etc.

In their own words: We partner with the most compelling entrepreneurs developing innovative technologies to disrupt massive markets. As early investors, we surround our entrepreneurs from the start with expertise and strategic guidance necessary to build the next generation of category-defining companies.

Stage/Size of Investments: All

Segments: Consumer technology, Enterprise Technology, Bitcoin, Mobile Payments

Activant Capital GroupActivant Capital Group

Location: Greenwich, CT

Portfolio: Celect, RetailNext

In their own words: Activant Capital invests in growth-stage technology businesses, globally. We specialize in software and tech-enabled services. Activant’s team of growth experts is composed of both technology investors and operating executives with significant experience scaling technology companies. After investing, we work closely with management teams on anything from sales strategies, and product management, to recruiting. We strive to help our companies achieve their long-term goals. To date, we have deployed more than $350 million of equity into the companies in our portfolio, with well over $1 billion in exits.

Stage/Size of Investments: As little as $3 million or over $100 million

Segments: Software, Enterprises, Cloud Data Services

StarVest PartnersStarVest Partners

Location: New York

Portfolio: Xignite, Transactis, NewComLink, Receivables Exchange, Insurance.com

In their own words: StarVest Partners is a New York City-based venture capital firm formed in 1999 to invest in outstanding expansion-stage technology-enabled business-to-business services companies.

Stage/Size of Investments: All

Segments: Xignite, Transactis, NewComLink, Receivables Exchange, Insurance.com

Charles River Ventures (CRV)Charles River Ventures (CRV)

Location: Menlo Park, Boston

Portfolio: Wave Accounting, Zendesk, OneLogin, SessionM, SignalFx (formerly SignalFuse), Symphony Commerce, RPX, Oportun

In their own words: We are an investor team that works together every day. We make decisions quickly, often going from first meeting to a funding decision in a week. We hold ourselves to a high bar of being available. We know entrepreneurs work around the clock and we’re there whenever they need us.

Stage/Size of Investments: Series A-focused and occasionally invests in seed and Series-B rounds

Segments: Consumer, Enterprise & SMB

FirstMark CapitalFirstMark Capital

Location: New York

Portfolio: Bonsuly, Dashlane, Emergent Payments, Greenphire, SecondMarket, Payoff, OpenGamma, MarketFactory, Insikt Inc., ActionIQ, Symphony Commerce

In their own words: FirstMark is an early-stage venture capital firm based in New York City. Since founding the firm in 2008, we have been humbled to see the dramatic impact that startups can have on the world. And yet, these companies share common beginnings. A few people banding together and taking a leap into the unknown. The heightened sense of excitement when pushing beta code to production. Discovering that the world wants to do something entirely different with a product. A nerve-racking decision to pass on a major partnership to stay focused on the mission. These are the moments we cherish being a part of, and we are grateful to our entrepreneurs for allowing us to be a part of their journey.

Stage/Size of Investments: Early-stage

Segments: AdTech, Applications, E-Commerce, Education, FinTech, Gaming, Hardware, Healthcare, Infrastructure, Media, Mobile

Bain Capital VenturesBain Capital Ventures

Location: Boston, New York, San Francisco, Palo Alto

Portfolio: Aria Systems, BevSpot, Billtrust, BloomReach, Chrome River, DocuSign, Dynamics, EverTrue, Justworks, LogicSource, Nomis Solutions, Novus, Onera, Remedy Partners, Venminder, Trooly, AvidXchange, ChinaPnR, Chrome River, Digital Currency Group, Flywire (formerly peerTransfer), IEX Group, Inc., OpenFin, SigFig, The Receivables Exchange, Regulatory DataCorp (RDC), Reonomy

In their own words: Bain Capital Ventures (BCV) partners with disruptive B2B founders to accelerate their ideas to market. The firm invests from seed to growth in enterprise software, infrastructure software and industries being transformed by data.

Stage/Size of Investments: Seed/Early-Stage and Growth

Segments: FinTech, SaaS/Data Services, Infrastructure Software, Healthcare, Consumer

Screen Shot 2016-01-20 at 9.56.18 AMAspada Investments

Location: Bangalore, India

Portfolio: Capital Float, NeoGrowth Credit, ThinkLink, SV Agri, Schedulers Logistics, Reverie Language Technologies, LEAF, INI, EM3 Agri Services, Allfresh, Xamcheck, Eye-Q Vision, Be Well Hospitals

In their own words: Aspada Investments is a holding company backed with a significant commitment from the Soros Economic Development Fund. The firm is an early stage investor in businesses in India that fill large market gaps, create market linkages, or provide basic and essential infrastructure. Aspada invests in small firms in large markets with annual turnover of between $1-10 per annum, operating in the agricultural supply chain (efficiency plays, warehousing, cold storage, contract farming, etc.) health care (secondary and tertiary hospitals and stand alone clinics, etc.), K-12 affordable education, financial services (especially those that improve financial access for small businesses), and basic utilities (water, sanitation). Aspada Investment Advisors acts as the investment advisor to Aspada Investments. Aspada Capital Advisors acts as the investment advisor to the SONG Fund (an acronym for the fund’s LP: Soros Economic Development Fund, Omidyar Network, and Google)

Stage/Size of Investments: Early & Growth Stage

Segments: Education, Agriculture, FinTech, Healthcare Services

General AtlanticGeneralAtlantic

Location: Palo Alto, Mexico, New York, Greenwich, Amsterdam, London, Munich, Mumbai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Beijing

Portfolio of payments companies: Adyen, Avant, Klarna

In their own words: General Atlantic is a leading global growth equity firm providing capital and strategic support for growth companies. Established in 1980, General Atlantic combines a collaborative global approach, sector-specific expertise, long-term investment horizon, and a deep understanding of growth drivers to partner with great management and build exceptional businesses worldwide.

Stage/Size of Investments: Early Stage Venture, Later Stage Venture, and Private Equity Investments

Segments: Financial services, Business Services, Retail and Consumer, Healthcare, Internet and Technology

Accionaccion-logo

Location: Massachusetts, Washington, Ghana, Beijing, Bangalore, Bogota

Portfolio of payments companies: Payclip, Coda, Neogrowth, Zoona, GKN Peru

In their own words: Accion is a global nonprofit dedicated to building a financially inclusive world with economic opportunity for all, by giving people the financial tools they need to improve their lives. We are building the next generation of top-tier microfinance institutions, and over the last 50 years have helped create 64 such institutions in 32 countries on four continents that today reach millions of clients. Our impact investing initiatives are pushing beyond microfinance to catalyze more than 20 innovative start-ups dedicated to improving the efficiency, reach and scope of financial services for the poor. And our Center for Financial Inclusion is helping to build a stronger industry with high standards. Currently, our work spans nearly two dozen countries, including the U.S., where we are the nation’s largest nonprofit microfinance network.

Stage/Size of Investments: Early-stage equity, quasi-equity financing and loan guarantees

Segments: FinTech, Financial Services

villageventureslogoVillage Ventures

Location: Massachusetts

Portfolio of payments companies: Dwolla, Simple, Swift Capital, OnDeck, iSend, Trefis

In their own words: Village Ventures is a seed and early stage venture capital firm focusing on the media and financial services sectors. We partner with outstanding entrepreneurs creating innovative products and solving complicated problems in those industries. In 2012, Village Ventures made its final investment. The partner group at Village continues to manage the portfolio through to exit.

Stage/Size of Investments: Seed, Early Stage Venture, Later Stage Venture, and Private Equity Investments

Segments: Financial Services, Media

TTV Capitalttv

Location: Atlanta

Portfolio of payments companies: MX, PayGo, Green Dot, Bill.com, eWise, Cardlytics, Bitpay

In their own words: TTV Capital was founded in 2000 as one of the few venture firms focused exclusively on investing in technology-enabled financial services companies. Our partners have over 100 years of collective experience working with and building technology-enabled financial services business. TTV Capital invests in technology-enabled financial services companies with sustainable business models and innovative products. Ultimately though, it’s the people in which we invest.

Stage/Size of Investments: Venture Capital that does Early Stage Venture and Later Stage Venture Investments

Segments: Financial Technology, Financial Services

Anthemis-Group1Anthemis Group

Location: London, Luxembourg

Portfolio of payments companies: Moven, Simple, Vericash, Fidor Bank

In their own words: Anthemis Group is the venture investment and advisory firm at the center of a vibrant ecosystem of startups and financial institutions dedicated to reinventing financial services for the digital world. We are committed investors, thoughtful advisors, active conveners, and dedicated problem solvers who share a passion for technology and a belief in the transformative power of digital financial services.

Stage/Size of Investments: Seed, Early Stage Venture, and Later Stage Venture Investments

Segments: Retail banking & consumer finance, Business & corporate banking, Payments, Wealth & asset management, Capital markets & trading, Insurance & risk management, Data, technology & infrastructure

first-round-capital_Existing_500First Round Capital

Location: San Francisco, New York, Philadelphia

Portfolio of payments companies:  Abra, Axial, Fundera, Better Finance, Simple, FundersClub 

In their own words: We are laser-focused on helping seed stage companies become the next big thing. By connecting entrepreneurs with the tech, resources and community they need on Day 1, we aim to make a lasting impact.

Stage/Size of Investments: Seed stage funding

Segments: FinTech, Adtech, Ecommerce, Hardware, Consumer web, Enterprise

sparkcapitalSpark Capital

Location: Back Bay in Boston, Astor Place in New York City, and SoMA in San Francisco.

Portfolio of payments companies: Affirm, Behalf, Bond Street, Plaid, Covestor

In their own words: We are a venture capital firm that invests in startups led by creative thinkers. We partner with entrepreneurs who make products and services for consumers as well as business people. We believe the world can never get enough of magical products and experiences. Making them requires a balance of art and technology, as well as a maniacal focus on delivering joy to the people who use them. When a product is truly special, it leaves an indelible mark. You feel it. It changes you. At Spark Capital market and model be damned — we take risks on visionary people and products that move us. We look for three things: Founder, Product, and Vision. The traditional VC approach (Market/Model/Team) doesn’t work for us.

Stage/Size of Investments: Seed, Early Stage Venture, and Later Stage Venture Investments

Segments: Financial Services, Media & Advertising, Hardware & Infrastructure, Commerce & Marketplaces, Social, Mobile, Software & Services

bessemer_venture_partners_blog1Bessemer Venture Partners

Location: New York, Silicon Valley, Boston, Bangalore and Herzliya

Portfolio of payments companies: NetAmbit, United Capital Financial Advisers, Intacct, BillGuard

In their own words:  BVP manages more than $4 billion of venture capital invested in over 160 companies around the world. BVP focuses investment activity around several well-developed thematic “roadmaps”, seeking out entrepreneurial opportunities that align with these themes across a wide mix of industries, geographies, and stages – many of our portfolio companies, like Ungermann Bass and Verisign, have been incubated in our offices based on ideas arising from these roadmaps.

Stage/Size of Investments: Seed, Early Stage Venture, Later Stage Venture, Private Equity, and Debt Financing Investments

Segments: Financial Services, Cybersecurity, Cloud Computing, Healthcare, Marketplaces, Mobile Space Tech

IA-Logo-LightBG-TransparentIA Ventures

Location: New York

Portfolio of payments companies: BillGuard, Transferwise, Mighty, Simple

In their own words: I started IA Ventures a little over three years ago with Brad and Ben. The original thesis: build an early-stage venture firm designed for the long-term that focused on companies seeking competitive advantage through data. Infrastructure. Platforms. Applications. All of it. We’d take a life-cycle approach to investing, building our positions early, working hard in partnership with our founders to achieve “escape velocity” and providing additional capital to support growth over time. This was the playbook I articulated to investors in 2009 and the same holds true to this day. We remain convinced that our approach is well-suited to building valuable, long-lasting relationships with great business-builders and generating superior cash-on-cash returns for our Limited Partners.

Stage/Size of Investments: Seed and Early Stage Venture Investments

Segments: Financial services, FinTech, Big Data

inoviaiNovia Capital

Location: Montreal, Toronto/ Waterloo, Calgary, San Francisco and New York.

Portfolio of payments companies: Lightspeed, Lenddo, AngelList, Fixmo, Street Contxt

In their own words: iNovia is a venture capital firm backing early-stage entrepreneurs building innovative technology companies.iNovia currently manages $225M across two active IT-focused funds. Our investment focus lies in next generation digital platforms and services and investing in entrepreneurs that have a passion to solve large problems in valuable markets.

Stage/Size of Investments: Seed and Early Stage Venture Investments (200k – 10M)

Segments: Financial Services, SaaS, Software, E-Commerce, Adtech, Fintech, Digital Media, Connected Devices

vernonVernon and Park

Location: Chicago

Portfolio of payments companies: Correlix, Quadriserv, firm58, Currensee

In their own words: Vernon & Park Capital, L.P. is a private equity/venture capital firm that primarily focuses on investments in the Financial Markets Sector (the “sector”). Since 2001, Vernon & Park and affiliated parties have combined industry expertise and experience with thorough financial analysis to successfully deploy its investment capital in the sector. Through its investment activities, Vernon & Park provides capital to its portfolio companies and utilizes is extensive network of industry contacts and deep working knowledge of the financial markets as a strategic resource to help those companies realize their full economic potential.

Stage/Size of Investments: Seed, Early Stage Venture, Later Stage Venture, Large Private Equity Funds

Segments: Finance, Enterprise Software, Software

oca venturesOCA Ventures

Location: Chicago

Portfolio of payments companies: Ascend, National Billing Partners, TradeKing

In their own words: OCA Ventures is an early stage (Seed, Series A, and Series B) venture capital firm focused on equity investments in companies with dramatic growth potential, primarily in technology and highly-scalable services businesses. OCA supports innovative entrepreneurs who are obsessed with building great companies that stand the test of time. We recognize that this is no easy task. As investors our goal is to become an extension of the team and use our resources and experiences to help companies jump to the next level. We are not just a source of capital– we are long-term strategic partners and active investors.. Founded in 1999, the firm is investing out of its fourth fund in companies spread throughout the United States.

Stage/Size of Investments: Early stage (Seed, Series A, and Series B) venture capital firm focused on equity investments.

Segments: Technology, Financial Services, Education and Healthcare Technology

QED-InvestorsQED Investors

Location: Virginia

Portfolio of payments companies: Avant Credit, Card.com, Credit Karma, PeerTransfer, Lendup,Prosper, SoFi

In their own words: QED Investors actively supports high-growth businesses that use information to compete — and win. While our support is tailored to the specific needs of each portfolio company, we typically provide a combination of both capital and capability. With operationally-oriented skills that we believe are both fundamentally applicable and broadly transferable, we enjoy working closely with a small set of carefully selected companies that range in size and style. But common to all of our partnerships is a shared conviction that information plays a decisive role in the success of the company, a mutual desire for a high degree of direct engagement, and a shared enthusiasm for experimentation and learning.

Stage/Size of Investments: Seed, Early Stage Venture, Later Stage Venture, and Private Equity Investments

Segments: Financial Services, FinTech, Mobile, Internet & Technology, Advertising

bluerun-bannerBluerun Ventures

Location: California, Beijing, Shanghai, Seoul

Portfolio of payments companies: Kabbage, PayPal

In their own words: Bluerun Ventures helps entrepreneurs build businesses that will transform industries. The journey from idea to startup to success is long and the relationships built along that journey define us as investors, entrepreneurs, and changemakers. We are a team of former entrepreneurs and executives with deep experience in mobile, product development, marketing, and design. We work closely with our entrepreneurs – supporting their vision with our experience and networks.

Stage/Size of Investments: Focus on early stage investments

Segments: FinTech, Mobile Software & Services, Big Data, Commerce, Internet, Hardware,

RelayVenturesLogoRelay Ventures

Location: Toronto, California

Portfolio of payments companies: Nymi, Payfone, CashEdge, TouchBistro

In their own words: Our partners have been investing in early stage technology since 1996. We have made more than 102 investments and successfully exited more than 42 by way of IPO and M&A. We are now investing out of our 8th fund, which is our second fund dedicated to mobile and we’ve learned to follow our own advice. That’s why, in 2008, we became strictly focused on the emergence of mobile as the computing platform of the future, which means we partner exclusively with entrepreneurs who see the promise and opportunity enabled by mobile computing to disrupt existing industries and create new markets.

Stage/Size of Investments: Seed, Early Stage Venture, and Later Stage Venture Investments

Segments: Financial Services, FinTech, Mobile, Software, Advertising

NVPtrademarked logo v3Norwest Venture Partners

Location: Palo Alto, San Francisco, New York

Portfolio of payments companies: Lending Club, Yes Bank, Induslnd Bank, Motif Investing

In their own words: We are a global, multi-stage venture capital and growth equity investment firm. We manage approximately. $5 billion in capital and have funded more than 575 companies since inception. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, Norwest has subsidiaries in San Francisco, New York, Mumbai and Bengaluru, India and Herzelia, Israel.

Stage/Size of Investments: Seed, Early Stage Venture, Later Stage Venture, Private Equity, and Debt Financing Investments

Segments: Financial Technology, Financial Services, Healthcare, SaaS & Enterprise, Internet & Consumer, Cloud & IT Infrastructure

canaan-new_1Canaan Ventures

Location: Menlo Park, New York, Israel

Portfolio of payments companies: Lending Club, Cardlytics, eBillMe, Loylty Rewardz, itBit

In their own words: Canaan Partners is a global venture capital firm that invests in people with visionary ideas. The kind that not only result in new and valuable technology, but game-changing healthcare startups as well. We were early investors in some of the world’s leading technology companies, including PrimeSense, SuccessFactors and Lending Club and healthcare stars like Cerexa, Chimerix and Advanced BioHealing.

Stage/Size of Investments: Focussed on seed and early stage

Segments: FinTech, Advertising & Marketing, Big Data & Cloud, Hardware, Consumer, Enterprise/SaaS

Canvas_LogoCanvas Venture Fund

Location: California

Portfolio of payments companies: Lending Club, Future Advisor, Evernote, Houzz, MuleSoft, and Siri

In their own words: Canvas is a Menlo Park-based venture capital firm focused on making early-stage investments in software and services companies. Canvas general partners include Gary Little, Rebecca Lynn, Paul Hsiao and Gary Morgenthaler. Since raising its inaugural fund in August 2013, the partners have led primarily Series A & B investments in CrowdFlower, FutureAdvisor, HealthLoop, Totango, and Viewics. With its thesis-based approach to investing, Canvas continues to establish itself as the go-to firm for Fintech, digital health, marketplaces , enterprise SaaS, and big data/analytics.

Stage/Size of Investments: Early stage investments, Series A, Series B

Segments: FinTech, Marketplaces, Digital Health, Enterprise, Software

ftvFTV Capital

Location: San Francisco, New York

Portfolio of payments companies: ASPire Financial Services, Cedar Capital, eBaoTech, ETF Securities, Swan Global Investments, World First, WePay, CashStar

In their own words: FTV Capital offers deep domain expertise and unique access to potential customers through its Global Partner Network, a group of the world’s foremost financial institutions that have invested in FTV Capital and its portfolio companies for more than a decade. FTV Capital has raised over $1.8 billion across 4 funds.

Stage/Size of Investments: Multi-stage growth equity investments ranging from $10 – $75 million

Segments: Enterprise solutions (business services & technology), FinTech, Financial Services, Payments and transaction processing

EdisonPartners-LogoEdison Partners

Location: New Jersey, Ohio, Virginia

Portfolio of payments companies: Billtrust, EdgeTrade, Rewards Now, Gain Capital, BFS Capital

In their own words: Capital alone will not ensure the future today. That’s why Edison is also a support system that embraces and empowers relentless execution and learning for growth stage technology companies. Initial investments, ranging from $4-$12 million, are focused on businesses with $5-$20 million in revenue and located in the eastern United States. Total investments range from $8–$20 million. Our sector focus arms us with insight into emerging technologies, market trends and business models. And our network of executives, strategic partners and specialized consultants greatly strengthens our ability to ensure more scalable, valuable, successful companies.

Stage/Size of Investments: Early Stage Venture, Later Stage Venture, and Private Equity Investments ranging between $8 – $20 million

Segments: FinTech, Healthcare IT, Interactive Marketing, Enterprise 2.0

warburg-pincus-620x330Warburg Pincus

Location: Beijing, Hong Kong, London, Mumbai, New York, San Francisco, São Paulo, Shanghai

Portfolio of payments companies: Capital First, Santander Asset Management, China Huarong, Au Financiers

In their own words: At Warburg Pincus, private equity investing is our only business. Established more than 45 years ago, Warburg Pincus has invested more than $50 billion in more than 720 companies in more than 35 countries around the world. The firm has more than $35 billion in assets under management. Its active portfolio of more than 120 companies is highly diversified by stage, sector and geography.

Stage/Size of Investments: Seed, Early Stage Venture, Later Stage Venture, and Private Equity Investments

Segments: Energy, Financial Services, Healthcare and Consumer, Industrial and Business Services, Real Estate, Technology, Media and Telecommunications

ta-associatesTA Associates

Location: Boston, Menlo Park, London, Mumbai, Hong Kong

Portfolio of payments companies: BATS Global Market, BluePay, BillDesk, Smart Stream, Yeepay.com, RGM Advisors

In their own words: Founded in 1968, TA Associates is one of the oldest and largest growth private equity firms in the world. We invest in growing private companies in exciting industries, with the goal of helping management teams build their businesses into great companies. This mission has been at the heart of TA’s approach to investing, and our more than 450 current and former portfolio companies illustrate our commitment to provide steady support through the cycles of the global economy. With $18 billion raised since inception and over four decades of experience, we offer our portfolio companies strategic guidance, global insight, M&A support, recruiting assistance, and a significant network of contacts, in addition to sound financial backing.

Stage/Size of Investments:

Segments: FinTech, Technology, Financial services, Healthcare and Consumer businesses, Communications

summit-partnersSummit Partners

Location: Boston, Menlo Park, London

Portfolio of payments companies: 360T Group, Progressive, Ogone, Fleetcor

In their own words: Summit Partners was founded in 1984 with a commitment to find and partner with exceptional entrepreneurs to help them accelerate their growth and achieve dramatic results. Since then, Summit has become the investment partner of choice for many of the best growth companies in the world. We’ve grown to a team of more than 90 investment professionals, led by 24 Managing Directors whose tenures average more than 14 years with Summit. We have the capital and team to support your growth initiatives.

Stage/Size of Investments: Flexible investment approach offering growth equity, venture capital and fixed income ranging between $5 million and more than $500 million

Segments: Financial Technology, FinTech, Healthcare, Internet & E-commerce, Consumer, Educational, Software, Communications, Electronics, Life Sciences

silver-lakeSilver Lake

Location: New York, Cupertino, San Mateo, Menlo Park, London, Tokyo, Hong Kong

Portfolio of payments companies: Alibaba Group, Cast & Crew, Global Blue, Interactive Data Corporation, Renovate America

In their own words: Silver Lake is the global leader in technology investing, with over $26 billion in combined assets under management and committed capital and a team of approximately 100 investment and value creation professionals located around the world. Dedicated to the thesis that the dynamism and rapid pace of innovation in global technology demand intensely focused domain expertise, Silver Lake differentiates itself from generalist investment firms by devoting its full scope of talent and intellectual capital to the singular mission of investing in the world’s leading technology companies and tech-enabled businesses

Stage/Size of Investments:  Later Stage Venture, Private Equity, and Debt Financing Investments

Segments: FinTech, Financial Services, E-commerce, IT & Cloud Computing, Healthcare, Mobile Communications

lightyearcapitalLightyear Capital

Location: New York

Portfolio of payments companies: Alegeus, Argus Software, Clarion Partners, Goldleaf, Ridgeworth Investments

In their own words: Since 2000, Lightyear Capital has provided private equity capital to a broad spectrum of companies across the financial services industry. With over $2.5 billion of capital raised, we seek to leverage our sector-focused expertise and market insights to create value in our portfolio for our investors. Lightyear is a specialist in financial services, a dynamic and diverse industry representing as much as 20% of the U.S. economy. Financial services is opportunity rich but oft-overlooked: regulatory, tax, accounting, and business model complexities all require expertise. Our knowledge, gained over a decade in financial services, positions Lightyear well to navigate the opportunities of this specialized space. Having completed over 35 investments since 2000 through its affiliated investment funds, the Lightyear team has extensive experience investing in and managing financial institutions.

Stage/Size of Investments: Later Stage Venture Investments (Focussed on buyouts and growth capital)

Segments: Asset Management, FinTech, Banks, Brokerage, Insurance, Speciality Finance

technology-crossover-ventures-tcvTechnology Crossover Ventures (TCV)

Location: Palo Alto, New York, London

Portfolio of payments companies: Merkle, WorldRemit, Elevate, Think Finance, Trading Screen

In their own words: With over 20 years of experience backing market-leading technology companies in the Internet, Business & Financial Services, Infrastructure and Software markets, TCV is uniquely positioned to provide long-term financial, strategic and operational support for today’s rapidly growing, innovative tech companies. Given our market focus, we have built deep domain expertise and a proprietary network across the technology landscape. This expertise provides significant value to our management teams.

Stage/Size of Investments: Early Stage Venture, Later Stage Venture, and Private Equity Investments

Segments: Internet, Business & Financial Services, Infrastructure and Software, FinTech

felicisFelicis

Location: Palo Alto

Portfolio of payments companies: Bitpay, Adyen, Tilt, FundersClub, Plaid, Mint, Credit Karma

In their own words: Founded in 2006, Felicis Ventures is a boutique venture fund backed mostly by institutional investors. It is focused on backing the iconic technology companies around the world. Felicis Ventures’ portfolio comprises industry leaders in key focus areas including mobile (Rovio, Soundhound), e-commerce (Shopify, Baby.com.br), enterprise (Clearslide, Meraki, Wildfire), education (Inkling, Mindsnacks), and health (Practice Fusion, Fitbit). Past acquirers of portfolio companies include: Google (3), Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, eBay, Disney, Intuit, Groupon (3) and Twitter. Felicis Ventures is based in Palo Alto, California.

Stage/Size of Investments: Angel investments, incubation, seed and startup, early stage, and later financing.

Segments: FinTech, Mobile, E-commerce, Education, Enterprise, Health & Bioinformatics

shasta_logoShashta Ventures

Location: Menlo Park, San Francisco

Portfolio of payments companies: Mint, Simple, Outright, Swipely

In their own words: Shasta was formed in 2004 to back brilliant entrepreneurs with an unwavering commitment to the customer experience. Shasta Ventures is a boutique, early-stage venture firm in Silicon Valley investing in its fourth fund in enterprise and consumer technology start-ups. We play to win and live for the thrill of entrepreneurial adventure and discovery. Shasta Ventures has $725 million dollars under management across three funds.

Stage/Size of Investments:

Segments: FinTech, Software, Enterprise Software, Mobile

northHillNorth Hill Ventures

Location: Boston, New York

Portfolio of payments companies: Lendio, MX, Saylent, CashStar

In their own words: Since 1999, North Hill Ventures has invested in dozens of innovative financial services and financial technology companies. We’re passionate about turning motivated executives with groundbreaking ideas into success stories. We believe integrity and transparency are at the core of every successful business relationship, and work collaboratively with management teams to achieve success. By sharing our industry experience as investors, strategists and operating managers and leveraging our deep network of industry contacts, we add value to our portfolio companies and believe we have a unique ability to guide entrepreneurs through the complex and rapidly evolving financial services industry.

Stage/Size of Investments: Typically $2 to $3 million in proof-of-concept and growth stage companies companies

Segments: Fintech, Financial Services,

Opus_Capital_LogoOpus Capital

Location: Menlo Park

Portfolio of payments companies: Payfone, Sequent Software

In their own words: At Opus Capital, we’re energized and excited about venture investing. The outlook for early-stage technology companies is very promising, especially for investors with a long history of success and deep operating experience. With each company in our portfolio, we work to accelerate growth—helping entrepreneurs build strong, sustainable enterprises. We do this by facilitating key relationships, providing access to critical resources and giving counsel on strategy, finance and operations.

Stage/Size of Investments: Seed and Early Stage Venture

Segments: FinTech, Enterprise Application Software, Enterprise Infrastructure, Internet. Semiconductors, Wireless

sbtSBT Venture Capital

Location: London

Portfolio of payments companies: Advanced Merchant Payments (AMP) , eToro, IdentityMind Global™, Mobeewave, Sequent, Walkbase

In their own words: SBT Venture Capital manages a FinTech VC fund investing in the most promising growth stage companies in the financial services industry. We bring a solid experience in the banking industry, an incredible network of financial services companies and related technology vendors. SBT’s main partner and investor is Sberbank, the largest commercial bank in Russia. Current focus is on early-stage growth companies that are generating revenue, in need of financial/intellectual capital and access to the right network in order to rapidly scale. SBT provides more than just finance. We foster growth.

Stage/Size of Investments: Early stage growth companies

Segments: FinTech, Financial Services, Banking

fintechcollectivFinTech Collective

Location: New York

Portfolio of payments companies: APDS, Artivest, Embroker, Mighty, MoneyLion, NextCapital, Openfolio,Quovo, Reonomy, Reorg Research, Slide and TradeBlock.

In their own words: FinTech Collective is a New York-based venture capital fund, focused exclusively on financial services technology companies. It was founded in 2012 by Brooks Gibbins and Gareth Jones, business partners of 16 years, to accelerate the re-imagination of financial services. Fintech Collective is one of the most active venture investors in fintech, having made 15 investments in the last 18 months. FinTech Collective invests out of committed funds, with a broad LP mix of global financial institutions (including BNY Mellon, Macquarie, MassMutual, MasterCard, and Aegon/Transamerica), family offices, notable investors and made-it entrepreneurs.

Stage/Size of Investments: Seed, Series A

Segments: FinTech, Financial Services

blockchain capitalBlockchain Capital

Location: San Francisco

Portfolio of payments companies: Chain, Xapo, Ripple, Gem, BTCC, Bonafide, ChangeTip, itBit, LedgerX

In their own words: Blockchain Capital is a pioneer and the premier venture capital firm investing in Blockchain enabled technology companies. Our initial fund was the first VC Fund dedicated to the Bitcoin/Blockchain ecosystem, launched in the Fall of 2013, and was also the first fund to accept capital calls in Bitcoin. Based in San Francisco, Blockchain Capital invests in the best entrepreneurs who are fostering innovation in the Blockchain economy. The Blockchain, a novel financial technology, holds the promise to disrupt legacy parts of financial services and create new markets. The firm has invested in 37 companies in the last three years, investing alongside Silicon Valley’s leading venture capital firms.

Stage/Size of Investments: Multi-stage venture capital (Seed, Early Stage Venture, Later Stage Venture)

Segments: FinTech (Blockchain)

finsightFinSight

Location: New York

Portfolio of payments companies: Lending Club, Finexkap, Delta Pay, Banki.ru, Platiza, Badoo

In their own words: We are a global venture capital firm investing in financial technology companies. We seek out the most innovative and ambitious FinTech startups and help them succeed. Our unique experience, skillful team and extensive partnership network allow us to assist entrepreneurs in strategically important areas: operations, marketing, technology and raising capital.

Stage/Size of Investments: Seed, Early Stage Venture, Later Stage Venture

Segments: FinTech

greenvisorGreen Visor Capital

Location: San Francisco, New York, Hong Kong.

Portfolio of payments companies: Cloud Lending, Credit Shop, Auditfile.com, FiscalNote, Clearserve, Simpl

In their own words: Green Visor Capital is one of the few venture capital firms focused exclusively on investing in financial technology (“FinTech”) companies. We are headquartered in San Francisco, with partners in New York and Hong Kong. Technological advances, regulatory pressures and changing consumer sentiments have unleashed tidal forces that are undermining the status quo. Many now believe that there is a multi-billion dollar opportunity tied to the reinvention of financial services. However, few venture firms can match our depth of investing, operating and advisory experience, or our network. We help entrepreneurs succeed.

Stage/Size of Investments: Focussed on early stage companies

Segments: FinTech

bbvaBBVA Ventures

Location: San Francisco, Madrid

Portfolio of payments companies: Prosper, DocuSign,  Simple, Radius, Coinbase, SumUp, Personal Capital, Ribbit Capital

In their own words: BBVA Ventures provides funding and expertise to promising technology companies disrupting financial services. We work with the entrepreneurs and co-investors in the US and EU, becoming a long-term partner in their success.

Stage/Size of Investments: Early Stage Venture to Later Stage Venture Investments

Segments: FinTech, Financial Services

lifesredaLife.SREDA

Location: Moscow

Portfolio of payments companies: Rocketbank, SumUp, Anthemis Group, Settle, Fidor Bank, Simple, Moven

In their own words: Life.SREDA is a venture capital firm focusing on investments in FinTech mobile and Internet projects. Our strategy is determined by the deep understanding of the rapidly growing FinTech 2.0 industry and the narrow investment focus. We believe that “The Next Big Thing” is the combination of the past decade’s global trends, such as the Social & Mobile with the innovative and bright FinTech ideas. Life.SREDA currently operates in the U.S., Western and Eastern European Markets, providing mostly seed and early stage venture funding.

Stage/Size of Investments: Seed, Early Stage Venture, and Later Stage Venture Investments

Segments: FinTech, Internet business

citi-ventures-logoCiti Ventures

Location: Palo Alto, New York

Portfolio of payments companies: Chain, Betterment, Square, DocuSign, Trade It

In their own words: Citi Ventures is the innovation engine of Citi, committed to conceiving, launching and scaling new initiatives with the potential to transform the future of financial services. We invest in startups, pilot new technologies, and test new solutions and business models through our Citi Innovation Labs and Citi businesses. Our goal is to accelerate product roadmaps and expedite commercialization opportunities within Citi. We seek to deliver next-generation experiences for Citi’s customers by systematically exploring leading-edge topics from blockchain technology and new lending platforms to marketplaces and UX design.

Stage/Size of Investments: All stages

Segments: FinTech, Big Data & Analytics, Commerce & Payments, Security & Enterprise IT

amexventuresAmex Ventures

Location: Palo Alto, New York

Portfolio of payments companies: Bill.com, Kiip, Learnvest, Retailnext, Savingstar

In their own words: As the strategic investment group within American Express, we seek to invest in innovative startups in order to enhance our company’s core capabilities and accelerate our efforts in digital commerce and financial inclusion. Across the globe, we strive to foster meaningful relationships with startups in our portfolio and beyond. We are interested in both domestic and international investment opportunities. We prefer to work together with a syndicate of investors but can lead rounds when appropriate, and we are stage-agnostic following the seed round. We work very closely with management to help maximize returns for both parties on Amex-related opportunities.

Stage/Size of Investments: All stages after seed funding

Segments: Digital Commerce, Financial Inclusions, Core Capabilities, FinTech

route66Route 66 Ventures

Location: Virginia

Portfolio of payments companies: Moven, Ripple, Access Pay, Tandem, Mirror

In their own words: For emerging financial services companies, we provide early and growth stage venture capital (VC), growth stage private equity (PE), debt, and liquidity through loan acquisitions. These companies include FinTech disruptors, financial services incumbents, and service providers to incumbents in the financial services space. Our goal is to be the leading global FinServ and FinTech investment firm. We are committed to making life easier for the end-user and determined to help our portfolio companies succeed.

Stage/Size of Investments: Minimum of $2 million for early stage companies, later stage companies with annual EBITDA of $1 – $10 million and upto $30 million of financing for secured debt facilities.

Segments: Asset management, Lending, Capital markets, Insurance, Payments, Blockchain technology and crypto platforms.

google-ventures-color-on-whiteGoogle Ventures

Location: Mountain View, San Francisco, Boston, New York, and London.

Portfolio of payments companies: LedgerX, OnDeck, Ripple, LendUp, Upstart, Plaid, CircleUp

In their own words: Google Ventures provides seed, venture, and growth stage funding to the most innovative and promising entrepreneurs across a variety of industries. Founded in 2009, Google Ventures has extensive entrepreneurial experience, deep technical knowledge, and expertise in building high growth, scalable products and companies. Among its 300 investments are Uber, Kabam, Flatiron Health, Cloudera, Homejoy and DocuSign. Google Ventures is headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., with offices in San Francisco, Boston, New York, and London.

Stage/Size of Investments: Seed, venture, and growth stage funding

Segments: Life science, Consumer, Mobile, Commerce, Enterprise & Data

SV_AngelSV Angel

Location: San Francisco

Portfolio of payments companies: FundersClub, Swipely, Card Spring, Boku

In their own words: SV Angel is a San Francisco based angel firm. We help startups with business development, financial, M&A and other strategic advice.

Stage/Size of Investments: Seed investment

Segments: Software, Mobile, Consumer, Marketplaces, Sharing Economy, FinTech

ycombinY-Combinator

Location: Mountain View

Portfolio of payments companies: Authy, Standard Treasury, Ready For Zero, Smart Asset, Buxfer

In their own words: Y Combinator provides seed funding for startups. Seed funding is the earliest stage of venture funding. It pays your expenses while you’re getting started.

Some companies may need no more than seed funding. Others will go through several rounds. There is no right answer; how much funding you need depends on the kind of company you start. At Y Combinator, our goal is to get you through the first phase. This usually means: get you to the point where you’ve built something impressive enough to raise money on a larger scale. Then we can introduce you to later stage investors—or occasionally even acquirers.

Stage/Size of Investments: Seed Funding

Segments: Web applications, Mobile Application, Internet & Consumer, FinTech & more

Accel Partners

AccelPartnersLocation: California (Silicon Valley), New York, London, India (Bangalore)

Portfolio of Payment Companies: Circle, Card Spring, Gumroad, Clinkle, Lenddo, Braintree, Nomi, Yodlee

In their own words:

“Accel Partners has been committed to helping exceptional entrepreneurs build lasting, category-defining technology companies since 1983. Utilizing a focused, “prepared mind” approach to investing, we partner with businesses that show potential for significant long-term success in specific sectors. Emphasizing synergy in our portfolio enables us to offer the advantages of a cohesive, cooperative Accel community, including access to an extensive network of past and present entrepreneurs.”

Stage/Size of Investments: Accel invests in companies from their genesis to growth. Its funding rounds include seed, early stage venture and later stage venture.

Segments: Technology companies,Infrastructure, Internet & Consumer Services, Mobile, Software & Cloud-enabled services.

Acquiline Capital Partnersaquiline-logo-400x100

Location: New York

Portfolio of Payment Companies: Clear2Pay, BI-SAM Technologies, HedgeServ Holdings

In their own words:

“Aquiline Capital Partners invests in businesses in which it can drive value and growth through strategic, operational, and financial guidance. Aquiline has the expertise and experience to identify, create, and capitalize on opportunities in various market conditions and seeks to make investments that others cannot easily duplicate. We have experience in start-up, growth capital, buyout, and turnaround investments. The financial services sector represents a large and vital segment of the world economy. The sector is characterized by cyclicality, changing and growing business and consumer demand for products and services, and constantly evolving regulation, creating a steady flow of investment opportunities.”

Stage/Size of Investments: Acquiline invests in startups and has been involved in growth capital, buyouts, and turnaround investments.

Segments: Financial services, Banking and Credit, FinTech, Insurance Services and Investment Management.

Kleiner Perkins CaufieldKPCB

Location: California (San Francisco & Menlo Park), China (Shanghai & Beijing)

Portfolio of Payment Companies: Square, Shopkick, LendingClub, ZenPayroll

In their own words:

“Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) partners with the brightest entrepreneurs to turn disruptive ideas into world-changing businesses. The firm has helped build pioneering companies like Amazon, Electronic Arts, Genentech, Google, Nest, Netscape, and Twitter. KPCB offers entrepreneurs years of operating experience, puts them at the center of a vast and influential network, and accelerates their success through expertise and support in recruiting, product design and delivery, business development, strategic partnerships and brand building. KPCB invests in all stages from seed and incubation to growth companies.”

Stage/Size of Investments: KPC is primarily known to invest in early-stage ventures. It invests in incubation, seed stage, early stage venture, later stage venture, growth capital and expansion companies.

Segments: Technology companies, Consumer Digital, Enterprise Digital, Biotechnology, Life Sciences, Digital Health and Sustainability.

Crunchfundcrunchfund

Location: California (San Francisco)

Portfolio of Payment Companies: Square, Gumroad, Lend Street Financial

Stage/Size of investments: Crunchfund invests in seed stage, early stage ventures andlater stage ventures. It is also involved in debt financing investments.

Segments:  Mobile, Curated Web, Software, Bitcoin, Information Security, Enterprise and SaaS.

Sequoia Capitalsequoiacapital

Location: US, China, Israel, India

Portfolio of Payment Companies: Stripe, Square, Citrus Pay, Prizm Payment

In their own words:

“The creative spirits. The underdogs. The resolute. The determined. The indefatigable. The defiant. The outsiders. The independent thinkers. The fighters. The true believers. These are the people who have imagined, started, organized and built Sequoia-backed companies that collectively are now worth over 20% of the total value of the NASDAQ stock exchange. These are the kind of people we work with today. They are extremely rare. We’re ecstatic when they choose Sequoia Capital as their business partner.”

Stage/Size of Investments: Sequoia is primarily known to invest in seed stage, early stage and growth stage companies.

Segments: Energy, Financial, Healthcare, Internet, Mobile and Technology

Tiger Technology Global tiger_technology

Location: New York

Portfolio of Payment Companies: Square

In their own words:

“Tiger Global is a fundamentally-oriented, global investment firm. The Firm deploys capital in two businesses – private equity partnerships and public equity funds. Tiger Global’s private equity partnerships have ten-year horizons and invest in growth companies in the global Internet and technology sectors. The Firm’s public equity funds focus on long-term trends in the technology, telecom, media, retail and consumer sectors.”

Stage/Size of Investments: Tiger Global is a Hedge Fund that invests in early stage ventures and later stage ventures.

Segment: Social media, Mobile Payments,  Mobile

Andreessen Horowitz Andreessen_Horowitz_logo

Location: California (Menlo Park)

Portfolio of Payment Companies: Jumio, Belly, Earnest, TransferWise, Coinbase, Balanced, PayTango

Stage/Size of Investments: Andreessen Horowitz invests in every stage from seed to growth.

Segment: Enterprise Software, Software, Mobile.

Chestnut Hill Ventures

Location: Massachusetts, US

Portfolio of Payment Companies: Affinity Solutions

In their own words:

“The firm considers investments in the following sectors: consumer products, business services, financial services, media and entertainment, and telecommunications.”

Stage/Size of investments: Chestnut Hill specializes in private equity investments.

Segments: Consumer Products, Business Services, Financial Services, Media & Entertainment, Telecommunications

First Eastern Investment Group

Location: Hong Kong, China (Shanghai & Beijing)

Portfolio of Payment Companies: Monitise, Tamoco

In their own words:

“First Eastern Investment Group is the venture capital and private equity firm specializing in expansion stage. The firm seeks to invest in manufacturing, construction, financial and real estate industries. It prefers to invest in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand. The firm typically invests between $1 and $10 million and a minimum annual sale of $12 million is required for all portfolio companies. It also looks for a seat on the Board of Directors and a minor stake in the portfolio company.”

Stage/Size of Investments: First Eastern is a private equity and venture capital firm that specializes in expansion stage companies. The firm typically invests between $1 million and $10 million in its portfolio companies. It also invests in companies with a minimum annual sale of $12 million.

Segments: Manufacturing, Construction, Infrastructure, Financial and Real Estate Industries, preferably in Asian markets. It is also known to make real estate investments in overseas hotels catering to Chinese tourists.

Index VenturesIndex Ventures

Location: London, San Francisco, Geneva, Jersey

Portfolio of Payment Companies: iZettle, Clinkle, TransferWise, Funding Circle, Xapo, Swipely, BitPay, iZettle, CrowdRise, Funding Circle

In their own words:

“We back the best and most ambitious entrepreneurs and help them make their ideas real and lasting. The entrepreneurs we team up with were born to build their businesses — it is their life’s mission. Working side-by-side with these visionaries makes us incredibly optimistic about the future. The transformative companies they’re building, include: Dropbox, Etsy, Sonos, SoundCloud, Flipboard, King, BlaBlaCar, Squarespace, Just Eat, Lookout, Hortonworks, Nasty Gal, Pure Storage, Supercell, Criteo, Funding Circle and many others.”

Stage/Size of Investments: Index invests in various multiple stages including seed, early stage venture, later stage venture and private equity investments.

Segments: Information technology, Life Sciences

Khosla Ventures: khosla-ventures

Location: California (Menlo Park)

Portfolio of Payment Companies: Plastiq, Affirm, BillGuard, BlockScore, BlockStream, Boku, Chain, Fundbox, Fundera, PayNearMe,  Square, Stripe

In their own words:

“At KV, we fundamentally like large problems that are amenable to technology solutions. We seek out unfair advantages: proprietary and protected technological advances, business model innovations, unique partnerships and top-notch teams.”

Stage/Size of Investments: Khosla Ventures is focused on early stage companies and it invests at multiple stages including seed, early stage venture, later stage venture, private equity, debt financing, and post IPO equity investments.

Segments: Advertising, Agriculture/food, Big Data, Chemicals/Fuels, Consumer, Education, Efficiency, Enterprise, Financial Services, Health, Materials, Power, Robotics, Space, Storage, Transportation.

Ribbit Capital RibbitCapital1

Location: California (Palo Alto)

Portfolio of Payment Companies: ZenPayroll, Coinbase, BTCjam, Invoice2go, Funding Circle, Xapo, Credit Karma, Fuze Network, Borro

In their own words:

“Our goal isn’t just to write checks. It’s to deposit and grow ideas. We are deeply knowledgeable about the complexities of building financial businesses, and will share our experience with ambitious entrepreneurs. When they succeed, they will create the next JP Morgans, Citis and eTrades —tomorrow’s enduring brands.”

Stage/Size of Investments: Ribbit invests at multiple stages including seed, early stage venture, and later stage venture investments.

Segments: Finance, Financial Services, FinTech, SaaS, Financial Services, Lending, Payments, Insurance, Accounting & Tax.

Union Square Ventures Union Square Ventures

Location: New York

Portfolio of Payment Companies: Coinbase, Dwolla, Funding Circle, Auxmoney, CrowdRise, CircleUp, SigFig, Lending Club, Kickstarter

In their own words:

“We are a small collegial partnership that manages $1B across six funds. Our portfolio companies create services that have the potential to fundamentally transform important markets.”

Stage/Size of Investments: The fund’s investments are focused on early stage, growth capital, late stage, and startup financing.

Segments: AdTech, Creator Platforms, Data, Design, Dev Tools, Developer Tools, Drones, Education, Enterprise, Finance, Food, Games, Hardware, Health, Information, Labor, Local, Machine Learning, Manufacturing, Media, Mobile, Music, Networking, Philanthropy, Publishing, Science, Search, Security, Social, Sports, Transportation, Finance, Law.

Draper Fisher Jurvetson  Draper Fisher Jurvetson

Location: California (Menlo Park)

Portfolio of Payment Companies: Coinbase, Remitly, Coinplug, LendKey Technologies, Kout, Prosper, FundersClub, TrialPay

In their own words:

“We look to partner with exceptional entrepreneurs at the seed stage who are seeking up to $1M in initial funding. We like to be first at the table and we’re in it for the long term as you grow your team and scale your technology. Our investment size varies from $1M to $10M, and our typical investment is in the $3M to $5M range. DFJ Growth partners with companies raising $10M or more that are scaling revenues rapidly, addressing very large market opportunities, and poised for category leadership.”

Stage/Size of Investments: DFJ investments are focused on venture and growth capital and early and growth-stage companies.

Segments: Consumer, Disruptive & Enterprise focused companies in Clean-tech and Digital.

Flagship Ventures Flagship Ventures

Location: Boston

Portfolio of Payment Companies: PayClip, Coda Payments

In their own words:

“We will typically invest U.S. $100,000 to $500,000 in equity or quasi-equity instruments, depending on the circumstances. We welcome opportunities to co-invest with like-minded investors and bring others to the table, particularly for later-stage investment into portfolio companies.”

Stage/Size of Investments: The Venture Capital divison of Flagship Ventures invests in early stage and later stage ventures. Flagship Ventures’ initial investments generally range from $500,000 to $5 million. During a portfolio company’s lifecycle, it typically invests between $7 million to $15 million. It typically invests – $500,000 – $10 million in early stage investing.

Segments: Therapeutics, Health technologies and Sustainability.

500 Startups 500 Startups

Location: California (Silicon Valley & San Francisco), Mexico (Mexico City)

Portfolio of Payment Companies: PayClip, BTCjam, CoinPip, Coinding, Rover, Lendsquare, Lenda, PayByGroup, Coinalytics, Monetsu, GogoCoin, UniPay, StackCommerce

Stage/Size of Investments: 500 Startups focuses on all multi-stage investments including seed, early stage venture, and later stage venture investments.

Segments: Mobile, E-commerce, SaaS, Bitcoin, Transportation, Adtech, Food Tech, Consumer Commerce and Online Video.

Alta Ventures Alta Ventures

Location: Mexico

Portfolio of Payment Companies: PayClip, Kubo Financiero

In their own words:

“We take an active approach to investing in areas where the Alta team and network has domain experience. These areas include internet, SaaS computing, mobile computing, consumer, security, communications and health care. Our investments range from as little as $50,000 to as much as $5 or $10 million. Typically, we invest $2 to $3 million initially and expect to invest $5 to $10 million over the life of a company. We are long-term partners looking for innovative entrepreneurs with the same view.”

Stage/Size of Investments: Alta’s investments typically range between $50,000 and $10 million. They generally invest $2 to $3 million initially and $5 to $10 million over the life of a company. They focus on seed, venture and growth capital.

Segments: Internet, SaaS computing, Mobile Computing, Consumer, Security, Communications and Healthcare.

RRE Ventures  RRE Ventures

Location: New York, San Francisco

Portfolio: AvantCredit, BitPay, Payfone, OnDeck

In their own words:

“We define the scope of our investment horizon as products or services enabled by information technology. This has historically included virtually all expressions of software and internet technology as well as hardware and technology-enabled services, with over sixty acquisitions and seventeen IPO’s to date. We invest across the United States and in select cases, overseas geographies. We view New York’s burgeoning innovation economy as critically important to the creation of the next wave of large technology companies. With over fifty portfolio companies based in the New York Metro region, we are among the area’s most active investors.”

Stage/Size of Investments: RRE primarily invests in early and mid-stage companies while remaining active throughout the growth life of a venture.

Segments: Software & Internet technology, Hardware & Technology-enabled services, Energy IT, Cloud Computing, Advertising Platforms, Mobile Commerce, Mobile Payments, Crowdsourcing, Business Intelligence, Data Security, Consumer Internet, Consumer Electronics, Internet of Things, Robotics, 3D Printing, Enterprise Hardware, Venture Capital and Financial Services.

First Data Ventures first data ventures

Location: United States

Portfolio: Commerce Sync, MineralTree
 
Stage/Size of Investments: Seed, Early, and Growth-stage
 
Segments: Fintech, Payment Processing Services, Payment Acceptance, Consumer & Commercial Payments, Prepaid, Information & Analytics, Payment Network Solutions, eCommerce, Mobile Commerce, Fraud & Risk Management. 

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Aboli is a marketing specialist and a FinTech analyst based in Charlotte, North Carolina. Her FinTech articles bring together her research skills and industry knowledge. Having been an observer of the technology space and the start-up ecosystem in the Silicon Valley for more than a year, she likes to analyze and write about exciting and innovative companies in the payments and commerce industry.
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