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Fintech startup Copper forced to discontinue banking services amid Synapse fiasco

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A segment of customers holding deposits with fintech startup Copper find themselves unable to access their accounts, a consequence of disruptions involving the embattled banking-as-a-service platform Synapse.

Copper joins several companies impacted by an ongoing crisis at Synapse, which declared bankruptcy last month. Acting as a “middleware provider” connecting fintech startups with banks, Synapse was poised for acquisition by TabaPay; however, TechCrunch reported the deal fell through earlier this month.

Forbes also noted customers of Yotta Technologies and Juno Finance experiencing similar issues accessing their deposit accounts.

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Founded four years ago, Copper initially introduced a banking platform aimed at teens and families. In 2022, the company secured $29 million in funding, boasting over 800,000 users and earning a finalist spot for Startup of the Year at the GeekWire Awards.

Copper CEO Eddie Behringer informed GeekWire on Tuesday of the company’s plans to transition away from banking services, focusing instead on its newer “Earn” product, which assists users in earning money through surveys and games.

However, this plan accelerated earlier this month. In a message to customers on May 12, Behringer announced the discontinuation of debit card and deposit account offerings within 24 hours.

Behringer cited the recent discovery that the banking middleware provider Copper utilizes is sunsetting their service imminently, which necessitated the premature closure of banking accounts despite prior planning.

Over the past weekend, Copper notified some customers of delays in fund delivery via email.

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Behringer assured that the disruption impacted only a small number of individuals.

Despite transitioning away from banking services, Behringer emphasized Copper’s commitment to its original mission of providing financial wellness and education.

“Moving forward, we’re going to continue to focus on providing not just teens and families, but all Americans the ability to earn money through Copper,” he stated.

Copper’s revenue has surged by 160% year-over-year, largely driven by the success of its “Earn” product.

The company intends to establish white-label partnerships with banks to generate software-as-a-service revenue.

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Behringer and Copper co-founder Stefan Berglund previously co-founded Snap Raise, an online fundraising platform for youth groups based in Seattle.

With 30 employees and ongoing hiring efforts, Copper has secured a total funding of $42 million to date. Investors include Fiat Ventures, Panoramic Ventures, Insight Partners, Invesco Private Capital, PSL Ventures, Mana Ventures, Western Technology Investment, Clocktower Ventures, Index Ventures, Scout Fund, Launchpad Capital, Financial Venture Studio, Maven Ventures, Samsung Next, and Arnold Ventures.

Source: geekwire.com

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Agora acquires Clearshift’s real estate division

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Agora, a provider of real estate investment management solutions, has acquired Clearshift’s real estate division to “reinvent cross-border payments in investment management.”

The division has utilized Clearshift’s international payments infrastructure to facilitate mass payouts and capital investments between foreign investors, asset managers, real estate property managers, and fund administrators.

While the financial details of the acquisition remain undisclosed, Agora will now serve as the division’s primary client-facing interface, offering “user-friendly investment management tools.” Clearshift will retain responsibility for payment execution and compliance functions.

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For existing Clearshift clients, this integration into the Agora platform promises “enhanced capabilities.” Agora’s clients, not currently subscribed to Clearshift, will gain “a transparent solution to foreign exchange activity” that enables “seamless distributions and contributions in any currency worldwide.”

Ari Dobner, CEO of Clearshift, noted, “After years of refining our fund manager payment solution, it became clear to us that our clients would truly benefit from a full investor management solution with seamless payment integration.”

Bar Mor, co-founder and CEO of Agora, added that the acquisition will enhance their platform with “streamlined and cost-effective international payments,” leveraging the “substantial customer overlap between Agora and Clearshift.”

This acquisition follows the recent closure of Agora’s $34 million Series B funding round, backed by Qumra Capital, Insight Partners, and UK-based investment firm Aleph.

Source: fintechfutures.com

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InScope secures $4.3m to revolutionise financial reporting and auditing

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InScope, a newly launched FinTech company, has successfully raised $4.3 million to expand its innovative financial reporting and auditing platform.

According to PYMNTS, the funding round included significant contributions from prominent investors such as Lightspeed and Better Tomorrow Ventures.

InScope is focused on transforming the traditional processes of financial reporting and auditing for private companies. The company leverages advanced technologies, including generative AI and large language models, to automate and streamline the compilation of financial statements—tasks that have historically been prone to errors and required extensive manual effort.

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The new capital will be used to enhance InScope’s platform capabilities. The company aims to shift accountants’ focus from laborious manual tasks to more strategic initiatives, thereby empowering finance professionals with tools to complete reporting and auditing tasks quickly and efficiently.

InScope’s system compiles data from a company’s core systems, such as ERP, along with publicly available information, and transforms these inputs into GAAP-compliant financial and audit documents.

InScope CEO and co-founder Mary Antony stated, “Our technology dramatically reduces the time and effort required for financial reporting and auditing, eliminating the need for outdated manual processes.” Her co-founder and COO, Kelsey Gootnick, also emphasized the transformative potential of InScope, which they conceived out of their own frustrations with existing financial processes.

The company has already begun collaborating with a select group of companies to refine and enhance their financial reporting capabilities. JC Bahr-de Stefano, a venture capital investor at Better Tomorrow Ventures, commented on this partnership: “InScope is already working with a handful of companies to help streamline their financial reporting needs and enable accountants to complete their reporting tasks in minutes instead of months.”

Source: fintech.global

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Citi extends USD Clearing service to Middle East in partnership with Emirates NBD

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Citi has partnered with Dubai-based banking group Emirates NBD to launch its USD Clearing service in the Middle East.

Through this collaboration, Emirates NBD will offer the USD Clearing service, along with its commercial and treasury payment execution capabilities, to corporate and retail clients via its branch networks in the UAE and Saudi Arabia. This service will enable clients to make cross-border USD payments with continuous availability, addressing current payment flow challenges posed by varying transaction cut-off times in the UAE.

“The introduction of 24/7 USD Clearing will support the growth ambitions of our clients by giving them the ability to seamlessly transfer funds in a timely manner without having to worry about cutoffs and holidays,” said Ahmed Al Qassim, group head of wholesale banking at Emirates NBD.

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Following the initial launch, the service will be extended to all Emirates NBD branches in the Middle East and globally, including partnerships with third-party institutions.

According to its website, Emirates NBD currently operates 853 branches in the UAE, Egypt, India, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, the UK, Austria, Germany, Russia, and Bahrain.

Shahmir Khaliq, Citi’s head of services, described the collaboration as “an important step in our journey to creating a multibank solution that is designed to deliver an end-to-end, ‘always on’ experience for participant banks and their customers.”

“Our 24/7 USD Clearing service is a clear differentiator in the market,” Khaliq continued. “It demonstrates the full value of our globally leading cross-border payments and clearing capabilities, which enable our clients to make payments faster and in a more efficient and transparent manner.”

Source: fintechfutures.com

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