Dash, a Ghana-based unified payments app, has announced that it has raised $32.8 million in an oversubscribed seed round to facilitate interoperability for digital payments platforms in Africa.
The deal, which ranks among the largest in Africa, will help in its journey of building a Mastercard and Visa sort of intermediary services for mobile payment wallets across Africa.
The round was led by New York-based global private equity and venture capital firm, Insight Venture Partners, with participation from Global Founders Capital and 4DX Ventures. In total, 10 investors joined the $32 million raise.
Dash works by routing payments through banks and telcos from different countries and allows users to pay bills, send, and receive money without the headache of currency conversions.
The startup makes revenue from:
Savings – interest earned when users save
FX fees used in cross-border
Bill payments – commission earned when users pay bills
Subscription – the Dash+ premium service
Below are some of the growth stats from Dash:
Processed over $300 million in January 2022
Transaction volumes up 300% from Q4, 2021
Processed over $1 billion since launch in 2020
Boasts over 1 million customers across Ghana, Kenya, and Nigeria
Userbase was 200, 000 users in October 2021
Transaction volumes in October 2021 was just $250 million
Dash founder, Prince Baokye Boampong, started the company in 2019 based on the problem that though mobile wallets and payment apps were becoming ubiquitous across the continent, they were not inter-operable – much less for inter-country.
As a result, Dash is building a network where mobile money and traditional banks can rapport and facilitate transactions for consumers and businesses. The service is currently available in:
The startup said it will use the funds to expand to new markets such as Tanzania and South Africa, get the licenses needed to operate there, build out its team, invest in technology and launch new features.