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Pan-African Crypto Exchange, YellowCard, Secures $40 Million in Series B Funding Round 

The round, led by Polychain Capital, brings Yellow Card to $57 million total raised, more than any crypto company on the African continent

YellowCard Financial, the Pan-African cryptocurrency exchange, has announced the close of its $40M Series B funding. The round was led by Polychain Capital, with participation from Valar Ventures, Third Prime, Sozo Ventures, Castle Island Ventures, Fabric Ventures, DG Daiwa Ventures, The Raba Partnership, Jon Weiner, Alex Wilson, Pat Duffy, and more.

The funding will enable the company to drive exponential business growth, continue its successful expansion across the continent, develop new product innovations, and advance strategic partnerships across Africa.

Chris Maurice, CEO and Co-Founder of YellowCard, says that this raise is the result of relentless hard work towards a common goal:

For the past three years, our team has worked tirelessly to make this technology accessible to anyone and create a world-class product. This fundraise, in the current market environment, not only showcases the resilience of our team, but also clearly demonstrates the appetite and necessity for cryptocurrency in Africa. – CEO, YellowCard

Since launching in Nigeria in 2019 the team, based across 21 countries, has sought to make Bitcoin, Ethereum, stablecoins, and other cryptocurrencies accessible to anyone in Africa.

In August 2021, YellowCard announced its Series A fundraise of $15 million. Since then, the team has achieved significant milestones including:

 

  • Growing from 12 to 16 countries, launching in Gabon, Senegal, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Granting stock options to every full-time employee
  • Launching Yellow Pay, a crypto-powered way to send value across borders
  • Surpassing 1 million customers in March 2022

The significance of this raise, especially in a down market, undoubtedly reflects the level of business confidence expressed by new and existing investors:

YellowCard is the best executing team on the continent. We are impressed by the way they seamlessly adjust and adapt to the unique opportunities and demands of the various African markets. We’ve barely touched the surface of what is possible when it comes to crypto in Africa, and we’re excited for what’s to come.  – Will Wolf, Partner at Polychain Capital

YellowCard is committed to continue its mission to create financial inclusion for all through various activities across the continent. 

 

NB: Look out for an exclusive BitKE interview with CEO, YellowCard, dropping soon

 

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