Ismail Ahmed

Ismail Ahmed, founder and CEO at WorldRemit

WorldRemit raises a further £29.8m

The leading digital money transfer service will use the funding to expand its presence in emerging markets.

London-based WorldRemit has raised £29.8m to drive its next phase of growth, bringing the total amount raised by the company to £164m.

Currently sending from over 50 countries to 148 destinations, the funding will be used to expand the company’s presence in the emerging markets.  

The Series C round was led by LeapFrog Investments, with significant participation from existing investors Accel and TCV.

WorldRemit handles a growing share of the £447bn migrant money transfer market - better known as remittances.

The company is a global leader in international transfers to mobile money accounts - an emerging market technology where a customer’s phone numbers acts like a bank account to hold funds.  

Ismail Ahmed, founder and CEO at WorldRemit, said: “This new funding will fuel our growth, and help bring our service to millions more customers across the globe.

“We are pleased to attract LeapFrog Investments, a strategic investor whose profit with a purpose mission is aligned with ours.”

Stewart Langdon, a partner at LeapFrog Investments, added: “This investment is an opportunity to bring a global leader in digital remittances into the LeapFrog portfolio.

“WorldRemit’s model is uniquely suited to scale and offers a best in class service that is vital to the livelihood of millions of consumers in LeapFrog’s core markets.

“The company also has a huge potential to expand globally – a combination that puts it at the heart of our profit with purpose philosophy.

“I’m delighted that a world-class fintech company like WorldRemit is choosing LeapFrog as its partner for growth in the emerging markets.”

Since its last funding round in 2015, WorldRemit has launched 206 new services across the globe and has grown its transaction volume by 400%. Last month WorldRemit became Arsenal FC’s first-ever online money transfer partner.

This latest funding round follows a Series B investment raised from TCV in 2015 and a Series A from Accel and Project A in 2014 - then one of the largest ever Series A rounds in Europe.