Nigerian fintech firm, Esusu has attained a great feat after securing a $130 million Series B funding round to help build the racial wealth gap.
Esusu Hits Unicorn Status
In a statement on Thursday, the company announced that it broke the $1 billion valuation barrier as one of the few startups with a black founder to reach unicorn status.
The funding round was led by Softbank, Vision Fund 2 with participation from Jones Feliciano Family Office, Lauder Zinterhofer Family Office, Schusterman Foundation, SoftBank Opportunity Fund, Related Companies, and Wilshire Lane Capital.
The firm said the fund would be used to scale its team and drive growth through product innovation while building the most comprehensive financial health platform in the market.
The founder of Esusu, Abbey Wemimo said the company was established because of his financial exclusion experience while growing up in an immigrant home.
He said, “We founded Esusu with the vision of using data to bridge the racial wealth gap and create more equitable financial opportunities for low-to-moderate-income households in this country.
“By establishing and improving credit scores, we are strengthening financial identities while empowering individuals, families, and communities to meet their long-term financial goals.”
So far, Esusu said it had raised over $144 million, thus joining the list of startups globally that have achieved the unicorn valuation.
The companies include U.S. scheduling app, Calendly ($3 billion); U.K.-based fintech Zepz ($5 billion) and digital insurance startup Marshmallow ($1.2 billion), African fintech firms — Flutterwave ($1 billion), Chipper Cash ($2 billion), and Interswitch ($1 billion).
KanyiDaily had also reported how Paystack’s $200m acquisition by Stripe made it the biggest startup acquisition so far to come out of Nigeria.