Zilch closes an additional $30m equity round as customer numbers quadruple

Zilch in the Spotlight
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~  Zilch secures additional funding from leading Global fintech investors including Gauss Ventures and the co-founder of Money Supermarket, Simon Nixon  ~

~ London-based Zilch released its full consumer offering in early 2020 and has experienced huge growth with over 30,000 new customers signing up every month ~

London, 16th December 2020 – Zilch, a London based start-up redefining the Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) market place has secured an additional $30m equity funding enabling it to close its oversubscribed pre Series B in less than 3 weeks. Zilch is now in prime position to continue scaling its unique over-the-top BNPL business, which has seen customer registration numbers quadruple over the last 6 months and transaction volume grow by more than 100% month-on-month.

The UK FinTech – which recently became the UK’s first BNPL FinTech to secure a consumer credit authorisation with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) – has introduced a number of strategic investors during this round including one of the world’s largest VC funds, Gauss Ventures and Simon Nixon (Seek Ventures and co-founder of Money Supermarket). 

Zilch CEO and Founder, Philip Belamant said, “We are excited and humbled by the response our product has received by both investors and customers alike. Customers recognise our dedication to focus on their needs. This is what sets us apart from other BNPL players in the market today and what continues to drive us in creating a new category – we want and can help people during these difficult times as our systems self adapt to the socio economic conditions of the day and we feel privileged to be in a position to do so. We are just getting started and have some amazing new features coming soon, all of which track our customers’ way of life, financial constraints and aspirations!”

Unlike traditional BNPL products that require technical integration with merchants, Zilch’s unique (patent pending) model does not require any integration and can thus instantly provide its customers accessibility everywhere. This gives Zilch the ability to scale rapidly and one of the reasons why customers are calling it, “a shopping revolution” and more recently, “the new AmEx”.

Philip continues, “Zilch ensures customers never over-borrow. We make use of Open Banking and AI along with soft credit checks to determine each customer’s level of affordability. As a result, Zilch’s customers rarely default and make use of the product as a cash flow management tool, which has proven to be of huge value to our customers.”

Zilch delivers its unique proposition to customers by leveraging its strategic partnership with Mastercard. Jason Lane, EVP, Market Development Europe at Mastercard commented: “Zilch is helping shoppers manage their cash flow in a way that suits them best and we are excited to partner with innovative FinTechs, such as Zilch, across Europe as we scale innovative payment solutions that improve people’s lives.”

Commenting on the investment, Nikita Tchesnokov, Partner of Gauss Ventures, said “Zilch is one of the most exciting and disruptive new players to enter the BNPL market.  The company sets itself apart by engaging customers at the beginning of the buying journey and giving them a seamless, interest free method of purchase. This unique consumer centric approach, coupled with its technology and understanding of the millennial and Gen Z population, are core reasons for our decision to invest in the business. Gauss Ventures is  thrilled to play a part in supporting Zilch’s ambitious plans and  we  wish the team all the best for the next chapter of their exciting journey.”

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Zilch is the new FinTech darling of the UK – Born in London, it’s unique “Over-The-Top” platform is the first of it’s kind in the fast-growing Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) space.

By taking accountability for its customers, Zilch removes the anxiety associated with credit. It’s proprietary data-driven credit assessment technology focuses on optimising its users’ cash flow whilst preventing over indebtedness. Zilch is growing at lightning speed with quarterly growth exceeding 200% and monthly registrations now at over 30,000. 

Unlike other players in the BNPL space, Zilch’s merchant agnostic proposition offers its users unrestricted access to the entire online retail space, so they can shop wherever they choose to do so. Wanna buy it? Zilch it!

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