Payfazz and Xfers, two startups that wish to improve monetary inclusion in Southeast Asia, introduced right this moment they’ve joined forces to create a brand new holding entity referred to as Fazz Monetary Group. As a part of the deal, Payfazz, an agent-based monetary providers community in Indonesia, invested $30 million into funds infrastructure supplier Xfers.
Primarily based in Singapore, Xfers will function the B2B and Southeast Asia arm of Fazz Monetary Group, whereas Payfazz, which already makes use of Xfers’ funds infrastructure, will proceed increasing in Indonesia. The 2 corporations will retain their names whereas working collectively underneath the brand new holding entity.
Each Payfazz and Xfers are Y Combinator alums, and wish to make monetary providers accessible to extra Southeast Asians, even when they don’t have a checking account. Xfers co-founder Tianwei Liu instructed TechCrunch in an electronic mail he and Payfazz co-founder Hendra Kwik started speaking about becoming a member of forces in early 2020 due to their startups’ shared objectives.
“That is additionally coupled with the truth that final yr, the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed a big improve in demand for digital funds and monetary providers throughout Indonesian rural areas, creating an enormous development alternative for us,” Liu added.
Kwik will function Fazz Monetary Group’s group CEO, whereas Liu would be the monetary entity’s deputy CEO. Each will proceed serving as CEOs of their respective corporations. Fazz Monetary Group additionally appointed as its chief monetary officer Robert Polana, who beforehand held the identical position at reserving platform Tiket.com.
In Indonesia, Payfazz has constructed a community of 250,000 monetary brokers to achieve individuals in rural areas the place many banks don’t function branches. Clients deposit money with brokers, and that stability can used to pay telephone, electrical energy and different payments.
Payfazz, which introduced a $53 million Sequence B in July from traders together with Tiger World and Y Combinator, additionally provides loans and fee providers for offline retailers. As a part of Fazz Monetary Group, it would proceed to construct its agent banking community.
Payfazz makes use of fee infrastructure developed by Xfers to just accept digital funds. Initially launched six years in the past with an API for financial institution transfers, Xfers has since expanded its portfolio of software program to incorporate fee acceptance for companies, instruments for disbursing and transferring funds and a cryptocurrency pockets. In 2020, Xfers obtained a Main Cost Establishment license for e-money issuance from the Financial Authority of Singapore.
Xfers will proceed to serve shoppers in Indonesia and Singapore with its funds infrastructure, which permits them to just accept financial institution transfers, e-wallet funds and funds by means of comfort shops and agent banking networks (like Payfazz). Xfers says it has entry to greater than 10 million underbanked customers in Indonesia by means of its work with agent banking providers, and in addition plans to develop into Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia and Vietnam.
Fazz Monetary Group plans to launch two new merchandise later this yr: a zero-integration fee resolution for Singapore-based retailers and a single-integration resolution that may join native fee strategies throughout Southeast Asia.
Liu mentioned that, in contrast to america, Southeast Asia “has a fragmented native funds panorama, even inside every nation,” which means that customers usually use a number of fee strategies. Making a single-integration for fee strategies in Southeast Asia offers manufacturers a development channel when getting into new nations, permitting them to scale up extra rapidly, he added.
“The COVID-19 pandemic lockdown has additionally pushed an enormous surge in on-line gross sales and transactions throughout Southeast Asia, so there’s a large want for on-line funds by companies and retailers throughout the area,” Liu mentioned. “The zero-integration and single-integration resolution will assist companies and retailers begin accepting on-line funds rapidly and simply with a easy integration inside minutes, with none must cope with complicated regulation/license dealing with and know-how improvement.”