MoneyHash Raises Six-Figure Pre-Seed to Build the Middle East and Africa's First Super-API
Tuesday, June 7, 2022
MoneyHash, an Egyptian US-based fintech startup that uses a universal API and a unified checkout experience to help businesses consolidate and grow their payments and financial tech stack across Africa and the Middle East, closes a six-figure pre-seed round to launch its services across the region. The round was led by UAE’s venture capital firm COTU Ventures, with participation from the Ventures Platform, Kepple Africa Ventures, and angel investors.
What is Moneyhash’s story?
MoneyHash was founded in late 2020 by three co-founders: Nader Abdelrazik (Egyptian), Mustafa Eid (Egyptian), and Anisha Sekar (American). Combined, they have over 30 years of experience and worked for 11 startups, in addition to a portfolio of employers and education such as Microsoft, UpWork, NerdWallet, UC Berkeley, SigFig, and Brown University.
The startup provides a unified checkout experience built on top of a secure Super-API that aggregates payment and fintech solutions through a single integration and a central dashboard consolidating technical infrastructure and centralizing data and operational reporting.
MoneyHash is currently in a private beta with plans to go live soon in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and UAE. The startup aims to be fully operational across various countries in Africa and the Middle East by 2022.
Why Moneyhash is a must-have solution in MEA?
MEA is one of the fastest growing emerging markets with a rapidly evolving payment and fintech scene. As many companies in the region and abroad plan their expansion across the region, they are faced with a devastating technical and operational hassle: building a separate connection with each service provider while providing a unified experience for their customers. This results in a complicated tech stack wasting valuable resources with increased vulnerabilities to errors, fraud, and technical debt. MoneyHash's technology abstracts the complexities of this fragmented market and allows businesses to scale and grow with a complete focus on their product, without compromising security and efficiency.
What do our investors think about us?
"It's rare to find such a well-rounded and complete team with deep domain experience and technical prowess so early in a company's life. We're very excited to back Nader, Anisha, and Mustafa, as they look to tackle a problem that suits a fragmented region like the Middle East. The clarity with which they articulated their vision and strategy, and the chemistry we felt from the start, convinced us to support them in kick-starting their plans to build a payment super API for the region and beyond. We are grateful they chose us as partners and are looking forward to what's ahead." said Amir Farha, Managing Partner of COTU Ventures
Kola Aina, the founding partner of the ventures platform said "We are excited to back the MoneyHash team. The team's vision is compelling, and the product enables companies to scale their products and services across Africa and the Middle East with minimal friction. They are essentially powering the growth and expansion of startups and enterprise across the region."