State Bank of India invests in fintech startup Cashfree

11 State Bank of India1State Bank of India NSE -0.83 % (SBI) has invested an undisclosed amount in Bengalurubased Cashfree, the digital payments firm said in a statement. With this, the country’s largest public sector lender joins a slew of investors—including Apis Partners, Smilegate and Y Combinator—at the fintech startup’s cap table.

Cashfree had in November 2020 raised $35 million in a Series B funding round led by Apis Growth Fund II and existing investor Y Combinator, at a valuation of around $200 million.

The company’s payments processing platform is used by businesses like Zomato, CRED, Nykaa, Delhivery, Acko and Shell for e-commerce to vendor payments and marketplace settlements.

Founded by Sinha and Reeju Datta in 2015, Cashfree processes online payments for Indian businesses. The company is a 2017 alumnus of Y Combinator, the startup incubator based in San Francisco. It competes with the likes of Razorpay, Billdesk,

CCAvenue and PayU— and specialises in payment settlement processing transactions through channels and instruments including credit card, debit card, net banking, UPI and popular wallets. Cashfree said it clocked gross revenue of Rs 228 crore in fiscal 2020-21. It also claims to process annual transactions worth $20 billion. Apart from India, Cashfree’s products are used in eight other countries including the United States, Canada, and the United Arab Emirates.

Economic Times

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