This article showcases Startup Pill’s top picks for the best Payments startups. These startups are taking a variety of approaches to innovating inside of the Payments industry and around the world. They are all exceptional startups well worth a follow.
We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.
We selected these startups for exceptional performance in one of these categories:
- Innovative ideas
- Innovative route to market
- Innovative product
- Exceptional growth
- Exceptional growth strategy
- Societal impact
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Top Payments Startups
Tamara is a fintech startup that offers a buy now, pay later platform that enables customers to pay on an installment basis, helping merchants to grow their sales. It specializes in the fields of financial services, fintech, and mobile apps.
In 2020, Abdulmajeed Alsukhan, Turki Bin Zarah, and Abdulmohsen Albabtain co-established the company in Riyadh, Ar Riyad, Saudi Arabia.. .
Mozper is a developer of a debit card and app designed for kids and parents in Latin America. Its application enables parents to give their kids an allowance and set spending rules so they can’t blow it all on video games, it also allows them to assign chores, and track savings goals, thereby, enabling its users to let their children get a hands-on, real-world financial education appropriate for the digital era.
The company was founded in 2019 and is headquartered in Mexico City.. .
Perch Credit (also known as Perch), is a fin-tech mobile app that allows users to take common recurring expenses, such as their subscriptions & rent, and turn these into creditworthy data points. Perch is currrently live on iOS and plans to be on Android in the coming months.
Perch recently graduated YC (S20) and closed 2.5M in their most recent round.. .
Uncapped is a provider of revenue-based financing that enables founders to raise growth capital without interest or equity. It charges a flat fee of 6% on the capital provided and gets repaid through a revenue share.
Uncapped provides business advances of between £10k and £2m with 0% interest and no hidden charges, allowing founders to access fair and flexible finance. The company also uses marketing, sales, and accounting data to be able to offer finance for young businesses based on their current and projected revenue.
The company was founded in 2019 by entrepreneur Asher Ismail and venture capital investor Piotr Pisarz in London, England.. .
PayMongo is providing modern payments for forward-thinking businesses. It helps businesses in the Philippines accept online payments from multiple channels fast and easy, in just minutes.
It aims to become the invisible engine of commerce that gives everyone the opportunity to participate and succeed in the rapidly transforming digital economy. The company was founded in 2019 by Francis Plaza, Luis Sia, Jaime Hing, and Edwin Lacierda..
HappyPal is changing the French employee benefit market ($20bn) replacing paper gift vouchers (o/w 20% expire before usage) with an innovative SaaS and fintech solution. HappyPal offers a new kind of credit card for all employee allowances (gift, culture, vacation, sport…).
« After experiencing first-hand the pain points of employee benefits management in France (hefty fees, unused allowances, poor user experience…), we are now driven by the belief that it is high time employees and admins had access to a modern plug & play solution to offer employee perks ». .
PalmPay is a simple and secure payment app that give rewards. This app lets to send quick cash between friends and pay for airtime and utilities.
This startup was launched in 2019 and aims to become Africa’s largest financial services platform.. .
Epifi is a digital banking solution that will be focusing on young millennial workers. The company also provides digital banking solutions for digital natives across India.
The secure platform will function as a primary hub for consumers, providing them with co-branded debit cards and linking all their existing financial services products onto a single mobile banking interface. Epifi also provides a wide variety of online and mobile-first financial services, payment solutions, money transfer, and lending services, among others, while partnering with licensed banks.
It uses customer insights and deep tech to simplify their banking journey and help them take a big step towards achieving financial freedom. Epifi was founded in 2019 and is headquartered in Bangalore, Karnataka, India..
Libeo is a unique platform to collect, manage and pay all your supplier invoices. Without IBAN and in one click.
We are reinventing how companies pay and connect with their business partners. No more hours spent manually entering invoices, answering to angry reminder emails from supplier and owing fees for late payments.
* Automated invoice entry, bulk or individual uploads. * Payments of supplier invoices, one clic no IBAN.
* Team work: personalized approval workflow, on-the-go notifications. * Your finances in real time with consolidated financial indicators.
Libeo is supported by the Ordre des Experts-Comptables of Ile-de-France, La Banque Postale, La Société Générale, La French Tech, Wilco, Finance Innovation and BNP Paribas.. .
Payaut is an automated payment solution for online marketplaces. Payaut provides a PSD2-compliance and automation of the payment process.
The solution helps online businesses that are part of the payment flow to easily comply with the new PSD2 regulations, while still able to use multiple Payment Service Providers (PSP’s).. .
PAYTRON (“PAYTRON”) is an Australian company that provides an international payments & treasury management platform which brings high-end institutional-grade service to SMEs with complete digital client experience. In particular, the company facilitates payments of international invoices quoted in foreign currency and helps its clients hedge against risks derived from currency fluctuations.
The platform consists of several key features that are an integral part of the PAYTRON’s overall service, such as invoice processing, risk management, currency conversion and facilitating global payments.. .
Cora is a digital bank for self employed and small & medium enterprises. The company is currently operating in closed beta and plans to launch its first product, a free SME-only mobile account.
Cora will later release a portfolio of payments, credit-related products and financial management tools that are currently being developed. They have developed a modern platform that offers a cheaper and simpler service, freeing entrepreneurs from the bureaucracy and repetitive work that usually involves day to day finance.
Cora was founded by Igor Senra Magalhães and Leonardo Soares Barbosa Mendes and is headquartered in São Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil.. .
Transak is a single integration for applications to accept fiat-to-crypto deposits and withdrawals from a global user base. It does this by aggregating fiat on-ramps from around the world and abstracting away the complexity of local compliance, payment methods, and operations.
The Transak product is a widget integration that can be integrated into an app in just a few lines of code. It provides a fiat on-ramp for the UK, Europe, and India for the app’s end-user without leaving their site..
Acquire App is an online shopping platform transforming e-commerce by creating an unforgettable checkout. Acquire App’s innovative, beautifully designed platform does it all, providing retailers with a powerful tool to attract and retain customers, and giving end-users an easy, streamlined shopping experience.
Their mission is to empower online merchants of all sizes with an elevated checkout solution. It was founded in 2020 and is based in San Francisco, California, United States, and Montreal, Canada..
Paymob Smart Payments
Paymob is an innovative software development start-up company offering smart on-land payment solutions. The all-in-one Paymob solution empowers banks, fintechs and merchants with a bespoke payment infrastructure that includes a multi-banking payment gateway, stylish contactless payment terminals and certified ‘Tap-to-Phone’ mobile application that turns almost any modern smartphone into a contactless payment terminal.
The server-based infrastructure software EFTPOS (Electronic Funds Transfer at Point-of-Sale) has been designed to efficiently integrate with existing banking systems or can be used as an independent payment processing solution which streamlines several processing centres and allocates the transaction to the cheapest provider.. .
Glean is the all-in-one spend management solution for small and mid-market companies. It is an AI-powered spend intelligence solution that saves companies money by analyzing expense drivers and finding line-item level insights often overlooked by finance teams and budget owners.
The company is based in New York, United States.. .
Zenus is an independent, American digital bank, using technology to provide customers globally easy, intuitive, secure, and competitive ways to get more from their money. Zenus aims to give those doing business in emerging economies an alternative to using local traditional banks by offering a new, transparent, and digital banking experience on par with other banks of the world.
The company was founded in 2019 by Mushegh Tovmasyan and is based in San Juan, Puerto Rico.. .
Hammock is a technology platform that helps landlords reconcile transactions on the go. The platform provides current account and data analysis services for the property sector.
It brings FinTech and PropTech together, helping landlords and property managers save time and money in the management of their finances. Hammock translates information from individual transactions into real-time, actionable insights so they can monitor and optimize the performance of their portfolio.
It also manages their property finances, from rent collection to insights into profit and loss, including bookkeeping and reconciliation. Hammock was founded by Manoj Varsani in 2019 and is headquartered in London, England, UK..
MeetFox is a SaaS solution that creates a seamless experience for professionals to manage their client meetings from start to finish with appointment scheduling, video conferencing, and secure payments. It aims to help communicate with clients more effectively while continuing to save a minimum of 6 hours every week.
MeetFox is headquartered in New York, New York.. .
At the core, XanPool is C2C software that allows individuals to automate their own financial transactions in a more powerful way. XanPool’s software allows individuals to automate the processing of transactions in their own bank accounts, e-wallets, and cryptocurrency wallets.
Allowing users themselves to automate their cryptocurrency trading, and even earn profit from such transactions (We call these Liquidity Peers “LPs”). Once a user or business has decided to run the XanPool software, and “plugged in” their own financial infrastructure (Bank account, e-wallets, or crypto wallets).
These users and their financial infrastructure in aggregate will constitute a network capable of routing and settling capital in a borderless manner. Because these transactions are not routed using legacy financial infrastructure (SWIFT, Visa, Master), the speed of settlement is instant, and the costs are over 80% more efficient..
Gr4vy is a payment orchestration platform that offers payment solutions for businesses. Gr4vy is a “no-code”payments orchestration platform that enables mid-sized businesses the ability to add the full spectrum of payments infrastructure from the beginning, as well as host and expand it as needed without taking on technical debt.
It also charges customers per service rather than a transaction. In addition, the platform provides a hub for reporting, monitoring, and managing a payments infrastructure.
It was founded in 2020 and is based in San Mateo, California, USA.. .
Rizq is the UK’s first alternative Islamic digital banking app. Rizq bestows a personal and seamless digital Islamic banking experience, which fully appreciates a Muslim’s core values – on an emotional, as well as a lifestyle level.
Signup up and using Rizq is extremely simple, plus – we save you tonnes of cash on everything from daily shopping, to overseas money transfers. Rizq enables you to make lightning-quick payments, set up budgets, donate to any charity of your choice, and earn cashback in some of the UK’s most popular retailers.
The task of opening and maintaining ethical Sharia-compliant banking products in the UK is confusing, tedious, and operationally traditional. British Muslims are looking for a current account that can provide a seamless experience within the western world, without compromising on their beliefs and value system.
Unfortunately, current banking solutions are disconnected to the audience and those people who engage them. So – whilst Muslims want to create meaningful connections within the community, to support local charities and businesses, and generally empower their finances to be a driver for positive change – it is difficult to achieve this without an enabler.
Enter, Rizq. The Rizq team have lived the problem, and are now solving it by crafting a personal and seamless digital Islamic banking experience.
Our aim is to facilitate financial success within the community, by developing a really high performing and useful product, which does not conflict with Islamic beliefs and establishes a real bond with its key stakeholders (i.e. the customers)..
HUBUC is a banking as a service that offers businesses a quick, reliable, scalable, and easy way to provide financial services to their customers. Our vision is to enable any business to be to embed financial services in its product offering.
Our customers go to market on average in 7-8 weeks with a live product with a bank account, European IBAN, Debit cards, 27 FX currency pairs, SEPA Direct debit, Instant Payments, Account Aggregation, Payment Initiation, and a full suite a branded digital banking products ready for launch.. .
Wallet Engine provides apps with the complete stack for borderless in-app accounts and financial services that can be seamlessly embedded into any user experience. Licensed as a financial institution and built on bank-grade technology, Wallet Engine allows apps to focus on their core business while retaining full brand and customer ownership (white-labelled).
The Wallet Engine’s APIs include multi-currency stored value accounts, real-time transfers (domestic and cross-border), e-KYC, and many local integrations with financial network partners around the world. The company is headquartered in Singapore and operates globally..
Drivill is An American New Generation Transportation Network Company. DRiViLL introduces the best ride share company in Dhaka with some excellent features to check out now.
Drivill app connects the users and the company authority to serve Millions of happy customers in Bangladesh, Mexico & USA. More than expected people have come and registered with DRiViLL to experience the ride-sharing at its provide you best travel story.
Drivill Headquarter In New York ,USA.. .
Paywise is a modern payment processing company that aims to help businesses accept payments from their customers via credit card, debit card, e-wallet, and bank transfer. We started Paywise after being frustrated for years with cumbersome processes of integrating digital payment tools into websites, apps, or services in Qatar.
We believed that adding payments should be fast and simple. Our vision is to be the invisible engine of commerce, that will enable Middle East and Africa merchants and aggregators to easily join the internet economy and grow quickly into large and successful businesses..
LegionPay is a bespoke payment service provider offering its clients the ability to receive digital payments from all over the world. The company offers fully integrated API solutions for card processing, bitcoin deposits and much more.
LegionPay was co-founded by award-winning entrepreneur, Andrew Anastasiou and is part of a larger group of payment services owned and operated by Andrew Anastasiou and his partners.. .
SWIPEDOM is a spend management and corporate card platform that prevents overspending & improves cashflow. It prevents overspending by allowing business to issue employee cards that are directly tied to budgets.
It improves cashflow by giving its clients a Free 90-day cash float with no credit check or personal guarantee. It saves time by funding cards on the go via its Text-To-Fund technology..
WireWallet is an electronic money institution based in Cyprus. The company offers payment services and virtual IBAN accounts for users to send and receive wire transfers via SEPA and SWIFT channels.
The company offers both B2B and C2B accounts and a fully autonomous online banking platform, whereby users can log in and manage their funds easily.. .
Tango’s suite of applications provides data and analytics to alcohol brands by leveraging proprietary data from consumers’ purchases at their favorite bars and breweries. Alcohol brands unlock insights on consumer preferences and purchasing behavior.
Bars and breweries increase sales and save on processing fees. Consumers benefit from a seamless and secure purchasing process..
FamPay is India’s first payments app for teenagers and their families. With FamPay, minors can do UPI, P2P and card payments without the need to set up a bank account.
FamPay allows parents to send money to their kids below the age of 18, which they can spend securely anytime, anywhere, under parent’s supervision. FamPay aims at making payments smooth and fun for children..
People has been selling to people for thousands of years. Valienta is a marketplace and wholesale platform that connects social sellers with brands in LatAm.
Through our platform, social sellers are able to create and supply their own virtual stores with products from curated brands which in turn come to Valienta to reach and sell in a channel that sells over USD $80 billion worth of goods. We create simple tech tools, financial terms, data insights and logistics solutions to rejuvenate a channel that allows over 40 million social sellers generate additional income..
Vivid Money is a financial platform that helps customers grow their money. The platform offers a unique mobile banking app at their fingertips.
Whether it’s payments, transfers, high-interest saving accounts, multi-currency accounts for their travels, spendings reports, split bills — with Vivid, managing all their finances and investing their money is easy, flexible, and 100% transparent. Vivid Money also analyzes transactions to identify a customer’s recurring subscriptions, giving them the ability to block future charges if necessary.
The users can also send money to other users from the app and generate a link so that the recipient can enter their banking details. There are also cashback features and the company plans to offer the ability to invest and buy shares from the app in the future.
Vivid’s app users can also create sub-accounts called pockets, each with its own IBAN. Users can invite others to use specific pockets or associate a card with a specific pocket.
Additional physical cards or virtual cards can be ordered.. .
We make a software platform that connects worldwide freight forwarding companies. Freight Forwarders need to establish partnerships with other overseas forwarders in order to offer complete logistics to its clients.
Our platform will allow freight forwarders to find and select partners, manage the partnerships (PRM), communicate, improve processes and business through data, and make international payments related to freight costs in a safe and quick way.. .
Livelii helps Canadian freelancers get health and dental coverage, paid vacation and sick days, and get paid on time. It built a platform with freelancers for freelancers which takes on the biggest challenges ranging from payment collection to having health and dental benefits and paid days off.
It was founded in 2019 and is based in Toronto, Canada.. .
Templar Payments Ltd
Templar has one goal: to bring simplicity back to financial services. With the amazing leaps in fintech that have been made over the last century, from Crypto to Contactless to APM’s, we at Templar find it bemusing that the sector is dependent on sharing information through emails and even hard copies.
Given how many service providers are necessary even to simply accept card payments online: Everyone involved in this industry, merchants, and service providers alike, have experienced the frustration of missing documents, waiting several working days for email replies, ambiguity, and miscommunication in basic application and onboarding processes. Templar will remove the friction from the industry, allowing every party involved to do what they do best..
Dinie provides flexible, convenient and easy-to-use financing solutions for small businesses. Through our end-to-end lending API, we enable digital platforms (marketplaces, Saas, ERPs) to offer instant credit to their customers to help them grow their businesses.
As more companies incorporate financial services into their existing product offerings, we look forward to enabling the huge market opportunity of next generation embedded banking services. Dinie was founded by two serial entrepreneurs, Suzy Ferreira and Andrea Burattini (at age 27 sold her first Fintech to Accenture in 2013).
Dinie has also Kris Lembke as Co-Founder & CTO (+10y in tech & payments) and Vinicius Cibim as Co-Founder & CFO (+10y in finance & fintech). Dinie counts on highly experienced angel investors like Rita Liu (Ex.
CEO Alipay Europe), Sergio Fogel (Co-Founder of dLocal), Benjamin Gleason & Thiago Alvarez (Founders of GuiaBolso), Markus Rinderer (Founder of PAY.ON), Alexander Muller (Founder of Kreditech) and Matthias Setzer (Global Payments Director at Facebook, and previously at Paypal & Naspers).. .
XCOOP lets expats, foreign students, freelancers and businesses move money globally. The firm’s pricing and operating model are a substantial departure from standard practice in the money transfer sector, providing customers alternative to traditional means of moving money internationally.
XCOOP was founded in 2019 by Alex Torriglia and Ale Romay. Romay & Torriglia were part of a series of new companies such as angel investors or founders like I-team, Whitebooks, Oikoss, BancaClub.
Institutional investors include Credencial Processing. XCOOP is licensed and regulated by financial regulatory authorities..
Pogo Financial is a financial services company that specializes in the fields of mobile and online payments. Developer of a mobile payment application intended for international travelers.
The company is currently operating in stealth mode.. .
Cradle is a provider of a one-stop-shop for all your business financing needs. Cradle is the cheapest way to collect payments and offer purchase credit to your business buyers.
It allows merchants to collect payments and offer purchase credits to their customers.. .
Pace is an online payment platform that allows users to shop for more with no interest or hidden fees. The platform lets shoppers take charge of their spending without giving up on the things they need or deserve.
It turns purchases into 3 interest-free installments that give shoppers the breathing space to buy now.. .
Maesh (https://maesh.io) is an online payment gateway in Singapore facilitating real-time payments (a.k.a. PayNow/FAST) from a consumer’s bank account to a merchant’s bank account.
Our mission is to lower transaction fees for merchants using banking APIs while turning the consumer checkout experience into a breeze.. .
GDP Inc. is an Asia-based fintech company committed to delivering a mix of technological solutions to satisfy the needs of cross-border financial transactions for individuals and businesses alike.
It aims to change the rules of the traditional cross-border financial services industry by combining automation, machine learning, compliance, and data technology, in order to create a more efficient ecosystem in terms of cost, time, and transparency for individuals and businesses of any size. The company was founded in 2019 and is headquartered in Singapore..
Allvue is the market leader in software solutions to the Private Capital and Fixed Income markets. Formed by the combination of AltaReturn and Black Mountain, Allvue helps over 400 fund managers, LPs, administrators, banks, and insurance companies with their fund accounting, investor reporting, portfolio management, data aggregation and compliance needs.
Available as an integrated end-to-end suite or as independently licensed modules, Allvue helps eliminate the boundaries between systems, information, and people to get the right information to the right people – when they need it. Over $2.5 trillion in capital is managed using the Allvue platform..
Nowadays, Service industries are growing massively in Indonesia, especially in lifestyle, home maintenance, and general cleaning services. The growth of demands and many companies joining in this industry show it.
Bersihberes comes and offers some different approaches for the users that nobody sees. We aim to solve the lack of satisfaction in services that mostly happen to users today.
However, We focus on growing to the hyperlocal market in all Indonesia’s urban areas, which are more than 30 million people in mid to high income as a target market with a high retention rate (some cases show 70% of customer retention rates raised from this sector). Therefore, we can deliver the proper services, gain the transactions, and earn profits effectively in this market.
And nobody taps into it yet.. .
PlatePay is an online payment platform that allows users to pay for any drive-in and drive-through service automatically. The platform provides an option to pay with their plates by simple one-click confirmation on their mobile phone (or another preferred device) after the information about their registration plate that is just recognized is linked to their Plate Pay account.
Their main goal is to optimize the payment process in the existing drive-through services or to provide a plate payment solution for as much other business as possible.. .
What if transacting with crypto was as easy as dealing with cash? RelayPay is a fin-tech startup that bridges the gap between traditional finance and digital currencies. The company has built a crypto enabled payment gateway to solve for interoperability between fiat rails and digital currencies.
RelayPay offers a suite of B2C and B2B products including Australia’s first crypto to cash ATM withdrawal solution, as well as a payment processor allowing merchants to receive crypto payments and settle in dollars.. .
Albe offers an entirely new way to evaluate credit applications and monitor credit payment. The company transforming credit applications with behavioral science and game theory AI algorithms.
They developed ALBE because while small-medium businesses are the backbone of the economy, employing the most workforce, 80% of SMB credit applications get rejected. Albe helps credit applicants and small-medium businesses get better access to credit and funding.
The AI credit algorithm is based on behavioral science and game theory methodology. Albe builds a comprehensive digital behavioral profile no credit history required.
It drives loan appraisal, prediction, and monitoring. Albe was founded in 2019 and is based in Tel Aviv, Israel..
Fawaterak, an online payments platform helping small and micro businesses to process all their payments online through integrating local and global payment networks in one dashboard featured by powerful tools for collect payments locally and globally . Powered by A.I Main features: Create and share invoices with his clients instantly, get paid faster online (no App needed for the client).
This act increased the payment rate due to easiness and availability. Website & Apps Integration: Ability to integrate merchant website & mobile app with fine-tuned invoicing system, this helped merchants to get paid online from Anywhere Instant payment’s collections: Get paid using credit cards, cash, or wire transfers within seconds.
Supported by the local bank of the merchants, and offering recurring payments. A.I Powered: With A.I we are building scoring system which notify and feedback merchants about the best time his customer can pay for him or he can pay or not, also merchant could create an invoice to their clients just by taking a snapshot of printed invoice through our mobile application..