UNO Digital Bank is now a live operating bank under closed-loop beta
Singapore-headquartered financial technology company UNOAsia, the primary incorporator of UNO Digital Bank in the Philippines, has secured US$ 11 million in a pre-Series A funding round led by Creador Private Equity.
Creador has already invested a total of US$ 21 million and has plans to increase this further, making it UNOAsia’s largest investor.
To date, UNOAsia has secured US$ 44.5 million in investment which includes drawn-down capital of US$ 34 million.
The investors of UNOAsia include founders Manish Bhai and Kalidas Ghose, Creador Private Equity, marquee investors Akash Bhanshali (Payash Securities), Samir Arora (Helios Capital) and other senior investors from the banking and financial sectors.
UNOAsia said that it has strategic plans to expand beyond the Philippines over the next few years.
The digital bank was among the six recipients of the digital bank licenses that was issued by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas this year.
Manish Bhai, Chief Executive Officer of UNO Digital Bank said,
“The pre-Series A round led by Creador reflects continued investor confidence in our digital bank.
The additional capital will help us to further invest to support our growth, as well as see us through the commercial launch of UNO Digital Bank, which is now a live operating bank under closed-loop ‘beta’.”
Omar Mahmoud, Managing Director of Creador Private Equity said,
“Our investment in UNOAsia will allow us to promote financial inclusion in a country where only 10% are borrowing from the organised sector, which in turn would make a positive impact on millions of Filipinos and the broader community.
Equally, we are excited to back Manish Bhai and Kalidas Ghose, the highly experienced founders of UNOAsia, along with their team, who have very rapidly created an intelligent and responsive banking platform that will serve those seeking a digital banking experience in the Philippines.”