With the expansion in cross-border cost companies and ‘challenger’ financial institution playing cards for customers, you’d be forgiven for questioning the place the choices are for small enterprise — the place money is especially valuable.
The startup began off following the identical monitor because the likes of Monzo, Starling and Revolut in Europe, creating a ‘new’ type of account freed from branch-based banking and tedious paperwork. But shortly the workforce realized that its service was being adopted in massive by startups and SMEs as a option to get extra versatile financing and perks like set up steadiness/billing.
Neat still offers a consumer service in Hong Kong, but it surely locations a heavy concentrate on creating its enterprise service. Right now, that helps corporations who can’t apply for bank cards get a Neat Mastercard which can be utilized for trivial (however necessary!) gadgets corresponding to month-to-month payments for companies, flights, inns and extra. There’s no credit score concerned for the reason that playing cards and account are debit-based.
Beyond the fundamentals, Neat Business prospects can use their account to deal with worker payroll, enterprise invoices, obtain cash and actually pay all different payments that may require a bank card with out utilizing their private one, as is so usually the case for early-stage startups. More superior options embrace expense playing cards for workers, whereas detailed firm reporting and automatic accounts are deliberate for introduction quickly.
The firm is predicated in Hong Kong, however Neat’s service can be utilized abroad, and certainly it already is.
Co-founder and CEO David Rosa, a former managing director of Citi Bank Asia Pacific, informed TechCrunch that the corporate has prospects in over 100 international locations since account holders don’t should be resident in, or integrated in Hong Kong, to qualify for the service.
That stated, a big portion is predicated in or related to Hong Kong because it stands in the present day, however Rosa — who began the enterprise in 2015 alongside CTO Igor Wos — stated he desires to alter that and develop the userbase globally. The indisputable fact that Neat is engaged on introducing multi-currency options, in addition to accountancy software program integrations, is bound to assist widen its enchantment to these primarily based exterior of Hong Kong.
In an additional validation, Neat recently snagged $2 million in funding to develop its tech and improve advertising and marketing. Those traders included Singapore’s Dymon Asia and Portag3 Ventures, which is the VC arm of Canada-based Power Corp, a public listed worldwide administration agency with a market cap of $9 billion. The Neat deal represents the Portag3 Ventures’ first funding in Asia and its CEO is bullish on how the duo can work collectively.
“From Hong Kong, we can reach the world. There’s a lot to be done here especially because of the China angle,” Rosa, who has lived in Hong Kong for 17 years, stated.