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Currency risk management startup Finofo closes new funding

Aug 15, 2023

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Finofo, a Canadian startup providing accounts payable automation and currency risk management, has raised US$1.25 million in funding led by Motivate Venture Capital, the company tells Axios exclusively.

Why it matters: Managing currency risk is a major headache for businesses operating across international markets.

How it works: Calgary-based Finofo provides a free-to-use platform that makes it easier for business finance teams to manage banking and payments across multiple currencies.

  • The service enables Canadian businesses to send or receive money in more than 40 currencies across 180 countries.
  • Users can also access global bank accounts and manage domestic and international invoices from a single platform.
  • The startup currently makes money off FX spreads and interchange for currency exchange and transactions made through its platform.

Between the lines: Beyond some very large multinational corporations, very few international businesses are using tools to reduce their currency exposure, says Finofo CEO Prateek Sodhi.

  • "There's a better way of doing things. It's just not many people are really doing it," Sodhi says.

What's next: Finofo plans to launch tools to help customers understand their currency exposure over time and to hedge that exposure by giving them access to foreign exchange derivatives.

  • Sodhi says a future release will include a financial planning platform that will allow businesses to upload their budgets and calculate their currency risk going forward.

Of note: SaaS Venture Capital, Desjardins Financial Holding and Sweet Spot Capital also participated in the financing.

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