Digital-only bank Starling eyes ‘rapid expansion’ after £60m raise

Ben Heathcote | February 10, 2020

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Starling, the app-only digital challenger bank, has secured an investment of £60 million from existing investors Merian Global Investors and JTC. The funding will bring the total raised to £323 million and follows two funding rounds of £105 million.

Starling has opened 1.25 million accounts for consumers and small businesses, since launching its banking app in May 2017. It now holds more than £1.25 billion on deposit.

Anne Boden, founder and chief executive, said:

“The support of our existing investors represents a huge endorsement of our business strategy, as we continue to ramp up our growth. We’re constantly innovating and have big ambitions to turn Starling into a world-leading digital bank.

“We could not do this without the support of our 800 employees, who work so hard to provide a better banking experience for our customers, giving them more control over their finances. So I’m thrilled to be giving shares to them.”

Nick Williamson, co-manager of Merian Chrysalis Investment Company Limited, added:

“Starling has continued to innovate and has already established itself as one of the most highly-regarded UK challenger banks. Its superior user experience is winning over retail and business customers and we believe 2020 is set to be a defining year for the business.”

Announcing its latest funding round, Starling said it will continue its rapid expansion. It has also announced it will award shares to all 800 employees.