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South Africa's TymeBank Secures $77.8 Million in Pre-Series C Funding From Norrsken22 and Blue Earth Capital

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South African digital banking leader TymeBank has secured $77.8 million in a pre-Series C funding round.

Norrsken22, an African growth-stage investor, and Blue Earth Capital, a global impact investment firm, co-led the round.

This funding brings TymeBank’s total capital raised to over $260 million.

Existing investor Tencent, which led TymeBank’s $180 million Series B round in December 2021, also participated in this pre-Series C round, increasing its stake to become the third-largest shareholder.

Launched in 2019, TymeBank has grown rapidly, reaching a milestone of 7 million customers in South Africa alone.

The bank offers a convenient, low-cost banking experience through a hybrid model, combining digital access with physical touchpoints at retailers and partner locations.

This strategy has been particularly successful in reaching unbanked and underbanked populations.

“Tyme has continually pushed forward the evolution of banking,” the company said in a statement. “We were the first fully cloud-based bank in South Africa and enable opening an account in under five minutes.”

The new capital will fuel TymeBank’s continued growth in South Africa and the Philippines, where it launched its GoTyme brand in October 2023. TymeBank also plans to leverage the funding for further expansion in Southeast Asia.

“We are delighted to invest in Tyme,” said Natalie Kolbe, managing partner at Norrsken22. “Their unique product and impressive growth have set them apart. We are excited to support this exceptional team as they continue to revolutionize banking for the underbanked.”

With a strong presence in South Africa, a foothold in the Philippines, and ambitions for Southeast Asia, TymeBank is well-positioned to become a major player in the digital banking landscape.

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