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Leading Payments Platform Wirex Launches First £1 Million Crowdfunding

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Leading Payments Platform Wirex Launches First £1 Million Crowdfunding

Wirex, the leading payments platform taking the fintech and cryptocurrency industries by storm, announced their first crowdfunding. Aiming to raise £1 million, the company will give customers and fintech fans the opportunity to invest before they scale-up in the coming months.

From 21st September, individuals can pre-register to invest in the company. It is expected to be one of the largest and most successful campaigns carried out by renowned equity crowdfunding platform, Crowdcube, who have already taken many start-ups to new levels of success.

Since its inception in 2014, Wirex has become the go-to crypto-enabled payments solution for people seeking an alternative to conventional finance. Wirex’s vision is for a digital economy accessible to everyone globally – empowering people to benefit from a world where all currencies are equal. The company provides a next-gen payments solution that gives users the ability to buy, exchange, hold and spend multiple traditional and cryptocurrencies using one intuitive, centralised app and the Wirex payment card.

Wirex is at the forefront of a rapidly developing industry. Cryptocurrency adoption rates have sky-rocketed in recent years – it’s estimated that over 40 million people globally already use cryptocurrency, with a 240% increase in the number of blockchain wallet users over the past 3 years. This trend has only grown since the onset of COVID-19, demonstrating real-use cases for cryptocurrency in everyday life.

Wirex’s unique and flexible business model allowed it to adapt to this demand and flourish, breaking records in a period of considerable uncertainty for many businesses. The business experienced a 100% increase in the volume of cryptocurrency transactions on the platform in March compared to February, as well as the highest volume of transactions in a single day in the APAC region. As the company’s outstanding performance continues, they’ve decided that now is the time to offer investors a chance to be part of a company shaking up an advancing industry.

The company has already proven its incredible achievements with a series of world firsts, with many predicting a rapid sell-out as demand surges for this revolutionary product. In July 2020, Mastercard named Wirex as their first crypto-native principal member. Prior to this, Wirex was the first company to launch a contactless debit card enabling customers to spend cryptocurrency in-store, as well as the first cryptocurrency rewards scheme, Cryptoback. In 2019, Wirex launched their first native token, WXT, as an Initial Exchange Offering, which sold out in a matter of hours.

Recognised for its outstanding accomplishments in fintech, payments and cryptocurrency sectors, Wirex won the acclaimed Innovate Finance Pitch 360 challenge for 2020. They are one of the few crypto-friendly companies that is a UK regulated e-money institution, and with cryptocurrency becoming more widely accepted amongst regulators, it is projected that the company will grow exponentially in the coming years. With a company valuation of £125 million, Wirex announced that it turned profitable in 2019 – rare for a fintech business so young. Having recently reached the milestone of 3.1 million customers across 130 countries, they predict achieving an incredible 10 million customers by the end of 2021.

Plans are already underway to launch a number of pioneering product and service updates since the announcement of a revolutionary product overhaul. Following partnerships with financial services giant Mastercard and payments solution company LHV, this includes the gradual rollout of next-generation features in the coming months, including additional currencies, free international ATM withdrawals, sky-high limits and next-to-no fees, as well as an upgraded rewards program, setting Wirex apart from its competitors. Striving for global expansion, Wirex is actively seeking licences in new territories with a highly anticipated launch in both the US and Japan in the coming months.

CEO and Co-Founder of Wirex, Pavel Matveev, explains how this decision to crowdfund comes at a crucial period in Wirex’s development. “Wirex has been making huge strides in changing the financial landscape, by making it easier for everyone to access cryptocurrency and spend it in the everyday. By offering a platform that bridges the traditional and digital economy, we are helping to encourage the mass adoption of cryptocurrency for future generations.”

Matveev goes on to explain that “We have a lot of exciting projects and announcements already underway at Wirex as we endeavour to provide a cheaper, faster and safer platform, and crowdfunding will only fast-track our ambitious plans. We’re proudly a hedgehog fintech – our journey to becoming a tech unicorn is built on managing and monetising growth sensibly. Millions of ‘Wirexers’ have supported our growth – this funding round is deliberately aimed at giving them an opportunity to own a share of the brand as we go to the next phase of our growth and scale-up.”

Luke Lang, co-founder of Crowdcube, complemented this by stating: “Over the years fintech has proven to be our most popular sector for investment so I am excited to see Wirex, who is on a mission to take cryptocurrency into the mainstream, raise with Crowdcube. It’s great that their loyal customer-base and fans will have the opportunity to buy a stake in this innovative company.”

Want to hear more about Wirex and our crowdfund? Here’s what you need to know, from the Wirex team!

Pre-registration for the exclusive private sale of the crowdfunding is now live on the Wirex website, with the private sale opening on the 28th September.

About Wirex

Wirex is a worldwide digital payment platform and regulated institution that has forged new rules in the digital payments space. In 2015, the firm developed the world’s first contactless payment card that gives users the ability to seamlessly spend crypto and traditional currencies in real life.

Wirex was created in 2014 by CEOs and co-founders Pavel Mateev and Dmitry Lazarichev, who identified the need to open up the esoteric world of cryptocurrencies and make digital money accessible for everyone. With the core aim of making it as easy as possible to use digital assets in everyday life,  Wirex provides a trusted and cost-effective service for crypto and traditional currency transactions by incorporating the next generation of payments infrastructure integrated with cryptocurrency blockchains.

With over three million customers across 130 countries, the company offers secure accounts that allow customers to easily store, buy and exchange multiple currencies instantly at the best live rates on one centralised mobile app. Quick and simple money transfer options are available, as well as the freedom to spend 150+ traditional and cryptocurrencies in more than 54 million locations around the world using the Wirex card.

Wirex continues to develop the product in line with market developments, whilst adhering to regional regulations and securing appropriate licencing where it exists. A proven industry pioneer, Wirex introduced the world’s first bitcoin reward programme, Cryptoback™, which earns cardholders up to 1.5% back in Bitcoin for every in-store transaction they make. They also launched their own native utility token, WXT, which entitles holders to rewards and incentives such as heavily-discounted fees and higher Cryptoback™ rewards.

Wirex is based in London with offices in Singapore, Kyiv, Tokyo, Toronto, Dallas, Dublin and Atlanta. With over $3bn worth of transactions processed already and rapid expansion into new territories, Wirex is uniquely placed to support and promote the mass adoption of a cashless society through creative solutions.

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Future™ Secures $5.3M Seed Investment to Pay You to Fight Climate Change.

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Future™ Secures .3M Seed Investment to Pay You to Fight Climate Change.

The fast-growing fintech is building the most rewarding way to pay for consumers and the planet.

Future, the movement to accelerate the shift to a low-carbon economy through financial rewards, has raised $5.3M in seed funding. Led by Accomplice, with participation from Active Impact Investments, Techstars Ventures, Urban Impact Ventures, Climate Capital, and the author, activist, and host Baratunde Thurston.

Future is empowering consumers to reduce their carbon emissions and earn extra cash. While most cards give the highest rewards for activities with a high carbon footprint, like flying or filling up your tank, FutureCard Visa Card gives its highest rewards in the fast-growing low-carbon economy. Future offers up to 6% cashback on greener alternatives to everyday spending across transportation, food, fashion, devices, beauty, and furniture. There’s no interest, and Future doesn’t use members’ points to plant trees or buy other carbon offsets. Instead, the focus is on making low-carbon products and services more readily accessible for families and individuals across America.

“We are thrilled to lead this investment in Future,” said Ryan Moore, Co-founder of Accomplice. “More and more consumers across the country are looking for simple and rewarding ways to do right by our planet. Future is building a new category of financial product that helps them do just that.”

Future was founded in the fall of 2021 by Jean-Louis Warnholz and Kamal Bhattacharya and has since grown to over 20 team members across product and engineering, growth, partnerships, and operations. “There’s a common misconception that reducing carbon emissions in our day-to-day life is hard and expensive,” said Jean-Louis Warnholz, Future’s CEO. “Future is on a mission to change that by connecting our members with brands, products, and services that are good for your wallet and good for the planet.”

With this seed round of funding, Future will launch even more rewarding ways to tackle climate change and will add more game-changing brands to the rewards ecosystem. Current FuturePartners, with elevated 6x rewards and weekly raffles, include Back Market, Rad Power Bikes, Just Salad, Ministry of Supply, For Days, Earth Hero, Fulton, Everlasting Wardrobe, and Hilos. To learn more about Future and to reserve a FutureCard, click here.

“There has been so much innovation in expanding low-carbon choices for consumers, from plant-based protein and circular fashion to electric mobility,” said Mike Winterfield, Founder of climate VC Active Impact Investments. “Future is leveraging AI to maximize the benefits of the emerging low-carbon economy for consumers and the planet.”

About Future™: Future is building a payments and rewards ecosystem for the low-carbon economy, inspiring the shift to low-carbon products and services with outsized financial incentives. Future pays consumers to reduce their carbon footprint. Future launched the FutureCard Visa Card, initially with 5% cashback for climate-friendly purchases and a proprietary FutureScore to track individual impact on the climate and get personalized recommendations to earn more cash and emit less carbon.

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LiveScore Group to Accelerate Global Expansion Following £50 Million Strategic Investment from Ringier AG

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LiveScore Group to Accelerate Global Expansion Following £50 Million Strategic Investment from Ringier AG
  • Ringier AG’s investment values LiveScore Group‘s gaming and media business at £500 million
  • New strategic partnership unites two of the most exciting players in global sports media
  • Ringier continues to strengthen its sports growth strategy via its new dedicated sports vertical Ringier Sports Media Group
  • LiveScore Group is home to LiveScore, LiveScore Bet and Virgin Bet, three pioneering brands within the sports and gaming industries

LiveScore Group and Ringier AG have today announced a landmark strategic partnership, with the Swiss-based media and technology company making a substantial investment in LiveScore Group’s rapidly growing sports media and gaming business.

The deal will fuel the expansion of the industry-disrupting business which incorporates leading brands LiveScore, LiveScore Bet and Virgin Bet. LiveScore Group is a rapidly scaling business, which has made significant share gains in highly competitive markets. This has been achieved through leveraging its differentiated customer acquisition funnel with bespoke gaming integrations across its LiveScore assets.

As the latest evolution within one of Europe’s pre-eminent media businesses, the recently created Ringier Sports Media Group division boasts a thriving portfolio of innovative businesses which are changing the way global audiences interact and engage with sport. The new strategic investment in LiveScore Group will specifically accelerate growth across key Central and Eastern European territories, a notable strength of Ringier’s sports media assets.

Following the investment, Stilian Shishkov will join the Supervisory Board of LiveScore Group. Shishkov is currently Senior Partner of the Ringier Sports Media Group, as well as founder and CEO of Ringier`s Sportal Media Group in Bulgaria.

The significant new investment comes after three-years of eye-catching performance for LiveScore Group, founded in 2019 by former Gamesys Chairman and co-founder Noel Hayden, and led by industry veteran Sam Sadi.

Sam Sadi, CEO LiveScore Group: “This is a hugely significant day for LiveScore Group, as we take a significant step forward following a £50 million strategic investment from Ringier which values our business at £500 million. Ringier, with its Sports Media Group, is the perfect partner as we look to accelerate our expansion into Central and Eastern European territories, given their outstanding expertise, assets and relationships.”

Noel Hayden, Executive Chairman LiveScore Group Board: “I’m excited to see two of the most innovative sport and media businesses form a game-changing new relationship. This is a breakthrough moment which will allow LiveScore Group to maximise strategic opportunities together with Ringier, and to deliver better experiences and value for sports fans around the world.”

Marc Walder, CEO Ringier AG: “From delivering real-time sports scores and free-to-air live streams to millions of global users, to offering the most innovative and trusted sportsbook betting opportunities, LiveScore Group has demonstrated it is already a true industry leader and will be a fantastic business partner for Ringier. Together, we aim to enhance, and increase the enjoyment of sport, through innovative products, and immersive experiences under the operational lead of the Ringier Sports Media Group. With LiveScore Group’s support we will better understand the way people feel about sport and what it means to them. Our vision is to fuel the fans’ passion for sport.”

Robin Lingg, Chairman of the Ringier Sports Media Group Supervisory Board: “Sports media is THE place where sports audiences, athletes and advertisers meet. Within its three-month existence, Ringier Sports Media Group has very purposefully put into practice its founding promise, to unite leading digital sports media brands under its umbrella. The participation in LiveScore Group is another decisive step to develop innovative products based on common technologies in the future and to benefit from the exchange of know-how. That a leading business such as LiveScore Group has agreed to work closely with us in strategic partnership is truly a tribute to our vision of sports media at Ringier.”

The Ringier Sports Media Group includes the sports brands of Sportal Media Group and Digital Ventures OOD in Bulgaria, Gazeta Sporturilor in Romania, Sportal.rs in Serbia and Pulse in Africa. The group`s portfolio is set to grow strongly in the coming months through mergers and acquisitions as well as newly launched products.

Moelis & Company LLC acted as financial advisor and CMS acted as legal advisor to LiveScore Group. DLA Piper acted as legal advisor and KPMG as financial advisor to Ringier AG.

About LiveScore Group

LiveScore Group is home to LiveScore, LiveScore Bet and Virgin Bet, three of the most exciting brands in the sports and gaming industries today. The Group was demerged from the Gamesys group of companies (now part of Bally’s Corporation) in September 2019. LiveScore was previously acquired in 2017 as a means of moving into the sports media industry, while Virgin Bet was launched in 2019 following a partnership with Virgin to enter the sports betting market. Today, LiveScore Groups sits within the Anzo Group of companies.

Whether it is LiveScore delivering real-time sports scores or free-to-air live streams to its users across 200 territories, or LiveScore Bet and Virgin Bet offering innovative and trusted sportsbook betting opportunities, we bring our audiences closer than ever to the sports they love with our best-in-class products.

  • About LiveScore

    An early pioneer in the online sports media space, LiveScore™️ was founded in 1998 and is one of the world’s leading sports updates and streaming services. Following its acquisition in 2017, the LiveScore business was subsequently demerged into the Anzo Group in 2019.  With millions of global users across over 200 territories, it’s long been an essential part of the match-day experience for football fans who rely on the service to provide the simplest, fastest, and most reliable updates on matches that matter to them.

  • About LiveScore Bet

    LiveScore Bet™, is a sportsbook offering customers in the UK, Ireland, and Netherlands a new and improved betting experience. Building on the existing user relationship with the trusted LiveScore brand that is already a core part of the live sport experience, LiveScore Bet seeks to deliver a best-in-class product and represents a new opportunity for customers to bet responsibly.

  • About Virgin Bet

    Virgin Bet™ was launched in the UK in May 2019. With access to a huge range of betting markets across all the top sports, as well as the nation’s most popular casino products, Virgin Bet delivers a top-quality experience for its customers and has the perfect line-up to disrupt the sportsbook industry. VIRGIN and the Virgin Signature Logo are trademarks of Virgin Enterprises Limited and are used under licence.

About Ringier

Ringier is a Media- and Technology Company Swiss by nature. The Group includes over 130 companies operating numerous leading media brands, digital platforms, and marketplaces. Ringier addresses every walk of life and touches the lives of millions of people – every day around the globe in 19 countries. 73 percent of operating profit comes from the digital sector. This puts Ringier in the group of leading European media companies. The family-owned enterprise believes in entrepreneurship, collaboration, innovation, trust and courage for nearly 190 years. In a world that’s becoming ever more complex and challenging, Ringier`s mission is to keep interest alive and to ensure that customers, users, or readers never lose sight of what connects them:

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Wemade announced a strategic investment in MVM, an African P2E guild project

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Wemade announced a strategic investment in MVM, an African P2E guild project
  • MVM supports Africa P2E gamers and developers
  • Founded by former director of Binance Labs in charge of Africa, optimized for local business
  • Expecting the expansion of WEMIX ecosystem in Africa

Wemade participated in the seed funding round for Metaverse Magna (MVM), a P2E guild project from Africa.

MVM’s parent company, Nestcoin, supports and invests in crypto projects in Africa. It was founded by Yele Bademosi, former director in charge of the Africa region at Binance Labs, who oversaw investments and incubations for startups.

Also with MVM as Africa’s first and biggest gaming DAO, Nestcoin supports the overall P2E game lifecycle of various P2E games that it has invested in, such as incubation, launchpad support, token/NFT public sales and game operation.

MVM is helping gamers in Africa through its community and self-developed app, Hyper. It plans to expand its business by providing guild management tool through developing its own OS, P2E game software design kit for game developers, gaming DeFi services and more.

With this strategic investment, Wemade aims to expand the ecosystem of WEMIX3.0 and start business in Africa for the long term.

There are over 186 million game users in Africa. MVM wants to create the biggest gaming community in Africa and provide tools for users, investors, developers, and guild operators within the ecosystem.

Africa has the highest youth population globally,” said Yele Bademosi, CEO of Nestcoin. He emphasized the potential for the growth of the game industry in Africa.

“Gaming guilds will be one of mainstream DAOs and play a pivotal role in the game tokenomics,” said Henry Chang, CEO of Wemade. “Partnership with MVM is an opportunity to expand the ecosystem of WEMIX in Africa, the continent with a rapidly growing market and a young population.”

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