Profile: WorldRemit, Somali-owned online money transfer service

WorldRemit is an online money transfer service that provides international remittance services to migrant communities around the world.

The company is backed by venture capital companies Accel Partners] and Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV). As of 2018, the company had around 3 million users.

WorldRemit was founded in 2010 by Dr. Ismail Ahmed, a former compliance advisor to the United Nations Development Programme. Mr Ahmed began developing WorldRemit while studying for an MBA at London Business School. He has said that the idea of an online money transfer service was partly influenced by his own frustrating experience of sending money to relatives in Somalia using offline, agent-based services.[

In October 2018, WorldRemit announced that founder Ismail Ahmed would be stepping into the role of Executive Chairman and the company would be bringing in Breon Corcoran as CEO.[

As one of the first online money transfer firm to focus heavily on mobile-to-mobile remittances, on the sending side WorldRemit is 100% cashless. For those receiving money, WorldRemit offers a wide range of options including bank deposit, cash collection and mobile airtime top-up and mobile money.

While remittances to developing countries reached an all-time high of $690 billion in 2018 .

In March 2014, WorldRemit secured a Series A investment of $40m from Accel Partners, an early backer of Facebook and Spotify. Following the investment, Accel’s Harry Nelis joined the WorldRemit board.

In February 2015 WorldRemit announced a $100m Series B funding round led by TCV.

It was also announced that TCV General Partner John Rosenberg would join the WorldRemit board

In 2017, the company received a $40 million investment in their Series C round of funding. LeapFrog Investments was the lead investor for this round of funding.


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