Lydia, a French cryptocurrency-friendly fintech startup, raised $100 million in Series C financing TechCrunch.
According to reports, the latest financing helped Lydia obtain unicorn status with a valuation of more than $1 billion.
After the B round of financing of US$86 million in December 2020, US$100 million has been raised in the past year.
This round of financing was led by investors Tencent and Accel, with Dragoneer and Echo Street participating. This fintech startup aims to use new funds to expand its footprint in Europe. The company hopes to have 10 million Europeans hired by 2025.
Lydia did not immediately respond to Cointelegraph’s request for comment.
The application was originally a peer-to-peer mobile payment application, and later expanded to include cash back and personal loans. The startup recently launched a stock and cryptocurrency trading service in cooperation with the Australian cryptocurrency exchange Bitpanda.Fintech apps are similar to Cash application or Venmo In terms of functionality, it currently has 5.5 million users.
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