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May 12, 2022

Deserve secures $250m to bolster digital credit card platform

US-based card technology startup Deserve has raised a $250m in credit facility from Cross River, Goldman Sachs, and Waterfall Asset Management to further develop its digital credit card platform.

The company said it will use the fresh capital to cater to the growing demand from financial institutions, fintechs, and consumers.

Last year, Deserve’s mobile-centric platform rolled out credit card programmes for partners, including OppFi, BlockFi, Notre Dame Global Partnerships, KrowdFit and M1 Finance.

Deserve is currently working on card programmes that will enable consumers to manage subscriptions, streamline buy-now-pay-later (BNPL) capabilities and utilise their home equity.

It also intends to roll out card programmes for small and medium businesses (SMBs) and commercial customers.

Deserve CEO and co-founder Kalpesh Kapadia said: “At Deserve, we’re committed to helping organizations quickly and securely launch any type of credit card product in the cloud, customised to their specific audience – a valuable touchpoint with customers and a must-have in today’s landscape of competitive brand loyalties.”

Cross River Bank head of Strategic Direct Lending Rahul Jha said: “We’re proud to support Deserve’s growth with our credit facility, and we’re excited to play a role in bringing a more modern and complete credit card experience to consumers nationwide through Deserve’s credit card as a service platform.”

In June last year, Deserve raised $50m through a Series D funding round to modernise the credit card stack and support the industry in launching credit card programmes through modern APIs.

The round which was jointly led by Mastercard, Mission Holdings, and Ally Ventures, was participated by Goldman Sachs Asset Management, Sallie Mae, and other existing investors.

Deserve registered 650% growth in transactions volume and 800% growth in receivables last year.

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