This Startup is Europe’s Top Fintech Valued at $2.7bn

Tricia Levasseur
3 min readJan 10, 2019
Photo Credit: N26

Berlin holds Europe’s most valuable fintech:

The digital bank N26 has raised an additional $300m (USD) to fund its international expansion and at the same time received an updated valuation of $2.7 billion (USD). Analysts say that’s three times the startup’s valuation from 10 months ago when it closed a Series C round for $160 million.

Stunning stats for Germany’s N26:

According to Pitchbook, this $300 million announced on January 19, 2019 is the biggest European fintech investment round on record. And with it, N26 is now the second most valuable digital bank startup globally, according to CBInsights, only behind Brazil’s Nubank. This news also means that Germany’s popular digital bank is starting 2019 as one of the Continent’s most valuable unicorns.

N26’s hockey stick growth:

N26 Billboard at Berlin’s Rosenthaler Platz — Copyright: Tricia Levasseur

At the start of last year, the bank reported having 500,000 customers across 17 Eurozone countries. Series C was closed to fuel international expansion — in particular the UK and U.S. markets.

Well, N26 did use the money for setting-up expansion into those markets and more. By the end of 2018, the bank reported it had more than two million customers and the startup is still in high growth mode.

During 2018 the bank laid the foundation for its U.S. market entry. With this latest funding announcement, N26 says it plans to continue an aggressive expansion into the United States. Management says it will do this via partnerships with a U.S. bank (name not released yet). N26 also says it is considering further expanding into several South American and Asian countries. However, a final decision on which markets the startup will focus on won’t be decided until later this year.

The fast-growing German online bank has become a flagship startup in Berlin’s fintech sector. N26 was founded in 2013 and was named after its original address. It launched its first product in January 2015. 18 months later, N26 recieved a full banking license. Unlike traditional

Tricia Levasseur

Marketing Executive combining Storytelling & Digitial Technology. Techstars Mentor. Former Bloomberg Journalist. Cambridge MBA.