As the dust begins to settle after SVB's collapse, a picture emerges showing that venture-backed startups have a clear appetite for BaaS-driven fintechs as an alternative for deposits.
I would like to preface this article with the observation that the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) was a significant loss to the entire fintech ecosystem. SVB played a critical role in providing financial support to many startups. It helped navigate the
path to scaling many successful businesses, and its expertise and guidance were influential in shaping the fintech industry playing field.
Indeed, back in 2016, SVB was amongst the first to support Mbanq’s ideas. SVB was the first bank to establish a business relationship with Mbanq, and this cooperation later grew to encompass the USA, the UK and the rest of the world. SVB was also Mbanq’s partner
bank for a portion of Mbanq’s Banking-as-a-Service (BaaS) business. Therefore, both from a personal and professional perspective, SVB will be sorely missed.
Now, as the waters clear and the ramifications become known, a recalibration of sorts has become visible following the significant upheaval. For some BaaS-driven fintechs such as Mercury, Brex and Cheqly, the collapse of SVB created new opportunities and spurred
Mercury, Brex and Cheqly offer banking services to small businesses. Following the collapse of SVB, they were quick to seize the opportunity to acquire over 30% of the venture-backed deposits that were previously held by SVB. The unprecedented bank run on SVB
deposits caused a surge in demand for alternative banking options, and Mercury, Brex and Cheqly were well-positioned to step in and fill the void left by SVB.
With the sudden closure of SVB, many startups were left without a reliable banking partner which they needed to grow and thrive. While the collapse of a key banking partner can be disruptive, it also presents an opportunity for startups to reassess their financial
strategies and explore new options. The collapse of SVB highlighted the importance of having a diverse range of banking partners and the need for startups to have contingency plans. And BaaS-driven fintechs were winners of a significant portion of deposit
As the fintech industry continues to evolve and adapt, companies that can innovate and respond quickly to challenges will be the ones that thrive. The success of Mercury, Brex and Cheqly following the collapse of SVB, is just one example of how the fintech
community can rise to the occasion and transform a challenge into an opportunity for positive change.