Big banks back Bud in $20 million funding round

Big banks back Bud in $20 million funding round

Open Banking outfit Bud has raised $20 million with the support of Goldman Sachs, HSBC, ANZ, Banco Sabadell and Investec, as well as Lord Fink, the former chief executive of hedge fund Man Group, and 9Yards Capital.

The Bud platform acts as a data exchange layer between banks and up to 85 third party providers.

Bud says it will use the funding to double its headcount to more than 120 staff by the end of the year, and expand into new markets.

The round takes Bud’s funding to date to $32m.

Bud currently counts just one confirmed contract with HSBC's direct banking unit first direct, although other partnerships are in the offing.

Banco Sabadell, which co-led a £1.5 million investment in seed capital for Bud in 2017, says the new funding is being carried out with the support of UK subsidiary TSB. The Spanish bank says TSB will use the Bud platform to strengthen its commitment to Open Banking.

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