Swiss accounts are ready for modernisation, and Klarpay AG, who just secured their FINMA authorisation under the Swiss Federal Banking Act Article 1b, is bound to make it happen.
Klarpay will be the first Fintech from Switzerland to work exclusively with e-commerce, digital entrepreneurs, and social media influencers.
The co-founders of Klarpay, Martynas Bieliauskas and Mihkel Vitsur, who are seed financing the venture, are working hands-on to deliver the offering in 2021.
Switzerland introduced the Fintech license in 2019 to attract modern financial institutions, and Klarpay is one of the first ones to receive the authorisation.
Klarpays business case grew out of the Founders’ personal frustration with business banking.
"From our experience as internet entrepreneurs, established financial institutions always had a hard time understanding and evaluating our business cases", says Mr Bieliauskas, CEO of Klarpay.
With the increasing compliance requirements from the regulators, traditional financial institutions have difficulty classifying the risks related to seemingly complex online businesses. To play safe, many refuse to onboard such companies, potentially hindering innovation.
"What we witness is that innovative startups are forced to constantly chase financial solutions, while they should be focusing on developing their business.", adds Mr Bieliauskas.
Even when online companies get their Swiss accounts, there is yet another issue. Financial institutions simply do not offer the products and services needed by these digital entrepreneurs.
Klarpay is here to fill the gap.
Leveraging its proprietary technology, Klarpay can offer over 436 payment acceptance methods in more than 96 regions. Additionally, Klarpay can disburse funds to 169 countries in 65 locally preferred methods.
"We don't want to invent anything new. Reliable solutions are out there. By bundling the best of breed payment products, we can offer these as an all-in-one package to online businesses.", concludes Mr Bieliauskas.
The process of onboarding clients will begin in the 2nd half of 2021.