Automatic savings app Chip has raised a total of £10.7m in a crowdfunded, government-backed Future Fund Series A round.
The amount, raised in under 48 hours from 6,420 investors, makes it the largest convertible round in UK crowdfunding history as well as the largest crowdfunded Future Fund participation.
Chip, which saw 25,000 people pre-register ahead of the round on Crowdcube, raised a total of £2m in under 10 minutes and £4m in under an hour.
The London FinTech reports it has now processed over £165m in savings and tripled the size of the team.
This investment will be used to fuel Chip’s further growth, continue discussions with VCs and build on the revenue models.
The funding will also enable Chip to improve the infrastructure and capacity to give access to more deposits, launch their premium account, ChipX, and evolve to investment funds, ISAs and LISAs and, ultimately, pensions.
The round is the second to break records for Chip. Last year, the firm launched the most participated-in crowdfund on Crowdcube .
Chip’s Chief Executive Officer, Simon Rabin, commented: “This round means big things for Chip. The growth we’ve seen this year has been incredible, but it’s time to take the business to the next level.
“Right now we are presented with a huge opportunity to capture a slice of Europe’s €30 trillion savings market that’s ripe for disruption, and Chip is poised ready to accelerate and dominate this space as a market-defining savings and wealth management app.”
“In conjunction with the Future Fund, the UK government’s initiative backing tech start-ups, we’ve been able to welcome thousands more savers into our investor community and become the largest crowdfunded Future Fund round in the country.
“However, perhaps the only downside to the overwhelming demand we saw with this round is that we have run out of allocation before the entire 25,000+ who requested access were able to participate.
“We want to give as many people as possible the opportunity to own a part of Chip and are therefore working on finding a way to allow for more capacity, so make sure you watch this space.”