Mozper lands $3.55m to launch kid debit card in Mexico
Mozper, a debit card for kids and parents, has launched in Mexico following a $3.55 million seed raise.
The fintech start-up, which graduated from Y Combinator just four months ago, has raised $5.1 million to date.
Tel Aviv-based Hetz Ventures led the latest round, with participation from new backers F-Prime Capital, Foundation Capital, and Secocha Ventures.
As well as existing investors Dux Capital. Yaax Capital managing partner and YouTube’s former Latin America director, John Farrell, also participated in the round.
“We think that the Latin American market is a blue ocean for fintech innovation,” says Pavel Livshiz, a partner at Hetz Ventures.
The offering – different in LatAm?
Founder and chief financial officer, Yael Israeli, tells Crunchbase News that parents in Brazil and Mexico give out $10 billion in pocket money annually.
She also explains that “70% of the population in Latin America has not received a formal financial education”.
“Speaking about money is traditionally taboo, but COVID-19 removed a lot of those personal insecurities. […] A big part is educating the market. And what the value is now that the world has transitioned to a more cashless state.”
Moves to date
In August, Mozper – with the help of partner Visa – launched its closed beta with 500 families. It claims 90% of these families continued to use the app.
It officially launched to everyone in Mexico in November. The fintech claims user numbers are growing 20% week-over-week.
Latin American challenger bank, Nubank, proves the region has huge scope for substantial user bases, boasting more than 25 million customers back in June.
Mozper plans to launch into Brazil sometime next year.
A sector gaining traction
As well as familiar names Greenlight and goHenry, there has been a host of newcomers entering the kid banking space.
It has also seen fintech-as-a-service platforms like Agora Services launch white-labelled kids accounts to help banks compete with the start-up disruption.
Finastra – a core banking provider for major banks such as Commonwealth Bank of Australia, BNP Paribas, and United Arab Bank – launched Agora’s white-label teen account on its marketplace in May.