Paystone raises $23.8m for payments and engagement platform
Canadian payments firm Paystone has raised $23.8 million from Crédit Mutuel Equity, the private equity arm of Crédit Mutuel Alliance Fédérale.
Founded in 2008 as Zomaron, Paystone offers electronic payments and engagement services to corporates and businesses.
The firm produces both a payments portal and an online tool providing a digital front end for clients.
The goal is to help businesses to build out loyalty programmes and rewards and encourage engaging behaviour like referring a friend.
This latest injection follows a $54.9 million fundraise from January, which founder Tarique Al-Ansari tells TechCrunch has barely been touched.
Paystone broke into the US market in 2021, and plans to kick off a full launch sometime before the start of 2022.
The company claims to have more than 30,000 merchant locations in North America, with a further 5,000 expected to join soon.
“We want to become the go-to destination for service businesses to set up a digital presence to accept payments and provide loyalty and rewards,” Al-Ansari says.