UK challenger Starling secures £130.5m funding at £2.5bn valuation
UK challenger Starling Bank has completed an internal fundraise of £130.5 million at a pre-money valuation of more than £2.5 billion.
The firm will use the new funds to continue its growth and also plans to “build a war chest for acquisitions”.
“We are looking at a number of potential targets,” says a spokesperson.
Starling made its first acquisition in July last year, a £50 million deal for buy-to-let mortgage group Fleet Mortgages.
The neobank last raised £50 million in April 2021 in a round led by Goldman Sachs. The funding was an extension of the bank’s £272 million Series D funding round, which it secured in March 2021 alongside a pre-money valuation of £1.1 billion.
The London-based challenger offers personal, business, joint, euro and dollar current accounts and a children’s card. It also offers B2B Banking-as-a-Service (BaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions.