[Funding alert] Tide raises $100M from Apax Digital Fund, others

Earlier this year, Tide had announced that it was expanding into India, with a full launch of the platform planned for 2022.
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UK-based digital business financial platform Tide on Monday said it raised over $100 million (about Rs 745 crore) in funding led by funds advised by Apax Digital.

The Series C round — which has brought the total funding raised to date to $200 million — also saw participation from existing investors, including Anthemis, Augmentum, Jigsaw, Local Globe/Latitude, UK-based investor SBI, and SpeedInvest, a statement said.

Tide is now valued at over $650 million post-money after only four years of operation, it added.

The startup claimed that its user base more than doubled in the UK in 2020. With over 3.5 lakh members and over four lakh business accounts, Tide serves around 6 percent of UK businesses.

Earlier this year, Tide had announced that it was expanding into India, with a full launch of the platform planned for 2022.

"The new funding puts Tide in a position to continue to develop their business financial platform, grow their market share, as well as expand globally. Tide, in partnership with ClearBank, has also been awarded a total of nearly $120 million in grants from the RBS Alternative Remedies Package," the statement said.

In March, Tide had said it plans to increase its headcount in India with the addition of 350 skilled professionals in 2021 across Hyderabad and Gurugram. With this, the company's total headcount in India would cross 400 people.

"Tide's growth story to date has been hugely exciting, creating a diverse platform that serves small business owners and generating significant market share. As we embark on taking Tide international, we couldn't have a better set of investors to support us," Tide CEO Oliver Prill said.

He added that Tide looks forward to working with Apax Digital to realise its ambition of becoming a leading global business financial platform.

The investment is subject to FCA approval. Financial Technology Partners (FT Partners) served as the exclusive strategic and financial advisor to Tide on this transaction.

Edited by Suman Singh

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