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BondAval

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Founded Year

2020

Stage

Seed VC - II | Alive

Total Raised

$8.64M

Last Raised

$7M | 1 yr ago

About BondAval

BondAval provides payment security solutions for companies.

Headquarters Location

65 Clerkenwell Road

London, England, EC1R 5BL,

United Kingdom

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Expert Collections containing BondAval

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BondAval is included in 2 Expert Collections, including Fintech.

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Payments

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Latest BondAval News

Chris Adelsbach has been backing startups since selling his business in a $300 million deal. He wants to back founders who don't...

Sep 8, 2022

He's backed 175 companies including fintech unicorns like insurance startup Marshmallow. Chris Adelsbach only wants to back founders who "don't accept the status quo." Over the past eight years, he has become one of Europe's most prominent and prolific early-stage investors – backing around 175 companies in the region, including insurance unicorn Marshmallow. "At the seed stage it's more about understanding psychology than spreadsheets," he told Insider. "I want to back the type of founder who would feel stifled working for an incumbent because their ideas would be viewed as too wild." Adelsbach has topped Insider's 2022 Seed 50 list of Europe's best early check writers. The London-based investor spent a decade at various finance roles at GE before cofounding debt collection company Marlin Financial in 2006. It was the $300 million sale of Marlin in 2014 that kickstarted Adelsbach's career in investing. He later worked at accelerator program Techstars before setting up Outrun Ventures. Through Outrun, Adelsbach backed growth stage deals for UK-based fintech Railsbank, as it became a unicorn, and workflow startup Cutover. Throughout 2021, Adelsbach wrote more than 65 personal checks at the seed stage with notable deals including credit risk startup BondAval and mobile banking firm Twig. Fintech has long been a focus for the UK-based investor and he plans to "double down" on the sector this year. "I'm looking for super-focussed founders who can paint a picture where, with the right support, their business creates real value for its users so that they become champions of the brand," he added. "If I'm looking at my watch during the call, it's a bad sign; if the call runs over - it's probably because my heart is racing." Founders have remained a constant theme for Adelsbach, who believes the early-stage sector is effectively "bulletproof." He said early-stage entrepreneurs are less impacted by the rise of stagflation, meaning fintechs can be started and expanded globally despite the ongoing economic downturn. Despite being based in London, Adelsbach has penned deals globally with investments in businesses like Nigeria's One Pipe, DoPay in Egypt, SimpliFi in the United Arab Emirates and Neem in Pakistan. Fintech is regularly the largest single sector for tech investment in Europe and Adelsbach's background in financial services and the predominance of fintech talent in London has made it a hotbed for seed investment. "I really like fintech because with the right model, team, and support, companies can scale fast," he said. "In particular, I like banking-as-a-service and embedded finance because this model embraces the fact that people don't buy fintech, they buy experiences from brands they trust." As one of Europe's most active angels, Adelsbach has been privy to the ecosystem's boom in recent years and said innovation, entrepreneurship and tech were now cool and that the sector was more accessible than before. "An increasing number of graduates are choosing tech and startups over careers such as banking and consulting and founders that are further on in their career increasingly leave stable roles to take the entrepreneurial plunge," he added. "It's an exciting time to be an investor and a mentor with such great talent emerging." Sign up for notifications from Insider! Stay up to date with what you want to know. Subscribe to push notifications

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BondAval Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • When was BondAval founded?

    BondAval was founded in 2020.

  • Where is BondAval's headquarters?

    BondAval's headquarters is located at 65 Clerkenwell Road, London.

  • What is BondAval's latest funding round?

    BondAval's latest funding round is Seed VC - II.

  • How much did BondAval raise?

    BondAval raised a total of $8.64M.

  • Who are the investors of BondAval?

    Investors of BondAval include InsurTech Gateway, TrueSight Ventures, Octopus Ventures, Expa, Charlie Delingpole and 10 more.

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