Spanning wealth management, savings, lending, payments, remittances and more, fintech funding and deals hit a new record high in 2015, according to the inaugural KPMG and CB Insights Pulse of Fintech report. And a large reason why was the spike in mega-round activity across continents.
As the chart below highlights, North America and Asia saw a significant rise in fintech mega-rounds ($50M+) in 2015. After taking fewer than 10 $50M+ deals cumulatively between 2011 and 2014, Asia saw 17 $50M+ deals to venture-backed fintech startups. North America saw close to 40 $50M+ deals in 2015, after taking 29 in 2014.
Among the largest 2015 mega-rounds in North America were those to marketplace lenders SoFi‘s $1.15B Series E from investors including Softbank and RenRen, along with Avant‘s $325M led by General Atlantic, as well as payments automation firm AvidXchange‘s $225M growth round.
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