Mobile Money Transfer Sensation WorldRemit Launches in California

The ‘WhatsApp of money’[1] has Silicon Valley and
10 million migrants in its sights

– the UK’s fastest-growing technology company – today expands its money
transfer service into California. Home to one in four migrants in the
United States, California is WorldRemit’s largest send market to date.[2]

Bringing the offline remittances industry onto mobile, WorldRemit’s
arrival on the doorstep of Silicon Valley underlines its status as a
major player in the global FinTech revolution.

WorldRemit has raised nearly $200m to date, primarily from Accel
Partners and Technology Crossover Ventures. On 10 February 2016
WorldRemit announced $45m in financing from TriplePoint Capital and
Silicon Valley Bank.

Customers across the globe now send 400,000 transfers with WorldRemit
every month with around 25% going to Mobile Money wallets.

The rapid growth of Mobile Money across the developing world has enabled
people to instantly receive remittances on their phones instead of
travelling long distances to foreign exchange bureaus to collect cash.

Ismail Ahmed, CEO and founder of WorldRemit, comments: “WorldRemit
allows people to send money to family and friends with the speed and
convenience they have come to expect in our connected world. Just as
WhatsApp and Skype changed the way we communicate globally, WorldRemit
is modernising our financial connections.

“By sending to more Mobile Money services than anyone else, we are
showing what the next phase of international money transfers looks like
– instant transfer of money from person to person, anytime, anywhere.”

WorldRemit is now available in 43 US states, DC and Puerto Rico.
Remittance businesses must obtain money transmitter licenses on a
state-by-state basis.


[1] Business Insider

[2] Public Policy Institute of California

Note to editors

  • Images for press here
  • Video case study here
    (RB’s Story, Youtube)
  • California is home to more than 10 million
    immigrants. In 2011, more than a quarter of California’s population
    was foreign-born. More information

About WorldRemit

WorldRemit is changing the way people send money.

  • It’s easy – just open the app or visit the website – no more agents.
  • Transfers to most countries are instant – send money like an instant
  • More ways to receive (Mobile Money, bank transfer, cash pickup, and
    mobile airtime top-up).
  • Available in over 50 countries and 125+ destinations.
  • Backed by Accel Partners and TCV – investors in Facebook, Spotify,
    Netflix and Slack.
  • WorldRemit is the UK’s fastest-growing technology company (Deloitte
    Technology Fast 50 2015)

WorldRemit’s global headquarters are in London, UK with regional offices
in the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

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Ben Leong