In a venture round led by Foundry Group, modern payments platform Dwolla has raised $21 million in new funding. The capital takes the company’s total funding to more than $70 million according to Crunchbase, and will help fuel the Des Moines, Iowa-based fintech’s growth initiatives, enhance its partner relationships, and drive the company’s product roadmap.
Also participating in the funding were Park West Asset Management LLC, Union Square Ventures, Detroit Venture Partners, Firebrand Ventures, and Next Level Ventures. Individual investor Jeremy Andrus, CEO of Traeger, also participated in the round.
The investment in Dwolla comes in the wake of a surge in transaction volume over the past year – due largely to the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. With an increase of 80% in transaction volume since the beginning of the crisis, Dwolla sees itself on track for more than $30 billion in transaction volume this year. The company noted that this week that it has onboarded approximately three million end users on its payments platform in the first six months of 2021.
“We continue to be excited at the speed of innovation and demands from the marketplace,” Dwolla CEO Brady Harris said in a statement announcing the investment. “We continue to see significant client and payment volume growth due in part to our new products like Real-Time Payments, Push-to-Debit, and our low-code solutions. This funding will allow us to fully capitalize on the momentum we’re experiencing, as we continue to scale our tech stack with innovative solutions and invest in go-to-market capabilities with international expansion and technical integrations with exciting fintech partners.”
This spring, Dwolla added real-time payment options to its platform. Powered by Cross River Bank, the Real-Time Payments solution uses the RTP Network to send money directly to bank accounts in seconds. The partnership enabled new businesses integrate Dwolla’s payment API to connect with RTP-enabled FIs and send money, while Dwolla’s current customers were able to begin using the technology simply by changing a single line of code.
“Today is game-changing,” Harris said when the new offering was announced in April. “Not just for adding real-time payments to Dwolla’s payments technology. But because of how we collaborated with a forward-thinking financial institution to make real-time payments easily accessible to businesses of all sizes. The immediacy of real-time payments will fundamentally change how businesses operate.”