- Bahrain-founded and UAE-based fintech Tarabut Gateway has closed a $32 million Series A round, led by Pinnacle Capital, with participation from Aljazira Capital, Visa, Tiger Global and other investors.
- Founded in 2019 by Abdulla Almoayed, Tarabut Gateway is an open banking platform that connects regional banks and fintech via a universal API.
- The funding will boost Tarabut Gateway's footprint in the Saudi market, by attracting top talent and fostering strategic partnerships within the kingdom.
- The startup previously raised a pre-Series A round of $12 million in a round led by Tiger Global and a Seed round of $13 million in early 2021.
Tarabut Gateway, Mena’s leading open banking platform, announces the completion of a $32 million Series A fundraise.
The funding round was led by Pinnacle Capital, a leading alternative investment firm that focuses on KSA investments to provide unique alternative investment opportunities. Pinnacle Capital partners have extensive transactional experience in the venture capital industry with a proven track record, including leading the first Saudi unicorn tech startup, Jahez, to a public listing. The raise also saw participation from Aljazira Capital, Visa, Tiger Global, and other leading existing investors.
The proceeds raised bolster Tarabut Gateway's footprint in the Saudi market, with a focus on attracting top talent and fostering strategic partnerships within the Kingdom. Tarabut Gateway has assembled an expert team of senior hires to build on the region’s recent Open Banking developments.
Abdulla Almoayed, Founder and CEO of Tarabut Gateway, said: “Open banking is reshaping the financial landscape in KSA and the wider Middle East, and we, at Tarabut Gateway, are proud to be at the forefront of this innovation. This fundraise reflects the potential of open banking, our advanced technology, and the trust placed in us by our partners both in KSA and globally. Tarabut Gateway’s mission is to create an open financial services sector that delivers open banking benefits to Mena's consumers, banks, and fintech - and the proceeds of this fundraise will help us execute our strategy and contribute to realising the kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s ambitious vision 2030.”
Tarabut Gateway takes pride in its diverse investor base, which highlights the company's regional leadership in open banking, and operational achievements. The team is looking forward to the partnership with Visa and its extensive expertise, experience, and network in the payment services sector, while also welcoming the continued investment from Tiger Global. The participation from Aljazira Capital, a bank affiliate institutional investor, is a testament to the importance of open banking in the region.
In KSA, Tarabut Gateway has achieved over 60 per cent market coverage through partnerships with leading banks such as Alinma Bank, Arab National Bank, Saudi National Bank and Riyad Bank. The Saudi Central Bank (SAMA) has included Tarabut Gateway as one of the first participants in its Regulatory Sandbox, which is a key component of the open banking framework rollout.
Abdulwahab Al Betairi, Founding Partner of Pinnacle Capital said: "We're thrilled to be backing Tarabut Gateway's ambitious growth plans. Their innovative approach to open banking and their strong focus on Saudi Arabia make them a perfect partner for us. We're excited to see them grow to new heights and contribute to the growth of the Saudi Arabian fintech space as part of the Vision 2030 strategy."
Andrew Torre, Regional President of Visa CEMEA, said: “Next-generation digital experiences and innovation are driving the future of financial services, and open banking is a growing movement that can help consumers better access and manage finances. We look forward to partnering with Tarabut Gateway, combining our global payments network and proven local solutions with their open banking platform to allow innovative financial services across the region.”
Naif Almesned, the CEO & Managing Director of Aljazira Capital, highlighted: “We believe in the importance of open banking and open data as transformative enablers empowering individuals and facilitating better financial inclusion. We are excited to support Tarabut Gateway and look forward to working together to provide Saudi individuals better access to financial services.”
Tarabut Gateway is building an open banking infrastructure across Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Bahrain, with plans for further Mena expansion. This capital infusion reflects the strong belief from Global investors in Tarabut Gateway's potential to continue leading the open banking landscape in the Mena region.