Egyptian digital investment platform, Thndr, has raised $20 million Series A investment co-led by Tiger Global, BECO Capital and Prosus Ventures, with participation from Base Capital.
Existing investors including Endure Capital, 4DX Ventures, Raba Partnerships and JIMCO.
The funding will go towards product development and to expand Thndr’s presence across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Thndr has grown assets under custody rapidly – 29x during 2021 – and monthly traded values up are by similar levels. Thndr also accounted for 36% of all new registrations in the local Egyptian exchanges during 2021.
The firm’s co-founder and CEO Ahmad Hammouda says that they are building an investment supermarket for MENA consumers to access relevant investment products.
“With a focus on financial literacy, we equip investors with the knowledge to make self-directed investment decisions. We pride ourselves in being agents of change in the investment sector, and staying true to our mission of democratizing investing for everybody in the region. The support from leading global investors is a significant endorsement to our strategy and the very clear market opportunity in the region. We’re thrilled to announce this new funding to continue pioneering wealthtech in the region,” Hammouda said.
Launched in late 2020 by Ahmad Hammouda and Seif Amr, Thndr is filling this gap by transforming the traditionally outdated, slow, and non-user-friendly process of opening and managing investment accounts in the region. The company is making it easy to invest in stocks, bonds, and funds in the region through its mobile-based and low-commission digital stock brokerage.
“We’re excited to support Ahmad, Seif, and the Thndr team as they make investing more accessible in Egypt and the MENA region. The market is lacking a low cost, easy to use platform for investing and saving, and we believe Thndr will deliver best-in-class customer experience as the platform scales.” said Alex Cook, Partner at Tiger Global.
Compared to the US and Europe, MENA countries are significantly underserved when it comes to investment platforms and current investor penetration is less than 3% across the region.
MENA’s market fundamentals are compelling: The region’s population of 370 million amasses $500 billion in annual savings; 62% have smartphones; and half the population is aged between 14-45 years old. Platforms like Thndr are creating investors out of members of the population who previously had limited equity market exposure. In fact, 87% of Thndr’s user base are first time investors and 40 percent of users come from rural areas.