Over the coming months, FinTech Magazine is conducting a number of flash interviews with the top startups to watch in 2020. We kick off our first interview with James Lynn, Co-Founder of Currensea.
[Image: James Lynn]
Hi James. In your own words, could you tell me a little bit about what Currensea does?
Currensea is the UK’s first travel money card linked directly to your bank account. It’s integrated with most UK high street banks, providing customers with a simpler, cheaper and hassle-free option of travel money. The card works as an extension of your current account, allowing you to spend directly from your existing account, eliminating the need to open a new one. It is enabled by Open Banking - new legislation which aims to provide consumers with a better choice of services connected to their bank. We use the latest bank security and encryption technology, which means it’s as secure as your bank.
What gives Currensea its competitive edge?
There are a number of great benefits:
- It connects directly to your bank account: you stay with the bank you trust and pay from your main account, there’s no hassle or risk.
- It also means that you won’t have leftover money locked on another card or in a separate account.
- We don't charge bank transaction fees such as non-sterling or ATM fees.
- We don't have hidden/extra fees such as weekend mark up or ‘dormant card’ fees that some prepaid cards charge when you don’t use them. We don't charge extra fees beyond certain spending limit. Currensea saves you up to 80% on charges vs your high street bank.
What was your last major milestone / award?
We had thousands of people signing up to our waiting list in just a couple of months. Currensea’s crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs raised 102% over and above its funding target of £800,000 in just over two weeks. We are also delighted to be selected as a finalist in the Nesta Open Up 2020 Challenge – a £1.5mn prize fund run in partnership with Open Banking Limited, incentivising fintech innovators to accelerate the development of Open Banking enabled solutions.
Is there any exciting news you’d like to share with our readers at FinTech Magazine?
We will be launching in early January 2020 and for those who want to be one of the first to get their hands on a Currensea card the waitlist is now open on https://www.currensea.com/
What can we expect from Currensea in 2020?
Expect to hear a lot more from us and see new product developments. We are excited about launching in January coinciding with the 2nd anniversary of Open Banking. Currensea is a mass-market solution with a clear value and can help British travellers at this difficult time when the pound is weak.
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