Tuesday, 27 July 2021

DLT-enabled securities and ESG financing platform developer, STACS, raises $3.6 million in pre-Series A funding

SINGAPORE, 20 April 2021 – Singapore FinTech start-Up Hashstacs Pte Ltd (“STACS”) today announced the completion of its US$3.6 million (S$4.8 million) pre-Series A funding round, bringing its fundraising total to more than US$6 million (S$8 million). This is a prelude to STACS’ Series A funding round, which will commence on a larger scale later this year. The fundraising comes at a strategic time, propelling STACS forward in its key plans to expand its ecosystem of global leading financial institutions on its sustainable and Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG)-enabling technology infrastructure. The announcement comes in line with Earth Day 2021 this week. 

STACS is a leading Singapore-headquartered fintech development company providing transformative technology to the financial services sector. Its live Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) platforms support the effective lifecycle management of securities, and ESG financing dimensions encompassing green and sustainability-linked bonds and loans. STACS is The Asset Triple A Digital Awards 2021 FinTech Start-Up of the Year, as well as an award winner in the MAS Global FinTech Innovation Challenge Awards 2020. STACS’ Co-Founder and Managing Director Benjamin Soh was recently recognised as FinTech Leader in the Singapore FinTech Awards 2020, organised by Singapore FinTech Association. Recently STACS had announced collaborations with leading institutions like Deutsche Bank, BNP Paribas, Eastspring Investments, Bursa Malaysia, EFG Bank, and Bluecell Intelligence.

The round is led by Wavemaker Partners (“Wavemaker”). Spanning across Southern California and Southeast Asia, Wavemaker is Southeast Asia’s leading early-stage venture capital firm investing in enterprise and deep tech companies. In addition, Tribe Accelerator (“Tribe”), a Singapore Government supported blockchain innovation and education accelerator, is joining the round with existing shareholder Stellar Partners adding on to their initial investment. STACS was an alumni of Tribe Accelerator batch three in 2020.

Gavin Lee, General Partner at Wavemaker Partners, said: "There is an immense opportunity to help financial institutions process large volumes of trades more quickly, securely and accurately while reducing costs and illiquid capital. As an enterprise distributed ledger technology provider, STACS has productized a secure layer that can be deployed instantly above existing infrastructure. Enterprise sales is never easy for young companies, but Benjamin is a convincing and seasoned serial entrepreneur who has secured numerous leading financial institutions as key clients. We are excited to be part of the future digitalization of capital markets.”

Yi Ming Ng, CEO at Tribe, said: “We are very pleased that STACS has become the latest Tribe alumni to raise funds. Tribe is proud to have supported STACS and various homegrown companies through a neutral, collaborative Blockchain accelerator program that connects start-ups to investors, partners, global corporations and government partners agencies. The value of being able to tap such an ecosystem is immense. There is a huge amount of potential in Singapore, which is fast-emerging as a regional Blockchain hub and we look forward to further supporting STACS and companies within our ecosystem.”

Founded in 2019, STACS has seen remarkable growth, with many global leading financial institutions onboard its live institutional platforms. Having implemented its real-time trade processing platform live with Eastspring Investments and BNP Paribas Securities Services in 2020, and successfully reducing trade breaks for both institutions by more than 90 per cent, STACS has since leveraged its same core patent-pending blockchain technology to launch GreenSTACS, an industry-wide ESG financing technology infrastructure that supports effective green and sustainability-linked loans and bonds. The fast-growing fintech firm remains committed to empowering financial institutions to unlock massive value and discover new opportunities in green and ESG finance.

Ray Ferguson, Chairman at STACS, said: “Since the 1970s the capital markets have been fragmented, with institutions operating on different systems and ledgers, and going through a linearly-dependent process which has led to a situation whereby US$800 billion of capital is being locked up every single day in the international clearing system. On top of that, due to multiple layers of processing, nearly US$300 billion is being spent on transaction costs in a model that one would be hard-pressed to argue is efficient. In Europe, about 6 per cent of trades fail to settle, resulting in €35 billion in penalties annually. This is all wastage - wasted time, wasted money, wasted carbon footprints - that we at STACS are committed to addressing through our distributed ledger technology. Innovating our way out of these problems is vital if we are to deliver a green and sustainable future for financial services.”

 

Re-disseminated by The Asian Banker