Tradeshift raises $250mn in funding round, takes valuation to $1.1bn

By James Henderson
Supply chain payments company, Tradeshift, has raised $250mn in a new funding round, increasing the valuation of the business to $1.1bn. The Series E f...

Supply chain payments company, Tradeshift, has raised $250mn in a new funding round, increasing the valuation of the business to $1.1bn.

The Series E funding round was led by Goldman Sachs and Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments), with additional participation comes HSBC, H14, GP Bullhound, and Gray Swan, a new venture company established by Tradeshift’s founders.

This new round of financing brings Tradeshift’s total funding to more than $400mn.

The new investors join existing backers, including HSBC, American Express Ventures, CreditEase Fintech Investment Fund, Notion Capital, Santander InnoVentures, and others.

Mikkel Hippe Brun, Tradeshift’s GM of China and Co-Founder, will join Tradeshift’s Board of Directors.

“Given the rapid increase in B2B online transactions, online marketplaces are no longer just for consumers,” said Darren Cohen, Global Head of Principal Strategic Investments at Goldman Sachs.

“Tradeshift has established itself as a leader in supply chain commerce by enabling corporations around the globe to take greater control of their supply chains,”

Tradeshift enables supply chain payments and marketplaces for more than 1.5mn businesses globally, including large enterprise brands such as Air France-KLM, DHL, Fujitsu, HSBC, Siemens, Societe Generale, Unilever, and Volvo.

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The company’s ecosystem now enables alternatives for trade financing, spend and receivables management, lending and payments, and private marketplaces, unlocking the $9trn of capital trapped in online payments.

Vinay Mendonca, Global Head of Product and Propositions, Global Trade & Receivables Finance at HSBC said, “Modernising trade and supply chain solutions is a strategic priority for HSBC. We are investing heavily to enable simpler, better and faster experiences for clients.

“Our partnership with Tradeshift allows us to provide fully digitised and automated working capital propositions across the entire supply chain ecosystem, supported by the breadth and depth of our global network. We are really excited to offer our clients a full range of integrated propositions across the financing and payments spectrum.”

According to the November 2017 Forrester report, Vendor Landscape: B2B Business Networks, 2017 To 2018, Tradeshift is cited among companies that “cause other PO/invoice network vendors to change strategy.”

The funding round will be used for core strategic initiatives, including continued global expansion of Tradeshift in Europe and Asia; growth of transacted volume and value across its platform; and strategic investments into emerging technologies, including blockchain and artificial intelligence via its Frontiers division, which was launched in January 2018.

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