Business identity startup Middesk raises $57m Series B round to accelerate growth
Middesk, the business identity platform automating business verification and underwriting decisions, announced it has raised $57 million in a Series B round, co-led by New York-based private equity and venture capital firm Insight Partners and Canapi Ventures, with additional investments from existing investors Sequoia and Accel, as well as Gaingels. Middesk will use the capital to invest in new and existing products, scale the team, and educate the market about business identity.
Kyle Mack, CEO and Co-founder, Middesk: "We believe that more companies working together is good for the economy. By accelerating trust between businesses, we can enable more businesses to access the products and services they need to grow and thrive. More successful companies mean more businesses are working together and more jobs are being created."
Middesk was founded in 2019 to address the downstream effects and resulting challenges of onboarding new business customers. Middesk's infrastructure solution provides the tools, data, and documents needed by banks, insurers, credit card companies, lenders, payment firms, payroll companies, and other service providers to automate onboarding in regulated industries. Its platform provides complete up-to-date data on businesses in the United States and automatically notifies service providers of changes to its customer base, enabling them to make informed decisions during and after onboarding. This allows service providers to quickly and seamlessly form an accurate picture of their customers and offer the critical products their customers need to establish, operate and maintain their businesses.
Jeff Horing, Co-founder and Managing Director, Insight Partners: "As more transactions and business-onboarding move online, financial institutions are facing increasing risk of fraud. Simultaneously, business customers are demanding a frictionless onboarding experience in order to access financial products. Middesk provides financial institutions the breadth and depth of identity data they need to verify their business customers and mitigate fraud without sacrificing the customer experience. Middesk is building infrastructure to support all identity-questions for all industries. We look forward to partnering with the Middesk team as they continue to grow."
In the last 4 months, Middesk doubled its headcount, and it intends to double it again by the end of the year. The company recently launched a comprehensive solution for underwriters providing the ability to search and file liens, and has taken a big step towards becoming a full business identity platform. Middesk currently helps power onboarding for Plaid, Affirm, Bluevine, Pipe, and Novo, as well as several large banks and lenders.
Walker Forehand, Partner, Canapi Ventures: "Middesk is the new standard for small business digital identity and trust. The identity product is orders of magnitude better than legacy competitors – stronger data integrity, significantly higher attach and approval rates, and better outcomes for customers. We couldn't be more excited to partner with Kyle, Kurt, and the Middesk team in bringing forward the next generation of trust solutions for small businesses."