CASUAL TRADING APP BUX RAISES $6.9 MILLION TO FURTHER ACCELERATE IMPRESSIVE GROWTH
Berlin / Munich based Holtzbrinck Ventures invests in FinTech startup that aims to open up the financial markets to everybody
London - February 17th, 2016: BUX, the trading app that makes trading and investing in the financial markets accessible to everybody, has closed a third financing round of €6 million to further accelerate its impressive growth across Europe.
Since launching over a year ago, BUX has welcomed over 350,000 users and is available in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany and Austria. In these countries the company has managed to open up the financial markets to an entirely new audience: 60% of “BUXsters” are younger than 34 years old, and 78% of them have little to no previous trading experience*. Therefore first time traders begin trading with virtual money in order to allow them to discover the stock market in a risk-free way. After that, they can choose to convert to real money. In total BUX has processed €2.7 billion in total trade value.
Lead investor of this round was Berlin / Munich based Holtzbrinck Ventures, one of the leading independent European funds for startup businesses. They have played a key role in helping successful Internet startups like HelloFresh, Groupon, Audible and Seatwave grow.
Holtzbrinck Ventures’ participation endorses BUX’s mission to disrupt and re-invent traditional brokerage for a new generation:
“BUX provides access to the financial markets to a generation that grew up in the age of growing distrust of financial organizations. They’re currently disengaged with the traditional concept of investing and trading. BUX successfully appeals to these ‘Millennials’. They do so by making share trading extremely straightforward, by adding social and game elements to make trading more attractive and educational and by offering trading in a very responsible way.”
Nick Bortot, CEO of BUX explained:
“Entering the German market is an important step in our European expansion. That’s why we’re very excited to have top tier German Venture Capital firm, Holtzbrinck, on board as one of our main shareholders. In addition to the European roll out, the funding will help us further improve our customer experience. Since launch, the BUX app has grown beyond trading and has turned into a social platform where users share thousands of tips and tricks every day. We plan to continue to add new and improved trading and social features for our community.”
Other investors participating in this round are FinTech VC Orange Growth Capital and Velocity Capital, who both have already participated in earlier BUX funding rounds.
BUX makes it easy and affordable for Europeans to do more with their money. Since launching in 2014, BUX has made the markets accessible for more than 2.5 million users across 9 countries in Europe. BUX currently offers 3 apps that allow users to explore the financial markets including BUX Zero, the flagship platform that is making commission-free trading possible, allowing users to invest in the brands and companies they care about. BUX Zero is currently available in the Netherlands, Germany and Austria. BUX X, launched in 2014, oﬀers short-term, leveraged trading, all powered by a vibrant in-app community. BUX Crypto, launched in 2020, now offers an easy and affordable way to invest in Bitcoin and other digital currencies. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, the company is backed by Holtzbrinck Ventures, Velocity Capital, Orange Growth Capital and Initial Capital.
The investment services of BUX Zero are authorised and regulated by the Dutch Authority for Financial Markets (Autoriteit Financiële Markten - AFM). BUX X, the trading name of BUX Financial Services Limited, is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, FCA Register number 184333. The services of BUX Crypto are offered by BUX Alternative Investments BV.
BUX maakt het voor iedereen makkelijker meer met je geld te doen. Of het nu gaat om lange termijn beleggen in aandelen en of om korte termijn handel in hefboomproducten. Sinds de officiële lancering van BUX in 2014 maken meer dan 2,5 miljoen mensen uit 9 Europese landen gebruik van de BUX apps. Met BUX Zero, BUX nieuwste app, kunnen beleggers aandelen van hun favoriete bedrijven kopen en verkopen zonder dat ze daarvoor commissie betalen. BUX Zero is op dit moment beschikbaar in Nederland, Duitsland en Oostenrijk en vanaf deze zomer ook in Frankrijk en België. BUX X biedt handel in hefboomproducten en daarnaast is er een levendige trading community in de app. Met BUX Crypto kunnen gebruikers op een makkelijke en betaalbare manier in cryptocurrency beleggen. BUX heeft kantoren in Amsterdam en Londen en het bedrijf heeft oa. Holtzbrinck Ventures, en Velocity Capital als aandeelhouder.
De beleggingsdiensten aangeboden via BUX Zero van BUX B.V. worden gereguleerd door de Autoriteit Financiële Markten (AFM). BUX X is een handelsnaam van BUX Financial Services Limited. BUX Financial Services Limited is een in Engeland en Wales geregistreerd bedrijf onder registratienummer 03148972. BUX Financial Services Limited is geautoriseerd en gereguleerd door de “Financial Conduct Authority”, FCA registratienummer 184333.