Digitized ID verification startup Onfido lands $100 million


Editor’s note: this is a syndicated article from Crunchbase News, written by reporter Sophia Kunthara

Identity verification startup Onfido has raised $100 million in a new round of funding.

Onfido uses artificial intelligence to analyze a person’s facial biometrics and compare it to government-issued IDs to verify his or her identity. This round, which was led by TPG Growth, brings Onfido’s total funding to $200 million, according to the company.

“We’re standardizing the way everyone proves their real identity, in a similar way to how Facebook has standardized the way everyone shares their social identity, and LinkedIn has standardized the way everyone signals their professional identity,” CEO Husayn Kassai said in a statement.

Now that the COVID-19 pandemic has restricted physical interactions, there’s an even greater need for fast and secure digital access, the company says.

“This proliferation of digitization is only just starting,” Kassai said in an interview with Crunchbase News. “What’s been happening the past couple of months is accelerating.”

Kassai pointed to banks as an example of businesses doubling down on digitization. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, people are no longer going to bank branches to open accounts, and banks need a way to verify identities.

Onfido ended up partnering with TPG Growth to lead the round, which Kassai described as competitive, because of the “sheer scale and breadth” of its portfolio. The firm’s long-term vision and shared vision around identity were also important factors, Kassai said.

The company, which most recently saw 130 percent year-over-year growth, counts CLEAR, Expensify and Revolut as clients. Onfido’s investors include Wellington Partners and Crane Venture Partners, per Crunchbase data.

The new funding will be used to invest in machine-learning technology, consolidate existing markets and keep up with demand in new areas, according to a statement from the company. In terms of expansion, the United States is Onfido’s key core market, followed by Europe (the company wants to expand into Germany) and then Southeast Asia.

Illustration Credit: Li-Anne Dias

Additional reading from tech.eu:

London-based startup Onfido aims to bring background checks into the 21st century (April 2015)

Digital ID verification firm Onfido raises $30 million from Microsoft, Salesforce, and others (September 2017)

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