B2B insurtech Bondaval raises €15 mn in a Series A, total raised €23.5 mn

B2B insurtech Bondaval has raised €15 million in a Series A funding round. The London-based startup is aiming to give credit teams more certainty that their receivables will be secured through proprietary MicroBonds. 

Founded by a former England Rugby Sevens player, Tom Powell, and Sam Damoussi in 2020, Bondaval is modernising and simplifying B2B payment security. Now the startup has secured new funding and is set to embark on plans to expand globally, expand into new sectors and develop more use cases for the platform. 

€15 million was raised in a Series A round, which brings the total raised to date to about €23.5 million

Investors in the round include existing shareholders Octopus Ventures, Insurtech Gateway, TrueSight and Expa. New investors Talis Capital, FJ Labs, and Broadhaven Ventures also participated and Thomas Williams, General Partner at Talis Capital, will join Bondaval’s board.

When we first established the business less than 2 years ago, we could only imagine how quickly the market would respond to our technology-led approach for payment security. We look forward to increasing access to more favourable financial security for all parties involved in B2B credit transactions and demonstrating more applications for our MicroBonds.

Tom Powell, co-founder and CEO Bondaval

Based in London, Bondaval combines credit analysis technology with S&P A+ rated insurance backing to create a more secure, capital-efficient and cost-effective form of receivables protection that can be issued, renewed and claimed on digitally.

Through using proprietary tech, the aim is to modernise and simplify B2B payment security by fractionalising the underwriting process and cost. As a result, risks are covered more comprehensively and across more applications. 

Currently, the startup’s main offering is its MicroBonds – technology-enabled surety bonds that secure receivables and can be easily purchased, and managed, through the Bondaval platform. 

Primarily serving FTSE 100 and S&P 500 companies, including the likes of Shell, BP, Highland Fuels and TACenergy, it’s thought that MicroBonds can replace traditional payment security methods, including bank guarantees and trade credit insurance – which often come with a negative balance sheet impact for customers, don’t always offer full indemnity and can be cancelled without notice.

MicroBonds are non-cancellable digital financial instruments that provide 100% indemnity, have no collateral requirement, and, can be used alongside existing security. Users of the platform can set it up quickly, helping to streamline and optimise processes as well. 

Further, unlike traditional collateral-based security, the MicroBonds don’t require customers to tie up capital in order to provide payment security to their suppliers. This can provide them with much-needed liquidity at a time when business costs are unpredictable and rising. Additionally, unlike trade credit insurance, MicroBonds cannot be cancelled and will provide 100% indemnity in the case of a default, giving suppliers confidence and certainty as they trade.

Since its 2020 launch, Bondaval has expanded pretty rapidly, opening offices in London and Austin, Texas. This new funding will help fuel the next stage of global growth as the company also seeks to diversify its offering. 

by Peter Sonner