South Korean Payments Firm CHAI Pockets US$45 Million in Series B+ Fundraise

South Korean Payments Firm CHAI Pockets US$45 Million in Series B+ Fundraise

by December 22, 2021

South Korean payments startup CHAI raised US$45 million during a Series B+ funding round that was co-led by SoftBank Ventures Asia (SBVA) and Nyca Partners.

SBVA’s participation in this funding round marks their second Series B investment into CHAI.

The round also received additional participation from investors such as KT Investment, Conductive Ventures, Nordstar Capital, Samsung NEXT and B Capital.




CHAI said that it will use this funding to expand its footprint in Southeast Asia and develop a fully automated end-to-end payment infrastructure for digital merchants throughout Asia.

Founded in 2019, CHAI aims to bridge the payments gap in Asian markets by providing a unified payment orchestration solution for local merchants through a single application programming interface (API).

Through CHAI Port, merchants can activate and offer over 30 payment options such as credit cards, digital wallets, bank transfers and cross-border payments to their customers in under an hour.

CHAI currently processes more than US$6 billion on behalf of over 2,2 00 merchants and had launched CHAI Port in Vietnam and Thailand

Daniel Shin, Chief Executive Officer of CHAI.

Daniel Shin

“With the COVID pandemic making accepting digital payments a necessity, we want to empower both global and local merchants to rapidly expand into new markets and reach billions of global consumers respectively.

 

This new funding is a testament to our success in markets such as Korea and Vietnam, and we are excited to establish ourselves as the staple digital payments infrastructure of Asia,”

said Daniel Shin, Chief Executive Officer of CHAI.