Puerto Rico Bank to Crowdfund on Circle, Crowdcube

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A financial entity with a license from Puerto Rico could soon be operating for US crypto startups, if it can raise capital on Circle’s SeedInvest and Crowdcube according to CoinDesk.

Arival Bank is now waiting for Puerto Rican regulators to issue an International Financial Entity (IFE) license before it can launch a crowdfunding campaign simultaneously on the US and UK based platforms. It has a target of USD 3 million, according to SeedInvest associate Samuel Lawson.

Arival Bank CFO Jeremy Berger explained the thought process behind this move:

“It’s important for us to get the public involved, not just as investors but supporters of our vision. We need their feedback to drive the way we flesh out our tech, for example. It builds a real word of mouth presence and we hope it’ll bring significant impact on customer acquisition.”

If all goes well, a more traditional Series A funding round is in the works. The co-founders, Slava Solodkiy, Igor Pesin and Berger, all said that the slowness with which banks serviced crypto startups inspired Arival:

“We want to serve clients who are getting rejected by traditional and even digital banks: crypto-related businesses (our first target audience), charity organizations, freelancers from co-working spaces, expats, refugees, residents from e-residency program in Estonia.”

Lawson revealed that it was this specific business model that made SeedInvest see Arival as a natural partner, since the platform does due diligence on startups before listing their equities.

He further explained that SMEs and crypto-based enterprises were still severely underbanked and does not see traditional banks provide solutions for this growing sector of the global economy: “Further, by taking a global approach and working to acquire an international banking license, the company fits well into the decentralized crypto model.”

Last month, Bitcoin News reported on a new bank for crypto traders in Puerto Rico, the San Juan Mercantile Bank & Trust International (SJMBT).


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