The Paris-based spend management scale-up has raised its third funding round to drive international expansion and help businesses everywhere spend smarter.
Paris, September 9, 2019 – Spendesk, the leading spend management platform for small to mid-sized businesses (SMBs), today announced it has raised €35M in a Series B round led by Index Ventures. This round brings the total raised to €45M. The investment will help fund product development and accelerate international expansion, with new offices opening in Berlin and London.
“We want to make spending at work as easy as it is in our private lives. We’ve already seen the private payments sector disrupted by new players like Revolut and N26, but most businesses still manage spending like it’s 1995 – with archaic processes like shared company credit cards, petty cash or manual expense reports. We’re here to change that,” says Rodolphe Ardant, CEO and Founder at Spendesk.
The Spendesk platform combines virtual and physical payment methods with approval workflows, automated receipt capture, real-time spend analysis and invoice management. Finance teams also benefit from powerful reporting and accounting integrations. On average, Spendesk customers save up to 3 days each month on reconciliation tasks alone.
“Spendesk is the first spend management platform built for both finance teams and employees,'' says Ardant. “With full visibility over the spending process, finance leaders can decentralize spending across the business without any loss of control. Employees benefit from streamlined expense and invoice management through the Spendesk website and app, whether on the road or in the office.”
Spendesk will use the newly raised funds to strengthen its product by adding market-leading features including smart analytics, support for more international currencies, wire transfers, and strategic partnerships with complementary services such as TravelPerk. The company will also ramp up growth, with plans to hire over 100 new Spendeskers in the next 12 months, new offices opening in Germany and the UK and the official launch in Spain and Scandinavia.
“It’s already been a big year for Spendesk. We’ve gone from 20 to over 120 employees in under 12 months, and more than doubled our customer base to 1,500 businesses across Europe. This fundraising will help us scale faster and deliver on our mission to help businesses everywhere spend smarter,” says Ardant.
Dominique Vidal, Partner at Index Ventures is enthusiastic about the opportunity in spend management. “Spendesk has seen a tremendous traction with small businesses across Europe. We are investing again, after leading the company’s Series A last year, to help Spendesk capitalise on this demand, and expand internationally. This is a market that will continue to grow at a fast pace, and Spendesk is well-positioned to be the category leader.” said Vidal.
Spendesk’s mission is to help businesses spend smarter and free people from the hassle of spending at work. Founded in 2016 by Rodolphe Ardant, Jordane Guily and Guilhem Bellion at French startup studio eFounders, Spendesk now serves more than 1,500 businesses in 30 countries across Europe. The last funds were raised in January 2018, a €8M Series A led by Index Ventures. With CFO Connect, Spendesk is building a global community of finance leaders with regular meetups across major European cities.