Bitcoin exchange startup Bitso has raised $2.5m to make it easier for the underbanked in Mexico to gain access to financial services.
Among the investors is Mexico-based foreign exchange, Monex Group, which last year conducted $160bn in transactions in Europe, the US and Latin America.
Bitso’s co-founder and president Daniel Vogel told CoinDesk he believes the expertise of Monex and the other investors will help the startup grow from its “strong footprint” of users in Mexico to elsewhere in Latin America.
Speaking from the exhibit booth his company won as part of a startup challenge hosted by Swift, Vogel said:
“We are very interested in the rest of Latin America. There are some places where there’s been a significant amount of bitcoin activity in Latin America, but there are other places that are very, very quiet. I think those places are very interesting.”
Other investors included Mexican VC firms Variv Capital and Xochi Ventures, and US investors Digital Currency Group (DCG), FundersClub, Bitcoin Capital and Blockchain Tech Limited. The investment was divided into two tranche’s, the most recent of which closed last week.
DCG participated in an earlier, undisclosed seed investment.
When the first tranche