Vested Finance Raises $3.6 Million USD to Bring U.S. Stocks to Indian Investors. Vested Finance, a Silicon Valley-based online investment platform that enables Indian investors to invest in the U.S. stock market, today announced it has raised a $3.6 million seed funding round with participation from Moving Capital, Ovo Fund and TenOneTen Ventures in the U.S., and Inflection Point Ventures and Venture Catalysts in India.
The company will use the new funds to accelerate product development and hire talent across the U.S. and India.
Vested is on a mission to enable sustainable wealth creation by allowing local investors to invest globally. Founded two years ago, the company saw rapid growth in 2020.
Money deposited into Vested accounts grew 26x over the last twelve months, along with a 5x increase in U.S. brokerage accounts opened through the platform.
Vested processed more than $100 million in trades in 2020, and more
than half of the investors using the Vested platform are investing in
the U.S. market for the first time ever.
“Individuals in India have been contributing to the top and bottom
line of international companies for decades, but have never had the
chance to create wealth by investing in them,” said Viram Shah, CEO
and co-founder, Vested Finance. “Our goal is to build the easiest U.S.
investing platform for Indian investors, and our growth to date has
proven that interest in the opportunity is strong and increasing. Our
focus following this seed round is on accelerating product development
to create a seamless and cost-effective end-to-end U.S. investing
Vested’s zero-commission online platform requires no minimum balance
and allows investors to invest in U.S. stocks in minutes. Investors can choose individual stocks or ETFs, or select from a variety of “Vests,” Vested’s curated portfolios constructed with various goals, themes, and risk levels in mind.
“The United States is a global center of innovation, and people around the world can benefit from investing in the U.S. markets,” said Gil Elbaz, partner, TenOneTen Ventures. “Vested is bringing this cross-border investment opportunity to India and beyond, allowing local investors to diversify globally by spreading out their risk, and we’re excited about the possibilities Vested will bring to individuals in India, Southeast Asia and around the globe.”
To facilitate Indian investors to invest in U.S. markets, Vested has partnered with more than 25 brokers, fintech, and wealth management firms in India, including Axis Securities, Kuvera, Angel Broking and 5Paisa.
Vested has also partnered with global digital trading technology platform Drive Wealth to power its offerings.
Vested is a recent graduate of the 2020 Techstars & Western Union
accelerator in Denver, where the 2020 program thesis focused on access
to better financial tools and services that will create a more
equitable and inclusive financial system.
For more information, please visit Vested.co.in.