Our Approach

We like to move fast, let founders get on without us interfering and help when we’re asked

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Why us

As fintech founders and operators, we’ve a similar journey, and we know just how hard it gets. So everything we do is to make sure that the journey is lighter for you

We like to move fast, let the founders get on with it without us interfering, and help when we’re asked.

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We’re different in that we

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Invest with permanent capital, which means we have a long-term horizon time in our founder support

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Have experience building fintech/crypto businesses on six continents, with unique insights on both scaling global organisations and hyperlocalising them, often in very difficult markets

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Have access to an incredible broad global network in financial services, fintech and crypto, across everything from talent and investors to regulators and banks

Our founder community

33

early stage startups
backed

67%

startups with a female
and/or minority founder

15

countries across emerging
and developed markets

Building a new, better financial system.

What we look for

Our investment remit includes all companies whose mission is to build a better financial system that is fair, open and equal to everyone around the world.

This spans everything from more traditional fintech companies improving on existing financial infrastructure, e.g. challenger banks and new remittance solutions, to fully crypto-native companies.

In the middle of the spectrum, we also welcome companies providing products or services to crypto companies, e.g. payments infrastructure and compliance solutions.

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When to approach us

We like to be early investors in your business, even if you are pre-product or pre-revenue. If you're confident in your concept and have started validating your idea, we'd love to learn about you.

Typically, we'd like to see a prototype alongside a roadmap illustrating your approach. If you have a lead investor, we can move quickly to match your timeline.

Global investors

Local expertise

We are a global investor capitalising on Luno's experience across 6 continents.

We invest in both emerging and developed markets.

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Our community

OnMeta

Onmeta is the first India focused crypto onramp product that provides the underlying infrastructure for dApps to allow their end users to seamlessly exchange fiat currency for crypto tokens

Triangle

Triangle is a developer-friendly wallet infrastructure with the vision to build inclusive and borderless access into the web3 ecosystem

Oraan

Oraan is Pakistan's first women-led alternative financial solutions platform to make money management simple for women.

Sardine

Sardine eliminates the friction and risks associated with fintech fund settlement with compliance monitoring, fraud prevention and risk-free, instant settlement for ACH, cards and crypto.

Meet our team

We're a small global team with diverse backgrounds and expertise spanning fintech, crypto, early stage tech and emerging market investing.  We're learning alongside our community of global entrepreneurs.

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Frequently asked

What is the relationship between Luno Expeditions, Digital Currency Group (DCG) and Luno?

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Luno Expeditions is Luno's investment arm backing early stage founders (pre-seed, seed) building the next generation of financial services. We believe this will help accelerate the development of the financial ecosystem. Luno is a subsidiary of Digital Currency Group (DCG). DCG invests in later stage businesses (typically series A/B onwards) and also directly into crypto-assets, crypto tokens, fund managers and public markets.

Does Luno Expeditions lead or co-invest?

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We currently work with other investors who are leading your pre-seed or seed round. When co-investing, we will follow the terms led by the lead investor and are committed to moving at the pace of the lead.

How much would Luno Expeditions typically invest?

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Our investment sizes are typically between $50,000 and $250,000, but we have quite a lot of flexibility. The amount depends on multiple factors including the size of the round, the geography, and the sector among others.

Does Luno Expeditions invest in tokens?

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Luno Expeditions focuses on convertible and equity investments but other companies within Digital Currency Group participate in token-exclusive investments.

Does Luno Expeditions invest in companies outside of Luno’s markets?

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Yes, Luno Expeditions invests globally.

Does Luno Expeditions take board seats?

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No, the team does not intend to have board seats. However, we are always available to support as advisors.