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Kenyan open finance infrastructure startup Credrails partners with Access Bank for future of finance in Africa

Story Highlights
  • Credrails is a women-led open finance infrastructure launched in 2020 with access to 250 million accounts in 33 African countries
  • Credrails will enable secure open banking connections to Access Bank, forestalling the need for unauthorized links that could be risky for end-users.
  • Developers will be equipped with the data and support they require to launch innovative finance solutions for customers to enjoy.

Access Bank has partnered with Kenyan women-led open finance infrastructure startup Credrails to develop open finance rails that will dramatically improve the experience of banking customers across the continent.

A seed-stage startup founded in 2020, Credrails delivers the infrastructure that connects Bank, mobile money, and offline data into a single API to power the next generation of fintech solutions. The startup’s API gives developers the ability to build revolutionary products with open and robust access to rich data sources. In addition, its solutions promote interoperability across services, leading to faster and more affordable movement of money around Africa and beyond.

Through the partnership, Credrails enables secure open banking connections to Access Bank, forestalling the need for unauthorized links that could be risky for end-users. The partnership thereby equips developers with the data and support they require to launch innovative finance solutions for customers to enjoy.

“Access Bank, over the years, has positioned itself as a leader in the Financial Technology space by leveraging technology to reform business operations and drive performance. To further harness the unending opportunities in the African Fintech ecosystem, Africa Fintech Foundry (AFF) – an initiative of Access Bank – was set up in 2017 to solve industry problems, identify and accelerate innovative startups and be recognized globally as the foremost technology hub in Africa.” Daniel Babatola Awe, who heads Access Bank’s technology hub, Africa Fintech Foundry said.

“We have carefully identified and selected Credrails as our open banking partner, having raised a seed round, as the appropriate company to partner with on our journey to foster the future of finance in Africa.”  he added.

This partnership according to Daniel will develop game-changing, technology-driven, financial solutions that will drive prosperity and encourage inclusivity. ”We believe that this will provide endless business opportunities to achieve the aforestated goal,” he says.

Credrails completed a $2.5 million seed round in January 2022 from investors including Softbank, Precursor Ventures, Launch Africa and super angels such as Shefali Roy and V&R. The funding is being deployed for new product suites and scaling to new countries.

“Credrails is very pleased to have this partnership with a leading African bank. We are rapidly expanding as a business, and this key partnership is further evidence of our commitment to provide Africa with the infrastructure needed to evolve fintech,” said Clara Wanjiku Odero, Credrails CEO and Co-founder.

Since it launched in 2020, Credrails now has access to 250 million accounts in 33 countries and is working towards connecting all of Africa, empowering fintech developers with incredible capabilities through a single API.

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Nixon Kanali

Tech journalist based in Nairobi. I write about tech, business and African startups. Founder and Editor For TechTrendsKE. Nixon is also the East African tech editor for Africa Business Communities. Send tips to nkanali@techtrendske.co.ke.

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