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Dwolla announces $12 million investment


Dwolla, the Des Moines-based financial tech startup, announced the closure of a $12 million funding round, according to a blog post Monday morning.

According to the post, the round was led by Foundry Group, with participation from Union Square Ventures, Next Level Ventures, Ludlow Ventures, High Alpha and Firebrand.

In total, Dwolla has raised more than $50 million since launching in 2010.

Ben Milne, CEO and founder of Dwolla, said the funds will be used to meet growing capital requirements as a financial platform as well as expanding the team at Dwolla.

Milne said Dwolla has more than 40 openings to fill this year.

“As we build our team, we do so knowing that the best teams are built by the inclusion of diverse ideas, experiences, and people,” Milne writes.

Ben Milne is also a cofounder of Clay & Milk

Previous coverage of Dwolla

Mojaloop: Dwolla partners with Gates Foundation to create payments system – Oct. 17, 2017 

Q&A: Get to know Ben Milne – Oct. 13, 2017

Dwolla announces $6.85 million investment – Jan. 20, 2017


  • Next Level Ventures
    Posted February 13, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    Pumped for Dwolla and the entire team! Keep up the great work!

  • Wade Arnold
    Posted February 14, 2018 at 9:12 am

    Not only great news for Dwolla but for the entire financial technology community in the midwest. Keep pushing it DWOLLA!

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Dwolla announces $12 million investment | Clay & Milk
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