The Italian payment app revolutionizes payments: Satispay
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The Italian payment app Satispay, in addition to having revolutionized the world of payments, has closed millionaire funding rounds and has expanded rapidly internationally. In 2020 it was included for the second time in the CB Insight section of the 250 fastest growing globally Fintech companies.
This platform offers the possibility to anyone with a bank account, to exchange money with the contacts in his/her mobile phone book and to pay at the affiliated points of sale, directly with his/her smartphone. The Italian payment app managed to make its way into a country where cash seemed essential.
But when was Satispay born? How does it work?
Satispay S.p.A. was established in January 2013 in Turin and in 2015 launched the mobile application for digital payments and online money transfers. It is currently the best known and widespread payment app in Italy and Europe.
The far-sighted idea of the Italian payment app came from three young guys from Cuneo, who, at the end of 2012, left their job to start working on this project. The idea does solve the Italian problem of using cash. In fact, the three founders noted that many service providers were not yet equipped with POS terminals or in general refused payments with debit and credit cards, especially for small amounts; therefore, digital payments could be the solution.
Saitispay founders’ team is made of:
- Alberto Dalmasso
- Dario Brignone
- Samuele Pinta
Alberto Dalmasso, CEO, graduated in International Economics, University of Turin, and later got an MBA. From 2010 to 2013 he worked in Marketing and Business Development.
Dario Brignone, CTO, graduated in Information Technology and Network Systems, University of Turin. In the following years he worked as System Architect and Administrator, Consultant and Business Applications Coordinator, till founding Satispay.
Samuele Pinta, COO, graduated at the secondary technical school “G. Vallauri”, completing his Computer Science and Telecommunications studies. He immediately began working as General Manager in the Agribusiness and Renewable Energy industry, before setting up Satispay.
Satispay, the Italian payment app: functionalities, services and pricing
To start using Satispay, you need to download the app that meets everyone’s needs: it is available in Private (orange logo) and Business (gray logo) versions, for both Android and Apple mobiles.
Once the app has been downloaded, you need to create an account linked to your IBAN, and so to your bank account, from which you can transfer to your Satispay account a certain amount of money, corresponding to the weekly budget that you plan to use for sending money to your friends and for payments at affiliated commercial establishments. At the end of the week, at midnight on Sunday, the weekly budget is re-set through a debit or a credit transaction from your current account.
How the Italian payment app works: examples
As soon as the account is created, you set a weekly budget of 100 Euro which are transferred you’re your current account to Satispay. What happens next?
- During the week you spend 50 Euro for payments at affiliated points and for sending money to friends: on Sunday night another 50 Euro will be transferred from your bank account to the Satispay account to restore the weekly budget of 100 Euro.
- During the week you don’t spend anything, but a friend of yours sends you 20 Euro: your Satispay balance therefore becomes 120 Euro. On Sunday night, 20 Euro will be transferred from the Satispay account to your bank account. The weekly budget is therefore re-established at 100 Euro.
- During the week you do not spend anything, and you do not receive any amount of money from friends: on Sunday night no movement, either from the bank account or from the Satispay account, will be made, always keeping the budget at 100 euros.
Services of the Italian payment app
The great success of the Italian payment app was certainly not fortuitous, in fact the app offers many easy-to-use services:
- Money transfer: with the Italian payment app we can send any amount of money to friends and relatives. To do this we simply login the app, select the contact from our address book to which we want to transfer, and click Pay. In the event that we do not have the contact of the person, we can have him/her scan the Personal QR to process the operation.
- Payments at affiliated commercial establishments: to date, there are more than 130,000 physical and online shops in Italy, Germany and Luxembourg, allowing us to pay with Satispay. There is no need to use credit cards, just scan the QR Code of the shop, bar or restaurant, choose the amount and send it.
- Phone recharge: we can send phone recharges to our mobile phone number or one of our address book contacts. To do this, simply login the app, select the carrier, and then select the telephone number and the amount.
- Donations: with the Italian payment app we can participate in fundraising campaigns of various non-profit organizations. Select the campaign, and then simply set the amount and send it.
- Payment of car license: directly from the app we can pay our car or motorbike license. Just access the Services area and select “car and motorcycle license”. Once the requested data has been entered, we can send the payment. The data of the vehicle entered will be saved for future payments and we will also receive a reminder on the license expiry date.
- Payment of money orders, MAV / RAV and pagoPa: always accessing the Services area, select the “Money Order” item, scan the order or input the data manually and make the payment.
- Cashback: the Italian payment app offers an exclusive service to its customers, in fact it offers a refund of a percentage of the amount spent, immediately credited once the payment has been made. Cashback is not provided for all payments but is still available for many transactions.
- Government Cashback: with the Satispay account you can participate in the Italian National Cashback system without using your SPID credentials or IO app, as long as you are of age. By paying with Satispay at physical stores in Italy we can accumulate a cashback totally financed by the Government, up to a maximum of 150 Euro per semester.
Furthermore, with the Italian payment app, you can save money by creating piggy banks within the app, where the Cashback will be credited or where a periodic amount set by us will be transferred.
To settle invoices, instead, we will find in the “Profile” section all the history of our receipts, which can also be downloaded.
Costs for individuals: all services of the Italian payment app are free, except for car or motorcycle license payments, money orders and pagoPa: these transactions cost 1 euro.
Costs for businesses: at physical stores, transactions equal to or lower than 10 euros are free, while 0.20 Euro are charged for higher transactions. E-commerce and social platforms pay 1 euro for transactions lower than or equal to 10 euro, and 1.2 Euro for higher ones. Finally, a 1% commission is charged on each individual transaction at vending machines.
Satispay, the Italian payment app: key figures
To understand the success and importance of the Italian payment app we can just mention the figures reached in 2020: the Italian Fintech got 450,000 new users and 35,000 new affiliated businesses, reaching a total of 1.3 million active users in Italy and 130,000 merchants. Some important names such as KFC, Auchan, Carrefour, Esselunga, Mondadori and world-wide renowned technical partners such as Vtex and Docomo also chose Satispay.
Satispay, the Italian payment app: the millionaire rounds
Satispay closed noteworthy capital increases, making millionaire funding rounds with major Italian and international investors.
The first rounds
The Italian Fintech Satispay already began to take its very first steps in the world of fundraising in 2013, closing an Angel Round of 420,000 Euro in the seed phase. In 2014 it closed a new round with 3LB Seed Capital Srl, for 700,000 Euro.
Serie A Round
In 2015 Satispay began to raise millions, closing two Serie A rounds: the first in January, for a total of 5.5 million Euro; the second in September, for a total of 3 million Euro with Iccrea Banca and some executives and entrepreneurs operating in finance, internet, and telecommunications.
Series B Round
The Series B rounds obtained by Satispay brought the total fundraising up to 42 million Euro and increased the value of the company to over 100 million Euro.
- April 2017: Satispay closed an 18.3 million Euro round. The names involved in the transaction were Banca Etica, Banca Sella Holding through Sella Ventures, Shar Bites Venture Capital and Iccrea Banca.
- July 2018: the company obtained 10 million Euro investing round from Copper Street Capital, Endeavor Catalyst, Greyhound Capital, Banca Valsabbina, Sparkasse and Club degli Investitori, Turin.
- September 2018: Satispay closed the last Serie B round, for a total of 5.2 million Euro with Iccrea Banca and Banca di Piacenza.
Series C Round
In 2019 the negotiations for a Serie C round began, which, initially, was supposed to be 50 million Euro. In 2020 Satispay closed the round with a total of 93 million Euro: 25 million from the purchase of shares held by past investors, and 68 million capital increase by Tim Ventures (Tim’s Venture Capital fund), Jack Dorsey (founder of Twitter) through Fintech Square, Tencent (the holding company that owns, among many other things, WeChat) founded by the billionaire Ma Hueteng, and by Igt Lightstone (part of Lgt Capital Partners, the largest family private banking group).
This multimillion-dollar transaction brought the company’s valuation to 248 million Euro.
In 2020 Satispay started the negotiations for a new investing round of 50 million Euro, not yet concluded due to the impact of COVID 19. Among the various names that could participate in the transaction, we also find Mediaset, with a Media for Equity agreement through its Corporate Venture Capital Ad4Ventures. Now, however, it seems that Mediaset entered the Satispay capital only with a small stake through RTI (Italian Television Networks).
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