Nigerian Youverify Raises $2.5M to Strengthen Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Measures

Youverify, an AI-driven Anti-Money Laundering (AML) solutions startup has raised a $2.5 million investment from Elm, a digital innovation and solutions firm based in Saudi Arabia, in a move to simplify AML compliance for businesses and enhance AML risk intelligence across the globe. 

Launched in Nigeria in 2018 and currently serving customers in 12 countries, Youverify’s state-of-the-art AI-driven AML risk intelligence platform is revolutionizing how businesses address fraud challenges, significantly reducing false positives and improving efficiency in transaction monitoring. 

Partnering with Elm is a game-changer for Youverify and our customers,” said Gbenga “GEE” Odegbami, CEO of Youverify. “Elm’s strong track record in delivering innovative digital solutions aligns perfectly with our mission to provide the financial industry’s most reliable and efficient global AML solutions.Famous Ehichioya, CTO and co-founder of Youverify, stated, “The integration of Elm’s resources and expertise with our AI-driven platforms will enable us to accelerate the development of our AML 2.0 products. These innovative solutions are not just about meeting regulatory requirements; they’re about redefining the standard for efficiency and reliability in the financial sector. Staying ahead of fraud is not just a priority for us.” 

Gbenga was particularly grateful for the support from the Business Development Bank of Canada, whose resources and guidance helped in our growth journey. Without their backing, our path to success would have been significantly more challenging. 

With this partnership, Youverify is poised to accelerate the development and deployment of its AML 2.0 products, further enhancing its ability to serve businesses globally. The collaboration between Youverify and Elm represents a significant step forward in the fight against financial crime and the promotion of secure, efficient business practices worldwide. 

Youverify’s solutions are essential for businesses aiming to maintain compliance, secure transactions, and foster trust. The investment from Elm will enable Youverify to scale its products to additional markets, accelerating the production of its next-generation AML 2.0 products. These advancements are designed to help businesses reduce costs, increase operational efficiency, and navigate the complex landscape of global compliance standards with ease. 

At BDC, we are dedicated to the success of Canadian entrepreneurs. Youverify is a shining example of the innovative companies we are proud to support with financing and tailored advice. It is through partnerships like these that we are making a true difference in Canadian entrepreneurs’ growth plans, and by extension, building a stronger economy,” said John Lintzeris, the Regional Director, Technology Industry at BDC.

Elm’s investment in Youverify underscores its commitment to fostering digital transformation and security across industries. “We are excited to partner with Youverify, a company that shares our vision for leveraging technology to solve critical challenges faced by businesses today,” said Fahad bin Issa Ibrahim Al-Shathry, VP of Elm Investment. “This collaboration is a testament to our dedication to collaborating with exceptional founders through investing in a budding technology eco-system not only in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia but also globally to drive efficiency, security, and trust.” 


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