The payment institution Lemonway raises €10M to fuel its hypergrowth

17 July 2018

Press Release

The payment specialist for marketplaces will finance its European expansion and recruit new talents.

Lemonway, the pan-European payment institution regulated by the ACPR – Banque de France announced today a €10 million funding round led by Breega capital, with the participation from Speedinvest, a FinTech venture capital fund. This transaction is currently being approved by the French regulator ACPR. On this occasion, the two VCs will join the Lemonway Supervisory Board.

To finance its European ambitions

This fundraising will enable Lemonway to continue its expansion on a European scale, particularly in Germany and the United Kingdom, and to consolidate its strongholds in France, Spain and Italy, where it is already a leader in the new business of collecting money on behalf of digital marketplaces, especially for crowdfunding websites (Lendix, Wiseed, Housers, Zankyou, Workinvoice …). It will also recruit about thirty people to strengthen its team (80 people to date).

Lemonway facilitates complex payments for digital platforms and e-commerce websites. Already 1,400 marketplaces in Europe including 200 crowdfunding websites trust him. Since becoming a payment institution in December 2012, the FinTech has opened 5 million payment accounts (also called e-wallets) to platform customers and has declared 95 platforms as Lemonway payment agents with the ACPR.


We are very proud to be accompanied by Breega capital and Speedinvest, two funds specializing in FinTech and resolutely European.

Antoine Orsini -
CEO and Co-Founder


We were impressed by the complementarity and vision of the founding team of Lemonway

Guzel Gumerova -


We are very pleased to be supporting Lemonway in its expansion. This investment is perfectly in line with our investment strategy, which is still very targeted in digital technologies, especially FinTech.

Ben Marrel -
Founder Partner

FinTech accelerates its hyper growth thanks to large accounts

 In 2017, Lemonway processed €1.4 billion inflows and outflows against €900 million in 2016 (+ 55%). The FinTech achieved a turnover of €11 million in 2017, up 69% compared to 2016 (€6.5 million) and generated a positive net result. It has been self-financing its growth for ten years and now wants to become a leader in Europe.

French FinTech accelerates its hyper-growth pace and has the ambition to process €2.6 billion in 2018 thanks to major accounts it has recently signed such as the SoLocal Group (yellow pages), CNP Assurances, CCI Store, the Fédération Française de Football and the Fédération Française de Natation. “Our new business of collecting money on behalf of marketplaces implies the issuance of millions of e-wallets in real time and in a very strict regulatory framework. This is the vein we are digging throughout Europe “ says Damien Guermonprez, Chairman of the Supervisory Board.

Lemonway solutions are offered in partnership with banks and payment processing agents. The FinTech has enriched its banking relationships by working with Banque Postale, Barclays and Crédit Mutuel CIC, in addition to its long-standing partners BNP Paribas and Banco Sabadell. “Our technology solution and associated services enable banks to benefit from a very powerful real-time payment account management tool,” said Sebastien Burlet, Executive Chairman and Co-Founder.


About Breega Capital:

Breega Capital is a French private equity firm investing in highly promising European start-ups looking for their first round (Seed / Series A). Built around a team of entrepreneurs acting as an active trading partner rather than a mere investor, Breega brings, in addition to financing, industrial and operational expertise as well as a lever for international business development in its portfolio.

More information about the company: / Twitter @BreegaVC

About Speedinvest:

Speedinvest is a paneuropean venture capital fund with €170M under management that invests in seed stage technology start-ups in fintech, core technologies and marketplaces & e-commerce. Besides providing financial investments, the fund actively deploys its network and know-how to support its portfolio companies. Speedinvest’s office in Silicon Valley supports portfolio companies entering the US market. Speedinvest is one of the most active VC investor in European Fintech companies. The fund invests in leaders in their respective categories, such as payments (Iyzico, Payworks, Curve), banking (Holvi, Loot), lending (Fincompare, Billie, Cashpresso), security (Fraugster), insurance (Wefox, Amodo), investments (Wikifolio),  regtech (Clausematch) and services (Candis).

More information about the company: / Twitter @speedinvest

About Lemonway:

Lemonway is pan European Fintech dedicated to crowdfunding platforms, e-commerce marketplaces and other companies looking for payment processing, wallet management and third-party payment in a KYC/AML-regulated framework. The #1 French FinTech obtained its payment institution license at the end of 2012 and benefits from the ” EU financial passport” in 28 countries. Based in Montreuil, near Paris, since its creation in 2007, the company employs 80 people from 20 different nationalities.

More information about the company: / Twitter @LemonWay


Contact Lemonway :

Damien Guermonprez | Chairman
[email protected] | +33 (0) 6 16 39 31 37
Lemonway | Payment Institution for the New Economy
14, rue de la Beaune – 93100 Montreuil – France