Infina, Vietnam’s leading digital investment platform, has secured seed funding, raising an oversubscribed 7-digit seed round with 1982 Ventures, Saison Capital, Venturra Capital, 500 Startups, Nextrans and prominent angel investors. Infina, on a mission to democratize investments for Vietnam’s population of 97 million, will use the funds to fuel growth and expand its product offerings.
Infina is well-positioned to tap into the growing retail investing opportunity in Vietnam. Approximately 500,000 trading accounts were opened in the first 5 months of 2021, which represents a 20% record increase over the full year 2020 figure. This growth is due in part due to millennials. While only 3.2% of the population invest in stocks, 75% of Vietnamese internet users transact money digitally.
Launched in January 2021, Infina is the latest to join the boom of investment apps across the region. Amid the pandemic, the startup currently serves tens of thousands of users and has seen its assets under management (AUM) rise more than fourfold. Infina’s financial partners include some of the largest fund managers in the country, including Dragon Capital, Mirae Asset Fund Management and Viet Capital Asset Management.
Herston Powers, Managing Partner of 1982 Ventures stated, “Vietnam is the most promising market in Southeast Asia for the next wave of retail investing. Infina is at the forefront of the retail investing revolution in Vietnam and has quickly become the most trusted brand with millennial investors. Their commitment and experience building online communities is the key differentiator that makes Infina special.”
James Vuong, CEO and Co-Founder of Infina stated, “Infina is building the ‘Robinhood of Vietnam’, to make investment accessible, easy, and engaging for the country’s middle and lower classes.” The majority of Vietnamese previously let their money sit in risk-free checking accounts or freeze in long-term real estate. However, millennial investors are shifting toward higher-yield asset categories with smaller required investments.
“As millennial investors shift toward higher-yield asset categories, Infina allows users to make a contribution as low as US$25 into a broad range of assets including savings, term deposits, mutual funds, and fractionalized real estate,” added James. Infina’s customers are primarily millennials aged 25 to 40 who would save or invest their disposable income on family planning, child education and early retirement.
James Vuong is an engineer-turned-VC-turned-startup-founder with a track record in Silicon Valley and Vietnam. In 2008, he returned to Vietnam as VP of Investment and a Kauffman Fellow at IDG Ventures. James launched Infina after exiting the last company he founded which was acquired by the Japanese giant LINE Corporation.
Scott Krivokopich, Managing Partner of 1982 Ventures stated, “Infina is the right team to back to capture this massive opportunity. Vietnam’s digital retail investing industry is at an inflection point driven by rising incomes and millennials.” He added, “Infina is democratizing access to wealth management to a largely underserved market.”
Infina will use the funding to fuel growth and expand product offerings. Infina is built with regional aspirations but will continue to focus on Vietnam due to significant growth opportunities.