Innoviti enhances ESOP pool to US$10 million

29 June 2020

Move designed to recognize the hard work put in by employees to create a great payments business
  • Leading provider of intelligent payment solutions, Innoviti, announced today that it has enhanced its ESOP pool to US$ 10 million. This pool was created as a part of the structuring carried out during the recent fund raise from FMO and Bessemer.
  • Innoviti’s ESOP scheme, constituted during pre-Series A, is open to all full-time employees of the company and is awarded based on performance and loyalty. With the recent enhancement, more than 30% of all employees, from senior leaders to system architects, field officers and call center executives are now covered. The objective is to motivate, retain, and attract employees to participate in Innoviti’s vision of transforming digital payments in India at scale. ESOPs provide an opportunity to these employees to create significant wealth, that would not be possible through life-time savings from salaries.
  • Innoviti’s payment solutions help merchants extract the full power of digital payments by using data and design intelligence, not possible with stand-alone terminals and QR stickers. Innoviti’s solutions help merchants get extra sales, extra savings, and extra customers, by using data intelligence to form digital partnerships with banks and brands, enabling them to collaborate and create targeted offers for common customer pools and intelligently and instantly enabling them at the point of sale, driving unmatched marketing efficiencies.
  • Processing over 6.5B$ of annualized offline merchant payment volume (~5% of India’s offline merchant volume, based on RBI data), Innoviti is transforming digital payments at scale. The company leads monthly terminal throughput at 7000$ per terminal, 2X of India’s average of all other payment providers (RBI data). The use of technology to relentlessly drive reliability and automate processes has further fuelled gross margins, making Innoviti the most capital-efficient company in this space (based on publicly available data). This reflects the speed and scale of impact, number of lives touched and the exponential learning team Innoviti has created along the way.
  • Innoviti is backed by marquee investors including Bessemer Venture Partners, USA, SBI Venture Capital, Singapore, FMO, Netherlands, and Catamaran, India. Series C funding was led by FMO and Bessemer.

Quotes:

“Great companies require great teams, and great teams need exceptional talent.  We love to spot and nurture talent that demonstrates outstanding levels of commitment, curiosity, and capability.   While for these people their joy is their high in discovering and solving tough problems, ESOPs are one other way to make their contributions to the company worthwhile for them.

 As a start-up our team members fight against several odds to create successes.  It is a difficult journey and its moving to see how some people relentlessly drive this fight, dedicating their time, often way beyond office hours, to leap over hurdles and create phenomenal successes. ESOPs are a small token to make those victories that much sweeter.

Our shares have been quite liquid, and over the years several of our team members have sold their shares to fulfill their dreams.  When we hear stories from our former team members of how they used this wealth to build their home, buy a car or even start their own business, the real purpose of ESOPs comes alive – to enable employees to fulfill their dreams, as they help the company fulfills its.

We are very thankful to our investors who have supported the company time and again in not only expanding the ESOP pool, but also making it accessible and attractive for team members to see meaningful benefits during their journey at Innoviti.” – said Mr. Rajeev Agrawal, CEO, Innoviti.

About Innoviti Payment Solutions Pvt. Ltd:

Innoviti Payment Solutions Pvt. Ltd. has been a pioneer in the use of technology to add intelligence to payment transactions helping merchants, banks and brands utilize the full power of digital payments to drive business growth. The company processes over 6.5B$ of merchant payments from over 1,000+ cities with a volume throughput per installation that is 2X of the country’s average. Catamaran Ventures, SBI Capital, Bessemer Ventures and FMO are investors in the company. The company has several patents filed for with two awarded. Innoviti is the winner of Mastercard’s Innovation Wizards Award for its instant onboarding innovation, and Reliance’s Most Promising Growth Consumer Finance Award for its #KuchBhiOnEMI innovation in 2019. Innoviti is the only Indian payments SaaS company to be awarded the SOC3 seal of excellence for adherence to principles of trust in privacy, security, confidentiality, availability, and processing of transactions.

Media Contact:

Sarath Chandra Nerella
Associate Vice President – Marketing Communications
sarath@innoviti.com
Innoviti Payment Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

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    Credit card EMI uses your credit card limit to convert your purchase into installments. Suppose you make a purchase for Rs. 9,000 on your credit card and while buying select the credit card EMI option with a tenure of 3 months, then the bank instantly converts your purchase to three installments of Rs. 3,000. In the next credit card cycle, instead of paying Rs. 9000, you will need to pay only Rs. 3,000, and continue paying this for 3 months. A nominal interest or processing fee may be charged depending upon the various schemes running at the merchant.

    If you don't own a credit card and would still prefer paying in instalments, you can use your Debit card to make select purchases on EMI.  Your debit card bank may have qualified you, you can check the bank on the same by sending the following SME message to your bank:

     

    HDFC (Min value is 5 K)

    SMS MYHDFC to 5676712 from your

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    To check your pre-approved eligible limit

    give a missed call to 9643 22 22 22

     

    AXIS (Min value is 5 K)

    SMS DCEMI<Space>XXXX (last 4 digits

    of your debit card number) to 5616100

     

    Federal (Min value is 5 K)

    DC<space>EMI to 5676762 / 9008915353

    or missed call to 7812900900

     

    Kotak (Min value is 8K)

    SMS CDL<space><last 4 digits of your

    Debit Card No> to 5676788

     

    ICICI (Min value is 5 K)

    SMS DCEMI<space><last 4 digits of

    Debit Card number> to 5676766

     

    While making the payment, notify the store executive to swipe your debit card transaction in the EMI mode and select a preferred tenure. The transaction will get approved on your bank as per your qualification and converted into EMI for the number of months selected during the transaction.

    Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) is like using a credit card or getting a loan and repaying in EMI. The only difference being that it is for an ultra-short duration of 15 days to 60 days.

    Merchant will get the money the next working day from the bank.

    Interest costs depend from case to case. For example, in: Zero cost EMI - Customer doesn't pay the interest cost Bank EMI - Customer pays 12 to 15% interest cost depending upon the bank. Buy now pay later scheme (15 days) - Customer pays around 1.16% interest, again depending upon the banks. Buy now pay later (30 days,60 days and 90 days) - Customer pays 2.33%, again depending upon the banks.

    Processing fee is the amount charged by a credit/ debit card issuer to process your customers loan booking. For example, HDFC Bank charges Rs. 199 as processing fee for both CC and DC EMIs.

    IMEI validation is done by entering the IMEI number into the Innoviti terminal which then gets validated by the brand for an authentic product being sold.

    IMEI validation is done for Brand EMI transactions.

    The offers could be on any brand, product, bank card, being offered on any specific dates or any specific SKUs

    SKU promotions start with the cashier scanning SKU, IMEI/ Serial number from the billing POS and entering the amount in the billing POS and then transacting under the "Brand EMI" tender mode.

    As SKU comes directly from the billing POS via scan, it reduces the errors and manual effort of selection to re-enter/select again from the EDC.

    Joint promotions are offers provided to consumers in which two or more parties are bearing the cost of the offer. It is a highly efficient mechanism to reduce the cost of marketing. Small merchants can benefit by getting their name associated with large banks and brands.

    Innoviti has used payments technology in unconventional ways to bring merchants, banks, and brands together and enable them to run joint promotions for their common consumers.
    Innoviti’s uniPAY Next and GENIE products can run instant cashbacks, EMI, upgrade offers and others with two or more parties bearing the cost of it.

    The MDR, or Merchant Discount Rate, is a fee paid by the merchant to its bank for accepting payments card payments. This is typically calculated as a percentage of the transaction value undertaken through credit/ debit cards.

    Merchants can negotiate with banks for better MDR rates. With greater scale, merchants enjoy better negotiation power. You can also reduce MDR using Innoviti’s sophisticated multi-bank routing technology in uniPAY Next.

    Innoviti's uniPAYNEXT multi-bank routing technology automatically routes every card swipe to the bank that will charge the lowest MDR for it.

    Innoviti’s uniPAYNext technology uses an advanced #LookAhead technology to instantly scan the store and bank networks and identifies the best route from the store to the bank to improve transaction reliability. It optimizes speed, cost & reliability based on merchant pre-set rules to select the bank.

    Mismatches between a merchant's daily sales bank card settlements creates unnecessary manual reconciliation work. Innoviti's uniPAYNEXT technology digitally adds the approval code and approving bank name to the billing system enabling automatic reconciliation.

    The reports can be seen on SPARCS, uniPAYNEXT's reporting portal. This comprises of some very useful information like daily settlement receivables from each acquiring bank, store sales by different card issuers or regions or payment tender modes opening new possibilities for joint marketing programmes.

    UPI stands for Unified Payment Interface (UPI), a technology created by National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI). It allows transfer of money from one bank account to another instantly via one's mobile phone. Innoviti supports UPI payment via any UPI app such as Paytm, GPay, WhatsApp Pay, PhonePe through its terminals. To know more, click here.

    You need a Sodexo card issued by your employer. You can use your Sodexo card to pay for your food & grocery purchase on any Innoviti terminal in your F&G store. To know more, click here.

    Innoviti supports all Visa, Master, Rupay cards, UPI, Sodexo, other meal cards, EMI, Buy Now Pay Later Plans and loyalty point redemption through debit cards of banks supported by Loyalty Rewardz.

    How can I get my shop name added to Innoviti’s advertisements on Google?
    Once you sign-up with Innoviti and your GENIE app is installed, your name will automatically get added to the advertisements. It takes between 4 to 5 days for the name to start appearing.
    How can I get my shop name added to Innoviti’s advertisements in banks?
    Once you sign-up with Innoviti and your GENIE app is installed, your name will automatically get added to the advertisements. It takes between 4 to 5 days for the name to start appearing.
    How does GENIE coupon work? On which banks is it applicable?
    GENIE coupon is an instant discount offered by Innoviti to every consumer whose payment is done on Innoviti’s mobile app by the merchant. Customers need to enter their mobile number in the app, they will instantly receive an OTP through SMS/ WhatsApp, entry of this OTP applies the surprise instant discount on the purchase value immediately.
    Example: If your purchase value was Rs. 10,000, and the coupon value is Rs. 500, then your charge-slip will be approved for Rs. 9,500. You save instantly. The merchant gets the full money.
    It is applicable to credit/ debit card holders of 100+ banks in India.
    Does wallet work on refurbished products?
    Yes. GENIE’s EMI wallet can be used to provide zero-cost EMI on refurbished, second- hand and upgrade plans.
    How can I get access to customers qualified for credit by banks?
    Banks work with aggregators to provide access to these customers. Innoviti is a leading aggregator which can provide you with a terminal that will connect to the bank and provide you access to these cardholders.
    In addition, Innoviti in coordination with the bank will promote your store to all the bank’s customers who are pre-qualified.

    Brand EMIs are joint promotion schemes used by merchants, banks, and brands to incentivize a consumer to buy a higher end-product than what they can afford. The purchase is converted into EMI instantly by the bank, with the interest cost being borne by the product brand.

    Innoviti has partnered with 100+ brands including Apple, Samsung, Vivo, Oppo to extend 1000s of such schemes.

    You need to be pre-qualified by your credit, debit card bank to be eligible for Brand EMI. The bank will typically look at your credit card and savings account history to qualify you.

    Innoviti’s technology instantly checks with the bank if you are qualified to approve your Brand EMI transaction.

    Does wallet work on unbranded products?
    Yes. GENIE’s EMI wallet can be used to provide zero-cost EMI on any unbranded electronics product like headphones, power banks, speakers, etc.
    How does BEAM work?
    BEAM (Brand EMI Acceleration Mission) offer gives merchants the option to get sponsored by one of the leading mobile brands that they represent. Innoviti has tie-ups with brands like Samsung, Oppo, Vivo and Xiaomi. Using BEAM, merchants get 1% extra margins on the sponsored brands and 0.5% extra margins on the rest of the brands