Sleek extends Series A round to USD 25M
Sleek.com, a tech company dedicated to making company registration accessible for all, announced that it has extended its Series A round to USD 25M, with the participation of Singapore-based global investor EDBI and existing investors, in a mix of equity and debt. In November, Sleek previously announced a first closing led by White Star
Capital and Jungle Ventures.
Sleek will use the fresh funds to bolster tech and product development, hire new talent, expand presence in existing markets, and enter new markets.
Founded by Julien Labruyere and Adrien Barthel in Singapore, Sleek’s vision is to enable anyone to go from an idea to an operating company in a day. Sleek’s proprietary technology makes it possible to quickly register a legal entity and open a business account able to collect and send payments at the same time. The company is licensed by Singapore’s Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) under the Payment Act.
Sleek began operating in 2017 with the mission of removing the admin hassle from every entrepreneur and SME owner’s plate. It began by offering company registration services, then expanded its offering to provide bookkeeping, tax, and payroll services to its clients. Since its inception, the company has built its business around a 100% digital experience, a transparent offering, and an efficient service delivery enabled by technology.
More recently, Sleek started offering free business accounts to all of its clients. The SGD deposit accounts are able to collect and process payments, while handling the bookkeeping in an automated fashion. In addition, Sleek will add payment cards to the service offering this month, allowing business owners to easily pay vendors, or even issue cards for all of their employees for ease of expense management.
Adrien Barthel, Chief Growth Officer and Co-founder of Sleek said, “Since day one, our
mission has been to allow anyone to start a business quickly and easily. With the latest addition of the business account feature, now more than ever, we are enabling ideas to become great businesses, without the friction and inefficiency that paper based and offline processes bring.’
In less than five years, the company has built a portfolio of more than 5,000 clients, generating over US$10M of annualized recurring revenue. Sleek expanded into Hong Kong in 2019, began operations in Australia in 2021, and recently announced the acquisition of Ltd Companies in the United Kingdom. Ltd Companies is a historical player of the company registration space and has incorporated more than 450,000 companies.
This month, Sleek was recognized as the Singapore Partner of the Year 2021 by accounting software firm Xero. After having earned the award in 2019 as well, Sleek became the only company that has won this prestigious title twice. This serves as a global recognition of Sleek’s growth and endorses the quality of services delivered to its clients.
Julien Labruyere, CEO and Co-founder of Sleek shares, “We are very happy and humbled to welcome EDB Investments into our journey. As a Singapore-founded company that focuses a lot on building a digital infrastructure for companies to set up and grow, we are thankful for this unique recognition of our added value to the local ecosystem, and we look forward to working together in Singapore and beyond.”
Chu Swee Yeok, CEO and President of EDBI commented, “With digitalisation becoming increasingly critical for small and medium size enterprises, Sleek’s one-stop digital platform addresses a common pain point for entrepreneurs and business owners looking to digitalise corporate secretarial, accounting and finance functions in a simple and cost-effective manner. EDBI looks forward to supporting our homegrown company as it develops new business solutions and technology capabilities in Singapore whilst expanding globally.”
Clarissa CHIANG - EDBI
Jing Ying LIM - SLEEK
Investing since 1991, EDBI is a Singapore-based global investor in select high growth technology sectors ranging from Information & Communication Technology (ICT), Emerging Technology (ET), Healthcare (HC) and promising Singapore SMEs in strategic industries. As a value creating investor, EDBI assists companies achieve their ambitious goals by leveraging our broad network, resources and expertise. With our growth capital, EDBI supports companies seeking to expand in Asia and globally through Singapore.
Sleek enables anyone to go from an idea to an operating company in a day, 100% digitally, in Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia and the UK. Founded in 2017 in Singapore, Sleek leverages its proprietary technology to serve 6,000+ clients and support their back office operations, ranging from financial management, bookkeeping to CFO services and business insurance.