BanQu, the world’s leading blockchain platform enhancing supply chain traceability and equitability, has raised a $7MM B Series equity round of funding to scale field operations across Africa, LATAM, and Asia.
The round was led by Brick Street Holdings of Texas and included Blue Clay Pan Africa Fund.
“We are very excited to partner with BanQu in their mission to ensure the supply chains of our world are transparent, fair, and sustainable. BanQu is transforming how we source raw materials all the way to recycling and reuse, not only for the largest companies in the world but also for the farmers and the waste pickers that are typically invisible in today’s economy.” – Jed Cole, Founding and Managing Partner of Brick Street Holdings Group
“The Blue Clay Pan-Africa Fund is proud to support BanQu in our mutual goal in raising the living standards of the economically underserved, particularly in Africa. BanQu’s software enables end-to-end supply chain traceability from source to shelf for its brand partners while providing the requisite transaction history for small scale entrepreneurs to become bankable.” – Fred Steiner, Managing Director and Portfolio Manager of BCCM Advisors
Using cutting-edge blockchain technology, BanQu helps global brands implement fully traceable, transparent, and auditable supply chains in 58 countries and 12 languages, having connected 2.5 million households to supply chains across the world. With the BanQu platform, farmers, recyclers, and laborers have equal and equitable access to a digital and verifiable record of their contributions.
Over the past 6 years, BanQu has partnered with major companies such as Coca-Cola, Consol Glass, Solvay, AB InBev, Wilmar Trading, Raia Drogasil, and Keurig Dr. Pepper. BanQu’s revolutionary for-profit-for-purpose model is not only delivering consistent ROI for its clients but also transforming how Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) goals should be measured and managed.
“BanQu is the leading blockchain software platform when it comes to ethical business and sustainability. I have worked with BanQu for five years because it takes us all the way to our smallholder farmers. True sustainability & ESG starts with our farmers, and we want to empower them with a financial identity and provide them with transparency and equality.” – Tony Milikin, Chief Supply Chain Officer of Keurig Dr. Pepper
Since 2016, BanQu has pioneered supply chain transparency from sourcing to recycling to reverse logistics to full circularity. In the past two years, BanQu has tripled its global footprint and continues to be the go-to solution for CEOs making ESG commitments.
BanQu’s impact is two-fold:
- At the Profit and Loss (P&L) level where brands are benefiting from tax credits, capital expenditures (CapEx) reduction, extended producer responsibility (EPR) compliance and risk mitigation, consumer loyalty, and carbon credits.
- At the social impact level with gender equality, living wage parity, climate action, forced labor/child labor reduction and elimination.
Recent market, regulatory, and consumer trends have shifted dramatically towards auditable proof of ESG goals from carbon accounting to living wage compliance and forced labor/child labor elimination in supply chains to proof of material. BanQu’s patented and ground-breaking platform enables companies to prove who the farmer and recycler are while simultaneously ensuring the poorest and most vulnerable in these supply chains have a long-term, sustainable path out of poverty.
This strategic funding round boosts BanQu’s trajectory toward its goal of becoming the first-ever for-profit, for-purpose SaaS software company to enable 100 million people out of extreme poverty while generating a profitable $100MM ARR by end of 2026. “This funding is more than an investment for us. This move represents the voice of millions of smallholder mama farmers, informal recyclers, artisanal miners, forced-labor farmworkers, and small/midsized enterprises (SMEs) who are the heartbeat of our world’s global supply chain economy. This round also demonstrates our readiness to scale. If you are a CXO out there hoping to walk the talk on ESG and impact while maintaining profitability, then BanQu is ready to power your brand to deliver,” notes Ashish Gadnis, CEO of BanQu.