40Seas team.

Blue ocean: Financing platform 40Seas raises $11 million Seed round

The Israeli startup, which also received $100 million in credit from ZIM, offers flexible payment options that are aiming to disrupt legacy trade-financing solutions, and extend the accessibility of working capital for SME importers, exporters, freight forwarders and sourcing agencies

40Seas, a fintech platform for cross-border trade financing, has raised $11 million in Seed funding, as well as $100 million in credit. The company’s platform aims to provide a more efficient and cost effective financing framework for SMEs involved in global commerce. The company’s $11 million Seed funding round was led by Team8 with participation from ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd. As part of their strategic cooperation, ZIM has extended 40Seas a three-year, account receivables based, senior secured, revolving credit facility of approximately $100 million, with an option to extend it to $200 million.
By leveraging AI and data-driven technology, 40Seas is able to offer flexible payment options that aim to disrupt legacy trade-financing solutions, and extend the accessibility of working capital for SME importers, exporters, freight forwarders, and sourcing agencies. According to the company, since going live with a soft launch in October 2022, 40Seas has already financed transactions for dozens of SMEs and is slated to finance tens of millions of dollars in the coming months.
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To better serve customers in its ecosystem and generate new revenue streams, ZIM will embed 40Seas into the freight forwarding services offered by Ship4wd, its digital freight forwarding subsidiary, targeting the SME market. Through this integration, ZIM’s SME customers will benefit from a digital financing solution designed to reduce operational and administrative overheads and ease the burden of freight and inventory expenses.
The fintech startup, built in conjunction with Team8’s Fintech Foundry, was founded by Eyal Moldovan, Co-founder and CEO and formerly the General Manager at Payoneer; Gil Shiff, Co-founder and COO, who co-founded ConvertMedia (later acquired by Taboola); Suki Gao, Co-founder and GM of 40Seas China, who spent a number of years at PayPal, Payoneer, and Ant Group; and Igor Zaks, Co-founder and Chief Risk Officer, formerly an executive at Dell, Citibank, Daiwa, and Commerzbank.
The company is headquartered in Tel Aviv, with offices in New York, Toronto, and Shenzhen, and currently has a staff of 15 employees, including nine in Israel.
“As a kid working in my father's warehouse, I recall watching him routinely struggle with suppliers and banks to get extended payment terms and financing for his import business,” said Eyal Moldovan, 40Seas Co-founder and CEO. “In the 25 years since, the trade financing landscape hasn’t kept pace with the needs of SMEs operating in the digital era. Given today’s harsh macroeconomic conditions, now more than ever, SMEs need easy access to financing to have the best chance of survival.”

Eli Glickman, President and CEO of ZIM, said: “With our significant investment in 40Seas, we continue to advance disruptive technologies to promote digital innovation in the shipping industry, while developing additional streams of revenue that complement our core shipping business. We are thrilled to partner with Team8, one of Israel’s leading and most innovative venture groups, on this ground-breaking initiative, which we will also soon offer to our customers worldwide, initially via our digital freight forwarder, Ship4wd. Importantly, with this strategic cooperation, 40Seas will be able to leverage ZIM’s in-depth knowledge of cross-border trade and our close relationship with the market and global SME customers to bring this advanced, much-needed digital financing solution to the market.”
Rakefet Russak-Aminoach, Managing Partner at Team8, added: “Amidst challenging economic conditions and a fractured global supply chain landscape, SMEs need more streamlined and flexible ways to access financing. By participating in this investment round, ZIM, a multi-billion dollar industry heavyweight, has provided a major stamp of validation and confidence in the 40Seas platform.”