ikas Achieves $20M Series A Funding, Led by IFC and Re-Pie

The innovative e-commerce platform ikas has reached a significant milestone, achieving $20 million in Series A funding. This funding round, led by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank and Re-Pie Asset Management, marks a significant investment by the IFC in a Turkish startup, showcasing ikas’s rapid development and its crucial role in supporting small-scale enterprises.

Marking a significant leap for the Turkish startup landscape, ikas has achieved a $20 million Series A funding, with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Re-Pie Asset Management at the helm. This capital injection reflects ikas’s remarkable journey within Turkey’s e-commerce infrastructure over two years. The company now aims to use this capital to bolster its presence in Europe and other key regions.

The remarkable growth journey of ikas has been recognized, placing it in the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 program in 2023 as one of the fastest-growing technology firms in Turkey. Furthermore, the company has hit a significant SaaS milestone, with its Annual Recurring Revenue (ARR) soaring from $1M to $10M in just 16 months, setting its sights on reaching $100M in the near future.

ikas’s success is attributed to its commitment to offering small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and entrepreneurs an intuitive e-commerce platform. This platform simplifies online store management without requiring extensive technical knowledge. The vibrant ikas team, averaging 28 years in age, signifies the company’s commitment to innovation and excellence. Mustafa Namoğlu, Co-Founder and CEO of ikas, thanked customers, the team, investors, and all stakeholders for their ongoing support.

Dr. Emre Çamlıbel, Chairman of the Board at Re-Pie Asset Management, discussed the investment strategy, saying, “Re-Pie invests in ventures with high growth potential, technology and innovation-oriented business models and we continue to grow our portfolio. This investment was executed through a dedicated GSYF (Venture Capital Investment Fund) issued by Re-Pie. Having opened its office in Germany at the end of 2022, Ikas is well-positioned to hit its target of becoming one of the leading brands in Europe in its vertical by 2030.”

Wiebke Schloemer, IFC’s Director for Türkiye and Central Asia, spoke on the transformative impact of ikas, stating, “Boosting innovation and the growth of smaller businesses, particularly women-owned and-led businesses, is a priority for IFC,” she observed. “ikas’ innovative software has the potential to transform e-commerce in Türkiye, enabling smaller businesses to access new markets, boost their online sales and productivity, and better adapt to the rapidly changing business landscape.”

Namoğlu shared the strategic vision following the funding, remarking, “We intend to leverage the new funding to expedite our international expansion. While this round of investment significantly excites us, it also serves as a reminder that we are just at the beginning of our journey, with much work ahead.“

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