Quebec and Desjardins invest $1.1 million in WALO who helps kids develop healthy financial habits

WALO | Release | Feb 28, 2022

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Quebec and Desjardins contribute to $1.1 million investment in Quebec fintech with global ambitions

MONTREAL, Feb. 28, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ - Financial literacy and managing money are essential skills our kids will need throughout their lives.

"More than half of Canadians are living paycheck to paycheck. It's more pressing than ever to provide solutions that help kids learn good financial habits. We need to build a solid foundation to ensure the financial well-being of future generations. That's our goal."  - Rim Charkani, CEO and Founder of WALO.

From allowances to task management, from savings goals to making financial literacy fun, the WALO app gives kids an opportunity to learn from real-world situations. By giving kids prepaid debit cards and opening them up to everyday financial experiences, WALO is helping users learn about accountability when it comes to personal finances.

Leading partners contribute $1.1 million

The young Quebec startup recently completed a financing round in which it raised $1.1 million thanks to some strategic partnerships, including the government of Quebec, Desjardins, Granicus Group and WatchMojo and several angel investors.

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  • Impulsion PME: The Quebec government is using the program, designed to leverage investment in Quebec, to support WALO
  • Desjardins and WALO CEO Rim Charkani will continue to write the next chapters of a story they started together
  • Granicus Group and WatchMojo got the ball rolling with the initial investment

The financial support for WALO will help the company accelerate growth. It will also make it easier for them to get their banking solution of prepaid cards to market, helping parents teach their kids about managing their first bank account.

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The company will progressively roll out its new bank accounts for kids and prepaid MasterCard credit cards later this year. Parents who are interested can already put their names on a waiting list to get access to special offers.

"We are proud to support WALO, which promotes better financial literacy for both the young and the older people and contributes to the development of a more responsible and efficient society. Our teams in each region of Québec have all of the necessary tools, including the Impulsion PME program, to support and help drive the growth of promising young companies."  - Guy LeBlanc, President and CEO of Investissement Québec

The project was conceived during the Cooperathon, Desjardins's popular open innovation competition. WALO then moved into Desjardins's Startup in residence, an accelerator for young businesses.

"We've worked together right from the beginning because the missions and the values of our organizations match up well. Managing personal finances is a real source of stress in our society. We need to give parents and families the tools they need to improve their financial literacy. We definitely see WALO as part of that solution." - Martin Brunelle, Vice-President, Growth, Acquisitions and Development Office, Desjardins

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