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Judo Payments raises £6M to drive expansion in mobile commerce sector

Early adopters of Judo’s mobile-first payments platform include fast food restaurant chain KFC and coffee shop Harris + Hoole

Judo Payments (“Judo”,, Europe’s only mobile-first payments platform, today announces it has successfully closed an additional £6M in funding to drive growth in the rapidly expanding mobile commerce sector.  The first institutional funding round was led by financial technology venture capital firm Route 66 Ventures.

Also announced today is KFC as the latest restaurant to invest in Judo’s technology to simplify online payments. Last year Judo partnered with coffee chain Harris + Hoole to produce an award-winning app, “Retailer of the Year” at Payments Awards 2014, that allows customers to pay without having to touch, tap or scan at the counter.

The £6M extra investment will be used primarily to increase the resources of the team as Judo looks to expand its existing business and products in Europe and enter into new geographic territories later this year.

Judo’s patent pending technology is built specifically for mobile and allows for faster transactions, higher completion rates and lower checkout abandonment.

Through its award-winning API, the Judo platform helps merchants deliver a seamless, intuitive customer experience on mobile that boosts revenues and increases customer loyalty. Businesses using judo’s platform further benefit from mobile-specific fraud prevention and API level transaction routing, overcoming a key barrier to mobile payments adoption: security and fraud concerns.

Chris Matthews, Applications Development Manager at KFC, said,

“Judo works with KFC’s existing infrastructure and acquiring bank to provide a cost effective mobile-first payment gateway. KFC’s payment experience simplifies card data entry and speeds up the end-to-end process, significantly reducing the average time to pay. By reducing the friction at the point of payment, KFC expects to enjoy higher transaction completion and increased loyal customer satisfaction.”

Nick Tolley, CEO at Harris + Hoole, said,

“We partnered with Judo over their competitors because their payments platform integrates seamlessly with our existing app ecosystem. Judo’s platform does away with the pain points of some other payment facilitators, whereby consumers are taken away from the app to a third party environment. It can be needlessly frustrating and complicated for our loyal customers. Partnering with judo has made it even quicker and easier for our regulars to get their usual order on-the-move.”

Dennis Jones, founder and CEO at Judo, said,

“This fresh £6M investment enables us to drive growth in our core European markets and expand our business into new territories. Consumers are deterred from using apps with a clunky experience, we’re looking to make this seamless. We believe judo is genuinely providing the opportunity to change the way we pay for goods. We’re incredibly proud of our work with our merchant partners and continue to find innovative ways to enable these businesses to capture and serve their loyal customers on mobile channels. Our expertise in managing risk from mobile-initiated transactions helps these businesses protect their margins without sacrificing conversion rates while our flexible business models minimise their risk and cost.”

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About KFC

KFC Corporation, based in Louisville, Ky., is the world’s most popular chicken restaurant chain specializing in Original Recipe®, Extra Crispy™, Kentucky Grilled Chicken®, Extra Crispy™ Strips and Original Recipe® Boneless, with home-style sides, Hot Wings™, and freshly made chicken sandwiches. There are more than 17,000 KFC outlets in more than 115 countries and territories around the world. Each week, more than 13 million people visit a KFC restaurant in the United States. KFC Corporation is a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc., Louisville, Ky. (NYSE: YUM.) For more information, visit Follow KFC on Facebook ( and Twitter (

About Harris + Hoole

Harris + Hoole is the brainchild of three siblings – Nick, Andrew and Laura Tolley. Their vision is to bring great tasting speciality coffee to the high street. Not an easy mission for three individuals, but having already set up eight Taylor St. Baristas shops across London and Brighton since 2006, they know how to brew a great tasting cup of coffee. There are over 50 stores in the UK.


About Judopay · Judopay simplifies in-app payments, enable frictionless checkouts and intelligently prevents fraud for leading companies globally. Our payments and mobile experts help guide businesses and their development partners to create best in class apps to make paying faster, easier and more secure. Founded by serial financial technology entrepreneurs in 2012, Judopay is backed by leading venture investors and supported by banking and card scheme partners to offer in-app payments that are simple, frictionless and protected.

Success Story – H+H

Harris+Hoole chose judo as partner to provide seamless digital customer experience

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