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IndustryFintech, Payments Service Provider
FounderJose Velez, Martin Schrimpff, Arjan Bakker, Grzegorz Brochocki, Nitin Gupta, Shailaz Nag
Number of locations
Key people
Laurent Le Moal (CEO)
Number of employees

PayU is a Netherlands-based payment service provider to online merchants.[1][2] The company was founded in 2002,[3] and is headquartered in Hoofddorp. It allows online businesses to accept and process payments through payment methods that can be integrated with web and mobile applications.[4][5] As of 2018, the service is available in 17 countries.[6] The firm is owned by the Naspers Group, which also owns a stake in one of its sister companies, Tencent.[7][8]


PayU is the result of multiple payment gateways in various regions of the world that have been acquired and brought into the PayU group.[9][10][11] In 2014, all online payments companies that were part of Naspers started operating under the PayU brand.

Investment and acquisitions[edit]

  • Acquired Zooz, an Israeli startup that provides an API to merchants.[12]
  • Acquired of Indian payments services provider Citrus Pay in September 2016 for $130M.[13][14]
  • Investment of €110M in German fintech company Kreditech, which provides machine-learning based underwriting.[15][16]
  • PayU led a funding round of $115M in Seattle-based Remitly, a remittance company.[17][18]
  • Series A investment of $3.7M in ZestMoney, a provider of consumer finance for online purchases.[19]
  • Invested $5.3M in Paysense in May 2017[20]
  • Investment of R$60M in online credit platform Creditas (ex-BankFacil)[21][22]
  • 2011, acquired Romanian online payments company GECAD ePayments[23][24]
  • 2019, acquired US-based digital financial security firm Wibmo for $70M[25]
  • 2019, acquired Turkish digital payments company Iyzico for $165M[26]
  • 2020, acquired fintech startup PaySense for $185M[27]
  • 2022, fired 6% of its workforce[28]



In November 2006, PayU SA was established and the Polish firm was merged into the group. The company also has a partnership with Iwoca to make financing for SME firms easier.[29] In 2010, the company expanded to the Czech Republic. In 2011, the company expanded to Romania. In 2021, it began its operations in Russia, Turkey, Slovakia and Hungary.[30]

Latin America[edit]

In 2002, Pagosonline was founded in Colombia by Jose Velez, Martin Schrimpff and Santiago Spinel.[citation needed]

In 2010, PagosOnline sold a majority stake to Buscapé, which was a part of the Naspers Group.[31] In 2011, Naspers acquired the majority stake in DineroMail.[32] In 2013, Naspers acquired the rest of the shares of DineroMail.[33] In 2012, Naspers acquired Pagosonline, replacing the former two with a new payment platform that eventually was rebranded PayU Latam, which began operations in Panama and Peru.[34] During the course of 2013 and 2014, PayU Latam and DineroMail merged.[35][36] In 2016, Bcash and PayU, were merged under the PayU brand in Brazil.[37]


PayJar was founded in South Africa in 2010 as part of the Naspers group to help other Naspers companies process online payments. In 2011, PayJar was rebranded to PayU.[38] In 2015, PayU expanded its operations to Nigeria.[39][40]


In 2011, Ibibo in conjunction with co-founders Nitin Gupta and Shailaz Nag, rolled out a payment gateway, PayU, in the Indian market to permit websites to integrate e-commerce transactions through online payments.[41][42]

Products and services[edit]

PayU is a regulated financial institution. It holds licenses from national banks and local regulators. PayU's products include a PCI-DSS certified payment gateway,[43][44] an anti-fraud system and an online Visa/MasterCard acquirer.[45][46][47]

See also[edit]


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