Starling Bank

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Starling Bank Ltd
Starling Bank
IndustryFinancial services
Founded2014; 5 years ago (2014)
United Kingdom
Key people
Anne Boden, CEO

Starling Bank (/ˈstɑːrlɪŋˈbæŋk/) is a digital, mobile-only challenger bank based in the United Kingdom,[1] operating current accounts,[2] and business banking.[3] Headquartered in London, Starling Bank is a licensed and regulated bank, founded by former Allied Irish Banks COO, Anne Boden, in January 2014.[4] Since its founding, it has received over $300m of funding.[5][6][7] The company received its banking licence from the Prudential Regulation Authority and the Financial Conduct Authority in July 2016.[8][9]


Starling was founded by Anne Boden, who had previously held the positions of COO for Allied Irish Banks, Head of EMEA (Global Transaction Banking) for RBS, Executive Vice President for ABN AMRO, and Vice President for UBS.[10][11] Boden began working on Starling in 2014.[12] In 2016, they announced the largest Fintech funding round of the year, raising £48 million.[13]

The company started its beta[2] and partnership with TransferWise[14] in March 2017.[15] The corresponding developer platform went live in April 2017.[16]

Founder Anne Boden announced in December 2017 that the bank intended to apply for the RBS Remedies Fund.[17]

In March 2018, Starling launched business accounts.[18][19]

In November 2018, Starling announced a partnership with Post Office.[20]

In February 2019, Starling launched personal Euro accounts in the UK.[21]

Starling's latest funding round was from Merian, raising £75m in February 2019.[22][23] The following week, Starling announced that it had secured a further £100m from the Capability and Innovation fund in the form of grant funding.[24]


Starling Bank offers a contactless Debit Mastercard. As of September 2019, Starling cards were not part of the LINK network; however, this does not prevent its customers from withdrawing up to £300 per day.[25][26]

In July 2018, Starling announced a new card design for both its personal and business customers, coloured teal and navy respectively. It features all the user's information on the back of the card, as well as the contactless and debit logos.[27]

Mobile apps[edit]

Starling Bank has built and released mobile apps for both iOS and Android phones.[28][29] Starling were also the first UK bank to have in-app provisioning for Apple Pay.[30]

The features of Starling's mobile apps include instant notifications of transactions, freezing and unfreezing customer's cards to prevent unauthorised transactions, categorising transactions for later analysis, creating separate "Goals" where money can be stored separately to customer's main balance and in-app chat with customer service representatives, among others.[31]

Starling currently has a market leading integration Open Banking and open APIs in to their "marketplace" to allow customers to use their data with other financial products.[32] The bank also offers a 'Settle Up' feature, where customers can quickly send money to friends and family.[33]

They also have a partnership with the Post Office,[34] in order to allow cash to be deposited.


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