bank of The Free
Made to break through banking and challenge the status quo.
Making life easy for over 10 million users every day.
Breaking through banking ✊
In 2012, serial entrepreneur Ali Niknam and a group of ambitious trailblazers set out to build the first real user-centric bank. With the launch of the bunq app in 2015, the bank of The Free was born, and we’ve been challenging the status quo ever since.
We champion The Free 🗽
Our goal is to empower go-getters by taking away the hassle of money admin. We’re on a mission to simplify finances, and give you full control, whenever, wherever. A decade into our journey, we’ve grown to be the second-largest neobank in the EU, helping over 10 million users bank better every single day.
Built to empower you
We make life easy by building the best possible banking experience, while keeping you at the heart of everything we do. We’ll always listen, stay honest, be fair. That means your feedback shapes our product, en we don’t do hidden fees or fine print. Just straight-forward banking that puts you in control.
Making a difference 🌱
Our users have already planted over 15 million trees across various planting sites in Kenya and Madagascar. For every €100 spent by an Easy Green user, our partner veritree plants one tree. We're fighting deforestation, stabilizing coastlines, and nurturing marine life while creating jobs and supporting local livelihoods.
Our milestones 🛣️
Explore some of our most special moments.
Our story begins...
In the wake of the economic crisis, a group of ambitious innovators set out to radically change the banking industry. Recognized for our entrepreneurial spirit, we became the first bank in 35 years to receive a European banking license.
Launching to the Public
After years of hard work setting up the infrastructure, building and testing our mobile app, we finally released bunq to the general public. We were met with shock, praise, and excitement for the future.
Expansion across the EU
Having initially expanded into selected European countries, we decided to open our doors to all markets in the European Union. And we weren’t stopping there...
Becoming a unicorn
We successfully completed the largest ever Series A round made by a European fintech. With a €193 million investment that led to a valuation of €1.6 billion, we welcomed our first investing partner, Pollen Street Capital. We’re here to stay!
The first EU neobank to become profitable
We achieved another milestone by becoming the first profitable EU neobank. This wasn't just a win for us; it was a win for user-centric, sustainable banking.
U.S. market bid
Expanding our vision globally, we announced our bid to enter the U.S. market by applying for a banking license. The first global neobank for digital nomads was no longer a dream but a plan set into motion.
We’re growing fast 🚀
We’ve come a long way, but we’re not even close to stopping. In 2023 our deposits quadrupled, and our ambition is to keep growing so we can help more people achieve their financial goals.
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Press & media 📰
If you have a media enquiry, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team. If you need our logos or press kit, we've got you covered on our press site, along with some other resources that might come in handy.
Join our team 🌈
Want to help solve interesting challenges for our users? We could use your help. We’ll give you the space you need to succeed and grow in a energetic team of professionals. You make a difference every day.
Recent news from our blog 📰
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