Monzo Bank Ltd.

A 'challenger bank' based in the UK


Financial and Banking  

Monzo (previously Mondo) is a ‘challenger bank’, originally operating through a mobile app and a prepaid debit card. In April 2017 their UK banking licence restrictions were lifted, enabling them to offer a current account. It is targeted at people who want to get things done in a click and who do not want to visit bank branches.


It was founded as Mondo in 2015 by Tom Blomfield, Jonas Huckestein, Jason Bates, Paul Rippon and Gary Dolman, who met whilst working at another bank. In February 2016, Mondo raised £1m in 96 seconds via the Crowdcube investment platform. Monzo was granted a limited banking licence, by the Prudential Regulation Authority and the Financial Conduct Authority and as of April 2017 these limitations have been lifted. Monzo is registered at Companies House under the legal name ‘Monzo Bank Ltd’ and initially traded as Mondo. On 13 June 2016, a company blog post announced that the “Mondo” trademark had been legally challenged by another company with a similar name. On 17 July 2017, Monzo announced the current account preview. In October 2017, Monzo announced that it would be discontinuing free ATM withdrawals abroad, replacing them with a free monthly withdrawal of up to £200 and a charge of 3% on subsequent withdrawals. On 7 June 2018 Monzo announced an integration with IFTTT which allowed users to connect their account to smart devices and services. During June 2018, Monzo gained notable public interest after fraud analysts with the bank recognised signs of and openly announced a Ticketmaster data breach in April 2018. On 25 June 2018, Monzo advertised their team up with TransferWise to provide international money transfers from within their Monzo app. In October 2018, Monzo reached one million customers and was also named the best tech startup to work for by LinkedIn UK.


The company is on a mission “to build a bank, together”. It is their concept of creating a better banking system by solving their clients’ problems, treating fairly, and being totally transparent.


The company is working to realise its vision to make money work for everyone. They have more than 5 million customers using their hot coral cards to manage money and spend around the world.

Recognition and Awards
2022: Crowned ‘Best Bank’ at the British Bank Awards. 2018: Awarded in the category “Financial Services: User Experience” and “Best Online User Experience B2C – Best Digital Customer Journey” by UK Digital Experience Award.

Monzo Bank Ltd.
Leadership team

Carol Kobuke Nelson (CEO & President)

Jonas Huckestein (Co-Founder & CTO)


Financial and Banking

Products/ Services
Mobile operating system, Account services, Apps and open banking, Fintech
Number of Employees
1,000 - 20,000
London, England, UK
Company Registration
20M - 100M
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