Robo-advisor platform Bambu announces strategic investment led by Franklin Templeton and Wavemaker

Robo-advisor platform Bambu announces strategic investment led by Franklin Templeton and Wavemaker

by August 30, 2017

Bambu, a B2B robo-advisor platform provider, announces it has completed a funding round led by three new investors.

Franklin Templeton Investments, a global leader in asset management, becomes the first strategic investor in Bambu. Wavemaker Partners, one of Singapore’s leading venture capitalists and part of the Draper Venture Network, brings the first venture capital funding for Bambu. They are joined in the round by renowned FinTech investor Robby Hilkowitz, an early advocate of, and investor in robo-advisors globally.

Ned Phillips

Ned Phillips, Founder and CEO of Bambu, said;

“We are delighted to have both strategic and venture capitalist investors in our latest round of funding, as further validation of our B2B business model. Bambu is now a growth stage company in the rapidly changing world of digital wealth, and to gain support from leading industry players brings great momentum towards our goal of becoming the market leader in this space.”


Building on this progress, Bambu will use the new investment to accelerate its sales and business development capability to meet the increasing demand for robo-advisor solutions globally, while further strengthening the company’s R&D in Singapore.

Harshendu Bindal

Harshendu Bindal, Managing Director, Head of Retail (International) at Franklin Templeton Investments, said;

“Our investment in Bambu stems from Franklin Templeton’s interest in advancing emerging technologies in the FinTech space that fit with our focus on being innovative in the ways we serve our clients.”


Paul Santos


Paul Santos, the Managing Partner at Wavemaker Partners, said;

“We like to invest in founders with deep domain expertise building scalable, sustainable businesses. Ned and Aki have gone from strength to strength to find customers that love their product and have built up a promising pipeline. We look forward to working with them.”



Founded in February 2016, Bambu has created cutting-edge technology solutions to have launched Singapore’s first robo-advisory platform. Over the past year, Bambu has gained significant traction within the wealth management industry through innovations in goal-based planning and artificial intelligence.

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