Y Combinator-backed Elevate debuts in Pakistan offering a compelling alternative to existing platforms

Elevate is a company that was founded by individuals from nations such as Yemen and Algeria. These members have a deep understanding of the challenges faced by Pakistani freelancers. The company is committed to revolutionizing the landscape in general. The team includes experts in the fintech industry, who have gained valuable experience from working at established organizations such as Visa, Goldman Sachs, Citi, and PNC Bank.

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In Pakistan, freelancers and remote workers grapple with distinct challenges in receiving payments aligned with their professional aspirations, posing a persistent hurdle in a market where they play a crucial role in the global workforce. Addressing this issue head-on, Elevate, a Fintech venture backed by Y Combinator that has raised over $6M to date and was initially launched in Egypt, has now officially gone live in Pakistan. This transformative platform is designed to empower freelancers and remote workers, offering them the capability to seamlessly open US bank accounts through a strategic partnership with Bangor Savings Bank, a reputable US-based institution boasting over $7 billion in assets.

User-Friendly and Cost-Free

To sign up, users submit their identity documents (ID Card/Passport), along with a document verifying their local address, and provide a valid source of funds, highlighting their status as a remote worker or freelancer. In the months since going live, Elevate has successfully opened thousands of USD accounts, processing over $500k in monthly deposits, showcasing an impressive month-on-month deposit growth of 100%. All accounts are FDIC insured, guaranteeing the full protection of funds up to $250,000, providing users with comprehensive financial security.

Elevate stands out by providing a completely free platform without any deductions on funds or subscription fees. Elevate offers favorable foreign exchange (FX) rates, providing users with a guaranteed spot rate (interbank USD rate). This ensures cost-effective transfers back to the local PKR currency.

“Elevate’s entry into the Pakistani market signifies a new era for freelancers and remote workers, offering a level of financial freedom and flexibility that was previously unimaginable. Our commitment to transparent pricing and the best FX rates sets us apart from the competition, making Elevate the go-to platform for global payments, so now you can receive dollars from anywhere in the world without any hassle.”

– Khalid Keenan, CEO at Elevate.

Elevate’s Vision for Tomorrow

Elevate’s ambition extends beyond addressing immediate challenges, aiming to redefine the future of remote work and freelancing on a global scale, starting with the distinctive needs of Pakistani freelancers. The vision is clear – to become the go-to offshore banking solution for all Pakistani remote workers, offering a straightforward pathway for receiving payments and creating wealth from any corner of the world.

By providing a reliable and innovative platform, Elevate seeks to empower Pakistani freelancers, enabling them to focus on their craft without the hindrance of payment intricacies.

Looking ahead, Elevate has several upcoming products in its pipeline including equity investments and savings accounts. As Elevate steps into this official launch, the vision is set on a future where geographical constraints are no longer impediments to financial success for freelancers in Pakistan. The commitment is unwavering – constant evolution, adaptation, and expansion of services to turn the vision of accessible and transparent financial solutions into a reality for Pakistani freelancers and remote workers. Elevate is more than a platform; it’s a movement toward financial empowerment and a catalyst for change in the freelancing landscape.

About Elevate:

Elevate is a Y-Combinator-backed platform dedicated to empowering freelancers and remote workers. Recognizing the challenges with holding dollars, Elevate offers a simple payment solution and protects your earnings.

By offering a range of unprecedented benefits and disrupting traditional banking norms, Elevate is changing the way freelancers and remote workers manage their finances, making global payments seamless and cost-effective. 

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