Built by young people, for young people
Just in time for the new school term, we announced that our personal accounts are now open to 16 and 17-year-olds - no fees, no paperwork from parents, just a fully functioning bank account to manage your money from your smartphone.
Our young person accounts do not offer overdrafts or loans. But all the other features of our personal accounts for over 18s are included: Spending Insights, real-time notifications and the ability to lock the contactless debit card if lost or stolen. We want young people to be able to manage their money independently and have all the tools they need to save money or pay back friends or family in a way that fits their lifestyle. Find out more about young person accounts in our blog, written by 17-year-old Junior Engineer Lucas Johnston.
Paying your friends just got easier
Whether its splitting cinema tickets or paying someone back for lunch, it’s now even easier with Starling. If two Starling account holders are in the same physical space such as round the dinner table or on the sofa, they can make quick and secure payments through Nearby Payments.
This is enabled by Google Nearby technology which uses a combination of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and audio to work out if two phones are close enough to connect. Both Starling account holders must then confirm that they accept the connection to allow payments to be made between the two accounts.
Easy payments can also be made through Settle Up - simply send a request for a payment through the app and skip the awkward texts and exchange of account numbers and sort codes.
Bringing more services to banking
Our latest in-app partner in the Starling Marketplace is the life insurance advisor Anorak. As part of this launch, we took a deep dive into the technology behind our Marketplace - read more in our blog.
When we released our annual report in August, our founder and chief executive Anne Boden outlined her vision for Starling in her first annual ‘Letter from the CEO’, including the Marketplace and Payment Services. We’re in active conversations with 80 partners for our Marketplace, plus many more for Payment Services and our Banking-as-a-Service offering.
The first partner to use our APIs to offer their own customised accounts is savings marketplace Raisin UK. One of the most exciting things about this is not knowing what could be created as a result of opening up our APIs and platform to others.
Taking flight over Europe
Anne also spoke about our expansion into Europe, beginning with Ireland in 2019. We are testing our euro account and have a waiting list for those who want to be the first to know when it’s available.
Come and say hello
We love meeting our customers face to face; we’ve been involved in a number of events this year and we have more coming up.
Following the run of comedy shows we supported with Funny Women on the Fringe in Edinburgh, we’re back in London and heading to Courier Live, an expo for startups and entrepreneurs organised by Courier Magazine on Friday 28th September. From 9th-11th November, you’ll find us at Stylist Live, a three day event organised by Stylist Magazine featuring pop-ups, panels and workshops.
On Tuesday 4th September, we took part in a panel on Open Banking hosted by Finimize, the newsletter that provides updates on finance and business that can be read in under 3 minutes. Anne was joined by Michelle Pearce-Bucke, CEO of online investment platform Wealthify, and Victor Troukodes, CEO of personal finance advisor Plum. Starling customers can integrate their account with Plum and find our more about Wealthify through our Marketplace.
We’ll be at the Asian Achievers Awards on Friday 14th September. We’re looking forward to meeting some of the businesses that have been recognised for their achievements and spreading the word about Starling business accounts.