AccountsIQ Raises $65 Million With Promise of “The Finance Function of the Future”

Despite the challenges facing the European economy, enterprise startups focused on financial management are experiencing growth. AccountsIQ, a Dublin-based accounting technology firm, recently raised €60 million (approximately $65 million) to enhance its cloud-based, AI-enhanced services for mid-sized companies. The funding aims to create “the finance function of the future,” a vision supported by nearly 20 years of conservative yet steady business growth for the company.

AccountsIQ was founded by accountants eager to develop tools for their own use, leading to a product that now serves over 1,000 customers and 20,000 users across multiple business operations. The company has maintained a consistent 30% compound annual growth rate, according to COO Darren Cran. The service suite includes digital accounting features such as receivables and payables management, banking integration, business intelligence, and forecasting, all accessible via a subscription model starting at $250 per user per month. Hosted on Azure, the platform integrates Microsoft’s AI tools and in-house customizations, introducing advanced robotic process automation and AI features to streamline user operations.

Founder and CEO Tony Connolly emphasized the timely nature of this investment: “This investment comes at a perfect inflection point for our offering, to allow us leverage AI tools into practical, easy to adopt services for our user base; to make finance team roles more flexible, valuable, less repetitive and indeed more interesting.”

The company’s robust funding round is particularly notable given the broader financial context, where startups, especially in Ireland, face significant funding challenges—a recent report highlighted a 48% decrease in startup funding compared to the previous year.

Martin Wygas, founding partner of Axiom Equity, expressed enthusiasm about enhancing AccountsIQ’s capabilities through this strategic partnership. For context, PennyLane, a similar startup targeting the SMB market, recently secured $40 million at a valuation exceeding $1 billion. AccountsIQ differentiates itself by targeting growing businesses that need scalable financial systems, positioning itself against competitors like Sage Intacct, Netsuite, and Acumatica.