Agreement will bring access to digital banking services and automated direct deposits to millions of multi-generational immigrants, many for the first time
Atomic, the market leader in payroll APIs for direct deposit acquisition, and Welcome Tech, the largest financial services platform for the multigenerational immigrant community, today announced a partnership that extends financial services available to millions in the Hispanic community, a community that is often overlooked, yet vital to U.S. prosperity.
The tactical partnership between Atomic and Welcome Tech will enable direct deposits for the nearly 3 million account holders and 9 million community members of Welcome Tech, many of whom will gain access to bank accounts for the first time.
“From a pure value alignment standpoint, working with a partner that recognizes all the different access points that our consumers and the community we serve require is what drove the interest in partnering with Atomic,” said Welcome Tech’s CEO, Amir Hemmat. “Welcome Tech is a trusted brand in the largest immigrant community in the U.S., the Hispanic consumer cohort, and we are growing exponentially. We are building innovative solutions and offerings both in language and in culture, and our goal is to continue to demystify and create access to previously elusive opportunities such as financial resources.”
There are an estimated 62.8 million consumers of Hispanic origin in the United States, representing 19% of the nation’s total population, according to a 2020 Claritas study. Though the Hispanic population is the nation’s largest ethnic minority, it has been historically neglected by traditional financial institutions. As a result, most of the Hispanic community Welcome Tech serves are paid in cash or checks, rather than electronically.
In addition to values alignment, Welcome Tech also selected Atomic because of the firm’s specialization in payroll APIs and robust coverage. Atomic boasts the largest reported network of integrations with employers and payroll providers, which gives customers a potential reach of an estimated 95 million workers. Further, because of its specialization in payroll, Atomic’s early customers have reportedly experienced higher consumer authentication rates when benchmarked against other vendors in the market.
“We are excited to partner with Welcome Tech on its mission to create access to financial services for the Hispanic community,” said Jordan Wright, Atomic CEO and co-founder. “By digitizing a cash heavy population with Atomic’s payroll APIs, we are able to bring bank accounts to a truly unbanked and underserved community.”
To reduce language barriers and build trust with first-time banking customers, Atomic is now available in Spanish. By tailoring the user experience to the consumer’s native language, Welcome Tech and Atomic are making the product more familiar for the broader Hispanic population who typically distrust financial institutions.
Wall Street banks have only recently begun to acknowledge ethnic disparities in wealth creation and access to the banking system, with at least one major bank announcing initiatives targeting historically under-served communities. However, Welcome Tech has been focused exclusively on serving the Hispanic immigrant community since its inception in 2010.
“Hispanics are central to U.S. prosperity”, Wright noted. “By reducing artificial barriers and providing employers with insights on the Hispanic workforce, Welcome Tech and Atomic’s shared goal is to bring more of the Hispanic community into digital financial services.”