Céline Lazorthes
Founder and CEO of Leetchi

© Lucien Pérochon

Q: What are you most proud of?

A: I am very proud of our team and how far we’ve come.

Take the risk, it’s worth it!

Running a startup requires constant attention and success is not guaranteed. Nevertheless, I do not see it as a job, but rather as my mission and a source of joy and learning. I was always inspired by my parents, who encouraged me to be free and make my own decisions. At the age of 26, I founded Leetchi Group while I was helping to organize a welcome weekend for fellow students at my university. I came up with an idea to replace the traditional way of collecting money with an online platform. The project was an immediate success in France, and Leetchi.com was voted by Wired as the startup of the year in 2013. That same year, we decided to package Leetchi.com’s in-house developed payment solution as an API for online marketplaces and collaborative websites. Today, Mangopay is processing over €200 million per year with over 1,000 partners.

Being a female entrepreneur has never felt like a disadvantage to me. Take the risk, it’s worth it! I actively encourage women working in tech who want to start their own businesses.

Céline Lazorthes is the 33-year-old founder and CEO of Leetchi Group, the parent company of Leetchi.com, an online money pot service, and Mangopay, a payment API. Over 50 people work at Leetchi in Paris, London, Luxembourg and Berlin. Céline founded Leetchi as a 26-year-old student and sold the company in 2015 to the bank Crédit Mutuel Arkéa. It was France’s first FinTech exit.


This article was published in ‘the Hundert Vol. 8 – Female Startup Founders Europe’, May 2016.