Bitso has closed a seed funding round led by the Barry Silbert-backed investment fund Bitcoin Opportunity Corp and including undisclosed angel investors.

Launched in April 2014, Bitso recently acquired competitor Unisend Mexico as part of a bid to strengthen its market presence. Today, the company primarily offers an order-book exchange and Ripple gateway as well as a merchant processing product.

However, in statements, Silbert suggested that he sees the company’s greatest asset as its position to help facilitate remittances to and from Mexico:

“Bitso is well-positioned to emerge as the region’s leader in bitcoin exchange and payments, and we are thrilled to partner with them to help build a big, important company in this emerging industry.”

According to data from Pew Research Center, remittances to Mexico are estimated at $22bn in 2013, though such figures have fallen since a peak in 2006 due to the US housing market crash and a decline in the US immigrant population.

Mexico receives 40% of all remittances from Latin America, according to Pew data.

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