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We are a world leader in providing Lightning-as-a-Service infrastructure.

Our journey

Pioneering a New Era in Finance
IBEX began its operations in 2018 as a Bitcoin Over-The-Counter (OTC) desk in Guatemala, rapidly evolving into an influential provider of Lightning-as-a-Service infrastructure. This transition marks our journey from a regional service to an architect of global financial technology solutions, reshaping how value is transferred worldwide.

Our collaboration with El Salvador, providing the infrastructure for their government-issued wallet to utilize the Lightning Network, propelled IBEX onto the international stage. This critical role not only highlighted our technological prowess but also opened doors to new partnerships with industry leaders and tech innovators. Our work has been instrumental in enabling these partners to enhance their value movement, evolving them into lightning fintechs and solidifying our position as a pivotal force in the financial technology ecosystem.
“In a world where you can’t trust anyone, what can you trust?
that which is trust-less; and that is bitcoin”
_ Jose Lemus // CEO
Founded to Revolutionize Payments
Founded to revolutionize payment systems via Bitcoin and Lightning network innovations, we launched in Guatemala as a dedicated Bitcoin-only Over-the-Counter (OTC) desk.
First to deliver Lightning services to a country
Pioneering Lightning Network services, we became the first entity to launch in El Salvador, the initial country to declare Bitcoin legal tender, onboarding millions instantly. This established a new global benchmark for Bitcoin adoption.
IBEX provides Merchant Solution to InternationalBrands in El Salvador
Unveiled the industry-leading retail Lightning Point of Sale (POS) solution, substantially improving the transactional efficiency and accessibility of Bitcoin, with Starbucks, Wendy’s, Pizza Hut and others as notable adopters.
[jan, 2022]
Onboarded first Mexican exchange to Lightning
Led the way in Mexico by incorporating Tauros exchange into the Lightning Network, enhancing the Bitcoin transaction experience with improved speed and efficiency.
[APR, 2022]
IBEX powers merchants in BTC Miami 2022
IBEX integrated 85 businesses in Miami, allowing them to accept bitcoin via POS systems. Following a successful pilot at Bitcoin 2022 in Miami, where merchants processed over 2 BTC.
[APR 7, 2022]
IBEX is mentioned at the Billionaire’s panel inBTC Miami 2022
At the "Billionaire Capital Allocators" panel, Greg Foss emphasized IBEX's impact in demonstrating Bitcoin's transformative potential. He showcased how IBEX, starting as a Guatemalan project and expanding to cities like Miami, illustrates Bitcoin's ability to drive substantial social and economic changes globally.
[jul, 2022]
Onboarded first professional sports team
Formed a groundbreaking partnership with Perth Heat, becoming the first professional sports team to join the Lightning Network ecosystem, which allows their team and fans to interact globally by trading value and unlocking global fandom.
[jul, 2022]
Onboarded first Guatemalan Bitcoin wallet
Expanded our services to Guatemala with Osmo Wallet, becoming the first Bitcoin wallet in the country to utilize the Lightning network for faster and more efficient transactions.
[May, 2023]
Onboarded first conglomerate to Lightning
Forged a groundbreaking partnership with Grupo Salinas, one of Mexico's largest corporate conglomerates, to adopt and implement cutting-edge Lightning Network solutions. Positioning Mexico at the forefront of the digital revolution.
[Apr, 2023]
Total Play, goes live receiving LN BTC payments
Totalplay integrated Bitcoin as a payment option for its services through a partnership with IBEX, benefiting more than four million Mexicans by allowing them to make payments and receive remittances in Bitcoin.
[May, 2023]
IBEX became BTC Miami main sponsor and payment processing
IBEX was the main sponsor for BTC Miami 2023, highlighting its role as Bitcoin payment processing solution.
[May, 2023]
BAZ APP Lightning Network integration launch
BAZ APP, a Mexican super app that serves as a one-stop shop, launched Lightning Network integration for its 20 million users in Mexico, enabling them to buy, sell, send, and receive Bitcoin.
Deliver Financial Freedom To
8 billion
> Founders, team & Investors


Jose Lemus
Founder //
Juan Lemus
Co-Founder //
Country Manager MX
Esteban De La Peña
Co-Founder //
Alvaro Sol
Co-FOunder //
Chief of Staff
Mario Aguiluz
Co-Founder // Head of New Markets

Executive team

Barrett Little
chief technology officer
Rodrigo Argüello
Head of Digital Wealth management

Mentions & Press

Jul 15, 2023
Bitcoin’s Lighting Network: Fast, Cheap, And A Lifeline For Latin America
The Lightning Network might be the greatest payment network you’ve never heard of. It is a second layer network built on top of bitcoin that facilitates instant and cheap bitcoin payments without the need for intermediaries...
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Jun 12, 2023
'Bloomberg Technology' Full Show
The Lightning Network might be the greatest payment network you’ve never heard of. It is a second layer network built on top of bitcoin that facilitates instant and cheap bitcoin payments without the need for intermediaries...
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Jul 7, 2022
Baseball Club Perth Heat To Enhace Fan Experience With Lightning Network
The Lightning Network might be the greatest payment network you’ve never heard of. It is a second layer network built on top of bitcoin that facilitates instant and cheap bitcoin payments without the need for intermediaries...
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Apr 21, 2024
Jose Lemus - IBEX | Web Summit RIO 2024
Special interview covering the Web Summit RIO 2024 with Jose Lemus, founder & CEO of IBEX.
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Oct 20, 2023
Bitcoin Amsterdam | IBEX
At Bitcoin Amsterdam we had the opportunity to sit down with Jose Lemus and Ry from IBEX to talk about the rapidly evolving Lightning Network landscape.
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Sep 17, 2023
IBEX Building a Lightning Payments Network
'Bloomberg Technology' is our daily news program focused exclusively on technology, innovation and the future of business hosted by Caroline Hyde in New York and Ed Ludlow from San Francisco.
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Jul 14, 2023
Lightning Network at the Enterprise Level
Marty sits down with Jose Lemus from Ibex to discuss integrating the lightning network with businesses, barriers to adoption, cross-border payments, and more.
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July 3, 2023
Jose Lemus (IBEX Mercado) on Lightning adoption in Emerging Markets (EP.435)
Jose Lemus, CEO and cofounder at IBEX Mercado, joins the show to talk Lightning and its growing usage in emerging markets...
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Feb 6, 2023
Building a Global #btc Infrastructure Lightning Network
Hear from Jose Lemus, CEO of IBEX, on how their platform is helping to spread Bitcoin and Lightning Network usage. With insights into the future of Bitcoin adoption, learn what sets IBEX apart from other traditional payment rails...
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Oct 22, 2023
Remittance Revolution
Jose Lemus breaks down how Ibex is changing the landscape in the international remittances space.
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May 30, 2023
Building The Financial Infrastructure Of The Future
IBEX: Building The Financial Infrastructure Of The Future - Jose Lemus - Ibex Demo at Bitcoin 2023 Nakamoto Stage.
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Oct 7, 2023
The Future of Payments with Bitcoin & Lightning
Live from the Hard Money stage at Pacific Bitcoin Festival 2023, P moderates a panel with titans of the Lightning network Jose Lemus, Christian Catalini, and Graham Krizek. They discuss scaling Bitcoin globally to billions via the most...
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Jun 28, 2023
Bitcoin Treasury Strategy: Challenges & Opportunities
We are thrilled to announce our upcoming online panel discussion, where we will be engaging with experts in an interactive session aimed at professionals who are keen to understand the evolving role of Bitcoin in treasury strategy.
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May 15, 2022
Lightning Infrastructure Innovations
Lightning Infrastructure Innovations - Bitcoin 2022 Conference
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