Tagged: funding circle

Index Venture Update: New Partners Shardul Shah & Dick Costolo Added to Team & Eighth Venture Fund Closes

Shardul Shah

During the past two years, eight companies in Index Ventures’ portfolio went public, including Pure Storage, King, Just Eat and Hortonworks, while many others expanded significantly, including Funding Circle,Adyen, BlaBlaCar, Deliveroo, Slack and Sonos. Seven out of 10 Index’s investments originated at Seed or Series… Read More

Bank of England cites Decline in SME Lending. Funding Circle Says Non-Bank Lending Saves the Day

Bank of England Results for December 2015

The Bank of England has published its periodic update on lending and, according to their to numbers, loans to non-financial businesses decreased by £3.7 billion in December 2015. This is compared to an average monthly decrease of £0.3 billion over the previous six months. The… Read More

The Regulatory Risk for Marketplace Lending is Rising

Base Jumping by Chris McNaught

  As marketplace lending grows and matures it is natural, even expected, for policy makers and regulators to stand up and take notice. While in the overall world of finance direct online lenders are still relatively small, more and more frequently amounts are measured in… Read More

P2P ISA Challenge: “We Recognize that We as an Industry Need to Work to Persuade Advisers to Embrace P2P Lending”

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The Innovative Finance ISA is a huge opportunity for the peer to peer lending industry.  Yet the introduction of the new ISA also highlights an ongoing issue for P2P platforms: The profound need to inform and educate potential investors and advisors of their services. Sure… Read More

Lendix Takes the Lead in France’s SME Crowdlending

Olivier Goy and Patrick Nonneville

Lendix, one of the 60 companies who joined the fray of crowdlending platforms in 2015 has quickly taken the leadership position by designing a marketplace that meets the needs of institutional investors. Marketplace lending to small and medium size enterprise (SMEs) is taking off in… Read More

UK Fintech Stars Giles Andrews & Samir Desai Receive Recognition from the Queen’s New Year Honours List

CBEwithMilitaryRibbon by Picture Prince

In a sign that Fintech has entered the realm of the establishment two leading entrepreneurs have been recognized by the Queen of England in the annual Honours List which was published yesterday. Samir Desai, co-founder and CEO of Funding Circle, has been honoured as a… Read More

AlliedCrowds Unveils New “Crowdfunding for Entrepreneurship” Report

AlliedCrowds

AlliedCrowds, has published a new Crowdfunding for Entrepreneurship report as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week.  The data analysis company stated: “Crowdfunding is no longer just a niche form of financing for creative projects. In 2015, transactions across donations, lending, reward, and equity crowdfunding is expected to cross $34… Read More

LendingRobot Adds Funding Circle to Automated Investment Platform

Emmanuel Marot  2

LendingRobot announced a new partnership this past week. Funding Circle, an SME marketplace lending platform, is now available to investors using LendingRobot’s auto investment service which previously listed Lending Club and Prosper loans. LendingRobot CEO Emmanuel Marot stated the addition demonstrated their platform was “extensible… Read More

Brief: Funding Circle & SyndicateRoom Among Winners of the 2015 AltFi Awards

2015 AltFi Awards

AltFi, a media outlet for alternative finance, recently announced the winners of this years AltFi Awards. Among the winners were Funding Circle and SyndicateRoom. It was noted that this year AltFi split the award categories into three sections: Industry, Small Business & Investor. “For the industry… Read More

Funding Circle is Creating Meaningful Change in Lending

sam hodges Funding Circle

At a time when some are claiming that marketplace lending has not gone far enough to challenge the traditional banking system, Sam Hodges and Funding Circle have quietly proven that steadily acting on your principles and advancing your mission, can achieve meaningful change. It had… Read More

Funding Circle Partners with Barbergh & Mid Suffolk Councils on £2 Million Deal

Mid Suffolk

Two UK councils have partnered with peer to peer lending platform Funding Circle on a £2 million deal designed to assist local businesses access capital. Babergh and Mid Suffolk Councils will commence lending via Funding Circle this week.  Each council will channel £1 million for… Read More

Chinese Online Lenders Need to Have Flesh in the Game

where is the beef meat

  Last month I attended LendIt Europe in London (Oct. 20-21) to learn more about developments in the marketplace lending industry in the UK and in broader continental Europe. LendIt has once again done an excellent job organizing the conference and brought together a wealth… Read More

Bizfi Originated Over $127M in Financing During 2015’s Third Quarter

Stephen Sheinbaum

Bizfi, the premier fintech company with a platform that combines aggregation, funding and a participation marketplace for small businesses announced that it originated more than $127 million in business financing in the third quarter of 2015. This represents a double-digit percent increase in originations compared… Read More

Quotes From #LenditEurope: About China’s 2,000 Lending Platforms & More

Samir Desai and Peter Renton at Lendit Europe 2015

Part II: Seen & Heard at Lendit Europe If you missed attending Lendit Europe, you missed a great event. You can catch up on a selection of presentations on Lendit . For short skimming, we’ve selected a few thought-provoking quotes from day 2. You may also… Read More

Funding Circle Goes Global with Acquisition of Zencap

Funding Circle and Zencap founders

Funding Circle, the leading UK SME marketplace lending platform, has dramatically increased its footprint with the acquisition of Zencap. Funding Circle will now operate in Germany, Spain and the Netherlands. Funding Circle already has a significant operation in the US. Funding Circle representatives state this… Read More

Renaud Laplanche: Our Ability to Embrace Transparency as an Industry is Really Important

Renaud Laplanche 2015

  As the Marketplace Lending industry begins to mature, awareness is growing across the population.  More and more consumers realize they may be able to save time, and money, by doing a greater portion of their banking online. Lending Club, the largest Marketplace Lending platform… Read More

Crowdnetic Launches Automated Loan Platform “Marketplace Lending Gateway”

Luan Cox

Crowdnetic, a provider of technology and market data solutions to the marketplace lending industry, today announced the launch of “Marketplace Lending Gateway” (“Gateway”), a centralized technology platform that connects loan applicants from banks and retailers to alternative funding sources through a real-time matching and allocation… Read More

Brief: Zopa to Lend £60 Million this Month Topping Previous Record

UK P2PFA Members July 2015

Peer to peer lending platform Zopa has just updated Crowdfund Insider about their platform growth. According to Zopa, September is shaping up to be a stellar month. The P2P lender expects to top £60 million in loan originations beating all prior months.  Zopa is the first… Read More