Credit Kudos, challenger credit bureau and commercial applications provider of open banking, announced on Thursday it raised £2.2 million through its latest round of funding, which was led by Ascension Ventures through its social impact fund Fair by Design, with additional investment from existing investors NFT Ventures and Entrepreneur First’s Next Stage Fund. New backers include Dragons’ Den star Sarah Willingham; prolific angel investor Charlie Songhurst (investor in Affirm, ClassPass, and Coindesk); and key figures from the credit industry, including both the former CEO and MD of Callcredit, now TransUnion, John McAndrew, and Graham Lund.
Founded in 2015 and launched its Open Banking platform in January 2018, Credit Kudos is an FCA-authorised credit bureau that uses financial behavior to measure creditworthiness. The company further explained:
“Through direct connections to the UK’s largest banks, Credit Kudos aggregates and interprets transaction data for use by lenders, brokers, and financial institutions. Credit Kudos goes beyond traditional scoring, providing a comprehensive view of a borrower’s creditworthiness. We transform complex sets of information in our easy-to-use, digital first tools to help everyone make better lending decisions.”
Credit Kudos also noted that its mission is to advance financial inclusion through new applications of technology.
“Credit Kudos provides lenders, brokers and financial institutions with a highly accurate and transparent scoring system based on consumer consented data, providing a fairer representation of an individual’s creditworthiness. Credit Kudos’ solution enables lenders to make better decisions, whilst simultaneously helping previously overlooked individuals access credit.”
Speaking about the investment round, Freddy Kelly, Credit Kudos CEO, went on to add:
“This investment allows us to scale up our business to meet the demands of a post-Open Banking and PSD2 world. This funding will be used to expand our engineering and development team to continue to deliver first to market technology across our platform, as well as supporting expansion into wider Europe.”