Tagged: SME

Starling Bank Survey Reveals 80% of UK SMEs Are Confident They Will Recover From COVID Despite Concerning Economic Forecast

‘ UK-based digital banking group Starling Bank announced on Monday its latest survey reveals four in five (80%) UK SMEs are confident they will recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey, which was conducted with the Great British Entrepreneur Awards (GBEA) was done on more… Read More

Tide Announces Multi-Year Partnership With Mastercard For SME Service Boost

UK-based challenger bank Tide announced on Monday it has formed a partnership with Mastercard to boost its SME services. Tide reported that through the multi-year collaboration, it will see the provision and implementation of credit functionality as well as payment features into its platform. Speaking… Read More

Brazilian SME Online Lender BizCapital Secures $12 Million Through Series B Funding Round Led By DEG

BizCapital, a Brazil-based SME online lending platform, announced on Wednesday it secured $12 million through its Series B funding round, which was led by German development finance institution DEG, a subsidiary of  KfW Group, Germany’s promotional bank. Along with DEG, MELI Fund, the Corporate Venture Capital… Read More

Update: EstateGuru Set to Close Seedrs Round With More Than €880,000 in Funding

  Pan-European marketplace for short-term SME property-backed loans EstateGuru is set to close its equity crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs with more than €880,000 raised from nearly 1,100 Seedrs investors. Founded in 2013, EstateGuru claims to be the leading European marketplace for short-term, property-backed loans. The… Read More

Online SME Lender Funding Circle Approved for CBILS Lending

SME Marketplace lending platform Funding Circle (LSE:FCH) has been approved by the British Busines Bank as a lender under the  Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS). The online lender becomes one of a handful of Fintechs in the UK facilitating the program. Funding Circle said… Read More

Airwallex Announces New Partnership With Xero For SMB Customers Payments

Airwallex, an Australia-based fintech company, announced on Tuesday it has formed a new partnership with small business platform Zero to help Airwallex’s small-to-medium business (SMB) customers seamlessly reconcile their domestic and international payments. As previously reported, Airwallex was founded in 2015 and is described as… Read More

German SME Financing Specialist FinCompare Raised €22 Million Through Series A

FinCompare, a Germany-based SME financing specialist, announced on Thursday it €22 million through its Series A funding round. Participants of the round include Speedinvest, ING Ventures, and UNIQA Ventures. International financial investors, including RBI Ventures from Raiffeisen Bank International AG, and private investors Founded in… Read More

European Lending Platform October Hits New Milestone: €400 Million Has Been Borrowed By SMEs to Finance 800 Projects

October, a leading European online lender, announced on Tuesday it has reached new milestone. The lending platform revealed €400 million has been borrowed by SMEs on the platform to finance more than 800 projects. Ein weiterer Meilenstein in der Geschichte von October: mit dem heutigen… Read More

French Fintech EasyEuro Secures $4 Million Through Latest Funding Round to Launch Neobank For SME traders between Europe & Asia

EasyEuro, a France-based fintech startup, announced this week it secured $4 million through its latest investment round, which was led by Shanghai-based Ally Capital, with participation from seed investors SwiftPass, Geoswift, Huashan Capital and Unity Assets. The funds will be used to launch EasyEuro’s neobank… Read More

SME Challenger Bank Judo Bank Partners With InfraRisk to Support Lending in Australia

Australian SME challenger bank Judo Bank has formed a partnership with InfraRisk Pty Ltd., a supplier of credit management solutions and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pintec Technology Holdings Limited, to support its lending business with a smart and highly efficient cloud-based SaaS solution. Judo Bank… Read More

Germany: SMEs are Finding it Harder to Receive Bank Financing Reports creditshelf

SME online lender creditshelf says banks are becoming more skeptical about investing in small businesses in Germany. creditshelf claims that last year only every third company had problems with bank financing, now every second medium-sized company encounters resistance from its house bank. It has been… Read More

UK SME Challenger Bank Tide Announces First Paid Plan “Tide Plus”

Tide, a UK-based SME challenger bank, announced on Wednesday it is set to launch its new paid plan, Tide Plus. According to Tide, Tide Plus is an upgraded account that gives users “additional support” for running their businesses.” According to Tide, the upgraded membership will… Read More

SME Lender Credijusto Secures $42 Million Through Series B Funding Round Led By Point72 Ventures & Goldman Sachs

Credijusto, an SME lending platform that is based in Mexico, announced on Thursday it secured $42 million through its Series B funding round, which was led by Point72 Ventures and Goldman Sachs with participation from Thomvest Ventures, Wolfson Group, Third Lake Capital and Argo Ventures,… Read More

Update: Assetz Capital Surpasses £1.8 Million Through Equity Crowdfunding Efforts on Seedrs

UK-based peer-to-peer lending platform Assetz Capital has successfully surpassed £1.8 million through its equity crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs. The funding round was launched in May and quickly raised its initial £1 million. So far, more than 1,000 investors have contributed to the initiative.  As previously… Read More

Assetz Capital Reportedly Surpasses Bridging & SME Lending Milestones

UK-based peer-to-peer lending platform Assetz Capital has reportedly surpassed both bridging and SME lending milestones. According to Bridging and Commercial, the online lender has provided more than £100 million in bridging finance and £50 million in SME funding.  Speaking about the latest milestone, Damien Druce,… Read More

Australian SME Bank Judo Goes Live With Temenos

Temenos AG (SIX: TEMN), a Switzerland-based banking software provider, announced on Thursday that Judo Bank (formerly Judo Capital), an Australian SME challenger bank, has gone live in record time with Temenos T24 Transact, Analytics, Financial Crime Mitigation and Channels, a module of Temenos Infinity, running… Read More

Digital Lending Platform Esme Loans Hits £50 Million of Lending to UK Businesses

Esme Loans, the NatWest backed standalone digital lending platform for SMEs, announced last week it has hit £50 million of lending to UK businesses. The online lender reported that it has seen a continued period of strong growth, following an uplift in lending of 337%… Read More

SME Challenger Bank Judo Bank Receives Full Banking License From Australian Prudential Regulation Authority

Judo Bank (formerly Judo Capital), a SME challenger bank, announced on Wednesday it was granted a full banking license by the  Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA). According to the bank’s Chairman, Peter Hodgson, the full license means Judo will be able to significantly extend the… Read More

CoverWallet Teams Up With Zurich insurance Group to Launch Online Platform for SME Insurance in Switzerland

Zurich Insurance Group (VTX:ZURN), one of the largest global insurance companies, and CoverWallet, the tech company that is the easiest way to understand, buy, and manage business insurance online, announced earlier this week they have teamed up to launch an online platform for SME insurance in… Read More

Hong Kong SME Financing Platform Qupital Secures $15 Million Through Series A Funding Round For Greater China Expansion

Qupital, a Hong Kong-based trade finance platform, announced on Wednesday it secured $15 million through its Series A investment round, which was led by CreditEase FinTech Investment Fund (CEFIF) with additional capital injections from the Alibaba Hong Kong Entrepreneurs fund and MindWorks Ventures. Qupital reported that it… Read More

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