Lumi raises $31.5m to improve small business lending

Lumi raises $31.5m to improve small business lending

Australian fintech company and alternative lender Lumi has announced it has raised $31.5 million in Series A funding as part of its plans to give small- and medium-sized enterprises easier access to finance.

As a result of the funding, Lumi will become the first pre-revenue fintech business lender to offer a warehouse securitisation program in Australia. By combining its application programming interface (API) with traditional credit data and the applicant’s social impact, Lumi aims to streamline the loan application process for small business owners.

Yanir Yakutiel, founder and CEO of Lumi, says the company is trying to solve the key issues of alternative lending for small businesses. “We saw a real opportunity for Lumi to carve out a niche in the Australian small business space, particularly among hospitality, retail and professional services sectors, by building an innovative fintech platform that is solving the fundamental challenges in alternative lending: access and speed,” he said.

With a majority of Australian SMEs citing a lack of time as their biggest business issue, Lumi’s ability to provide industry-leading lending turnaround times could be valuable for small businesses struggling to get funding.


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