Business Loans

Aug
08

Fintech B2B small business lending marketplace Bigstone raises $3 million

Fintech start-up Bigstone has raised $3 million from a range of investors, including ASX-listed diversified investments and venture capital firm CVC, to grow its small business lending marketplace and offer an alternative to the big banks. The seed funding round is the first capital raised by the start-up, which connects small businesses wanting to borrow up to $250,000 with non-bank lenders. Other major investors in the round were the founders of Bangkok-based fund Lighthouse Venture Partners Paniti Junhasavasdikul and Narith Phadungchai, in addition to private investors. Bigstone co-founder and chief executive Boyd Pederson said the capital would be used to fuel expansion, grow its marketing team and to continue developing […]

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Aug
02

FinTech Solutions For Enhanced Income and Economic Growth

Small business plays an important role in innovation and employment, so financial mechanisms that make it easier for small business to grow must be welcomed. P2P Business Lenders are intent on improving small business financing options by connecting investors (i.e. lenders) with a choice of loans in a digital market place. Much like an eBay for small business loans or a match making market. P2P Business Lending is about using technology to make what was once unviable, viable. This article looks at emerging innovators ThinCats and True Pillars as a source of funding for small businesses and enhanced income for professionally managed SMSFs. Technology Makes Small Loans Affordable Small business […]

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Aug
02

DomaCom partners with peer-to-peer lender

DomaCom has announced it will partner with a peer-to-peer lending company to extend opportunities for advisers in the property sector. DomaCom chief executive Arthur Naoumidis said DomaCom’s partnership with ThinCats Australia will allow advisers to be on both sides of property transactions by creating leveraged book builds. “This also provides the 350 lenders on the ThinCats platform the opportunity to gain exposure to property assets and the ability to lend funds at an attractive interest rate with a lower risk profile,” Mr Naoumidis said. ThinCats Australia, which has been operating in Australia for the past 18 months, is a peer-to-peer lending platform for secured business loans to small and medium […]

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Aug
02

RateSetter Australia passes $50 million in record time

This month RateSetter achieved an important milestone – passing $50 million in funds matched between investors and creditworthy borrowers. This milestone was reached in record time for an Australian peer-to-peer lending platform. RateSetter Australia CEO, Daniel Foggo, commented: “From the start our objective has been to give Australian investors and borrowers a better, fairer deal. Our growth since launch shows the enthasiam with which Australians are embracing an alternative that offers them better value and real convenience compared with traditional financial institutions. “Combined with the success of RateSetter in the United Kingdom, this record-breaking growth makes the RateSetter group one of the largest and fastest growing online retail money markets […]

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Moula ramps up for long-term growth

Australia’s leading data-driven lending platform for small businesses Moula, today announced the appointment of former Managing Director of Xero, Chris Ridd, to its board as it positions itself for significant growth. The announcement coincides with the release of findings from the Disruption Index, showing that the number of data-approved loan applicants has doubled over the past year. The Disruption Index is a Moula initiative designed to track the waves of disruption in Australia in the small business lending sector. Ridd’s appointment comes off the back of strong growth for Moula over the past twelve months, as Australian small businesses change the way they access loans. Business confidence among SMEs seeking […]

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Online fintechs Prospa and Reckon bypass banks in new partnership

The partnership will allow Reckon customers to apply for small business loans through Prospa. As banks are entering new partnerships with smaller fintech companies seemingly every week, today online SME lender Prospa has announced a partnership with accounting group Reckon. The new product, Reckon Loans, will be facilitated by Prospa and allow Reckon’s customers to apply for loans of between $5,000 and $250,000. Reckon Group COO Dan Rabie said the aim was to leverage data to make the credit process easier. “Fintech disruption has changed the business lending game, with online entrants challenging the traditional providers of bank finance by introducing new cash-flow financing options for SMEs.” “Data from accounting software […]

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Fintech lender launches unique broker portal

An alternative online lender has launched a free digital marketing portal for mortgage brokers as it looks to strengthen its relationships with the third-party channel. Small business lender Prospa recently launched the Prospa Uplift Marketing Portal (PUMP) an online marketing resource of its partners. PUMP enables brokers to download application forms and fact sheets, send customised email and direct mail to clients and download images to use for social media. “There are over 60 registered partners in the first week who took it on board and ran activities with it,” Prospa CEO Beau Bertoli told The Adviser. “It is an easy to use but very powerful online marketing platform that […]

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The Invoice Market sees significant changes in the industry as having both positive and negative impacts

Peer-to-peer alternative financier, The Invoice Market (tim), reached a notable milestone recently, celebrating two years since it helped its first business client cash flow a batch of invoices to the value of $968,340. As one of the earlier entrants to offer flexible invoice funding, the company has seen significant changes, both positive and negative, in the industry over this time.   “From funding our first client, a fresh produce supplier, tim has built a strong business supporting SMEs where the traditional funders are unwilling or unable to do so. And, in remaining focused on our core objective, we have now provided funding to over 100 Australian businesses, making tim a […]

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