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Finstar Financial Group acquires stake in FinTech company and becomes its major strategic partner
Berlin & Moscow, 2nd February 2016 Online lending platform Spotcap successfully closes its third financing round. The Berlin-based financial technology company raises EUR 31.5 million in new funding led by international private equity firm, Finstar Financial Group, with participation from previous investor Holtzbrinck Ventures. Spotcap intends to use the funds to expand its operations globally and to finance its online business lending activities in Spain, the Netherlands, and Australia.
The partnership between Finstar and Spotcap strengthens both parties’ position in the global FinTech industry landscape and underlines the increasing importance of the alternative financing sector.
This is Spotcap’s third successful round of financing in 18 months. The financial technology company previously raised EUR 13 million in funding from a group of investors, including Rocket Internet, Access Industries and Holtzbrinck Ventures as well as EUR 5 million in debt capital from Kreos Capital.
Nicholas Jordan, CEO of Finstar, commented: “Finstar is pleased to be working in partnership with multinational online MSME lender Spotcap. By acquiring a stake in Spotcap, we are strengthening our position in the digital financial services sector and increasing our reach to new territories. As its shareholder and major strategic partner, Finstar will intensify efforts to further develop Spotcap’s innovative online lending platform and facilitate its global expansion into high-yielding markets.”
Toby Triebel, CEO and Co-Founder of Spotcap, commented: “We are delighted with the endorsement and backing by Finstar. This long-term strategic partnership with a leading investor is a validation of Spotcap’s solid business model and our goal to become a leading global provider of online business loans. Finstar’s substantial expertise and valuable relationships in the FinTech industry will enable Spotcap to fast-track its growth.”
Spotcap leverages cutting-edge technology to meet the needs of small businesses more efficiently than traditional lenders. The company uses an innovative credit scoring technology that directly evaluates real-life business data to provide fast and flexible financing.
Finstar Financial Group is an international private equity group. Founded in 1996, the Group has significant experience in launching start-up projects and in restructuring and expanding of companies in selected industries. Finstar operates in financial markets, the IT and telecoms field, perfumery-cosmetic retailing and also in commercial and trade real estate. The Group has under its management assets worth a total of more than $2 billion. Over the years Finstar has developed substantial operational experience which helps to implement a value-adding strategy, introducing high international standards of corporate governance, innovation, marketing and building competitive advantages, all of which are vital to create value in the long-term.
Read more about Finstar: www.finstar.com
Spotcap enables small business owners to grow their business by providing fast and flexible financing. The financial technology company has developed a sophisticated and dynamic decision process, assessing the real-time performance of businesses to grant short-term credit lines and loans. CEO Toby Triebel and COO Dr. Jens Woloszczak lead the company. Spotcap was launched in September 2014 and is headquartered in Berlin, with local offices in Madrid, Amsterdam, and Sydney. The team – currently consisting of 70 credit and online experts – is expanding its operations geographically. Spotcap is backed by Rocket Internet – the world’s leading global internet platform outside of the US and China.
Read more about Spotcap: www.spotcap.com
First assessment of Rocket Internet’s newest fintech company
Berlin, 7 October 2015: 12 months, 3 countries, 2 continents, 18 million euros in funding, 20,000 registered users and credit inquiries amounting to 500 million euros. This is the first assessment of Rocket Internet’s newest fintech company Spotcap www.spotcap.com, a multinational online lending platform for small businesses.
Toby Triebel, Spotcap CEO and co-founder: “Since our launch in September 2014 in Spain, Spotcap has shown monthly double-digit growth rates. Our rapid growth in Spain, the Netherlands and Australia reflects that small businesses are increasingly turning to alternative financing providers. The small business financing landscape is changing continuously and we’re delighted to be at its forefront.”
Spotcap is headquartered in Berlin, with local offices in Madrid, Amsterdam, and Sydney. In its first year of business, the company has raised 18 million euros in equity and debt capital and successively grown its team to 65 employees. Over the past 12 months, Spotcap has been able to offer average interest rates between 1 and 1.5 percent to its clients. The company’s interest rates start at 0.5 percent per month.
In its second year of business, Spotcap aims to continue its global expansion into new markets, expand its product offering and approach its goal of becoming a global leader for short-term online business loans.
While loans for big businesses have increased since the financial crisis, loans for small and medium-sized businesses have dropped significantly. Small business owners in particular often struggle to secure funding from traditional financial institutions.
The market opportunity for alternative finance providers like Spotcap is significant. According to the European Alternative Finance Benchmarking Report, the European alternative finance market as a whole grew by 144% – from 1,211 million euros in 2013, to 2,957 million euros in 2014.
Spotcap leverages big data to provide loans to micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises that are underserved by traditional banks. The advantages are a simple and fast application process as well as a quick credit decision.