Funding Circle is the world’s leading marketplace lender exclusively focused on small business. We help accredited and institutional investors lend money to great American small businesses looking for finance to grow their business, create new jobs and ultimately accelerate economic growth.
By combining cutting edge technology with industry–leading risk management models, Funding Circle provides small businesses with access to fast, fair and transparent finance and investors with the opportunity to access attractive returns through an online marketplace.
Every day, thousands of quality small businesses struggle to get loans to grow their businesses, battling endless streams of paperwork and unreasonable lending terms. The old banking system is clearly broken, so we’re building a better solution.
Company Snap Shot
- Founded: 2010
- Launched in the U.S.: October 2013
- Amount lent to small businesses globally: $2.5 billion to more than 25,000 businesses
- Number of employees: 600
- Headquarters: San Francisco, London & Berlin
Funding Circle announces $100 million equity investment to help thousands more small businesses globally
Led by Accel, the round saw participation from existing Funding Circle investors, including Baillie Gifford, DST Global, Index Ventures, Ribbit Capital, Rocket Internet, Sands Capital Ventures, Temasek and Union Square Ventures.
Eric Daniels, former Chief Executive of Lloyds Banking Group, brings with him more than 40 years’ experience in global banking and financial services.
Leading online credit marketplaces Funding Circle, Lending Club and Prosper Marketplace today announced the launch of the Marketplace Lending Association, a U.S. non-profit membership organization created to promote responsible business practices and sound public policy to benefit borrowers and investors.
The Funding Circle SME Income Fund will today begin lending to small businesses through Funding Circle’s marketplaces in Germany, Spain and the Netherlands, helping small businesses access the financing they need to grow.
Funding Circle today announced German economist and former Executive Board Member of the European Central Bank (ECB), Jörg Asmussen, will join the Funding Circle board.
Funding Circle partners with U.S. Department of Commerce’s MBDA to help minority businesses access affordable growth capital
Funding Circle helps minority-owned small businesses navigate the evolving credit sector through a partnership with the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), a bureau of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
The Funding Circle SME Income Fund has successfully raised its first round of money to lend through the Funding Circle marketplaces, and will shortly list on the London Stock Exchange.
Funding Circle has joined forces with Zencap, to create the first truly global marketplace lending platform. The deal sees Funding Circle expand into Germany, Spain and the Netherlands, alongside its existing operations in the UK and US.
The small businesses who already use H&R Block for bookkeeping, payroll, taxes and other accounting services now have access to a new online service: business loans up to $500,000, thanks to a new referral partnership with Funding Circle.
Small business advocates, lenders & online credit marketplaces unveil Small Business Borrowers’ Bill of Rights
To protect Main Street from predatory lending, Funding Circle and a coalition of industry leaders announced the first-ever consensus on responsible small business lending practices in Washington DC today.
Funding Circle bolsters global risk and analytics teams with appointments of former Barclays and Amex execs
Funding Circle, the world’s leading marketplace for small business loans, has bolstered its global risk and analytics team today and announced record growth in Q2, with approximately $235 million (~£150 million) lent to businesses globally.
From bolstering inventory levels to hiring more people, thousands more American small businesses will have better access to quality, affordable growth capital thanks to a new partnership between Funding Circle, the world’s leading marketplace for small business loans, and the National Small Business Association (NSBA).
Funding Circle today announced it has raised $150 million (~£100 million) in equity capital, in a round led by DST Global, with participation from Baillie Gifford, a fund managed by BlackRock, Sands Capital Ventures and Temasek. Goldman Sachs acted as exclusive placement agent for the oversubscribed round. The new funding will be used to consolidate the UK and US markets and fuel further growth.
Victory Park Capital partners with Funding Circle to support thousands of small businesses in the UK and US
Funding Circle, the world’s leading online marketplace for small business loans, today announces that Victory Park Capital, an asset management firm based in the US and an active lender to UK and European companies, will finance up to $420 million in loans to small businesses originated through Funding Circle both in the UK and US over the next three years.
Funding Circle launches fractional loan marketplace so more Americans can invest in successful Main St small businesses
Funding Circle, the global small business loan marketplace, has become the first and only major peer–to–peer lender in the U.S. to offer individual investors the opportunity to invest in secured small business loans with the launch of its new Fractional Loan Marketplace.
Funding Circle, the world’s leading online marketplace for small business lending, today announced it has acquired LeapPay, an online lender that provides affordable financing to small businesses based on their accounts receivable.
Funding Circle announces $65 million investment to fuel international growth of marketplace lending; Robert K. Steel joins the board
Funding Circle, the world’s leading online marketplace for business lending which has lent more than half a billion dollars to over 5,000 businesses, today announced it has raised $65 million in a Series D funding round led by Index Ventures with participation from existing investors, Accel Partners, Union Square Ventures and Ribbit Capital.
Funding Circle, the world’s largest peer–to–peer lender exclusively focused on small businesses, announced today that it will introduce a new risk tier that will allow the company to serve a quarter more of its U.S. small business loan applicants.
In the news
“Funding Circle Co-Founder Sam Hodges on efforts to make it easier for small businesses to gain access to funding.”
“But by supporting a bill of rights, Funding Circle has made it clear that it doesn’t just want to make money. It wants to change an entire industry. Leading from a position of strength may be a smart long-term business strategy.”
“Funding Circle Co-Founder Sam Hodges discusses small business loans and peer-to-peer lending. He speaks on Market Makers.”
“Venture investors injected $150 million into online lender Funding Circle Ltd. in a financing round which is said to value the company at more than $1 billion.”
Here’s why Funding Circle’s new $150 million round matters to more than 120 million American workers
“Funding Circle’s new investment is also indicative of how technology is helping the financing environment for small businesses, a segment that employs a huge chunk of American workers—roughly 120 million people, or half of the private sector’s workforce.”
“[Funding Circle] has acquired a semi–stealth startup called LeapPay to speed up the turnaround time it offers on loans, and also to keep expanding its business in the U.S.”
“Silicon Valley has been working on new ways to bolster the flow of capital to small businesses, one of the nation’s main engines of economic growth. Those efforts took another step forward on Wednesday, when Funding Circle […] announced that it had raised $65 million in new funding and appointed Robert K. Steel, the chief executive of Perella Weinberg, to its board.”
“Funding Circle Ltd., the U.K.-based peer–to–peer lending service, has closed a $37 million C round and […] is joining forces in the U.S. with San Francisco–based business lender Endurance Lending Network Inc. to form a new company, Funding Circle USA.”