It is small wonder that Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) consist the backbone of Indian economy. Unfortunately, less than 10 per cent of Indian MSMEs are institutionally financed in a market with over 3.6 crore such enterprises.
Two of India’s biggest economic problems faced by small and medium enterprises (SMEs) – one poor credit availability and second high cost of credit, can be solved through technology enabled SME lending marketplace, believes Shailesh Jacob the Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Loan Frame.
Loan frame is India’s leading fin-tech marketplace for SME lending which makes obtaining credit for an SME a lot easier and efficient. The team has merged world class technology, processes of global financial institutions with deep Indian SME lending experience.
Traditional lenders are pulling back in the short term as they wait to see the impact of de-monetization on their current portfolio and grapple with uncertainties in SME business performance and collateral prices. In the medium- and long-term, capital availability and lending will increase significantly as lenders get better visibility on business performance and more business transactions are recorded digitally.
– Shailesh Jacob
Small and medium enterprise-focused online lending platform Loan Frame Technologies has raised a seed round of $2.25 million (about Rs 15 crore), the latest venture-backed transaction in the country’s web-based lending space.
The investors in the round include Parag Saxena, co-founder of Vedanta Capital, William Campbell, former chairman of Visa International and Toos Daruvala, co-chief executive of MIO Partners, an internal investment arm of global consultancy McKinsey and Co. Saxena is also the founding general partner of private equity firm New Silk Route.
Borrowers can apply for a loan by logging onto Loan Frame’s website or by downloading its Android app. The company does detailed assessment of the needs of the SMEs and then provides the right solutions for the SMEs, at the most competitive interest rates
Loan Frame was launched in mid-2016 with the objective of redefining the experience of borrowing by SMEs in India. The Company is India’s first lending marketplace fully dedicated to SMEs. Loan Frame caters to the varied loan requirements of SMEs up to Rs. 50 crores. The company differentiates from its peers with its wide set of lending products to cater to almost all needs of small and medium sized businesses.
Gurgaon-based fintech startup Loan Frame Technologies Pte Ltd has raised $2.25 million (Rs 15.3 crore) in seed investment led by Vedanta Capital, a top company executive told Techcircle.
Other investors who participated in the round include William Campbell, former chairman of Chase Card Services, and Toos N Daruvala, co-CEO of MIO Partners, Inc., McKinsey Investment Office.