In an interaction with Sujata Sangwan of BW Disrupt, Shailesh Jacob, CEO & Founder, Loan Frame, shared his startup’s journey including idea generation, description, traction details and future goals. Loan Frame is a silicon-valley style Fintech company focused on small and medium enterprise (SME) lending in the Indian subcontinent by building India’s largest technology enabled SME lending marketplace. Loan Frame is providing a technology solution to one of India’s long standing economic problems: availability of credit to Indian SME’s.
While the success of India’s demonetisation is being debated across both commercial and political corridors of power, there hasn’t been a better time for financial firms in the lending market. The surplus liquidity of cash in bank coffers has caused even banks to announce rate cuts on the loans provided.
And the signs could be seen before November 8. Just last year, Indian startups in the lending segment saw a massive draw of $343 million in investments, almost three times the $124 million that was seen in 2015. This includes a mixture of pure-play transaction platforms like LendingKart as well as NBFCs (Non-Banking Financial Companies) like IFMR Capital.
Loan frame is India’s leading fintech 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.
Finance is quite rightly called the ‘Lifeblood of Business’. Short-term or long-term; managing working capital or capital finance; completing an order or strategic business expansion…. nothing works without business finance. When this criticality is seen alongside the poor state of SME financing, it is no surprise that the SME economic growth engine is often found sputtering.
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.
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.