In an exclusive interview with SME Times, Shailesh Jacob, Founder & CEO of LoanFrame.com, a fintech company that provides a comprehensive range of financing solutions to small and medium scale enterprises, gives a thorough picture of the SME financing situation in the country.
He adds that India, compared to its global peers, has the most neglected SME sector, which is reeling under some major challenges such as lack of funds and higher interest rates, over-reliance of banks on large corporates as a customer base and demand of collateral by the financial institutions.
With all Central legislation in place and only State level ratification pending, the stage is set for GST implementation. The 1 July 2017 target also seems realistic given that the major hurdles have been crossed.
GST will throw up many opportunities and challenges, and SMEs will be impacted to a greater extent. Under current laws small manufacturers with turnover below Rs. 1.5 crores p.a. are exempt from duties under the SSI (Small Scale Industries) provision. The corresponding exemption threshold under GST is Rs 20 lacs. Moreover, certain categories of businesses will compulsorily have to register under GST irrespective of turnover levels. This means many businesses that hitherto did not have to worry about indirect tax compliance will have to rework their way of doing business. Since GST’s primary objective is to help consolidate and streamline the elaborate (and confusing) process of indirect taxation and make it easier to administer, it is only logical that a wider tax net will and should result.
In an interaction with Dataquest, Loan Frame Founder and CEO, Shailesh Jacob talks about the company’s idea, technology SMEs and loan algorithm. Jacob divulges the current scenario of finance in the industry and what Loan Frame looks for in a skilled candidate.
Kindly put some light on Loan Frame and the idea behind it.
Loan Frame is a leading fintech company that is committed to solving the financing problem for millions of small and medium enterprises (SME) in India. Its vision is to be the country’s largest and most preferred technology enabled SME lending marketplace.
बिजनेस के लिए लेना है लोन तो मोबाइल ऐप डाउनलोड कर करें अप्लाई.
करोल बाग में छोले-भटूरे बेचने वाले कारोबारियों को लोन चाहिए था, लेकिन बैंकों ने उन्हें लोन नहीं दिया। बेटे ने गूगल सर्च करके लोनफ्रेम मोबाइल ऐप डाउनलोड किया और ऐप में ही ऑनलाइन फॉर्म भर दिया और 7 से 10 दिन में उन्हें 66 लाख का लोन मिल गया। लोनफ्रेम ऐसी मोबाइल ऐप है, जो कारोबारियों को लोन दिलाने में मोबाइल एग्रीगेटर की भूमिका निभा रही है। लोनफ्रेम कंपनी की शुरुआत अगस्त 2015 में सिंगापुर से हुई और मार्च 2016 में कंपनी ने भारत में शुरुआत की और अब एक महीने में 700 से 1000 करोड़ रुपए के लोन के लिए एप्लीकेशन कंपनी को मिल रही है। रोजाना 100 से 150 लोग लोनफ्रेम ऐप को डाउनलोड कर रहे हैं। ऐप को लेकर छोटे कारोबारियों में अधिक क्रेज हैं। लोनफ्रेम के को-फाउंडर ऋषि आर्य ने moneybhaskar ने बातचीत की। पेश है बातचीत के मुख्य अंश –
Loan Frame is a 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. Its Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Shailesh Jacob talks about the prevailing lending scenario and what his company is offering…
Loan Frame is a silicon-valley style Fintech company focused on small and medium enterprises (SMEs) 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.
Loan Frame aims to provide the right credit in an easy and friendly manner to SMEs. Customers will benefit from the right product from the right lender where they can get the maximum loan amounts at the lowest rate in the most efficient manner. Besides, it aims to provide an efficient lending experience for borrowers and make them easily accessible to lenders.
Though the demand for loans from the SME is robust, most SMEs have a problem in accessing loans at relatively lower interest rates.
However, use of technology can bridge the gap between the credit demand and the lenders and benefit the SMEs, according to Shailesh Jacob, chief executive officer and founder of Loan Frame, a marketplace that brings lenders and borrowers together through mobile site and an application.
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.