India Inc.’s dependence on cash has traditionally been high, especially with MSMEs. A radical policy move like demonetisation has however compelled small businesses to consider alternatives to cash, which hopefully will become a habit. A habit that will serve business well in the emerging environment.
Marketplaces have always been the preferred shopping choice since forever. In the offline world, marketplaces that showcased a variety of products sold by multiple merchants made it easier for a shopper to pick and choose the best product at the best price. When this model moved online (with the likes of Amazon, ebay, Flipkart, makemytrip), ‘convenience’ got redefined and was taken to another level.
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.
Watch Shailesh Jacob, CEO, Loan Frame, talk about helping small businesses in India raise the right credit on BTVi’s special segment – ‘Rising Star’.
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.
Alternative Lending is a very broad term used to describe the wider set of business loan options available to business owners.
Given the general under-penetration of banking services in India, it is no surprise that Alternative Lending channels are making inroads.
The world is going online and everything needs to be Bigger, Better, Faster, and More! So why should getting a business loan be any different?
There are many tangible benefits that SMEs can enjoy by going online for their small business loan needs.