Founded in August 2015, Loan Frame is a fintech SME lending marketplace focused on solving the financing problem for millions of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in India. Loan Frame enables SME lending through partner lenders, by providing them the technology to efficiently originate and assess small business borrowers.
- Shailesh Jacob, Founder and CEO
- Rishi Arya, Co-Founder and CFO
- Akshun Gulati, Co-Founder and Head Corporate Development
Start date: January 2016 | Location: Gurgaon | Fund Raised since starting up: $2.25 million | Employees: 30+
India is currently one of the most active FinTech markets in the world. It has drawn the maximum investments in the sector, along with China. Two important missions led by the Government of India, one of Financial Inclusion and the other of a Digital India, are driving innovation. Though it maybe a challenge to turn India into a completely cashless economy, given it’s sheer size of population and scattered geography, digital payments has grown quickly – thanks to the rapid growth in smartphone and e-commerce penetration. A country where cash had usually been the go to mode of transactions, a digital world of financial services have found a place to thrive.
For the past 50 years, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) have powered India’s economy, especially in rural and semi-urban areas. But they often fail to get adequate financial support from government agencies, banks and financial institutions, according to the SME Chamber of India.
India’s booming fintech market could be their savior.
The startup world may never ride the high waves of 2015 but 2017 proved that big ticket funding is not a thing of the past. After a year of drought in 2016, the stars of the Indian startup ecosystem came back to prove they still possess the confidence of the investors.
However, the downtrend of 2016 did result in substantial cutback on their valuations. While Flipkart ended its drought with $1.4 billion from Tencent, Microsoft, eBay, and Naspers in April this year at a reduced valuation of $11.6 billion (from $15 billion), Ola raised $404 million from Falcon Capital and Softbank Group a few days later at a reduced valuation of $3 billion (from $4.5 billion).
Fintech firms have been generating a lot of interest among investors and borrowers. One aspect that perhaps has not received due attention is that of career prospects, especially relative to banking.
Fintech, as the term suggests, is a combination of technology and finance. This combination serves three purposes: a) it reduces cost of providing a service; and b) it widens the reach of the said service and c) provides a better customer experience. The primary categories of professionals a Fintech firm would attract are Information Technology, Risk, Finance, and due to high growth rates and customer orientation, Sales. There are compelling reasons for candidates from these fields to choose Fintech over Banks or NBFCs. Let us look at a few of these.