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.
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.
Despite their importance to the Indian economy, MSMEs suffer institutional neglect with access to financing at a reasonable cost being one of the key pain points for small businesses. However, a combination of realisation of the importance of this segment, improved risk appetite, and innovations in the channels linking borrowers with lenders is slowly but surely changing things for the better.
‘Digital India’ is much more than a political slogan. At its core, it is the belief that technology can help improve access to services for hitherto neglected segments of society and the economy.
One such segment is SMEs. Technology is already revolutionizing lending in India and it can bring a true disruption in SME lending, which is ripe for improvements. Measuring borrower risk accurately is something that lenders have always struggled with. This gets trickier with smaller businesses given that such these borrowers do not always have organised revenues and expense trails.