Kreditech, the AI-Based Near-Prime Loans Platform, Nabs $22m Under New CEO to Expand Globally
By Ingrid Lunden
Cash advances (or simply, loans) continue to be a lucrative area for startups to tackle. By leveraging new AI-based tools to evaluate potential customers, the network effect of the internet and the quick efficiency of digital money transfer, they’re taking on incumbent banks to disrupt a consumer lending market estimated to be worth some $284 billion in 2018 and around $300 billion this year.
Today, one of the earlier players in the space that specifically targets emerging economies is announcing a round of funding to expand its business: Kreditech, the Hamburg, Germany-based provider of loans and point-of-sale financing to near-prime borrowers in countries that include Poland, Spain, Russia and India, has picked up €20 million ($22 million).
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