Jungle Ventures leads star list of investors backing FinAccel to create the most convenient payment and financing method for ecommerce buyers in the region
Singapore and Jakarta, 1 June, 2016 — Singapore based credit risk scoring and consumer lending startup FinAccel has raised a seven digit seed investment round led by Jungle Ventures with participation from GMO Venture Partners, AlphaJWC Ventures, 500 Durians and 500 Tuktuks to reinvent credit scoring and digital lending in Southeast Asia. Several notable angels such as Amar Goel (Komli/PubMatic) Prashant Kirtane (TravelMob), Jerry Yeu and Mathieu Harding (Hawksburn Capital) also participated in the round. Founded by Akshay Garg, Umang Rustagi and Alie Tan, the company has developed a real-time credit risk engine that powers Kredivo Buy now, Pay later, a 2-click payment method that enables e-commerce buyers in Southeast Asia to get instant access to short-term financing for their purchases.
“Traditional credit bureau driven credit risk profiling has poor coverage in a market like Indonesia thus limiting access to credit to eligible borrowers,” said CEO Akshay Garg. “We are initially focused on ecommerce financing for buyers but the vision behind the company is much larger. By bringing a data-driven approach to credit scoring that looks at more than a thousand variables in real time, we are going after an unprecedented opportunity that will help unlock access to credit to tens of millions of eligible borrowers in a fully automated way, not just directly through us but via 3rd parties who lend using our platform.”
FinAccel has been in stealth mode for nearly six months, working on its credit risk model and product proposition. It’s Kredivo Buy now, Pay later product, now in public Beta, removes friction from ecommerce checkout by decoupling payment from the checkout. Initially launched in Indonesia, Kredivo is currently integrated with nearly 20 merchants such as Sepulsa.com and Jualo.com and is processing hundreds of transactions per day. All financing offered through Kredivo is underwritten by BFI Finance, one of the leading multi-finance companies in Indonesia. Merchants using Kredivo are seeing instant benefits. “High cart abandonment due to payment friction is a fact of life we have been dealing with. Kredivo reduces that friction for us. With Kredivo, we are seeing 50% higher frequency and 25% larger ticket size compared to other payment methods,” said Sepulsa.com CEO Ananto Wibisono, a launch partner of Kredivo.
Amit Anand, founding partner at Jungle Ventures, the lead investor in this round said, “We believe FinAccel has the opportunity to solve one of the biggest problems plaguing growth of e-commerce in Southeast Asia. We are very excited to partner with this extraordinary team in creating a leading credit risk scoring and consumer lending company here.”
FinAccel is a financial technology company that leverages deep data analytics across users’ digital footprint to automate credit risk scoring and access to credit for ecommerce purchases in Southeast Asia, the 7th largest economy in the world and home to nearly 10% of the world’s population. FinAccel’s flagship product, Kredivo Buy now, Pay later, enables ecommerce buyers to apply and qualify for instant credit and pay back over time. Merchants using Kredivo benefit from providing Point of Sale financing using a 2-click checkout to all eligible buyers. To know more about FinAccel, visit www.finaccel.co.