Fintech company Finclusion Group secures US$20m pre-Series A funds for its expansion plans

AFRICA – Finclusion Group, a fintech that leverages AI algorithms to provide financial services to African customers through a variety of credit-centric products, has raised US$20 million in pre-Series A loan and equity funding.

Andela and Flutterwave co-founder Iyin Aboyeji (who invested through his VC firm Future Africa), LendInvest founder Christian Faes, and ComplyAdvantage founder Charlie Delingpole are among the round’s investors.

Amandine Lobelle, Jai Mahtani, Sudeep Ramnani, Jonathan Doerr, Richard Aseme (RCA Ventures), and Klemens Hallmann are just a few of the others.

Manuel Koser, Alexander Schuetz, Christian Angermayer, and Leo Stiegeler were among the company’s prior investors, as were Manuel Koser, Alexander Schuetz, Christian Angermayer, and Leo Stiegeler.

Finclusion received debt funding from local currency funds in Eswatini and South Africa, which made up the majority of the entire round. It comes after Lendable, an emerging markets lending provider, provided a US$20 million debt facility in September.

The fintech company plans to extend its operations in South Africa, Eswatini, Kenya, Namibia, and Tanzania, as well as Mozambique and Uganda.

According to a statement by the company, the expansion, facilitated by the recent financing, is part of Finclusion’s strategy to ‘drive financial inclusion within market segments that have traditionally been underserved across the African continent, with a current focus on southern and eastern Africa.’

The company has acquired some appreciable traction since it was started in 2018. So far, the Africa-focused fintech has granted more than US$300 million in loans to over 240,000 consumers.

Following the Lendable debt capital issue in September, the company’s monthly disbursements have increased by 140 percent in the last 18 months. From December 2020 to December 2021, Finclusion’s loan book increased by 30%.

Founded in 2019 by Timothy Nuy, Finclusion drives financial inclusion in Sub-Saharan Africa using AI powered and data driven lending.

Finclusion has produced consumer-facing loan solutions to bridge the credit gap in nations where it operates since its establishment in 2018.

There’s SmartAdvance, where Finclusion provides solutions for employees’ financial well-being through employer relationships.

Employees can take loans off the back of their paycheck, deduct from their payroll, and lend through employer partnerships with its wage streaming product, which offers payroll loans and future wage loans.

Finclusion, on the other hand, only has 28,000 active loan customers, which is less than ten percent of the total customers it has served since 2018.

“This is one of the reasons we are going into a neobank strategy to maintain old and new users rather than effectively churning them out,” said chief executive Timothy Nuy on why the company is transitioning into a neobank now.

In addition, the corporation has administrative headquarters in each of its five markets to oversee operations. Finclusion says it would launch another in West Africa soon after opening one in Kenya and South Africa for the eastern and southern regions (its tech teams are already in these countries).

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