BlueVine Unveils Integrated Business Banking Solution for SMEs

BlueVine Unveils Integrated Business Banking Solution for SMEs

Small business banking solution provider BlueVine announced late last week that its BlueVine Business Banking offering is now generally available for small businesses looking for an integrated banking, payments, and lending solution. BlueVine Business Banking gives SMEs online services and tools to help them manage their finances, deposit checks, transfer funds, and make bill and vendor payments. The solution includes BlueVine’s Business Checking product, which the company said had seen “rapid adoption” by its customers during the recently-concluded beta testing period.

“Now more than ever, small businesses need simple, easy-to-use financial solutions, services, and guidance that support – not nickel-and-dime – them on their path to recovery amid the pandemic,” BlueVine CEO and co-founder Eyal Lifshitz said. “Over the last year, we have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to innovate and iterate on our BlueVine Business Checking product based on tremendous beta customer reception and feedback. We are thrilled to provide all small business owners with access to sign up for an account today, to help them achieve a better financial tomorrow.”

BlueVine Business Checking offers 1.0% interest on balances of $1,000 or more. Beginning this month, the company will offer 1.0% interest with no minimum balances – up to $100,000. The accounts include two free checkbooks, and no monthly ATM, NSF, or incoming wire fees. SMEs get unlimited transactions with no minimum balance requirements, and business owners can apply for the accounts in as little as 60 seconds.

BlueVine notes that more than 20,000 small businesses have signed up for the company’s Business Banking Accounts, which will also now feature BlueVine Payments. This enhanced billpay functionality enables businesses to pay vendors and bills from a directory of more than 40,000 common billers and registered payees – as well as setup their own payee. Businesses can pay by bank account or debit card, and the company’s payment is then sent to vendors by ACH, wire, or check. BlueVine added that payment by credit card is currently in beta testing.

The new product launch was also an occasion to announce a new partnership. BlueVine said that it has teamed up with fellow Finovate alum – and Visa acquisition target – Plaid to enable its small business banking customers to access external accounts when making payments or other transactions via the BlueVine dashboard. The partnership will also add BlueVine as a supported bank account on the Plaid Exchange Network.

Founded in 2013 and making its Finovate debut one year later at FinovateFall, BlueVine has raised more than $767 million in equity funding, most recently announcing a $102.5 million investment in November 2019. The company picked up a debt financing with Atalaya Capital Management that enabled them to secure a $75 million revolving credit facility in September. In August, BlueVine teamed up with DoorDash to help restaurant owners apply for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans.

BlueVine’s participation in the PPP this year has been notable. The company said that it processed more than 155,000 emergency government loans for SMEs, valued at more than $4.5 billion, as part of the relief effort.

BlueVine Raises $102.5 Million in New Funding

BlueVine Raises $102.5 Million in New Funding

In a Series F round led by ION Crossover Partners, small business banking and financing firm BlueVine has raised $102.5 million in new funding. The investment takes the company’s total equity financing to more than $692 million, and will help the Redwood, California-based fintech scale its end-to-end banking platform, BlueVine Business Banking.

BlueVine will also use the capital to develop integrations with the company’s financing offerings, such as its line of credit, invoice factoring, and term loan products. The investment will support the hiring of additional talent for the company’s engineering, product, and revenue teams, as well.

“This funding further validates our mission and will help democratize true business-grade banking for small businesses who have been underserved for so long,” BlueVine CEO and co-founder Eyal Lifshitz said. He highlighted the company’s BlueVine Business Checking Account, introducedlast month, which offers small businesses an intuitive financial management dashboard and a debit Mastercard, as well as 1% interest on balances and no monthly fees.

“The recent launch of BlueVine Checking demonstrates our commitment to revolutionize banking for small business owners with a full suite of services designed specifically to meet their unique needs,” Lifshitz said.

This week’s funding featured a sizable number of participants, including all of BlueVine’s current investors, as well as new investors MUFG Innovation Partners, O.G. Tech – Eyal Ofer’s VC, Vintage Investment Partners, ION Group, Maor Investments and other private investors. ION Crossover Partners’ Jonathan Kolodny praised the BlueVine for its “track record of success” and the variety of financing solutions it offers small businesses.

“We’ve been following the company closely since its early days,” Kolodny said, “and have witnessed the demand, and frankly the economic need, for BlueVine’s banking services.” He added that BlueVine was poised to “change the way small businesses manage their financial needs today and in the future.”

BlueVine demonstrated its small business financing solutions at FinovateFall 2014. More recently, the company hired former PayPal executive Brad Brodigan as its Chief Commercial Officer, and appointed former Xero VP Herman Man as Chief Product Officer. Over the course of the year, BlueVine has teamed up with a variety of institutions ranging from its collaboration with GovQuote to its partnership with recruitment industry solution provider Bullhorn.

Founded in 2013, BlueVine earned recognition from Growjo this fall as one of the fastest growing startups in California. Since inception, the company has provided more than 20,000 small business owners with access to more than $2.5 billion in financing.

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BlueVine and GovQuote Team Up to Fund SMEs

BlueVine and GovQuote Team Up to Fund SMEs

SME online financier BlueVine is collaborating with GovQuote to help small businesses that serve state, local, and education (SLED) government agencies get the working capital they need.

“Our mission is to bring liquidity to the entire government procurement ecosystem, making it efficient and transparent, through the use of technology,” founder and CEO of GovQuote Jeff Rubenstein said. “It’s that simple.”

GovQuote is a free public procurement marketplace that helps connect the 90l000 state, local, and education government agencies that comprise the U.S. SLED market with small business vendors. The company’s platform provides an easy virtual environment where SLED agencies can get quotes from a database of thousands of SMEs competing for their business. Agencies can take advantage of GovQuote’s technology to get quotes in less than 60 seconds and a complete digital record for compliance.

The market for SLED agencies is sizable, but it is often a challenging one for SMEs. The procurement process can be long – with businesses waiting more than 90 days for payment on government-ordered goods and services. By providing funding for inventory, to hire additional staff, or to cover potential cash flow issues, BlueVine’s line of credit and invoice factoring offerings give SMEs options that allow them to compete confidently for SLED clients.

GovQuote’s partnership with BlueVine will be especially helpful for SMEs that have traditionally struggled to secure financing, Rubenstein said. Together, BlueVine and GovQuote will give these entrepreneurs what he called “the power to level the playing field in the government market and quickly get access to tailored funding solutions.”

BlueVine enables small business owners to get up to 95% of their invoice payment immediately, with weekly financing rates as low as 0.25%. Eligible borrowers can get advances of up to $5 million, with no funding minimums, and no cancellation or sign-up fees.

“The government and education market is growing, presenting many growth opportunities to small businesses,” BlueVine CEO and founder Eyal Lifshitz said. Underscoring the cash flow challenges that are a major obstacle for many SMEs that could otherwise compete in this market, he explained how BlueVine’s line of credit and invoice factoring offerings can make a difference.

“By combining the power and simplicity of GovQuote’s platform with on-demand financing options provided by BlueVine, we’re leveling the playing field for small business owners that serve state, local, and education agencies,” Lifshitz said.

BlueVine demonstrated its small business financing platform at FinovateFall 2014. The company made fintech headlines at the beginning of the year with news of its partnership with Bullhorn to help finance staffing companies. Headquartered in Redwood City, California, BlueVine has raised $590 million in funding, and includes Lightspeed Venture Partners, Menlo Ventures, 83 North, Credit Suisse, and M12 among its investors.

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BlueVine Teams Up with Bullhorn to Help Finance Staffing Firms

BlueVine Teams Up with Bullhorn to Help Finance Staffing Firms

Online invoice factoring innovator BlueVine has teamed up with recruitment industry software provider Bullhorn to give the company’s SME customers better financing options. Bullhorn is a cloud computing firm that specializes in helping staffing and recruiting companies better serve SMEs. This new partnership will provide yet another way for the company to support the business growth of its clients.

“With BlueVine, firms can receive fast and flexible access to financing that can help them power their next phase of growth,” explained Bullhorn VP of Alliances and Business Development, Nina Eigerman. “At Bullhorn, our overwhelming focus is on helping our customers and providing them with an incredible experience as their long-term growth partners. This initiative delivers on that vision.”

BlueVine CEO Eyal Lifshitz said that the partnership with Bullhorn supports the company’s dedication to “providing working capital financing to business owners looking to simplify their cash flow and grow.” A challenge for staffing firms is that, after placing candidates, they are often required to cover payroll expenses for 30-60 days. To fund this requirement, staffing companies traditionally have relied on an array of banks, factoring companies, and payroll financing firms. This process can be expensive, time-consuming, and cumbersome.

In contrast, BlueVine offers factoring lines of credit up to $5 million, rates as low as 0.25% per week, swift approval of 24-48 hours typically, and the flexibility to choose which invoices are funded. No sign-up fees, monthly minimums or cancellation fees are required.

Mike Smith, Chief Talent Officer for CleverTerra, which uses both technologies, praised BlueVine and Bullhorn’s “streamlined solution.” He said, “I turned to BlueVine and quickly secured funds to cover payroll, smooth cash flow, and evolve my practice.” Smith called BlueVine “a great compliment to Bullhorn, which I rely on to effectively manage my day-to-day operations.”

Bullhorn was founded in 1999, and is based in Boston, Massachusetts. With more than 900 employees, the company works with more than 8,000+ staffing firms via its cloud-based platform. Art Papas is founder and CEO.

Headquartered in Redwood City, California, BlueVine demonstrated its platform at FinovateFall 2014. Last summer, the company picked up a $12 million investment from Microsoft’s venture fund, M12, and the venture arm of insurance and financial services firm, Nationwide. BlueVine has delivered more than $1 billion in funds to 10,000+ small business owners since the company’s inception in 2013.

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