USAA Taps StreetShares for Small Business Lending

In an industry that too often pits banks against fintechs, it’s good to see the magic of fintech-bank partnerships alive and well. Living that magic is military veteran-focused small business lending platform StreetShares, which is piloting a collaboration with a similarly-focused financial institution, USAA.

Though the pilot is limited to six months, this is a pretty big deal for StreetShares. The four-year-old Virginia-based startup now has access to USAA’s member base of more than 8 million current and former members of the military and their families. Moreover, this is USAA’s first and so far only offering for business loans, a much-requested service.

“Members have been inquiring about business loans and business products from USAA for quite some time,” USAA’s Briana Hartzell explained in the bank’s blog. “So, to better serve member’s needs, USAA is pleased to announce the launch of a limited time pilot offering in collaboration with StreetShares Inc, a veteran-founded, run, and financed company.”

The pilot is open to creditworthy member-owned small businesses that have been in operation for at least one year and have at least $25,000 in annual revenue. Borrowers will have access to StreetShares’ Patriot Express Line of Credit and Term Loan of up to $250,000 with clear, transparent terms.

At FinovateEurope 2015, StreetShares CEO and Co-founder Mark Rockefeller and COO and Co-founder Mickey Konson showcased the StreetShares platform. The company began leveraging Title IV (Regulation A+) of the JOBS act in 2017 to allow unaccredited investors to lend to small businesses. It is now one of only a handful of P2P lending platforms open to unaccredited investors. The company started the year by landing $26 million in funding and earlier this fall relocated to a larger office to accommodate growth. StreetShares now has 47 employees, including 10 veterans.

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StreetShares Brings in $23 Million in Equity Funding

StreetShares has landed $23 million in equity funding, bringing the company’s total investment to $43 million. This comes just months after the military veteran-focused lending platform closed $10.3 million for its “shark tank meets eBay” approach to small business lending last August.

Today’s Series B round was led by Rotunda Capital Partners, with additional contributions from existing investors, including veteran-focused venture firm, Stony Lonesome Group. In a press release, Mark Rockefeller, CEO of StreetShares said, “This injection of capital allows us to continue to provide red-carpet treatment to our very special members— the veteran entrepreneurs, small business owners, government contractors, and impact investors—that make up our country’s next Greatest Generation.”

The StreetShares platform enables small business owners to pitch their loan requests to a community of investor members. Founded by military veterans, StreetShares is focused on offering financing for small businesses run by military veterans and their families, but serves non-veteran run small businesses, as well. The company offers loans with terms ranging from three to 36 months and lines of credit from $2,000 to $100,000. Investors can lend from $25 to $100,000 in Veteran Business Bonds and earn 5% interest.

StreetShares COO Mickey Konson said that the funding is a “huge step” in the company’s growth. He continued, “StreetShares is proud to fuel this special class of great American small businesses, and our partnership with Rotunda demonstrates that we are just getting started.”

At FinovateEurope 2015, the company’s CEO and co-founder Mark Rockefeller and COO and co-founder Mickey Konson showcased the StreetShares platform. The company began leveraging Title IV (Regulation A+) of the JOBS act in 2017 to allow unaccredited investors to lend to small businesses. It is now one of only a handful of P2P lending platforms open to unaccredited investors.

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StreetShares Raises $10.3 Million for “Shark Tank Meets eBay” Approach to P2P Lending

Alternative lending platform StreetShares raised $10.3 million in a venture round this week. The funds come from an undisclosed investor and bring the Virginia-based company’s total funding to almost $20 million since it was founded in 2013.

StreetShares describes itself as “Shark Tank meets eBay” because it serves as a platform where small business owners pitch their loan requests to the community of StreetShares investor members. Founded by military veterans, StreetShares is focused on offering financing for small businesses run by military veterans and their families, but serves non-veteran- run small businesses, as well. The company offers loans with terms ranging from three to 36 months and lines of credit ranging from $2,000 to $100,000. Investors can lend from $25 to $100,000 in Veteran Business Bonds and earn 5% interest.

Mark Rockefeller (CEO & Co-Founder), Mickey Konson (COO & Co-Founder) demo at FinovateEurope 2015

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