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Finovate First-Timer Nordigen Hauls in $800,000 in New Funding

Latvia-based lending start-up Nordigen has received $800,000 funding from Seedcamp and Finnish venture capital firm Inventure, reports Antony Peyton of Fintech Futures (Finovate’s sister publication).

Nordigen said it aims to disrupt credit bureaus (and has a dig at them) and help creditworthy people get access to loans.

“It’s hard to love credit bureaus at the moment. What they do was necessary, but with the rise of open banking, we’re now able to build technologies that are much faster, more reliable and more customer-friendly than traditional credit checks,” said Rolands Mesters, co-founder of Nordigen.

According to the firm, banks across the world reject up to 90% of all loan applications daily. “This is because banks base their decisions on credit history reports from credit bureaus, but not many people have a formal credit history,” Mesters added.

To back up its plans more, the company also cited a World Bank private credit bureau coverage report, which stated that around 30% of the global population have a record at a credit bureau.

Nordigen’s core product allows a lender to verify a customer’s real income and spending habits to make the first assessment of their creditworthiness.

The firm said its “secret sauce” is the ability to identify risk-critical behaviours in customer account data.

With the new funds, Nordigen explained that it will be hiring across the board with a focus on sales and business development. A big part of the investment will also be directed towards entering new markets, such as Brazil, South Africa, the U.S. and U.K.

The start-up was established in 2016 in Riga, Latvia, by two Google Demo Day graduates, Mesters and Roberts Bernans.

The company works with banks and alternative lenders in 12 countries, including the Baltic states, Spain, Finland, Poland, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Czech Republic, Australia and New Zealand.

Nordigen makes its Finovate debut this week at FinovateFall in New York.