This series A round comes from Reinventure, Global Founders Capital and private investor Justin Reizes.
The most notable of these investors is Reinventure, which is a new venture capital manager funded by Westpac Banking Corp. According to the Financial Review, Westpac is believed to be the first bank in the world to take an equity stake in a P2P lending organization.
Managers of Reinventure, which contributed $5 million to SocietyOne’s $8.5 million round, say they are keeping the new fund at arm’s length from Westpac Bank. Despite the distance, Westpac hopes the investment will help it to gain insight into SocietyOne’s proprietary algorithm that assess the creditworthiness of borrowers.
Founder and CEO Matt Symons says that the funding will allow the company to accelerate its growth rate because it will:
- Enable it to offer more borrowers a better deal
- Give more investors access to attractive fixed income asset classes
SocietyOne’s platform, which won Best of Show at FinovateAsia 2012, connects creditworthy borrowers with investors looking for better rates of return.
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