The Series A round for online small business lender, StreetShares, is off to a strong start with lead investor Fenway Summer Ventures putting $4.5 million into the company. The funding news comes just days after StreetShares announced that it had earned Regulation A+ approval from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), enabling the company to use public investments to back loans to small businesses.
StreetShares’ total funding stands at more than $8 million. Also participating in the financing round, which remains open, are Endeavor Equity Holdings and Pivot Investments.
Pictured (left to right): StreetShares co-founders Mickey Konson, COO, and Mark Rockefeller, CEO, demonstrating their platform at FinovateEurope 2015 in London.
StreetShares, a P2P lending platform, specializes in connecting investors and small business borrowers from within the same community. For StreetShares, the first community it engaged with its affinity group lending approach were small businesses run by veterans and their families. Loan terms range from 3- to 36-months on amounts from $2,000 to $100,000, and the company charges a one-time origination fee of 3.95% or 4.95% based on loan term, risk, and amount.
An Air Force veteran, StreetShares co-founder and CEO Mark Rockefeller was interviewed by American Legion magazine last fall. The company added former SEC commissioner Troy A. Paredes to its board of advisors in November; in October, StreetShares announced a partnership with online marketplace, FedBid.
Founded in July 2013 and headquartered in Reston, Virginia, StreetShares demonstrated its platform at FinovateEurope 2015.