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The Next FinTech Unicorn? Rumored $150 Million Heading to Kabbage

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The Atlanta Business Journal blog is reporting that Kabbage is making its way through a $150 million Series E round. The report adds that $120 million of the round has already been raised. Once completed, the company will have total capital of more than $585 million and a valuation of more than $875 million.

Participating in the round were BlueRun Ventures, Santander UK, Thomvest Ventures, and UPS Strategic Enterprise Fund. The round is expected to close within weeks.

The new capital will help Kabbage grow its staff—adding as many as 100 new workers—as well as “double” its office footprint. The fundraising had been more than hinted at by Kabbage CEO Rob Frohwein last month, who said that a raise was “likely.”

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Jason Dell, Kabbage’s head of product, demonstrated the Kabbage Card at FinovateSpring 2015 in San Jose.

A small business lending innovator, Kabbage uses data generated by business activity—rather than relying exclusively on credit scores—to provide small businesses with a range of financing options. Kabbage has provided more than $550 million in funding, and says that its loan-application volume is up more than 200% year over year. Approximately 70% of Kabbage borrowers are brick-and-mortar merchants, according to the company.

Earlier this month, Kabbage announced a partnership with Experian that would bring its lending platform to Experian’s institutional clients that had small business and consumer customers. In May, following the company’s demo of its Kabbage Card at FinovateSpring, it teamed up with Sage Payment Solutions to launch a small business loan product.

Kabbage was founded in 2009, and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. The company will be presenting at FinDEVr 2015 in San Francisco, 6/7 October. To save your spot at our upcoming event for fintech developers, register here.