In a transformative move for Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), Indian fintech startup CredRight has secured $9.7 million in funding. This strategic infusion of equity and debt capital will help reshape the landscape of MSME financing.
Led by the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation in the equity domain and joined by esteemed investors like YourNest, Spearhead Capital, 9Unicorns, and Accion Venture Lab, this funding round showcases collaboration at its finest.
On the debt front, financial backing has been provided by Blacksoil, Caspian Debt, RevX Capital, and Westen Capital, underscoring the diverse support for CredRight’s vision.
Bridging the Credit Gap with Innovation
Since its inception in 2016, CredRight has committed to erasing the credit divide experienced by MSMEs across various tiers of towns and cities.
Moreover, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) reports that merely 10 percent of the world’s MSMEs have access to formal financing, which CredRight aims to change. It forges direct connections between businesses and lenders through pioneering initiatives, negating the need for exorbitantly priced moneylenders.
CredRight’s triumph lies in its data-driven lending platform, which has yielded extraordinary results. Over the past three years, the startup has realized a remarkable tenfold increase in its assets under management (AUM).
Fueled by this growth trajectory, CredRight has set an ambitious goal to achieve an AUM of $260 million in the next three years.
Addressing the Billion-Dollar Demand
The global MSME sector grapples with a staggering credit demand shortfall of $500 billion, affecting an estimated 63 million enterprises. CredRight’s impact is evidenced by its history of assisting more than 5,000 nano enterprises, addressing this pressing demand head-on.
Neeraj Bansal, Cofounder of CredRight, emphasized the transformative potential of the recent funding round and said, “Our phygital model, unique underwriting ability and deep understanding of nano enterprises helps us reach remote areas and provide meaningful loans while ensuring profitability.”
Amidst the challenging landscape of the Indian fintech sector, which witnessed a 57 percent year-on-year decrease in deals, CredRight’s funding is a beacon of hope. The successful close illustrates the sector’s resilience and capacity to overcome adversity.
Meanwhile, projections indicate that the Indian fintech market could reach an impressive $2.1 trillion by 2030, propelled by an 18 percent compound annual growth rate.
Pioneering Technology for Global Impact
CredRight’s unique strategy harnesses technology to bridge market gaps, positioning it as a transformative force in the evolving fintech sector. The startup’s immediate priorities encompass expanding into new global territories, bolstering its technological infrastructure, and contributing to the growth journey of small business owners worldwide.
Geeta Goel, Country Director of the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, emphasized the far-reaching significance of this funding for nano entrepreneurs. She highlighted that these visionary entrepreneurs epitomize the future of global economies. CredRight’s endeavors create invaluable opportunities for entrepreneurs, their families, and communities worldwide
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