FinTech Liberis has secured £32m funding.
The London firm has now taken its investment to more than £150m and it seeks to accelerate ambitious growth plans in US and Europe.
Liberis has provided over 15,000 small businesses with more than £450mn in funding of which the majority through its innovative Funding-as-a-Service platform with integrated partners.
Liberis’ strategic partners, which include amongst others four of the world’s largest merchant acquirers, currently white-label its finance platform to offer funding to their own small business customers.
This investment represents the company’s first institutional equity fundraise and was led by FTV Capital – a growth equity firm with a successful track record of supporting high-growth financial services and technology companies.
Liberis is backed by Blenheim Chalcot, the UK’s leading digital venture builder, who welcome FTV as co-investors in Liberis.
CEO Rob Straathof said: “Small businesses are the lifeblood of the global economy, yet they continue to be turned away by banks and traditional lenders or faced with unhelpful repayment terms and complex processes.
“We are delighted with this investment from FTV Capital as it means we can continue to onboard new partners, expand our product range and grow our team in order to serve the 50 million small businesses across the US, Europe and the UK with much needed funding.
“2020 is set to be an exciting year for Liberis and this financial investment will help to accelerate our plans so we can support thousands more small businesses around the world with fast, flexible and fair funding.”
The last 18 months have seen rapid global growth for Liberis with expansion into five new countries including the UK, US, Sweden, Czech Republic, Slovak and Finland. This new investment will support the business as it further expands its footprint in the United States and in two new European countries, as well as attracting the best talent with a 30 percent increase in headcount planned for the next year.
The investment will also enable the company to scale globally at pace through its unique partnerships model to support the millions of small businesses who have difficulty in accessing the funding they need to thrive.
Jerome Hershey, Senior Investment Advisor at FTV Capital, said: “FTV believes the convergence of payment processing and small business funding presents a massive investment opportunity. Liberis’ differentiated distribution model offers a compelling value proposition for both its strategic partners and small business customers.
“To support a significant growth trajectory as it expands internationally across Europe and in the United States, Liberis can now leverage our Global Partner Network, a group of leading finance and payments enterprises that have helped FTV portfolio companies for two decades. We are thrilled to be working with the company’s strong management team, and existing investors, to help them execute their vision.”
Liberis also welcomes Jerome Hershey from FTV onto its Board.
Having led OnDeck’s IPO as the Company’s Head of Business and Corporate Development, and with investing roles at Spectrum Equity and Technology Crossover Ventures, Jerome brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Liberis and will support the organisation as it continues to grow its presence in the United States.