Funding Circle

t: @FundingCircleUK

CEO:  Samir Desai

Founder(s):   Samir Desai, James Meekings, Andrew Mullinger  

Founded: 2009

Sectors:   Debt Crowdfuning

Total funding: IPO - Sept 2018 / Valuation £1.5Bn / Most recent Series: F / Total $422.8m

HQ: London, UK

In The Hall of Fame ... for Funding SMEs (to the tune of $5bn)

Funding Circle has a simple proposition: companies get funding at better rates, while savers get a higher return on their cash than if they left it in the bank. Since it was founded in 2010, Funding Circle has lent more than £5bn to 50,000 small businesses, with funds collected from more than 80,000 investors. The company has raised $422 million of equity capital from some of the most sophisticated investors in the world. In September 2018, Funding Circle debuted on the London Stock Exchange: (Lon:FCH).