Funding Circle Raises 10M

British p2c lending marketplace Funding Circle announced that they have raised 10 million GBP (approx 16M US$) from Index Ventures and Union Square Ventures. Funding Circle enables individual lenders to lend to establishes businesses in the UK. Since its launch a loan volume of 28.6 million GBP has been funded. According to numbers published by Funding Circle so far only 5 out of 686 loans have defaulted giving lenders an average gross yield (annualised, compounded return lenders are earning before fees or any bad debts) of 8.4%.

Samir Desai, co-founder of Funding Circle, said: “This deal represents the next step in the growth of Funding Circle and will help us to create a lasting alternative to banks for small business loans. Index has been a prominent supporter and advocate of what the business is trying to achieve, and we are delighted to continue our partnership together. We are also excited to welcome Union Square Ventures as co-investors. They bring with them a wealth of expertise and experience …”.

Lending Club Gets $25M More Funding

P2P Lending service Lending Club has raised another 25 million US$ funding.

Union Square Ventures led the Series D round and joins Lending Club as a Board Observer. All existing venture investors participated in the funding round.

“We are thrilled to welcome Union Square Ventures as an equity partner,” said Lending Club CEO Renaud Laplanche. “While we did not need additional funding, we could not pass up the opportunity to work closely with the USV team and their network of companies. USV will be instrumental in continuing to accelerate Lending Club’s growth and in leveraging our technology platform and network effect to simultaneously reduce the cost of credit to borrowers and enhance investors’ returns.”

The new funding brings Lendingclub’s total funding to 77.7 million US$.

(source: press release)