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Articles tagged with: lending

Peer-to-peer lending and financial innovation in the United Kingdom

Written by David Bholat on Tuesday, 27 September 2016.

Peer-to-peer (P2P) lending — direct lending between lenders and borrowers online outside traditional financial intermediaries like banks — first emerged in the United Kingdom and the world with the launch of Zopa in 2005. Our paper provides a quantitative analysis of nearly 14 million loan agreements. We lay bare the history of P2P lending from its beginning, showing the regional geography of P2P lending in the United Kingdom. We suggest that the history of P2P lending can shed light on financial innovation in general. We base our conclusions on four semi-structured interviews with the founders of the three most significant UK P2P platforms (Zopa, RateSetter, and Funding Circle).

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Entrepreneur Profile: Juan Guerra, StudentFunder

Written by EntrepreneurCountry Global on Friday, 15 August 2014.

In the competitive world we live in, an undergraduate degree isn't always enough to secure a dream career. But for those who wish to take their education further, many find it difficult tackling the high costs and lack of student funding that comes with the pursuit of post graduate education. This puts off many bright academic candidates, reserving master's degrees for the small percent who can afford it. StudentFunder aims to change this with its innovative P2P platform, encouraging people to help bright people achieve their academic goals.

How MYC4 is changing the funding landscape

Written by EntrepreneurCountry Global on Monday, 12 May 2014.

African economic growth is expected to rise to 4.7% this year, but there are concerns that the US Federal Reserve's exit from quantitative easing will stem the capital inflow required to sustain this level of growth. Innovative startup MYC4, co-founded by Mads Kjær (one of Denmark's most successful entrepreneurs), is emphatically addressing these concerns.

Social lending startup Lendico launches in South Africa

Written by EntrepreneurCountry Global on Monday, 12 May 2014.

What happens when a small business owner in South Africa wants a loan in order to expand their business? Until recently, geographical remoteness and restrictive economical and political conditions meant it was too expensive for local South African banks to lend startups the money they need to grow. But thanks to the emergence of social lending, small business owners can now get access to these vital funds.