Startup News | Microfinance.AI raises a pre-seed round of USD 200k led by We Founder Circle
Mumbai, 02 December 2021: We Founder Circle (WFC) – a founder backing founder based early-stage start-up investor has led the USD 200K worth pre-seed investment round raised by Microfinance.ai, a digital mobile platform for local-language preferred users to avail micro-financial services. The round also witnessed participation by an array of esteemed investors including – FAAD Network, Gujarat University Start-up and Entrepreneurship Council (GUSEC), Saurabh Aggarwal, Co-founder Fitso, Ankit Prasad Founder & CEO Bobble AI, and 10+ angel investors.
Microfinance.AI operates under Uthaan Technologies Pvt Ltd and promotes a digital mobile platform that allows users to avail micro-financial services digitally through trusted partners. Additionally, the platform offers convenience by allowing users to access the information in their own regional language. Currently, the start-up has two institutional partnerships to offer financial services for micro-credit borrowers. Over the period the platform has witnessed that the majority of borrowers availing services on Microfinance.AI are women, experiencing digital financial services for the first time, availing micro-loans through mobile phones.
On the Investment Mr. Neeraj Tyagi- Co-Founder and CEO, We Founder Circle said “All the financial platforms in some of the other formwork as extended arms of the Indian traditional banking system. With a huge population, the ultimate aim of 100% financial inclusion invites aggressive participation from innovators like Microfinance.AI. In addition to this, the size of the market, the low penetration rate, and the high rate of growth make this industry an attractive investment area. The finer technology used by players like Microfinance.AI, just makes it a more lucrative creation that is going to create a bigger difference in the overall growth of the nation.”
“Consumer behaviour is rapidly changing with the advancement of the internet. One size doesn’t fit all, and the same applies to technology. Microfinance.AI primarily focuses on providing a digital platform for availing micro-financial services and empowering local-language preferred users with customised knowledge delivered in bit-size content. We’re building a platform where 500M+ local language people can avail financial services through their mobile and delivered through trusted partners,” said Mr. Kapil Patil – Co-Founder, Microfinance.AI
Swati Sinha- Co-Founder, Microfinance.AI affirmed “While working across geographies I have realised that the financial system of the country is not adequate to meet the demands of all the sections of the society. With the fast-growing economy, the financial need is also increasing and the only way to meet this huge scale is by adopting technology. We have been working with the vision to build a tech platform which will promote financial inclusion for all.”
“Coming from a tier 2 & tier 3 city myself & with my personal vast experience in financial services & angel investing, I have realised that those start-ups who are creating a mass product for digital inclusion of Bharat, are going to be sure winners in the long run. Microfinance.AI founders have the unique advantage of the best global education pedigree from premier institutes like LSE and hands-on experience of working with low-income category consumers on the lending side. And so they are well poised to create a large impact company,” Mr. Gaurav VK Singhvi, Co-Founder We Founder Circle
The brand plans to exhaust a part of the fund in the backend technology development in order to further strengthen the platform. In addition to this, the startup also aims at utilising the fund infusion on quality talent acquisition which will enable the brand to achieve the target of 1 lakh users.
Established in 2020 in Mumbai, We Founder Circle is a global community of successful founders & strategic angels that have come together to push the startup industry and steer it towards aggressive growth. It invests USD 50K- USD 150K amount in early-stage startups that are fueled with ambition, sustainability and strategic approach. WFC provides seed funding, business development and global networking opportunities to start-ups as it believes early-stage start-ups need a lot beyond just financial support to become scalable and stable.
Microfinance.AI – a FinTech startup founded by Swati Sinha and Kapil Patil, both alumni of the London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE), works extensively to facilitate access to finance and technology adoption. Microfinance.AI’s Video, Voice and Vernacular driven assistive mobile platform is targeted towards local-language demography and less tech-savvy users. Microfinance.AI’s mobile platform named LYT comes with conversation AI technology which makes it extremely easy for local-language preferred and less educated users to avail financial services digitally.