The funding announcement follows a surge in demand for SME financing, with revenues at Swoop forecasted to increase by 450% this year.
Andrea Reynolds, CEO and Co-Founder of Swoop, said the funding would be used to expand into new markets, with a particular focus on North America. The fast-growing fintech is targeting the US through its existing operations in Canada and this follows the recent establishment of an Australian operation, in addition to its offices in the UK and Ireland.
More than 75,000 businesses have used Swoop’s software platform to investigate and access a wide range of funding sources, including equity, grants, loans, and tax credits. Founded in 2017, Swoop will have 80 staff by the end of the summer, up from 60 at present. The Series A funding round includes investment from the venture capital group Velocity, Arab Bank Ventures, the members of Italian Angels for Growth (IAG) and WeHo Ventures in California. Velocity is an existing investor in Swoop, alongside other early backers including UK private investors and Enterprise Ireland.
Andrea Reynolds, CEO and Co-Founder of Swoop said: “Access to finance is the number one issue facing SMEs, but they have traditionally been an underserved customer segment. Finance is data-driven and borderless. With the influx of new lenders into the market, Swoop is able to connect SMEs with the funding they need wherever they are in the world. To date we’ve helped our customers secure £500m to grow their businesses.”
Rajeev Saxena, CEO of Velocity, said it was pleased to support the continued expansion of Swoop. “Andrea and the team at Swoop have executed strongly on their potential since we first invested in the company in 2018. We are excited to see them take their vision to new markets.”
Swoop continues to enhance its technology and proposition, aggregating banking, accounting, and credit data so that business owners, advisors and brokers can quickly understand and apply for the products available to them. Swoop is a chosen partner to all the major banks in the UK and has partnerships with business bodies including the British Chambers of Commerce and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. It was instrumental in distributing hundreds of millions of pounds in Bounce Back loans to businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Paolo Maresca, IAG Champion in this investment: "We are very pleased to have chosen to support this project, whose business results in the last quarter were very encouraging: an increase in revenues (+144%), +40% in the volume of underwriting loan transactions, and a 95% increase in GMV. We strongly believe in the Swoop team led by Andrea, which has already demonstrated great potential for growth and international scalability, and which we are sure will now be even more developed by the financial resources made available to the Founders."