Salaryo Raises $5.8 Million to Provide COVID-19 Financing Relief for SMEs
Salaryo, a pioneering fintech platform for U.S. freelancers and startups, announced it has raised a total of $5.8 million in funding from Variant Investments, Dubai-based private equity fund KEN Investments, Techstars Ventures, and Michael Ullmann’s investment group, bringing its total funding to $12 million. The majority of the round was funded earlier this year and the company will use the funds to propel the growth of its small business lending activity and to launch new business banking products in 2021.
Salaryo provides fully-digital business term loans and lines of credit for small businesses. The company has successfully provided financing to hundreds of entrepreneurs and freelancers since its foundation in 2017. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the company accelerated its growth by offering cash flow relief to small businesses in selected business categories, processing over $60 million in loan applications year to date.
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“This investment round propels Salaryo’s evolution from a niche player into a fintech banking partner for small businesses, at a time that small business owners need us the most,” said Yair Levy, CEO, and co-founder of Salaryo. “This year we have expanded our offering with business term loans, providing cash flow flexibility and relief during COVID-19. Our next big step in the materialization of our vision to be the Bank of the Future of Work is planned for next year when we launch a suite of digital banking products that are designed for cash flow volatility and income uncertainty.”
Salaryo’s lending technology features a fully automated experience, featuring KYC (Know Your Client), financial and professional analysis, payment processing, and e-signatures, to make a decision in minutes. Once approved, Salaryo sends funds to the business within 24 hours.
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“COVID-19 has accelerated the digitization of financial services. Fintech companies such as Salaryo provide opportunities to generate alternative return streams in a dynamic environment,” said Curt Fintel, Principal at Variant Investments. “Salaryo’s team possesses the financial acumen and advanced technology that give Variant an edge in getting exposure to unconventional income-generating assets in the specialty finance category.”
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a negative effect on the small business sector, with public health regulations causing the temporary closure and steep reduction of activity for millions of small businesses across the U.S. and worldwide. Since early March 2020, Salaryo has processed over $60 million in loan applications using its platform, offering relief to hundreds of U.S small business owners.
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