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SME Lender Kabbage Collects $250 Million Investment from Softbank

Online small business lender Kabbage is getting some green of its own. The startup has raised $250 million in funding from Japan’s Softbank Group, taking the company’s total funding to more than $488 million, writes Finovate (Paybefore’s sister company).

The capital, which takes Kabbage’s total funding to more than $488 million, will be used to support new lending products for small businesses. It will also help “explore non-lending products and services” for its customers, the company says.

The partnership with Softbank also is likely to help as Kabbage looks to expand beyond North America and Europe to markets in Asia.

Kabbage co-founder and CEO Rob Frohwein praises Softbank’s “scale, global reach, relationships and unparalleled expertise in building transformative industry leaders.”

He emphasizes Kabbage’s goal of using “real-time and persistent access to data” to give small businesses a range of financial services and said the partnership with Softbank would “accelerate” the process.

“We invested in Kabbage because their unique automated lending platform leverages open data networks and best positions them to empower small businesses around the world,” adds Softbank’s Managing Director, David Thevenon.

Kabbage uses data generated from a wide range of business activity to help provide small businesses with the funding they need to grow. The company offers a line of credit of up to $150,000, with six- and 12-month terms, and provides funding decisions within minutes. Kabbage loans have no origination fees or prepayment penalties, and funds can be accessed online, using Kabbage’s mobile app or with the Kabbage Card.

Kabbage was founded in 2009 and headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Last April, Kabbage surpassed a major milestone, topping $3 billion in funding to more than 100,000 small business customers. The company drives automated lending for three of the biggest 50 global banks by asset size: ING, Santander and Scotiabank, and maintains 1.5 million live connections to customer data.

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