Funding Circle

t: @FundingCircleUK

CEO:  Samir Desai

Founder(s):   Samir Desai, James Meekings, Andrew Mullinger  

Founded: 2009

Sectors:   Debt Crowdfuning

HQ: London, UK

Funding Circle was created with a big idea: to revolutionize the outdated banking system and secure a better deal for everyone.  The investors on the platform have since lent more than £300m to over 5,000 SMEs. 2014 saw expansion in the US, the appointment of Wall Street heavyweight Robert K Steel (former deputy to New York mayor Michael Bloomberg) and a landmark tie-up with Santander, the first high-street bank to refer its customers to an online P2P lender. The British Business Bank, 11 councils, a university and financial institutions are all lending to businesses via the platform.