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2014-06-26

Aspada invests in Capital Float to provide working capital finance for small businesses

Aspada Investment Company has made a commitment of Rs 12 crore ($2 million) in Bangalore based Capital Float, a business that provides working capital loans to underserved small businesses in India via a technology-led loan origination and credit underwriting platform. The company works with SMEs across a variety of sectors, including manufacturing, services, and e-commerce and is led by Gaurav Hinduja and Sashank Rishyasringa, who both returned to India to start Capital Float after completing their MBAs at Stanford University.

Aspada Investment Company has made a commitment of Rs 12 crore ($2 million) in Bangalore based Capital Float, a business that provides working capital loans to underserved small businesses in India via a technology-led loan origination and credit underwriting platform. The company works with SMEs across a variety of sectors, including manufacturing, services, and e-commerce and is led by Gaurav Hinduja and Sashank Rishyasringa, who both returned to India to start Capital Float after completing their MBAs at Stanford University.

 

"Small businesses are the key to India's sustained growth, yet most lack access to mainstream bank finance and cannot easily access working capital and short term debt. As a result, many are forced to resort to borrowing from friends and family, supplier credit, or high interest loans from informal sources to meet the day-to-day funding needs of the business," said Gaurav Hinduja.

 

"The majority of SMEs today operate with cash cycles of 60 days or longer, with few institutional options for working capital finance. By investing in technology, we've lowered the costs of customer acquisition and credit decision-making, and developed a methodology for timely and transparent financing that can benefit a vastly underserved and unorganized segment," explained Sashank Rishyasringa.

 

"Capital Float possesses an outstanding founding team that has built a sophisticated platform that is unique within the Indian small business lending segment. There are numerous global proxies of enormous scale in this model, and we believe that the Capital Float team can build a world-class organization that can alter the market for SME finance in India and beyond," said Kartik Srivatsa of Aspada Investment Advisors.

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