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Reliance Capital arm invests $1 mn in digital lending start-up Billionloans

This is the second major startup investment, after Paytm, by Reliance Capital

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Anmol Ambani, Reliance Capital
Reliance Capital Executive Director Anmol Ambani. Photo: Twitter

Reliance Corporate Advisory Services, an arm of Reliance Capital, today said it has made an investment of about Rs 7 crore ($1 million) in alternative digital lending startup Financial Services Pvt Ltd.

This is the second major startup investment, after Paytm, by


Billionloans, led by Ex-Infosys CFO V Balakrishnan, is a technology-enabled financial services company focused on providing flexible and affordable options to individuals and small businesses that have so far found it difficult to access from the traditional banking system.

The company was founded by Rangan Varadan, a serial entrepreneur who has also co-founded MicroGraam - an online micro-lending platform, along with other professionals in the finance and IT industry.

The investment is in line with RCap's strategy to expand its consumer lending business across platforms.

"Technology and innovation in financial services are going to play a big part in bridging the gap between aspirations of large number of Indians wanting access to credit on one hand and the ability of to build efficient and scalable lending models on the other," Executive Director said.

plans to initially focus on providing educational loans, affordable housing and personal to individuals and business to SMEs.

The startup is expected to facilitate of around Rs 2,000 crore across multiple products and lenders in next three years, it said in a release.

"Our goal is to fundamentally disrupt how borrowers are sourced and appraised using technology in the quickest possible manner. This will lead to a dramatic change in access, both for borrowers with thin credit histories and for lenders looking to expand beyond their traditional customer bases," Chairman Balakrishnan said.

The deal was led and structured by Reliance Wealth Management (the wealth management arm of Reliance Capital).

First Published: Mon, July 03 2017. 15:17 IST
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