UK startup Triver raises £7m seed to provide small businesses with instant capital in a click

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London-based fintech is revolutionising how SMEs access finance with an industry-first API for fintech and SaaS partners that uses Open Banking data and sophisticated AI.

Triver has announced it has raised £7m equity from top investors to revolutionise how small businesses can access finance.

Leveraging Open Banking data and sophisticated AI, Triver funds SMEs’ short-term working capital needs, underwriting the risk of small business borrowing instantly and automatically. Faster and more quickly than high street banks, it can provide advances on a business’s client invoices 24/7, offering peace of mind of simple access to capital when needed.

Through this automated approach, SMEs can instantly access finance equivalent to up to 20% of their annual turnover and at a more competitive rate than other small business financing options. Transaction-level insights mean Triver understands the likelihood of a small business paying back.

Triver financing example

The venture is backed by Stride, whose team has backed early-stage businesses such as Deliveroo and Zoopla. Other seed investors include Axeleo Capital and Motive Partners, with scout investment from Andreessen Horowitz and Sequoia Capital. Angel investors include Triver’s non-executive director Dan Cobley – former Google UK MD and ClearScore and Salary Finance co-founder.

Triver is led by CEO founder Jerome Le Luel, one of the world’s foremost experts in deploying advanced credit analytics at world-class lenders. He is the former Chief Risk Officer at Funding Circle and the former global head of risk analytics for Barclays.

Jerome is joined by a strong founding team who can build sophisticated lending technology. They bring the expertise gained at Barclays, Capital One, MarketFinance, Credit Karma, BCG, and more.

Existing short-term finance solutions rarely fully satisfy small businesses. Yet it’s not a simple puzzle to solve.

SMEs have complex cash flow management and underwriting their credit risk automatically is very hard – it has not been a priority for banks. 

But at Triver, we’ve cracked the code. Using Open Banking and artificial intelligence we are revolutionising how SMEs access finance and are partnering with digital service providers already trusted by these businesses.

said Jerome Le Luel
Jerome Le Luel, CEO Triver
Jerome Le Luel, CEO Triver

Built for partners

Triver uses a combination of sophisticated AI and digital processing to deliver a seamless customer experience. It is designed to be embedded within digital service providers already serving SMEs – for example, accounting platforms, digital banks, payment providers, and procurement tools. 

Embedded finance for SMEs has typically been targeted at the e-commerce sector. But with Triver, every small business that invoices clients has the potential to access finance when they need it through a service provider they trust.

With millions of small businesses in the UK, there is a huge underserved market for SME finance – primarily due to antiquated lending processes.

The right data and technology are now available to change this radically. With Triver we will make lending to the founders and business owners of the real economy way more efficient and economical.

This is a mission we’re delighted to support.

added Fred Destin, Founderat Stride.VC 
Triver team
Triver team

We’re partnering with fintech and SaaS providers who recognise the opportunity for short-term working capital solutions to support their SME clients. Through our API, we provide an embedded solution that will sit on these providers’ own platforms.

Not only do we offer the best value short-term financing to SMEs, we also provide a value-share back to partners.

By working with us, they can earn additional income without worrying about debt funding and credit risk.

commented Jerome Le Luel