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Chilean fintech Xepelin secures $230M in debt and fairness from Kaszek, high-profile angels – TechCrunch – NEWPAPER24




Chilean fintech Xepelin secures $230M in debt and fairness from Kaszek, high-profile angels – TechCrunch

2021-07-30 14:34:46


Chilean startup Xepelin, which has created a monetary companies platform for SMEs in Latin America, has secured $30 million in fairness and $200 million in credit score services.

LatAm enterprise fund Kaszek Ventures led the fairness portion of the financing, which additionally included participation from companions of DST International and a slew of different corporations and founders/angel buyers. LatAm- and U.S.-based asset managers and hedge funds — together with Chilean pension funds — offered the credit score services. In whole over its lifetime, Xepelin has raised over $36 million in fairness and $250 million in asset-backed services.

Additionally collaborating within the spherical had been Picus Capital; Kayak Ventures; Cathay Innovation; MSA Capital; Amarena; FJ Labs; Gilgamesh Ventures. A gaggle of angels additionally participated within the financing, together with Kavak founder and CEO Carlos Garcia; Jackie Reses, govt chairman of Sq. Monetary Providers; Justo founder and CEO Ricardo Weder; Tiger International Administration Accomplice John Curtius; GGV’s Hans Tung; and Gerry Giacoman, founder and CEO of Clara, amongst others.

Nicolás de Camino and Sebastian Kreis based Xepelin in mid-2019 with the mission of adjusting the truth that “solely 5% of firms in all LatAm international locations have entry to recurring monetary companies.”

“We wish all SMEs in LatAm to have entry to monetary companies and capital in a good and environment friendly manner,” the pair stated.

Xepelin is constructed on a SaaS mannequin designed to present SMEs a method to arrange their monetary data in actual time. Embedded in its software program is a manner for firms to use for short-term working capital loans “with simply three clicks, and obtain the capital in a matter of hours,” the corporate claimed.

It has developed an AI-driven underwriting engine, which the execs stated provides it the flexibility to make real-time mortgage approval selections.

“Any firm in LatAm can onboard in only a few minutes and instantly entry a free software program that helps them arrange their data in actual time, together with money movement, income, gross sales, tax, bureau data — form of a free CFO SaaS,” de Camino stated. “The circle is virtuous: SMEs use Xepelin to enhance their monetary habits, receive extra environment friendly financing, pay their obligations, and collaborate successfully with purchasers and suppliers, producing related impacts of their industries.”

The fintech presently has over 4,000 purchasers in Chile and Mexico, which presently has a progress fee “4 instances sooner” than when Xepelin began in Chile. Over the previous 22 months, it has loaned greater than $400 million to SMBs within the two international locations. It presently has a portfolio of energetic loans for $120 million and an asset-backed facility for greater than $250 million.

General, the corporate has been seeing a progress fee of 30% per 30 days, the founders stated. It has 110 staff, up from 20 a 12 months in the past.

Xepelin has greater than 60 partnerships (a quantity that it stated is rising every week) with midmarket company firms, permitting for his or her suppliers to onboard to its platform totally free and acquire entry to accounts payable, revenue-based financing. The corporate additionally sells its portfolio of non-recourse loans to monetary companions, which it says mitigates credit score threat publicity and enhances its platform and knowledge play.

“After we speak about creating the most important digital financial institution for SMEs in LatAm, we’re not saying that our objective is to create a financial institution; maybe we are going to by no means ask for the license to have one, and to be trustworthy, the whole lot we do, we do it in a different way from the banks, one thing like a non-bank, an idea used right now to exemplify focus,” the founders stated.

Each de Camino and Kreis stated they Share a ardour for making monetary companies extra accessible to SMEs all throughout Latin America and have backgrounds rooted deep in several areas of finance.

“Our objective is to scale a platform that may clear up the true pains of all SMEs in LatAm, multi functional place that additionally connects them with their total ecosystem, and above all, democratized in such a manner that everybody can entry it,” Kreis stated, “no matter whether or not you’re a firm that sells billions of {dollars} or only a thousand {dollars}, getting the identical service and circumstances.”

For now, the corporate is sort of completely targeted on the B2B area, however sooner or later, it believes a number of of its companies “will likely be very helpful for all SMEs and firms in LatAm.” 

“Xepelin has developed expertise and knowledge science engines to ship financing to SMBs in Latin America in a seamless manner,” Nicolas Szekasy, co-founder and managing companion at Kaszek Ventures, stated in an announcement.The staff has deep expertise within the sector and has confirmed an ideal match of their user-friendly product with the wants of the market.”

Chile was residence to a different massive funding earlier this week. NotCo, a meals expertise firm making plant-based milk and meat replacements, closed on a $235 million Collection D spherical that provides it a $1.5 billion valuation.



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