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阿里巴巴首个在港fintech投资花落谁家?

阿里巴巴首个fintech投资对象是一家香港B2B创企。

据了解,这家获得阿里巴巴投资的企业名叫Qupital,是一家中小企业替代借贷平台,同时也是行业内最大的线上发票贴现平台。Qupital将小型企业和专业投资者、对冲基金和家族办公室对接,以便让前者能够用过期未付发票借钱。

本轮200万美元的种子轮融资由阿里巴巴创业者基金和概念资本领投,DRL 资本、Aria集团和其他投资者跟投。Qupital说他们将利用这笔资金加强核心技术并在该领域扩张。

 

报道称,香港的中小企业中有超过25%的企业都难以获得营运资金,因而也就无法在全球扩张发展。Qupital合伙创始人Andy Chan说,最大的问题就是中小企业的过期未付发票要等很长时间才能收到款项。这就意味着中小型企业在程序缓慢冗长的传统借贷机构那没有得到完全的服务。而阿里巴巴本轮融资合作,或许可以帮助Qupital继续发展,并最终推动香港中小企业的发展。

Alibaba has made its first FinTech investment in a Hong Kong-based startup, and the target is a B2B player.

Reports Monday (May 15) said Alibaba invested in Qupital, an alternative SME lender, and its largest online invoice discounting platform. Qupital links small business borrowers to professional investors, hedge funds and family offices to borrow money against outstanding invoices.

Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund and MindWorks Ventures led the seed funding round of $2 million. DRL Capital, Aria Group and other backers also participated, according to reports. Qupital said it will use the funds to strengthen its underlying technology and expand in the region.

“We are happy to see Qupital continue to help other entrepreneurs in Hong Kong, and it is an exciting time to be part of the growing FinTech ecosystem,” said Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund Executive Director Cindy Chow.

“Qupital is a textbook example of how internet and technology help to optimize a traditional industry,” said MindWorks Ventures Managing Partner David Chang in an interview with?Forbes. “There is a large financing gap in Asia for underserved SMEs, and we look forward to Qupital becoming the dominant player in the market.”

The publication said more than a quarter of SMEs in Hong Kong?are struggling to access working capital and, as a result, are challenged to grow and expand globally. According to Qupital Co-Founder Andy Chan, much of the issue is because SMEs are waiting so long to see their outstanding invoices get paid.

“This meant that the SMEs were being underserved by traditional lenders with slow and cumbersome processes,” he told the publication, which added that, in addition to the investment, Alibaba will also be partnering with the startup to help it grow.


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