本周，由前NAB银行家创办的澳大利亚房屋在线贷款平台Athena宣布获得1500万美元融资。本次融资由Macquarie Bank和Square peg Capital共同领投。
Athena, an Australian home loans startup led by former NAB bankers that is bidding to take on the nation's biggest lenders, has raised $15 million in a funding round led by Macquarie Bank and Square peg Capital.
The company, which aims to steer customers away from the big banks by promising fast online approval for loans backed directly by Superannuation funds, launched last June with $3 million in seed funding.
The new round of funding comes as the company prepares to launch a beta pilot of the cloud-based platform next month, ahead of a full commercial roll out in 2019.
Michael Starkey, co-founder and COO says that by bypassing the banks, the firm will be able to offer lower interest rates to customers.