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学生贷款平台MPOWER获1.1亿美元融资

本周四,学生贷款平台MPOWER宣布获得1.1亿美元融资。

据悉,这也是该平台获得的最大的一次融资,本次融资由Gray Matters Capital和Community Investment Management共同领投。

MPOWER总部位于华盛顿,同时在纽约和班加罗尔设有办事处,主要为成绩优异的学生提供海外留学贷款服务。

自成立以来,平台已经收到了近10亿美元的贷款申请。目前,该平台主要针对印度学生提供固定利率教育贷款,学生可以在无需抵押物、共同签署人或共同申请人的情况下申请贷款,并可以通过手机移动端进行还款。

MPOWER方面表示,目前该平台主要面向200多所美国高校的学生开展业务,不过也开始将目光锁定国际市场,并开始与部分加拿大高校就建立合作关系展开洽谈。

除了获得贷款MPOWER还能帮助学生建立信用记录,而这对于留学海外(尤其是美国)的学生尤为重要,可以帮助他们完成缴税等多项事务。

MPOWER表示,未来公司还将继续加快产品和服务研发,争取在在线贷款,尤其是学生贷款领域有所创新。

 

MPOWER Financing said it has completed its largest funding round of $110 million on Thursday. The funding round was led by Gray Matters Capital and Community Investment Management (CIM).

Washington-based MPOWER Financing provides educational loans to meritorious students to study overseas. Funds from the latest round will be used to give loans to students enrolling in major US universities. It will also be used to support new product growth and technology enhancements.

MPOWER currently provides a fixed interest rate education loan to students - a majority of them Indian - looking to study in more than 200 colleges across the US. "Easy access to loan capital for Indian students will continue to be our focus. Our global citizen scholarships are open to Indian students to take advantage of our initiatives for higher education. Besides the US, we have established partnerships with Canadian Universities, which will add more options for all students," said Lana Bronipolsky, Senior VP of the company's talent acquisition and operations.

The company provides loans to Indian students without any collateral, co-signer or co-applicant. Loan applications can be made online and students can pay off their loans through their mobile phones. Since building credit history is important in the US, MPOWER helps students record their credit history for tax purposes.

"This infusion will enable us to sustain our efforts at empowering students in India and across the world to get easy access to loans to pursue their higher education in the US," said Rohan Tibrawalla, Country Director of MPOWER Financing India.

He added that India is an important market for the company. "We will continue to enhance our product and technology offerings and innovate in the lend tech and student lending space," said Rohan.

With offices in New York and Bengaluru, MPOWER Financing has received close to $1 billion loan applications on its platform since inception.

"The rise is a testimony to the importance of financial access to global education and the central role that international students play in US universities," said Manu Smadja, MPOWER Financing CEO and Co-founder.

Their team is backed by Zephyr Management, Goal Structures Solutions, 1776, Village Capital, VARIV, DreamIt, Fresco, Chilango, K Street and University Ventures.

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