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Founded: 2010

Type: Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Business Lending

Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Business Lending - geography: United Kingdom

CO. no.: Na.

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Regulated as of: 2014

Regulator: Financial Conduct Authority

Regulation: Interim Permissions reference number: 635439


Funding Circle is the leading online marketplace for business loans, where people and organisations can directly lend to small businesses.

To date we have facilitated over 600 million worth of loans to UK businesses. Helping the economy to grow, businesses can access fast, fair and transparent finance, and investors can earn attractive returns.


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Founders Funding Circle UK

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Co-founder & CEO, Samir Desai

LinkedIn | Twitter (@samirdesai01)

Type: Entrepreneur

Description: Samir is responsible for driving the company strategy, overseeing the company?s finances and managing the day to day operations at Funding Circle. Samir has worked extensively in the financial services sector.

Before founding Funding Circle, Samir was an Executive at Olivant, a private equity investor in financial services businesses in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Prior to this, Samir was a management consultant at BCG advising a number of major UK and global banks and insurers on strategy, new product initiatives, and operational efficiency.

Co-founder & Continental Europe COO, Christian Grobe


Type: Entrepreneur

Description: As CE COO, Christian responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of sales, credit and marketing at Funding Circle in Continental Europe. Prior to this, Christian was co-founder and CEO of Zencap, where he was responsible for sales, marketing, finance and HR. Before founding Zencap, Christian worked as project manager at McKinsey & Company for six years. Christian holds a university degree in economics (University of Heidelberg, Princeton University, USA) and a PHD in politics (FU Berlin).

Co-founder & CE Managing Director, Matthias Knecht


Type: Entrepreneur

Description: As CE MD, Matthias is responsible for overseeing the overall strategic direction and day-to-day operation of Funding Circle in Continental Europe. Prior to this, Matthias was co-founder and CEO of Zencap, the fastest growing online lending marketplace in Continental Europe. He was responsible for risk management, operations and institutional sales. Before founding Zencap, Matthias was a consultant with McKinsey & Company for more than six years. Together with his former McKinsey colleague, Dr. Christian Grobe, he founded Zencap in March 2014. Matthias graduated from University Karlsruhe (Industrial Engineering). He holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Nuremberg.

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Co-Founder & UK Managing Director, James Meekings

LinkedIn | Twitter (@JCMeekings)

Type: Entrepreneur

Description: James is responsible for marketing and customer experience at Funding Circle. James has an extensive background in the consumer and media space.

Prior to co-founding Funding Circle, James was a Senior Consultant at OC&C Strategy Consultants where he advised leading multi-national and national companies on strategy, new products and efficiency programmes.

Co-founder, Andrew Mullinger


Type: Entrepreneur

Description: Andrew leads the global credit and risk team and is responsible for risk management at Funding Circle His team harmonizes data analytics with human process and judgment to ensure loans on Funding Circle platforms offer investors the opportunity to access reliable, risk-adjusted returns.

Before founding Funding Circle, Andrew worked at Nomura and Citigroup specialising in regulatory and risk management. He also spent time at Ernst & Young as a consultant where he advised financial institutions, government and regulators on risk management and regulation, including a major UK bank on its SME credit models. Andrew holds a degree in Mathematics from Manchester University.

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Relevant News for Funding Circle UK2

Two Suffolk councils are investing 1million each in the launch of a partnership with Funding Circle, which helps businesses to access finance independent of their banks.


Peer-to-peer small business lending platform Funding Circle is acquiring Germany's Zencap, giving it an immediate footprint in Germany, Spain, and the Netherlands.

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Events with Funding Circle UK

Company (click) Event Date Location
AltFi logo AltFi Europe Summit 2014 11 Mar, 2014 London, United Kingdom
LendIt Conference LLC logo LendIt Europe 2014 17 Nov, 2014 London, United Kingdom
LendIt Conference LLC logo LendIt Europe 20 Oct, 2015 London, United Kingdom
AltFi logo Alternative Finance Bootcamp 03 Dec, 2015 Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Address Funding Circle UK

Funding Circle UK
71 Queen Victoria Street
EC4V 4AY London
United Kingdom

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