Cashinvoice gets funding from Accion Venture Lab, sets SME financing disbursal target of Rs 10,000 cr

Cashinvoice has raised Pre-Series A funding of $1 million from Accion Venture Lab. The company provides customized supply chain financing (SCF) solutions to the buyers and suppliers of mid and large corporates through its digital marketplace for invoice discounting. The platform integrates with corporates to access validated invoices, dynamically price discounts on the invoices based on its risk assessment algorithms and enables lenders on the platform to digitally process loans against invoices.

Since its launch in September 2019, the company has disbursed over 10 lakh invoices amounting to over Rs 4,000 crore and has over 3,500 MSMEs on the platform. The pre-series A funding by Accion Venture Lab comes at a time when the platform is planning to facilitate over Rs 10,000 crore worth of financing for MSMEs in the year ahead.

In a statement, Arun Poojari, co-founder and CEO of Cashinvoice said, “This new funding round will help us develop our key services of early payments to suppliers, purchase order financing, buyer financing and retailer financing.”

“Millions of MSMEs across India are struggling to recover from the effects of the pandemic, and they need customized financing options in order to adapt and build resilience. By applying new credit-assessment strategies to expand access to financing for MSMEs, Cashinvoice is creating an inclusive financial system and ensuring that microentrepreneurs can continue serving their communities,”said Michael Schlein, President and CEO, Accion in a statement.

In a statement Amee Parbhoo, Managing Director of Accion Venture Lab said, “Unlocking working capital within supply chains is the need of the hour, as it not only helps with effective cash flow management in corporates, but also caters to the large number of underserved micro-enterprises who need formal sources of lending.”

Cashinvoice’s model incentivizes buyers by giving them discounts to pay their suppliers early thereby unlocking capital which is trapped in the form of credit period within supply chains. The company aims to bridge the $400 billion credit gap within the MSME segment through cost effective and hassle-free access to supply chain financing.

In a statement, Shrinivas Kasar, co-founder and COO of Cashinvoice, said, “Despite India’s GDP being majorly dependent on the health of the MSME ecosystem, the current gap in financial inclusivity for micro-organizations. Technology has always been the core at Cashinvoice, where we have developed AI tools to analyze trade ledger data along with alternate data points in order to evaluate a borrower’s credit worthiness, even if they lack a formal credit history.”


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