HONG KONG’S LARGEST SME FINANCING PLATFORM QUPITAL SECURES US$15M SERIES A FOR GREATER CHINA EXPANSION
【Hong Kong, 27 March, 2019】 Qupital, Hong Kong’s largest online, small and medium enterprise (SME) trade financing platform, have announced the completion of their Series A capital raise of USD 15 million. The round was led by CreditEase FinTech Investment Fund (CEFIF), a leading FinTech fund under CreditEase, with additional capital injections from the Alibaba Hong Kong Entrepreneurs Fund and MindWorks Ventures following their initial investments in the seed round. Qupital plans to use the funds to expand their presence in mainland China, enlarge their technology development and risk management teams, and strengthen its fast-growing, cross-border e-commerce expansion.
Qupital & CreditEase Synergy Opens Up Opportunities For Greater China SME & Investors
The Series A capital raise is an important step in the strategic planning of Qupital. Adding CreditEase as a strategic investor in this round of funding creates business synergies benefiting both parties. As a pioneer and leader specializing in inclusive finance and wealth management, CreditEase will provide marketplace lending access and networks, to facilitate the geographical expansion of Qupital, as well as bringing on-the-ground operational expertise. In addition, the wealth management team of CreditEase is also considering to provide new capital to fund SMEs’ trades.
Capture the Development of the Greater Bay Area
Qupital plans to use the funding to further enhance its internal credit control systems, e-commerce finance product, and overall technological capabilities to cope with future demand. To penetrate into the Chinese market, Qupital aims to open branches in key cities including Shanghai, Hangzhou, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen while also taking advantage of the flourishing Greater Bay Area to set up a technology center for talent sourcing and development.
“The growing volume of SME and cross-border trading drives a huge demand for alternative financing for SME’s who are underserved in the market and opportunities for investors to earn a decent risk-adjusted return,” said Dennis Cong, PhD, Managing Director of CEFIF. “We look forward to working with Qupital to broaden its source of capital base and create unparalleled investment opportunities for CreditEase. We will be working with Qupital to further utilize the technologies to enhance risk management, user experience and operational efficiency”.
“We are pleased to witness the rapid growth of Qupital, from a local Hong Kong startup to a well-organized corporate team in the region”, said Cindy Chow, Executive Director at the Alibaba Hong Kong Entrepreneurs Fund. “Through this follow-on round of financing and the business opportunities that Alibaba Group has facilitated, we have confidence in the future success of Qupital.”
“MindWorks have always had a strong conviction in Qupital’s team and the company’s growth prospects within such a tremendous underserved market of USD 60 billion annually,” said Mr David Chang, Managing Partner at MindWorks Ventures. “It has been a pleasure to be a part of their journey from the very beginning. Qupital’s ability to form strong strategic partnerships at such an early stage is critical for future growth. Their success is also a testament to the flourishing startup ecosystem in Hong Kong – the future is bright.”
With the completion of the Series A round, founders Winston Wong and Andy Chan feel honored and grateful for investors’ support and are excited to lead Qupital’s next chapter of growth.
“Qupital has accomplished remarkable results since 2016. Since the completion of the seed round financing, we successfully handled over 8,000 transactions, totalling HKD 2 billion. Over the past two years, we are grateful to all our investment partners for supporting Qupital. In particular, we are honored to receive the capital injection from our strategic investor, CreditEase in this round of funding, whose Vision, Mission and Values (VMV) matches with Qupital. “, said Winston Wong, Founder of Qupital.” We are also extremely pleased to receive the continuing trust from the Alibaba Hong Kong Entrepreneurs Fund and MindWorks Ventures.”
“In tandem with our flourishing partnership with Alibaba.com last year, we achieved a successful expansion into the cross-border e-commerce market (supply chain financing). We plan to further expand our regional business towards mainland China and seize the opportunity arising from the development of the Greater Bay Area in the future. “, said Andy Chan, Founder of Qupital. “We are on track in our goal to becoming the largest supply chain financing platform in Asia within the next three years”.