Ireland is set to hatch a new peer-to-peer lender this March in the form of Our Money.
Our Money will become the second p2p lender in Ireland. Its emergence is in keeping with Simon Deane-Johns’ recent prediction that the p2p lending market in Ireland could soon take off. The new platform will target SMEs, community organisations and charities.
“We both wanted to apply our skills to getting money moving in local communities again. For example we will look at helping local GAA clubs who have many local supporters who are prepared to lend them small amounts each at low or even zero interest rates, but need a structured safe way to do so.”
Mr Butler and Mr O’Riordan have previously run a social network campaign called “anewbankforireland”, which was designed to determine what the people felt was absent from Irish banking. The experience of this campaign is said to have informed their decision to found Our Money, and will have doubtless factored into how the new platform is structured.
AltFi is returning to Amsterdam for its second annual Summit in the city. The inaugural event last year was a roaring success, with key figures from across Continental Europe's alternative finance and digital banking sectors highlighted. These included Jeroen Broekema, managing director of Funding Circle Netherlands, and Mieke van Engelen, head of innovative partnerships at ABN AMRO's standalone lending platform, New10.