Float, a US-based fintech startup that offers instant access to small dollar credit lines has launched this week. The company also announced that it raised $3m in an angel round from fintech industry veterans, which include Camp One Ventures, Funders Club and the 500 Startups accelerator programme.
The company intends to use the funds for product development, marketing and build strategic partnerships to expand nationally.
Led by Max Klein, co-founder and chief executive officer, Float is a data-driven technology company that enables emerging credit consumers to prove their creditworthiness through personalised underwriting and provides them with an affordable credit alternative. By leveraging machine learning and transactional data, the platform has developed alternative, non-FICO based underwriting that can make personalised credit decisions quickly, and deliver micro-credit lines that can be used with existing debit cards.
Float’s open-ended credit lines range from $50-$1,000 and are generally used for income smoothing, financial emergencies or to seize an opportunity. It charges a flat five per cent transfer fee and there are no hidden costs, interest or APRs.
The company currently serves consumers in California and Utah, with plans to roll out in all 50 states over the next six to 12 months.
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.