Aire raises $11M Series B to give credit scoring an ‘upgrade’

Feb 4, 2019 · techcrunch.com

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Aire, the U.K. startup that wants to give the credit scoring system a 21st-century "upgrade," has raised $11 million in Series B funding. The round is backed by European enterprise VC Crane Venture Partners, with strategic investments from Experian Ventures and Orange Digital Ventures.

Existing investors WhiteStar Capital and Sunstone Capital also followed on, while the company says it will use the additional capital to support "rapid growth," including U.S. expansion. Aire also plans to further invest in the technology powering its credit insights engine, which aims to make credit checking fairer for consumers who may have a thin credit file, and therefore more valuable to lenders.

"How does a new borrower bypass the catch-22 problem of credit where it takes a while to get a history, but you need credit to start a history…," says Aire co-founder and CEO Aneesh Varma, when asked the describe the problem the startup set out to solve.

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