Funding will be used towards scaling up Progcap’s Last Mile Retailer Finance Platform
Progcap, a technology-driven lending company for last mile businesses, has raised a seed funding round of INR 7 crore led by GrowX ventures, a leading B2B and deep tech-focused early-stage venture fund. Progcap’s mission is to empower these customers by providing them affordable and timely credit, leveraging world-class technology. Apart from GrowX, Contrarian Drishti, along with angel investors Somak Ghosh and Abhishek Dalmia, participated in the round.
Progcap was founded by Pallavi Shrivastava and Himanshu Chandra in 2017 after years of working on the ground with small businesses in their respective jobs. Pallavi has a background in development finance having worked in organizations including International Finance Corporation and the World Bank. Himanshu’s experience spans over a decade in the financial services industry, with institutions such as Standard Chartered, Barclays and Carlyle Group.
Commenting on the fund raising, the company’s founders said, “Our vision is to broaden the opportunities for businesses in the last mile. There are over 20 million retailers in India who are unplugged from formal financing. We are working towards building a platform to integrate these businesses into the real economy.” The team added, “It’s been a terrific partnership with GrowX. They have helped us tremendously in broadening the vision for the Company while also helping build key partnerships.”
Through its Last Mile Retailer Finance facility (LMRF), Progcap provides access to fast and flexible collateral-free, working capital to retailers in Tier II, III and IV towns, where retailers typically face challenges in accessing capital for their businesses. Over half of Progcap’s customers are new to the credit ecosystem. Progcap’s lending platform risk models these businesses using non-traditional ecosystem data creating credit scores for customers that are currently left out by the traditional financial institutions.
Speaking about the investment, Manu Rikhye, Partner at GrowX ventures said “Pallavi and Himanshu are an outstanding team, and GrowX is very excited to be part of their journey. Progcap is focused on a very large and underserved market of micro-business owners. Their approach to solving the financial needs of the last mile retailers will deliver tremendous value across the supply chain, starting from the large brands and distributors to the retailers.”