MPOWER Financing raises $100 million to support students worldwide
MPOWER Financing, an innovative fintech platform and the leading provider of education loans to high-promise students around the world, today announced that it has raised an equity investment of $100 million. The raise underscores investors’ confidence in MPOWER’s position as the leading financial platform for students aspiring to study in the U.S. and Canada.
The funding is in addition to the $30 million MPOWER Financing raised earlier this year from Tilden Park Capital Management, which also participated in the current round, and ETS Strategic Capital on behalf of ETS, the world’s largest non-profit educational assessment, research and measurement organization. Other investors in the current round include King Street Capital Management, Drakes Landing Associates, and Pennington Alternative Income Management.
There are more than one million international students currently studying in the U.S. and 600,000 studying in Canada; numbers which are expected to rise rapidly as COVID-19 restrictions continue to be lifted. Education funding and covering related on-campus costs are a primary concern among prospective students, which MPOWER directly addresses by providing scholarships and loans to students from 200+ countries.
MPOWER Financing aims to democratize education by reducing financial barriers for high-promise students from around the world. MPOWER’s loans are approved instantly and are granted at competitive interest rates without requiring a cosigner or collateral.
“We’re delighted to be working with experienced investors who share our vision of empowering the brightest students from around the world,” said Smadja, Chief Executive Officer of MPOWER Financing. “The new funds will be used to directly support students, automate and scale our operations, and grow our team in Bangalore, India. We look forward to supporting an even greater number of qualified students from around the globe as they venture to study in the U.S. and Canada.”
“We are excited to partner with MPOWER Financing as it operates a truly differentiated business model where it not only lends to students, but also offers career guidance and supports students throughout their journey,” said Chris Gamaitoni, Managing Director of Tilden Park Capital Management.
“MPOWER Financing underwrites loans based on students’ academic achievements and career path, which is a remarkably innovative approach that leverages massive and disparate sets of proprietary data,” said McLean Copus, Senior Analyst at King Street Capital Management.