SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – 15, February, 2023 – Shift, a leading provider of credit and payment platforms for Australian businesses, announced today that it has closed an AUD27 million Series C funding round, led by Sequoia Capital Southeast Asia
The funding round comes on the heels of a recent AUD140 million increase in Shift’s debt funding capacity and follows a record period of growth for the company, with both funding and revenue exceeding 50% growth in each of the last 3 years.
Shift has now provided more than AUD2 billion in tailored financial solutions to support the growth aspirations of Australian businesses since its founding in 2014. These solutions include capital for growth, equipment finance, and trade payment solutions. The new capital will be used to further enhance Shift’s innovative suite of credit and payment products and deliver even more value to Shift’s network of broker partners, merchants and direct customers. In addition to Sequoia Capital Southeast Asia’s participation, the Series C equity round saw the majority of Shift’s existing shareholders participate.
“Shift’s strong performance over the past three years speaks to the opportunity in disrupting the highly underserved market of business credit and payments, which has lagged behind the wave of innovation in consumer finance,” said Jamie Osborn, CEO of Shift.
“With this funding, we are well-positioned to scale our business and unlock growth for our partners and business customers. In Sequoia Capital Southeast Asia, we found a partner with shared values, and a shared appreciation for the opportunity to disrupt an antiquated industry through product and service innovation.
“We are delighted to have them as part of our team as we move through the next phase of the company’s growth and deliver finance on demand to help Australian companies better grow and run their businesses.”
“While large corporates can access financing based on their income or cash flows and consumers can access financing via credit card or personal loans, many businesses in Australia have to rely on mortgaging their homes or vehicles. More than three trillion dollars is outstanding in credit to businesses and more than 90% of it is backed by real estate or automobile. Shift is solving this by providing smart finance solutions - credit anytime, anywhere - to millions of businesses using data and technology. We’re glad to be a part of this journey,” said Rohit Agarwal, Principal, Sequoia Southeast Asia.
Shift expects to continue a strong growth trajectory in 2023 as businesses continue to grow and adapt in a changing business climate.
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Shift is finance on demand for business. Enabled by streaming data, Shift provides credit and payments platforms that help businesses trade, pay and access funds. As one of Australia’s fastest-growing technology companies.
Shift is changing the way businesses access finance. Shift has been recognised by AFR’s Fast 100, Deloitte’s Technology Fast50, Smart Company’s Smart50 and Deloitte’s Asia Pacific Technology Fast 500.
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