Irish fintech Swoop awarded €5.6m under RBS bailout fund scheme

Start-up is one of five fintechs to be given a combined €25m from programme

Swoop co-founders Andrea Reynolds and Ciaran Burke. The company currently has more than 1,000 funding providers on its database

Swoop co-founders Andrea Reynolds and Ciaran Burke. The company currently has more than 1,000 funding providers on its database

 

Irish fintech start-up Swoop Finance has been awarded £5 million (€5.6 million) from a fund established by banking giant RBS as part of its £45 million (€50.3 million) bailout programme.

Swoop is one of five start-ups to be awarded a combined £25 million in grants under the latest round of the banking competition remedies scheme.

The £775 million fund, which launched earlier this year, was created as a condition on RBS for accepting a £45 million bailout from the British government during the height of the financial crisis. It is intended to boost competition in the UK’s small business banking sector.

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Other recipients of grants from the scheme include Form 3, which is backed by Dublin and London-listed VC firm Draper Esprit, and Starling, the British challenger bank that is in the process of establishing an Irish presence. The latter was awarded a £100 million grant under the first instalment of the programme in February.

Founded by Andrea Reynolds and Ciaran Burke last year, Swoop has developed a technology platform that matches SMEs with funding. The company has more than 1,000 funding providers on its database.

“Swoop serves as a virtual chief financial officer [CFO] connecting SMEs to the best solutions for their business needs,” is how Ms Reynolds described the business.

The company recently closed a £1.5 million seed round of its own with backers including Enterprise Ireland.