Singapore – Funding Societies, a Southeast Asia-centric digital financing platform for regional SMEs, is expanding its operations to Thailand, marking its fourth market since the platform’s establishment six years ago. Currently, the platform operates in Singapore, Indonesia, and Malaysia.
With the market expansion, Funding Societies will be addressing the US$250B SME credit gap that exists in ASEAN’s biggest economies – Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Funding Societies has disbursed over US$1.4B in financing across more than 65,000 SMEs throughout the region and is prepared to provide Thai SMEs with full access to its short-term customizable financing solutions, which are funded by retail and institutional investors.
The platform will also operate closely under the debt-crowdfunding license given by Thailand’s Securities and Exchange Commission. This expansion comes after more than one year of working with Thai regulators and planning for market entry.
Co-founder and group CEO of Funding Societies, Kelvin Teo (left), said, “Funding Societies’ vision has always been to financially enable growth for SMEs, while growing wealth for investors. Having built a market-leading presence in Singapore, Indonesia, and Malaysia, we’re excited to bring our vision to Thailand and launch today. We’ll also be able to better support Singapore companies expanding into Thailand and vice versa.”
Meanwhile, Varun Bhandari, country head of Funding Societies for Thailand (right), commented, “By leveraging technology, Funding Societies offers SMEs a new avenue of accessing business financing that is fast, affordable, and convenient. The crowdfunding landscape in the country is growing steadily and we see a lot of potential here. We look forward to driving financial inclusion in Thailand and helping to uplift the country’s economy.”