Among the investors are British merchant bank Barclays and early-stage funding group Pitchdrive, as well as three business angels with extensive experience in the sector.
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Flanders-based fintech Oper raises EUR 500,000
Oper offers lenders and brokers a technological solution for providing digital housing credit to consumers. Since its foundation in 2018, Oper has already digitalized hypothecary credit processes in three European countries: Belgium, Switzerland and Austria.
However, the company has further ambitions: “From the start, it has been our goal to take our business all over Europe. That’s why we have an additional office in Switzerland besides our HQ in Antwerp. We also have a partnership with Barclays in the UK – we’re one of the first Belgian fintech companies ever to do so – of which we’re very proud,” CEO Geert Van Kerckhoven explains.
With the new capital, Oper will grow its international team, continue developing its product and carry out its European expansion plans. Geert: “We’re very fortunate to be backed by a team of investors who also offer us access to their extensive financial business network and to whom we can turn for advice, as they have a lot of experience in scaling tech companies like ours.”
In addition to the support from investors, Oper was also able to count on government agencies such as Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship (VLAIO ) and Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT). “Our warm interaction with Flanders’ government agencies meant we were always able to get in touch for advice. Particularly when it came to figuring out which subsidies and incentives we were eligible for, they were a great help,” Geert concludes.