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Optimo Loan raises $10 Mn seed in round

MSME-focused lending-tech startup Optimo Loan has raised $10 million in its seed round led by Blume and Omnivore, with additional contribution from Optimo’s founder, Prashant Pitti.

The proceeds will be used to expand its operations, enhance its technology, recruit new talent, and broaden its presence to 20 locations in rural India by the end of this year, the startup said in a press release.

Founded by Pitti, Optimo facilitates  access to quick, easy, and flexible financing options for MSMEs. It supports businesses in investing in new technologies, increasing liquidity, and ensuring business continuity. The startup actively contributes to local job creation, economic growth, and community development.

The startup is also building a co-lending platform for MSMEs with a unique underwriting method. This approach allows Optimo to gain deeper insights into the financial health of MSMEs, enabling informed lending decisions and catalyzing entrepreneurship and economic growth in rural communities.

That said, early-stage India-focused venture fund Blume Ventures invests in seed and pre-Series A rounds in tech-led startups. It is presently investing via its Fund IV, a $300 million vehicle supported by institutional LPs and family offices. Following the close of Fund IV, Blume now has an AUM (Assets Under Management) of over $600 million. 

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