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March 24th, 2017
TORONTO, ON August 31, 2015 – The National Crowdfunding Association of Canada (NCFA Canada) today announced that Brandon Vlaar, Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder, Lending Loop, has joined the Association’s Crowdfunding Ambassadors Program.
“Brandon represents a growing generation of technologists and development professionals who understand modern day online infrastructure and what it takes to co-launch an exciting new and disruptive financial venture like Lending Loop. We are excited to have him participate as an ambassador and resource for the industry and look forward to working together to help grow fintech and debt-based crowdfunding in Canada", said Craig Asano, Executive Director, NCFA Canada.
Crowdfunding Ambassadors (CFAs) are leaders, educators, supporters and advocates of an inclusive and broad-based crowdfunding industry in communities across Canada. They are circles of influence and ‘go to resources’ for small businesses, organizations and investors to connect with, share and learn about crowdfunding via locally hosted events and initiatives. CFAs are specialists and plugged into an international network of shared resources, thought leadership, and industry professionals striving to cultivate and shape the future of crowdfunding in Canada and beyond.
Brandon is the CTO and Co-Founder of Lending Loop, Canada’s first peer-to-peer lending marketplace for business lending. Brandon is a self-taught software developer who has built online marketplaces for the residential real estate and heavy equipment industries. A graduate of the Ivey Business School’s HBA program, Brandon has held finance positions at one of Canada’s largest financial institutions and SMEs in both Canada and the United States.
"The concept of Peer-to-Peer lending (or Marketplace lending) represents a fundamental shift of how people and businesses access financing. With the support of the NCFA, I and the rest of the team at Lending Loop look forward to bringing the future of finance to Canada that is built by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs." -- Brandon Vlaar, Lending Loop
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Lending Loop is an online marketplace for Canadians to lend money to growing local businesses. Lending Loop’s marketplace leverages technology to bring true market efficiency to both lenders and borrowers, resulting in a fairer outcome for everyone. The online model allows businesses’ loan applications to be evaluated using sophisticated decision models supported by hundreds of data points. Using this technology, Lending Loop aims to advance the Canadian lending ecosystem into the twenty-first century by providing accessible capital at fair rates to promising SME’s while simultaneously improving fixed income returns for lenders.
The National Crowdfunding Association of Canada (NCFA Canada) is a cross-Canada non-profit actively engaged with both social and investment crowdfunding stakeholders across the country. NCFA Canada provides education, research, leadership, support and networking opportunities to over 1100+ members and works closely with industry, government, academia, community and eco-system partners and affiliates to create a strong and vibrant crowdfunding industry in Canada. Learn more About Us or visit www.ncfacanada.org.
Source: NCFA Canada
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