Clearbanc Raises $300M in a Series B

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Michele Romanow  speaks at deBanked CONNECT Toronto

Above: Clearbanc President & co-founder Michele Romanow speaks at deBanked CONNECT Toronto | July 25, 2019

Toronto-based Clearbanc, a company founded on the idea of providing business owners with capital to purchase facebook and instagram ads in exchange for a percentage of their future sales, has raised $300M in a Series B. $50M of it is an equity investment led by Highland Capital. The other $250M will go into a fund that Clearbanc uses to fund small businesses, according to Fortune.

Clearbanc’s payment methodology is reminiscent of merchant cash advances and their factor rates range between 6% and 12.5%. Funding amounts range from $10,000 to $10M and the company is reportedly on track to fund $1 billion to small businesses.

Clearbanc President and co-founder Michele Romanow is a serial entrepreneur that is also a celebrity investor on the TV show series Dragon’s Den. She attributes the idea for Clearbanc to her experience on the show in which entrepreneurs were inappropriately seeking venture capital when it was really a specific type of working capital they needed, funds to advertise on facebook or instagram, for example.

The company was founded in 2015 in Toronto.

Last modified: July 31, 2019

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