Funding Circle is one of the world’s leading marketplaces, exclusively focused on small businesses more than £1.3bn ($2bn) has been lent to 20,000 businesses in the UK, USA, Germany, Spain and the Netherlands. Businesses can borrow directly from a wide range of investors, including more than 40,000 people, the UK Government, local councils, a university and a number of financial organisations. Funding Circle have raised around $300 million of equity capital since 2010 from some of the largest investors in the world including Accel Partners, Baillie Gifford, BlackRock, DST Global, Index Ventures, Ribbit Capital, Sands Capital, Temasek and Union Square Ventures.