The LendIt Fintech Industry Awards 2019 recognizes successful fintech investments and support for the fintech leadership community.
PRINCETON, NJ – APRIL 10, 2019—Edison Partners, the growth equity investment firm, has been named the Top Fintech Equity Investor for the second year in a row by LendIt Fintech. The LendIt Fintech Industry Award 2019 is given to the venture capital or private equity firm that has invested in a range of successful fintech companies and contributed to the industry's vision.
In 2018, Edison Partners closed its ninth fund, Fund IX, at $365 million, approximately 40 percent of Fund IX is allocated to Fintech investments. Edison VII and VIII, 2010 and 2015 vintages, respectively, are top-quartile performers as measured by third-party industry benchmarks.
“We are thrilled to be named again as the Top Fintech Equity Investor following another standout year of fintech investments, including many in underserved markets. The LendIt Fintech Industry Awards represent our commitment to helping fintech businesses achieve their long-term growth goals through a combination of growth equity and our Edison Edge operating platform,” said Chris Sugden, Managing Partner of Edison Partners, who was also named to Institutional Investor's Fintech Finance Power Player list last year.
The firm’s fintech portfolio currently includes Bento for Business, BFS Capital, Bipsync, Clearpool, ComplySci, GAN Integrity, Giant Oak, MoneyLion, Scivantage, Solovis, and YieldStreet. Select fintech exits include Gain Capital (NASDAQ: GCAP), Billtrust, Softgate (Paypal) and Liberty Tax.
Bento for Business, an investment led by General Partner Michael Kopelman in June 2018, was recently named a small business fintech trend to watch in the CB Insights’ U.S. Small Business FinTech Report.
MoneyLion, a personal finance management platform, and an investment led by Sugden, was named a finalist for the LendIt Fintech 2019 Excellence in Financial Inclusion award. Last year, MoneyLion was recognized as the Top Emerging Technology Company in 2018 by LendIt Fintech.
In 2018, Jennifer Lee, Vice President at Edison Partners, was named to WSJ Pro Private Equity’s Women to Watch list. In February of this year, Lee joined with Sugden to lead the $62 million investment in YieldStreet an investment platform democratizing asset classes previously unavailable to retail investors.
YieldStreet and MoneyLion, were recently named by AlleyWatch as two of the largest fintech fundings in New York.
Also in 2018, Edison portfolio company ComplySci, one of the fastest-growing providers of regulatory technology for the financial and professional services industries, secured a significant new investment from Vista Partners. The company was recently named to the 2018 Inc. 5000 list of America’s Fastest Growing Companies as well as the 2019 REGTECH 100.
Since its founding in 1986, Edison has invested in over 220 companies and completed 180+ exits, including 13 IPOs. The company’s Edison Edge platform helps executives navigate, accelerate and scale growth and provides operating support and programs spanning sales and marketing effectiveness, financial planning and controls, talent development, capital formation and M&A activity.
About LendIt Fintech
LendIt Fintech is the world’s largest event series dedicated to connecting the entire fintech community, including the lending, digital banking and blockchain segments. Our conferences bring together leading fintech innovators, banks, investors, enterprise technology platforms, and service providers to share the latest trends and facilitate networking. LendIt Fintech hosts three conferences annually: LendIt Fintech USA, LendIt Fintech Europe, and LendIt Fintech China, and dozens of complementary online and in-person events. LendIt also owns and operates one of the world’s leading industry educational channels, Lend Academy.
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About Edison Partners
For more than 30 years, Edison Partners has been helping CEOs and their executive teams grow and scale successful companies. The firm’s investment team brings extensive investing and operating experience to each investment. Through a unique combination of growth capital and the Edison Edge platform, consisting of operating centers of excellence, the Edison Director Network, and executive education programs, Edison employs a truly integrated approach to accelerating growth and creating value for businesses. A team of experts in financial technology, healthcare IT and enterprise solution sectors, Edison targets high-growth companies with $5 to $25 million in revenue; investments also include buyouts, recapitalizations, spinouts and secondary stock purchases.
Edison’s active portfolio has created aggregated market value exceeding $10 billion. Edison Partners is based in Princeton, NJ and manages more than $1.4 billion in assets throughout the eastern United States.