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SME Funding pp 211-235 | Cite as

Alternative Funding Options: E-platforms

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Abstract

This chapter illustrates the organization of the E-platform as a tool of alternative funding for SMEs. The E-platform business model is based on (i) low costs, with barely an entry barrier to speak of; (ii) technology performance; (iii) leverage in the connecting power of the Internet to provide a highly effective alternative to traditional models in financial intermediation (a function historically performed by commercial and investment banks). E-platforms are part of the new industry known as FinTech. The chapter makes an in-depth examination of the interaction between alternative and traditional funding channels.

Keywords

Customer Experience Retail Investor Lending Business Personal Loan Qualified Investor 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Springrowth SGRMilanItaly
  2. 2.ABIRomeItaly
  3. 3.EPIC SIMMilanItaly
  4. 4.Sapienza Università di RomaRomeItaly

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