9 things you need to know as a borrower.
Up to €5,000,000
You can get financing for your projects from €30,000 to €5 million and from 3 months to 7 years.
Wide range of projects
All types of projects can be financed: renovation works, company acquisition, financing of tangible or intangible assets, commercial development,…
The first step is the eligibility test. In just two clicks, just with your company name, you’ll know if it is eligible for a loan. Once this first step is completed, you can add your tax returns to your submissions; they will allow us to give you an answer within 48 hours. Other documents may be requested later to refine the analysis and a telephone discussion will be organised with the credit team. Typically a firm answer arrives in less than a week and you can get the funds a few days later.
What types of companies
Companies eligible for a loan are commercial companies based in France, Spain, Italy or The Netherlands, with a turnover of more than €250,000, profitable and with sufficient repayment capacity.
You will immediately know if you are eligible by contacting us. Once we have received the necessary information (you will receive the list by email), we will get back to you with a firm answer within 48 hours. If your project is accepted, our offer will specify the amount, rate, duration and date of availability of funds.
Time to finance
Once you have signed the borrower contract, your project will be presented on our website for approximately 3 days, the duration being decided with you (it can be as short as a day). 48h after the end of this period, you will receive the amount borrowed minus our fees, directly on your bank account.
Who are the lenders ?
Alongside individual lenders who lend directly on the platform and choose the projects themselves, institutional investors automatically lend to all projects presented on the platform, through a fund. This hybrid funding guarantees the funding of all projects presented on October.
A financing request is completely free of charge, including the analysis phase by the October credit team. Only after the financing terms are agreed by both parties and the loan is funded, will the borrower be charged the fees described underneath. All the details of the financing and its fees will be listed in the final offer in a totally transparent way.
The fees are composed of:
- a project set-up fee (3%): Upon crediting of the funds, October charges a project set-up fee equal to 3% of the amount borrowed. This commission is deducted directly from the amount paid into the borrower’s bank account. As an example, if you borrow 100,000€, the project set-up fee will be 3% of €100,000 =€3,000. Your bank account will be credited with €97,000.
- a monthly fee (0.04%): October debits a monthly fee representing 0.04% of the amount borrowed. This fee is included in the the monthly repayment composed of the capital and interests. This monthly fee aligns October’s financial interest with those of the lenders and borrowers throughout the term of the loan. As an example, if you borrow €100,000, the monthly fee will be 0.04% of €100,000 = €40/month.
These costs represent financial expenses that will be recognized as such in your company’s income statement, thus reducing taxable income.
Online publication of your
Once the loan agreement has been signed, your project is put online on our platform so that private lenders can lend. In order for them to invest in a transparent manner, they must have information about your company, including a description of your activity, its history, the project to be financed, and certain financial data. We take care of the layout of this information and you validate it before uploading it.
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Lending money to SMEs presents a risk of capital loss and requires your savings to be immobilised. Do not borrow beyond your repayment capacity.
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