Launched in 2013, Student Loan Genius is the Austin-based inventor of the first complete student loan employer benefits solution. The team – comprised of 16 members and growing – has stepped up to eradicate the $1.3 trillion student loan debt problem by empowering companies to help pay off employees’ student loans faster or turn making student loan payments into a wealth-building activity.
EquityNet is used by thousands of entrepreneurs, investors, government entities and business incubators to plan, analyze, and capitalize privately-held businesses. Founded in 2005, EquityNet features profiles of more than 600 investors and investment groups providing access to more than 20,000 individual investors and has helped entrepreneurs across North America raise more than $217 million in capital. The platform is designed to make the funding process more efficient for entrepreneurs and the investment decision process more effective for investors by combining novel analytics, business benchmarking and standardization to achieve a superior experience for investors and a higher funding success rate for entrepreneurs.
Direct Lending Investments, LLC, is a Los Angeles-based hedge fund that invests in direct loans made to businesses online, also called peer-to-peer lending. The fund owns a diversified pool of high-yielding, 6-12 month duration business notes. The notes are purchased from several lenders, such as QuarterSpot and IOU Central. These lenders make loans to qualified, established businesses. The fund was launched in December 2009 and currently has $21 million assets under management.