Lendera and RedGirasol stand out on the list of high-potential companies that, according to the specialized business journal, were able to transform to continue to develop their business during the COVID-19 pandemic.
By JOSÉ ÁNGEL DE LA PAZ | EGADE BUSINESS SCHOOL
Two crowdfunding platforms cofounded by graduates of EGADE Business School at Tecnológico de Monterrey were included on the Forbes México list “The 30 most promising companies 2021”.
These companies are Lendera and RedGirasol, which form part of the list of high-potential companies that, according to the journal specializing in the world of business and finance, managed to reinvent themselves despite the difficulties generated by the COVID-19 pandemic, and were able to weather the adversity of the past twelve months.
LENDERA: CONNECTING CROWDFUNDING WITH LEASING FOR COMPANIES
Fernando Padilla Ezeta, EGADE Business School MBA graduate, is the company’s co-founder and CEO.
Lendera is a crowdfunding platform that seeks to connect investors with small and medium-sized enterprises which need to lease work equipment.
People who invest their resources through the company can acquire the equipment necessary for SMEs and obtain returns from leasing assets during the contracted time.
According to the publication, Lendera has managed to connect over 105 financial institutions, such as SOFOMES (Multi-purpose Financial Companies), which signed up to invest, creating a digital community that has attracted both companies and investors.
At present, the company founded in 2016 plans to start operating in the United States and Canada, as well as Europe, where Spain could be the first country to participate on that continent.
REDGIRASOL: MERGING CROWDFUNDING WITH RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL SOLAR ENERGY
Mauricio de Mucha, a graduate of EGADE Business School’s Master in Finance, is the co-founder and CEO of RedGirasol.
The crowdfunding platform emerged in 2016 to connect individuals and companies who would like to install solar panels with those that seek to invest in green projects.
According to the publication, the company currently has more than 10,000 investors, 500 financed solar generation systems in 28 Mexican states, and 200 panel installers on its platform, thereby preventing the emission of 1,740 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent into the atmosphere.
This system has enabled small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as homes, to save nearly 14 million pesos in tariff payments, while 11.2 million pesos have been paid in returns and installers have achieved sales of over 100 million pesos.
“(Being selected by Forbes México) rewards the effort, dedication and resilience displayed by the entre team for months and years. We reaffirm our commitment to continuing to prepare a medium that allows all of us to drive the energy transition and produce better conditions for the next generations,” De Mucha commented in a LinkedIn post.
Consult the full list of the 30 Most Promising Companies 2021 here.