Esusu, the leading financial technology company for rent reporting and data solutions for credit building, raised $10 million in Series A funding led by Motley Fool Ventures.
World-class athlete, businesswoman, and philanthropist Serena Williams, through Serena Ventures, joined the round along with The Equity Alliance, Predictive VC, and notably angel investors.
Previous seed round investors Concrete Rose Capital, Impact America Fund, Global Impact Fund, Next Play Ventures, and Zeal Capital Partners also participated, bringing Esusu’s total funding raised to $14 million to date, a release said.
“Esusu is an excellent example of an innovative fintech company leveraging technology to deliver scalable and much-needed financial solutions for underserved populations,” said Motley Fool Ventures Managing Director Ollen Douglass.
“From reliable rent reporting to zero-interest housing stability funds, their inclusive credit–building offerings can unlock access to credit for low-to-medium income households across the country.”
Over 45 million Americans do not have credit scores. Esusu’s rent reporting capabilities solve for this by capturing and reporting rental payments to the largest credit bureaus: Equifax, TransUnion, and Experian. This allows renters to establish and build credit while helping property owners increase net operating income, lower evictions, and fill more vacancies.
Esusu also provides zero-interest Housing Stability Fund to help renters facing financial hardship avoid eviction.
“Esusu is really focused on credit building and creating pathways to financial inclusion for not only working families but for individuals as well,” said Serena Williams, Founder of Serena Ventures.
“Their services also make rent reporting seamless – finally giving renters credit for what often is their largest expense every month. Last year, of course, was the COVID-19 pandemic. It created an unemployment and housing crisis that left many renters struggling to make their rental payments on time, and they were often facing eviction. We saw Esusu respond immediately with rent relief efforts – creating zero-interest housing stability loans to address this problem head-on.”
Introduced in the Spring of 2020, Esusu’s zero-interest housing stability fund saw an increase in demand due to the rise in unemployment, evictions, and a decline in financial stability caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
With over $70 billion in outstanding rental payments, Esusu’s zero-interest rent relief efforts kept families in their homes, while also empowering them with the benefits of rent-reporting and credit building.
“We invested in Esusu’s mission and have a strong conviction in the potential of this space,” said Serena Williams. “The tech-enabled model really creates win-win situations for stakeholders from renters to landlords. Our significant investment in Esusu will help the company scale and unlock more financial opportunity for people.”
Today, Esusu is available in 2 million homes representing over $2.4 billion in Gross Lease Value nationwide. Esusu works with 30% of the largest landlords on the National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC) list. Partners include Goldman Sachs, Related Companies, Winn Residential, Camden Property Trust, L+M Development Partners, and more.
This Series A financing enables Esusu to double down on growth through product innovation, top talent recruitment, and building the most comprehensive financial health platform in the market for low to medium-income families.