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TCP, trade finance focused FinTech startup, closes pre-seed funding round led by New York-based Modus Capital

ABU DHABI, 26 APRIL, 2021. UAE-based FinTech startup, Trade Capital Partners (TCP), today announced it has secured its pre-seed funding in a round led by Modus Capital, with participation from the Eldaba Family Office and local FinTech angel investors.  

TCP provides working capital to regional importers, exporters, traders, distributors, wholesalers, and SMEs who are seeking collateral-free cash using invoices or inventory. Businesses looking for access to cash as oxygen for their business growth will come to TCP for the speedy approval process and simplified transactions.  These are made possible by TCP’s proprietary AI-driven approval process, future blockchain network, and deep analysis of more than 120 data indicators that are part of TCP’s algorithms and data models.

TCP was founded by serial entrepreneurs who have built and led many startups across the world. The founders and executive team includes Troels Andersen CEO (former BlackRock and Rocket Internet), Bill Crawley COO (former IBM and iSON Technologies) and  Mo Shahin CTO (former Siemens and D+H).

“TCP’s technology and proprietary processes are both highly scalable and a game-changer for many companies” says  Troels Andersen. “Our mission is to bring startups closer to the trade finance channels and capital they need to grow and scale.” Due to current banking regulations, the vast majority of SMEs and startups in emerging economies lack access to financing, which often restricts and slows growth. Access to working capital is a problem we have experienced first-hand, and it continues to be a hurdle for the majority of founders and investors in the region,” says Bill Crawley.

“TCP’s mission is to provide innovative financing solutions to help small businesses succeed. We have developed proprietary credit-scoring and AI-driven decisioning tools to integrate with state-of-the-art KYC tech ; the result is a robust and proven base platform which will enable decision making within minutes for onboarded partners” comments Mo Shahin.  

The opportunity TCP has presented to the market has been attractive to both institutional and individual investors. “Beyond our investment, Modus Capital is excited to work with the TCP team to support them as they scale,” comments Kareem Elsirafy, Managing Partner at Modus Capital. “We are passionate about working with experienced entrepreneurs with relevant domain expertise, who are looking to solve big problems and have strong impact. Solving the problem of startup and SME trade-financing is one that will have a direct and significant impact on elevating national economies across the region and, when it scales, it is one that will improve the experience of founders in all emerging economies.”  


Trade Capital Partners is a digital trade finance company based in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The company offers working capital solutions to small- and medium-sized companies and growth startups in emerging markets using innovative technology and data analytics.


Modus is MENA’s first operational VC fund and venture builder. With offices in New York, Dubai, and Cairo, Modus works with founders by combining the operational and financial capital needed to build scalable and sustainable tech companies. 

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