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Rishi Khosla

ACORN machine

London, UK

Co-Founder

ACORN machine

Rishi Khosla
Biography
Rishi is the co-founder of ACORN OakNorth, a firm focused on unlocking the potential in bespoke SME lending globally using its data and technology platform.

In the UK, the firm operates as OakNorth - a bank that Rishi and his business partner founded in September 2015 to address the mid-market funding gap in the UK. Since then, the bank has lent over £1bn with clients including LEON, Brasserie Blanc, Galliard, and Frogmore.

Last year, the business completed the largest fintech raise in the UK to date, securing £250m from a number of investors - GIC (the Singaporean sovereign wealth fund), Coltrane Asset Management, The Clermont Group and Toscafund - valuing the company at c$1.3 bn.

Prior to this, Rishi co-founded Copal Amba - a financial research outsourcing business which was acquired by Moody's Corporation (NYSE: MCO) in 2014 after it had scaled to c.3,000 employees across 11 markets. He and his business partner launched that business with just £60k of start-up capital.

Rishi is also an active venture investor and has provided early stage funding to several companies, including two multi-billion dollar companies: Indiabulls and PayPal.

Rishi has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from University College London and a Masters in Accounting & Finance from the London School of Economics.

Rishi Khosla’s Newsfeed

05 Apr 2018
Tech News
Fintechs weigh up their partnership options – Tech News

Rishi Khosla, CEO at challenger bank OakNorth, said the fact artificial intelligence software algorithms are open source reflects the collaborative approach in the industry. “We have partnered with other fintechs as part of our journey to get innovation and speed to market.”

25 Mar 2018
Tech News
Fintechs weigh up their partnership options – Tech News

Rishi Khosla, CEO at challenger bank OakNorth, said the fact artificial intelligence software algorithms are open source reflects the collaborative approach in the industry. “We have partnered with other fintechs as part of our journey to get innovation and speed to market.”

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Rishi Khosla’s Background

Co-Founder
Jul 2017 - Present
London, UK
ACORN machine is a fintech platform that enables lenders to originate, underwrite, monitor, and book bespoke loans to SMEs faster, more efficiently and with more rigour. Its cloud-based technology sources millions of data items on SMEs across various parameters, sectors, and markets, and then uses machine learning algorithms to identify data that lenders need to make more informed decisions.
Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer
Mar 2015 - Present
London, UK
Founded in 2015, OakNorth is a UK bank that provides fast, flexible and accessible debt finance (loans of £500k to £25m) to fast-growth businesses and established property developers. To date, the bank has lent over £1bn with clients including: LEON, Brasserie Blanc, Galliard and Frogmore, and plans to lend a further £1.5bn in 2018.
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Rishi Khosla’s Education

Masters in Accounting & Finance