" class="no-js "lang="en-US"> Zest AI Secures Over $50 Million from Fintech Investors in Funding
Friday, February 23, 2024

Zest AI Secures Over $50 Million from Fintech Investors, Strategic Partners, and Customers in Funding Round

Zest AI, the leader in automating underwriting with more accurate and inclusive lending insights powered by AI, announced today that the company has raised over $50 million in a new growth funding round. The round was co-led by existing global software investor Insight Partners and new investor CMFG Ventures, with participation from CU Direct, Curql, Suncoast Credit Union, Golden1 Credit Union, Hawaii USA Federal Credit Union, and NorthGate Capital.

“We’re working to build a better future for the financial services ecosystem where underwriting is swift, equitable, and frictionless across the United States,” said Mike de Vere, CEO of Zest AI. “Our work is to help our customers efficiently and confidently approve more loans — creating economic opportunities for all consumers.”

Zest AI plans to use the new funding to rapidly expand access to AI-automated credit underwriting for all lenders. In broadening access to this technology, Zest AI will fuel more accurate and consistent underwriting decisions — leveling the playing field for all borrowers and fostering a more inclusive economy.

“Zest AI’s accelerating growth is a testament to the power and value of its advanced explainable AI technology for loan underwriting,” said Lonne Jaffe, Managing Director at Insight Partners. “By using more features, or ingredients, in its prediction system, Zest’s customers can issue more loans, take less risk, and be more inclusive — all while adapting more quickly to changing macroeconomic conditions and explaining loan decisions more effectively. We look forward to doubling down on our partnership with Zest as they rapidly Scale Up.”

“Our credit union partners have found Zest AI’s technology to be a great way to automate their underwriting. Zest not only allows credit unions to make better loan decisions but also expands access to more affordable credit across the credit tiers,” said Mike Kraus, Principal at CMFG Ventures. “The timing for credit unions to adopt more inclusive credit underwriting could not be better, and we’re thrilled to help demonstrate Zest’s value to the industry.”

“Zest AI is transforming the financial services landscape — in particular, for credit unions and their members. The future of underwriting is automation and the ability to deliver better financial products and superior customer service. Investing in Zest means investing in our members’ financial well-being. Our support will fuel the company’s fidelity to advance AI in lending to the benefit of all credit union members from coast to coast,” said Darlene Johnson, EVP and Chief Growth Officer at Suncoast Credit Union.

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