Learn about First Circle - how it started and what it stands for.
To expand business opportunity by empowering SMEs in growth markets with financial services.
Our vision is to create a meritocracy for SME financial services in Southeast Asia growth markets.
— Why we exist
Supporting our customer’s growth
Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) exist in a pre-internet economic ecosystem. This is true for their interaction with trading partners and financial institutions. Both require enormous manual administration and have unpredictable outcomes. This inhibits their growth and development which have a great opportunity as the economy expands.
At First Circle, we believe that strong businesses deserve to succeed based on the merit they possess, instead of the resources that they currently have. We believe that you deserve honesty, transparency, and convenience. This is best served through a mobile or web-only experience with support from dedicated Relationship Managers to take care of your needs every step of the way.
Small businesses are the life-blood of the economy. With the right resources and support, they can drive the nation’s development and improve the livelihoods of millions of people.
This culture of supporting our customer’s growth is at the heart of everything we do. This is what gets us excited about coming to work every day.
—WHO WE ARE
A FinTech company financing your business possibilities
A FinTech company financing your business possibilities, First Circle was founded by Patrick Lynch and Tony Ennis to empower Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in growth markets by financing their business-to-business (B2B) trade transactions. Thus helping them grow by providing convenient access to financial services. First Circle believes that strong businesses should have access to capital based on meritocracy; not hindered by insufficiencies of collateral or the mere relationships and connections one may have.
Since our public launch in 2016, we have significantly grown our customer base. Led by a team of ex-Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, McKinsey, Amazon, and Web Summit management members with experience in technology, financial services, and e-commerce, we are currently providing SMEs from various industries with millions of dollars worth of financing. This is a clear confirmation of the trust we have earned from businesses nationwide.
At First Circle, we are proud of our international culture with over 10 nationalities working together - each motivated by the company’s purpose. Our investors have previously supported world-leading technology companies, like Uber and PayPal; and our Advisors sit on the Board of the biggest FinTech companies around the world.
As we are looking forward to the future with financial optimism, we gear toward partnering and empowering more and more SMEs in the Philippines - and soon the rest of Southeast Asia.
Trusted by the Philippine government, First Circle is an official finance partner of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). We are also one of the first FinTech companies to be licensed by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in the Philippines.