London-based VC fund Fuel Ventures has expanded its portfolio of early-stage companies, investing £2m in CreditDigital which provides instant finance of up to £250,000 to businesses online or at point of sale.

CreditDigital is an instalment payment option where businesses can spread the cost of their purchase over 12 months, whilst their vendors and suppliers get paid upfront and in full.

The platform can approve purchases of up to £15,000 instantly and up to £250,000 within one working day with competitive rates and flexible payment options.

Founded in 2017 by Daniel Lipinski, CreditDigital promises better rates than banks, with repayment options from 30 days to 12 months.

It can be integrated into any B2B e-commerce checkout or existing invoice system for a “Pay with CreditDigital” option.

The investment from Fuel Ventures will be used to expand CreditDigital’s business further in the UK and increase the product offering, allowing even greater customer flexibility.

Fuel Ventures specialises in providing seed funding to early stage technology companies. It invests in founders who have the ambition to build a global, market leading company, with “the passion and ability to execute”. Fuel provides entrepreneurs with expertise and insights in business development, marketing and brand-building through its experience of building, scaling and exiting global companies.

Daniel Lipinski, founder of CreditDigital, said: “Since we launched we’ve grown rapidly so I’m excited to see where this investment will take us. We are confident that CreditDigital will become the go to payment option for all business purchases in the next couple of years.”

Mark Pearson, founder of Fuel Ventures, said: “Since we launched in 2014, we have been committed to investing in companies that we believe have exceptional growth potential.

“CreditDigital is certainly a company that has that potential. It’s an innovative business which allows businesses to bypass banks for important purchases, without having to wait and worry about whether they will be approved or charged ridiculous interest rates.

“It’s a much-needed service that has a huge target audience, I’m excited to see how the CreditDigital team develops the business over the next 12 months.”