I’m an immigrant. My family migrated to Canada in the early 70’s with only a few dollars in our pockets. My dad baked bread on a night shift in order to put food on the table. In 1973, he approached a bank and applied for a small business loan, to which the branch manager replied “Mr. Benegbi, you don’t meet the bank's criteria for this loan. However, I believe in people so here’s $5,000. ” My dad took this money and started a small business. A year later my mom followed a similar path.
That $5,000 became the springboard for our family’s lives in Canada. I’ve grown up in a small business family and my professional successes, and failures, have come as a small business owner. Small business has traditionally been an underserved market within financial services. With the impact and devastation all small business owners have felt through the pandemic, and now entering this uncertain economic climate, access to fair and ethical credit has never been more difficult to attain.
Uplinq is the first, global credit assessment and scoring platform for small business lenders. Uplinq empowers lenders to approve and manage risks on loans they would have otherwise declined based on traditional loan underwriting criteria, while incorporating environmental, market & community data to better understand the specific loan applicant.
If we are able to turn even one no into a yes, then we’ve served our purpose. Hopefully, we’ll do a lot more than this and be able to impact the lives of millions of families worldwide.
Patrick Reily is an elite mathematician, an economist and a 30+ year FI veteran. He is an early AI pioneer in financial services, whose work to predict macroeconomic expansion & contraction is being used by the US Federal Reserve today.
Over his career, Pat has held several senior level positions within a number of traditional financial institutions and has advised the US Government & World Bank on matters related to credit lending, as well as being an ongoing thought leader speaker at the G20.
Since the late 1980's, Pat has led the use of unstructured & transactional data for predictive modeling in applications for underwriting, utilization, retention, optimization, offer management, cross-selling, customer service & fraud prevention.
Pat is one of the rare recipients of The Malcolm Baldrige National Award, which recognizes U.S. business performance excellence. The Baldrige Award is the only formal recognition of performance excellence given by the President of the United States.
Business is not about technology and not about product. Business is about people.
We understand that the people we surround ourselves with will be the difference between success and failure. When you find good people, you must allow yourself to believe in their spirit and – essentially – develop a shared vision, grounded in values that align to that vision.
It is vital that there is a collective desire to want to do something together, something that’s special; and that this desire be genuine and authentic. Building a good culture and a strong company comes from kindness and from having empathy for people.
At Uplinq we are resolute, serious, and willing to hold people to account…but it’s empathy, humanity & purpose that allows people to flourish, and those are the qualities we look for in any person we engage with professionally.