Building, with you, a successful online lender!

A member of our team will contact you to discuss your goals and how we can help bring your vision to life.




Lending Times can help any entrepreneur interested in starting their own lending company with the Start Your Own Lender (SYOL) program. Our experienced team can take you from a concept to your first live loan, reliability and predictably.

How It Works

With approximately $150,000 initial investment, we take your concept and target market and lead you to your first loan within 3-6 months.

We help plan and manage of the entire process: from a proven business plan and financial model, to plan execution, to ongoing consulting and advice as you grow your business.

Traction and Experience

  • Over the past 8 years, the Lending Times team has advised 100+ companies, including serving as startup mentors with MIT’s Venture Mentoring Services, TechStars, and others.
  • We have taken 10 businesses from concept to over $200,000 per year in revenue, raising startup capital of over $12.8 million in the process.
  • We have the expertise, connections, and experience to ensure you succeed.

George Popescu, SYOL Founder

  • Built and sold 4 fintech companies including Backed, an online personal loans originator.
  • Created Lending Times, a premier source of online lending news, analysis and data.
  • MIT alumni, 3 Master’s degrees (EECS, 3D printing, Bioengineering, Nanosciences) Serial Entrepreneur and CEO, taking 7 companies (and counting) from concept to revenue.


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