Fronted joins Yobota’s first cohort of core banking clients

Fronted, a start-up looking to help renters more easily afford deposits up front, is gearing up for an imminent launch pending the final stages of regulatory approval.

The fintech is going live on Yobota’s core banking platform, according to reporting from NextGen Core Banking Solutions. It will join the first cohort of users on the core banking solution.

Fronted aims for a launch this year, and Yobota will help it

Fronted is led by Jamie Campbell, former commercial lead at Bud; Simon Vans-Colina, a former Monzo executive; and Anthony Mann from Apple.

It uses open banking to provide credit products to help renters to fund their deposits. Fronted claims to lend in a more cost-efficient way than traditional firms.

Cambell told TechCrunch in 2019 that his firm allows users to pay them back in “bite-size manageable amounts”.

Fronted pays a deposit of at least £800 to the estate agent or landlord. The renter then repays the deposit as a loan back to the fintech.

Yobota’s platform

Yobota was founded alongside challenger bank Chetwood Financial in 2016.

Ex-HSBC senior banker Andy Mielczarek and technology strategist Mark Jenkinson kicked things off for Chetwood. Ammar Akhtar operates as CEO for Yobota.

While Chetwood focuses on the banking side, Yobota covers the technology.

Yobota powers Chetwood’s deposit-taking solutions and its 2018-launched LiveLend platform. It considers Chetwood Financial its first official core banking client.

Chetwood has since launched a two more offerings on the Yabota platform, SmartSave and BetterBorrow.

Yobota deploys on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and cloud platform Heroku. Based on the Linux operating system and written in Python, Yabota claims that its platform can be stood up in “hours”.

Yobota’s Akhtar tells NextGen Core Banking Solutions that his firm is also working with Perenna Group, a London-based start-up hoping to launch a digital mortgage bank.

Fintech Futures has reached out to Perenna Group for more details.

Read next: Fronted lands seed investment from Monzo-backer Passion Capital


Additional reporting by Alex Hamilton

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