Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds says it’s important to be brief when speaking to an entrepreneurial community, something she did May 16 at the LenderClose launch party in West Des Moines.
“Our goal is to have a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem that supports startup companies like LenderClose at all levels of growth,” said Reynolds who went on to offer praise to the fintech startup and its leadership. LenderClose is a web-based platform that digitizes the underwriting process and speeds up the lending cycle. The digital hub gives community loan officers instant access to the latest real estate lending technology, products and solutions so they can become dominant lenders in their local markets.
“We appreciate you having your headquarters here in West Des Moines,” Reynolds said to LenderClose founder and CEO Omar Jordan and COO Ben Rempe. “As a fintech startup, you’re building a stronger reputation. We love the disruptive lending platform that continues to empower lending institutions to compete on a national level by streamlining the process and increasing their footprint. I love it when we can streamline and innovate. Anything disruptive, I love.”
The after-hours launch party welcomed members of the Des Moines business and startup community, as well as media, strategic partners, investors and community lender clients to the new LenderClose offices in West Des Moines. The event celebrated the recent investment LenderClose secured from Next Level Ventures, a venture capital firm that invests in growing companies based in Iowa.
The funding will allow LenderClose to add 25 employees to the fast-growing company. The first of the incoming 25 is Kara Miner, who will serve as operations specialist for LenderClose.