Bridging a World of Consumer Permissioned Data

Nova Credit opens pathways to financial opportunity for millions of people with limited credit history. By aggregating global credit bureau and bank transaction data, we help lenders and businesses to see borrowers in a new light, unlocking access to the financial system for millions of new people.

About Us

We believe that every person deserves an equal shot at opportunities that can help them succeed. That means everyone needs access to finance.

We built Nova Credit to help global citizens apply for financial services in their new home using their credit history from their country of origin. Using technology that translates international credit data into a local-equivalent score, we currently serve individuals coming from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Dominican Republic, India, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, Philippines, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland and the U.K.

Building on the path to financial inclusion, we also work to improve access for thin-file credit applicants in the U.S., and all those discouraged by the current credit system.

Whether someone has great credit in another country that lenders can’t see, or they don’t have credit history at all, we see each individual, and we’re here to help them put their plans into practice.

Our Mission

We’re on a mission to bridge the universe of consumer-permissioned data to enable a more fair and inclusive financial system for millions of individuals around the world.

We’re Backed By some of the most notable names in the industry

Our Team

Leadership

    Misha Esipov

    Board Member & Founder and CEO, Nova Credit

    Sarah Davies

    Chief Data & Analytics Officer

    Colin Glaster

    VP of International

    Pablo Cerrilla

    VP of Marketing

    Priya Nakra

    Senior Director of Product Management

    Tuvia Peretz

    General Counsel

    Yacine Azmi

    VP of Engineering

Board Members & Board Observers

    Misha Esipov

    Board Member & Founder and CEO, Nova Credit

    Nicky Goulimis

    Board Member & Co-Founder, Nova Credit

    Mark Goldberg

    Board Member & General Partner, Index Ventures

    Ilya Fushman

    Board Observer & General Partner, Kleiner Perkins

    Jeffrey Reitman

    Board Observer & General Partner, Canapi Ventures

    Hemant Taneja

    Board Observer & CEO, Managing Director, General Catalyst

    Richard Harvey

    Board Observer & Global Head of Products, Retail Banking at HSBC

Nova Credit 101

Here are the quick details on who we are, what we’re building, and why.

    Every year, millions of creditworthy individuals are denied access to financing because lenders can’t access the right data to assess the individual's financial responsibility. We built Nova Credit to unlock unique data sources that help businesses improve their credit risk assessment, identifying more customers and gaining access to untapped markets. With our industry-leading technology, we connect lenders to a more diverse consumer base and ensure access to finance for millions of people each year.

    Our Credit Passport® is a global credit scoring and reporting format that contains a local-equivalent score, tradelines, and inquiry history. Using consumer-permissioned data, it enables individuals who have recently arrived in a new country to demonstrate their creditworthiness to lenders like American Express, MPOWER Financing, and Yardi.

    For most countries, Nova Credit aligns the country-of-origin credit score to local credit risk levels by matching the default rates. For example, a score of 1050 in the originating country that represents a default rate of 3% might equate to a score of 710 at the same default rate in the U.S. In that case the consumer’s score is adjusted to 710 for U.S. underwriting purposes.

    Learn about partnering with Nova Credit

    Any individual who grants access to their international credit history to a participating lender can use Nova Credit.

    Our reach is always growing. Currently, we serve consumers who have moved to the United States, United Kingdom and Singapore, and have credit history in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Dominican Republic, India, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, Philippines, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, the US (for newcomers in non-US regions) or the UK.

    We work with credit card companies, lenders, and other credit product providers to extend their reach to underserved individuals from around the globe. Key partners include American Express and HSBC in credit cards; MPOWER in student loans; and Yardi, Intellirent, and First Advantage in tenant screening and Verizon in mobile phones. UNFCU members can also use Nova Credit to apply for credit cards and personal loans.

    Novans are a diverse community of individuals living and breathing our company values across 15+ states, 5 countries and 4 continents. We’ve built a community in which all employees, regardless of their identity, experience, or background, feel at home and have access to the resources they need to succeed.

    • 23% Under-represented minority*
    • 47% Women or Non-Binary
    • 25% Parent or Caregiver
    • 31% First-Generation Immigrant

    *Reported numbers reflect Nova Credit employees who live in the United States

    *URM = Under-Represented Minorities. This includes individuals who self-identify as Black, Latinx, Native American, Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, Southeast Asian, and Multiracial employees (with at least one race/ethnicity falling into one of these groups).

    Data is self-reported and accurate as of September 2022.

Help us open the path to opportunity

Nova Credit’s mission depends on the people who live it and build it day to day — our team. If you’re hungry to make an impact on our financial system and the countless lives it touches, please be in touch.