Ghent-based Yields.io raises €1.25 million to conquer model risk in the global financial markets

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Yields.io, a new service provider for financial model validation, today announced a €1.25 million seed funding round – led by Volta Ventures, and joined by Pamica NV. The startup was founded in April 2017 and currently employs seven people out of its offices in Ghent (Belgium) and New York City.

Yields.io offers automated model monitoring and validation services to the financial sector, identifying issues in algorithms and turning them into actionable business insights. The solution provides C-level executives with a real-time comprehensive overview of all model risk across the enterprise, bringing transparency to the highly specialized field of mathematical modeling. Simultaneously it empowers the quantitative teams with a solution to shorten the development cycle and address new business opportunities more quickly. In order to comply with increasingly strict ECB requirements related to the use of mathematical models, several Tier 1 investment banks are already piloting Yields.io’s platform.

Jos Gheerardyn, co-founder and CEO of Yields.io said: “After the credit crisis and the London Whale incident, model risk – which is the risk one takes by using mathematical models – has become center stage in the financial industry. The process of model testing is currently very manual. As a consequence, banks can hardly keep up with the increased requirements around model governance. Yields.io leverages A.I. to bring more transparency to this process and to empower model validators, model users and managers alike with a highly scalable and structured solution.”

Yves Petit, venture partner with Volta Ventures concluded: “It was the outstanding combination of a financial background, mathematical expertise and modular software systems that impressed us. Yields.io’s platform is an excellent automation solution in a very labour-intensive world, while also providing the financial C-level with a heatmap of its company-wide used models. Supporting Yields.io in providing this solution now onto a global scale is a challenge we look forward to.”

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