UK-based companies can now reach a wider audience of global angel investors and accelerate the investment deal flow process through online tools
26 January 2016 – CAMBRIDGE, UK – Gust, the online platform powering the entrepreneurial ecosystem, and SyndicateRoom, the UK-based equity crowdfunding platform, announce their collaboration to launch a new service accelerating early-stage investments. Now, UK-based companies on Gust and SyndicateRoom can push their investment opportunities to investors across both platforms, streamlining the entire process. Gust is the world’s largest global network of early-stage investors and founders, and SyndicateRoom is the UK’s only investor-led equity crowdfunding platform, recently named Best Crowdfunding Platform 2015.
“The United Kingdom is a hotbed of early-stage investment opportunities. As with other global innovation centers in the world, it is our goal to get innovative companies funded,” said David S. Rose, CEO of Gust. “Through our collaboration, investors on SyndicateRoom and Gust now have access to highly vetted angel deals, and Gust and SyndicateRoom founders can close deals faster by syndicating across both platforms. By closing more quickly, angel groups can source better deals and founders of early-stage companies can spend less time on fundraising and more time on growing their business.”
The service will provide Gust and SyndicateRoom members outside of the U.S. and Canada with access to highly exclusive deal flow from the world’s leading angel groups. Early-stage companies will accelerate their fundraising by syndicating their opportunity to individual investors on both the Gust and SyndicateRoom platforms, closing investment rounds in a matter of weeks instead of months.
“Our partnership with Gust is based around a shared mission, which is to unite investors with entrepreneurs, to close an ever-growing number of investment rounds and to democratise access to investment in exciting growth businesses,” said Gonçalo de Vasconcelos, CEO and Co-founder of SyndicateRoom. “Our unique investor-led model is given a boost with access to new opportunities from the world’s leading angel groups, while our investors will be excited by this unprecedented deal flow.”
The collaboration builds on Gust’s unparalleled reach into the global angel investment community and SyndicateRoom’s investor-led equity crowdfunding platform.
Gust is a global organization dedicated to empowering the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Gust’s suite of products and services enables connections, illuminates opportunities, and fosters meaningful collaboration for founders, investors, and all ecosystem players. As the world’s largest community of entrepreneurs and early stage investors from 190 countries, Gust is the official platform of the world’s leading national and international angel investor federations, including those in North America, South America, Europe, Africa and the Asia-Pacific region. More than 300,000 startups have already used the platform to connect and collaborate with over 80,000 investment professionals. For more information, please visit www.gust.com, or explore Gust’s most recent local ecosystem launches at Digital.NYC, Tech.London, or StartHub.org.
SyndicateRoom is the only UK-based investor-led equity crowdfunding platform. SyndicateRoom allows its members to co-invest alongside experienced angel investors in highly sophisticated investment opportunities, while enjoying the same share class and same price per share as the lead investors.
SyndicateRoom was founded by Gonçalo de Vasconcelos and Tom Britton, and its own lead investors and advisers are UK Business Angel of the Year Peter Cowley and super-angel Jonathan Milner. SyndicateRoom is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. www.syndicateroom.com