According to Acceleris Capital, the merger between a corporate finance advisor and a leading fintech platform is the first of its kind and will bridge the gap between crowdfunding and traditional corporate finance.
“More and more good quality UK companies with excellent growth prospects have not been able to secure funding from traditional sources. As a result, we believe it is an excellent time to invest in British businesses and the combination of Seneca’s EIS Portfolio Service, Acceleris’s Direct EIS investing and now InvestingZone’s platform provides optimal access to these opportunities for investors. This deal is another example of Seneca’s approach to providing capital for Britain’s hungry entrepreneurs.”
Jean Miller, CEO of InvestingZone, explained:
“We want to put investors firmly in the driving seat by enabling thousands of professional investors to buy shares in unlisted companies online. The alternative finance market is changing: professional and sophisticated investors are looking for selected high-quality investment opportunities to diversify their portfolios and take more of an active interest in their investments. With the strong expertise of Acceleris and Seneca enhancing the deal flow and investment capacity to the InvestingZone platform we are looking forward to a period of growth for the company.”
“We approach investments with the same level of due diligence and reporting that an investor would expect from a quoted company. We look to de-risk investment for private individuals and they can be sure that the business is managed and governed properly.
“It is important not to lose the EIS tax reliefs and make sure deals are completed efficiently and correctly. We also plan to introduce new products and services to the site to enhance the offering for serious investors.”
Jon Moulton, Chairman of InvestingZone’s Advisory Board then added:
“InvestingZone is all about quality of deals rather than quantity, which is why this merger makes so much sense. Professional investors are undoubtedly interested in what crowdfunding has to offer but some of the valuations we have seen in the last 12-months have been ludicrous. The new InvestingZone platform will only deliver high-quality investment opportunities based on the expertise and rigour of seasoned corporate finance professionals. This is the future of crowdfunding for anyone serious about making a return.”