First Private Equity Exchange To Focus On Early-stage Investors

Posted on 5th November 2013

A number of the UK’s leading early stage investors have come together to back a new online platform that could transform venture investing in the UK. Launching today (November 4), JustInvesting is the UK’s first private equity exchange focusing on early-stage ventures.

The JustInvesting management team have announced £750,000 in seed funding by some of the UK’s most prominent investors and a number of senior finance industry executives. JustInvesting is also backed by the £100m Angel CoFund, a Government-backed fund investing in high growth early stage venture across the UK.

The service will enable professional investors to consolidate all aspects of the investment process into a single platform and provide online investor tools to support the entire investment life cycle: from discovery, investment, management, to exit. The platform will, at the same time, make it easier for companies to find access to growth capital.

Founder and CEO of the venture, Paul McGuire, said that while early-stage companies are important engines for economic growth, providing funding to large numbers of small businesses in an efficient way, and across borders, is a problem that has not yet been solved.

However, he added, the JustInvesting platform will underpin the transformation of this industry enabling professional investors, institutions, government and other industry players to make the transition to a dramatically more efficient economic model, to the benefit of entrepreneurs, investors and the economy.

Meanwhile, George Whitehead, Chairman of the Angel CoFund, added that the organisation’s aims are to both support angel investing and to get cash to good businesses which will be able use the additional money to truly scale up.

JustInvesting will therefore provide a much-needed toolset for active angel investors and investment firms, and will be instrumental in building the market for small business capital, he said.

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