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last modified Oct 26, 2015 11:04 AM
Best Investment Platform for Alumni Members SyndicateRoom

SyndicateRoom have won the title of Best Investment Platform at the prestigious Growth Investor Awards 2015.

The Awards were organised by Intelligent Partnership, the UK’s leading provider of research and education on alternative investment, as part of a national campaign to raise awareness of impact and innovation in growth capital. The prize was presented at a black-tie dinner attended by more than 300 guests at the Marriott Grosvenor Square Hotel in Mayfair by Gillian Roche-Saunders, Head of Venture Capital at Bovill, following the Alternative Investment Summit 2015.

Opening the ceremony, IP’s Managing Director Guy Tolhurst said that the evening was designed to honour the innovators within financial services. ‘They see businesses that can innovate, grow and create new jobs – and in doing so they make us all more prosperous,’ said Tolhurst.

SyndicateRoom Co-Founder and CEO Goncalo De Vasconcelos said, "It's a proud moment for the team, and one that is causing me to reflect. In praising SyndicateRoom's 'innovative structure, based on having a lead angel', the judging panel touched on the simple but profound difference that means we're challenging the status quo in equity crowd funding. We're the UK’s investor-led platform. On a practical level this means that we only list investment opportunities that are backed by professional business angels, but it’s much more than that. Investor-led is the philosophy that informs how we conduct our business. We lead with the investor’s interest first and foremost. We value openness and transparency, and believe that the investment community deserves nothing less."

The inaugural Growth Investor Awards were created to celebrate those companies in the UK SME finance industry that are enabling startups and ‘scale-up’ businesses to realise their full potential, and driving Britain’s economic recovery. SyndicateRoom has been recognised in the Best Investment Platform category, which considers all types of equity crowdfunding and investment aggregation platforms, and picks the winner based on volume of investment, user experience and product innovation.


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