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Augmentum Fintech strengthens partnership with Tikehau Capital

Augmentum Fintech strengthens partnership with Tikehau Capital

We are delighted to announce our partnership with the global alternative asset management group, Tikehau Capital, who have €29.4 billion of assets under management (as of 31 March 2021) plus developed a wide range of expertise across four asset classes (private debt, real assets, private equity and capital markets strategies) as well as multi-asset and special opportunities strategies.

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Female Fintech Founders Pitch Event

Female Fintech Founders Pitch Event

In May we hosted our first Female Fintech Founders Pitch Event in partnership with OutwardVC. We heard from seven brilliant early stage fintech Founders from across Europe during our live pitch event.

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AIC: Tim Levene on fintech and value rotation

AIC: Tim Levene on fintech and value rotation

“As the economy improves we expect fintechs to continue to grow the market shares they have won over the last 18 months…we are seeing an increase in investor appetite for fintech and we believe this trend will continue”, says Tim Levene.

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The Economist Report: How fintech will eat into banks’ business

The Economist Report: How fintech will eat into banks’ business

“Bankers, once kings of capital, may be dethroned by payment platforms”.

The Economist explores the shifting balance of power through looking at the significance of data and other ways in which tech companies are reverse-engineering banking in this “Banks vs big tech” special report.

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Female Fintech Founders Pitch Event

Female Fintech Founders Pitch Event

We are pleased to announce our first Female Fintech Founders Pitch Event in partnership with Outward VC, happening on 20th May. Hear six early stage Founders pitch live and answer your questions in a Q&A.

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Portfolio Exit: Dext

Portfolio Exit: Dext

Congratulations to Dext on their new investment round, with Hg.

We first invested in the digital bookkeeping platform (then called Receipt Bank) in their Series C round back in January last year.

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Meet the Team: Fareedah Daranijo

Meet the Team: Fareedah Daranijo

We are delighted to welcome Fareedah Daranijo to our team, as our Digital Marketing & Operations Assistant. Learn more about her in our latest “Meet the Team” feature.

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Meet the team: Reginald de Wasseige

Meet the team: Reginald de Wasseige

We are delighted to welcome Reginald de Wasseige to our Investment Team. Learn what he finds most exciting about the European fintech scene, his favourite business biographies and how he has found relocating to London during the pandemic in our latest ‘Meet the Team’ feature.

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Funds Insider: Financials have ‘huge upside’

Funds Insider: Financials have ‘huge upside’

David Stevenson explored the case for financials in his latest piece for CityWire’s Funds Insider. “In the same vein I would also thoroughly recommend a specialist investment trust called Augmentum (AUGM), run by Tim Levene, which I have invested in and puts money to work in much earlier stage fintech businesses, many of which are in the UK.”

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Good Money Guide: Investing in Unlisted Fintech Companies

Good Money Guide: Investing in Unlisted Fintech Companies

“Retail investors have embraced this emerging asset class, seeing us as one very effective way of indirectly getting exposure to a diversified set of assets.” Good Money Guide’s Richard Berry spoke to Tim Levene about the ups and downs of investing in fast-growing, unquoted fintech businesses.

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The Kalifa Review of UK Fintech

The Kalifa Review of UK Fintech

The Kalifa Review of UK Fintech was published this morning, setting out a plan for the UK to retain its global leadership in fintech by helping the country’s financial technology firms to scale up, access the talent and finance they need, and deliver better financial services.

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Mayor’s International Business Programme: The Fintech Club – 10th March

Mayor’s International Business Programme: The Fintech Club – 10th March

This special edition of The Fintech Club will cover the outcomes of the UK government’s Independent Strategic Review of UK Fintech, looking at priority areas for industry, policy makers, and regulators to explore to foster innovation, maintain an ecosystem that supports growing firms, and promote the integration of new technologies across financial services.

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Receipt Bank rebrands to Dext

Receipt Bank rebrands to Dext

Receipt Bank rebrands to Dext. Hear all about their new chapter from CEO Adrian Blair and Tim Berners-Lee at their free event on 23rd February.

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2020: A Year in Review

2020: A Year in Review

As we come to the end of an unprecedented year, we wanted to take the opportunity to reflect on what has been an exceptionally busy twelve months for our team and portfolio companies.

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Meet the Investor: Martyn Holman

Meet the Investor: Martyn Holman

In our latest ‘Meet the Investor’ feature, we speak to Augmentum Partner Martyn Holman. Learn about Martyn’s route into VC, his view on the most underrated skill for working in the industry and the learnings he’s taken from his passion for long-distance running.

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Technology Stocks for the New ‘Normal’

Technology Stocks for the New ‘Normal’

“A trading update for the six months to 30 September 2020 highlights just why the offer is worth taking up. Augmentum’s diversified portfolio of 18 private fintech companies offer innovative technologies, asset-light business models and have adapted well to the new ‘normal’. Many are performing incredibly well.”

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Master Investor: Fintech investing in the age of COVID-19

Master Investor: Fintech investing in the age of COVID-19

In our latest piece for our Master Investor fintech investing column, Martyn Holman looks at the reaction of venture capital in the wake of COVID-19, in particular those investing in the fintech industry, and explores the longer-term possibilities for the space.

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Augmentum Fintech launches TeenVC

Augmentum Fintech launches TeenVC

We are delighted to announce the launch of TeenVC, powered by Augmentum Fintech, a free digital education platform where teenagers can learn about Venture Capital (VC) and entrepreneurship.

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Augmentum Capital Markets Day 2020

Augmentum Capital Markets Day 2020

Yesterday we hosted the annual Augmentum Capital Markets Day at Plaisterers' Hall in the City of London. The audience of institutional investors heard about Augmentum's investment strategy and progress, along with the latest developments from across our portfolio from...

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Playing the long game: An interview with Tim Levene

Playing the long game: An interview with Tim Levene

Soldo's Martino Tramontin recently interviewed Augmentum CEO Tim Levene. They discussed evolving consumer behaviour in fintech, the Augmentum portfolio, the future of fintech and what being publicly listed means in practice for Augmentum.Read the article here

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FT: “interactive investor to acquire Share Centre”

FT: “interactive investor to acquire Share Centre”

Financial Times published this article about Augmentum portfolio company interactive investor, on 18th February: "interactive investor to acquire Share Centre... Tie-up would see the UK’s second-largest investment platform manage £36bn of assets".   Read the...

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Innovate Finance 2019 Investment Landscape Report

Innovate Finance 2019 Investment Landscape Report

Innovate Finance have published their 2019 Fintech Investment Landscape report, which highlights the UK's position as a European and global leader. The report explores the latest investment trends and top deals, European and global rankings, and much more. We were...

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Cambridge MBA Visit: Careers in VC

Cambridge MBA Visit: Careers in VC

We were delighted to host an ambitious group of University of Cambridge MBA students at our offices last week, offering them an insight into a career in VC. We wish them all the best for their upcoming exams!

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Podcast: Freddie Evans interviewed for the Associated Podcast

Podcast: Freddie Evans interviewed for the Associated Podcast

Augmentum Associate Freddie Evans discusses Augmentum Fintech's unique structure, what his first day at the fund was really like and his views on what makes both a great investor and investment in the latest 'Associated' podcast episode.   Listen here [49 mins]...

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Georgie Hazell

Georgie heads up engagement at Augmentum, which involves supporting portfolio companies, engaging with investors and the wider fintech ecosystem (including marketing and events), and supporting the team internally.

Georgie has worked in a number of startups across people, strategy and growth leadership positions. Following her MBA and a consultancy project with Crowdcube, Georgie moved into venture capital.

Passionate about diversity and inclusion, particularly in VC and entrepreneurship, Georgie founded women in tech network Elevate, led on UK expansion for Her Campus Media, volunteers with Diversity VC and mentored with The Girls Network.

Ellen Logan

Ellen is an Investor at Augmentum. She previously worked at OC&C Strategy Consultants and at HR analytics startup Bunch, after studying Economics at the University of Edinburgh. Ellen has a particular interest in emerging technologies such as the digital asset economy and alternative payment methods.

Outside of the office she spends her time practicing yoga, experimenting in the kitchen and exploring the art galleries of London.

Learn more about Ellen in her ‘Meet the Team’ blog here

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Sofia Wiecko

Sofia oversees the financial and administrative operations at Augmentum and has over 15 years’ experience in financial accounting.

Believing in giving back to the community, Sofia is active in a number of local charities.

Hayley Manning

Hayley is Augmentum’s Office Manager and PA. Prior to working at Augmentum, Hayley worked at law firm Stephenson Harwood.

Nigel Szembel

Nigel leads Public Relations and Investor Relations at Augmentum. Nigel has had an international career in corporate affairs, communications and investor relations which, over 30 years, has included responsibility for UK, regional (EMEA and Latin America) and global functions; covering high-profile public companies, private companies, prominent individuals and public bodies, primarily in the financial services sector but also taking in consumer/fashion, planning policy, arts and the environment.

Akash Bajwa

Akash is an Investor at Augmentum Fintech. Prior to joining Augmentum, Akash worked at the Cass Entrepreneurship Fund, Barclays Ventures and Deloitte. Akash studied Accounting and Finance at Cass Business School.

Outside of work, Akash enjoys writing a blog on trends in technology and venture capital, runs ‘The European Tech Club’ on Clubhouse and volunteers with networks that support more investment in impact-driven companies in the private markets. Akash always looks forward to reading great books and playing tennis with friends as a way to unwind.

 

Learn more about Akash in his ‘Meet the Team’ blog here.

Reginald de Wasseige

Reginald (Reggie) is an Investor at Augmentum Fintech. Reggie started his career in private equity in Belgium (his home country), at Cobepa, and went on to explore entrepreneurship through founding a software company focusing on document security for large organisations. Off the back of both experiences, VC was a natural evolution and Reggie joined ABN AMRO Ventures, the venture capital arm of the Dutch bank, and relocated to Amsterdam. This first VC position introduced him to the world of fintech and was also the start of his international adventure.

Learn more about Reggie in his “Meet the team” feature here

Fareedah Daranijo

Fareedah is Augmentum’s Digital Marketing & Operations Assistant.

Prior to joining Augmentum, Fareedah studied Business and Management at university and conducted various placements across sales, marketing and project management, including with Bosch in Germany.

Outside of work, Fareedah enjoys travelling, learning about different cities and cultures, and volunteering in the local community.