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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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AltFi Awards and Powerlist 50: Augmentum and Tim Levene named

AltFi Awards and Powerlist 50: Augmentum and Tim Levene named

Augmentum Fintech CEO Tim Levene has been named in the AltFi Powerlist 50: "The 50 most influential European people in fintech", alongside portfolio Founders/CEOs Daniel Hegarty (Habito), Norris Koppel (Monese), Jeff Lynn (Seedrs), Dr. Oliver Prill (Tide), Christoph...

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Meet the team: Ellen Logan

Meet the team: Ellen Logan

We are delighted to have recently welcomed Ellen to the Augmentum Investment Team as an Associate. Learn about why she chose to make the leap from consultancy into VC, and what it is about fintech in particular that appeals.   Why did you choose to move into...

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Habito launches Habito Go

Habito launches Habito Go

Mortgage Introducer wrote the following about Habito's new service. "Habito has launched ‘Habito Go’, a home-financing service designed to give first-time buyers the advantages and negotiating power usually only enjoyed by cash buyers. With Habito Go, buyers are able...

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Fintech Magazine Profiles Monese

Fintech Magazine Profiles Monese

Fintech Magazine featured Monese in this article from 11th October 2019. "Monese was founded in 2013 by Estonian entrepreneur, Norris Koppel. The bank employs around 200 people, which according to Financial News is due to go up to 500 by the end of the year. The firm...

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DueDil partners with Metro Bank

DueDil partners with Metro Bank

Metro Bank are boosting their SME offering with new fintech partnerships with Funding Options, Conance and Augmentum portfolio company DueDil. "In 2020, Metro Bank will deploy DueDil’s predictive company intelligence platform for a speedier account opening process,...

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Event: Fintech Bitesize Pitches with Seedrs

Event: Fintech Bitesize Pitches with Seedrs

We’re pleased to be supporting the first fintech edition of the popular Seedrs ‘Bitesize Pitches’ on 25th September at Level39 in Canary Wharf and look forward to meeting lots of fintech teams and investors.

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Tide reaches 100,000 members

Tide reaches 100,000 members

A year and a half after launching, Tide has signed up 100,000 members. See Tide's announcement on the milestone and learn about some of their customers here. Read The Telegraph's article on the announcement here.

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Interning at Augmentum: Learnings of a first experience in VC

Interning at Augmentum: Learnings of a first experience in VC

Anissa Zeghdoudi interned with Augmentum as an Analyst for three months over the Summer. Here, she shares her experiences: VC smart One of the main reasons I was excited about interning in the venture capital industry was because I was hoping to meet very smart...

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Meet the team: Rahil Patel

Meet the team: Rahil Patel

Rahil has recently joined Augmentum's Investment Team as an Analyst. Get to know his motivations for working in the industry and what he'll be getting up to here... Why did you choose to join Augmentum? The unique nature of being the only listed fintech-focused...

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Farewill: How we raised our Series A

Farewill: How we raised our Series A

Investment Week wrote about Augmentum portfolio company interactive investor‘s acquisition of Alliance Trust Savings (ATS):

“The completion of the acquisition, which was first announced in October 2018 and included the Alliance Trust office building in Dundee, brings together the two largest fixed-price retail investment platforms with combined assets under administration (AUA) of £36bn and some 400,000 customers.

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Tide and Monese named in LinkedIn’s ‘Top 25 UK Startups’

Tide and Monese named in LinkedIn’s ‘Top 25 UK Startups’

Investment Week wrote about Augmentum portfolio company interactive investor‘s acquisition of Alliance Trust Savings (ATS):

“The completion of the acquisition, which was first announced in October 2018 and included the Alliance Trust office building in Dundee, brings together the two largest fixed-price retail investment platforms with combined assets under administration (AUA) of £36bn and some 400,000 customers.

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Citywire: Interview with Tim Levene

Citywire: Interview with Tim Levene

Citywire Editor in Chief Gareth Lumsden interviewed Tim Levene. They discussed the Financial Conduct Authority, fintech ecosystem growth and the sub-sectors we find particularly compelling. Watch the video here    

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Citywire: Augmentum Fintech eyes Europe after £26m raise

Citywire: Augmentum Fintech eyes Europe after £26m raise

This is the first stage in a £150 million share issue programme approved by shareholders last month, with Augmentum looking to target wider European opportunities, which Levene has put at around £450 million. Last year, $40 billion was invested globally in fintech companies across 2,300 deals, according to Augmentum.

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Investors Chronicle: Fintech’s Big Bang

Investors Chronicle: Fintech’s Big Bang

Investors Chronicle featured Augmentum in this article from 5th July. "It’s not clear retail investors can get much exposure to most hyped fintech companies, even if they wanted to... This poses a “real threat to retail investors”, says Tim Levene of Augmentum Fintech...

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interactive investor completes acquisition of Alliance Trust Savings

interactive investor completes acquisition of Alliance Trust Savings

Investment Week wrote about Augmentum portfolio company interactive investor‘s acquisition of Alliance Trust Savings (ATS):

“The completion of the acquisition, which was first announced in October 2018 and included the Alliance Trust office building in Dundee, brings together the two largest fixed-price retail investment platforms with combined assets under administration (AUA) of £36bn and some 400,000 customers.

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Monese announce free Premium accounts for refugees

Monese announce free Premium accounts for refugees

In celebration of Refugee Week, Monese were proud to announce an ongoing project to support refugees across the UK.

“We’re committed to giving out our Premium plan to refugees (usually £14.95 a month) for free, for life. The Premium plan waives all transaction fees, granting our customers entirely free current account facilities.

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Master Investor: Strong start for new Fintech fund

Master Investor: Strong start for new Fintech fund

Master Investor featured Augmentum in this article from 20th June. "Augmentum Fintech’s (LON: AUGM) portfolio of unquoted, early stage Fintech businesses has risen by an impressive 10.7% during its first year, with the managers looking to take advantage of a healthy...

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Financial News: ‘Momentum for Augmentum’

Financial News: ‘Momentum for Augmentum’

The Financial News featured Augmentum in their The Fintech Files newsletter: "Listed investment trust Augmentum Fintech has had a busy few weeks. First, it published a promising set of results that revealed an “unrealised annualised IRR” of 28% on its seed portfolio...

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Citywire: Augmentum Fintech seeks £30m for Europe expansion

Citywire: Augmentum Fintech seeks £30m for Europe expansion

Citywire wrote about Augmentum in this article from 17 June: "Augmentum Fintech (AUGM), the £106 million venture capital investment trust backing peer-to-peer lender Zopa and stockbroker Interactive Investors, is looking to raise £30 million in its first share issue...

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Augmentum Fintech: Plenty of room to grow [Fidante Report]

Augmentum Fintech: Plenty of room to grow [Fidante Report]

Fidante took a closer look at the growth opportunities for Augmentum Fintech ahead of our annual report: "Augmentum Fintech (AUGM) will publish its first full-year report on 11 June 2019. Since its IPO on 13 March 2018, the company has deployed its capital...

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Podcast: The Future of Finance with Augmentum CEO Tim Levene

Podcast: The Future of Finance with Augmentum CEO Tim Levene

The Future of Finance podcast hosted Tim Levene, Partner & CEO at Augmentum Fintech. They talked through his entrepreneurial journey from a juice bar in Canary Wharf to the first publicly traded fintech-focused VC in the UK and the sheer scale of opportunity in...

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LSE Report: Fintech comes of age

LSE Report: Fintech comes of age

The London Stock Exchange's 'Fintech Comes of Age' report explored their research on the growth and maturity of UK fintech. "London has become a global hub for fintech. It is the ideal listing destination for fast-growing companies to increase visibility with...

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Onfido: FT’s fintech ‘one to watch’

Onfido: FT’s fintech ‘one to watch’

One fintech that’s feeling some UK establishment love is Onfido, a London-headquartered digital identity company that’s just made it through to the next round of the FCA’s global sandbox.

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Augmentum are proud to be Innovate Finance members

Augmentum are proud to be Innovate Finance members

We are delighted to announce that Augmentum Fintech are the first investor members of Innovate Finance. Innovate Finance is an independent membership association that represents the UK’s global fintech community. Founded in 2014 and supported by the City of London and...

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Augmentum Fintech: A year in review

Augmentum Fintech: A year in review

Our core mission at Augmentum has always been to support game-changing businesses disrupting the finance landscape. This time a year ago we decided to practice what we preach, through launching the UK's first publicly-listed fintech fund. Today we are reflecting on...

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Augmentum Fintech Capital Markets Day 2019

Augmentum Fintech Capital Markets Day 2019

On Tuesday 5th March we held our first Capital Markets Day in the heart of London at The Brewery, welcoming investors and analysts from across the country (and indeed beyond) to learn more about Augmentum Fintech's portfolio companies. We were delighted to have...

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“What’s Next in Fintech” Rebank podcast with Tim Levene

“What’s Next in Fintech” Rebank podcast with Tim Levene

"We’ve seen an evolution in fintech from the early days – transitioning from disruptors and disintermediators to partners and platforms. Where do we go from here?" Listen to Augmentum Co-Founder Tim Levene in conversation with Rebank's Will Beeson, discussing the...

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Augmentum Fintech Plc Pedal to the Metal

Augmentum Fintech Plc Pedal to the Metal

Richland Standard say Augmentum Fintech are "Pedal to the Metal" in this article from earlier today:   "Looking further at additional technical indicators we can see that the 14-day Commodity Channel Index (CCI) for Augmentum Fintech Plc (AUGM.L) is sitting at...

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Augmentum picked as Questor’s investment trust tip of 2019

Augmentum picked as Questor’s investment trust tip of 2019

The Daily Telegraph's Questor picked Augmentum as the investment trust tip of 2019... "Questor's investment trust pick of the year, which we name today, aims to buy assets with the potential for "exponential growth". Those assets are stakes in "disruptive" start-up...

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Office Hours

Office Hours

We’re hosting Office Hours! Register your interest for a 30 minute meeting about your business with one of team in our London office. We’re happy to act as a sounding board, giving advice on some of the key challenges you may be facing, including access to capital. As...

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101 Fintech Disrupters

101 Fintech Disrupters

BusinessCloud releases their recent 101 Fintech Disrupters list, which feature three of our portfolio companies

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Rahil Patel

Rahil is an Analyst at Augmentum. He joined the fund full-time following a Summer internship in 2018.

Prior to Augmentum, Rahil studied Geography at Durham University and has previously worked with Mayfair Insurance Company and Sipsmith Gin.

When he is not curating the office Alexa playlist, Rahil tries to keep up with his passion for DJing that began at university.

Learn more about Rahil in this blog post.

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 Investment Associate at Augmentum. She previously worked at OC&C Strategy Consultants and at HR analytics startup Bunch. Ellen studied Economics at the University of Edinburgh.

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.