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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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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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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.

Akash Bajwa

Akash is an Investment Analyst 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 and volunteering for 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.