Assetz Capital launches fourth Seedrs fundraising round with £1m target
Assetz Capital has launched a fourth fundraising round with Seedrs, for £500,000 minimum and with a target of £1m.
It plans to secure matched funding from the government’s Future Fund to support its next phase of growth.
The peer-to-peer marketplace lender, which was accredited as a lender under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) in May 2020, will use the capital to supercharge its CBILs delivery.
It will also use the funds to support the company’s non-CBILS lending and grow its headcount upwards from 120.
At some point after the minimum amount has been raised on the Seedrs platform, Assetz Capital will apply for an additional value of matched funding from the Future Fund.
The Future Fund, which was launched during the coronavirus outbreak to support innovative and high-growth British businesses, enables companies to apply for a convertible loan of between £125,000 and £5m.
To be eligible for the fund, firms must have raised at least £250,000 in equity investment from third parties in the last five years.
They must also have secured private investment that will be matched by the government.
This is the fourth Seedrs fundraise from Assetz Capital, with the company now valued at £60m.
Stuart Law (pictured), CEO at Assetz Capital, said: “This fundraising round is a great opportunity for our existing shareholders, customers and other individuals to invest alongside the government and support the economy as we deliver CBILS and enter the next phase of our growth.
“Having secured accreditation as a CBILS lender in May, we have attracted the attention of leading institutional investors that are looking to work with us to deploy hundreds of millions under the CBILS scheme and beyond.
“This fundraising round, coupled with matched funding from the government, will help further support our growth through this current economic situation and help turn a global crisis into an opportunity.
“We look forward to welcoming new investors as well as existing investors into this funding round, as they support us on this journey.”