At SyndicateRoom, our focus is you – the investor. We believe that everyone should have equal access to sophisticated investment opportunities, and that you should get the same deal as the professionals.
This philosophy first manifested itself in our ‘investor-led’ equity investing model, which made it possible for individual investors to invest alongside angel investors and on the same economic terms. Since pioneering the investor-led model we have collaborated with leading industry organisations, such as Gust (the largest angel investment platform in the world) and Wayra (a leading startup accelerator), to bring our members the best deals and, most recently, rocked the world of crowdfunding once again by becoming the first and only online equity investment platform to give members access to public markets.
And we’re going to keep on pushing the envelope.
Everything we do is in pursuit of achieving our vision of a fair, sustainable and transparent online investment industry. We invite you to join us on our journey.
From idea to IPO – the only platform that lets you invest with the professionals from start to finish
As a SyndicateRoom member you have access to everything from private seed rounds to Initial Public Offerings (IPOs), with SEIS, EIS, growth and pre-IPO rounds available on the private side of things, and share placings on the public – all through a single open and transparent platform.
Initial public offerings
Putting the public back into IPOs
As of March 2016, SyndicateRoom members can invest in IPOs and placings on the London Stock Exchange and enjoy the same discounts as professionals for new equity issues.
SyndicateRoom members have access to exclusive pre-IPO investment opportunities. These are companies that have specific plans to IPO in the London Stock Exchange at some point in the near future.
Private funding rounds
Equity crowdfunding has democratised investment in startups, helping entrepreneurs make their visions a reality and allowing individuals to invest and become real-life ‘Dragons’.
While many online investment platforms have sprung up, at SyndicateRoom we have developed a unique model with benefits you can’t find anywhere else.
We only list companies that are already backed by professional investors such as business angels, venture capitalists and family offices, who are investing their own money (or money they professionally manage) and thus have taken an active role in evaluating the strength of the deal. We then offer our members the same economic terms if they decide to invest alongside these professionals.
We believe this curated and transparent approach allows our members access to a more sophisticated set of investment opportunities.
Why is it valuable to have an angel investor on board?
Just like on Dragon’s Den, business angels often provide companies with more than just cash – they contribute expert advice, experience and an invaluable network of contacts. Moreover, a business angel will also negotiate a fair valuation and ensure they have favourable terms (including pre-emption rights, voting rights, and tag-along and drag-along rights) before they invest their own money in a deal.
With other equity crowdfunding platforms, it is often the entrepreneur who creates a pitch and provides a valuation. While this is a typical starting point for a young company raising finance, we like to give our members the reassurance that the companies listed on our site have undergone the rigour of review by a professional investor as well.
What does ‘same economic terms’ mean?
At SyndicateRoom, we are passionate about investor rights and building a transparent equity crowdfunding model.
For instance, even if a company is backed by a professional investor, if the shares on offer are being sold under different terms (such as under a different class) then that effectively alters the value of the deal.
This is never the case on SyndicateRoom. By subscribing our members to the same economic terms as a business angel, we ensure they are signing up to nothing less than the deal a professional investor would back.