We are thrilled to announce that we’ve won Alternative Finance Platform of the Year (UK) and Crowdfunding Platform of the Year at the AltFi Awards 2015!
Independent alternative finance research group AltFi announced the winners of their prestigious awards this morning. Close to 100 platforms competed, the most sought-after title: the Alternative Finance Platform of the Year (UK), the ‘most-coveted award in the UK space’ that distinguishes the ‘best of the best’ crowdfunding, peer-to peer lending and invoice finance platform in the UK. And we’ve won it.
‘The AltFi Awards are designed to recognise the achievements of the alternative finance platforms that have stood out above the rest over the past 12 months. The judging of these awards is strictly independent,’ Ryan Weeks, Editor of AltFi News.
‘SyndicateRoom has clearly won over our judges, having scooped both Alternative Finance Platform of the Year 2015 and Crowdfunding Platform of the Year 2015. We’ve also been impressed by SyndicateRoom’s Angel-led funding approach, but more so, perhaps, by its mature and transparent approach to the realities of early-stage equity investment (see, for example, their treatment of the recent failure of Soshi Games). Congratulations to Gonçalo and the team.’
While voting for most categories was open to the public, winners of the ‘Industry Awards’ were selected by an expert panel of judges. Both the Alternative Finance Platform of the Year (UK) award and the Crowdfunding Platform of the Year award, which singles out the ‘best equity crowdfunding platform for startups and young businesses’, come under the banner of ‘Industry Awards’.
Here are some of the comments we received from the judges:
‘The fairest equity crowdfunding model for investors in my opinion.’
‘Unlike other platforms, I believe SyndicateRoom may be doing the most to educate investors. Something desperately needed in this market. Given this industry is so new, education and not advertising, is going to help accelerate this sector even further.’
‘Governance, transparency, innovative model and excellent success rate.’
‘I couldn’t be happier that SyndicateRoom has won not one but two of the AltFi Awards this year, especially since we took the top title of Alternative Finance Platform of the Year,’ says SyndicateRoom CEO Gonçalo de Vasconcelos. ‘The recognition that our industry has been giving us tells me that SyndicateRoom’s investor-led approach to equity crowdfunding – and our focus on transparency – are really making us stand out from the crowd.’
Gonçalo adds: ‘These awards are a testament to the hard work of our team, and I am very grateful for the support we’ve seen over the past two years. It’s a great honour.’
In addition to this we are the runner’s up for the Best Equity Fund Raising Platform for Start-Ups title in the ‘Small Business’ category, an award that highlights the platform most effective, from the entrepreneur’s point of view, at helping raise capital.
The honours will be presented at the AltFi Awards early next year. We hope to see you there.