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It's difficult or impossible for many individuals to buy stock in private companies, or participate in pre-IPOs or discount placings, because brokers usually require a high net-worth in order to participate. UK crowdfunding platform SyndicateRoom wants to change that, by giving individual investors access to these opportunities typically reserved for professionals (e.g. VCs and Angels). It recently received intermediary status from the London Stock Exchange (LSE) bringing it closer to achieving this goal. This allows it to offer investors access to IPOs of companies listing shares on the London stock market, through its online platform.

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