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Will Tindall from Sevenoaks and business partner Lucien Moolenaar will launch Emerging Crowd in October to invest in growing markets around the world

01 September 2014
by Chris Price

An entrepreneur from Kent is co-founding a crowd-funding group aiming to invest in new companies from growing markets around the world.

Will Tindall from Sevenoaks and business partner Lucien Moolenaar will launch Emerging Crowd in October.

They aim to show the UK’s three million DIY investors where they should be putting their money – with a focus on expanding markets in Sub-Saharan Africa, Central Asia and South-East Asia.

Sevenoaks entrepreneur Will Tindall, left, and business parter Lucien Moolenaar, who have launched a crowd funding website aimed at frontier economies around the globe

Sevenoaks entrepreneur Will Tindall, left, and business parter Lucien Moolenaar, who have launched a crowd funding website aimed at frontier economies around the globe

The company was formed after both business partners saw profitable, well-managed companies struggle to access private capital in countries from those areas.

Mr Tindall – who has experience in wealth management, investment management, private equity and investor relations – said historically there have been few opportunities to invest in these growth-stage companies.

The ex-Tonbridge School pupil, 31, said: “Emerging Crowd offers the potential for a major overhaul of a largely institutional framework for allocating capital to companies in emerging and frontier markets.

“It provides the possibility of leapfrogging the inefficient legacy systems prevalent in the developed world and opening additional sources of funding to these undercapitalised markets.”

Sevenoaks entrepreneur Will Tindall, left, and business parter Lucien Moolenaar, who have launched a crowd funding website aimed at frontier economies around the globe

Sevenoaks entrepreneur Will Tindall, left, and business parter Lucien Moolenaar, who have launched a crowd funding website aimed at frontier economies around the globe

Mr Moolenaar added: “For established growth companies in emerging and frontier markets, traditional cross-border fundraising models often fail to provide the necessary transformational capital.

“Even the best companies are not adequately served by conventional banking and brokerage models.

“We have created Emerging Crowd to bridge this gap, so that investors can discover and invest directly in growth stage companies from around the world.”

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