Published: 00:00, 01 September 2014
| Updated: 09:41, 01 September 2014
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.
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.”
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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