We provide Alt Fi solutions to some of Europe’s fastest growing tech businesses. We specialise in debt finance – that’s all.

Fuse3 - What we do

The UK’s Leading Tech Sector Venture Debt Brokers

Our mission is to help make it easier for technology companies to prosper, whatever the economic climate. We are venture debt brokers with an entrepreneurial mindset and a desire to do things differently than banks do. With experience on both sides of the fence, we understand what it takes to grow and fund technology businesses – we’ve been there.

Meet our team

Russell Lerman – CEO

Russell is an entrepreneur who left school at 16 with few qualifications and spent his early years working working in the automotive industry, culminating in completing a large sale & leaseback deal at the age of 20. This followed a move into the IT sector in early 2000 and from 2004 – 2006 a 2 year period living and working in Asia.  

At the age of 21 Russell started his property investment activities, which he still maintains today.  And in 2014, Russell advised NHS CFO’s on off-balance sheet debt finance to fund ESCO projects.

In 2006, Russell and Ifti Akbar first joined forces to oversee the then carbon reduction start-up, Envido, as Managing Director. They took it from a bootstrapping self-funded start-up to a multimillion pound company which they then sold to Scottish Equity Partners backed business Vital Energi, seven years later. Securing debt played a big part for Russell & Ifti achieving their exit and the idea to create Fuse3 was born.

With this in mind, he teamed up with Ifti Akbar, to co-found and run the successful technology debt brokerage, Fuse3, where he has successfully secured loans between £1m – £10m for over 200 companies in the last 5 years.

He is passionate about technology businesses whether VC backed or owner managed and believes that with the correct funding, anything is possible.

Ifti Akbar – Director

Ifti Akbar channels his abilities in the disruptive world of tech, where he seeks to place the best people with upcoming start-ups and disruptive technology companies.

With his entrepreneurial mind-set, Ifti always looks for creative ways to disrupt the status quo, which lead to co-founding Fuse3 Venture Debt Brokerage, that his partner Russell Lerman heads up and boasts being the leading brokerage in venture debt for tech companies.

In 2006, Ifti and Russell first joined forces to oversee the then start-up Envido, as the Co-managing director. They took it from a bootstrapping self-funded start-up to a multimillion pound company which they then sold to Scottish Equity Partners backed business Vital Energi, seven years later.

One of Ifti’s first projects found him running the technology focused arm of Adecco in 2002, where he was given the task of launching their new brand People Direct across the UK and Central Eastern Europe. He grew the 4-man team to six branches including setting up offices in CEE that held clients such as Citi Group, CMC Markets, PWC, SCEE and more.

Alt Fi Specialists

We are rigorous in our approach. If we find that your needs do not match the Alt Fi solutions we have to offer, we will tell you straight away.

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One approach, multiple solutions

We get you debt finance that suits your needs. We plan your company’s borrowing needs for the future as well as the present. Find out more.

One approach

Tools & Systems To Predict Best Options

We balance the rigor of traditional approaches, with sophisticated algorithm based tools and research to predict your best options. Contact us.

Tools & Systems To Predict Best Options

Focused On The Technology Sector

Our alternative finance solutions are designed specifically for technology companies. We thrive on working with today’s tech leaders. Learn more.


Focused approach

We are perfectionists, which is why we only do two things in the Alt Fi world. We focus exclusively on accessing debt finance solutions for our clients and on growing tech businesses with an established business model.

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Business Backers, Not Bankers

We operate across a broad spectrum of alternative asset classes to borrow against. This proven method means that our clients access the funds they need. Find out how.

Business Backers

Year established


Over 200 tech clients


Technology sectors serviced


Million average facility size

Career Opportunities

Looking for a career opportunity where you can make your mark? We are passionate about the growing field of alternative finance and we’re looking for like-minded team players. For more information email hello@fusethree.co.uk

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