Tired of being asked to give away equity? Or being restricted by covenant laden bank debt, not suitable for your high growth mid-market tech business?

You’re a well-established business, and you’re thinking long term and planning ahead. You want to drive growth through a merger or an acquisition. You want to bring in new talent and resources. You’re thinking of expanding internationally.

The only thing that’s stopping you is the finance you need to move you to the next level.

Perhaps you’ve heard that alternative finance from private debt funds can help you. 

But there are only 24 hours in a day. And you’ve got a dynamic business to run. 

  • How do you find the time to research alternative finance options? 
  • Where can you find the right contacts? 
  • And how can you structure a funding pitch that’ll get private debt funders’ attention? So that you can quickly get the finance you need.


Fuse 3 is a private debt finance broker that can save you valuable time by doing the hard work for you. 

Unlike conventional bank lenders, Fuse 3 understands the growth potential of ambitious tech businesses, and their likelihood to transition into profit.

How? Because we’ve been in your shoes.  We’ve real-world experience of scaling our own tech business. And now we’re using our knowledge and experience in raising finance to help SME tech businesses like yours.

Meet your debt broker management team

Ifti Akbar – Founding Director, Head of Deal Origination

Email: [email protected]

Mobile: +44 79 5873 7013

Ifti Akbar

With a background in technology and an entrepreneurial mindset, Ifti is not afraid to look for creative ways to disrupt the status quo. 

In 2006, Ifti and business partner Russell Lerman joined forces to oversee the then start-up Envido, as Co-Managing Director. They took Envido from a bootstrapping self-funded start-up to a multi-million-pound company. Seven years later they sold it to Scottish Equity Partners-backed business, Vital Energi.

The knowledge and experience they gained in funding Envido’s growth led the partners to spot an opportunity to introduce alternative finance to the UK and European technology industry.  


Today Fuse3 Venture Debt Brokerage is the leading brokerage in venture debt for tech companies.

Russell Lerman – Founding Director, Head of Lending

Email: [email protected]

Mobile: +44 78 1060 1978

Russell Lerman

Russell is an entrepreneur who left school at 16 with few qualifications to work in the automotive sector. At 20 he completed a large sale & leaseback deal. A move into the IT sector followed and two years living and working in Asia.

At the age of 21, Russell started investing in property and maintains a portfolio today. 

In 2006, Russell and Ifti Akbar 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. Seven years later they sold it to Scottish Equity Partners-backed business Vital Energi.

Securing debt played a big part for Russell & Ifti in achieving their exit. And having already advised the NHS’s CFO on off-balance sheet debt finance to fund ESCO projects, the idea to create Fuse3 was born.

Since co-founding technology debt brokerage, Fuse3, Russell has successfully secured loans for over 200 companies in the last five years.


Russell strongly believes that with the right funding, anything is possible for technology businesses, be they VC backed or owner managed.

Talk to us

There are different debt finance options for every scenario, to learn which option suits your situation, request a call back by filling in this quick form or call us on the number below.


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