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.
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.
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 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 between £1m and £10m 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.