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

Ifti Akbar – Director, Origination

Email: i.akbar@fusethree.co.uk

Mobile: +44 79 5873 7013

With his entrepreneurial mind-set and technology focused career, Ifti has looked for creative ways to disrupt the status quo throughout his long career working with technology. This lead to co-founding Fuse3 Venture Debt Brokerage with Russell Lerman 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 multi million pound company which they then sold to Scottish Equity Partners backed business Vital Energi, seven years later.

The experience of funding Envido’s growth led to them spotting an opportunity to introduce alternative finance to the UK and European technology industry and disrupt traditional finance providers.

Russell Lerman – Director, Lending

Email: r.lerman@fusethree.co.uk

Mobile: +44 78 1060 1978

Russell Lerman

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.

Anabel Feria Dominguez – Senior Investment Analyst

Showcasing a wide and varied career in accounting spanning over a decade, Ana is a diligent and proficient investment analyst.

Originally from Spain, Ana has held significant accounting positions in Spain, Malta and the UK, where she has worked in the field of International Cooperation, in projects financed by grants and loans from bilateral and multilateral international development organizations, including the United Nations (UN), the European Commission (EC) and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Directorate General for Development Cooperation (MAE-DGCS).

Ana heads up the Finance Departments at Fuse3 and is responsible for overseeing Due Diligence Analysis, Investment Applications, Implementation of Analytical and Management Models, Analytical Review and Investment Consultancy.

Dorian Kouider – Analyst

Dorian Kouider

With a keen eye for numbers, Dorian heads up the Analytics Department at Fuse3, where he appraises and analyses companies seeking private funding from international lenders.

Originally from France, Dorian holds a masters degree in Finance from Grenoble Graduate School of Management (IAE), he brings a European perspective and approach to managing clients and lenders requirements.

His prior engagements include working at Safran, the Aerospace, Electrics and Power Plant in 2016, as the Finance Business Partner for the UK and US Programme. In 2015, Dorian was the International Financial Controller at Cegid, a global B2B SaaS provider. And In 2013 he completed a stint as the Financial Controller for the French retailer SAMSE.

Angus McKechnie – Digital Marketing Manager

Angus McKechnie

An engineer by profession, Angus’ mathematical critical thinking led him to delve into the data world of digital marketing.

Angus first worked as a design engineer for a OEM manufacturer, where he quickly discovered his passion for digital and made the move to a marketing agency as a marketing technology specialist. From there he set up his own digital consultancy and worked on data driven projects for software startups. He joined Fuse3 as Digital Marketing Manager in 2017 where he executes data led digital marketing campaigns.

Ellie Luk – Head of Marketing

A marketing enthusiast, Ellie is firm but patient in controlling and executing marketing communications, building B2B alliances and developing multi-channel customer strategies.

Having lived for almost a decade in Hong Kong, the Asian capital of customer service excellence and a city that is permanently ‘online’, Ellie has acquired a high standard in communicating to internal and external stakeholders, whilst embracing the digital marketing revolution.

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@www.fusethree.co.uk/sme

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