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


You’re growing fast. You reinvest your profits into your business – the continual need to progress drives you: To scale your business. To expand internationally.

The only thing that’s stopping you is the money 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 helps fast-moving, disruptive and agile tech companies around the world to scale and grow by brokering specialist flexible private debt finance with minimum dilution.

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 private debt brokers and Fuse 3’s founders 

Ifti Akbar – Director, Origination

Email: [email protected]

DDL: +44 2071 181 108

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 – Director, Lending

Email: [email protected]

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 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.

Have questions? Check out our curated list of FAQ’s and if you cannot find what you’re looking for
give us a call +44 2071 181 108 and let’s talk.

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