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VentureFounders Shortlisted in O2 Smarta 100 Awards

New equity crowd funding platform listed in UK’s 100 most dynamic and innovative small businesses…

VentureFounders, the new equity crowdfunding platform, is proud to be listed in the O2 Smarta 100 and shortlisted in the ‘Startup of the Year’ category.

The O2 Smarta 100 recognises VentureFounders’ disruptive approach to the crowdfunding industry which launched in September with a complete fundraise of £525,000 for Ecohydra.

VentureFounders was created to make angel style investing in startups more affordable and accessible to all, and offers long-term advisory services to both the businesses seeking funding and the investors.

The team at VentureFounders pre-screens all of the investment opportunities on the platform, conducting detailed due diligence before presenting to the investor base. The platform was founded by James Codling and Paul Moravek, two former private equity and investment banking professionals.

JAMES CODLING, VentureFounders Co-Founder, said:

“We are delighted to be announced as one of the UK’s most dynamic and innovative small businesses. Crowdfunding is reshaping the UK’s lending industry with lending set to top £1bn this year, and through a bespoke investment service we are helping more and more investors gain exposure to early stage British businesses.”

PAUL MORAVEK, VentureFounders Co-Founder, said:

“This accolade acknowledges our aim of evolving the crowdfunding market. Crowdfunding is one of the most exciting innovations in alternative finance in recent years and so far we have only scratched the surface of its potential.”

BEN DOWD, Business Director, O2 Business, said: “I’m thrilled to see so many innovative British businesses disrupting established companies, and taking advantage of digital technology to grow and thrive. The range of inspiring ideas on show throughout the O2 Smarta 100 proves the entrepreneurial movement in the UK is increasing in strength, and we will no doubt see the UK economy grow as a result.

SHAA WASMUND, Smarta founder, said: “The O2 Smarta 100 always showcases what is truly disruptive, innovative and engaging in the UK small business sector and this year has been no exception. Picking a winner will be no mean feat from what is a truly outstanding list.”

To read more about Venture Founders’ award and vote for them for 02 Smarta 100 Business of the Year’, you can visit: http://www.smarta.com/smarta100/2014/venturefounders/

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