Seedrs Partner Program Reveals First Cohort

Crowdfunding platform Seedrs has launched its first venture capital partnership program to invest and support European startups and scale-ups.

The program will provide access to global transactions through a collaboration with US fintech firm Republic, which acquired Seedrs last year for £75m.

“We are creating something special – an active community of experienced investors and operators who will share ideas, opportunities, events and news that will support ambitious startups inside and outside the ecosystem. Seedrs,” said Jeff Kelisky, CEO of Seedrs.

Its first cohort includes Dan Murray-Serter, co-founder of brain-care company Heights; Eduard Steimle, Director of Investors at Techstars; and Courtney Carlsson, founder and CEO of Paradym.

It also includes Yang Li, chief growth officer of London-based crypto exchange Ziplu, which is being acquired by US retail investment app Robinhood.

The Seedrs Partner Program is open to VCs, Accelerators, Ecosystem Builders, and Entrepreneurs. Cohort members were chosen by Seedrs to encourage a “more just, equitable and sustainable world”.

“In addition, the program’s ability to connect members globally through the Seedrs/Republic partnership will open up unique new funding opportunities in this challenging economic climate,” Kelisky added.

The members of the full Seedrs cohort are:

  • Yang Li – Chief Growth Officer, Ziglu.
  • Adam Boita – Marketing experience for PlayStation, Absolut Vodka and Malibu.
  • Susanne Chishti – CEO, Circle FINTECH.
  • Steven Rimmer – Worked in insurance startups in the UK and South Africa.
  • Henrik Wetter Sanchez – Founder, angel investor and merchant banker.
  • Avin Rabherou – Founder and CEO, Housekeep.com.
  • Georgia Wright – Founder, Fantasy.
  • JackTang – CEO and co-founder, Urban.co.
  • Hannah Forbes – Holder of a doctorate in crowdfunding.
  • Brian Lucksinger -Expert in project management.
  • Julien Callede – Co-founder, Made.com.

Last week proptech start-up Jarvo, self-proclaimed ‘the Airbnb for work’, funded £360,000 on Seedrs.

Other increases on the site include Currensea’s £1.35m direct debit travel card and £5m menswear platform Spoke.

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