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For Entrepreneurs by Entrepreneurs

the challenge

It’s still too challenging for entrepreneurs to scale up and grow - at a time when more than ever we need to support entrepreneurial growth. There’s insufficient risk capital and no clear framework to help businesses grow. This, coupled with investors generating very low returns from bank accounts and lack of investor choice presents a clear challenge.

Crowd2Fund leverages financial technology to provide investment capital from a community of engaged entrepreneurial investors who can also support the businesses growth over the longer term and help them thrive. At the same time allowing investors to be repaid directly, can potentially lead to much better tax-free returns.

Crowd2Fund is an investment platform for private businesses and investors.

We offer a scalable, proven solution:

Businesses can raise money directly from investors, through the internet, without the need for a bank, and investors can invest in proven businesses the same way.

Businesses get access to funds at competitive rates, investors get repaid directly, and potentially higher returns are generated as a result.

How it works

Step 1

Businesses who need funding submit a business proposal to Crowd2Fund.

Step 2

Our Risk & Due Diligence team reviews the proposal against our strict acceptance criteria.

Step 3

Successful businesses are listed and investors pledge the amount they want to invest.

We're led by experts in finance, technology and marketing who will help your business grow.
We're a committed team of highly experienced individuals, who understand business and the challenges of growing a small business.

Meet the team

Hussain Qaragholi
Executive Director and Interim Managing Director Read bio

Hussain is Executive Director of Crowd2Fund and Managing Director of Phoenix Finance Partners (PFP), a UK-based finance advisory firm providing objective analysis and effective solutions in banking, FinTech and strategic project management. PFP advises corporates, banks and international financial institutions globally.

Hussain was previously Managing Director and Head of Corporate Coverage at Deutsche Bank in London--where he managed an international team and a global client portfolio composed of corporates, sovereigns and sovereign wealth funds. Hussain was instrumental in rebuilding the bank’s business across multiple products in credit, capital markets, and liability management.

Hussain began his finance career at Merrill Lynch in New York, before moving to Citigroup in Dubai and London. He serves on the RAND Corporation President’s Impact Forum and on the CMEPP Advisory Board. Hussain graduated cum laude in International Relations from The College of William and Mary.

He has a Master’s Degree from the School of Foreign Service, as well as an MBA from Georgetown University. He holds a FinTech Certificate from Oxford University’s Said School of Business.

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Abel Solomon
Financial Controller Read bio

Abel is a management accountant with experience in the technology and sports media market. He is an ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) part qualified. Abel has joined our team as the newly appointed Financial Controller in August.

Some of his responsibilities encompass overseeing all accounting operations, which include managing Billing, Accounts Receivable (A/R), Accounts Payable (A/P), General Ledger (GL), Cost Accounting, Inventory Accounting, Revenue Recognition, and Client Accounts.

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Chelsea Macleod-Elliott
Creative Director and Co-House Manager Read bio

Chelsea is Crowd2Fund's Creative Director and Co-House Manager with a background in film and content production, including her work as a Creative Executive at Bee Holder Productions (You Don't Know Jack/ Al Pacino) and Head of Content at Crowd2Fund.

Chelsea studied Contemporary Media at the University of Westminster. She has produced BAFTA/Oscar-qualifying award-winning work including "Waiting for Time," and has worked on projects with notable contributors such as Billy Bob Thornton and Stan Lee to raise awareness for clean drinking water.

Additionally, she has produced content for Soho House and numerous other commercial clients.

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Muneeb Ajmal
Co-House Manager and Head of Origination & Placement Read bio

Muneeb joins the Crowd2Fund team with an extensive background in Fintech. He has successfully led the growth of two b2b alternative lending start-ups from their early stages through expansion into 7 new markets, and a combined business pipeline of $100mn+.

Muneeb previously engaged with the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Fintech at Westminster, helping shape the UK's Open Banking policy in its early days. Muneeb has served as a mentor, lecturer and advisor on growth and product for early-stage start-ups and incubators. He was recently recognised by the UK government as a leader in digital technology for Fintech. Before Fintech, Muneeb successfully served as the product lead on the retail project launched by Google and its partners in Canada.

Muneeb will be working on establishing new sales channels. He will prioritise the cultivation of relationships with referral partners and drive high-quality businesses to the platform through direct sales. Additionally, he will engage in the development of strategic partnerships and collaborate closely with the team to meet the company's targets. Furthermore, he will provide support to marketing initiatives which include monthly emails to target audiences and direct outbound marketing

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Matthew Anderson
Head of Collections and Creditors Read bio

Matthew is the Head of Collections and Creditors with 25+ years of banking and finance expertise in both regulated and unregulated sectors. His prior work at Arbuthnot Specialist Finance Limited and Amicus Property Finance equipped him with extensive knowledge of the collections process, borrowers, and third parties in litigation.

Currently, he is in charge of collections, recoveries, and creditors, and ensuring proper management of them and loan book reviews.

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Sebastian Torres
Senior Credit Analyst Read bio

Sebastian Torres is our new Credit Team Lead. With a rich background in Credit Analysis, academia, and banking, Sebastian's expertise promises to elevate our team.

Originally from Ecuador, Sebastian has called London home for three years. He is deeply passionate about Fintech's role in simplifying solutions for SMEs. With a two-year stint as a Graduate Teaching Associate at Queen Mary University, concentrating on Fintech and Credit Analysis modules, and showcasing his knack for translating complex concepts, he now leads our Credit Team driving effective decision-making.

Sebastian's practical experience shines through his two years as a Credit Analyst at one of the two major Ecuadorian banks.

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Marilena Beliciu
Senior Front-End Engineer Read bio

Mary, an experienced front-end developer, has an impressive track record of over 8 years in the field. From the very inception of Crowd2Fund, she has been actively serving as their front-end developer.

She remains dedicated to finding novel and inventive approaches to enhance the platform's user experience for all its users.

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Thomas Jarvis
Operations Assistant Read bio

Thomas joins Crowd2Fund with a variety of experience in customer service, marketing, and operations. Thomas is a new face in Fintech, whilst his previous work has mostly focused on local organizations and freelance writing, he is enthusiastic to bring his skills to Crowd2Fund.

Thomas graduated from Brunel University London in 2020 with a Bachelor's Degree in History, and again in 2022 with a Masters Degree in Military History.

Thomas' role is multifaceted, involving a mixture of customer service and support, operations tasks, and marketing.

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Muad Jouhoune
Broker Relations Associate Read bio

Muad is Crowd2Fund's Broker Relations Associate. A key player in our originations team, Muad is responsible for developing and maintaining broker relationships, executing sales strategies and promoting Crowd2Fund services to our broker network to ensure high quality investment opportunities are made available to our investors.

Muad brings extensive experience in financial services to the team, having previously worked for S&P Global, London Stock Exchange Group and Goldman Sachs in varied sales and relationship management roles.

Outside of work (for the most part), Muad is an avid football fan and supports Arsenal FC. He also enjoys travelling and learning about different cultures. Muad holds a bachelors degree in political economy and a masters degree in management.

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Amy Edwards
Administration Officer Read bio

Amy is Crowd2Funds Administration Officer joining from a background in production from her work as Senior Production Operative at a large scale corporation where she oversaw various operations.

Amy's role is to support the finance team with their reports, audits and ISA transfers. She also undertakes various duties including processing applications, lender support, managing data entries and other duties.

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Board of Directors

Hussain Qaragholi
Executive Director and Interim Managing Director
Chris Hancock
Asoz Rashid
Mahmood Yusuf

Why Crowd2Fund?

FCA regulated

Crowd2Fund was one of the first platforms of its kind to be directly regulated. We work with the FCA to offer our clients better service, build trust, and deliver robust processes.

Fast, fair & flexible

Whether you're a business or investor, Crowd2Fund allows you to tailor your finance options to suit your investment needs.

Due diligence

We carefully select all our investments, ensuring the best investor returns and rates for businesses.

Risk warning

Past performance and forecasts are not reliable indicators of future results. Your capital invested is not covered for compensation in the event of a loss by the FSCS. Tax treatment will depend on the individual circumstances and may be subject to change. Please see our Risk section before making an investment decision.