The company will leverage the reach of social media to unite executives and investors around a common cause: supporting entrepreneurs.
The platform goes online initially in a club deal format rather than a fully fledged crowdfunding one and will be aimed at professional investors. “But we will stay close to opportunities in the sector and take every advantage of developments.” adds Andrea Gentili, COO and co-founder of Kobo Funds.
Kobo Funds is born out of a three year experience in private equity of ExecutiveSurf, the executive recruiting and interim management company, which counts an international network of hundreds of thousands of executives. This will be made available to growing companies and to the huge amounts of private wealth (currently €36 billion in Europe alone) that is open to alternative investments. The idea is to unite management and capital with the entrepreneurial spirit in an attempt to drive the economy out of recession.
Headquartered in London and linked with ExecutiveSurf’s platform (present in Europe, Asia and the USA), Kobo Funds will be initially focused on so-called ‘made in Italy’ investments.
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During her studies, she co-founded an online community for sportspeople and worked in marketing positions at Ogilvy & Mather Advertising and at the European Business Angel Network, in Brussels. She is a passionate blogger about crowdfunding and the startup ecosystem.