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AltFi 2015 Awards logo

The AltFi Awards 2015 received a great response, with close to 100 platforms

taking part and the participation of over 5,000 voters. 

With the votes counted and the results announced all that remained was to present the awards.  Successful participants met for an awards lunch at the RSA in London on Wednesday 27th January.  FTI Consulting sponsored the lunch and attendees were treated to a brief talk by Jeannette Lichner.  Faced with an audience of young Alternative Finance companies the messages on governance were extremely well received.  Jeanette provided a reminder that companies that participate in alternative finance should ensure that their own governance matches the standards of accountability and transparency that the market place itself is developing. 

 

Congratulations to the winners! 

N.B. All winners and runners up receive a .jpg image together will full rights to the use their award logo for marketing purposes.  Winners also received a trophy.

See a full list below together with photos of the proud recipients. 


The 2015 AltFi awards were split into 3 categories: Industry, Small Business & Investor.

  • For the industry awards, each category was be judged by an independent expert panel.
  • For the Small Business Awards and the Investor Awards we also surveyed a panel of users—small businesses and investors.

Click on each award for further information

Industry Awards

Best Clarity of Data Award 2015
AltFi Editor’s Choice Award
The People’s Choice Award 2015
Professional Advisor of the Year 2015

Winner:


Funding Circle

Runner Up:


Market Invoice

Best Clarity of Data Award 2015

The winner in this category will be determined by the AltFi Data team.

  

Nicola Barke & Jingyi Wei 

 

Winner:


Funding Circle

AltFi Editor’s Choice Award

One of our most prestigious awards, the Editor’s Choice Award is one of only two categories in which members of the AltFi team have the deciding say.

 

   

Nicola Barke & Jingyi Wei 

Winner:


Zopa

Runner Up:


Ratesetter

The People’s Choice Award 2015

AltFi readers will each be able to cast a vote for their favourite platform within the alternative finance world.

 

 

Amy Miller & Seema Desai 

Winner:


RSM

Runner Up:


Bovill

Professional Advisor of the Year 2015

NEW: This award will be bestowed upon the Advisor that has most noticeably and effectively adapted its strategies to suit the alternative finance industry.

   

Steve Merchant, Damian Webb & Jonathan Wade

 


The One to Watch Award 2015
Property Lending Platform of the Year 2015
Crowdfunding Platform of the Year 2015
Social and Environmental Platform of the Year 2015

Winner:


Landbay

Runner Up:


Mintos

The One to Watch Award 2015

NEW: With the constant deluge of emerging platforms, this award will be awarded to an outfit that is less than 18 months old. The winner will be voted for by our independent panel of Alternative Finance experts.

 

  

John Goodall & Clare Joy

Winner:


Funding Circle

Runner Up:


Wellesley

Property Lending Platform of the Year 2015

The property lending space has rapidly emerged as one of the hottest in the peer-to-peer world - but which platform is the pride of this dynamic sub-sector?

 

 

Nicola Barke & Jingyi Wei 

Winner:


SyndicateRoom

Runner Up:


Crowdcube

Crowdfunding Platform of the Year 2015

Which is the best equity crowdfunding platform for startups and young businesses?

  

Katy Levitt & Tom Britton 

Winner:


Abundance

Runner Up:


Assetz

Social and Environmental Platform of the Year 2015

NEW: Awarded to the platform deemed by our judges to be effecting the greatest social and environmental impact on the world through the investments it facilitates.


P2P Business Platform of the Year 2015
P2P Consumer Platform of the Year 2015
Alternative Finance Platform of the Year (EU) 2015
Alternative Finance Platform of the Year (UK) 2015

Winner:


Funding Circle

Runner Up:


Market Invoice

P2P Business Platform of the Year 2015

Awarded to the top platform in the peer-to-peer SME lending space.

 

 

Nicola Barke & Jingyi Wei 

 

Winner:


Zopa

Runner Up:


Ratesetter

P2P Consumer Platform of the Year 2015

Awarded to the platform that our judges deem to be the highest quality consumer-facing peer-to-peer lending platform in the UK.             

 

Amy Miller & Seema Desai 

Winner:


Finexkap

Runner Up:


Bondora

Alternative Finance Platform of the Year (EU) 2015

The most-coveted award in the European space - which of the crowdfunding, peer-to-peer lending and invoice finance platforms is the best of the best?
 

 

Lea Veran

Winner:


SyndicateRoom

Runner Up:


Ratesetter

Alternative Finance Platform of the Year (UK) 2015

The most-coveted award in the UK space - which of the crowdfunding, peer-to peer lending and invoice finance platforms is the best of the best?

 

 Katy Levitt & Tom Britton 

 




Small Business Awards

Best Bond Issuing Platform for Small Businesses 2015
Best Working Capital Platform for Small Businesses 2015
Best Lending Platform for Small Businesses 2015
Best Equity Fund Raising Platform for Start-Ups 2015

Winner:


Uk Bond Network

Best Bond Issuing Platform for Small Businesses 2015

This award will be given to the bond or mini bond peer-to-peer offering that has had the greatest impact within the UK’s SME community.

 

Ben Bugg, David P von Dadelszen & Emma Hathaway 

Winner:


Market Invoice

Runner Up:


Archover

Best Working Capital Platform for Small Businesses 2015

This award will be given to the platform that has provided the best working capital solution, in the eyes of SME voters.

 

Paul Crayston

Winner:


Folk2Folk

Runner Up:


Liberis

Best Lending Platform for Small Businesses 2015

From a small business owner’s perspective, which platform has proven to be the most effective for assisting in the raising of debt capital.

Jane Dumeresque

Winner:


Crowdcube

Runner Up:


SyndicateRoom

Best Equity Fund Raising Platform for Start-Ups 2015

From an entrepreneur’s perspective, which platform has proven to be the most effective vehicle for assisting in the raising of equity capital.

 

Luke Lang 




Investor Awards

Investor Protection Product of the Year 2015
Alternative Finance Fund Manager of the Year 2015
Most IFA Friendly 2015
Most Innovative Crowdfunding Campaign of the Year 2015

Winner:


Ratesetter

Runner Up:


Wellesley

Investor Protection Product of the Year 2015

This award will go the investment product that our judges deem superior in terms of protecting investors against principal loss.

 

Luke O'Mahony, Rhydian Lewis & Ceri Williams

Winner:


MW Eaglewood

Runner Up:


Eiffel eCapital

Alternative Finance Fund Manager of the Year 2015

This award will be bestowed upon the alternative finance focused fund structure that has been deemed by our judges to have achieved the best level of "performance" over the past 12 months. "Performance" will be based upon multiple factors, including the fund's ability to provide superior risk-adjusted returns to its investors, its ability to attract investor capital, its publicity in the media spotlight, and so on.

 

Simon Champ 

Winner:


Ratesetter

Most IFA Friendly 2015

The award for the platform that is best suited for working in tandem with financial advisors.

Luke O'Mahony, Rhydian Lewis & Ceri Williams

Winner:


Crowdcube

Runner Up:


Investdor

Most Innovative Crowdfunding Campaign of the Year 2015

We’re seeing increasing diversity within the equity crowdfunding fundraising community, but which 2015 campaign has been the most innovative?

 

Luke Lang 


Most innovative Investment Product of the Year 2015

Winner:


Ratesetter

Runner Up:


Wellesley

Most innovative Investment Product of the Year 2015

This award will be given to the platform that has been deemed to have broken new ground this year with a new and unique investment product that has stood out above the competition.

Luke O'Mahony, Rhydian Lewis & Ceri Williams


 

The AltFi 2015 Awards are in partnership with:

PWC Eaglewood