Our Mission

Transform the private market by connecting leading investment networks around the globe.

With roots in public capital markets, we embed best practice into our technology to transform the private market by connecting leading investment networks around the globe.

Private investing operates in fragmented silos with the financing of private companies and assets remaining highly inefficient. This leads to significant untapped potential and illiquidity. We believe a fresh approach is needed to tackle these issues effectively at a macro scale.

We build state of the art tech to connect leading investment networks internally and with other trusted networks in a private, regulated environment, across the entire lifecycle of a company or transaction - from initial structuring through to exit, from angel networks through to stock exchanges.



Axel Coustere

Founding Partner
Axel co-founded THE HUB in 2015. He spent his career in investment banking and capital markets at Goldman Sachs, BNP Paribas and Barclays. In 2007 he left banking to learn about new technologies and he has been passionate about applying tech to finance ever since. He graduated from LSE and HEC Paris.

Stephen Ong

Founding Partner
Stephen co-founded THE HUB with Axel. He has worked in financial markets within trading, balance sheet management and Treasury at Nomura and Singer & Friedlander. Stephen setup his first tech business in 2006. Stephen is an alumnus of Kings College London, Imperial College London and London Business School.

Pablo Vergara

Pablo joined THE HUB after spending 25 years in Global Banking Treasury and Liquidity Risk Management occupying various trading and executive positions at BNP and Rabobank, among others. Pablo graduated from I.S.G. Paris and is a certified Scenario Planning Practitioner.

Nick Smith

Head of Structuring
Nick joined the HUB in 2017. He brings more than a decade of capital markets experience to the team. Working in London and Hong Kong at Barclays investment bank, Nick was head of Equity-linked and Private Equity Capital Origination, APAC. He graduated from Queen’s University and the University of Toronto.

Tom Bowles

Chief Scientist
Tom has over 24 years’ experience building companies across industries, environments and languages, co-founding more than 10 businesses. He has built highly scalable A.I.s which have been applied to medicine, news, social networks, finance and intelligence. He holds a PhD and degree from Oxford University.

Strategic Investor and Partner

Greg Allen

Board Observer, THE HUB

Luca Peyrano

Non Executive Director, THE HUB

London Stock Exchange Group's ELITE is the corner investor and strategic partner of THE HUB.

THE HUB is proud to be an ELITE company.

Board Advisers

Ahmet Iplikci

Managing Partner,
Ishtar Advisory LLC
Ahmet has over 20 years of asset management and banking experience. He was a senior advisor to the Turkish Prime Minister’s Office Investment Agency and Vice Chairman of the Turkish British Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He has also experience as an entrepreneur and investor in start-ups and SMEs.

Brendan Bradley

Former CIO and Board Member,
Brendan has worked in the financial services industry for nearly 30 years, playing a major part in the development of today’s high volume European futures and options contracts. With a focus on innovation, he has held key senior roles on the Executive board of Eurex including Chief Innovation Officer.

Karima Serageldin

Managing Director,
Northbright Capital
Karima has developed an extensive network of UHNW, family office, VC fund and corporate investors. She is founder and Managing Director of Northbright Capital, working in the provision of corporate venturing services in sectors such as Big Data Analytics, Cybersecurity and IoT.

Giordano Sassaroli

Head of Digital Services,
Giordano has over 15 years' experience leading large projects of digital transformation, applying digital technologies to create, rethink and deliver products and services. Currently Head of Digital Services at ELITE, he has previously held positions as Country Manager for the UK and digital innovation manager at Cefriel.

Pedro Porfirio

Global Head of Capital Markets,
Pedro is the Global Head of Capital Markets at Finastra. Previously, he was Chief Product Officer at Calypso Technology driving product development globally. Pedro has spent 15 years in leadership roles in Europe and the Americas in banking with a focus on technology. He has an MBA from the University of Michigan and an Aerospace Engineering degree.

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