Pi Labs PropTech Speaker Series – Entrepreneurs evening
Property Innovation Labs (Pi Labs) invests exclusively in PropTech start-ups along with providing in house expertise to guide and assist entrepreneurs in the scaling of their business.
This week our CEO Christian Faes sat down with a group of new entrants to the PropTech industry to shed light on his journey to date, reveal how LendInvest has evolved and answer any questions they had surrounding the challenges that can arise whilst building a company from the ground up.
Wed, 1 Feb 2017
7pm - 9pm
The Collective HQ
14 Bedford Square
- Christian Faes Co-Founder and CEO, LendInvest
Christian Faes is co-founder and CEO of LendInvest, the UK's leading online mortgage lender and one of the UK's fastest-growing FinTech companies. Christian and his business partner, Ian Thomas, launched LendInvest in 2013 to bring technology to the £1.2 trillion UK mortgage market, which is entirely offline and largely untouched by the FinTech movement. LendInvest's technology makes it easier and faster for creditworthy borrowers to access mortgage finance, and gives more people access to invest in secured property loans. Best known for its online investment platform, LendInvest also runs two discretionary, regulated funds for private clients and wealth managers, as well as several funding lines of behalf of UK and international banks. Before LendInvest, Christian and Ian founded Montello which became one of the UK's leading short-term mortgage lenders, and out of which LendInvest was spun. Christian is a qualified solicitor with corporate finance and real estate experience. He was previously a securitisation lawyer at Clifford Chance and in-house legal counsel for Deutsche Bank. Before founding Montello in 2008, Christian was involved in a mortgage lending business in his native Australia. Christian is also an active supporter of the FinTech and PropTech sectors, and an investor in startups such as Seedrs and Plentific. Today, LendInvest is a well-capitalised and profitable company. By adopting a diversified lending model with a healthy mix of investors, the platform is well positioned for sustainable and sensible scale. To date, investors have invested more than £850m in loans to hundreds of borrowers to finance 2,700 new and rebuilt homes worth over £1.45 billion.