RegTech fighting waste paper raises growth capital

Posted on April 29, 2021 by Jonathan Symcox

Chris Ansara, ALT/AVE

ALT/AVE, a London-based RegTech start-up that uses distributed ledger technology to combat the masses of paper waste in banking, has raised £535,000 in new growth capital. 

The investment comes via an Innovate UK grant, in addition to an injection of pre-seed funding, backed by a group of notable investors combining decades of experience at the top of global finance.   

Innovate UK awarded ALT/AVE £148,000 – 70% of which is a grant – in the form of a Smart Grant – which, as well as being welcome financial support, is an invaluable seal of approval from the UK’s innovation agency and will be used to further product development and expand the company’s offering.  

The group of key investors providing £387,000 of pre-seed capital, includes Phil Shelley, recently appointed ALT/AVE Chairman, formerly of UBS, Goldman Sachs and Barclays, as well as founder of Arlington Capital Markets; Jens-Peter Stein, formerly of Stone Milliner Asset Management and Morgan Stanley; Philipp Eberle, formerly VP at Barclays Investment Bank, now at Appital and PKE Capital; Brian Guckian, formerly Head of Equities at SEB and now Appital, Astrum Partners (Waporta); Jon Gausen, investor and formerly of Deutsche Bank; Preben Ramm, ex-director at UBS and ex-Portfolio Manager at Millennium Capital Management, and is now a Portfolio Manager with Graham Capital Management; and Peter Landin, formerly of SEB, now a banker and investor in Singapore. 

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ALT/AVE’s core product, docStribute, utilises distributed ledger technology to offer banks and other regulated institutions a secure and sustainable digital solution for distributing highly regulated documents to their customers.  

When implemented, the firm claims it will result in a 95% reduction in paper usage, a 25g decrease in CO2e per document compared to postal delivery, and cut costs by as much as 70%. 

Chris Ansara, founder and CEO at ALT/AVE, commented: “At ALT/AVE, we have all worked in financial services and we saw first-hand how much paper is wasted in banking.  

How banks communicate with customers is closely regulated – for good reason – however, institutions are so fearful of non-compliance that modern technology is wildly underutilised.  

Ultimately, this means the sector continues to waste paper, and have a negative impact on our planet. 

“This funding will aid further development of the existing product and enable us to continue our push into new territories, extending the deployment of the technology, and research in what direction we may take docStribute next.  

To receive funding from Innovate UK is a welcome and appreciated nod from the UK’s innovation agency that RegTech, and ALT/AVE specifically, is well-positioned to tackle head on the challenges faced by the financial sector.” 

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