Southampton footballer’s fintech start-up secures £1m seed funding

Ryan Bertrand's brokerage business Silicon Investing has secured backing from Pacific & Orient Berhad as it looks to attain regulatory approval

Silicon Investing, the Canary Wharf-based brokerage start-up co-founded by Southampton FC defender Ryan Bertrand, has closed a £1m seed round involving Malaysian investment firm Pacific & Orient Berhad.

Headquartered at financial technology (fintech) accelerator Level39, Silicon Investing (formerly known as Silicon Markets) provides free artificial intelligence and machine learning software to retail traders. – including multiple platforms to execute trades and deep liquidity.

26 year-old Bertrand founded the start-up in 2015 with 26 year-old Louis Bell – a former Gillingham youth player – and 21 year-old Matthew Kirkham; Kirkham and Bell are said to run the business day to day while Bertand takes a strategic approach.

The start-up is currently seeking to attain regulatory approval and intends to focus on the UK before expanding globally.

In an interview with CityAM, Bertand said:

“I find it quite refreshing to be able to switch off from football and the demands that that brings, and focus my mindset on another space that I genuinely enjoy. And it gives me an opportunity to create something really good within the financial sector too.”

Bertrand also owns a business venture in the sports sector; Footiemoji. The app allows users to buy football-themed emoji packs and is backed by ex-England captain John Terry.

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