London based property investment platform BrickVest has raised £2m in Series A funding from investors including Jean Romain Lhomme. BrickVest is a Europe-wide crowd-investment marketplace on which users can actively manage their investment in institutional-grade real estate with a minimum stake of just €1,000 (£854).
The list of investors includes prominent real estate, finance and tech industry figures including Jean Romain Lhomme, the former co-head of Colony Capital, who is an active tech investor. He also joined the BrickVest board in December. It is unusual for a company to announce funding results mid-way through a round, but the firm said it decided to extend fundraising after Lhomme joined and persuaded the firm to expand "further, quicker, and bigger" than originally planned. BrickVest was launched in 2014, and is part of London's burgeoning "PropTech" (property technology) scene, which encompasses a growing number of firms applying technology to the property industry.