Titan Alternatives ‘rings the bell’ at London Stock Exchange to mark first allotment in the Fuel Ventures VCT

Titan Alternatives was at the London Stock Exchange on Friday 22 March, to mark the first allotment within the Fuel Ventures VCT. Titan Alternatives co-founder and managing director, Matthew Cureton, was part of the team to ‘ring the bell’ at the prestigious ‘Market Open’ ceremony. 

Titan Alternatives announced its most recent collaboration with Fuel Ventures last year, building on a history of successful introductions of capital made by the company over the years. It marks the first time Titan Alternatives has taken an official role in a VCT.

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Fuel Ventures is a leading early-stage investor in technology in the UK, focusing on scalable companies across marketplaces, platforms and software. Led by entrepreneur Mark Pearson, the Fuel Ventures team have successfully sourced, scaled, and exited numerous other companies to date. The Fuel Ventures VCT builds on this success by offering investors the opportunity to invest in a more diversified portfolio of tech-enabled businesses.

Titan Alternatives has been working successfully with Pearson and his team for over five years, on various successful raises. With Titan already the largest source of capital for Fuel’s EIS portfolios and direct company raises, the VCT partnership is a perfect opportunity to build on this proven history of successful collaboration. Without any upfront or performance fee, the launch of the Fuel Ventures VCT offers one of the most attractive fee structures in the VCT market whilst aiming to provide investors with diversification, strong performance, and regular tax-free returns for years to come.

The Fuel Ventures VCT is open for investment in the current tax year until 4th April, and will look to make further allotments in the new Tax Year, closing on 31st July 2024.

Fuel Ventures Limited (FRN: 723915) is an Appointed Representative of Sapphire Capital Partners LLP (FRN: 565716) which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

Matthew Cureton, Managing Director of Titan Alternatives, said: “It was an honour to be part of the celebrations on Friday. Having played such a vital role in the launch of this VCT, we are proud of our association with Fuel Ventures and look forward to the ongoing success of the VCT. Numerous founders and their companies will benefit from the introduction of capital from the VCT helping them deliver growth to the UK economy.”

Recent news

The partnership with Fuel Ventures VCT builds on Titan Alternative’s history of backing various other successful projects over recent years.

A consortium which includes Shift, the tech-based delivery firm which bought Tuffnells in June last year has acquired Yodel.  Titan Alternatives investors have backed Shift over several years since their introduction via Fuel Ventures in 2019. The transformative deal continues the growth and increase in value for all equity investors, creating what is now a ‘super scale’ logistics platform.

Estancia Capital Partners, a US PE firm has invested (£108m) into Flagstone, a leading cash deposit platform in the UK. The investment has been split into primary and secondary share purchases which allows significant returns for early investors along with the potential of even greater upside targeted with the new capital and represents one of the largest investments into a UK fintech this year.

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Paul Hunt


Paul Hunt is a proven business leader and entrepreneur with over 30 years’ experience and track record of scaling businesses across multiple sectors. Hunt is highly experienced in business turnarounds, strategic planning and creating a positive people culture geared for success.

David Chandler

Portfolio Assistant

David is responsible for providing operational support to the fund managers. David has passed the CFA UK IMC and graduated in 2018 with a degree in Economics and Business Management from the University of Sheffield.

James Peel, CFA

Portfolio Manager – ESG

James is a Portfolio Manager at Titan Asset Management and is responsible for Titan’s approach to sustainable investing. He previously worked as a researcher at the British Chamber of Commerce in Taipei. James graduated in 2018 from the University of St Andrews, where he studied economics. He is a CFA charter holder and has passed the CFA UK Investment Management Certificate (IMC), the CFA UK Certificate in ESG Investing, and the CFA UK Certificate in Climate and Investing (CCI).

Jonah Levy, CFA

Portfolio Manager – Physicals

When not collecting various minerals and mining memorabilia, Jonah can be found managing the physical allocations at Titan Asset Management. Prior to Titan he worked at Tavistock Wealth for 3 years, having previously gained experience in Holland at an oil brokerage, and in London at an energy trading house. Jonah is a CFA charter holder, having graduated from St. Andrews University with an MA in Management and Economics.

Alex Livingstone, CFA

Head of Trading – FX & ETFs

Alex is responsible for the ETF trading and FX strategy at Titan Asset Management and has executed over £5 billion of trades during his prior 4 years at Tavistock Wealth. Alex also assists in the wider portfolio management of the CIP specialising in technical analysis and risk management. He is a CFA charter holder and holds an BSc in Retailing, Marketing and Management from Loughborough University.

Sekar Indran, CFA

Senior Portfolio Manager – Equities

Sekar is responsible for managing the team’s equity investments. He helped expand the investment proposition over five years at Tavistock Wealth and continues this role at Titan Asset Management. Sekar has prior financial services experience at Barclays and Allianz. He is a CFA charter holder and holds a BSc degree in Industrial Economics from the University of Nottingham.

John Leiper, MSc, CFA, FDP, CFTe

Chief Investment Officer

John Leiper is the Chief Investment Officer of Titan Asset Management and carries direct responsibility for all investments in the Centralised Investment Proposition (CIP) at the firm. John has 15 years’ experience in financial markets having previously worked in a variety of roles at RBS, Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse and Tavistock Wealth. John Leiper is a CFA and FDP charter holder and a member of the Society of Technical Analysts. He holds a BSc degree in Economics from Warwick University and an MSc degree in Economic History from the London School of Economics.

Matthew Cureton


Matthew has been an intrinsic part of Haibun (now Titan Alternatives) since its formation. As a Co-Founder, he has focused on developing relationships with clients, providers, and companies seeking funding.

Matthew’s personal involvement with the fund-raising activities at Titan Alternatives starts at the very beginning of each journey.

Incorporating the due diligence process, meeting with the various management teams, and visiting companies on site, to then being involved with the marketing documents, hosting presentations, and facilitating the investments for clients. Matthew also continues to monitor and report on the investment throughout its life, which has included him taking on Non-Executive Directorships or observer roles on various company boards.

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