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Cambridge Enterprise leads strategic funding round for startup Bond180, which was launched by three Cambridge MBA graduates. 

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Bond180, a  provider of technology solutions for fixed-income markets launched by three Cambridge MBA graduates, announced completion of a strategic funding round involving follow-on investment from Cambridge Enterprise, the commercialisation arm of the University of Cambridge. 

Bond180 was co-founded last year by Cambridge MBA classmates Phil Holbrook, Conor Diviney and Parth Shukla (all MBA 2018). Two current MBA students at Cambridge Judge, Sanskriti Agarwal and Lava Agarwal (both MBA 2019) are currently doing internships at London-based Bond180. 

The venture is a digital platform that improves the way institutional investors engage with fixed income markets, and offers three core services: a Demand Management System that helps institutional investors enhance their market-facing activity; 180Match, a reverse enquiry engine that streamlines communication with the sell-side; and the Issue Administration Network that offers bespoke digital asset issuance and administration services to the sell-side. 

Bond180 has partnered with R3, the leading enterprise-grade distributed ledger technology provider, to deliver its service on R3’s Corda platform. Bond180 is also supported by Outlier Ventures, F10 FinTech Incubator and Accelerator, and its strategic investors and advisors. 

Bond180 CEO Phil Holbrook said: “Our mission is to help optimise financial services by leveraging collective scale and intelligence for the benefit of all.”