FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

Capital Engine® Launches Capital Engine® Go, a Lite Version of its Capital Raising and Investor Management Solution

Capital Engine | July 05, 2022 | Read time : 05 min

Capital Engine® Go
Following market demands, Capital Engine® has introduced a preconfigured version of its highly regarded Capital Engine® Investor Management software solution called “Capital Engine® Go”.

Capital Engine® Go delivers the same usability as Capital Engine’s existing “Professional” version and includes our tried and tested, capital raising tools and investor management functionality. In addition, the preconfigured nature of Capital Engine® Go and the streamlined implementation methodology means there is no requirement for design, build and customization, which enables companies to be up and running quickly with a standardized version of our financial technology.

Offering the new product on a SaaS basis, delivered from the cloud, gives investment management companies the advantage of a single provider for every aspect of the delivery, as well as global coverage, and a high level of scalability that enables a quick ramp-up and efficient rollout to our clients.

Capital Engine® Go is aimed at forward-thinking organizations that require a focused application and that are unlikely to have to modify it to suit their organization, as well as companies that want to be able to grow the platform in the future without having to undergo major changes to their infrastructure.

“Today’s launch is a significant evolution of the Capital Engine® tech-enabled platform as it offers more companies the benefits of our financial technology,” said Bryan Smith.

“Today’s launch is a significant evolution of the Capital Engine® tech-enabled platform as it offers more companies the benefits of our financial technology,” said Bryan Smith. “By selecting Capital Engine Go enterprising companies can benefit from a streamlined implementation, reduced costs and integrated suite of digital investment tools, and distribution platform to connect private capital with investors of all types.”

About Capital Engine®
Capital Engine® works with forward-thinking organizations to help them raise capital more effectively, automate their investment operations and manage their investors with tech enabled investor management solutions.

Built for high-performance capital raising, our technology helps leverage the opportunity to better originate and showcase a diverse selection of private investment deals and offer these to investors i.e. a deal’s potential viability can be better assessed, market appetite determined and transaction promptly closed.

Our clients and strategic partners include real estate funds, broker dealers, investment banks, family offices, angel networks, wealth managers, incubators, accelerators, social impact, healthcare, and Reg CF portals.

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