Our Story

Built by Industry Experts

When our Founder and CEO, Tal Orly, decided to bring a unique property investment approach to the UK, he turned to the close-knit network of industry experts he’d established over three decades in London property development.

Tal handpicked a team that would take the Cogress strategy to the market.

We opened our UK office in June 2014. Built on extensive experience across surveying, legal, finance, property development and investment, construction, and market analysis, Cogress was open for business.

Two months later, we launched our first investment opportunity to our community of investors and raised the required equity in less than a week.

Tal’s confidence in the investment model was a key contributor to my decision to join Cogress. But what really stood out for me were his broader aspirations. He didn’t just want to grow a successful company, he wanted to grow Cogress the right way. He wanted to build a team that would be known for its expertise, honesty and integrity. 

Zahid Anwar
Chief Financial Officer, Cogress

A Unique Route to Property Investment

We completed our first UK exit in early 2015, and it was at this time we began to see rapid growth in our community of investors. By December that same year, we had moved to bigger premises on London’s Eastcastle Street. 

Our model and approach gained further traction and recognition in 2016.

We were named winner of ‘The Housing Excellence Awards’ Best Finance Model', after a record-breaking start to the year, which saw our biggest (£10.5m), and quickest raise (£1.35m in under 24 hours) in the space of just eight weeks. 

Cogress has always been a people-driven company. We base our strategy and reputation on serving investors’ best interests. Our business model goes beyond the numbers. It’s focused on investors—the individual and their needs.  

Rachel Stark
Investor Relations Director, Cogress

Growing Strong in a Changing Property Market

You’ll now find a 35-strong team on London’s Eastcastle Street. Since our launch, we’ve committed £170m across more than 50 UK developments, with a gross development value in excess of £1bn. 

We’ve moved with the market.

As political and economic influences have altered the property market, we have adapted our investment strategy – broadening our geographical horizons to find the latest UK growth hubs and focusing on affordable, multi-unit developments.

Our unique approach has empowered investors to keep faith in property investment through a time of uncertain market conditions. Exit-orientated and with investments starting from £20K, our strategy gives investors an alternative route to market that makes property investment more accessible and provides them the freedom of choice they deserve.

The immediate focus was on prime London locations, but we always wanted to grow beyond this. The UK property market never sits still, and some of the biggest growth areas are now outside of the capital. It’s our expertise, razor-sharp market focus, and an understanding of what investors want that will take us into the future—these are exciting times for us and our investors.  

Tal Orly
Founder and CEO, Cogress