Equity crowdfunding has seen massive growth over the past year, even banks are seriously taking note, according to City A.M. Here are four popular equity crowdfunding investment platforms that are changing the game in the UK and globally .
INVESTMENT PLATFORMS: EQUITY CROWDFUNDING
AngelList, based in San Francisco, is starting to open things up with a social network for angel investors who can invest via angel syndicates. It’s a Kickstarter-like online forum where startup founders post their ideas and meet angel syndicates can fund early-stage startups.
- Over £130 million
AngelList has captured the market of US and now wishes to turn its attention towards Europe. It has attracted substantial attention in other parts of the world also with 22,683 companies in Asia, 4,012 in South American, 3,138 in Oceania and 2,226 in Africa.
- In 2013, AngelList entered into a partnership with CrunchBase, an online tech company database.
- As of 2014, AngelList syndicates invested over $100M in US startups.
- In February of 2015, AngelList launched its UK syndicate counterpart.
SyndicateRoom’s is a new investment club that utilises the crowdfunding concept to allow investors that are serious about their returns to invest in promising startups. Initially it was only available to a restricted group of highly influential investors but now offers services to new members.
- Over £37.7 million
- SyndicateRoom has helped finance over 35 companies since its launch in 2013
- In its first year in business (September 2013-2014), SyndicateRoom raised over £10,000,000 of investment for British companies.
- August 2014, Aeristech Ltd became SyndicateRoom’s fastest raise with the funding round closing just 24 hours after it opened.
- July 2014, SyndicateRoom became a founding member of Innovate Finance – an organisation whose goal is to accelerate technology-lead financial services innovation.
- April 2014, Apta Biosciences closed a £1.85 million round – SyndicateRoom’s biggest funding round for 2014.
- March 2015, Con Air Director Simon West’s film “Salty” closes funding round on SyndicateRoom raising £2,294,150.
Seedrs aims to transform the world of fundraising by giving entrepreneurs a platform to leverage their friends, family and existing base of supporters to collectively raise investment. These investors represent a large new pool of capital and can act as mentors, supporters and advocates for these young companies.
- Over £27.8 million
- Seedrs already has over 26,000 registered members on its books who have funded 142.
While Seedrs has only been available to UK residents, the company has been growing at an annualised rate of more than 600 percent and expects even faster growth now that it is operating Europe wide.
- In December 2012, Seedrs was welcomed as the first equity crowdfunding platform to be accepted as member of the UK Business Angels Association.
- In November 2013, Seedrs successfully raised a £750,000 investment for the company in one morning, using its own platform, ultimately raising £2.58 million within 3 weeks.
- In May 2014, Belgium-based Maily became the first business to receive venture capital investment alongside crowd investment, raising a total of almost £300,000 on Seedrs.
- In July 2014, Seedrs launched the world’s first convertible equity crowdfunding campaign, featuring Future Ad Labs.
- In September 2014, Seedrs launched the world’s first equity crowdfunding campaign for a publicly traded company – Chapel Down.
- In October 2014, Seedrs announced that it has acquired Junction Investments, a California-based company that operates in a similar market space. With the acquisition of Junction Investments, Seedrs will expand into the U.S.
Crowdcube is the world’s leading investment crowdfunding platform. It was created by a small group of entrepreneurs, who understood how difficult it can be to raise money to start and grow a small business. Therefore, they provide entrepreneurs the opportunity to become an armchair Dragon and build their own investment portfolio supporting exciting new British businesses.
- Over £111.3 million
- Crowdcube has over 213,946 registered investors and over 311 successful raises.
Originally only in the UK , Crowdcube has expanded globally.
- Crowdcube were nominated as one of the Top 20 Start-ups of 2011 by Startups.co.uk and are No.11 in the Startups 100 2012.
- Crowdcube were also awarded the Smarta 100 Award in 2011.
- In February 2013, Crowdcube became authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority
- In July 2015, E-Car Club an electric vehicle rental business, championing the future of the green sharing economy. Produced a world first exit from the Crowdcube ‘Funded Club’.
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