MEET THE EQUITY CROWD FUNDING PLATFORMS
Equity crowdfunding has democratised investment in start-ups, helping entrepreneurs to make their business visions a reality and allowing individuals to invest and become real-life ‘Dragons’.
Are you looking for a crowdfunding platform to raise equity capital for your business, but not sure where to start your search? You’ve come to the right place. This week, we introduce a fantastic set of crowdfunding platforms potentially on the lookout for businesses just like yours. (caveat: crowdfunding platforms are getting increasingly particular about the companies they will list on their platforms, and do increasing amounts of due diligence before vetted companies are advertised on their websites.)
So, if you’re ready to find your perfect match, simply sign up to Match Capital today to create your business profile and our algorithm will do the rest – allowing you to preview your investor matches for free. But will you be matched with one of the profiled investment platforms? Let’s take a look…
The minimum investment on SyndicateRoom is £1,000. The minimum investment is increased to £5,000 if any investor wishes to invest after the company’s minimum funding target has been reached. To post your business on Syndicate Room, you need to already have a Lead Investor investing in the business. This could be a Business Angel, a venture capitalist or any other investor that invests at ‘arms length’, i.e. that is not a relative or a close friend of the founders.
Crowdcube was the UK’s first investment crowdfunding service allowing anyone to invest in or loan small amounts to small companies in return for an equity stake or an annual return. Crowdcube uses the web-based notion of ‘crowdfunding’ where a community of like minded people pool their money and knowledge together to back an idea, business or person.
Seedrs is also one of the leading equity crowdfunding platforms. They make it extremely simple for anyone—from angels and venture capitalists, to friends and family—to become investors in ambitious, growth-focused European businesses. As an investor, one can invest as little or as much as one likes, and Seedrs handle all of the legal documentation and due diligence to ensure that businesses are set up for success—and investors get their fair share.
Venture Founders is a relatively new UK-based equity investment platform designed to make Angel and Venture Capital style investing more accessible, affordable and transparent. They believe that this market should be open to all who can afford it, and who understand the risk associated with early stage investment. As an investor through Venture Founders, one can invest from a minimum of £1,000 in some of the UK’s fastest growing and most exciting companies.
More a social enterprise, Crowdfunder is the UK’s largest crowd funding network having launched thousands of projects and raised millions for non-profit businesses, charities, social enterprises. They are an innovative funding platform launched by KEO Digital, makers of rivercottage.net, fishfight.net, landshare.net and energyshare.com. They also are working with a number of partners including Creative England, NESTA and Plymouth University.
Do any of this week’s crowd funding platforms sound like the right route to capital for your business opportunity? Well, they’re only a couple of clicks away. Simply sign up for a free trial of the Match Capital platform to find out more.