Real Business Funding, our first ever event to illuminate the best sources of funding for your business, is only two months away. Meet the entrepreneurs, investors, and experts who will help us shed light on the finance market…
Today’s featured speaker is:
Crowdfunding: a new way of doing things
Sebastion Lewis was a stock broker before he made the jump online easier for sole traders by creating GetSiteTracked.com Ltd, known as the first company dedicated to the British sole trader.
The company started when Sebastian’s father, like many sole traders, was finding it difficult to adapt to using the internet to source new business. Web hosting providers offer services that are usually so complex and expensive, the majority of sole traders can’t create a website for their business.
Sebastian created a website commited to getting sole traders and SMEs on the web quickly and simply. GetSiteTracked.com, later renamed to SoleTraderWebsites.com, is now the UK’s leading low cost website provider for sole traders and small business owners.
But before that there was the funding barrier. When starting out, Sebastian was searching for an alternative to bank loans and came across crowdfunding. In March 2012, the business received £100,000 of crowdfunding in 12 days, from 29 investors via Crowdcube.Com. The deal was made in exchange for 33 per cent of his business. At Real Business Funding, he’ll tell us what came next and what funding his business with help of the crowd did for him.
Sebastian Lewis will be speaking at Real Business Funding, the free conference to illuminate the new, more plural funding environment for growing SMEs. Join us on March 15, 2013, at the British Library, and join the discussion on Twitter at #unleashingfinance.